Kirk Ray, a 27-year veteran of provider-side health care, with a substantial amount of experience in operating community-based hospitals, has been named president and CEO of McLaren Greater Lansing by the hospital’s Board of Trustees. Casey Kandow has been acting as interim president and CEO, and will return to the role of chief operating officer when Ray joins McLaren on May 9. 

“I am very fortunate that the governance, administrative, and physician leadership at McLaren Greater Lansing has awarded me the opportunity to lead this respected organization,” Ray said. “I look forward to working and collaborating with the community, Michigan State University, the board, medical staff and the employees to help create a new health care delivery model for the future.” 

“Ray’s commitment to engagement of associates and the medical community, experience integrating medical education programs into a community-based hospital and passion for clinical excellence will be of tremendous benefit to McLaren Greater Lansing and the community as our hospital enters a new and exciting chapter,” said E. James Barrett, chairman of McLaren Greater Lansing’s Board of Trustees. 

In December 2017, McLaren announced it would be investing $450 million to build a replacement hospital campus in Lansing and expanding its clinical, research and educational partnerships with Michigan State University. “We look forward to Ray drawing on his extensive and diverse background in health care leadership to build upon the health care provider’s successes in the areas of patient and employee experience, clinical quality, financial performance, and hospital operations.” 


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