Longtime CEO leaves Aspirus

LAURIUM — Chuck Nelson, UP regional chief executive officer of Aspirus since July, 2008, has left to accept a position outside the healthcare industry, according to a release.

Matt Heywood, president and CEO of Aspirus said Nelson has made many contributions in the decade he was with the firm, and he is wished well.

Aspirus remains committed to the U.P. communities it serves, Heywood said, and to the outstanding employees and providers who drive its success.

“We have made tremendous improvements in quality and efficiency in recent months,” he said, “and I’m enthusiastic about the future.”

Aspirus Keweenaw is a nonprofit, community-directed health care organization based in Laurium, with clinics and outreach services in Laurium, Calumet, Houghton and Lake Linden. Aspirus Keweenaw is part of the Aspirus, Inc. exclusive hospital and clinic network, home health and hospice care, pharmacy, critical care, medical goods and a philanthropic foundation.

Aspirus has identified interim leadership, the release states. Rick Nevers, senior vice president of Regional Operations and longtime Aspirus executive, will oversee UP operations along with Jesse Tischer, senior vice president of Enterprise Development and Operations.

Tischer will assume the role of interim U.P. regional CEO at the end of September, while Aspirus pursues a national recruitment effort for a permanent regional leader.