ProMedica system reorganizes management team after reviewWritten by Duane Ramsey | | email@example.com
ProMedica Health System will implement a reorganization of its management team with a plan that takes effect Aug. 11 after a year-long planning and review process.
ProMedica CEO Alan Brass with president and COO Randy Oostra announced the reorganization plan as part of the organization’s continued expansion. Brass previously had announced his plans to retire effective June 2009.
“This long-planned phase of reorganization ensures the corporation is in strong standing for those who will serve as its leadership into the next decade,” Brass said. “It provides tremendous continuity of leadership for the company to maintain its culture and business priorities.”
Brass worked closely so that the succession models fit the strategic plan of the company to grow and prosper. Brass and Oostra have orchestrated all four plans in the 11 years that both officers have served the local health system.
“We’re extremely proud of the leadership we have in our organization. Our succession plans and reorganization functions have been a grand-slam home run due to the benefit of our bench strength,” Brass said.
The company reported that 100 percent of the promotions in the past two plans have come from within the organization. The current plan included new appointments for 16 top management positions among the 72 corporations within ProMedica Health System.
“It’s an evolving process that never ends. Our goal is to have depth at every position with coverage throughout the organization,” Oostra said. “As a result of that succession planning, we have greater depth of management in the company.”
The succession planning at all levels of the 72 corporations is built upon the organization’s obligation to give those who are capable and talented the opportunities for advancement. It is designed so ProMedica is prepared for continued growth and provides opportunities to all deserving employees.
Brass said the health system picks the right people with great communication and commitment to individuals in the organization. The group leaders get along well with strong relationships among them and commitment to individuals in the organization, he said.
Oostra said it is “positive for the organization, its employees, facilities and the communities it serves.”
ProMedica is not only the largest health care provider in the area, but also its largest employer with 15,200-plus employees and 2,737 medical staff members at 282 facilities in a 27-county area of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
“We pay attention to the career aspirations of our employees and try to match the needs of the organization with the goals of its people. It has allowed us to be very successful with our work-force development models,” Oostra said.
He also cited the success of ProMedica University as an internal work-force development strategy that provides educational opportunities in support of leadership, management and personal development. Since its inception in 2004, the university has served more than 8,000 employees in nearly 600 classes.
The company also launched the ProMedica Leadership Institute in cooperation with the Institute for Management Studies. To date, 78 people have graduated from the internal customized leadership development program.
ProMedica was ranked the first most integrated health network among 570 health systems in the United States by the 2008 assessment of integrated health care networks conducted by Verispan and published in Modern Healthcare magazine. It was the second time ProMedica was ranked first and has been among the top four in the past five years of the survey.
“Alan Brass, Randy Oostra and their executive leadership team continue to ensure all members in each of the communities served by ProMedica receives unparalleled health care,” said Frank Duval, chairman of ProMedica’s board of trustees. “This reorganization will further ensure that ProMedica, its hospitals and treatment facilities are poised to continue excellent care in all areas.”
Brass became CEO of ProMedica in January 1998 after serving as executive vice president and COO of BJC Health System in St. Louis with 50 member and affiliated hospitals, 24,000 employees and 6,000 associated physicians. He has more than 30 years of management experience in the health care industry.
With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Oostra held leadership positions at major health systems in Alton, Ill., Grand Rapids, Mich., and Minneapolis before joining ProMedica.
Other promotions included new leadership for The Toledo Hospital, Flower Hospital and Toledo Children’s Hospital.
n Kevin Webb becomes president of The Toledo Hospital after serving in the same capacity at Flower Hospital in Toledo.
n Dr. Kathy Carlson was named president of Flower Hospital after holding that position at Toledo Children’s Hospital.
n Dr. Michael Ruhlen was appointed president of Toledo Children’s Hospital after serving as vice president of medical affairs there and vice president of medical informatics at ProMedica.
ProMedica announced additional key leadership appointments as follows:
n Barbara Steele, president of ProMedica’s central, south and east regions, will oversee acute-care services in all five regions with the addition of its north and west regions.
n John Horns, president of the north and west regions, now assumes the role as president of the Lake Erie Regional Cooperative and Regionalization.
n In addition to his role as president of ProMedica’s Health, Education and Research Corporation, Steve Mooney will assume expanded responsibilities for system-wide clinical research activities in his new role as chief materials management officer.
n In addition to his role as president of ProMedica Insurance Corporation, Jack Randolph will assume expanded responsibilities for system-wide Customer Satisfaction Services, the ProMedica Call Center, and serve as chief merger, joint ventures and acquisition officer.
n Barbara Petee will assume the roles of chief advocacy, government and community relations officer and chief communications officer in her current position as vice president of advocacy, community and government relations.
n Sheila Schwartz, currently senior vice president of philanthropy, will become chief philanthropic officer.
n As chief financial officer, Kathy Hanley will be responsible for system-wide finance activities.
n Gladeen Roberts will be responsible for expanded system-wide clinical laboratories and rehabilitation services in addition to her role as president of ProMedica Continuing Care Services.
n Charlie McDowell will be responsible for expanded system-wide human resource activities as chief human resources officer.
n David Selman will be responsible for expanded system-wide information technology activities as chief information officer.
n Gary Cates was named president of the Defiance Regional Medical Center.
n Tim Jakacki was appointed president of Fostoria Community Hospital and the Perrysburg Medical Center while overseeing the development of ProMedica’s south region.
n Holly Bristoll will serve as president of Wildwood and Arrowhead Medical centers and as executive director of the Orthopedic Institute. She will also have responsibility for development of a vision center.
PHOTO: ProMedica president and COO Randy Oostra and CEO Alan Brass announce the system’s reorganization.