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Ascension Borgess Allegan Welcomes New Administrator: Natalie Ryder

KALAMAZOO, MI – Ascension Borgess is pleased to announce Natalie Ryder, MBA-HM, MSN, RN, NE-BC, as administrator of Ascension Borgess Allegan Hospital in Allegan and Ascension Borgess-Pipp Hospital in Plainwell. In addition, Ryder will continue in her current role as administrator of Ascension Borgess-Lee Hospital in Dowagiac.

Ryder is a registered nurse and board-certified nurse executive who, after spending nine years in the United States Army, began her healthcare career as a school nurse in Germany in 2013. She quickly advanced, serving as a charge nurse, unit coordinator, staffdevelopment coordinator and clinical nurse educator before becoming the administrator for Ascension Borgess-Lee Hospital in 2018. Ryder has been an active member of the Michigan Center for Rural Health Critical Access Hospital Planning Committee since 2019. She also holds certifications in advanced cardiovascular life support and as a Lean Six Sigma White Belt, progressive care nurse and geriatric care professional.

“I was raised in a small community in Pennsylvania where I developed a deep understanding of, and passion for, rural healthcare,” said Ryder. “I am very thankful for the opportunity to apply my expertise and to continue to improve access to exceptional care in the communities of Allegan and Plainwell.”

Ryder earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Point Park College in Pennsylvania and an associate’s degree in nursing from Columbus Technical College in Georgia. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania. Ryder also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in healthcare management from Western Governors University.

“Natalie is an exemplary servant leader who is committed to Ascension’s Mission of providing quality care that sustains and improves the health of individuals and communities,” said Thomas Rohs, MD, regional president and CEO, Southwest Region, Ascension Michigan. “She has the knowledge, skills and experience to lead our rural and critical access hospitals in Southwest Michigan.

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