IRON RIVER—Connie Koutouzos was named chief executive officer and president at NorthStar Health System in November by the hospital Board of Directors following the retirement announcement of Bruce Rampage.
Koutouzos was the chief operating officer at NorthStar and has over 28 years of nursing and health care experience with a significant background in progressive management roles including positions in senior leadership. Prior to employment at NorthStar, Koutouzos was chief nurse executive in Wisconsin and was also employed at Marquette General Health System for 23 years.
Mark Tousignant, NorthStar Health System board chairman, holds Koutouzos in high regard. “When Connie was hired as chief nursing executive in 2010, it was with the intention that she would succeed Bruce Rampage as chief executive officer,” Tousignant said. “Bruce would act as her mentor, so now that plan has come to fruition.
“She has all the tools to guide NorthStar Health System through today’s rapidly changing health care landscape. Because of her educational background, work experience and broad-based knowledge of healthcare in our region, the board of directors has every confidence that Connie will excel as the executive officer of NorthStar,” Tousignant said.
Koutouzos looks forward to the challenges ahead. “It is a very turbulent time in the healthcare industry,” Koutouzos noted. “Healthcare reform and stewardship of our resources will be even more important as we face the challenging times in the future”.
Koutouzos recently earned a master of business administration degree from Michigan Technological University and has a master’s degree in nursing from Northern Michigan University. She is a member of the College of Healthcare Executives and has volunteered with the American Heart Association (AHA) for several years including serving a four-year term as national faculty for the state of Michigan.
During this term, Koutouzos supported international training efforts in pediatric resuscitation for physicians in Italy with two trips abroad. In addition to serving on Michigan’s AHA committee, she has also served non-profit organizations, including representation on the Upper Peninsula Children’s Coalition, March of Dimes board of directors and Great Lakes Center for Youth Development board of directors.
Koutouzos indicates she is inspired to serve this community by the healthcare team at NorthStar, who strives to deliver excellence in patient care every day.
Koutouzos is a U.P. native who enjoys the outdoors, downhill ski racing and all NFL games with her favorite team, the Green Bay Packers. Koutouzos and her husband, Andreas, have one daughter, Christina, who is a student at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids.