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Julie Bulson preaches emergency preparedness

September 23, 2014
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Julie Bulson
Julie Bulson.

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At Spectrum Health, Julie Bulson brings a host of insights and leadership governance gathered during her 30 years in health care, 20 of which are in emergency preparedness.

Disaster planning

As director of emergency preparedness, Bulson currently oversees emergency preparedness planning for eight acute care hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, long-term care sites and urgent care centers.

In a field that is a traditionally male dominated, she said she finds she’s good at motivating and empowering people to get disaster-planning work done through collaboration.

Bulson regularly represents local hospitals on community emergency preparedness planning committees, and she has presented at several national and local conferences, including panel discussions for the Centers for Disease Control and for the Michigan Ethics Resource Network.

At Spectrum Health, Bulson has been integral in the development of disaster response and organizational readiness to support the community through any crisis and created the first hospital-based decontamination response team in the region.

In 2010, her work related to regional planning around the H1N1 virus earned the Mitigation of the Year Award from the Michigan Emergency Management Association.


Bulson has co-authored several professional articles and teaches senior-level nursing students as a guest lecturer at Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing.


A GVSU Alumni Association board member since 2007 and board president since 2011, Bulson helped develop and implement strategic plans to better engage alumni and advocate on behalf of the university through her leadership.

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