ANN ARBOR — Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Regional President and CEO Garry C. Faja has announced he will retire in December. A search process for a new CEO is under way.
For more than 30 years Faja has been at the forefront of growth and advancement of health care in the state. Faja, who spent most of his career as president and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and served as the first president and CEO of Saint Joseph, oversaw major revitalization and expansion projects.
Some of the projects include the creation of a 15-bed neonatal intensive care unit and the new patient towers and surgery pavilion at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor; a two-story addition at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea featuring 54 private rooms and new emergency department; a new eight-story tower with 136 acute care private beds at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and a 154,000 square foot addition at St. Mary Mercy Livonia.
Faja has many accomplishments which include serving as a key voice in Medicaid expansion, a founding member of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance, and a founder of the Mercy Cancer Network. He was instrumental in the establishment of The Quality Institute at Saint Joseph as well as Michigan’s first senior ER program and supported the major expansion of St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea making them the newest member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.
Faja has served as chair of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Board —receiving its notable Meritorious Service Award this year—as well as numerous MHA committees and was also a delegate for the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board.