MIDLAND, Mich. (WNEM) – President and CEO of MyMichigan Health, Diane Postler-Slattery, and her husband, Donald Slattery, were killed in a plane crash in Florida on Tuesday night.
The incident happened around 7 p.m. on March 8. The Cessna plane the couple was traveling on disappeared from radar a short distance from Florida Northwest Beach International Airport, where it was scheduled to land, according to Van. Bay County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.
The plane was flying from Michigan and stopped at McMinnville, Tennessee before taking off for the Florida airport. It was located overnight one mile north of the runway in a heavily wooded area, the sheriff’s office said.
The couple was found dead. Donald Slattery was the owner of the plane, the sheriff’s office said.
“This is a huge tragedy for our health system,” said Greg Rogers, executive vice president and chief executive officer of MyMichigan Health. “Diane is a strong, passionate and inspirational leader and is loved by family, friends and colleagues. We ask that you keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers, and that you respect their privacy during this difficult time. “
Postler-Slattery became president and CEO of MyMichigan Health in 2013.
“She is a visionary and under her leadership we have expanded our medical system significantly, including affiliates with our Medical Centers. in Alpena, West Branch and most recently Sault St. Marie,” said Rogers. “As a nurse herself, she is committed to patient care and the highest levels of safety and patient satisfaction. In fact, the comfort of patients and their families is of paramount importance to her to ensure any new facility has the warmth of home, including the love feature. Her favorite – a cozy fireplace. ”
Postler-Slattery also serves on the board of the Michigan Hospital and Medical Association. Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Hospital and Medical Association, said they were heartbroken by her death.
“Diane comes from a nurse background and is very clear in everything she does that she cares first and foremost about the patients that Michigan hospitals and health systems are responsible for every day. . And that’s very clear, whether we’re talking about Medicaid payment reform, whether we’re talking about federal health care policy, whether we’re dealing with any of these issues. any legal or regulatory issues in the past few years. COVID-19 pandemic. Diane has always been the patient voice in our discussions. And I think that resonated with her colleagues. That certainly resonated with me and my staff at the Michigan Hospital and Medical Association, who will no doubt mourn her loss for many, many years to come. ‘ said Peter.
Peters says Diane and Donald Slatterly should be remembered for their legacy.
“They really live with the mission of improving the health of individuals and communities. And I think, yes, we can be proud of the fact that they will be remembered for many, many years to come for the impact they have had on individuals and especially vulnerable people. ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high-quality health care in Michigan and beyond. And I think that’s really their long-term impact,” says Peters.
Postler-Slattery is a mainstay in the Michigan community.
“She doesn’t just live in the community. She is part of the community. And she kept that responsibility in her heart in everything she did. She served on the board, she led the campaigns, she participated. Holly Miller, president and CEO of the United Way of Midland County, said.
Miller said she will remember Postler-Slattery for her authenticity, vulnerability, ability to have fun and commitment to socializing. Miller said her legacy will be continued by those close to her.
“Part of her legacy is that we all come together, work together, and continue the great work she started here and across the state of Michigan. I think many of us will feel an obligation and honestly, it’s a privilege to continue living our lives in a way that honors her,” Miller said.
Postler-Slattery also works closely with Northwood University. Kristin Stehouwer, academic vice president and chief operating officer at Northwood, said Postler-Slattery’s loss would extend beyond the Midland community.
“She has been appointed as the national health care executive. And so it is my hope that the repercussions of Diane’s untimely passing will affect healthcare to a much greater extent than the entire Midland community. But it’s also a huge loss for our community. Northwood University partnered with Diane and her team in the early days of the pandemic to navigate it together. And that’s the kind of leadership we’re going to really miss,” said Stehouwer.
The couple’s bodies are being turned over to medical authorities for an autopsy.
Several different agencies worked together and were able to locate the downed plane with the help of drones, the sheriff’s office said. The sheriff’s office’s Criminal Investigations and Crime Scene Unit was at the scene most of the night to conduct a forensic examination of the scene.
The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA are taking over the investigation.
The couple is survived by their three children and five grandchildren.
Rogers is the health system’s powerful executive until further notice.
Congressman John Moolenaar, who represents Michigan’s 4th district, issued this statement following Postler-Slattery’s death:
“I am deeply saddened today by this heartbreaking news. It was horrible for all of us who had the opportunity to work and be friends with Diane and Don. They will always be remembered for their strong faith, generous giving and making a positive difference in the lives of so many in our community. I join their family and friends in mourning this tragic loss.”
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