Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (February 1, 2012)---Steve Barnaby, chairman of the Botsford Hospital Board of Directors welcomes two newly elected board members: Jerry M. Ellis, Esq., and the Honorable Kathleen J. McCann.
“I am delighted to welcome these two community leaders to our board. Their expertise honors our continuing commitment to excellence and quality in the delivery of personal and compassionate health care,” says Barnaby. "Our board members devote many hours of time to our organization and our community. They serve tirelessly on a volunteer basis and are charged with making decisions that help enhance the health care landscape in Botsford Hospital's service area."
Jerry M. Ellis, Esq.
Jerry M. Ellis, Esq., recently retired from public service. He twice served as mayor of Farmington Hills and has held the publicly elected positions of mayor pro tem and councilman in Farmington Hills. Ellis chaired the Board of the Southwestern Oakland Cable Commission and is the immediate past president of the board of the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a shareholder of the law firm Couzens, Lansky, Fealk, Ellis, Roeder, & Lazar, P.C. Ellis received the Farmington Area Jaycees 1990 Distinguished Citizen of the year award, is a twice-named Michigan Super Lawyer by Michigan Super Lawyer magazine, and was named as one of the Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit - 2010 in the November/December 2009 edition of dbusiness. He gained health care governance experience during his five-year tenure as a member of the Oakland County Community Mental Health Board. Ellis lives with Mary, his wife of 46 years, in Farmington Hills. They have two children, Andrew and Evan, and four grandchildren.
Judge Kathleen J. McCann
A lifetime resident of Livonia, the Honorable Kathleen J. McCann serves as the chief judge of the 16th District Court in her hometown, handling civil and criminal cases. Since taking the bench, she has been an active member of the Legislative Committee of the Michigan District Judges Association and has led this organization as its president. McCann also has served as the District Court representative to the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission and chaired this commission for two years. Her prior employment includes serving as special assistant prosecutor in Wayne County, being a partner in the domestic relations law firm Ribitwer and McCann, and teaching junior high students. McCann lives in Livonia with her husband Norm Nicklin. She has one son Chris and two stepdaughters, Amy and Jodi.
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 and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.
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