Nyberg Receives Healthcare Leadership Award

October 23, 2012

Neil Nyberg, retired vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer for Kellogg Company and current chair of the Bronson Battle Creek Hospital Community Partners board of trustees is the 2012 recipient of the Dale G. Griffin Healthcare Leadership Award.  The honor, which recognizes exemplary contributions that improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare in greater Battle Creek, is presented annually at the Sherwood B. Winslow, M.D. Distinguished Lectureship program.

“Neil has served our community for more than 30 years always emphasizing collaborative approaches to addressing local and regional health needs,” said Denise Brooks-Williams, president and CEO of Bronson Battle Creek.  “One of many highlights under his leadership was the major role he played in bringing about our recent partnership with Bronson Healthcare Group.  His unwavering commitment to details, and passion for making certain that everyone in our region has access to exceptional healthcare were driving forces in this new collaboration.”

In making the presentation, Chris Christ, local attorney and former board of trustee member for both Battle Creek Health System and BCHS Community Partners, said of Nyberg, “He has always put great emphasis on strengthening what we have and contributing to the overall health, well being, and economic vitality of the entire region.  His quiet approach to teambuilding and problem-solving has made everyone connected with healthcare feel included and part of the solution."

Nyberg retired from Kellogg Company in 2009 after 30 years of service.  He began his career there in 1979 as an attorney in its legal department before moving to the corporate affairs department where he served as director.  In 1995 he moved to the company’s European headquarters in Manchester, England where he served as director, corporate affairs – Europe.  In 1998 he returned to the United States and was appointed vice president, communications and later was named the company’s chief ethics officer and returned to the legal department.

Nyberg received his BA degree in history and philosophy from Trinity College, Deerfield, Illinois in 1974 and his JD degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois in 1977.  He joined the Illinois bar in 1977 and Michigan bar in 1980.

In addition to serving as chair of the Bronson Battle Creek Hospital Community Partners for the past six years, Nyberg has also been an active member of several not-for-profits boards including the Trinity International University, First Wesleyan Church, Gull Lake Ministries, Calhoun County Crisis Pregnancy Center, and Open Hearts Ministry.

The Griffin Award, presented annually by Bronson Battle Creek, is named in honor of longtime community leader and volunteer Dale G. Griffin who died following a battle with cancer in 2001.

Nyberg is the 13th recipient of the Griffin Award.  Past winners are Chris Christ (2001); Charles Seifert, M.D. (2002); John J.H. Schwarz M.D. (2003); Jack Mawdsley, Ed.D. (2004); Joseph M. Stewart (2005); Rick Tsoumas (2006); John Girardot, M.D. (2007); Barbara L. and William B. Comai, M.D. (2008); A.J. Jones, N.D. (2009); Brenda Hunt (2010); and Mahesh Karamchandani, M.D. (2011).

Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI.  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include inpatient behavioral health, the county’s largest accredited sleep center, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  For nine years, Bronson Healthcare has been included on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list as a leading family friendly employer.


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