MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - UP Health System announced Wednesday morning that Gar Atchison has been named chief executive officer of UP Health System-Marquette and market CEO of UP Health System.
Brian Sinotte left the CEO position in June, three weeks after the new UPHS-Marquette campus opened. Jerry Dooley has been serving as interim CEO since Sinotte's departure.
“We are thrilled to welcome Gar to the Upper Peninsula,” said Jamie Carter, president of LifePoint Health’s Eastern Division, of which UP Health System is a part, in a press release. “Gar is a seasoned leader who is deeply committed to our mission of Making Communities Healthier. I am confident that his passion for quality care, his operational expertise and his strong track record for organizational growth will be a tremendous benefit to UPHS-Marquette and UP Health System as a whole. We look forward to the many ways his leadership will help our Michigan hospitals further improve the health and well-being of their communities in the years to come.”
A veteran healthcare executive with more than 30 years of experience, Atchison joins UPHS-Marquette from Frye Regional Medical Center (FRMC), another Duke LifePoint facility in Hickory, North Carolina. During his tenure there, he served in several leadership positions, including as chief operating officer (COO), vice president of business development and market operations director for the hospital’s physician network, before assuming the role of CEO in 2016.
Prior to his time at FRMC, Atchison served as CEO of Hickory Orthopaedic Center, PA, a multi-location orthopaedic practice in Hickory, North Carolina. Before that, he was a practice administrator for Bay Street Orthopaedics in Petoskey, Michigan, and financial operations manager for Northern Michigan Hospital, also in Petoskey.
“We are pleased that a veteran leader from the Duke LifePoint network and a former Michigan native will be taking the helm here in Marquette,” said UPHS-Marquette Board Chair, John Bartlett, MD, in a press release. “His reputation as a strong healthcare executive, avid community supporter and mission-minded leader who is sharply focused on quality care makes him the ideal person to take our hospital into the future. We are confident that he will be a terrific addition to the UPHS-Marquette and UP Health System family.”
Atchison earned a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and a Master of Business Administration from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Patient Safety Officer through the Duke Patient Safety Center.
“I am excited to join the UPHS family and be part of its legacy of providing high quality care and service for the Upper Peninsula,” said Atchison, in a press release. “I look forward to working alongside the dedicated teams at UPHS-Marquette, UPHS-Portage and UPHS-Bell to ensure that those we serve continue to have access to the highest quality healthcare services close to home as we advance our mission of Making Communities Healthier.”