UPHS-Marquette appoints Darner as director of operations

UP Health System – Marquette is pleased to welcome back Tonya Darner, MBA, who has been appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) to improve clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction while managing operations. Tonya previously managed the development and operations of several specialties at UP Health System – Marquette. Tonya returns to Marquette from Wausau, WI, where she was the COO of Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Tonya is a recognized leader with 25 years of experience in medical practice management and healthcare administration. She has successfully overseen complex clinical team operations, budgets and general care for large volumes of patients.

A US Air Force veteran, Tonya served on active duty for 20 years. There she managed medical care units and eventually became the superintendent of 4th Medical Operations Squadron in 2007. After retiring from the military, Tonya moved to Marquette and oversaw the operations of several medical offices in the region. Prior to accepting a position at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in 2017, Tonya held progressive leadership positions at UP Health System – Marquette; including the Senior Director of Neuroscience, Imaging and On-Call Specialists Service Lines, and Regional Operations Director for Neuroscience, Occupational Medicine, Behavioral Health, Specialty Clinics Service Lines in pediatrics and radiology.

“Tonya has proven herself in all of her previous roles,” said Gar Atchison, CEO of UP Health System – Marquette and Market President of UP Health System. “We are confident in his skills, experience and discipline, as well as in his dedication to furthering our mission of making communities healthier for the people of the Upper Peninsula,” he said.

Tonya said she and her husband made the decision to move to Marquette long before retiring from the military – that has been their goal since their first visit to the Upper Peninsula in the early 1990s. “We love it. the area and the community, we have family here and Marquette is where we always wanted to live. Outside of work, Tonya enjoys hiking, mountain biking, reading, and cheering on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, and Ohio State Buckeyes.

For more information on UP Health System – Marquette, visit www.MGH.org.

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