BELOIT - From intern to CEO, Beloit Health System President Tim McKevett's passion for improving Beloit remains strong, and was on full display Tuesday night as he was named the 2019 Beloit Daily News Laurence A. Raymer Headliner Award winner.
McKevett accepted the award from Editor Bill Barth at the 92nd annual Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce banquet, held at the Eclipse Center.
McKevett was named president in 2013 and has been at the health system since 1985, working his way up from administrative intern to senior vice president and later, leader of the city's largest employer.
He is also currently the chairman of Beloit 200, a private enterprise aimed at long-term development and community improvement in Beloit.
McKevett has been active in Beloit for decades, serving as GBCC chairman, chairman for the Stateline United Way and serving on the boards of Stateline Boys and Girls Club, Rock County 5.0, Beloit Snappers and Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church.
Of the award, McKevett said he was honored to be named among past Headliner award winners.
"It's very humbling," McKevett said. "To me, I look at this list of the past recipients and I saw they were the people that set for me, a legacy of excellence in our community. To follow in their footsteps is a complete honor."
But, McKevett said, the accomplishment wouldn't be possible without the dedicated staff at the health system.
Last year, the health system added 20 new physicians, a sign that "excellence breeds excellence," McKevett added.
He also pointed to the strength of the Hendricks Family Heart Hospital since opening in 2017 and the expansion of NorthPointe Health and Wellness campus.
"This is made completely possible by the team I have at the health system, our community, my board and all the organizations we work with," McKevett said. "Beloit's always been about rolling up your sleeves and getting things done."
The Beloit Daily News, in cooperation with the chamber, has been awarding the Laurence A. Raymer Headliner recognition since 1980. Over that time the award has evolved into the top civic award in the community as a "man or woman of the year," recognizing prominent community members who have made exceptional contributions to Greater Beloit in many forms.