Bill Rice served as a leader in multiple departments throughout his time
here at Campbell County Health, proving his flexibility and willingness
to try new things and accept new challenges. Before Bill retired, he was
named a CCH Legend.
For those who don't know, CCH defined a Legend as:
“Those people who have left an indelible impression on our minds
because of their deeds and actions. Ongoing demonstration of hard work,
compassion, and a reputation for greatness make someone a legend.”
Bill earned his undergraduate degree from
Brigham Young University, and a Masters in Business from
Nova Southwest University. Before coming to CCH, he worked in the health and fitness industry for
10 years—and he served CCH for more than 26 years; retiring in early
2020. Bill took his job at CCH as the Occupational Health Manager in 1993,
and retired as the manger of the
Wright Clinic and Occupational Health.
Bill’s Legend nomination form was written by two of his long-time
employees: Legend recipient
Tanya Allee, Patient Experience Manager, and
Kathy Schmidt-Miller, MS, CCC, an Audiologist at the Campbell County Medical Group
Audiology Clinic in Gillette, Wyoming.
According to the nomination form:
Bill initiated the CCH
Wellness service in 1994. He built the program into a full department providing
wellness screening and
health coaching to our community and area businesses—serving more than 10,000 clients annually.
Bill is a humble leader that is open to feedback, in fact welcomes it for
growth, which sets the stage for those around him to be receptive to the
same. He is prompt with follow up and responses and is always willing
to make time for someone despite his full schedule.
Bill encourages staff and peers to look at the big picture and think outside
the box. He is willing to try new things, humbly learns from those that
fall short, and gives praise and gratitude to staff when they are successful.
Bill’s longevity and commitment to CCH is an incredible resource
for this staff and peers. Bill initially pursued the
Wyoming Miners Funding in hopes to expand the wellness screening business and capabilities. Once
this was well established, he received feedback that put him on the trail
to actively pursue the development of an extensive wellness program. This
helped to broaden services offered through the general screening to provide
health coaching. These services further grew the Wellness department's
business and greatly impacted health and prevention for our community
and area businesses. He was also a driving force to create a sports training
program for local youth—formerly called Excel, and now called
Step Up Strength and Conditioning Program.
Bill is very active in the community, coaching volleyball, basketball and
baseball for more than 35 years. He has coached all of his children and
grandchildren as well as other local children. He is largely active in
his church and continues to be active with the
Boy Scouts, long after his children have grown out of the organization. Bill also
served on the
Campbell County School Board and is well respected in the Campbell County, Wyoming community.
“It is nice to have your peers take the time to recognize you for
your efforts. It is an honor to have this recognition and I appreciate
the opportunities I have had at CCH,” Bill says about his Legend Award.
Bill, thank you for your dedication, your service, and for your commitment
to CCH and our community. Congratulations on your Legend Award and retirement.