For his work with Scout­ing in Hardin and LaRue counties, Dennis Johnson will be recognized in April with the Distinguished Cit­i­zen Award annually presented by the Lincoln Heritage Council, Boy Scouts of America.

The president and chief executive officer of Hardin Memorial Health since 2011, John­son’s efforts will be celebrated at a dinner in his honor, which also serves as a fundraising event for Scouting. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 16 at Grace Heartland Church in Elizabethtown.

The Distinguished Citizen Award honors an individual who exemplifies the values of the Scout Oath and Law while demonstrating the Scouting Spirit through their contributions to the local community, according to a statement announcing Johnson’s selection.

Johnson has spent more than 30 years with Baptist Healthcare, in­clud­ing serving as vice president at Baptist Health Lexington and administrator at Baptist Health Northeast in La Grange immediately before coming to Hardin Memorial.

A native of Pensacola, Florida, he did undergraduate work at the Uni­ver­sity of Alabama and graduated from the Uni­ver­sity of Alabama at Birmingham with a masters degree in health services administration.

Johnson and his wife, Tracy, have three children.

During Johnson’s ten­ure, Hardin Memorial has grown from 17 locations to almost 50 which includes construction of the Cancer Care Center on Robinbrooke Boulevard and the hospital’s North Tower, which has more than 50 private rooms.

Johnson also is a mem­ber of the Hardin Mem­orial Health Foun­dation. In his bio on the foundation website he praises the unmatched level of care provided at HMH facilities and recognizes efforts of the entire staff.

“HMH is more than just a place to work,” he said. “It’s a family.”

The Lincoln Heritage Council, Boy Scouts of America oversees the Scouting program in 64 counties in Kentucky, Southern Indiana, Southern Illinois and Tennessee.

The dinner honoring Johnson is chaired by retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Bill Barron.