Robert C. "Bob" Williams
1943 - 2016
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Williams, Robert (Bob) C.
72, passed away at home in Mesa, AZ on June 23, 2016. Mr. Williams was born and raised in the Blue Grass region of Kentucky. In 1967, he graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in business. Before moving to Phoenix, he held an administrator position in the Kentucky TB hospital system. After joining a Memphis based skilled nursing corporation in 1970, he was appointed Administrator of its Phoenix facility. In 1971, he met the founders of Surgicenter, Inc., the nation's first freestanding ambulatory surgery center where he held the position of Executive Director. Bob worked with Surgicenter's Founders, Dr. Reed and Dr. Ford, to further the acceptance and expansion of the same day surgery concept across the United States. He relocated to California in 1983 and became the Director of Surgery Center Operations of the newly formed corporation Alternacare, Inc. In 1991, he founded a surgery center corporation and served as Director of Development until its sale in 1998. After a short retirement, he formed his own successful healthcare consulting firm which he managed until 2013. Bob was active in numerous organizations throughout his career. He served as the Executive Director of the nation's first ambulatory surgical association, later served as a board member and its President (2002-2004). He was also a founder of the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care, served on its board until 2012, and continued to work as a facility surveyor until 2013 when he retired. He was privileged to hold the title of Secretary on the board of the International Association of Ambulatory Surgery, headquartered in Belgium, from 2002-2012. He and his wife loved to travel, and during his term on the board they had numerous opportunities to travel to Europe. Bob is survived by his loving wife Paula, sons Jon Colby and Matthew, daughter Leah, brother Michael, and daughter-in-law Rory Higgins. Visitation will be held at Mariposa Gardens, 400 S. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ, 85206 on Sunday June 26 from 3-5pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society or to a Cancer Association of your choice.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Jun. 26, 2016.
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June 18, 2018
Bob was a great man to work for and I'll never forget him. Brenda Fulks
Brenda Fulks
March 3, 2017
Bob not only impacted my career in the ASC world, he impacted my entire life when we met in Texas 32 years ago. It was so fun to work with him during the early years of ASCs. He was the best boss, mentor, advisor, and friend. I will remember him for his compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. And, for how much he loved his family.
Donna Danley Kane
July 2, 2016
Working with Bob and Les Hill on a few ASC endeavors 2004-2011 (including what I consider a successful ground-up freestanding ASC in Stephenville TX), I developed a real liking for Bob and learned much from him in terms of how to conduct myself in the business world. Bob's calm demeanor and methodical process sometimes masked his overriding intent to keep things moving and focused on the objective. A great individual who has most likely left this kind of mark on almost everyone who's lives he's touched. The Hard 8 in Stephenville will always be special to me due to the time spent with Bob there.
William Massingill
June 30, 2016
I will be forever grateful to Bob as a friend and mentor. He was there when I retired from the Army with open arms and showed me the ropes on managing ASC's. A true gentlemen and giving person. I have an empty place in my heart for my very good friend. Rest in peace Bob and save a seat at the table for me. Phil (Jay) Grassia
Philip Grassia
June 29, 2016
Bob was a great friend and colleague... I will miss him greatly!
Michael Peabody
June 28, 2016
I knew Bob for twenty plus years, working with him on different projects and later as his business partner. I always knew Bob to be the consummate Southern gentleman. He was my mentor for many years and I learned the business well from him. Most of all, he was my friend.
Les Hill
June 28, 2016
Bob was a great person. I am so privileged to have known him, to have worked for him, and to have worked with him. He was my boss for my first surgery center job. He was patient and provided great leadership as I learned about surgery centers. We both served on boards at ASCA and AAAHC and I always admired his unselfish devotion to advancing the business of ASCs. As we moved to different companies throughout the past 20 plus years, he was my mentor and confidant, always a good listener and a great teacher. I will miss his guidance and friendship. The world has lost a wonderful man.
Sandra Jones
June 26, 2016
I am always amazed how life weaves into the very fabric of our soul. The past 57 years of my life,Robert my cousin and friend has always had a special place in my life.
As a young boy growing up in the 60's and 70' we had the best of times with fast cars, great music,pretty girls and lots of fun. Robert always took the lead. Being older,I often looked up to him for his easy going, take charge attitude that made him so special.
As adults,many years passed and life found us miles apart living life in our own way with little communication except for special gatherings with the family.
last July I got a call from Mike telling me Robert had cancer.I called Robert,and in less than 1 month I found out I also would be fighting the same disease.
The past few months have been filled with many conversations, text and emails of support for each other,Christmas photos,and Who would win the Super Bowl.No doubt we made up a lot of lost time!
Last November my wife Cindy and I had an opportunity to visit Robert and Paula at their home. We had a wonderful weekend of sight seeing,good food and a lot of family time in that short weekend.
My prayers are with Paula, Mike and the family today as we say good-by to this special guy.
Rest in peace my brother.
Mark Crutcher
June 25, 2016
I will miss my Dad everyday. He was the best guy I knew. I love him very much.
Leah Williams
June 24, 2016
Bob has been my Best friend for the last 25 plus years and I truly loved him like a brother. The week before he was diagnosed Cathy and I had a wonderful visit with Bob and Paula in Mesa and Prescott. Those were some of my best and favorite memories. Since then Bob and Paula treated us like family and allowed us to talk , visit and pray with them through these hard times. For that I will always be grateful and proud. Speaking of proud, I could not be more proud of Bob and Paula for the brave, strong , organized and effective way they approached his disease and decline. I'm proud to have had their respect and love. Thank God Bob did not have to suffer any longer .Bob , See you later! Larry & Cathy Hampton
Larry Hampton
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