December 04, 2013
Sally Berglin has announced that she will be retiring at the end of the year from her position as CEO, Bronson LakeView Hospital, and vice president, Bronson Healthcare Group. Berglin has had an extensive career with Bronson and has been an active leader in the Paw Paw community. She will be succeeded by Kirk Richardson, currently vice president patient care services and chief nursing officer for Bronson LakeView.
Berglin began her career as a nurse in the emergency department at Bronson Methodist Hospital in 1975 and worked her way up to director of emergency services from 1985-1991 followed by two years as director of neurosciences, orthopedics and trauma. In 1993, she was recruited to LakeView Hospital as vice president patient care services and in 2005 was appointed president and CEO. In addition to the hospital and outpatient services, Berglin provides executive oversight for Van Buren Emergency Medical Services and Bronson Commons formerly Bronson Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
Berglin has led many successful initiatives during her tenure. In 2008, she was instrumental in merging the LakeView organization into the Bronson family of companies. Most recently, she led a successful triennial Joint Commission survey, the opening of Bronson Commons - a new rehabilitation and post-acute care center in Mattawan, and the completion of the area's first countywide Community Health Needs Assessment. Berglin has also always found time to give back to her profession and her community. She serves on the board of the Michigan Hospital & Healthcare Association (MHA) and is the 2013 board chair for the Van Buren County United Way. A champion for healthcare in rural communities, she served from 2007-2011 as board chair of MHA's Small and Rural Hospital Council.
Berglin says, "It has been my privilege to be part of a truly exceptional healthcare system that brings so many essential healthcare services to residents of Van Buren County. Over the past decade, Bronson LakeView has grown by leaps and bounds and the quality of care has never been better. I will miss the daily camaraderie and relationships I have built with staff and providers and with members of the community, but I know the time is right to move on and enjoy retirement with family and friends. Bronson LakeView is in very good hands with Kirk Richardson at the helm. I look forward to following the organization's continued progress from my new vantage point as a retiree."
Effective January 3, 2014, Kirk Richardson will assume the title of chief operating officer and become Bronson LakeView's senior executive. Richardson has more than 28 years of progressive leadership experience in the healthcare field including nursing administration, occupational health, safety, fire service, emergency medical services and emergency management. In addition to his responsibilities at Bronson LakeView, Richardson holds numerous professional certifications and is active in the local community. He serves as captain of the Paw Paw Fire Department and as an emergency services unit nurse for the Van Buren County Sheriff Department. Richardson received his master's degree in management from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and his bachelor's degree in nursing from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.