Staff Report —
Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc., will have a new chief executive officer in January.
The ESRH board of directors in a press release announced Matthew Clay was hired for the position.
CEO Nancy Stern is retiring Jan. 1 after nearly 37 years working at the health care organization. Stern has been chief executive officer since 2000.
Clay was chosen after a four-month selection process, according to Jeffrey B. Holland, president of the board of directors.
Clay “brings an exceptional combination of experience, talent, energy, and vision to our health system,” Holland said, adding that Clay’s “portfolio of skills and resourcefulness will be a catalyst for continued success and positive momentum for the Eastern Shore Rural Health System as stimulated by the 20 years of leadership with Nancy Stern.”
Eastern Shore Rural Health System includes six medical centers and five dental locations and is the primary care provider for many Shore residents.
Clay is currently executive director of health services at Pokagon Health Services, in Dowagiac, Mich., according to the release.
Pokagon Health Services is a primary health care provider for the Native American population in Michigan and Indiana.
In his current job, Clay oversees operations for three accredited ambulatory health care clinics. The provider is currently breaking ground on a fourth clinic.
The clinics offer medical care, dental care, behavioral health care, transportation services, pharmacy services, community outreach, wellness programs, optical care, and food services. Clay manages a $17 million budget and more than 100 staff members in his current position.
He is active on boards and committees at the federal, state, and local levels and has led special projects as needed — including construction, process improvement, and modernization efforts.
“It is an absolute pleasure to be joining you as your new CEO,” Clay said, adding, “I am delighted to have made it through a rigorous and thorough process. More than anything, I am excited to have this opportunity to be part of the ESRHS team. It is a privilege to join such an extraordinary organization, with such a dedicated board, executive team, and staff that cares so deeply about our mission…serving the people of Eastern Shore.”
The CEO succession planning committee members were Dr. Betty Bibbins, Luther Byrd, Dr. Art Fournier, Garnett Kellam, and Keith Colonna.