Rehabilitation Inpatient Operations Manager Michael Williams was recently recognized by
The Daily Star as a “Future 40 Under 40” professional to watch.
Williams' rise through the organization has been swift. He joined North
Oaks in 2007 as a Physical Therapist. In 2009, he was promoted to Physical
Therapy Supervisor, and in 2010, he began supervising the Medical Center
Support Staff. In 2011, he was promoted to Inpatient Therapy Manager,
accepting his current position of Inpatient Operations Manager in 2012.
In 2017, he was honored as
Leader of the Month for North Oaks Health System.
A graduate of the University of New Orleans with a bachelor’s degree
in Kinesiology, Williams earned a master’s degree in Physical Therapy
from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.
In a profession where patients are often at their lowest and most vulnerable,
Williams makes it his number one priority to find a way to make their
day better. He and his team of experts provide physical therapy to individuals,
who are in the hospital due to illness, surgery, accident or recovery
from a trauma. His experience as a Level II Track & Field coach serves
him well – his position requires working with patients to set goals
for their recovery, develop a game plan to get there and motivate them
to persevere when the going gets tough.
Those same qualities make him a successful supervisor and mentor at North Oaks.
“Michael is a committed and driven leader. His dedication and passion
shine through in everything he does. We are lucky he is part of the North
Oaks family,” shares Mac Barrient, Rehabilitation Services Director.
Williams recently created a comprehensive model for improving the ability
of patients to safely learn to move independently during their stay at
North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital. The ability to move without assistance
is especially important for patients, who have suffered a stroke or are
recovering from surgery as they prepare to return home and resume their
daily activities. During a recent accreditation survey by The Joint Commission,
the surveyor praised the program as worthy of sharing with other medical