Melinda Gruber, PhD, MBA, CNA

Vice President, Medical Group and Continued Care Services, Corewell Health - South Region

President, Caring Circle

2018 Fellow

Dr. Melinda M. Gruber is the Medical Group and Continued Care Services Vice President at Corewell Health, South Region, and President of Caring Circle. She is responsible for primary and specialty medical practices; inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; home care; long-term care; palliative and hospice care; and chaplaincy and bereavement services. Melinda serves as Board President of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the PACE of Southwest Michigan Boards of Directors, as well as Vice Chair of the Region IV Area Agency on Aging Board of Directors and board member of the Community Healing Centers. She is also Chair of the Healthy Berrien Consortium. Melinda earned a bachelor’s degree from Aquinas College, as well as an MBA, and Ph.D. from Western Michigan University. She is a 2018-2019 Health and Aging Policy and ASPA Congressional Fellow and is a Certified Nursing Aide.

Areas of Interest

Why I Applied to be a Fellow

"As someone who cares for people with advanced illnesses and as a healthcare executive, I see the suffering individuals experience because of our Country’s fragmented approach to serious illness care. When people are faced with situations they are not prepared for, when family members and caregivers are uncertain, and when health professionals are strained, vulnerable individuals lose quality in their lives. I am passionate about improving policy at all levels to create a better system of care for the elderly and seriously ill, as well as their caregivers and care providers. Through the fellowship, I have expanded my knowledge of health and aging policy, increased my experience and skills in policy translation, broadened my professional network, and have become a bridge for front-line patient care, health care management, and policy. This experience has allowed me to play a meaningful role in advocating for the best approaches to care for seriously ill people."

Program Info

Program Track

Administration for Community Living (ACL)/Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)