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Bill Manns Named President of Mercy Health Saint Mary's

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Bill Manns Named President of Mercy Health Saint Mary's
Manns follows Phil McCorkle, who announced his retirement last fall

(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. July 10) Roger Spoelman, regional president and CEO, Mercy Health, and Chuck Frayer, chair, Mercy Health Saint Mary's Board of Trustees, are proud to announce 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.

As president, Manns is eager to lead Mercy Health Saint Mary's during this time of great change in healthcare. He looks forward to being highly visible in the community, approachable, and a bridge builder with a focus on building long-term and highly beneficial relationships that will contribute to distinguishing Mercy Health in a highly competitive market. "Mercy Health Saint Mary's is strongly mission-driven, which sets it apart from other organizations. 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 healthcare 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," remarked Manns, on his appointment.

A native of Michigan and a graduate of the University of Michigan for undergraduate and graduate degrees, Manns is known as a strong relationship and consensus builder, as well as an analytical problem solver. He joins Mercy Health Saint Mary's from the Alameda Health System in Oakland, California, 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 FTEs. Manns has served as chief operating officer since 2005.

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

"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," said Roger Spoelman, regional president and CEO, Mercy Health.

Chuck Frayer, Chair, Mercy Health Saint Mary's Board of Trustees commented: "We conducted a nationwide search and Bill Manns rose to the top, unquestionably. He will be a new leader for a new era in healthcare, and he joins a strong, successful organization. Bill and his family will be great additions to our community."

Manns and his wife, India, have a son, Justin, who is twelve years old. The family will move to Grand Rapids and his first day as president of Mercy Health Saint Mary's will be August 19.

Mercy Health

Mercy Health is a multi-campus health care system dedicated to providing highly personalized care, excellent access to primary care providers and specialists and a more informed patient experience. Mercy Health serves West Michigan and the lakeshore with five hospital campuses, 58 physician offices, more than 1,300 medical staff physicians, more than 800 hospital beds and 7,200 associates. Mercy Health Physician Partners, our multi-specialty physician network, employs a total of 491 providers: 275 Physicians and Advanced Practice Professionals in Grand Rapids and 216 Physicians and Advanced Practice Professionals in Muskegon and the lakeshore. The system includes leading teaching hospitals, and renowned clinical leadership in oncology, cardiology, orthopedics, and neurology. Mercy Health Saint Mary's is a Magnet®-recognized hospital. Mercy Health is a regional health ministry of Livonia, Mich.-based CHE Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 21 states from coast to coast with 82 hospitals, 89 continuing care facilities and home health and hospice programs that provide nearly 2.8 million visits annually. Visit us at and and find us on Facebook at