2013-09-05 / Front Page

Hoar will be new CEO

Past SMH employee to serve as CEO/CFO

MANISTIQUE – Just days after the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees accepted a letter of intent to retire from its chief executive officer, a new CEO has been selected. The new lead, a former employee of SMH, was approved during a special meeting Thursday.

According to minutes released by the board, former SMH chief financial officer Tanya Hoar, who vacated her position late last year to work as vice president of administrative services for Bay College, will return on Nov. 1. Current CEO George Montgomery submitted his letter of intent to retire on Aug. 26. Montgomery, who had served for nearly five years as the hospital’s CEO, will continue in his position until Sept. 27. Hoar is set to begin her three-year contract on Nov. 1.

Board Chairperson Don Perigo has previously explained that Montgomery will be available during the months between September and November for any needed consulting. Perigo also indicated the board was looking to hire a CEO more apt in the financial realm, whereas Montgomery was hired to focus more on the building and constructing a new hospital.

On Wednesday, Perigo expressed his optimism about Hoar’s selection.

“We are delighted with Tanya’s return,” he said. “She is a proven leader with passion for SMH. Her excellent analytical skills and her personality make for a perfect fit for the position.”

As part of her contract, Hoar will serve as CEO and CFO.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to lead such a great organization,” Hoar said on Tuesday.

When asked what her primary focus as CEO/CFO will be, Hoar said there are two areas, in particular, deserving of her attention.

“I would like to focus on strategic planning and organizational culture,” she said. “I know SMH had embarked on a Capstone program that focused on culture and customer service. I am anxious to see where they are at with that program. It was a very good program.”

Hoar had worked for SMH for approximately 15 years, first as an accountant and, later, as CFO, prior to her departure. Later, she served as an SMH board member.

Hoar resides in Manistique along with her husband, Mike, and three children.

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