New COO Named at Michigan Blood

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 15, 2015) – Jim Wilson has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Michigan Blood.  As COO, Wilson will be responsible for leadership of all aspects of operations including blood collection, donor safety and specialty testing, component preparation, product inventory management, order fulfillment and distribution, facilities management, and equipment and vehicle support services.


Wilson comes to Michigan Blood with extensive experience in a variety of senior healthcare leadership roles, most recently as Chief Operating Officer at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Institute in Grand Rapids.  Prior to Mary Free Bed, Wilson was President of Blodgett Hospital and Vice President of Operations at Spectrum Health.  Wilson also held a variety of senior leadership roles, including CEO, at hospitals in Long Island, NY.


Wilson earned his M.A. in Health Care Administration, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in Economics from  The University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Wilson has been an active civic and community member. He currently 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 Finance Council for St. Robert of New Minster Parish in Ada.


About Michigan Blood:

Founded in 1955, Michigan Blood is an independent, nonprofit, blood bank that provides blood for hospitals across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Michigan Blood is committed to serving the needs of Michigan hospitals first. Besides blood donation at permanent donation sites, Michigan Blood conducts more than 3,700 mobile blood drives each year. Other related services include Michigan’s first public cord blood bank, blood stem cell (marrow) program, transfusion medicine consultation, transplant center support, and other services. For more information, visit