Leadership Changes Taking Place at the MHA

Posted on September 14, 2018

Clark BallardClark Ballard, senior vice president of member relations and education, will be retiring from the MHA Oct. 12 after 35 years of outstanding leadership with the association. In recognition of this service, the MHA re-named the board room at the Spencer C. Johnson headquarters building in Okemos in his honor: The Clark Ballard Board Room. Ballard’s decades of service have built strong and lasting relationships with hospitals and healthcare leaders across Michigan. Given Ballard’s pending departure, a succession plan has been developed to ensure the association’s continued ability to meet the needs of its members and clients and to thrive well into the future.

Sam WatsonEffective upon Ballard’s departure, Sam R. Watson, currently senior vice president, patient safety and quality, and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center, will be promoted to the new position of senior vice president, field engagement. Watson is well known by hospital leaders throughout the state, as well as nationally. Over his 17 years with the association, Watson has built a strong reputation with the MHA members as a trusted resource. As the MHA continues to grow its relationships with multistate groups such as the Great Lakes Partners for Patients, further engages the physician community in improving healthcare processes and outcomes, and more, this new focus on field engagement is critical.

Brittany BoganAs part of this reorganization process, Brittany Bogan, FACHE, will be promoted to the position of senior vice president of safety and quality and assume the executive director role for the MHA Keystone Center. Bogan has led the multistate work of the MHA Keystone Center, including the recent formation of the Superior Health Quality Alliance joint venture, and ensured the continued success of the association’s federally certified patient safety organization. She has a strong record of success, which is recognized by not only the MHA members, but by the MHA’s safety and quality partners throughout the state and nation. Members should note that, as the quadruple aim is now embedded in the association’s work for the long haul, the MHA is now more focused on safety for all – workers and patients; hence, Bogan’s title of senior vice president of safety and quality.

Members with questions may contact Brian Peters at the MHA.


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