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Health system hires chief strategy officer

August 18, 2017
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Kelly Smith
Kelly Smith. Courtesy Mercy Health

A local health system has reached into southeast Michigan to find its regional chief strategy officer.

Mercy Health said last week it hired former Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn President Kelly Smith to serve in the leadership role.

Smith will direct strategy for the health system, which is part of Trinity Health, in West Michigan.

Smith has worked in health care for nearly 25 years in southeast Michigan, working in a number of fields: strategic plan development; service line leadership; clinical operations; facility and campus planning; practice management; community relations; program development; and hospital operations.

Smith’s health care career began at Oakwood Healthcare in 1994, where she served in a variety of roles: administrative intern; division president of Oakwood Heritage Hospital (now Beaumont Hospital Taylor); administrator of clinical services; corporate director of strategic planning; and director of the Women’s and Children’s Center of Excellence.

As president of Beaumont Hospital Dearborn, Smith oversaw strategy development, daily operations and finances at the 632-bed acute care hospital.

Smith has been named a Crain’s Detroit 40 Under 40 honoree and participated in the Leadership Detroit program.

She earned a master’s in hospital administration and a B.S. from The Ohio State University.

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