Health Care: WILLIAM B. ‘BILL’ DOWNEY
CEO, RIVERSIDE HEALTH SYSTEM, NEWPORT NEWS
Since 2012, Downey has led Riverside Health System, where he oversees 9,000 employees and shepherds major projects to expand health care services in the Hampton Roads region.
Earlier this year, Riverside broke ground on a building that will house the region’s first standalone 24-hour psychiatric emergency department, scheduled to open in 2023. Also under Downey’s leadership, the state approved the construction of a new hospital in Isle of Wight County, which is scheduled to open in 2025. The Williamsburg-based Riverside Doctors’ Hospital was also one of only two acute-care hospitals in the state in 2020 to receive top ratings in a patient satisfaction survey conducted by Virginia Health Information.
BEST ADVICE FOR OTHERS: Treat everyone with respect, and everyone is important no matter their role.
WHAT MAKES ME PASSIONATE ABOUT MY WORK: People put their trust in us when we are caring for them, and it is something we never take lightly.
PERSON I ADMIRE: Winston Churchill, for his sense of humor and calm leadership in difficult times