Health system hires director for hospital foundation


Jaime Counterman. Courtesy Metro Health-University of Michigan Health

A health system has named the new director of its foundation.

Jaime Counterman recently stepped into the role for the Metro Health Hospital Foundation, where she is leading initiatives to help keep Metro Health – University of Michigan Health at “the leading edge of medicine.”

A lifelong resident of West Michigan, Counterman brings nonprofit, fundraising and leadership experience to the role.

She previously worked for the foundation for nearly three years before leaving for her most recent position as director of the nonprofit Ele’s Place West Michigan.

Counterman also has worked as the annual funds manager for Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, a community representative for American Cancer Society and executive director for Myasthenia Gravis Foundation – Great Lakes Chapter.

Greg Meyer, Metro Health’s chief community officer, said Counterman has demonstrated an “ability to exceed expectations.”

“That’s extremely important at Metro Health, where it’s built into our culture to constantly set new standards of excellence,” Meyer said. “The Metro Health Hospital Foundation plays an integral role in this, by funding our nonprofit health organization’s investment in staff development, advanced equipment, and free and low-cost community health initiatives.”

Counterman said she was drawn to Metro Health by its physician-led, “patient-centered focus.”

“I try to live by the motto, ‘We rise by lifting others,’ and have been fortunate in my career to find causes that align with my priorities,” Counterman said. “Metro Health is a perfect example. I am passionate about ensuring my community has access to the best health care available.”

Counterman has a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from Grand Valley State University, where she also is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration.

She also is a leadership council member for ATHENA Grand Rapids and has volunteered for multiple other organizations. 

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