Sparrow welcomes new Medical Chiefs of Staff
LANSING, MI, February 22, 2022 – Noted local OB/GYN LaKeeya Tucker, D.O., has begun a two-year term as Chief of Medical Staff at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.
Dr. Tucker is Sparrow’s first African-American Chief of Staff and will represent and communicate the views of medical staff members while working with Sparrow leadership to ensure quality, compassionate care for all patients. Dr. Tucker is an outstanding OB/GYN who has practiced at Alliance Obstetrics & Gynecology in East Lansing for 19 years and served as Sparrow Hospital’s Chief of Staff-Elect for two years.
“It is with great pride and honor that I serve in this role,” Dr. Tucker said. “It is my plan to represent my peers and Sparrow Hospital to the best of my ability. I remain grateful to those leaders who have blazed the trail for me. My mindset brings Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm to the forefront. She said, ‘You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering, and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.’ Her landmark position as the first Black woman to serve in the U.S. Congress parallels my election to this position.”
“The position has great responsibility, and in electing Dr. Tucker to the position, the medical staff members are demonstrating their deep respect and trust for her integrity, leadership, and medical intellect. She is distinctly deserving of that respect and trust, and we are incredibly fortunate that she is willing to serve.”
Dr. Tucker takes over for past Chief of Medical Staff Robin DeMuth, M.D. Sparrow sincerely thanks Dr. DeMuth for her leadership and service to our medical staff. We are grateful for her guidance during the past two years of COVID in healthcare.
Michael Kent McLeod, M.D., MBA, FACS, FACE, has been elected to serve as Chief of Staff-Elect during Dr. Tucker’s term. Dr. McLeod joined the medical staff at Sparrow Hospital in 2009 when he came to Lansing to revive the general surgery residency program.
Dr. McLeod is the Medical Director of Surgical Quality and Vice Chair of Surgery at E.W. Sparrow Hospital, and Chair of the Quality and Patient Safety Committee – MSU Health Care. He has dedicated his professional non-surgical time to teaching surgical residents and medical students and participating in numerous task forces and committees. He will succeed Dr. Tucker when her term as Chief of Staff ends in two years
Sparrow’s Community Hospitals have also chosen new Chiefs of Staff
Sparrow Carson Hospital welcomes Michael Racine, M.D., as the new Chief of Staff. Dr. Racine earned his medical degree from Michigan State University (MSU) in 2002 and completed his residency at MSU from 2002 to 2005. Dr. Racine is board certified in Emergency Medicine and has been a member of the Sparrow Carson Medical Staff since June 2013.
Sparrow Clinton’s new Chief of Staff is Mark Weismiller, M.D. Dr. Weismiller is a general surgeon at Sparrow Clinton, seeing patients through his practice at Sparrow Medical Group (SMG) St. Johns. Dr. Weismiller is a member of the SMG St. Johns surgical team and is director of the new Sparrow Clinton Wound Clinic. He received his bachelor’s degree from Albion College and his doctorate from Wayne State University College of Medicine. He completed his residency with Providence Hospital in Southfield.
Troy Ferguson, D.O., is the current Chief of Staff at Sparrow Eaton. Dr. Ferguson is Sparrow Eaton’s Breast Care Center Medical Director and practices general surgery at Lansing Surgical Associates. Dr. Ferguson has provided care at Sparrow Eaton for many years.
Sparrow Ionia Hospital welcomes Brett Reich, D.O., as the new Chief of Staff. Dr. Reich is board certified and has practiced emergency medicine in Detroit, Lansing, Ionia, and Charlotte. He has been at Sparrow Ionia since 2015 and has been Medical Director of the Emergency Department since 2017. Dr. Reich is also Medical Director of the Trauma Program at Sparrow Ionia.
Sparrow Ionia also welcomes Zuhair Abualrihy, M.D., as the new Vice Chief of Staff. Dr. Abualrihy received his doctorate in Medicine from King Faisal University in 2004. He is board certified in Family and Geriatric Medicine and has been with Sparrow Medical Group Portland since 2012.
Sparrow is Mid-Michigan’s premier healthcare organization and includes hospitals in Lansing, Charlotte, St. Johns, Ionia and Carson City as well as Physicians Health Plan, Sparrow Care Network, Sparrow Medical Group, the Michigan Athletic Club, and AL!VE. Sparrow is affiliated with Michigan Medicine through the Sparrow Children’s Center and with Michigan State University’s three human health colleges. Through these partnerships and the dedication of our 10,000 Caregivers, Sparrow pursues a vision to be nationally recognized as a leader in quality and Patient experience. For more information, visit Sparrow.org.
SOURCE: Sparrow Health System