From a news release:
PROMEDICA HEALTH SYSTEM BOARD NAMES RANDY OOSTRA PREFERRED CEO SUCCESSOR
TOLEDO, Ohio, July 28, 2009 - Today, the ProMedica Health System (PHS) Board of Trustees adopted a resolution naming Randy Oostra, current President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), as the sole and preferred successor to replace Alan W. Brass, Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Brass announced his retirement in November 2008.
"We are grateful to Alan Brass for his 12-plus years of exceptional leadership as the Chief Executive Officer during which time ProMedica Health System became a nationally-recognized, integrated health care delivery system," says Larry Peterson, Chairman, PHS Board of Trustees. "The board unanimously supports Randy Oostra as his successor and has complete confidence in Randy's ability to lead this organization into the future, to continue growing and meeting its mission."
Brass joined PHS in 1998. Under his leadership, PHS experienced significant growth and progress, and today operates 71 corporations, 283 facilities and 10 hospitals in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. PHS also received several national honors and recognition, including being ranked in the top five most integrated health networks in the United States for the last five years.
Oostra was named President and COO in August 2006. He joined PHS in 1997 and has held positions of Corporate Vice President, strategic business development; and President of Bixby Medical Center and Herrick Medical Center in southeast Michigan. He serves on numerous local, regional and national boards including The United Way of Greater Toledo, Lourdes College, Cherry St. Mission, the Regional Growth Partnership, and the American Hospital Association's Regional Policy Board. His career in healthcare spans more than 25 years, holding leadership positions at St. Anthony's Health System in Alton, Illinois; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Allina Health System in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds a doctorate in Management from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, a Masters of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Clair, a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Northwestern College, and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Randy and his wife, Barb, have three sons.