Holland Hospital transitions leadership

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From left, Dale Sowders, Patti VanDort and Mark Pawlak. Courtesy Holland Hospital

A revamped leadership team will be responsible for the future of Holland Hospital.

Dale Sowders, formerly president and CEO, will retain the CEO title and add the title of vice chair on the Holland Hospital board of directors.

Patti VanDort, currently the senior vice president of hospital operations, will assume the role of president.

Mark Pawlak, currently senior vice president of operations, will become executive vice president.

Those three now will comprise the hospital’s executive leadership team. All appointments become effective April 1.

Sowders will focus on strategy, collaborative partnerships and financial stewardship.

“I’m honored and blessed to have worked with this incredible leadership team over the past 20 years,” he said. “Internal succession will ensure continuity of our outstanding organizational performance, caring culture and commitment to the community.”

Oversight of daily hospital operations will be led by Joe Bonello, chief nursing officer; Sandra Trammell, vice president, human resources and support services; Michelle Doctor, vice president, Holland Hospital Medical Group; Alex Roehling, CFO; and Rob Schwartz, vice president, quality, information technology, health information management and risk.

“Holland Hospital has been committed to serving the lakeshore region for 105 years. Our focus will remain on providing local access to health care for residents from our service area, including Holland, Zeeland and the entire lakeshore region from Grand Haven to South Haven,” Sowders said. “We are the only organization of our size and scope that focuses solely on meeting the health care needs of this region.”

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