Healthcare Champion Receives MHA Meritorious Service Award
Posted on June 28, 2019
The MHA’s highest achievement award was bestowed June 27 upon Paul E. LaCasse, DO, MPH, former executive vice president of post-acute care and diversified business operations at Southfield-based Beaumont Health. Presented during the MHA Annual Membership Meeting on Mackinac Island, the MHA Meritorious Service Award recognizes him as an advocate for hospitals and healthcare.
LaCasse began his career as an emergency medicine physician at Botsford General Hospital, now named Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills. He held several leadership positions at the growing health system and served as president and CEO from 2009 until Beaumont Health was formed in 2014.
LaCasse was a key founder of Beaumont Health, created through the merger of Botsford Health Care, Beaumont Health System and Oakwood Healthcare. He held the executive vice president position until his retirement in March and remains on the medical staff at Beaumont, Farmington Hills.
The MHA is among several healthcare organizations benefitting from LaCasse’s leadership. He served on the MHA Board of Trustees for over a dozen years and was board chair in 2002-2003. He has chaired the MHA’s Participating Hospital Agreement Advisory Committee and Physician Leadership Council. He was named the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion for Michigan in 2014 for his exceptional leadership in generating community support of healthcare.
LaCasse and his wife, Annette, have led approximately 30 medical mission trips to Peru, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. He serves as a mentor and example to the medical staff and students who provide care in areas lacking basic medical services.
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