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Lake Huron Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Rebekah Smith Announces Retirement

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  • Written By: Lisa Beedon

Rebekah Smith, RN, Chief Executive Officer of Lake Huron Medical Center, has announced her plans to retire in the spring of 2017.

A lifelong member of the community, Rebekah (Becky) began her career at the hospital as a registered nurse in 1980. Over the next 30 years, she advanced her career holding several leadership roles at the hospital in both clinical and non-clinical settings. She has led several initiatives that made a significant impact on the hospital's quality, service, and financial performance.

Becky was eventually appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron in 2012. In her first two years in this position, the hospital’s quality outcomes and patient satisfaction scores continued to increase, surpassing local, state and national rankings.

“Becky is the epitome of ‘service above self’ and we consider ourselves fortunate to have experienced her leadership,” said Jeff Smith, Chairman of the Lake Huron Medical Center Governing Board. “At a time when the healthcare industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, Becky has led the implementation of several new initiatives that have achieved tremendous and exciting growth. Without question, we will miss Becky's leadership, dedication and true passion.”

“Becky is an advocate and area leader in supporting and establishing collaborative partnerships for the betterment of the Blue Water community,” said Mike Glenn, Vice Chairman of the Lake Huron Governing Board. “She has worked diligently to establish unique partnerships with the YMCA of the Blue Water Area to promote and support healthy senior specific programs, with St. Clair County Community Mental Health to operationalize the community's first integrated health care program through the expansion of the People’s Clinic for Better Health and with the St. Clair County Intervention and Detention Center to provide quality healthcare in the most cost-effective manner.”

While these accomplishments are substantial by any standards, her most significant contribution to the hospital and community has undoubtedly been made over the past 18 months as she led St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron through its acquisition to become Lake Huron Medical Center (LHMC), the 35th member of the Prime Healthcare family.

“We deeply value Becky's contributions to Lake Huron Medical Center and to Prime Healthcare. Her leadership through the hospital’s acquisition was paramount to its success,” said Rick Wright, Regional Chief Executive Officer – Midwest for Prime Healthcare. “We are grateful to have Becky’s support as we work to source and secure a leader who values the culture and understands the needs of the local community.”

Over the past year, Lake Huron Medical Center received the Women’s Choice Award in recognition of being among “America’s Best Hospitals in Emergency Care,” certification from Health Stream for “Excellence in Emergency Care” and earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The hospital has also made significant investments in its infrastructure, expanding and enhancing its services to include a TrueBeam linear accelerator – the most advanced radiation therapy treatment technology available; 80-slice CT scanners that sharpen imaging and advance diagnostic capabilities; a new urgent care and walk-in clinic located at Lake Huron Medical Center’s North Campus, and a new pulmonary rehabilitation program. The hospital plans to open its wound care center later this month and begin offering 3D mammography early this spring.

“My announcement comes with enormous gratitude for the privilege of serving this great organization for more than 30 years and with a deep sense of accomplishment for all we have achieved together during my tenure as CEO these past five years,” said Rebekah Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Lake Huron Medical Center. “We have made significant improvements in quality, safety and access to care for the residents of our community. With the support of Prime Healthcare and our highly regarded medical staff, talented colleagues and dedicated volunteers, I am confident in the team assembled to lead Lake Huron Medical Center into the next 60 years of caring for the health and well-being of our community.”

Becky earned an associate degree in nursing from St. Clair County Community College, a bachelor's degree from Siena Heights University and a master's degree in health care administration from Central Michigan University.

In addition to her responsibilities as CEO, Becky is also an active member of the local community. She serves as a board member for the St. Clair County Community College Foundation and member of the Alumni Association. She is a board member of and currently serving as the 2016 Campaign Chair for the United Way of St. Clair County. Becky also serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of the Blue Water Area, Tri-Hospital EMS, Lakeshore Surgery Center, Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County, St. Clair County Community Services Coordinating Body and Lake Huron Foundation.

In 2016, Becky was recognized by Crain's Detroit Business as one of the 100 Most Influential Women, named Blue Water Woman Healthcare Executive of the Year and named the St. Clair County Community College Alumna of the Year.