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Botsford Health Care CEO named as a recipient of the Grassroots Champions Award

Farmington Hills, Mich. (April 17, 2014)---The American Hospital Association (AHA), in partnership with the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, has named Botsford Health Care President & CEO Paul E. LaCasse, D.O. MPH, as a recipient of its 2014 Grassroots Champions Award. LaCasse has been recognized for exceptional leadership in generating grassroots and community activity in support of Botsford Hospital's mission, which promises an uncompromising commitment to excellence and quality in the delivery of personal and compassionate health care. 
 
One recipient was selected from each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico. LaCasse is the only recipient for Michigan. 
 
The AHA Grassroots Champion Award was created to recognize those hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital's vital role in the community, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the base of community support for the hospital, and who are tireless advocates for hospitals and their patients.  
 
"We depend upon strong local voices to help tell the story of hospitals as cornerstones of the communities they serve," said Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO. "This award is a small token of our appreciation for the hard work and dedication of these individuals to improving health and health care in America." 

Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide high-quality, efficient, accessible services in a caring environment for southeastern Michigan residents and beyond. As one of Beaumont Health's eight hospitals, Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330-bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center, a comprehensive care cancer center and an extensive medical education program---part of Michigan State University's Statewide Campus System. Annually, Botsford cares for about 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of approximately 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and 600 physicians.

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