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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Announces New Chief Nursing Officer, Staff Promotions

Associates Are Elevated to Senior Leadership Team

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) announces it has named a new Chief Nursing Officer and the promotions of several of its associates.

Ann McDonald-Upton, BSN, is the new Chief Nursing Officer at SJMO beginning in January 2012.  Prior to coming to SJMO, McDonald-Upton served a Vice President and Chief Nursing officer at the Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen in Texas. A Michigan native, McDonald-Upton holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Wayne State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Davenport University.  She was a 2010 Johnson and Johnson/Wharton Executive Fellow at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and won the William Rasco Distinguished Leadership Award in 2010 from the South Texas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

She gained her nursing and management experience at St. John Macomb, St. Joseph Mercy Macomb (now Henry Ford Macomb) and Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center.  She also earned a Six Sigma Black Belt.

SJMO associates who have received promotions and their new titles are:

  • Joy Calloway, Associate Vice President of Community and Rural Network Development
  • Toni Flowers, Associate Vice President of Experience, Diversity and Inclusion

Named to the SJMO Senior Leadership Team with Calloway and Flowers are: Rita Stockman, Chief Accreditation and Regulatory Officer, and Fabian Fregoli, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer.

“These additions will enhance the work of our senior leadership and ensure alignment and success with our focus on quality and safety by providing voices from more disciplines during strategic decision-making,” said Jack Weiner, SJMO President and CEO.  “These organizational changes will allow us to continue to focus on our key goals and activities for growth, safety, quality and operational excellence in the delivery of patient care.”

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County.  Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.  A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.

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About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. 

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.
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