Corewell Health East names new president for Farmington Hills hospital

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Corewell Health East has promoted Derk Pronger as the new president of its Farmington Hills Hospital, effective immediately, the health system said.

Pronger previously served as chief operating officer for the Farmington Hills campus. His other previous roles include chief operating officer and interim president and CEO for Munson Healthcare’s hospital in Traverse City and vice president of surgical and ancillary services at Corewell Health Beaumont Troy Hospital.

“Since the beginning of this year, Derk has taken on more and more responsibilities at our Farmington Hills campus. He has done a wonderful job and I’m confident he will be a fantastic president,” Nancy Susick, Corewell Health East’s chief operating officer for acute and post-acute services, said in a statement.

Pronger is board certified in healthcare management as a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. He also serves on the board for the Farmington & Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth & Families. In 2020, he was the recipient of the Detroit Mercy Alumni Achievement Award.

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In addition to a master’s in Health Services Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy, Pronger also earned a bachelor’s in accounting from Purdue University.

“I’m honored be the new president of our Farmington Hills campus,” he said in the statement. “We have a tremendous team that inspires and impresses me every day. I am excited to work with them to fulfill our mission to improve health, instill humanity and inspire hope.”

Beaumont merged with Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health in February to create the state’s largest health system with around 60,000 employees statewide. The merged operation took on the new name of Corewell Health in October.

This story first appeared in our sister publication, Crain’s Detroit Business.

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