Posted on October 13, 2016
Hospital association recognizes hospital trustee, executives
LANSING, Mich. — Three Michigan healthcare leaders were honored Sunday evening with the 2016 MHA Healthcare Leadership Award, presented by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) during the MHA Governance Conference in Acme, Mich.
Each year, the MHA honors outstanding individuals who have provided exceptional leadership to healthcare organizations and to the health and well-being of the community. The 2016 recipients of the award include Chuck Holmquist, chairman of
the board of directors, Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals; William Schramm, senior vice president, strategic business development, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit; and Ginger Williams, MD, president and CEO, Oaklawn Hospital, Marshall.
Chuck Holmquist brings integrity, poise and a clear vision for the future to his position as chairman of the board of directors of Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals. He began serving on the Reed City Hospital board in 2009 and, when the Big Rapids and Reed City campuses joined forces, Holmquist brought his humble, servant leadership style to the combined board as chair. He has also served as a regional representative on the Spectrum Health Hospital Group board since 2015.
When Big Rapids Hospital merged into Spectrum Health in 2013, it joined former competitor Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital in a common mission to improve health in those communities. Holmquist was named chairman of a joint hospital board and charged with spearheading unity between the two hospitals. He guided the necessary adjustments in organizational vision and culture, resulting in cohesive care across both campuses.
Holmquist’s attention to detail helps him listen closely to facts and provide constructive feedback. When conflict arises, he prefers to talk through concerns to help guide the board to a consensus that achieves the best result for patients.
Holmquist also helped facilitate a large donation toward what became the Spectrum Health Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center in 2013, helping to bring state-of-the-art cancer care technology to the rural setting. The 2016 MHA Healthcare Leadership Award was presented to Holmquist in recognition of his successful and ongoing leadership in unifying two hospital cultures.
Bill Schramm is senior vice president of Strategic Business Development at Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, with responsibility for developing and facilitating the vision, structure and partnerships of major initiatives for the health system. His leadership in this role has helped grow Henry Ford’s net revenue from about $3.5 billion in 2007 to $5 billion today.
Schramm brings insightful perspective to his work from both the operational and clinical sides of healthcare, having worked as a registered medical technologist and a licensed chemist as well as an administrator. He has had key roles in several system initiatives, including acquiring Allegiance Health in Jackson, developing the Cardinal Health Distribution Center, planning and building Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, and expanding and modernizing the system’s flagship facility, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit. Schramm is at the forefront of Henry Ford Hospital’s South Campus expansion project that will be anchored by a cancer center and will include green space and commercial, retail and housing development. He is passionate about his work with the Henry Ford Early College, where nearly 200 students have simultaneously completed requirements for their high school diplomas, associate degrees and professional certification for health-related careers. Eight of the graduates are now employed by the health system.
Outside the health system, Schramm actively volunteers with Habitat for Humanity Detroit and at his church in Royal Oak. Schramm received the 2016 MHA Healthcare Leadership Award in recognition of more than three decades of leadership and visionary accomplishments at Henry Ford Health System.
Ginger Williams, MD, was presented with the 2016 MHA Healthcare Leadership Award in honor of her significant accomplishments and leadership at Oaklawn Hospital, Marshall. As CEO, Williams restructured the hospital’s leadership team, instituted new efficiency and organizational initiatives, and implemented significant changes in a way that enhanced the hospital’s culture and performance. Examples include a new employee evaluation system, informal forums in which she interacts with staff, breakfasts with new employees to explain Oaklawn’s overall culture, Executive Patient Safety Rounds to obtain patient feedback, and daily check-ins with department managers to discuss and resolve issues. An employee team is charged with developing and implementing innovative ideas, and Lean principles are helping create more value with fewer resources. These changes occurred while Oaklawn simultaneously achieved a significant financial turnaround early in Williams’ tenure as president and CEO.
Within the community, Williams influenced and supported the launch of local dialysis units, an afterhours clinic, an occupational health program to help workers engage in their healthcare, and the Oaklawn Classic 5K/10K and 5K Fun Run, where runners and spectators have access to healthcare information. She has also helped build consensus within the community on issues like expanding the Oaklawn campus, supporting the city of Marshall in building an essential power substation on property sold to it by the hospital, and prompting others to take lead roles in community events.
Williams joined Oaklawn Hospital as an emergency room physician more than 20 years ago. She was named chief medical officer in 2005 and president and CEO in 2013.
Based in greater Lansing, the MHA advocates in Michigan and Washington, DC, on behalf of healthcare providers and the communities and patients they serve. The MHA is a nationally recognized leader on initiatives that protect and promote quality, cost-effective and accessible healthcare.
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