Hills and Dales General Hospital CEO Jean Anthony will be retiring in early January 2022 after 47 years of service.
“Though 22 would be good in the paper,” she said, chuckling.
Her career at Hills and Dales started in 1973, after graduating from Ubly High School. She began working as a licensed practical nurse before going back to school, earning her Associate of Science degree in nursing from St. Clair County Community College in 1984. This education was partially sponsored by the hospital administrator at the time.
“It’s pretty common today, that they try to offer scholarships,” Anthony explained. “But back then it wasn’t. I was so excited to go back to school; it was a big accomplishment, because otherwise you’re married and having babies, and going back to school wasn’t the first thing you thought about.”
The degree allowed her to work in various areas around the hospital, including the operating room, emergency room, surgery and even obstetrics.
She later went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of the State of New York in 1993. During that time, she worked in the role of quality improvement/risk management coordinator for the hospital. Upon completion of her bachelor’s degree, she moved into the role of director of clinical services.
Anthony was promoted to chief operating officer in 1996 and went on to earn her Master of Arts degree in organizational management in 2005, making her more than ready to take on the role of CEO in 2014.
Throughout her tenure, Anthony accomplished much for the sake of the hospital’s functionality and the comfort and health of the patients. She said she is most proud of a renovation project that was completed in 2019. Thanks to financial help from the United States Department of Agriculture, the hospital was able to add the clinic at the front of the building, private rooms upstairs and new windows for those rooms.
“It’s good for the healing process,” Anthony said, regarding the rooms. “They get the natural sun, natural light. It’s good. They were set up to enhance patient care as well. They’re totally self-sufficient and everything.”
That kind of “patient health first” mindset runs through her achievements as CEO. Her emphasis on technology has made sure that Hills and Dales is the most equipped and prepared it can be.
As the weeks until retirement become days for Anthony, she looks back on her career with a great deal of satisfaction. She reflects on how her growing up on a small town helped her run the hospital and give a sense of community to it.
“I came from a small community,” she said. “I know the pros and cons. People are very dedicated to their own communities, they’re very much …….