Published on January 14, 2020

MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch Announces New President

Photo of Ray Stover, president, MidMichigan Medical Centers in Gladwin and West Branch presenting Jo Sommers 2019 MVP Award for the Medical Centers Gladwin and West Branch.

MidMichigan Health continues to grow and transform to positively impact the health of the communities served by the health system. On Jan. 1, 2020, Ray Stover, president of MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin, assumed responsibility as president of MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch following the retirement of Robert McGrail. McGrail remains on as an advisor for Stover until April of 2020 to ensure a smooth transition. The 2020 changes also includes Marita Hattem-Schiffman, president of MidMichigan Medical Centers in Gratiot and Mt. Pleasant, assuming responsibility of MidMichigan Health’s Medical Center in Clare.

MidMichigan Health continues to grow and transform to positively impact the health of the communities served by the health system. On Jan. 1, 2020, Ray Stover, president of MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin, assumed responsibility as president of MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch following the retirement of Robert McGrail. McGrail remains on as an advisor for Stover until April of 2020 to ensure a smooth transition. The 2020 changes also includes Marita Hattem-Schiffman, president of MidMichigan Medical Centers in Gratiot and Mt. Pleasant, assuming responsibility of MidMichigan Health’s Medical Center in Clare.

This realignment supports MidMichigan Health moving from a location-specific mindset to a regional and system focus. The new structure will help MidMichigan leverage resources, while keeping care close to home and continuing to create better access to care for patients.

“We are committed to continually working to strengthen a better version of ourselves,” said Stover. “This transformation is reflective of those efforts and we are optimistic of the positive impacts it will have on our patients, communities and employees.”

Locally, April 2020 will mark the second anniversary of MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch joining the MidMichigan Health family. Since partnering, significant progress has been made in the Medical Center’s transition to the health system.

Just some of the progress made in the near two years of partnership has included an increase in services and providers, the opening of a new state-of-the-art Emergency Department, addition of hospitalists, implementation of an electronic medical record, increased services, employee health and wellness clinic expansion, student scholarship access and the institution of Daily Safety Briefings. West Branch’s affiliation with MidMichigan Health has also recorded expense savings and assured consistent and strategically relevant capital reinvestment into the community.

“Since our partnership began, the benefits MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch and its patients are experiencing is in large part a result of the dedication and hard work of Bob, our leadership, and integration teams,” said Stover. “Their passion for excellence has laid the groundwork for success and together we will continue those efforts to ensure our patients receive the high-quality care they deserve.”

Stover, a MidMichigan employee since 1990, has served as president of MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin since January 2008 and president of the Medical Center in Clare since January 2012. Prior to his position in Clare, Stover was associated with MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland as a management analyst, cost/budget manager and accountant. Stover holds his Masters of Science in Health Administration and Leadership, as well as bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting from Saginaw Valley State University. Ray has been active in the Clare, Gladwin, and surrounding communities by serving on the Boards of the Clare Community Foundation, Mid Michigan College Foundation, MidMichigan Community Health Services in Houghton Lake, the Gladwin Economic Development Committee, the Central Michigan University Master of Public Health Advisory Board, and the Gladwin Rotary Club. He is a former member of the Clare and Gladwin United Way Board of Directors, and is a current member of the Beaverton and Harrison Lions Club. Stover resides in Midland with his wife, Rose. They have four daughters.