NMSC Leadership

LoAnn Vande Leest, RN, MBA-H, CNOR, CASC, CHSP

Chief Executive Officer

LoAnn received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Bellin College of Nursing in Green Bay, WI and her Master’s in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. She has been an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) administrator since 2001 and an AAAHC Surveyor since 2006, running ASCs in Milwaukee and Green Bay before moving to northern Michigan to lead Northwest Michigan Surgery Center. Her top 5 strengths (from the Clifton StrengthsFinder) are Positivity, Relator, Woo, Arranger, and Command. This combination, along with being John Maxwell Certified in leadership training and coaching, make her a highly motivated, engaged mover and shaker – she keeps NMSC challenged and growing!

Mary Herweyer

Business Office Manager

Mary manages the Business Office at NMSC and has been with the Center since it’s opening in 2004. She grew up in northern Michigan, being a resident of Beulah and then Traverse City where she completed her studies in Business Administration at Northwestern Michigan College. Since 1987, Mary has worked in the healthcare industry; she has experience in medical healthcare management as has been involved in the ground floor implementation of area physician practices. She is an active member of the Michigan Ambulatory Surgery Association (MASA) and has been speaker and leadership chair at MASA conferences. Mary is also an active member of the National Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA).

G. Bultsma, RN, CAPA

Peri-Procedural Director

Gayle joined the team at NMSC over 10 years ago, originally serving as a Clinical Team Leader. Now, as Peri-Procedural Director, she oversees the Pre-op, Post-op, and Endoscopy Services at NMSC. Gayle received her nursing degree at Calvin College and Blodgett Memorial Medical Center in Grand Rapids, MI; her background includes substantial experience in the OR and with pediatric/adult critical care. She earned her certification in Ambulatory Perianesthesia nursing in 2008 and remains an active member with the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN), Item Writing Review Committee for the American Board of PeriAnesthesia Nursing Certification (ABPANC), and the Exam Review Committee for the national PeriAnesthesia certification exam.

C. Bingham, RN

Intra-Procedural Director

Christy received her nursing degree from Indiana University School of Nursing and has over 16 years of experience as a circulating nurse. Now, as Intra-Procedural Director, Christy oversees the OR, Central Processing Department, and Materials Management Department at Northwest Michigan Surgery Center and serves as NMSC’s Infection Preventionist. She works closely with Munson Medical Center and their affiliates to help standardize care across the area healthcare systems. Christy leads by example and is committed to encouraging the professional growth of her staff.

"Everyone was friendly from check in to discharge. I am very impressed and pleased. You have a fabulous staff. It couldn't possibly have been a better experience. "
- Claudia S.
"If procedures are necessary, it is a pleasure having them done at the Surgery Center. All processes have been well thought out and streamlined with the patient in mind. There does not seem to be any unnecessary steps or duplication of effort."
- Gary P.
"Excellent care --- and my anesthesiologist was very caring about my comfort throughout the surgery."
- Ellen L.
"Always such a nice experience here when you're having medical procedures done. It's never fun, but I try to be positive about it and the staff and docs are great. Glad to find good care here 'Up North.' "
- Heidi P.
"The follow up phone calls both from the surgeon and nurse were very comforting, and appreciated. All in all, a first class operation; thanks for your caring"
- Lee M.