GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The 13 Watchdog team has confirmed another big leadership change at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.
Leslie Shanlian the chief executive officer of the Michigan Veteran Health System, which oversees the state’s two veterans homes has resigned from her duties.
In a statement to us, Shanlian said she left to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.
"As CEO of the Health System, my job often required me to travel across the state several times a week and to Marquette several times a month," Shanlian wrote. "Healthcare is a very competitive field with many opportunities to serve our aging population and I have chosen an opportunity that allows me to lead and strengthen a long-term care community closer to my home and spend time with my children who are still in school."
The 13 Watchdog team has been following issues at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans for more than a year now. The facility has struggled to properly take care of veterans because of long-term under staffing issues.
Shanlian was brought in to try to right the ship in October of 2015.
She was a licensed nursing home administrator and came to the state with nearly 20 years of experience managing and improving skilled nursing facilities as well as assisted and independent living communities throughout Michigan.
“Leslie has built a strong leadership team and provided the energy, experience and enthusiasm needed to make substantial improvement in how we care for veterans in Michigan,” said James Robert Redford, director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.
Brad Slagle, current COO of the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veteran in Marquette has been named interim CEO of the Health System.
Shanlian served in the position for a little more than a year.
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