Oakwood Healthcare announces changes at Heritage Hospital, others

Oakwood Healthcare System is pleased to announce the following leadership appointments. These executives - who are all internal leaders - will enable Oakwood to meet the challenges of today and the needs of the future for patients, their families and the community at large.


Eric Widner, formerly chief operating officer of Oakwood Heritage Hospital in Taylor, has been appointed president, Western Region and Oakwood Annapolis Hospital. Widner will oversee business development in Western Wayne County while also leading the administration of Oakwood Annapolis. This role involves the implementation of business development strategies for Western Wayne County, including the Canton project, and identifying and developing partnerships, mergers, acquisitions or consolidations that would enhance Oakwood service delivery in the area. Widner, 44, is a resident of Northville.


Matt Elsey, formerly corporate director of accounting, will now assume the role of corporate controller for Oakwood Healthcare Inc. In this role, Elsey will be responsible for all internal and external financial reporting activities along with his continuing oversight of the health system’s accounting, accounts payable, payroll and treasury management functions. Elsey, 36, is a resident of Commerce Township.


Kelly Smith, formerly administrator of Oakwood’s Women’s and Children’s service line, has been appointed chief operating officer of Oakwood Heritage Hospital in Taylor. In this role, Smith will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the facility. Smith, 37, is a resident of Ann Arbor.

Lisa Rutledge, corporate director of community outreach, will assume responsibility for Oakwood’s Center for Exceptional Families and Pediatric Rehab Program. Rutledge, 48, is a resident of Taylor.

Eric McBride, administrator of Oakwood’s cardiovascular service line, also will oversee Oakwood’s oncology service line. In this role, McBride will be the administrator over two of Oakwood’s four Service Line Centers of Excellence. McBride, 34, is a resident of Canton.

Bryce Rosche, formerly lead consultant overseeing Oakwood Healthcare System’s Service Excellence initiative, has been appointed senior vice president, Service Excellence. In this role, Roche will continue to focus on organizational culture, and will also be responsible for Oakwood’s volunteer services and guest relations departments. Rosche, 56, is a resident of Port Gratiot, north of Port Huron.

Additional organizational leadership appointments have been made at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center in Dearborn:

Ron Britt’s role as controller of Oakwood will be expanded to include all financial aid and benchmarking activities for Oakwood Hospital and Oakwood Heritage in Taylor. This includes oversight of budgets supporting all revenue cycle activities and other day-to-day operational responsibilities. Britt, 59, is a resident of Woodhaven.

Greg Bock, formerly administrator of surgical cardiovascular operations for Oakwood Hospital, will now assume the role of Chief Operating Officer for Inpatient Services. This will include inpatient operations for trauma services, heart and vascular, orthopedics and neurosciences and women’s health. In addition, Bock will continue to oversee Oakwood’s relationship with Wayne State University. Bock, 39, is a resident of Farmington Hills.

Rick Hillbom, formerly chief operating Officer of Oakwood Hospital, will now assume the role of chief operating officer for Physician and Outpatient Services. In this role, Hillbom will oversee the planning and operations for Oakwood’s radiology, laboratory and pharmacy operations and will begin implementing and developing an outpatient cancer strategy. Hillbom, 52, is a resident of Sterling Heights.

Finally, Tom Kochis, formerly administrator of pharmacy, radiology and the laboratory, will assume the role of administrator of emergency services. Kochis, 54, is a resident of Riverview.