By Alan Moretti

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of a good friend and colleague, William “Billy” Mueller. Billy passed away in December after a courageous bout with cancer.

Billy and I were HTM colleagues and friends for over three decades, and I can personally attest to Billy’s commitment as an HTM professional. He was always striving to serve patients first—it was the core of a dedicated work ethic that was second to none!

Billy served in many of life’s roles and capacities though during his journey, and mentoring and positively impacting people were central to his core values. Billy worked 38 years for Loyola Hospital in Maywood, Ill., outside of his hometown of Chicago. His passion and work as an HTM professional focused on the specialized area of operating room biomedical technologies. As biomedical technician and managing leader of a highly advanced academic biomedical surgical support team, Billy’s joy and passion came from working tirelessly each day hand-in-hand with the surgeons, nurses, and all others of the clinical support team in serving the patient.

Billy’s impact to HTM support was not only centered within his employer’s health system; each year Billy volunteered his own time to make the trek as a team member to impoverished countries underserved with healthcare.

Billy’s giant heart—being a loving husband of 29 years to Dawn Mueller and a remarkable father of two children Billy and Summer Mueller—were his most cherished life accomplishments and legacy.

Peace, Billy. You are at rest now.

Alan Moretti is vice president of advanced imaging and radiation oncology at Renovo Solutions. Questions and comments can be directed to 24×7 Magazine chief editor Keri Forsythe-Stephens at [email protected].