Michael Loy, who has been acting as interim CEO of North Central Health Care for nearly two years, will formally take the role of CEO starting Dec. 1, according to a news release.

The North Central Community Services Program (NCCSP) Board approved the appointment, which will now be forwarded to the County Boards of Langlade, Lincoln and Marathon counties for their final approval.

The Retained County Authority Committee, which includes four representatives from Marathon, Langlade and Lincoln Counties, will provide an independent recommendation of the appointment to the three respective county boards.

“The NCCSP Board of Directors is very pleased to appoint Michael Loy to lead NCHC,” said Jeff Zriny, chairman of the NCCSP board.

“Under his current leadership as Interim CEO, NCHC has shown continuous growth and stability as well as create and build upon partnerships and programs that will allow the organization to be successful not only for the next five years, but looking out further to the next fifty years,” Zriny said.

As part of the CEO hiring process, the Executive Committee of the NCCSP Board reviewed and interviewed candidates from across the United States, before making a final decision to appoint Loy, according to the release.

Loy has served as Interim CEO of NCHC since February of 2016 after the retirement of former NCHC CEO Gary Bezucha.

North Central Health Care is jointly sponsored by Marathon, Langlade and Lincoln Counties to provide compassionate and specialized care for over 12,500 people with complex behavioral and skilled nursing needs with a total Annual Budget of approximately $68 Million.

Services are provided for mental health, substance abuse, crisis, developmental disabilities, adult protection, aquatic physical therapy and skilled nursing care.