Our Board

Bay County Medical Care Facility Board

A three-member Bay County Department of Health and Human Services Board oversees all Bay County Medical Care Facility activities. The Bay County Board of Commissioners appoints two members and the Governor of Michigan appoints the third.

Board of Directors

Sandy Shutt Board Member Bay Medical Care Facility

Chair

Sandy D. Shutt MA, BSN, CPHQ, CHIT-IM, RN

Sandy was appointed to the Board in October 2017 and brings over 40 years of nursing experience in the areas of critical care, nursing education/administration and case management. Additionally she has held positions on national boards of directors of NNSDO (National Nursing Staff Development Organization) and ANA (American Nurses Association), working closely with the NALTH (National Association for Long-Term Care Hospitals) in the development of nationally-accepted standards for admission, discharge and continuing stay for patients in the long-term acute care arena.

Sandy has lectured nationally on topics of trauma nursing and operational efficiencies, for which her department received the Goldberg Award for excellence. Sandy has developed numerous clinical educational programs, focusing on critical care nursing and served as a state EMT evaluator.

Sandy holds a Master of Arts, Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University and Bachelor of Science Nursing from SVSU and has held multiple national certifications for various clinical and operational organizations. She has extensive knowledge in healthcare facility accreditations, including CMS (Center for Medicare/State of Michigan), JCAHO (Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospital Organizations) and HFAP (Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program), plus state processes through the QIO (Quality Improvement Organization).

Sandy has worked closely with multiple insurers obtaining and substantiating admissions and continued care for her clinical population. Sandy is pleased to have the opportunity to utilize her past experiences to enhance the care provided to the Bay County Medical Care Facility patients.

Cynthia Howell Board Member Bay Medical Care Facility

Vice Chair

Cynthia Howell

A transplant from the South, Cindy holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.

While she enjoyed her 8 years of teaching Junior High English and math, an opportunity arose that led her in quite a different direction – the legal world. She was hired as a victim advocate in the Bay County Prosecutor’s Office in 1994, was promoted to Victim Rights Coordinator in 1998. Today she continues in this role.

Cindy has served on the Board of Directors for the Bay Area Women’s Center, the Nathan Weidner Child Advocacy Center/Child Abuse & Neglect Council, the State of Michigan Crime Victim Forum, the Sexual Assault Prevention Task Force, the Domestic Violence Community Response Team, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Task Force, and the Bay County Child Death Review Team.

Cindy was appointed to serve on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Board by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2012, where it has been her honor to work with such a dedicated group of people to enhance the services and care to the residents of the Bay County Medical Care Facility.

Patrick McFarland Board Member Bay Medical Care Facility

Board Member

Patrick McFarland

Patrick McFarland is a lifelong Bay County resident.  Patrick was a local business owner for 40 years before he retired.  He is a member of a local church and has three children.  Patrick is also a member of Bay Area Behavioral Health Board of Directors and chairs the Audit Committee and the Recipient Rights Advisory and Appeals Committee.