Hospital Presidents Recognized for Outstanding Leadership
Posted on June 28, 2019
Two Michigan healthcare leaders were honored June 27 with the 2019 MHA Healthcare Leadership Award, presented by the MHA during its Annual Membership Meeting on Mackinac Island. Each year, the MHA recognizes outstanding individuals who have provided exceptional leadership to healthcare organizations and to the health and well-being of the community. The 2019 recipients are Matt Rush, president and CEO, Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital (HGB), Charlotte; and Shannon Striebich, president, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac. The MHA will donate $1,000 on behalf of each award winner to the charity of their choice. These funds were provided to the MHA by the family of former MHA President H. Allen Barth.
Rush has been at the helm of HGB for two decades, working to keep the hospital patient-centered and community-based, including changing its mission from one that focuses on acute care to also enhancing community health and vitality. An example of this focus is the opening of AL!VE, the experience-based, destination health park that is integral to HGB’s population health efforts.
Those efforts, in collaboration with the HGB Board of Trustees, included enrolling the hospital in an Accountable Care Organization and making significant investments in population health that helped implement a clinical integration unit, launch a community paramedic program and more.
Rush’s vision and his record of success have helped him build strong, trusting relationships within the Charlotte area and foster partnerships in greater Lansing to produce efficiencies and opportunities for both HGB and the community.
He recognizes his team’s potential and champions their development and goals. Through high-reliability organization relationships, Rush has enabled his leadership team to develop a culture that is caring and safe for providers, staff and patients.
Rush has been part of the MHA Small or Rural Hospital Council for nearly 20 years and on the MHA Keystone Center Board of Directors, serving as chair in 2016-2017.
Rush requested that the Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital Development Department receive the $1,000 monetary portion of the award.
Since joining St. Joseph Mercy Oakland's administration in 2002, Striebich has held positions of increasing responsibility. In 2016 she was appointed president of the hospital and tasked with completing its $300 million campus rebuild. She was lead executive on construction of the hospital's $145 million South Patient Tower and $60 million Surgical Pavilion.
Beyond facility improvements, Striebich has increased St. Joe's footprint throughout Oakland County. This includes strategic investments into the Clarkston Imaging Center, Waterford Medical Complex and growing the hospital's physician network — known as the St. Joe's Medical Group.
During her tenure Striebich has promoted population health through innovative partnerships and improved collaboration with EMS agencies, adoption of award-winning telemedicine technologies, support for the hospital's Faith Community Nursing Program, and funding of Mercy Support programs, which aid low-income residents with barriers to care.
Striebich is a servant leader and staunch supporter of the hospital's 2,500 colleagues. She has established the conditions for their success by developing an award-winning culture, which includes implementation of workplace safety programs, improved colleague engagement, and creation of mutually supportive relationships throughout the hospital.
Striebich has served on the MHA Legislative Policy Panel for three years, is a member of the MHA Keystone Center Board of Directors, and has served on the MHA Quality and Accountability Committee.
At Striebich’s request, the Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac will receive the monetary portion of the award.
The MHA congratulates the winners of the 2019 MHA Healthcare Leadership Award.
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