Interim CEO takes helm at SMH

MANISTIQUE – Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Sherry Arnold, its current quality improvement and risk management director, as interim chief executive officer, effective Sept. 28.

Arnold will succeed retiring CEO George Montgomery until Nov. 1 in anticipation of Tanya Hoar taking the helm as chief financial and chief executive officer.

As interim CEO, Arnold will work closely with SMH Senior Leadership Team, physicians, supervisors and board of trustees to oversee the hospital and clinic’s ongoing planned initiatives.

“I want to thank Sherry for agreeing to serve as CEO during this interim period. Sherry has demonstrated strong leadership skills over the years and has earned the respect of the board of trustees, SMH Management Team, and physicians, for her professionalism, strong analytical skills, and work ethic,” said Don Perigo, SMH board chairman.

Arnold brings with her 20 years of healthcare management experience. Graduating with a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Lake Superior State University, and an associate degree in healthcare risk management and quality review, Arnold joined SMH in 1993.

Starting her career as the QI/risk management coordinator, she was promoted three years later to director.

“I’m honored the board selected me as interim CEO. We have a strong management team at SMH and highly skilled professional medical practitioners. Our staff work hard at making each and every patient experience a positive one, and I’m proud of that,” said Arnold.