Passing The Baton
Gerber Memorial CEO Stasik to retire on July 13
FREMONT- Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial President and CEO Randy Stasik has announced that he will be retiring from his position effective July 13, 2018. Stasik became Gerber Memorial’s CEO and President in 2008.
“I am truly honored to have served the families of Newaygo County and working with so many outstanding community partners to deliver quality, affordable and comprehensive health care to this community that my family and I have called home for 10 years,” Stasik said. “Gerber Memorial succeeds in our mission of being a health care leader because of the 700-plus people who work hard every day and who start every shift putting our patients first. While I will miss every single one of my colleagues and thank them for the work they do, I leave knowing that I’m passing the baton to an energetic new generation of health care professionals who will continue our commitment to providing exceptional service to our community.”
During his tenure at Spectrum Health, Stasik focused on improving employee and patient safety and quality, as well as improving the health of those in the Newaygo County area.
Sharon Boczkaja, Gerber Memorial’s senior patient experience specialist, said Stasik was the kind of leader who put others first.
“Fairly quickly, I realized that Randy always does what’s right for patients,” said Boczkaja, who has worked at Gerber Memorial for 15 years. “At the same time, Randy always had our employees’ backs, that whatever we do at the hospital was also safe for the people who work here. Randy was always the voice of reason, and I know I’ll miss that.”
Barb Geno, a longtime Gerber Memorial volunteer and the incoming chair of the SHGM Patient Family Advisory Board, credited Stasik with his strategic vision to improve individual health and wellness by tackling the overall health of the community.
“Randy has been personally and professionally committed to the health and wellness of our citizens,” Geno said. “I realized how much this meant to him when he shared his vision, that the need for hospitalization would eventually never be necessary. What a unique concept: to be so good at keeping people well, we would put the hospital out of business. I wish him the very best in his well-earned retirement and hope we can carry forward his dedication toward the health and wellness of our community.”
An example of Stasik’s commitment to community wellness is the Coordinated Approach to Child Health program, an evidence-based wellness program focusing on nutrition and physical activity that is incorporated into classroom curriculum in K-5th grades in all Newaygo County school districts. A mini-documentary of the Newaygo County CATCH program can be viewed at: http://tamaracwellness.org/community-health/catch/
Stasik said he is proud of the many honors and awards earned by Gerber Memorial employees, leaders and physicians in recent years, including:
A statement Stasik made when he was hired 10 years ago made an impact on many: “We are a rural hospital and that is who we are. That is our niche, and we shouldn’t apologize for that status but work at being who we are.” He said he believes that rural communities should have access to affordable, high quality health care close to home – and he has never wavered from trying to ensure Gerber Memorial upholds this commitment.
Stasik is only the third president and chief executive at Gerber Memorial.
Before joining Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial in 2008, Stasik had already established himself as a prominent health care and community leader in the Kalamazoo area. He spent nearly two decades with Borgess, including top leadership positions as president and chief executive officer at Borgess Health Alliance, and president of Borgess Hospital. His distinguished career also included roles as president and CEO of Southside Hospital of Pittsburgh and chief financial officer of Pennsylvania’s Aliquippa Hospital Association.
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