The MHA Meritorious Service Award

Beginning in 1953 and presented annually by the Corporate Board of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association as the highest achievement award to those whom the Committee on Awards (Nominations) shall propose in recognition for an outstanding contribution of service to either hospitals or to: the hospital needs of the people of the State of Michigan.

Past Winners

2016
David Finkbeiner, Michigan Health & Hospital Association
Rodney M. Nelson, Mackinac Straits Health System
Douglas L. Strong, University of Michigan Health System

2015
Georgia Fojtasek, Allegiance Health, Jackson

2014
Garry C. Faja, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor
John MacLeod, Mercy Hospital Cadillac
Spencer Maidlow, Covenant HealthCare, Saginaw

2013
James Austin, Kalkaska Memorial Health Center and Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, Frankfort
Brian Connolly, Oakwood Healthcare Inc., Dearborn
Philip H. McCorkle Jr., Saint Mary’s Health Care, Grand Rapids

2012
Rob Covert, Oaklawn Hospital, Marshall
Nancy Schlichting, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit
Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, Ascension Health Alliance, St. Louis, MO

2011
Burton O. Parks, West Shore Medical Center, Manistee
Bruce L. Traverse, Carson City Hospital

2010
Kenneth Matzick, Beaumont Hospitals, Royal Oak
Tom Mroczkowski, Northern Michigan Regional Health System, Petoskey (posthumously)

2009
Wayne Hellerstedt, Helen Newberry Joy Hospital and Healthcare Center, Newberry

2008
Ned Hughes, Jr., Gerber Memorial Health Services, Fremont
Joe Wasserman, Lakeland Regional Health System, St. Joseph

2007
Gerald Fitzgerald, Oakwood Healthcare, Inc., Dearborn
Marlene Hulteen, Michigan Health & Hospital Association

2006
Richard Davidson, American Hospital Association
Frank Sardone, Bronson Healthcare Group, Kalamazoo

2005
Ted Wasson, William Beaumont Hospitals, Royal Oak

2004
Henry Veenstra, Zeeland Community Hospital

2003
Donald Fletcher, Port Huron Hospital
Donald Potter, Southeast Michigan Health & Hospital Council

2002
Fritz Kellermann, MHA Service Corporation, Lansing

2001
James Gardner, Huron Memorial Hospital, Bad Axe

2000
Charles Ellstein, Michigan Health & Hospital Association (posthumously)

1999
Hans Jeppesen, Bay Health System, Bay City (posthumously)

1998
Dean Stuart, MHA Hospital Purchasing Service, Middleville

1997
Kenneth Myers, William Beaumont Hospital Corp., Royal Oak

1996
Glenn Wesselmann, St. John Health System, Detroit

1995
Sandra Bennett Bruce, Muskegon Mercy Community Healthcare System

1994
Edward Thomas, Detroit Receiving Hospital & University Health Center .

1993
Spencer Johnson, Michigan Hospital Association
Edward McRee, Ingham Medical Center, Lansing

1992
Terence Moore, MidMichigan Regional Health System, Midland

1991
Robert Asmussen, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Michigan

1990
Jacque Sammet, MHA Insurance Company, Lansing

1989
Arthur Knueppel, St. Lawrence Hospital, Lansing

1988
Richard Hiltz, Mercy-Memorial Hospital, Monroe

1987
H. Allan Barth, past president, MHA

1986
Jack Ryan, MD, Detroit-Macomb Hospital Corporation

1985
Patric E. Ludwig, past president, MHA

1984
Gerson I. Cooper, Botsford General Hospital, Farmington Hills

1983
Edward Connors, Sisters of Mercy Health Corp., Farmington Hills
Henry Irwin, Reed City Hospital

1982
James T. Farley, St. Clair Health Services Corp., Detroit
Ronald O. Warner, Hurley Medical Center, Flint

1981
John C. Bay, Munson Medical Center, Traverse City
Robert A. Bradburn, Southwest Michigan Healthcare Assn., St. Joseph

1980
Joseph W. Schaeffer, MD, Rehabilitation Institute, Detroit
Richard L. Sejnost, Harper-Grace Hospitals, Detroit

1979
F. Karl Neumann, Sparrow Hospital, Lansing

1978
Frank A. Drazkowski, Grand View Hospital, Ironwood

1977
Karl S. Klicka, MD, Peoples Community Hospital Authority, Wayne
Kathleen Putnam, RN, Leelanau Memorial Hospital, Northport

1976
Lucy Grenzke, past president, MAHA

1975
Howard A. Hewitt, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, Manistique
Daniel N. Finch, Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo

1974
Ralph F. Lindberg, DO, Detroit Osteopathic Hospital Corporation
Donald J. Pizzimenti, Peoples Community Hospital Authority, Wayne

1973
Charles H. Yeates, Allegan Health Center

1972
Mrs. Jane S. Davis, FACHA, Pawating Hospital, Niles
D. Bonta Hiscoe, MD, Community Health Services, Lansing

1971
Robin C. Buerke, MD, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit
W. Anson Hedgecock, Hospital Research & Educational Reserve, Jackson

1970
John J. Freysinger, Peoples Community Hospital Authority, Wayne
Marion J. Wright, RN, Jennings Memorial Hospital, Detroit

1969
Andrew Pattullo, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek
Lee W. Yothers, Ferguson-Droste-Ferguson Hospital, Grand Rapids

1968
C. Tiffany Loftus, Mercy Hospital, Benton Harbor
Vergil N. Slee, MD, Pennock Hospital, Hastings

1967
Franklin D. Carr, Detroit Memorial Hospital
D. Eugene Sibery, Crittenton General Hospital, Detroit

1966
George E. Cartmill, Harper-Grace Hospitals, Detroit

1965
Jacques Cousin, Detroit Medical Center Corporation
Mother Mary Maurita Sengelaub, Sisters of Mercy, Detroit

1964
Albert Carl Kerlikowski, MD, University Hospitals, Ann Arbor

1963
Albert E. Heustis, MD, Michigan Department of Public Health, Lansing
Vernon Thompson Root, Community Hospital, Battle Creek Meritorious Service – Page 4

1962
B.D. Dann, Hackley Hospital, Muskegon
Bennett J. McCarthy, Michigan Hospital Service, Detroit

1961
E. Dwight Barnett, MD, Harper Hospital, Detroit
Ronald D. Yaw, Blodgett Memorial Hospital, Grand Rapids

1960
Jordan Joseph Popkin, Michigan Department of Public Health, Lansing

1959
Charles E. Findlay, Alpena General Hospital

1958
Arthur Furstenberg, MD, College of Medicine, University of Michigan
Joseph R. Homminga, MI Office of Hospital Survey & Construction

1955
Howard Robert Estes, Former State Representative; Oakland County Hospital & Infirmary

1954
Augustus Confield Ledyard, Dickinson, Wright, et al., Detroit

1953
Mother Carmelita Manning, Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital Detroit
I.R. Peters, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit

1952
Mrs. Ronald (Elrose) Yaw, MAHA Pioneer and past MAHA president

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