Hospital leaders in Reed City honored for dedication to community

LANSING — Three Michigan healthcare leaders were honored Sunday evening with the 2016 MHA Healthcare Leadership Award, presented by the Michigan Health and 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.

In recognizing Holmquist, MHA officials noted he “...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.

Also honored were Bill Schramm, senior vice president of Strategic Business Development at Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, and Ginger Williams, MD, was presented with the 2016 MHA Healthcare Leadership Award in honor of her significant accomplishments and leadership at Oaklawn Hospital, Marshall.