Health system launches a thoughtful search for key executive positions
Three Beaumont Health leaders have announced they will leave the health system. The organization is beginning a thoughtful process to identify and select strong, permanent executive leaders to guide Beaumont in the years ahead.
Carolyn Wilson, R.N., chief operating officer, will leave Beaumont Sept. 1.
“Carolyn’s leadership has been vital over the last five years, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has championed Beaumont’s behavioral health efforts and led our outpatient expansion, which includes Beaumont’s urgent care network and our two new outpatient campuses,” Beaumont Health President and CEO John Fox said.
Wilson’s duties will be split between Nancy Susick, president of Beaumont, Royal Oak, and David Claeys, president of Beaumont, Dearborn and Beaumont, Farmington Hills. They will serve as interim co-chief operating officers. Both Susick and Claeys have decades of service to Beaumont and deep operational knowledge that will enable them to effectively guide the organization.
Dr. David Wood, chief medical officer, will leave Beaumont Sept. 30 as the health system finalizes its recently announced partnership with Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health.
“Dr. Wood has led Beaumont’s team of physicians with distinction, and his extraordinary work with numerous pandemic related issues, physician contracting changes and Beaumont’s academic mission has helped position Beaumont well for future success,” Fox said.
Dr. Sam Flanders, chief quality officer, will leave Beaumont Aug. 6 to join the team at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri where he will serve as that hospital’s chief quality and population health officer.
“Dr. Flanders was a driving force behind initiating the quality support systems across the Beaumont network. He was instrumental in helping raise quality across the organization,” Fox said.
Dr. Jeff Ditkoff has been appointed as Beaumont’s new chief quality officer. Dr. Ditkoff is currently the chief patient safety officer at Beaumont, Royal Oak. Dr. Ditkoff’s institutional knowledge and demonstrated commitment to improving quality and safety made him a natural fit for his new role.
Through the search and selection process, Beaumont will work to identify strong, permanent candidates to fill the chief operating officer and chief medical officer roles. The search will also include identifying the next president of Beaumont Health, as Fox plans to leave the organization following a successful integration with Spectrum Health later this year.
“We are deeply grateful to Carolyn, Dave and Sam for their many contributions to Beaumont Health,” Fox said. “As we continue to recover from the pandemic and begin our journey with Spectrum Health, I am confident about the future of Beaumont Health and our mission to provide compassionate, extraordinary care every day.”
About Beaumont Health
Beaumont Health is Michigan’s largest health care system and is most preferred for health care in Southeast Michigan, according to NRC Health survey data. The not-for-profit organization’s more than 33,000 employees share a mission to provide compassionate, extraordinary care, every day. The system includes eight hospitals with 3,375 beds, 155 outpatient sites, nearly 5,000 affiliated physicians, 1,800 advanced practice providers, 9,000 nurses and 2,000 volunteers. Beaumont’s total annual net patient revenue is $4.6 billion. In 2019, the health system had 179,600 inpatient discharges, 17,600 births and 577,000 emergency visits.