Exalta Health names interim president

Ed Postma Courtesy Exalta Health

The board of a faith-based health care nonprofit selected an interim president and launched a search for a permanent leader.

Exalta Health said Monday that Ed Postma, a board member and former board chair of the organization, accepted the role of interim president.

Dan Takens, who became Exalta’s new president in early February after the retirement of Bill Paxton, decided last week to resign “for personal reasons” and the board “reluctantly” accepted that resignation, according to a statement from Exalta.

Postma worked at Amway for almost four decades in international contract compliance, risk management and international business development, and he is presently a consultant with Cross Creek Consulting.

He said the Exalta Health board has been “a great place to make a difference,” and though he wishes the circumstances were different, he is eager to guide Exalta Health as interim president.

“Even in the midst of COVID-19, when we have seen fewer patients in person, it has been clear to me and to many others how important Exalta Health is to a part of our population that is often ignored,” he said. “Not just our medical and dental services, but our behavioral and spiritual care services have been a lifeline to many. People know we are here for them, and we plan for that message to continue to come through loud and clear in this time of transition, too.”

Established in 1996, Exalta Health provides health care to children, adults and seniors in West Michigan, regardless of employment, health insurance or other financial factors.

In 2019, Exalta Health served 1,099 medical patients, 1,210 dental patients and provided just over 9,000 total services.

Its paid staff members include a medical director, a dental director, social workers, a chaplain and a variety of administrative positions.

It also relies on more than 100 medical, dental and other volunteers to provide its services.

About 17% of Exalta Health patients have insurance, of which most use Medicaid, meaning insurance is just 4.2% of its revenue. The donor community, including businesses, individuals, churches and foundations, helps cover the gap between what services cost and what patients can pay, according to Exalta.

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