Big Rapids, Reed City hospitals form leadership team

A joint team of experienced executives has been formed to lead Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital and Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital. The team includes (from left) Netty Cove, VP patient services, Tom Knoerl, VP finance, Sam Daugherty, President, Cathy Rybicki, VP operations and physician services and Rick Green, senior HR business partner. (Courtesy photo)
A joint team of experienced executives has been formed to lead Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital and Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital. The team includes (from left) Netty Cove, VP patient services, Tom Knoerl, VP finance, Sam Daugherty, President, Cathy Rybicki, VP operations and physician services and Rick Green, senior HR business partner. (Courtesy photo)

By Spectrum Health

REED CITY — A team of executives has formed to lead Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital and Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital. The team is comprised of leaders from both hospitals and will be focused on sharing best practices, improving efficiency and strengthening patient service lines. Both organizations will continue their roles as community hospitals, by providing inpatient, outpatient and emergency services. Physicians at both hospitals will maintain their practices and remain in their current locations offering quality care to patients. Both hospitals are making significant investments in technology and services, such as 128 slice CT imaging, the new Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Treatment Center in Reed City and single patient rooms and the new four-bed CCU project in Big Rapids. The leadership team also is focusing on bringing more physician specialists to the region including cardiologists, urologists, ENT physicians, pulmonologists and dermatologists. Sam Daugherty, president of both hospitals for the past five years, will lead the new team. The executive team consists of four divisions – finance, patient services, operations/physician services and human resources. Leading the finance division for both hospitals is Reed City’s current vice president of finance, Tom Knoerl. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Western Michigan University and a Master of business administration from Lake Superior State University and has been with Spectrum Health since 2003. Netty Cove is Big Rapid’s vice president of patient services and will lead the clinical areas of both hospitals.  Cove has been at the helm of clinical operations in Big Rapids for the past 20 years. She has a Master’s in health care administration from serving as vice president of operations and physician services is Cathy Rybicki. She has been with Reed City Hospital since 2007. Prior to joining Spectrum Health, Rybicki held she held the role of administrative director for St. John Macomb Hospital Physician Practices and the position of director of operations for a federally qualified health center in Muskegon. Rybicki holds a Bachelor of Science in organizational administration and a Master’s in administration from Central Michigan University. Rick Green, senior human resources business partner leads the HR teams at both hospitals and has been a member of Spectrum Health since 2008.  Green has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Central Michigan University.