MyMichigan Health names new President and CEO

SAGINAW, MI – Six months after the unexpected death of Diane Postler-Slattery, MyMichigan Health has a new director and CEO.

According to a MyMichigan Health press release, the Board of Directors of MyMichigan Health has appointed Dr. Lydia A. Watson Named Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Effective December 1, President and CEO of MyMichigan Health.

Watson will succeed Greg Rogers, the organization’s longtime health care administrator, who has served as deputy CEO for the health care system since Postler-Slattery and her husband Don died in a plane crash in northwest Florida in March. Rogers will join Watson in an advisory capacity in December.

“Lydia is a respected and trusted leader in the industry and at home here. She has been instrumental in guiding our system through the pandemic, is a steadfast advocate for quality care and patient, staff and physician satisfaction, and has managed to establish and sustain a culture of excellence,” Rogers said in one Explanation. “With her vision and clinical background, she will play a critical role in the continued growth and development of MyMichigan Health.”

Dave Midkiff, MyMichigan Health Board Member and Selection Committee Chair, added in a statement, “The process used by our team to evaluate Dr. Watson was both objective and thorough. We believe that our Board of Directors’ unanimous support for Dr. Watson, as our next President and CEO, should inspire confidence from our employees, our patients and our communities that she is uniquely qualified to lead MyMichigan Health into the future.”

While at MyMichigan Health, Watson’s career has included positions as chief quality and patient safety officer, chief of staff, vice president of medical affairs and board member of MyMichigan Medical Center Midland. She is a member of the MHA Physicians in Healthcare Leadership Council and serves as Chair 2021-2022. Before joining the administrative staff of MyMichigan in 2013, Watson served thousands of women as a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist at Midland Medical Center. Previously, she was an active staff member at Saginaw General Hospital from 1988 to 1996.

Watson, who is certified in obstetrics and gynecology, received both her undergraduate and medical degrees from Wayne State University School of Medicine. During her training, she also served six years in the Army National Guard’s 207th EVAC Hospital, from which she was honorably discharged as a captain in 1992. Today, she retains her position as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproduction in Biology at Michigan State University.

Watson is active in her community and currently serves on the board of trustees of the Strosacker Family Foundation. She is a member of the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance/THRIVE Safety Taskforce, the Midland 100 Women’s Club and serves as Medical Director of the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program. She has also volunteered her leadership for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women event and the Midland Public Schools Sex Advisory Council. She is also the author of several textbook chapters and co-author of a book. She has also received numerous awards including the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce Athena Award and most recently the 2020 YWCA Woman of the Year in Healthcare Award. Watson is married and has two adult children.

“While MyMichigan Health has seen many changes over the past six months following the unexpected deaths of Diane Postler-Slattery and her husband Don, the commitment and care shown to patients has not changed,” said Jenee Velasquez, CEO of MyMichigan Health it in a statement. “The guidance and guidance provided by Greg, Dr. Watson and the entire leadership team were just exceptional. dr Watson’s commitment to the health of our communities, combined with her longstanding leadership and respect for everyone she works with, will continue to strengthen this beloved healthcare system for generations to come.”

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