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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Wood River Health Services honors South County Hospital head

Awards Community Partner award to Louis Giancola

Louis Giancola, Pres. & CEO of South County Health, received the Wood River Health Services Community Partner Award at the health center’s Board of Directors meeting recently.

The award presentation had been scheduled to take place at a breakfast in October but was canceled by the storm that knocked out power to the region for nearly a week.

Giancola has been a healthcare executive for more than forty-five years and holds numerous national and regional professional memberships. The award recognized his “passion about pro-actively serving the healthcare needs of the community”. 

He is known for being active in the Patient Centered Medical Home movement and has participated in medical missions to Honduras to experience healthcare and public health issues in a very different culture.

“Lou has done an outstanding job of taking heath care beyond the hospital walls,” Wood River Health Services Pres. & CEO Michael A. Lichtenstein said as he presented the award. 

“Lou does more than talk, he leads the charge, attending community meetings, steering committee meetings and sub-committee meetings,  promoting the notion that health care happens in the hospital but what happens in the upstream world of community health and the world of social determents can also makes a difference.


“There are CEO’s that talk and CEO’s that make it happen,” Lichtenstein said. “Lou does both. Working with Lou, I have been fortunate to see his modeling of effective leadership.”