IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich.—Dickinson County Healthcare is strengthening medical team leadership with the appointment of Dr. Eric Johnson as DCH System Medical Director. In his new position, Dr. Johnson will synergize leadership, provide strategic oversight and operational direction of the entire Medical Staff, including Physician Services and Hospital/Clinic Departments.
“The growth and evolution of Dickinson County Healthcare have never been stronger,” says Chuck Nelson, Chief Executive Officer. “We are thrilled that Dr. Johnson is taking on this important leadership role to help us further advance our system of care to the highest levels available locally.”
“I am very proud of the depth and caliber of the DCH medical team,” says Dr. Johnson. “It is a humbling honor to be tasked with this role, even more so when considering the immense talent of my fellow physicians, specialists, advanced practitioners, and this excellent nursing team. Together we will continue to bring the very best healthcare services to the deserving people of our community.”
Dickinson County Healthcare continues to advance the strength and depth of the medical team. In the past 12 months alone, DCH has added locally-based providers in Heart Care, Cancer Care, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Physical Therapy, and Urology. The net result is a comprehensive medical team that brings an unparalleled level of services to the Dickinson County Region.
“I am looking forward to working with Dr. Johnson to advance our integrated system of care everywhere DCH serves the patient,” says Mandy Shelast, Vice President of Physician Services & Clinical Networks. “With Dr. Johnson’s professional leadership and communication skills, the future of excellent healthcare for every DCH patient, regardless of their access point, is very bright. From in-person visits to telehealth to surgical services, heart care, cancer care, and more, our entire team will continue to shine with Dr. Johnson in the lead.”
Dr. Johnson’s roots run deep in the Upper Peninsula, spending 4 years in Iron County and 6 years in Marquette. Additionally, as a prior military Expeditionary and Aerospace Physician, he enthusiastically states, “it is a blessing for us to return to a community that feels like home and raise our children here.” He currently is an Emergency Medicine Physician, serving in directorship for Emergency Medical and Trauma Services.
As System Medical Director, Dr. Johnson will also be instrumental in working in a dyad partnership with the Vice President of Physician Services and Clinical Networks in cooperation with the Hospital Leadership Team and Medical Staff to ensure regulations and accreditation standards are maintained. Ultimately, Dr. Johnson is responsible for ensuring every patient at DCH receives the highest quality medical care locally in the safest, easiest, and most efficient ways possible.
Dr. Johnson adds, “I am incredibly proud of the grit shown as we’ve weathered this pandemic together. These challenges have ushered in an exciting time of rebuilding and recovery for our community and healthcare system.”
ABOUT DICKINSON COUNTY HEALTHCARE
Servicing Northern Wisconsin and the Central Upper Peninsula for more than 69 years, Dickinson County Healthcare System (DCH) is a 49 bed Community Hospital with a team of more than 70 active providers and each year treats over 160,000 patients.