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Thursday, March 03, 2011 - David M Sessions Appointed as New CEO

Release Date: March 2, 2011

New CEO Takes Reins at Doctors’ Hospital of Michigan

After taking sole ownership of their hospital on February 8, the Doctors’ Hospital of Michigan (DHM) Board of Directors announced that David M. Sessions, FACHE, has been hired as the President & CEO, effective February 28, 2011. He replaces Clarence Sevillian who had stepped down as CEO on February 8 after the physician-owned hospital bought out their former partner, McLaren Health Care Corporation.

Sessions has extensive leadership experience in hospital operations, primarily within the St. John Health system where he led St. John North Shores Hospital in Harrison Township, a 96-bed community hospital with 225 medical staff members, and multiple departments at St. John Hospital & Medical Center. Among Sessions’ career highlights, he directed a $25 million planning and construction project for an 80,000 square foot ambulatory care center and directed the $170 million planning, construction and renovation of St. John Hospital. He initiated and expanded many services for St. John, including Emergency Room/Urgent Care Centers, Surgery Center, Endoscopy Center, Imaging, and Lab.

Sessions left St. John’s seven-hospital system in 2008 to form a private consulting group which assisted a variety of healthcare companies and physician groups to streamline operations and improve operational planning.

“We will remove the uncertainty that has been surrounding DHM and build our future together,” Sessions stated in an introductory meeting with the hospital’s department heads on Monday. “The staff here is very professional and caring, and this hospital’s board of directors is strongly committed to making this hospital successful,” he added. Sessions stated that his first priority is service excellence, which is “absolutely critical to our growth,” and continued patient satisfaction. “We will be increasingly successful by building volume, as opposed to cutting services,” he emphasized. “If I didn’t believe this could happen, I wouldn’t be here.” Michael DeRubeis, who had been Acting CEO during the transition, will remain DHM’s Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

DHM is owned by 42 physicians with 300 credentialed medical staff members. It is licensed for 351 beds and currently employees 690 employees. DHM opened in November 2008 as Michigan’s first physician-owned, acute care medical center in the building of the former North Oakland Medical Centers. It was successfully re-accredited by The Joint Commission in October 2010, and received accreditation for its award-winning Family Medicine Residency Program in November 2010. Other services include a Family Medicine Center, Emergency Medicine (Pontiac and Waterford), ICU, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Cardiology, Lab Services, Behavioral Medicine, Acute Medical Surgery & Recovery, Physical Therapy and a nationally-recognized Intensive Pediatric PT program for the treatment of children with Cerebral Palsy, Euro-Peds. DHM also owns and operates several off-site clinics, including Waterford Emergency Center, North Oakland ASC surgery center, Clarkston Family Health Center and Clarkston Radiology.
For More Information Contact: Anne Mancour , (248) 857-6979, or Kathleen Beck, Administrative Executive Assistant, (248) 857-7507,

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