MHA Healthcare Leadership Award

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association honors outstanding members of the healthcare governing boards and outstanding executive, physician, nursing and other health leaders with the MHA Healthcare Leadership Award. This award is presented to individuals who have provided exceptional leadership to an individual healthcare organization and to the health and well-being of the community.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations will be judged on the following criteria, based on a 100-point system. Responses must be submitted for all items under each section.

Organizational Contributions (50 Points)

  • Explain how the nominee contributed to the continued viability of the organization through leadership in provider network integration, clinical integration
  • Describe how the nominee has used creativity and innovation in leading the organization and/or in shaping a healthcare vision for the future
  • Describe how the nominee created partnerships or collaboration to improve population health
  • Describe how the nominee enhanced the overall quality of care, scope or access to healthcare services provided to the community

Leadership and Culture Contributions (50 Points)

  • Explain how the nominee developed processes to reduce administrative burden, provided training and encouraged teamwork
  • Describe how the nominee encouraged staff to focus on the individual needs of patients in a way that improved the overall patient care experience
  • Describe how the nominee supported a just culture, transparency and accountability
  • Describe how the nominee addressed physical and/or psychological safety for staff and what improvements were made to address employee burnout


To be eligible for an MHA Healthcare Leadership Award, the individual nominee must:

  • Represent an MHA-member organization in good standing
  • Have been actively involved with the healthcare organization within the last three years

Entry Requirements

  • Nominations must be approved by the chief executive officer (board chair may approve the nomination of a CEO) and submitted via an electronic nomination form.
  • All sections must be completed to be considered for this award.

Selection Process

An award workgroup comprised of representatives from several MHA-member organizations will evaluate nominees on the basis of the criteria listed in the “Nomination Criteria” section.

Past Winners

Veronica Hall, RN, MSM, MBA, chief nursing officer, Henry Ford Health System, and chief operating officer, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit (SE)
Tom Mee, RN, BSN, MBA, president and CEO, McLaren Greater Lansing (MM) 

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Chuck Holmquist, Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals (WC)
William Schramm, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit (SE)
Ginger Williams, MD, Oaklawn Hospital, Marshall (SW)

Marc Augsburger, Caro Community Hospital (EC)
John Mosley, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, (WC)
Kent Riddle, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, Grand Rapids (WC)

Loren B. Hamel, MD, Lakeland HealthCare, St. Joseph (WC)
Alice Gerard, RN, MSN McLaren Bay Region, Bay City (EC)
Al Deering, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital (WC)

Tim Zwickey, Baraga County Memorial Hospital L’Anse (UP)
Spencer Maidlow, Covenant HealthCare Saginaw (EC)
William Cunningham, DO Metro Health Hospital Wyoming (WC)

Michael Faas, Metro Health, Wyoming (WC)
Bill Lawrence, McLaren Central Michigan, Mt. Pleasant (EC)
Mark Vipperman, Memorial Medical Center of West Michigan Ludington (WC)

David T. Buzzelli Northern Michigan Regional Health System, Petoskey (NC)
Kathleen Griffiths Chelsea Community Hospital (SE)

Chris Christ, Battle Creek Health System Community Partners (SW)
Duane Mezwa, MD Beaumont Hospitals Royal Oak (SE)
Patricia Maryland, Dr.PH St. John Providence Health System, Warren (SE)
A. Gary Muller, Marquette General Hospital (UP)

David Blair, MD Advantage Health Physician Network, Grand Rapids (WC)
Edward Bruun, Clinton Memorial Hospital, St. Johns (MM)

Jack L. Denton, Eaton Rapids Medical Center, Eaton Rapids (MM)
Herman B. Gray Jr., MD, MBA Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit (SE)

Terence F. Moore, MidMichigan Health, Midland (EC)
John E. Tower, DO, FACOI Beaumont Hospital, Troy (SE)

