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Mercy Health Saint Mary’s names Bill Manns president

July 10, 2013
| By Pete Daly |
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Mercy Health Saint Mary's names Bill Manns president
Bill Manns. Courtesy Mercy Health Saint Mary’s

Roger Spoelman, regional president and CEO of Mercy Health, and Chuck Frayer, chair of the Mercy Health Saint Mary’s board, have announced that Bill Manns has been named president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids.

Manns follows Phil McCorkle, who has served as Saint Mary’s president and CEO since April of 2000.

McCorkle announced his impending retirement in April.

Manns is a Michigan native and holds undergrad and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan.

His first day as president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s will be Aug. 19.

Health care background

Since 2005, Manns has served as chief operating officer of Alameda Health System in Oakland, Calif.: an integrated health system comprised of three hospitals with licensed bed capacity of 435 and a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers, a psychiatric hospital, more than 30 specialty clinics and a rehabilitation hospital, employing 2,900. 

Manns previously worked as an executive at St. John Providence Health System in Warren, in several capacities, including chief operating officer and executive vice president of Providence Hospital, and at Mercy Health Services, the forerunner of Trinity Health.

"Mercy Health Saint Mary’s is strongly mission driven, which sets it apart from other organizations," Manns said. "The hospital has high patient safety and quality rankings, a great staff and excellent physician collaboration, which is especially important as we enter the new world of health care reform. I am looking forward to working with the team, and I am honored to have been selected to follow a great leader like Phil McCorkle."

Search and selection

“I'm delighted with our choice and deeply grateful for the work of the search committee. They had a difficult task as we had a pool of outstanding candidates to select from. Bill Manns is an incredibly talented and personable leader who will hit the ground running and build on the solid foundation that has been created for Mercy Health Saint Mary’s,” Spoelman said.

“We conducted a nationwide search, and Bill Manns rose to the top, unquestionably. He will be a new leader for a new era in health care, and he joins a strong, successful organization. Bill and his family will be great additions to our community,” Frayer said.

Mercy Health serves West Michigan and the lakeshore with five hospitals, 58 physician offices, more than 1,300 medical staff physicians, more than 800 hospital beds and 7,200 employees. Mercy Health Physician Partners, the organization’s multi-specialty physician network, employs 491.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s is a Magnet-recognized hospital and part of  Livonia-based CHE Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care systems in the nation, with hospitals and clinics in 21 states.

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