Rodney M. Nelson joined the Mackinac Straits Health System as CEO in September of
1999. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from Lake Superior
State University, Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Prior to joining Mackinac Straits Health System
he was the Executive Director, Systems Development for Lenawee Health Alliance in
Mr. Nelson has served on numerous boards such as the American Hospital Association
Council for Small and Rural Hospitals; Lenewee American Heart Association Board;
Lenewee United Way Board; Hudson/Morenci/LHA Advisory Board: Faye Foundation;
Diane Peppler Resource Center Board; St. Ignace Lions Club; MHA Small & Rural
Hospital Council; VitalCare & Hospice, Inc., MHA Legislative Policy Panel and St.
Ignace Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Trustees for the Michigan Health and
He was awarded by American Hospital Association and the Michigan Health and
Hospital Association as the 2007 State of Michigan Grassroots Champion on May 8,
2007. He was appointed by Governor Snyder to the Lake Superior State University
Board of Trustees for an eight year term. He was honored as the St. Ignace Ambassador
of the Year in 2010. He currently serves on the MHA Legislative Policy Panel. Mr.
Nelson and his wife Nancy reside in St. Ignace, Michigan.
LSSU's dedicated three-story fire lab made all the difference to Brian Applegate.
"Our certification training classes offered real situations," Brian says. Students practice victim search techniques while controlling and extinguishing fires. Applegate says his favorite exercise was the live fire flashover simulation. "We saw how fires evolved as they burned," he says. "It’s as close as you can get to the real thing."