Graduation Year: 1991
The Human Relations Award honors a graduate who has rendered significant contribution, inspiring unity at Kettering, in the workplace, or in the community.
Melany Gavulic, RN, MBA, is President and CEO of Hurley Medical Center. Her contributions stand out due to her overwhelming drive and successful efforts in helping to bridge a key technological gap in the City of Flint’s largest hospital system by helping to build its current co-op partnership with Kettering University. Hurley’s current partnership helped to open the door for Kettering Pre-Med students to have hands-on experiences including assisting physicians in emergency room situations, specialized trauma units, private and dual patient care rooms, children’s neonatal units, laboratory settings, viewing surgeries and much more. Students learn first-hand how doctors interact with their patients and diagnose their individual needs. This Physician Scribe program currently has 12 students employed. According to Dr. Michael Roebuck, Hurley’s Chief Medical Information Officer, “It was Melany’s vision that these students will likely go to medical school and hopefully return to our community in the future. Connecting to the community and to Kettering is always one of her top agenda items.” The focus and growth of this program has prompted collaboration with Dr. Patrick Atkinson at Kettering to create a new class called MEDI-221, Elements of Medical Scribing. Melany currently serves as a mentor to current students and is a role model for young women who want to excel at work while maintaining work/life balance.
Before becoming CEO of Hurley, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Hurley Medical Center, where she was responsible for operations, nursing and all of patient care services. Melany has filled a variety of leadership roles within Hurley Medical Center over the last 15 years, including serving as Vice President of Procedural and Ambulatory Services, with executive level responsibility for Surgical Services, Pediatric, Obstetric and Adult Ambulatory Clinics, along with Trauma Services, Radiology, Bariatric, and Orthopedic service lines, to name just a few. Melany received her bachelor’s degree in Management Systems in 1991 from Kettering University, an associate’s degree in Nursing from Mott Community College in 1997 and an MBA from Baker College of Graduate Studies in 2005. She received her Registered Nursing License in 1997. She serves on the following Boards: Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC), GFHC Health Improvement Steering Committee, MSU-Flint Area Medical Education Board, Genesee Early College Advisory Board, U of M-Flint/Hurley CRNA Advisory Council and the U of M-Flint Citizens Advisory Committee.
Melany lives with her husband Andrew and three daughters, Amelia, Gabriella and Maria in Fenton, Michigan.