Ralph D. Turner
Ralph D. Turner joined the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) as Vice President, Facilities and Support Services in April 2012.
Ralph responsibilities include leadership for emergency services, materials management, purchasing, central services, construction, environmental services, facilities planning, food services, plant engineering, security and valet services.
Ralph comes to UWHC with a breadth of experience working in hospitals and complex systems. Most recently, he served as Vice President, Support Services at Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. In his role for this 926-bed trauma center, teaching and research hospital, Ralph was responsible for a $72 million operating budget and 600 staff members across a range of departments, including environmental services, biomedical engineering, facility engineering, food and nutrition services, patient and guest services, communications, protective services, parking management, life safety, central patient transport, design and construction management and nursing clinical support.
Prior to joining Washington Hospital Center, Ralph served 22 years in the United States Army where he started his military career as Private First Class, repairing medical equipment in Army hospitals. He quickly advanced to sergeant, staff sergeant and graduated from Warrant Officers Candidate School. As a Warrant Officer, Ralph assumed positions at Army medical centers with responsibility for biomedical engineering, maintenance management, clinical engineering, construction management and logistics in a variety of locations.
Ralph received his undergraduate degree in business administration and management from the University of Maryland; his Masters of Public Administration from Troy University in Dothan, Ala.; and his Masters of Health Administration from the University of Maryland. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.