Posted on May 17, 2022
The Board of Directors of TidalHealth has announced that longtime President of the Foundation Denise Billing has chosen to retire. Billing, a 21-year veteran of the health system, will be retiring within 30 to 60 days.
At that time, Jessica Stamp Hales will assume the position of President. She joined TidalHealth on May 9 and is working closely with Billing on a smooth and seamless transition of leadership.
Billing will retire as the most successful leader of the fundraising arm of the health system having generated more than $51 million in donations. The funds have led to the creation of new service lines, the expansion and renovation of existing services, the purchase of cutting-edge medical technology and equipment, and the creation of new patient care structures on the TidalHealth Peninsula Regional campus including the Layfield Tower, and of medical campuses in Ocean Pines, Md. and Millsboro, Del.
“We look forward to Jessica assuming this important role supporting TidalHealth, and at the same time are extremely grateful to Denise for her leadership over the last 21 years,” said Steve Leonard, Ph.D., MBA, FACHE, President and CEO of TidalHealth.
Hales, who holds a B.S. in Marketing from the Salisbury University Perdue School of Business, joins TidalHealth from Wor-Wic Community College where she had served as the Director of Development and Executive Director of the Wor-Wic Foundation. Previously, Hales was Division Director of the Eastern Shore for the March of Dimes Foundation and a Marketing Analyst at Atlantic General Hospital.
In her leadership role at the TidalHealth Foundation, she will be responsible for all fundraising and TidalHealth Foundation Board activities.
“I plan to build upon the outstanding work of Denise and the Foundation Board, foster collaboration through communication and identify driving opportunities we have in the community to improve our health system,” said Hales, who resides in Berlin, Md. with her husband and two sons.
Hales, a Worcester County native with a rich history of community and board service, was selected following a nationwide search.