Mr. Bill Manns, MHSA, currently president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids, will become the next president of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston. His official start date will be in mid-October as both ministries are in a good position to ensure a smooth transition of leadership. Mr. Manns graduated from the University of Michigan School of Public Health with a Master of Health Services Administration in 1991. Born and raised in Detroit, Mr. Manns has a bachelor’s degree in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
As one of the top health systems in the country, Trinity Health is fortunate to have high quality leaders committed to advancing our healing mission, so the search committee looked first within existing ranks for the new hospital president.
“Our committee of board members, physicians and senior leaders interviewed several outstanding candidates,” said Mr. Rob Casalou, president and CEO of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and Mercy Health. “In the end, Bill’s qualities as an accomplished, dynamic and collegial leader with an impressive track record for results make him an ideal choice to lead St. Joe’s Ann Arbor and Livingston. We are excited to have a leader of Bill’s expertise and strong ties to southeast Michigan.”
Mr. Manns completed his administrative fellowship at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and, early on his career, excelled in positions of increasing responsibility at Mercy Health Services (now Trinity Health) in Novi.
His 27-year career in health care administration included operations roles at St. John Detroit Riverview and St. John Providence in Detroit. In 2005 he moved to the West Coast to become COO of Alameda Health System in Oakland, Calif., where he helped lead a $23-million turnaround of the struggling public hospital system.
He returned to Michigan in 2013 to become president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, the second largest acute care hospital in West Michigan. Under his leadership, it has become one of the best performing hospitals in Trinity Health’s national network of 92 hospitals, and this past year it made Truven Analytics 100 Top Hospitals list. He has overseen numerous hospital renovations including the construction of a $50 million surgical suite; the opening of the Mercy Health Rockford Medical complex; the opening of numerous ambulatory sites throughout West Michigan, and the current renovation of the Maternity Unit.
Mr. Manns will take the lead of two hospitals with outstanding medical staffs and superior clinical services. St. Joe’s Ann Arbor is a 537-bed academic teaching hospital and tertiary care center that is in the midst of a $24-million Cancer Center renovation and expansion project. St. Joe’s Livingston is a 136-bed community hospital that has recently added robotic surgery, bariatric surgery and a new Breast Imaging Center in Brighton. In 2017, both hospitals were named to Truven’s elite Everest Award – of only 10 recognized nationally – for achieving the highest levels of performance over five years.