William D. Johnston Appointed to Bronson Board of Directors

February 15, 2010


KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Bronson Healthcare Group Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of William D. Johnston, president, director and CEO of the Greenleaf Companies, to the Bronson board of directors.


Johnston is a Chicago native and a graduate of Western Michigan University where he received both his bachelor's and master's degree. Johnston spent 15 years in education, during which time he served as a teacher, assistant principal and high school principal. He left the field of education in 1985 and began his career in investments when he joined a national brokerage firm. In October of 1991, he started the first Greenleaf Company. Today, the collective Greenleaf Companies include 900 employees in Southwest Michigan.


Johnston currently serves as chairman of the board and director of SofTech, Inc.; director of Special-Lite Corporation; director, Western Michigan University Foundation; trustee of Genevieve and Donald S. Gilmore Foundation - Gilmore Car Museum; trustee of Western Michigan University; chairman of Southwest Michigan First Economic Development Corporation; and director of HUMANeX in addition to his new role on the Bronson board.


Johnston resides in Portage, Michigan with his wife, Ronda E. Stryker. They have three children.


Barbara James, chair of the Bronson Healthcare Group Board of Directors, says, "We are privileged to have Bill join us. His broad understanding of the Kalamazoo community and clear vision for advancing southwest Michigan will be valuable to the Bronson board as we plan for the future of healthcare services in the region."


Johnston joins the following community members in providing leadership to the Bronson organization: Barbara James, chair; Randall Eberts, vice chair; John M. Dunn, EdD; Scott C. Gibson, MD; James E. Greene, Jr.; James S. Gunderson; Marian G. Klein; Donald R. Parfet; Floyd L. Parks; William C. Richardson, PhD; Bernard A. Roehr, MD; Frank J. Sardone, President & CEO; Daniel R. Smith; Marijo Snyder, MD; Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, PhD; Geoffrey A. Wardwell, MD and Charles L. Zeller, Jr., MD.


Bronson Healthcare Group is a locally governed, non-profit healthcare system serving southwest Michigan. In 2005, Bronson Methodist Hospital received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence. In 2009, the hospital received the AHA McKesson Quest for Quality Prize awarded annually to only one U.S. hospital, and joined the top five percent of hospitals in the nation to be designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence. Bronson's quality is also rated in the top 5% in the nation as a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence.



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