HGB announces Board of Trustee changes

Harper WildernHayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital welcomes Harper Wildern, O.D., as its newest board member, as well as shares recent officer position changes on its Board of Trustees. 

Wildern is a Doctor of Optometry with Eye Care Associates of Charlotte, and is a member of the Michigan Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. He is also an associate clinical professor at the Michigan College of Optometry. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Ferris State University, and his Doctor of Optometry from the Michigan College of Optometry, also at Ferris. Wildern will serve a three-year term on the HGB Board of Trustees.

“HGB and Eye Care Associates of Charlotte have been partners for many years,” Wildern said. “I have seen first-hand the impact the hospital has had in this community and I’m looking forward to being part of this forward-thinking team of professionals.”

Ed DobbsHGB is also pleased to announce that Ed Dobbs has accepted the position as chair of the HGB Board of Trustees. After 10 years, Fred Darin, O.D., has decided to step down from the chair position. He will remain on the board as a trustee.

“I can’t find the words to express our appreciation for the service of Dr. Darin as our board leader,” said Matthew W. Rush, FACHE, HGB president and CEO. “He has guided our organization through countless changes, challenges and successes; always keeping our organization’s, employee’s and community’s best interests at heart. We are thrilled he will continue to serve on the board and have the opportunity to mentor our new chair.”

Dobbs, who has served on the Board of Trustees since 2011, is a long-time Charlotte resident who retired from Spartan Motors as senior vice president. He is also a board member for the Eaton Community Palliative Care and the Charlotte Public Schools Educational Foundation. Prior to Spartan Motors, Dobbs was associate superintendent with Charlotte Public Schools and past president of the Eaton County United Way.

Further officer changes include David Reece, board member since 2014, who has moved into the vice chair position. Reece is also the chair of the Quality Committee. And Lori Pray, who has been with the board since 2009, is now secretary. Additional Board trustees are Mark Brett, Thomas Eveland, Eileen Fhaner, Charles Grundstrom, Sharon Kubica (Governance Committee chair), Martin Latchaw, Dennis Swan, Denise Wheaton (treasurer and Finance Committee chair), Barrett Zink and emeritus trustees: Robert Leeser, M.D., Virginia Lowe and Richard Trumley.

“Any organization can only be as strong as its Board leadership,” Rush said. “We are celebrating the strength and stability of this Board of Trustees. Our members are a mix of those who have supported our organization for years with those who are new to our organization and provide a fresh perspective. Each brings unique experience, passion, dedication and expertise to HGB that will help us succeed in the long-term in spite of the ever-changing health care arena. We are excited for our future.”

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital has been the Charlotte community’s choice for health care for more than 80 years. HGB is committed to working together in health to provide quality care and enhance the vitality of the community. It expanded its vision beyond providing traditional hospital services to one that promotes health and well-being through AL!VE. Learn more about HGB at www.hgbhealth.com and AL!VE at www.myalive.com.