Health care nonprofit names chief HR officer


Cheryl Goodell. Courtesy Cherry Health

A nonprofit health care provider has created a new position in its human resources department to provide network-wide leadership to its staff.

Grand Rapids-based Cherry Health said last month that it has hired Cheryl Goodell to serve as its first chief HR development officer.

The role

Goodell will be responsible for providing leadership in developing HR strategies that support the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization.

Her initial focus will be on talent and change management, staff development and organizational and performance management.

A Cherry Health representative said Goodell is currently getting to know the organization’s staff, which consists of 830 people, as well as visiting its more than 20 health centers and office locations.

“I joined Cherry Health to strategically drive their development initiatives, aligned with the business plan, ultimately supporting their mission and vision,” Goodell said.

She noted it’s important to invest in employees, calling them an organization’s “biggest asset.”

Goodell background

Previously, Goodell provided strategic HR direction for 1,400 employees as VP of human resources for Hospital Corporation of American–Citrus Memorial in Florida.

Goodell is a member of the Greater Grand Rapids Human Resource Management Association, Human Resources Group and The Employer’s Association, and she said she anticipates becoming more involved with local community organizations in the coming months.

While in Florida, she was active with the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.

She is a graduate of Aquinas College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with an HR concentration, and Central Michigan University, where she earned a master’s degree with an HR concentration.

Cherry Health

Cherry Health is a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center.

It provides primary care, women’s health, pediatrics, dental, vision, behavioral health, mental health, correctional health, five school-based health centers and employee assistance for employers.

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