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Governor makes appointments to Certificate of Need Commission

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Gail Clarkson, of Bloomfield Hills, and Dr. Luis Tomatis, of Grand Rapids, to the Certificate of Need Commission.   

The 11-member commission regulates and balances the cost and quality of and access to Michigan's health care system. The commission also develops, revises and determines approval or disapproval for Certificate of Need standards, and helps to ensure that medical services and facilities provide affordable, quality health care to the citizens of Michigan.

"Gail and Luis bring extensive and vital experience to this commission," said Snyder. "I am confident they will help to ensure Michigan citizens receive quality, affordable health care."

Clarkson has served as CEO and compliance officer for The Medilodge Group in Washington, Mich. since 1985. In this capacity, she oversees 15 assisted living, nursing home and senior apartment facilities that care for more than 2,500 residents. Previously, Clarkson worked as a nursing home administrator, nursing consultant, nurse epidemiologist, registered nurse and assistant supervisor of pediatrics in Michigan, Massachusetts, California and Washington, D.C. She earned her registered nurse diploma from the Faulkner Hospital School of Nursing in Jamaica Plains, Mass. and is a licensed nursing home administrator and registered nurse in Michigan.

Tomatis has served as director of medical affairs for the Richard M. DeVos family since 2000. Previously, he worked as a cardiovascular surgeon at Butterworth Hospital (now Spectrum Health) for 30 years. During that time, Tomatis served as chief of the hospital's Thoracic and Cardiovascular Department and clinical professor of surgery at Michigan State University. He is a member of Butterworth Hospital's Distinguished Physician Society and was the first recipient of the Emeritus Lifetime Achievement Award at Spectrum Health. Tomatis earned his medical degree at Rosario Medical School in Argentina and received an honorary doctorate from Grand Valley State University.

Appointees will serve three-year terms that expire April 9, 2015, and their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.