Robert W. Bleyaert, Northern Michigan Regional Health System and Northern Michigan Hospital Foundation, Petoskey (NC)
Barbara Cliff, Cheboygan Memorial Hospital (NC)
Frederick Jaecklein, MD Marquette General Health System (UP)
Cathy V. Maxwell, RN, BSN, MS St. Joseph Health System Tawas City (EC)
Eugene F. Michalski, Beaumont Hospitals Royal Oak (SE)

Kathleen Ryan, Providence Hospital & Medical Centers Southfield (SE)
Nancy M. Schlichting Henry Ford Health System, Detroit (SE)
Ted B. Wahby Mount Clemens General Hospital (SE)

James D. Austin, Kalkaska Memorial Health Center (NC)
Terry Reiley, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Detroit (SE)

William Johnson, Lakeland Regional Health System, St. Joseph (SW)
Thomas F. Russell, St. John Health Warren (SE)

Edwin H. Gullekson, MD McLaren Regional Medical Center, Flint (GF)

Allan Gilmour, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit (SE)
Jeffrey M. Zaks, MD Providence Hospital and Medical Centers, Southfield (SE)
Francis Wilson, MD St. John Health System, Detroit (SE)

Lawrence Bass, Sparrow Health System, Lansing (MM)
Yvonne Gelisse, RSM Trinity Health, Novi (SE)
John Sullivan Portage, Health System, Hancock (UP)
Stephen R. Guertin, MD Sparrow Health System, Lansing (MM)
Charles A. Main, MD William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak (SE)

Clara Saari, West Shore Hospital, Manistee (WC)
Dr. Jeffrey Devries, Oakwood Healthcare System, Dearborn (SE)
Dr. Tom M. Johnson, Northern Michigan Regional Health System, Petoskey (NC)

Charles Lentz, Trillium Hospital, Albion (SW)
Dr. Floyd Westendorp Pine Rest Christian Hospital & Ottawa County Community Mental Health, Grand Rapids (WC)
Dr. Max T. McKinney, Botsford General Hospital, Farmington Hills (SE)

Marylee Davis, PhD, Sparrow Health System, Lansing (MM)
Thomas Gleason, Genesys Health System, Grand Blanc (GF)
Henry J. Barsch, MD, FACS, Marquette General Hospital (UP)
Michael H. Wood, MD Detroit Riverview Hospital (SE)

John Anhut Botsford, General Hospital Farmington Hills (SE)
Elwood Matson, Marquette General Hospital (UP)

Charles Randall, Lake View Community Hospital, Paw Paw (SW)
Stanley Jurrens, McLaren Regional Medical Center, Flint (GF)

Thomas Fairbairn, Northern Michigan Hospitals, Petoskey (NC)
Norman Beauchamp, Port Huron Hospital (SE)
Harry Kotsis, MD, Bon Secours Hospital, Grosse Pointe (SE)

James Coleman, Pennock Hospital, Hastings (SW)
Alan Ryan St. Mary’s Health Services, Grand Rapids (W)

James Duff, Detroit Macomb Hospital Corporation (SE)
Charles Anderson, W.A. Foote Hospital, Jackson (SC)

Betty Rohac, Munising Memorial Hospital (UP)
John Stout, Flint Osteopathic Hospital (GF)
J. Daniel Thill, Mercy Hospital, Muskegon (W)
John Waller, Dr. PH Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center (SE)

Mark Schlussel, Monsignor Clement Kern Hospital, Detroit (SE)

Edward Hodges, III, Botsford General Hospital, Farmington Hills (SE)
Harlan Larson, Marquette General Hospital (UP)
John Wismer, Port Huron Hospital (SE)

Edward Matix, Berrien General Hospital, Berrien Springs (SW)

Lorraine Lauzon, Grand View Hospital, Ironwood (UP)

Lester Tiscornia, Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo (SW)
David Germain, Kelsey Memorial Hospital, Greenville (W)

Howard Hickok, Flint Osteopathic Hospital (GF) Clarence Omans, DO Battle Creek Adventist Hospital (SW)

Donald Pizzimenti, Peoples Community Hospital Authority, Detroit (SE)

The deadline for submissions for the 2018 Healthcare Leadership Award is Friday, April 20. Nomations can be submitted online using the form below. 

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