Saint Joseph Mercy Health System’s Ann Arbor and Livingston Hospitals Announce New President


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Bill Manns

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Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) announced that Bill Manns will serve as president of the health system’s Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals.

Manns is currently president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids and will transition to his role at SJMHS in October. The two Trinity Health-owned systems combined last fall to create a strong and people-centered care delivery network across Michigan.

“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,” says Rob Casalou, president and CEO of Mercy Health and SJMHS. “We looked within our existing ranks for a new hospital president and interviewed several outstanding candidates. 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.”

Saint Joseph of Ann Arbor is currently undergoing a $24-million cancer center renovation and expansion project, and Saint Joseph Livingston is expanding services to include robotic surgery, bariatric surgery, and a new breast imaging center in Brighton. 

Manns became chief operating officer of Alameda Health System in Oakland, Calif. in 2005, where he helped lead a $23-million turnaround of the public hospital system. His 27-year career also included operational roles at St. John Detroit Riverview and St. John Providence in Detroit. 

In 2013 he returned to Michigan to become president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. During his time there, Manns oversaw hospital renovations including the construction of a $50-million new surgical suite, the opening of Mercy Health Rockford Medical complex, the opening of multiple ambulatory sites throughout west Michigan, and the current renovation of the maternity unit. 

Manns will be succeeding David Brooks, who left the position in April 2018. Current interim president, Alonzo Lewis, will continue at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor as senior vice president of operations once Manns assumes the position. John O’Malley will remain president of St. Joseph Livingston and Brighton health center, reporting to Manns. 

“I'm looking forward to bringing my experience leading strategy in west Michigan now to the Ann Arbor and Livingston markets,” says Manns.  “This kind of synergy is an example of how we are building a strong statewide system that is truly integrated with enhanced resources and clinical capabilities that we can more easily implement across the state.”

Manns attended the University of Michigan, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational psychology and master’s degree in health services administration.

He was appointed to the Public Health Advisory Council, and currently serves on the Michigan Hospital Association Legislative Policy Panel, The Right Place Board of Directors, and the YMCA Board of Directors. 

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