2017-04-08 / People

Rod Nelson Receives 2017 Rural Leadership Award


Mackinac Straits Health System president and CEO Rodney Nelson received the Rural Hospital Leadership Award during the 30th Annual Rural Health Care Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. (American Hospital Association photograph) Mackinac Straits Health System president and CEO Rodney Nelson received the Rural Hospital Leadership Award during the 30th Annual Rural Health Care Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. (American Hospital Association photograph) St. Ignace hospital administrator Rod Nelson has received the 2017 Rural Leadership award from the American Hospital Association for his work to coordinate medical services in Mackinac County and construction of the new medical center at St. Ignace.

During his 17 years in St. Ignace, he worked with the Mackinac Straits Hospital Authority and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians to facilitate construction of a new medical building housing Mackinac Straits Health System and Tribal Health Services, has formed partnerships with Mackinac Island Medical Center and Munson Health Care of Traverse City, and provides satellite clinics at Mackinaw City, Bois Blanc Island, and Cheboygan.

The award was presented during the 30th Rural Health Care Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, held February 5 to 8. Mr. Nelson, who is president and CEO of Mackinac Straits Health System, is the first Michigan recipient of the award since its inception in 1991. He also received the Meritorious Service Award from the Michigan Health and Hospital Association in June.

“Success means being passionately persistent in pursuing your

Mr. Nelson said at the conference. He said he is proud that the organization strives to put patients and communities first.

“We try to set an example here,” he said. “It’s a passion to do the right thing.”

He also credited a strong relationship with politicians in Lansing and Washington, D.C., and tribal representatives, a visionary board of trustees, and a medical staff dedicated to providing quality patient care.

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