Michigan Blood names president


James Wilson. Courtesy Michigan Blood

A former health care executive is the new president at Grand Rapids-based Michigan Blood.

Michigan Blood said last week that it is promoting its COO, James Wilson, to the role, effective Sept. 15.

Wilson will assume the top leadership position from Bill Rietscha, who announced his retirement in April.

Wilson’s background

As COO, Wilson oversaw day-to-day operations, which included collections, processing and distribution, as well as working with the senior executive team to uphold the nonprofit’s strategic initiatives.

Previously, Wilson served in leadership roles at several local hospitals: COO at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital; president of Blodgett Hospital; and VP of operations at Spectrum Health. He also served as CEO of several hospitals on the East Coast, before relocating to Michigan in 2004.

Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in health care administration from The George Washington University. He is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Wilson is a member and former chair of the Catholic Central High School Development Council, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids Investment Advisory Committee/Charitable Trustees and a member of the St. Robert of Newminster Parish Finance Council.

Michigan Blood

Founded in 1955, Michigan Blood is a nonprofit blood bank that provides blood and blood products for more than 60 hospitals in Michigan.

Michigan Blood collects more than 125,000 units of blood each year at eight permanent donation sites and hosts more than 3,600 mobile blood drives in 40 counties statewide.

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