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Michael Mewhirter Appointed Interim CEO

Story by Kettering Health

Kettering Health announced it has named Michael Mewhirter, current chief financial officer (CFO), as interim chief executive officer (CEO). This appointment follows last week’s announcement that CEO Fred Manchur would be retiring after nearly 12 years in the role.

“The Kettering Health board is highly confident that Michael has the qualifications to ensure Kettering Health’s success until a permanent CEO is named. Kettering Health is blessed with an incredible team of physicians, caregivers, and support staff. Because of this, I believe we are extremely well-positioned to continue to deliver on our mission to improve the quality of life of the people in the communities we serve,” said Dave Weigley, chairman of the Kettering Health board. “In appointing Michael, we believe we have found a dynamic and experienced interim leader to champion this sacred calling.”   

Continuity and looking to the future

Alongside the organization’s dedicated leaders, Mr. Mewhirter will focus on ensuring great patient outcomes, efficient operations, and strong financial stewardship. Over the next few months, he will also seek to maintain continuity with community members and key stakeholders during this interim period.

In addition, Mr. Mewhirter will prepare the organization for a successful start to 2023 by initiating any necessary short-term changes, gathering input on potential long-term improvements, and making other preparations to ensure a smooth transition and accelerated integration of Kettering Health’s next CEO.

“It is an honor for me to take the interim post and guide an organization that I care deeply about through our next chapter in service to our communities,” said Mewhirter. “I’m particularly excited about leading the great people in our system as they strive to provide high-quality, innovative care delivered with compassion and respect for every patient and family member. Kettering Health is an incredible organization, and I thank the board and our leadership for the trust they’ve put in me.” 

A search committee has been appointed by the Kettering Health board to identify highly skilled candidates to serve as the permanent CEO of Kettering Health. This process is being led by board member and former Kettering Health president, Roy Chew.

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