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Crain's Detroit Business Names Rebekah Smith Among Top 100 Most Influential Women

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  • Written By: Lisa Montross

Rebekah Smith, RN and Chief Executive Officer of Lake Huron Medical Center (LHMC), has been named to Crain's Detroit Business' prestigious list of "Most Influential Women" from around the state. The list, announced this morning, contains proven leaders who are driving key decisions in industries, academia and in civic and policy organizations.

Rebekah is recognized as an advocate and leader in supporting and establishing collaborative partnerships for the betterment of the Blue Water Area. Her leadership efforts are evidenced by LHMC's unique partnership with the YMCA of the Blue Water Area to promote and support healthy senior specific programs, through LHMC's partnership with St. Clair County Community Mental Health in supporting integrated health care and operationalizing the community's first integrated health care program, as well as through the implementation of LHMC's population health program.

In her first three years as CEO, LHMC's quality outcomes and patient satisfaction scores continued to increase, surpassing local, state, and in many cases national rankings. While these accomplishments are significant by any standards, Rebekah's most significant contributions to the hospital and community have undoubtedly been made as she led Mercy Hospital through an acquisition to become Lake Huron Medical Center, the 35th member of the Prime Healthcare family.

As the medical industry continues to undergo an enormous amount of change at rapid rate the transition was all but easy. Yet despite obstacles faced, Rebekah inspired her staff to continue to deliver the high-quality compassionate care the hospital has become known for providing. During the transition, Rebekah retained 100 percent of her 800 employee's with a level of ethics and class that cannot be matched.

In evaluating the viability and sustainably of the hospital in conjunction with the needs of the local community, Rebekah recognized growth was critical, but maintaining the charity policy and continuing to serve as the "health care safety-net" for the under and uninsured was of equal importance. With this knowledge, she went on to secure an immediate surge of capital investment while retaining 100 percent of the foundation's charitable assets and further operationalized the Lake Huron Foundation, a separate 501c3 that is home to the Peoples' Clinic for Better Health. The Peoples' Clinic for Better Health has and will continue to provide live-saving care to countless people in need throughout the community.

As a lifelong member of the Blue Water Area, Rebekah has worked tirelessly to ensure that residents of a "small" community have access to the latest technology and treatment options close to home; and recently championed the installation of a TrueBeam Linear Accelerator – the most advanced radiation therapy technology available.

Overall, the women selected to Crain's Detroit Business' list of "Most Influential Women" demonstrate influence within their company or industry, have a track record of accomplishments, and have a solid reputation for demonstrating integrity and ethical behavior.

The 2016 Most Influential Women awards event will be held Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.