Ernest Lanier, Sr., Chief Diversity Officer, Borgess Health, has received the Red Rose Award for outstanding service by the Kalamazoo Rotary Club.
Lanier has had a significant, positive impact on the community through his volunteer work for the Greater Kalamazoo United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ministry with Community, Douglass Community Association, Hispanic American Council, YMCA Black Achievers program and Kalamazoo Chapter of the NAACP.
According to information provided by former Kalamazoo Vice Mayor and Borgess Emeritus Board member Sidney Williams, Lanier helped his family raise harvest crops during his childhood. Through hard work and determination, Lanier obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in public administration.
At Borgess, Lanier served as a Security officer and then Security Supervisor and Manager before becoming Director, Security & Property Management in 1987. He was appointed Chief Diversity Officer for Borgess Health in 2006.
In accepting the Rotary Club award, Lanier thanked all those who have made his achievements possible, adding that he has been inspired by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who said, “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.”
About Borgess Health
Borgess Health is a health system that offers high quality care in such areas as cardiovascular, neurosciences, orthopedics, vascular surgery, women’s health, primary care, emergency medicine, bariatrics, imaging, and long-term acute care. Borgess Health includes Borgess Medical Center, Borgess-Pipp Hospital, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, Borgess at Woodbridge Hills, Borgess Visiting Nurse & Hospice, Borgess VNA Home Health & Hospice (now part of Reverence Home Health & Hospice), Borgess Staffing Solutions, Borgess Health & Fitness Center, Borgess Gardens and many additional owned or affiliated services. The 123-year-old health ministry serves residents of 10 counties. It is one of the area’s largest health care providers and also is one of the largest employers. Borgess Health is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.