Mercy Health Muskegon gets new leader in midst of $271M project

Community News |Sep 7, 2017|3 min read

MUSKEGON, MI – Mercy Health Muskegon has a new leader.


Gary Allore, of Muskegon, was selected as the new president of Mercy Health Muskegon after an extensive nationwide search.


“I could not be more honored to have been chosen to lead Mercy Health Muskegon as its president,” Allore said. “It is an exciting time for healthcare in our community. Mercy Health has been this community’s healthcare system for the past 115 years, and in this role, I am absolutely committed to partnering with our medical staff, colleagues and community to continue our mission of providing compassionate, personalized, high quality care for years to come.”


Allore is now responsible for Mercy’s five main locations, which includes four hospitals. Mercy Health Muskegon is part of the national Catholic health care delivery system Trinity Health.


He is taking the helm of Muskegon County’s largest employer while it’s in the midst of a $271 million project that will result in a nine-story, 267-bed medical center at the Mercy Campus on Sherman Boulevard. Ground was broken on the project in September 2016, and its scheduled for completion in June 2019.


Allore, who most recently served as regional chief financial officer for Mercy Health West Michigan, was part of the team that developed the business case for the approval of the project.


He brings nearly 30 years of health care leadership experience, and expertise in strategic financial operations and administration. His first role at Mercy Health began in 1988, when he served as controller for Muskegon General Hospital. Other posts within the health system have included: director of finance for Mercy General Health Partners and chief financial officer for Mercy Health Muskegon.


Allore earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and management from Albion College and an Master of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University. He lives in Muskegon with his wife, Sue.


A Muskegon native, Allore graduated from Muskegon Catholic Central in 1981. All three of his children also graduated from Muskegon Catholic. While at Albion, Allore played football and track. He also coached when his children were young.


Allore brings his experience as an athlete and coach forward into his new position.


“The biggest coaching assignment of my life is this new job,” he said.


That goes hand-in-hand with his leadership style, which he described as approachable and engaging. He wants all levels of Mercy Health staff to share their ideas with him, Allore said.


“Together we’ll get the best ideas around the table and be able to make the best decisions for our organization,” he said. “I just want to be out engaging with our medical community. I want to understand how they see the future of Mercy Health.”


He is taking the place of former Mercy Health Muskegon President Greg Loomis, who retired on June 30 after spending more than 40 years with the organization.


“Gary’s talents, health care experience and financial expertise will ensure Mercy Health Muskegon remains an affordable, accessible and high-quality health care system for the communities we serve,” said Roger Spoelman, regional president and CEO of Mercy Health.