WILLIAM WALTERS

Chair

William Walters chairs the Alliance for Recovery Care.  He is Senior Vice President of Select Medical - one of the nation's largest post-acute care systems - and head of the company's Washington office. 

Walters first worked with Select Medical from 2004-2012 as CEO of the company's trade association in Washington, D.C.  In 2012, he opened the company's Washington office to handle it's regulatory and government affairs.  In 2014, he was named president of the company's international services division. He led efforts to help build hospitals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Walters works closely with Select Medical's company co-founder and Executive Chairman, Robert A. Ortenzio. Under Ortenzio's leadership, Select Medical has flourished to the following:

  • $5 Billion in Revenues

  • 125 Specialty Hospitals

  • 1,200 Outpatient Clinics

  • 44,000 Employees in 44 States

Prior to working with Select Medical, Walters acted as a healthcare counsel for the U.S. Congress, where he first served the U.S. House Commerce Committee and later the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee.  While working on Capitol Hill, Walters served as senior counsel in drafting and passing the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA).  The BBA was a significant law, passed with the support of both President Bill Clinton and Speaker Newt Gingrich.  Besides helping produce federal surpluses for the first time in fifty years, the BBA implemented a number of new payment systems for Medicare hospitals and other facilities.

Leaving government service in 2000, he eventually relocated to New York City where he worked for Pfizer, the world's largest pharmaceutical company.  However, it was not long after that Walters was recruited to become CEO of the American Long Term Hospital Association - a trade association for specialty hospitals whose largest members included: Select Medical Corporation, Kindred Healthcare, and HealthSouth (later renamed Encompass Health).

In 2007, Walters won Congressional passage of a statute which addressed several regulatory issues for his sector. Immediately following this success was recognition from The Hill - a Capitol Hill trade-paper - who named him one of the Top Trade Association Leaders/Lobbyists of 2008.

Walters is an alumnus of the University of Illinois as well as the Indiana University School of Law. In December of 2003, Walters married Clelia Evans - an alumnus of New York University and cofounder of a thriving Urgent Care business. The Walters live in McLean, VA and continue to serve their community through their exceptional contributions to the healthcare community.

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