Corewell Health System

Corewell Health names new president for Corewell Health in Southwest Michigan

April 29, 2024, Natalie Baggio, RN, will become the new president of Corewell Health in Southwest Michigan, effective July 1. She will report to the system’s Chief Operating Officer, Darryl Elmouchi, M.D., and also will actively engage with the health system’s leadership team.

Baggio currently serves as senior vice president, chief nursing executive and chief operating officer for Corewell Health in Southwest Michigan. She joined the organization in 2017. She will succeed Loren Hamel, M.D., who is retiring at the end of June.

“Natalie has done a tremendous job and has been taking on more and more responsibility over the years. She has demonstrated a commitment to championing innovative ideas that have improved processes and patient care,” Dr. Elmouchi said. “She cares deeply about the community.”

Prior to joining Corewell Health, Baggio served in multiple health care leadership roles at Mercy Health South in St. Louis, Missouri. Natalie earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Greenville College, a bachelor of science in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing, a master of business administration from Webster University, and a doctor of nursing practice from Baylor University. Natalie is currently enrolled in the Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellowship Program.

“I am pleased to accept this role and honored to continue serving our patients, team members and the community here at Corewell Health,” Baggio said. “I am incredibly grateful for the mentorship and guidance from Loren throughout my leadership career. I look forward to the opportunity to further build upon the strong foundation we have created together for better health here in Southwest Michigan.”

Dr. Hamel added, “Corewell Health has benefitted greatly from Natalie’s innovative and human-centered leadership, and I am so proud of all that she has accomplished. Natalie cares deeply about our patients and our team members. I am confident in her ability to further advance health care throughout Southwest Michigan and build upon our vision for a future where health is simple, affordable, equitable and exceptional.”




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