IRMC's New Leader

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For more than a decade, Denny Litos has been the face of Ingham Regional Medical Center. But last month after deciding to move to the west coast, the role of President & C.E.O. remained a mystery. That is until a few days ago.

"I've always been successful in hospitals, and I think I know what it takes to have a health system in the community."

Robert Wright has been named the new leader of I.R.M.C. He comes to Ingham with close to 25 years of experience in healthcare, having worked in Indiana, Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Before heading to Lansing, he was the President & C.E.O. of Bay Regional Medical Center in Bay City, another McLaren Health System.

"I know a little bit about the hospital through the relationship with the system. And I've known Denny Litos, the outgoing C.E.O., for a number of years since we joined the system in 2002."

His career in healthcare began in 1982 after completing his bachelor's degree in business and earning an M.B.A. So he has big plans for Ingham Regional.

"We'll grow this facility and we'll be a formidable challenge for Sparrow Hospital I hope."

Still just like Litos, he understands the need for the two hospitals to work together.

"We have to stay focused on what's best for the community, and we can't compete to the degree where we destroy each other's infrastructure, so we can't provide those services that are needed."

And Wright's quickly transitioning, closing one door and opening the next, unpacking his belongings in his new home.