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AHA today presented its Justin Ford Kimball Innovators Award to Nicholas Wolter, M.D., retired CEO of Billings (MT) Clinic. The award, which was presented at the AHA’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., recognizes people or organizations that have developed or introduced an influential, innovative approach to health care financing or delivery to improve access or coordination of care. “Dr. Wolter is an accomplished physician, a champion for rural health care and a nationally recognized leader in health care delivery innovation,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “Under his two decades of leadership, the Billings Clinic was at the forefront of health care innovation, improving access and the quality of care to patients and communities across his region, which served as an example to the rest of the hospital field.”

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