Gerber Memorial’s chief nursing officer leaves to take post at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital
Fremont – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s Chef Nursing Officer Meleah Mariani has been named chief nursing officer at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital. At Gerber Memorial, in addition to overseeing more than 175 members of the nursing staff, Mariani was also an executive leader who spearheaded numerous initiatives at Gerber Memorial in addition to serving as an ambassador throughout the Newaygo County community.
“I will deeply miss working with my friends at Gerber Memorial, who’ve become more than colleagues — they are truly family to me,” Mariani said. “I’m honored to have served with them every day to provide care and compassion to the patients and families we’ve touched at Gerber Memorial. I leave knowing that Gerber Memorial’s future is in good hands and that everyone there will continue living Spectrum Health’s values of compassion, courage, curiosity and caring.”
Mariani had been Ludington Hospital’s interim CNO since December 2019 as that hospital recruited candidates for that position. Mariani begins as Ludington Hospital’s CNO effective immediately.
For nearly six years, Mariani has served as CNO at Gerber Memorial in Fremont, providing oversight of all nursing related departments and leadership of nursing initiatives. Before joining Gerber Memorial in 2014, Mariani served in nursing leadership roles at Allegiance Health in Jackson, Michigan, and St. Joseph Mercy Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Caroline Ring, DNP, will serve as interim CNO at Gerber Memorial, in addition to her role as CNO at Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals. Ring will provide executive nursing leadership at Gerber Memorial until a permanent CNO is announced.
In her new role at Ludington Hospital, Mariani has oversight of all nursing operations and programs and associated supportive services. She will report to chief operating officer and interim president of Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, Helen Johnson, MSN.
Mariani earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Eastern Michigan University, her master’s degree in nursing administration from University of Phoenix and is currently enrolled in a nursing doctoral program at Baylor University. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and earned Nursing Executive Advanced Board Certification through the American Nursing Credentialing Center.