MHA Special Recognition Award

The MHA Special Recognition Award is presented annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to improving healthcare in the state.

Past Winners

2016
State Representative Al Pscholka (R-Stevensville)

2015
James Haveman, Michigan Department of Community Health
Julianne Johnson, Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Okemos

2014
State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe)
State Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing)

2013
State Representative Matt Lori (R-Constantine)
John MacKeigan, MD, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids

2012
Robert D. Fowler, Small Business Association of Michigan, Lansing
State Senator Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw Twp.)

2011
Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
Jerry L. Welsh, HPS, Middleville

2010
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing)
State Senator Ray Basham (D-Taylor)
Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land

2009
State Representative Gary McDowell (D-Rudyard)
Dennis Paradis, Michigan Osteopathic Association, Lansing
Kevin A. Kelly, Michigan State Medical Society, Lansing (posthumously)

2008
State Representative Kathy Angerer (D-Dundee)
Cynthia & Michigan Appellate Court Judge Bill Schuette, Michigan Harvest Gathering

2007
Paul Reinhardt, MI Department of Community Health, Medical Services Administration
Carl VerBeek, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce/Varnum Riddering Schmidt & Howlett

2006
State Senator Beverly Hammerstrom
Janet Olszewski, Michigan Department of Community Health

2005
William Madigan, Michigan State Medical Society
Sister Mary Ellen Howard, St. Francis Cabrini Clinic Michigan

2004
Governor Jennifer Granholm
House Speaker Rick Johnson (R-Leroy)

2003
Douglas Peters, Northern Michigan Hospital, Petoskey

2002
Kathleen Putnam, MHA Field Representative

2001
State Representative Mickey Mortimer (R-Horton)
Andrew Libka (12-year old cancer patient from Alpena)

2000
State Senator Joel Gougeon (R-Bay City)

1999
Robert DeVries, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek

1998
Edward McRee, Ingham Regional Medical Center, Lansing

1997
Jack Shelton, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

1996
Gail Warden, Henry Ford Health System
State Representative John Jamian (R)

1995
F. Karl Neumann, MHA Insurance Company, Lansing
Richard Hiltz, Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe

1994
Edward Hodges II, Botsford General Hospital, Farmington Hills

1993
State Representative Richard Bandstra (R)
State Representative Michael Griffin (D)
State Senator Dan DeGrow (R)
State Senator Don Koivisto (D)

1992
Richard Kitch, Kitch, Saurbier, Drutchas, Wagner & Kenney, PC
Donald Thurber, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Michigan

1990
MHA v. MDSS Plaintiff Hospitals

1989
Edward Connors, Mercy Health Services, Farmington Hills
Francis McCarthy, Metropolitan Hospital, Grand Rapids
Jack Owen, American Hospital Association, Washington Office

1987
Kathleen Putnam, RN, Leelanau Memorial Hospital, Northport

1986
John Freysinger, Peoples Community Hospital Authority, Wayne
Gordon Tolodziecki, Standish Community Hospital

1985
Richard Sejnost, Harper-Grace Hospitals, Detroit

1984
Herbert Auer, Michigan Health Council
Warren Tryloff, Michigan State Medical Society

1983
John Griffith, Bureau of Hospital Administration, University of Michigan

1982
Dominic Jacobetti, Michigan House of Representatives
Daniel Kehoe, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Michigan Special Recognition

1980
Ray Kehres, Michigan House of Representatives

Leading Michigan to Better Health

Watch the video »