The following announcement was issued by McLaren Northern Michigan on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013:
McLaren Northern Michigan officials announced that David M. Zechman, FACHE has accepted the position of president and chief executive officer, beginning in early November. Zechman brings more than 31 years of healthcare and leadership experience to McLaren Northern Michigan, including nearly seven years as a CEO.
"After completing a thorough nationwide search, we are excited to have secured an individual such as David Zechman. He has a proven track record in hospital and health system executive management with a passion for clinical quality and service excellence," said Bob Foster, chairman of the board of trustees. "David's ability to engage physicians and colleagues in providing exceptional patient care will be an asset to McLaren Northern Michigan and the entire community."
The retirement plans of current President and CEO Reezie DeVet were announced last April and the national search began at that time. DeVet will remain in her current position until the end of the calendar year assisting with the transition. A search committee consisting of physicians and members of the hospital's board of trustees was assisted by a national executive search firm. McLaren Northern Michigan board approved the new President and CEO.
Zechman has been serving as President and CEO of Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) in West Plains, Missouri. Prior to joining OMC in 2008, he served as the President and CEO of the recently renamed Lakeside Medical Center, the sole county hospital in Palm Beach County, Florida. In addition, he has held senior management positions at Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's HealthCare in Louisville, Kentucky, and at St. Luke's Health System in Kansas City, Missouri. Zechman is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and served the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) as president of the Southwest District, member of the Finance Committee, and secretary of the Management Services Corporation Board.
"David is such a strong choice," said DeVet, "He has been successful leading a health system offering a full continuum of care, and perhaps more importantly, has a thorough understanding of the challenges facing health care delivery in the rural environment."
Zechman is a member of the West Plains Rotary Club and the West Plains Chamber of Commerce. He has an undergraduate degree in Education from Miami University and a Masters of Public Administration from Cleveland State University. He and his wife of 36 years, Rhonda, will be re-locating to the Petoskey area. The couple has two adult daughters, Audra and Alyssa.
About McLaren Northern Michigan
McLaren Northern Michigan, a subsidiary of McLaren Health Care, is a 202-bed, regional referral center located in Petoskey, serving residents in 22 counties across northern lower Michigan and the eastern part of the Upper Peninsula. A medical staff of nearly 200 physicians represents nearly all medical and surgical specialties, enabling full-service care with an emphasis on heart, cancer, orthopedics, and neuroscience services. Additional information can be found at northernhealth.org.
About McLaren Health Care
With headquarters in Flint Township, Mich., McLaren Health Care, a nonprofit system is annually recognized as one of the top integrated health networks in the nation. McLaren is one of the largest health care providers in the state with a system that reaches more than half of Michigan residents through more than 200 locations, 17,400 employees and 11,000 network physicians. McLaren Health Care had net revenues of $2.5 billion in 2012 and has experienced double-digit growth each year since 1989. The system includes 10 hospitals with locations in Bay City (2), Flint, Lapeer, Lansing (2), Mount Clemens, Mount Pleasant, Petoskey and Pontiac. Additional health care services are provided at the McLaren Clarkston campus in northern Oakland county, and McLaren Proton Therapy Center in Flint (beginning in 2013). McLaren Health Care also operates McLaren Medical Group, an employed physician network; McLaren Homecare Group, an award-winning home health, hospice and medical supplies provider; McLaren Health Plan, a licensed HMO offering benefit plans for commercial businesses and Medicaid recipients; and McLaren Cancer Institute, the largest cancer care network of its kind in the state. For more information, visit mclaren.org.