McLaren Flint Names Chris Candela New President and CEO

McLaren Flint welcomes Chris Candela to the position of president and CEO effective August 1. Chris has more than 27 years of successful, progressive responsibility in health care, including both clinical and executive leadership experience.

“Chris has a strong focus on patient safety, clinical quality, physician and team member relationships, and overall operational and financial performance with a proven track record of success,” said Chad Grant, executive vice president and chief operating officer for McLaren Health Care and outgoing president and CEO of McLaren Flint. “Chris is a forward-thinking leader that will help McLaren Flint continue to succeed in today’s changing health care landscape.”

Candela has been serving as the McLaren Lapeer Region President and CEO since 2017. Under Chris’s leadership, McLaren Lapeer Region has received multiple MPRO Governors Awards for Quality/Safety, been recognized by Healthgrades and Leapfrog for safety and quality, and worked with physicians to build and grow numerous service lines. He also led the approval, design, and construction of the hospital’s new $27.5 million Medical Services Building.

Chris originally joined the McLaren family in 2008 as Director of Rehabilitation Services for McLaren Macomb hospital with responsibility for the operation of the Inpatient Acute Care and Outpatient Rehabilitation departments. Based on his exceptional performance, Chris continued to assume additional roles and responsibilities leading to his elevation to Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer for McLaren Macomb in 2013.

Prior to joining McLaren Macomb, Chris held a number of administrative positions of increasing responsibility at Henry Ford Health System, Tri Rehab, Inc. (New Baltimore, MI) and Concentra Medical Center (Sterling Heights, MI).

Chris earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Wayne State University.