October 5, 2020 – The Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc., also known as MiHIA, today announced that Mark Kato, DHA will take over the role of interim chief executive officer, effective immediately. Elizabeth Sorenson Prince has elected to take a new role and has begun the transition of all responsibilities, which will continue over the next several weeks.

Dr. Kato’s transition with MiHIA and the THRIVE Initiative comes at a pivotal and exciting time, as the organization works to convene and drive community collaboration in pursuit of health and economic success for all in our region.

Dr. Kato is a lifelong regional resident of the Great Lakes Bay Region and has built a significant career in the health ecosystem. He has provided exceptional leadership within MiHIA and the THRIVE Initiative, previously leading the Achieving the Right Medications for Health (ARM4Health) Project. His prior experience before joining MiHIA included working with UnitedHealthcare where he led a Quality Improvement Analytics team and serving as the director of Performance Improvement at MidMichigan Health.

“On behalf of MiHIA, I would like to share tremendous appreciation for Elizabeth’s leadership and contributions to the organization and the powerful work of THRIVE,” said Dr. Catherine Baase, chairperson of the MiHIA Board of Directors. “We are thankful for her tenure with MiHIA and we look forward to staying closely connected with her in our work moving forward. In addition, we are thrilled to work with Mark in this new capacity and have the utmost confidence in his diverse knowledge and experience with health administration.”

“I’ve had the honor of getting to work with Elizabeth over the past year and look forward to continuing to work with her as a key stakeholder in the future,” said Dr. Kato. “As a backbone organization, MiHIA is in a position to make a tremendous impact on the community and I’m honored to be an integral part of that work in this role.”