McPherson named new Mackinac Straits Health System board chair

 Photo courtesy: Mackinac Straits Health System; Christine McPherson
Photo courtesy: Mackinac Straits Health System; Christine McPherson (WLUC)
Published: Jun. 27, 2018 at 4:58 PM EDT
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The board of trustees for Mackinac Straits Health System (MSHS) is proud to announce that Christine McPherson has been named their new board chair. She replaces Patrick Shannon, who had served in that role since 2007. Shannon will remain on the board as a trustee.

McPherson is from Sault Ste. Marie and has been on the MSHS board since 2013. For more than five years now, Christine has served as Executive Director with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. She has a Bachelor of Science in Social Services from Ferris State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Lake Superior State University. She is also a graduate of the Munson Healthcare Governance Collaborative.

“It is a privilege to work with so many talented board members during my time with MSHS,” said McPherson. “I am very proud of what our organization has been able to accomplish. Our future is bright thanks to our dedicated board of trustees, along with our dedicated physicians, nurses, clinicians, administrators and employees who work hard to serve our patients and community.”

“While there will be challenges ahead, I am confident that Christine will be an effective leader for our organization,” said Shannon. “MSHS is fortunate to have such dedicated members with a wide variety of experience on our board."

“Serving on a community hospital or health care system board in today’s challenging environment takes more than the desire to fulfill a fiduciary duty,” according to Karen Cheeseman, MSHS chief executive officer. “The way hospitals do business is changing at an alarming rate, and the pressure to manage quality and safety, cost and value, and the patient experience is unprecedented. Over the years, our organization has been fortunate to have trustees that are prepared to meet these challenges which means better service for our communities.

The Mackinac Straits Health System (MSHS) is made up of several facilities in the Straits of Mackinac region. In St. Ignace, this includes a 15-bed Critical Access Hospital which houses the St. Ignace Medical Clinic, Tribal Health Clinic, an Outpatient Surgery Center, and a 48-bed long-term care facility (Evergreen Living Center). The System also includes the Mackinac Island Medical Center, the Mackinaw City Medical Clinic, Mackinaw City Specialty Clinic, Bois Blanc Island Medical Center and the Rivertown Medical Clinic in Cheboygan. MSHS also includes the Mackinac Straits Health Foundation and is an affiliate partner in the Munson Healthcare System.

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. Mackinac Straits Health System is an equal opportunity provider and employer.