Sparrow Eaton Hospital Welcomes New Board Members | March ’22

Released: March 2, 2021

CHARLOTTE, MI — Sparrow Eaton Hospital is pleased to welcome community leaders Maria Davis, Joseph Garcia and Colette Scrimger to its board of directors for a three-year term.

The board members will help oversee Sparrow Eaton, working closely with senior management and bringing extensive experience across multiple disciplines.

“We are pleased to add these three individuals to our Board of Directors and expand our representation of a broader geography and expertise in finance, public policy and higher education,” said Sparrow Eaton President Helen Johnson, RN, MSN, NEA-BC , FOLD. “This diversity better positions us to make the best decisions for the health and well-being of those we serve in our local communities.”

Maria Davis is Provost and Senior Vice President of Olivet College. Davis has long invested in her local community in a number of areas and currently serves as President of the Eaton Clothing and Furniture Center Board and serves on the Board of Trustees of the First Congregational Church. She is married to Terry, has one daughter, Anna – who now practices veterinary medicine in Charlotte – and lives on the rural outskirts of Charlotte.

“I look forward to contributing to the diversity and inclusion mindset and experiences I have gained over the years in this wonderful organization that provides quality care to our community and individuals in my own family,” says Davis.

Joseph (Joe) Garcia is Deputy General Counsel of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS). He has served the State for more than 14 years, gaining most of his previous experience in legal practice. Also early in his career, he served as a clerk in the Ingham County Circuit Court, served as a clerk in the Attorney General’s Office, and served as a Legislative Associate in the Michigan House of Representatives. Garcia is married to Michelle, has two daughters, Elizabeth, 15, and Olivia, 13, and lives in Delta Township.

“Much of my professional life has shown an interest in public service, having worked for the state of Michigan in many different capacities for most of my career, but nothing focused on Eaton County,” says Garcia. “I feel that this opportunity to be part of the board of directors of Sparrow Eaton Hospital allows me to make a difference closer to home and serve my local community.”

Colette Scrimger is the Public Health Officer for the Barry-Eaton County Health Department in Charlotte. She has more than two decades of experience as a senior public health executive. Over the years, Scrimger has been instrumental in creating a community health plan and leading numerous initiatives promoting public health policy. She has served regularly on school and church committees and councils and has always believed in community service. She is married to Gregg, has four children and resides in Eaton Rapids.

“I have worked with Sparrow Eaton Hospital for many years now and while I have always supported our local healthcare system, I look forward to being a part of it in a different way,” said Scrimger.

In addition to Davis, Garcia and Scrimger, the SEH 2021 board includes Lori Pray, Chair; Harper Wildern, OD, vice chairman; Daniel Shaver, Secretary; JP Buckingham; Kathie Koch; Troy Ferguson, DO, Sparrow Eaton’s chief of staff; John Sauchak, DO; Johnson; Kira Carter-Robertson, senior vice president of affiliate operations at Sparrow Health System; Paula Reichle, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Sparrow Health System; and Emeritus Directors Robert Lesser, MD; Virginia Lowe; and Richard Trumley.

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