2010 Excellence Award Winner

Superior Health Partners | Marquette, MI

Superior Health Partners is a new company —a new health care delivery system — formed by Bell Hospital and Marquette General Hospital (MGH).
Superior Health Partners will enable more people to receive their health care close to home in the Upper Peninsula. If more patients remain in the U.P. for care, there is tremendous potential to create hundreds of new health care jobs.
By combining the resources and management talent of Bell and MGH — and other hospitals that join in the future — Superior Health Partners will focus on enhancing high quality health care services and medical treatments delivered in the Upper Peninsula and proactively prepare for national healthcare reforms. This means: improved access, improved clinical quality outcomes and improved patient satisfaction. It will also mean many more healthcare jobs.
Recipient: A. Gary Muller, FACHE, President and CEO
Since joining Marquette General Health System in November of 2007, Gary has led the organization through changes in the Board of Trustees, and assembled a new management team. As Marquette General has begun to recover from the largest financial challenge in its history, Gary has led the organization through a work force reorganization following the early retirement of approximately 120 employees. He is actively working with hospitals throughout the region to redefine partnerships and collaborations, and is leading an initiative with Northern Michigan University to implement continuing education for leaders at all levels of Marquette General.

Prior to his arrival in Marquette, Gary was president and CEO of West Jefferson Medical Center in the metropolitan New Orleans area. It was one of three hospitals to remain open in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. West Jefferson was named to U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Best Hospitals in 2001, 2002, and 2003; the Health Careers U.S.A. Employer of Choice list in 2002 and the New Orleans City Business Magazine Top Ten New Orleans Employers of Choice out of more than 10,000 businesses from 2002-2006.

Gary has also served in administrative roles in hospitals and health systems in Florida for many years. He holds an MBA in Health and Hospital Administration from University of Florida, and a BS in Business Administration from Louisiana State University.

Gary resides in Marquette with his wife Sandi and has two adult children, Adam and Anne.