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Lake Huron Medical Center Leaders Named Blue Water Woman

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  • Written By: Trisha Hernandez-Foster

Lake Huron Medical Center is proud to announce Rebekah Smith, RN, President and CEO of Lake Huron Medical Center has been named Blue Water Woman’s Health Care Executive of the Year. In additional to Smith’s recognition, Sushma Reddy, MD, Endocrinologist and Director of Population Health at Lake Huron Medical Center, has been named Blue Water Woman of the Year.

Blue Water Woman magazine presents the awards annually to honor and recognize the accomplishments of local women and to encourage and inspire other women in our community.

Smith has been the President and CEO at Lake Huron Medical Center, formerly St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron since 2012. She began her career as a registered nurse at the hospital and has held multiple leadership roles throughout her career. In addition to her work at Lake Huron Medical Center, Smith previously taught nursing at St. Clair County Community College.

Smith is active in the Blue Water community through volunteerism on many local non-profit boards, lending her leadership experience and passion for health care and the community in which she grew up to improve our area. "As a young woman, Becky's leadership and mentoring have made a profound impact on my life; her legacy has opened doors of opportunity for women in my generation who aspire to make a meaningful impact" commented her nominator.

Dr. Reddy has been on staff at Lake Huron Medical Center for nearly 25 years. As a local endocrinologist, she has led a thriving practice and provided guidance, education and medical care to a large number of our community members. Recently, Dr. Reddy became the Director of Population Health at Lake Huron Medical Center. In this role, she is dedicated to creating a fundamentally different culture and perspective focused on wellness. Dr. Reddy is leading our community to refine and improve the way in which health care is delivered through collaborative partnerships and prevention programs, properly addressing the health care needs of our community in a cost-effective manner.

“It is a privilege and honor to be selected as Blue Water Woman’s Health Care Executive of the Year. I am truly humbled to receive this recognition and have to credit my team and colleagues who day-in and day-out provide high-quality and compassionate care” comments Smith. “I am equally honored to be recognized alongside Dr. Sushma Reddy, who as a physician and dedicated community volunteer, is leading the way in the development of innovative programs tailored to the needs of our community that I am confident will improve the health of our population." Congratulations are extended to both Dr. Sushma Reddy and Rebekah Smith for their awards!

Blue Water Woman is a locally published, quarterly magazine for women working, living and thriving in the Blue Water Area. The Blue Water Woman Awards are hosted annually to recognize the unique talents of the women in the Blue Water Area. All honorees will be celebrated on February 19, 2016 at McMorran Theatre. For more information about this event contact Patti Samar at 810-987-1256.

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