McLaren Oakland CEO receives local leadership award

Margaret Dimond, PhD., president and CEO of McLaren Oakland, the Pontiac-based hospital serving all of Oakland County, is a recipient of this year’s Leadership Award presented by Olivet College as part of its 24th Annual Leadership in Individual & Social Responsibility Awards.

Olivet College, through its award, recognizes individuals from across the state who selflessly serve others, lead by example and embody individual and social responsibility in relation to their community and the greater society.

“This past year has demonstrated just how important community focused leadership is, and the impact it can have on an organization,” Dimond said. “As CEO of a hospital-based organization during the greatest public health crisis of our lifetimes, being an effective and trustful leader wasn’t something I took lightly. To be recognized for this attribute is an incredible honor, and it’s one shared with — and made possible by — every member of our team who is continuing to fight this pandemic.”

McLaren Oakland, led by Dimond, has been fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic since it first gripped Metro Detroit in March 2020, treating countless patients infected with the coronavirus while also providing comfort to those who would not recover.

The hospital adapted its operations to ensure safe care could also be administered to non-COVID-19 patients and was also an early leader in the vaccine rollout.

Dimond will receive her award during a live-streamed ceremony on May 19.

She is recognized alongside David Funk, retired Olivet Community Schools band director, and Sheri Jones, WLNS, WLAJ news anchor.

About McLaren Oakland

McLaren Oakland is a 328-bed hospital that provides primary and specialty healthcare services to the greater Pontiac and Oakland County, Michigan communities. Founded in 1953, McLaren Oakland has grown to a comprehensive medical community that includes outpatient facilities in Clarkston and Oxford, in addition to an inpatient hospital in Pontiac providing a range of clinical services including emergency and trauma care, cardiology, cancer services, minimally invasive robotic surgery, and orthopedic services.

McLaren Oakland offers ACGME accredited residency and fellowship programs in anesthesiology, diagnostic radiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, pulmonary disease and critical care medicine, and transitional year, in addition to a CPME accredited podiatry program.

About McLaren Health Care

McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Grand Blanc, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 13 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 630,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the U.S. McLaren has 26,000 employees and more than 52,500 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving the entire Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan along with a portion of the Upper Peninsula.