Distinguished alumni

Dr. Randall Oostra Distinguished Professional Achievement

Recipient of the Distinguished Professional Achievement Award, Dr. Randall Oostra is president and CEO of ProMedica Health System, based in Toledo. While he oversees an organization that generates $2 billion in annual revenue, employs 15,000, and serves 2.5 million patients in a two-state area, he says his job comes down to approaching every task from this perspective: How would I want my family to be treated?

Oostra served hospitals and health organizations in Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota before becoming vice president of ProMedica’s Toledo Hospital in 1997. He served as ProMedica’s president and chief operating officer from 2006 until this year, when he was named chief executive of the most integrated health system in the country, according to Modern Healthcare magazine.

Oostra earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northwestern College in 1977. He has also earned master’s degrees in science and healthcare administration and a doctorate in management. Oostra is formerly from Sioux Center, and his wife, Barbara (Vander Maten), is a native of Boyden. Of their three children, two are currently medical students.

Award year: 2009