When Tom DeFauw was named President and CEO of McLaren Port Huron, it was the result of career steps that have always been based on serving the greater good.
Tom started his professional career as a math and economics teacher and athletic coach. He felt a satisfaction in motivating others toward their potential. As his career progressed in the area of finance and healthcare, he saw how he could use his abilities to achieve a larger influence. "I feel privileged to be in healthcare administration. It’s a special type of business where you can have an impact on people’s lives in some of their most vulnerable times. That’s why I pursued the Masters Degree in Health Administration over an MBA. I’m still concentrated in management, efficiency and the bottom line, but I can also integrate the important overall mission of improving lives," says Tom.
Joining McLaren Port Huron in September, 2007, was a logical move, Tom says. He was well aware of the impact that McLaren Port Huron has had as a full service community hospital and as a nationally recognized healthcare organization. "A community hospital is important to me. A hospital and the community are mutually dependent on each other - McLaren Port Huron with more than 130 years of service - that was important to me," says Tom. "McLaren Port Huron is well-known in the health administration field for its excellence. Being named in the nations top 5 percent in patient safety and clinical outcomes has resulted in McLaren Port Huron being well thought of. I was aware of McLaren Port Huron’s reputation before pursuing the CEO position." Tom is involved in numerous community organizations. Additionally, he serves on the Boards of The Voluntary Hospitals of America—Central Region and the Michigan Hospital and Health Association.
As Tom's career progresses, he places a strong emphasis on maintaining and building customer satisfaction, clinical quality and patient safety. However, there is also a familiar refrain to his days as an athletic coach. "I absolutely believe in the teamwork philosophy. My role is that of a coach," says Tom. "I want to utilize skills, recognize expertise and take it all to the greatest potential."
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