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Tom Mee of McLaren Greater Lansing Honored with MHA Healthcare Leadership Award

Wednesday, September 6, 2017  
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Each year, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) honors healthcare industry leaders with the MHA Healthcare Leadership Award. This year, Tom Mee, MBA, BSN, RN President and CEO of McLaren Greater Lansing was one of two recipients of the Award.

The award recognizes outstanding individuals who have provided exceptional leadership to healthcare organizations and to the health and well-being of the community. McLaren Greater Lansing’s improvements in clinical quality, operations, finances, and engagement were among the reasons Mee was nominated and recognized with the award. 

"Being recognized with the MHA Healthcare Leadership Award is truly an honor. When I came to McLaren Greater Lansing four years ago, I was tasked with performing an operational improvement embracing the core principles of people, quality, growth, and finance. This turnaround was a success in large part because we embraced our greatest strength, our people,” Mee said. “We believe if you provide excellent care, the rest will fall into place. I am beyond proud that all of our staff, clinical and non-clinical, have taken up our call to provide care beyond care to every patient, every time." 

Mee was named President and CEO of McLaren Greater Lansing in late 2014 after serving as the hospital’s chief operating officer. One year later, McLaren Greater Lansing was recognized at the top subsidiary in the McLaren Healthcare System, having greatly exceeded expectations in clinical quality, patient safety, operations, fiscal responsibility, and patient satisfaction. 

Mee instilled the organizational philosophy of “Every Patient, Every Time” to foster a culture of continuous improvement aimed at caring for those who are most important — patients. This culture fuels quality, safety, and process improvement initiatives that have involved every stakeholder. 

Looking to the health of the community, Mee has motivated the hospital’s generous support of numerous area initiatives. Examples include McLaren Greater Lansing’s $1.5 million gift to Michigan State University to establish the College of Nursing’s first endowed chair position, along with its commitment to work with the university to improve access to mental health care services. Mee is a board member of the Care Free Medical Clinic, which provides care for the community’s under- and uninsured population, and McLaren Greater Lansing presented the clinic with $75,000 to support its services last year. Under Mee’s guidance, the hospital also committed $50,000 to Helping Hands Respite Care to support access to respite care services in the region.

“Winning awards like this are not our goal, but they are indicative of the success we have worked so hard to achieve,” Mee said. “This award recognizes our clear commitment to providing patients with great experience and outcomes, and to improving the health of the community as a whole.”


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