Michael E. Henze joined Lake Regional in 1990, overseeing its transformation from a small community hospital to an expansive health system that includes seven lake-area primary care clinics, three Express Care clinics, 19 specialty clinics, home health services, a hospice program, a network of rehab therapy sites, an imaging center, five retail pharmacies and a free-standing surgery center.

After 27 years leading Lake Regional Health System, Chief Executive Officer Michael E. Henze is retiring this month.

When Henze joined Lake Regional in 1990, it was known as Lake of the Ozarks General Hospital. He has overseen its transformation from a small community hospital to an expansive health system that includes seven lake-area primary care clinics, three Express Care clinics, 19 specialty clinics, home health services, a hospice program, a network of rehab therapy sites, an imaging center, five retail pharmacies and a free-standing surgery center. The hospital itself has grown — from 93,000 square feet to 500,000 square feet — and added several service lines, including a cardiac program and cancer treatment center. Annual total operating revenue grew from $18 million in 1990 to $190 million in 2017. 

“Mike’s passion for delivering exceptional health care to the lake community has enabled the growth of our hospital into a full-service regional health care facility,” said Charles McElyea, a member of the Lake Regional Health System and Lake Regional Medical Group boards of directors. “It’s been exciting to watch new Lake Regional clinics open to meet our communities’ needs. The expansion of local health care services has, in turn, supported the economic growth of our community and improved our quality of life. Mike can take pride in his legacy.”

In 2013, Henze received the Missouri Hospital Association’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his significant contributions to health care, Missouri hospitals and the communities they serve. Henze won the Missouri Hospital Association’s Visionary Leadership Award in 2004. 

“We are so grateful that Mike has dedicated his career to Lake Regional and the lake community,” said Corey ten Bensel, president of the Lake Regional Health System Board of Directors. “He cast a vision for long-term continuous improvement and shaped a culture that fosters innovation and excellence. He is a man of integrity and intelligence, and because of his phenomenal leadership, our community receives exceptional health care right here at home.”

The Lake Regional Health System Board of Directors announced at its August meeting that it would rename the Medical Office Building, which houses administration and connects to the hospital, the Michael E. Henze Medical Office Building.

Originally from Conway, Ark., Henze earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Hendrix College in Conway and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

Henze and his wife, Gerri, have three children and six grandchildren. In retirement, he plans to spend more time fishing the White River in Arkansas and enjoying his farm in Macks Creek.

Succeeding Henze is Dane W. Henry, who will join Lake Regional as CEO on Monday, Sept. 18.

Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to the residents and visitors of the lake area. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a three-time recipient of the Missouri Quality Award. To learn more, visit www.lakeregional.com.