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From l to r: UDM President Antoine Garibaldi, Nancy Susick ‘86 and College of Health Professions Dean Christine Pacini ‘70, ‘74.

Nancy A. Susick ’86

Senior Vice President, Beaumont Health System and President, Beaumont Hospital, Troy

College of Health Professions

Read an excerpt from Nancy Susick's remarks during the event.

A senior vice president of Beaumont Health System, Nancy A. Susick ’86 is the first female and the first nurse to serve as president of a Beaumont hospital. She oversees operations at the 458-bed Troy hospital and its ambulatory, diagnostic and surgery centers.

Before becoming president in April 2012, she was vice president, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at Beaumont Hospital, Troy. In these positions, she was responsible for operations and nursing practice. Under her leadership, the Troy hospital has achieved Magnet designation, the highest recognition for nursing excellence. Beaumont ranks as one of U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” for the 19th year in a row.

Susick earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mercy College of Detroit in 1986 and a Master of Science in Nursing from Oakland University. She shares her expertise with educational institutions, professional organizations and students. Susick volunteers as a coach/mentor to high school students,

nursing and healthcare administration students, and military personnel. She is past chair of the Oakland University School of Nursing Advisory Board, a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives, and a member of both the Michigan Organization of Nurse Executives and the Naval Reserve Association.

Susick retired in 2012 as a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve after 24 years of service, where she held multiple leadership positions. She was the first U.S. Navy Captain and female to receive the Spirit of America Award in recognition of her excellence and leadership in her military and civilian roles and her contributions to her community.

Susick was also recognized with the American College of Health Care Executives’ Regents Award in 2012. She and her husband, Al, also a retired Reservist, reside in Rochester Hills, Mich.

Below is an excerpt from Nancy Susick’s remarks upon accepting her award at the Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards, April 11, 2014. View a video of her remarks and those of the other awardees.

“I am honored to accept this award this evening. I attribute the education I received at Mercy College for much of my success both professionally and personally. My years at Mercy College not only provided me the solid foundation to launch a successful career, but also strengthened my character and deepened my compassion for others.

The Sisters of Mercy established Mercy College to prepare individuals for careers in nursing and teaching, so they, in turn, could contribute intelligently and effectively to the welfare of society. Faith-based, their education also inspired the values and awakened the virtues that truly equip us to face life—through its opportunity and its adversity.

While I am so proud to be the president of Beaumont Hospital, Troy and part of one of the greatest healthcare teams in the area, tonight, I am even more proud to be an alumnus of University of Detroit Mercy and the recipient of this distinguished award.”