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Hospital manager receives state appointment

-BUS-Bainbridge-apptGov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Jeremy Bainbridge, a Hospital Manager for Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals, to the Michigan Board of Respiratory Care.

The 11-member board assists the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs in overseeing the licensure requirements and standards for Michigan’s respiratory therapists.

“Jeremy brings diverse experiences to this board and I am thankful for his willingness to serve the Great Lakes State in this role,” said Snyder.

Bainbridge is manager of cardiopulmonary services at Spectrum Health, where he has worked since 2004. Previously, he held the positions of clinical specialist, adult lead therapist, comprehensive respiratory therapist and respiratory care assistant. Bainbridge holds associate degrees in liberal arts and respiratory care from Northwestern Michigan College and Muskegon Community College, respectively, and a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Western Michigan University. He will represent respiratory therapists and replaces Randall Kehr.

“Jeremy has long been an advocate for patients in our community and statewide through ongoing advocacy efforts locally and in Lansing,” said Brian Brasser, Chief Nursing and Operating Officer, Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital, Chief Nursing Officer, Spectrum Health United Hospital. “His leadership will no doubt be well-served on this committee.”

Helene Wiltse of Freeland was also appointed and will represent the general public and replaces Ilene Hartman-Abramson.

Appointees will serve four-year terms that commence Jan. 1, 2013 and expire Dec. 31, 2016. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

To read Governor Snyder’s press release regarding this appointment, please visit http://michigan.gov/snyder.

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