Hills & Dales Bids Farewell to President & CEO Jean Anthony

Looking back, Jean Anthony could have never known starting out as an LPN at Hills & Dales would some day lead her to a career as the CEO. But starting as an LPN allowed her to humbly move forward in the organization, with understanding and knowledge for each new role she took on.

After working as an LPN, Jean went back to school and earned an Associates of Science in Nursing from St. Clair County Community College in 1984. This allowed her to work in various areas throughout the hospital, including OR, Med/Surg, ER and even OB. She continued her education, earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of the State of New York, in 1993. While working on the completion of her bachelor’s degree, she was working in the role of Quality Improvement/Risk Management Coordinator. Upon completion, she moved into the role of Director of Clinical Services.

Jean was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 1996, where she would stay until she took the role as CEO in 2014. In 2005, Jean earned her Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University. Jean is a Fellow in the ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives). She has also served on the HCECM Board (Hospital Council of East Central Michigan), the MHA (Michigan Hospital Association) Small & Rural Hospital Board and serves on the SVSU Nursing Advisory Board. Additionally, Jean has been involved in the the formation of the CRTN Group (Covenant Regional Thumb Network), where she serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee.

The achievements of Jean’s career are far too many to list; but some of the most notable highlights include:

  • An $8 million dollar renovation project that was completed in 2019 under her leadership, bringing Hills & Dales facility up to date with many needed changes completed.
  • The successful recruitment of several physicians, specialists, and nurse practitioners, who continue to work at Hills & Dales, providing quality care to the Cass City community.
  • Achieving Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work 3 times while leading the organization.
  • Making technology a high priority, bringing in a 128 slice CT scanner, 3D mammogram machine, several OR devices, EPIC (electronic health records program) and much more.
  • Continued growing services lines and clinic locations, resulting in adding jobs and becoming one of the largest employers in Tuscola County (with almost 400 employees).

If you ask any employee about Jean’s achievements, as there are many that stand out, they will tell you that her biggest achievement is her role in the creation of a culture that brings a sense of family to Hills & Dales. The employees look out for one another and the patients. The patient centered and employee centered environment was fostered and instilled from Jean.

As the weeks left for Jean as CEO quickly turn into days, Jean looks back and smiles with gratitude. She notes, “What a journey it has been. I am honored to come to Hills & Dales each day to work beside this amazing team. We have seen ups and downs of many degrees while I have been here, but we always come together and take care of our patients. I am incredibly proud of the team we have here today, and I know they will continue this legacy long after I am gone.”

As Jean prepared for her retirement, the Board of Trustees formed a selection committee and began the search for Jean’s CEO position. The Board of Trustees invites you to welcome Andrew (Andy) J. Daniels, who has been named the new CEO of Hills & Dales General Hospital and will be joining the organization in January of 2022.

Andy comes to Hills & Dales with a wealth of rural and critical access hospital experience. Most recently, since 2016, Andy has served as the CEO of Memorial Regional Health in Craig, Colorado. Prior he was the Chief Operations Officer of the Avita Health System headquartered in Galion, Ohio. He has a Juris Doctorate from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Ohio University, and a Master’s Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certified by the Project Management Institute, and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) by the National Association for Healthcare Quality. While in Colorado Andy also served on the board of the Colorado Hospital Association, Western Healthcare Alliance, and was the Chair of CareFlight of Rockies.

Andy notes, “I am honored to be selected as the next CEO of Hills & Dales. Jean Anthony has left a legacy that I hope to continue forward. Jean has been with Hills & Dales for nearly 40 years; she will be a daunting act to follow.”