Angela Ditmar, RN, MBA, president of Spectrum Health Pennock and southeast regional market leader, officially stepped into the position Monday, Nov. 5.
Her experience and education show she is more than qualified to fill the role, but it doesn’t capture the emotions she feels starting out.
“I’m so excited and truly happy to be here,” she said. “Everyone has been so nice, welcoming and kind.” She will spend the first 30-to-90 days “really, really listening” to the staff, the people she works with and the community.
Introducing Ditmar as the new president, Nathan Tagg, chair of Spectrum Health Pennock Board of Trustees and co-chair of the selection committee, said her “qualifications, engaging personality and record of success in other roles within Spectrum Health impressed the committee members. I believe those traits will be an asset to the employees and, most importantly, patients of Spectrum Health Pennock.”
Ditmar was instrumental in helping establish the cancer center at Pennock in 2017. “I loved working with the Pennock team…I’m so glad we can bring it to the community, so people won’t have to drive out of town for treatment.”
She follows Sheryl Lewis-Blake, who retired as Pennock’s president Oct. 1.
“She’s staying in the area, I’m happy about that.”
Would she be calling on Lewis-Blake for advice? “Oh, I’m sure,” she said with a laugh.
She and husband Ron have a blended family of five and plan to relocate to Hastings.
Photo: Angela Ditmar, RN, MBA new president of Spectrum Health Pennock and southeast regional market leader.