Former Beaumont Farmington Hills chief wins state service award

Dr. Paul LaCasse, former president and CEO of Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills, has received the Michigan Health & Hospital Association’s highest honor: the Meritorious Service Award.

Dr. Paul LaCasse
MHA CEO Brian Peters, right, tells the audience at the June 27 MHA Annual Membership Meeting on Mackinac Island the reasons why Dr. Paul LaCasse, at left, was selected to receive MHA’s 2019 Meritorious Service Award. Dr. LaCasse retired from Beaumont Health in March. (Beaumont)

The award recognizes his years of service as a legislative and regulatory advocate for Michigan’s hospitals and health systems. Although he retired in March from his role as Beaumont Health executive vice president of post-acute care and diversified business operations, he continues to practice medicine.

Dr. LaCasse began his career as an emergency medicine physician at Botsford General Hospital (now Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills). He held several leadership positions and served as president and CEO from 2009 until 2014, when Botsford Health Care became part of Beaumont.

Dr. LaCasse was a key leader of the new health system. Earlier that year, he was named the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion for Michigan for his leadership in generating community support for health care.

Dr. LaCasse served on the MHA Board of Trustees for more than a dozen years and was the 2002-2003 board chair.

Dr. LaCasse attended the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine where he earned a doctorate of osteopathic medicine. Later, he served on the governing board of his medical alma mater’s Statewide Campus System. MSUCOM awarded him with the Walter F. Patenge Medal of Public Service in 2006. Dr. LaCasse also completed a graduate degree at University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.

Nationally, Dr. LaCasse served on the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and chaired the American Osteopathic Association’s Bureau of Hospitals.

As president and CEO of Botsford, examples of Dr. LaCasse’s leadership include:

  • hosting and serving food at onsite picnics during all shifts every summer
  • recognizing employees’ work anniversaries by sending personal letters thanking them for their service and care for patients and families
  • honoring clinical staff for training and mentoring future physicians

Dr. LaCasse and his wife, Annette, who met in medical school, have led approximately 30 medical missions together to Peru, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.