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CEO TRANSITION ANNOUNCED
Karen Cheeseman selected by Board of Trustees to succeed Rod Nelson in July, 2017.
(St. Ignace, MI) - The MSHS Board of Trustees is proud to announce plans for a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the first time in 17 years. Karen Cheeseman, Chief Operating Officer (COO) will become the organization's new CEO next summer. Current CEO, Rod Nelson is planning to retire in July, 2017. He has been in that leadership role since 1999.
"Thanks to our dedicated staff and the support of our community, I am very proud of what our organization has been able to accomplish," said Nelson. "It has been a privilege to work with so many talented board members during my time at MSHS. Karen's experience will continue to move Mackinac Straits forward. She understands the value of fostering strong relatonships, not only with our colleagues and our patients, but also with the community. Her knowledge and experience will be invaluable in dealing with the ever-changing world of healthcare."
Cheeseman brings with her 19 years of management experience, 16 of which have been with Mackinac Straits. She holds a bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management from Michigan State University and a master's degree in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University. Cheeseman serves on various healthcare committees including the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA) Small and Rural Council.
Cheeseman has also been involved in all aspects of strategic
planning, recruiting and operations for the health system, as well as directing the affiliation with Munson Healthcare. She is well respected within the MHS and the Munson Healthcare System.
"I am honored to serve as Mackinac Straits next CEO," said
Cheeseman. "It is a privilege to work with a dedicated board of trustees, a core group of dedicated physicians, clinicians, leaders and employees who are proud to serve our patients and community."
"I value the many relationships and partnerships that we've built over the years with hospitals throughout the state, Mackinac Island, MHA, Munson and the Sault Tribe of Chippewa", Cheeseman added.
"I look forward to the continued collaboration to further our mission."
"Mackinac Straits has been very fortunate to have had such steady leadership with Rod as our CEO," said Patrick Shannon, MSHS board chair. "During that time, Karen has also demonsrated strong leadership qualities and commitment in her roles with MSHS. While there will be challenges ahead, the board is confident that this seamless transition will continue our mission of providing local access and quality healthcare to the families and communities we serve."
"Over the last couple of decades, Rod and Karen have both been instrumental in developing MSHS into a wonderful asset to our community," stated Richard Smith, longest serving member currently on the board of trustees. "I had the privilege of chairing the special committee in 1999 that brought Rod to St. Ignace. Over the last 17 years, the transformation of our health system has been phenomenal. THe credit goes to Rod, with the help of Karen and the dedicated staff at MSHS."
"Karen has been very involved in all the progress we have enjoyed," added Smith. "She has been active not only with our local facilities but also at the state level with the MHA. We are very proud to have her become our new CEO."
The Walk-In Clinic is located on the first floor of the hospital in St. Ignace and is available daily from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please report to the emergency desk when you arrive at the hospital.
"Bridging Dreams to Reality"
Hooping For A Cure
The 2017 Hooping For A Cure benefit basketball game was a huge success! Over $15,000 was rasied during the event on Tuesday January 24, 2017 at LaSalle High School. The St. Ignace Lady Saints hosted the Cedarville Trojans in this 9th annual event. Since 2009, this event has helped raise over $120,000 to help local cancer patients. This year's proceeds to our No Cancer Patient Left Behind Program (NCPLB)! Thanks to all that participated!
*Make checks payable to:
Mackinac Straits Health Foundation
1140 North State Street
St. Ignace, MI 49781
For more info, contact:
Mike Grisdale (906) 643-0443
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The Mackinac Straits Health System (MSHS) serves the Straits of Mackinac region with local access to high quality health care. MSHS includes a 15-bed Critical Access Hospital in St. Ignace which houses a Rural Health Clinic, Tribal Health Clinic and a 48-bed long-term care facility (Evergreen Living Center). Other locations include Bois Blanc Island Medical Center, Mackinaw City Medical Clinic, Mackinaw City Speciality Clinic, Mackinac Island Medical Center, and the Rivertown Medical Clinic in Cheboygan. MSHS is affiliated with the Munson Healthcare System and is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE POLICY
Purpose: Consistent with its mission to provide high quality health and wellness services for the community, Mackinac Straits Health System is committed to providing free or discounted care to individuals who are need of emergency or medically necessary treatment and have a household income below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) Guidelines.
In accordance with the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Service code, all other uninsured patients will not be charged more than the amount generally billed to insured patients for emergency or medically necessary care.
To contact the Billing Department:
Phone: (906) 643-1185
Fax: (906) 643-0461