HGB President and CEO honored with MHA Healthcare Leadership Award

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce Matt Rush, president and CEO, was honored with the Michigan Health and Hospital Association’s Healthcare Leadership Award Thursday, June 27, at the MHA Annual Membership Meeting.

The annual award recognizes outstanding individuals who have provided exceptional leadership to healthcare organizations, and to the health and well-being of the community. According to MHA, “Each of these leaders possess the ability to collaborate with their staff and local organizations, making meaningful differences in their facilities’ impact in their communities.”

Rush has led HGB for more than 20 years and his work to keep the hospital patient-centered and community-based included changing its mission from one that focuses on acute care to also enhancing community health and vitality. One example is the opening of AL!VE, HGB’s experience-based, destination health park that remains integral to the hospital’s population health efforts.

Rush’s efforts, in collaboration with the HGB Board of Trustees, included enrolling the hospital in an Accountable Care Organization and making significant investments in population health that helped implement a clinical integration unit, launch a community paramedic program, and add care coordinators and social workers to manage chronic and transitional care, advanced care planning and behavioral health initiatives.

Rush’s vision and record of success helped him build strong, trusting relationships within the Charlotte area and foster partnerships in greater Lansing to produce efficiencies and opportunities for both HGB and the community. Additionally, Rush has enabled his leadership team to develop a culture at HGB that is caring and safe for providers, staff and patients.

“Being a leader in healthcare is a labor of love,” Rush said when he accepted the award. “It’s about heart and it can’t be done alone. The Board of Trustees and our hospital team are a large part of my heart and can be recognized as well for successfully carrying out our mission.”

Rush has been part of the MHA Small or Rural Hospital Council for nearly 20 years, and participates on the MHA Keystone Center Board of Directors, serving as chair in 2016-2017.

As part of the award, recipients receive a $1,000 donation to give to the charity of their choice. Rush has directed those funds to the Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital Development Department for further enhancement of Heritage Hall.