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MidMichigan kicks-off Provider Leadership Institute

MIDLAND, Mich. – MidMichigan Health celebrated a kick-off breakfast earlier this week honoring the inaugural Provider Leadership Institute class. The program, which begins in-person classes in August 2021, was designed to develop a well-trained bench of health care providers steeped in the MidMichigan Health culture who will influence colleagues to focus on excellence and quality.

The program has been in development for the past three years with leadership support led by Lydia Watson, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer, and Richard Bates, M.D., regional vice president of medical affairs, MidMichigan Health.

“An important component to the success of a strong health system is partnership between an organization’s executives and health care providers,” said Peter Bistolarides, M.D., chief academic officer, MidMichigan Health, and director of the Provider Leadership Institute. “In fact, research shows that with true physician alignment, world-class quality, safety and service is stronger. These students were nominated by their colleagues and carefully selected by leaders. It is a prestigious class and we are all looking forward to getting the program underway.”

Classes will be held once a month and will cover topics, including strategic planning, communications, process/performance improvement, project management, leading change, finance, quality/safety/risk, governance/law/compliance, human resources and more. Students will receive required reading assignments, online learning and session tasks, as well as a final group project to be presented to senior leaders at the conclusion of the program. CME credits will be provided. Courses will be taught by MidMichigan leaders, with guidance by the program’s lead faculty.

MidMichigan Health provider class
Provider Leadership Institute 2021-2022 class

The student cohorts participating in the 2021-2022 program include (back row, left to right): Sasha Savage, M.D., family medicine, Midland; Jeff Smith, M.D., general surgery, Clare, Gratiot, Houghton Lake, Midland and Mt. Pleasant; Erich Kickland, M.D., emergency medicine, Alpena, Gratiot, Midland, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch; Paul Bucchi, M.D., emergency medicine, Alpena, Gratiot, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch, and Erik Nimbley, M.D., emergency medicine, Clare and Gladwin. (Front row, left to right): Kate Regan, M.D., psychiatry, Midland; Cari Stenz, P.A.-C., family medicine, Alpena; Fawaz Alsmaan, M.D., hospital medicine, Midland and West Branch; Danny Greig, M.D., emergency medicine, Midland, and Elizabeth Erickson, P.A-C., trauma surgery, Midland.

MidMichigan Health class
Provider Leadership Institute lead faculty

Lead faculty members include (back row, left to right): Peter Bistolarides, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S., C.P.E., chief academic officer, MidMichigan Health; Cinthia Brooks, executive director of Bay Region and finance director, MidMichigan Physician Group; Dave Szczepanski, director of HR strategy, MidMichigan Health; Richard Bates, M.D., regional vice president medical affairs, MidMichigan Health; Michael Rogers, director of training and development, MidMichigan Health; Joe Lindsay, B.S., R.R.T., education specialist, MidMichigan Health; Peter Goodwin, senior attorney, MidMichigan Health; Paul Berg, M.D., president, MidMichigan Physicians Group, and Pankaj Jandwani, M.D., regional vice president of medical affairs and chief innovation officer, MidMichigan Health. (Front row left to right): Kay Wagner, D.H.A., M.S.N., R.N., vice president of quality and patient safety, MidMichigan Health; Lydia Watson, M.D., chief medical officer and senior vice president, MidMichigan Health; Julie Hart, M.S.A., performance improvement manager, MidMichigan Health; Millie Jezior, APR, public relations manager, MidMichigan Health; Ann Horowitz, attorney, MidMichigan Health, and Dana Thering, M.B.A., director of strategic planning and business development, MidMichigan Health.

MidMichigan Health, a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, is a leader in providing award-winning, high-quality care to the 23-county region it serves. With Medical Centers in Alpena, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Midland, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch, MidMichigan Health provides a full continuum of care across a wide array of settings, including urgent care centers, home health, virtual care, as well as medical offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, hematology/oncology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, family medicine and more. MidMichigan Health demonstrates its commitment to the future of medicine by partnering with leading institutions to offer medical education programs that train medical students, physicians, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students, nursing students and other clinical experts for our region. Its nearly 8,700 employees, volunteers and health care providers work together to create healthy communities through solutions designed to meet the ever-changing needs of the 940,000 residents in the health system’s service area. In fiscal year 2019, MidMichigan Health provided more than $90 million in community benefits, as well as supported its patients and families with new equipment, services and programs with funds raised by The MidMichigan Health Foundation.

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