Griffin Award Honors Nelson Karre for Healthcare Leadership
Local attorney Nelson Karre is the recipient of the 2018 Dale G. Griffin Healthcare Leadership Award. The award is given annually to one individual for exemplary contributions to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare in the Battle Creek area.
The award was presented by Jim McKernan, Bronson Battle Creek chief operating officer, during the December meeting of the Bronson Battle Creek Medical Staff. “Nelson has helped advance the health of our community in many ways,” said McKernan. “His leadership was instrumental in securing Battle Creek Health System’s partnership with Bronson and creating a vision for what healthcare should aspire to be in order to provide exceptional care for patients and families in Battle Creek and the surrounding area.”
Karre was chosen for the Griffin award due to his longstanding impact on the health and wellbeing of the community. He joined the Battle Creek Health System board of trustees in 2004 helping to guide hospital operations into a new era of healthcare reform. He became chairperson of the BCHS board in 2009 and helped lead the search for a regional partner which resulted in BCHS becoming part of Bronson, the region’s leading healthcare system, in 2011. Karre serves on the Battle Creek Hospital Community Partners board which distributes numerous healthcare grants each year in Calhoun County. Since 2011, he has served on Bronson Healthcare’s regional board of directors which oversees the provision of healthcare services across nine counties in southwest Michigan. He is currently vice chair.
Karre’s career includes four decades of service with the Vandervoort law firm where he is a partner and where, during the course of his career, he made a significant impact on economic development on the Beckley Road corridor and the ongoing redevelopment of our downtown. His volunteer and governance work spans the community and includes the Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce, Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Battle Creek Tax Incremental Finance Authority, and the United Arts Council.
The award is named for Dale Griffin, a longtime healthcare trustee and community leader, who died in 2001. To honor his work and legacy, the Griffin Healthcare Leadership Award was created and is presented each year to recognize exemplary contributions that improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare in the Battle Creek community. The seventeen recipients since the award’s inception have included community leaders, healthcare trustees, and long-serving physicians. Last year’s honoree was Larry S. Anderson.