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Metro Health Physician Named President of M.O.A

Posted: July 25, 2007

July 25, 2007

Dr. Susan Sevensma of Metro Health Hospital has been named president of the Michigan Osteopathic Association.

Sevensma, who serves as the director of medical education at Metro
Health, will serve in MOA’s top leadership role for the 2007-2008 year.
As president of MOA, which represents more than 7,000 osteopathic
physicians across the state, she will focus on the concept of practice

"Darwin said, ‘It is not the strongest of the species that survives,
nor the most intelligent, but those most responsive to change,’ "
Sevensma said. "The way health care is delivered and received must be
adapted to address the changes – from advanced technology to the
increasing prevalence of chronic disease – that are affecting providers
and the patients we serve.

"The different segments of the health-care sector must work together to
make physician practices more efficient, to ensure health care for
those who need it and to understand the importance of healthy

Sevensma began practicing family medicine in Grandville in 1984,
joining the Metro Health Hospital medical staff. She later served as
the first female chief of staff at any Grand Rapids-area hospital.
During her tenure at Metro, she has held a variety of a leadership
positions, including program director of family practice residency.

In addition to her work with Metro, Sevensma is an assistant clinical
professor at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State
University and assistant regional dean for the Kirksville College of
Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri.

Extremely active professionally, she serves on several boards,
including the Michigan Osteopathic Association and MSU’s Medical
Advisory Board. She is also an affiliate member of the Grand Rapids
Medical Education and Research Center Board. She co-chairs the
Committee of the Underserved, which is a combined committee of the Kent
County Medical Society and the Kent County Osteopathic Association.

Sevensma is also a member of the American Osteopathic Association, Kent
County Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family
Physicians, Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians and
Sigma Sigma Phi honors fraternity.

She has been recognized as the Osteopathic Family Physician of the Year
by the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians. She is
also a recipient of the American Osteopathic Foundation Breath of Life
Award. Grand Rapids Magazine recognized her as a "Top Doc" in the state
and the YWCA awarded her its Woman of Achievement award.

A native of Grosse Pointe, Sevensma now resides in East Grand Rapids.

About Metro Health
Metro Health is a regional health-care organization with a 238-bed
general acute care osteopathic teaching hospital and 10 neighborhood
outpatient centers, serving more than 130,000 patients in Kent and
surrounding counties. Metro offers a broad range of services, including
hospital inpatient and outpatient services, emergency, surgery,
intensive care and rehabilitation. Physician, therapy and diagnostic
services are offered in its 10 neighborhood centers. Metro’s work is
supported by the Metro Health Hospital Foundation, which is a
charitable organization dedicated to improving the health and
well-being of the West Michigan community through philanthropy.

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