Old Butterworth Chief Coming Back

    GREENVILLE — Bill Gonzalez is back in West Michigan running a health system, albeit temporarily.

    Gonzalez, the former chief executive officer of Spectrum Health who stepped down two years ago, took over Sept. 12 as interim CEO at United Memorial Health System in Greenville. He succeeded former CEO Lorne Archer, who resigned abruptly a day earlier.

    Gonzalez, the one-time head of the former Butterworth Hospital who helped steer the merger with Blodgett Hospital to form Spectrum Health, will serve as United Memorial’s chief executive for six months until a permanent successor to Archer is found. Gonzalez, who formed a health care consulting firm in Chicago following his departure from Spectrum, will assist in the hiring of a new CEO at United Memorial.

    “We look forward to tapping Bill’s vast experience, knowledge and vision to help us build a bright future for this community,” said Franz Mogdis, chairman of United Memorial Health System’s board of trustees.

    United Memorial consists of two 100-bed acute care hospitals — United Memorial Health Center in Greenville, and Kelsey Memorial Health Center in Lakeview — and an 11-physician primary-care practice, Integrated Medical Partners. The health system posted total revenues of $49 million for the 2002 fiscal year that ended June 30.

    Archer resigned Sept. 11 after two years as CEO. He previously served three years as United Memorial’s chief financial officer.

    In announcing the leadership change, the health system did not offer a reason for Archer’s resignation.

    “He made a personal decision to resign,” spokeswoman Bonnie Zimmerman said.    

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