Bill Manns is on the move again. After 16 months at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor, Manns, a Detroit native, has taken the job as president and CEO of Bronson Healthcare in Kalamazoo. He starts March 30.
Manns, 52, will replace Frank Sardone, who retired in December. James “Chip” Falahee, senior vice president, legal and legislative affairs for Bronson, is interim president and CEO.
“Our CEO search drew over 70 highly-qualified candidates from around the country and we are delighted to have found Bill Manns among them,” Nelson Karre, Bronson’s board chair, said in a statement. “Bill is one of the most dynamic and personable individuals you’ll ever meet. He brings an analytical mind and a passion for excellence that aligns with Bronson’s vision and culture along with a track record for building strong relationships with his colleagues and community.”
After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1989, Manns held several positions at Mercy Health Services, which is now Livonia-based Trinity Health, and at St. John Providence Health System, which is part of Ascension Health Michigan.
Manns left Michigan in 2005 and moved to California to become COO of Alameda Health System in Oakland, a struggling public health system. He worked for Wright Lassiter III, who is now CEO of Henry Ford Health System, and helped turn around the system. In 2013, Manns returned to Michigan and become president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, an integrated health network in Grand Rapids that is part of Trinity Health.
In September 2018, he accepted the role as president of 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, replacing David Brooks, who is now director of the Wayne County Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness.
“I am honored to be chosen to lead this prestigious regional health care system,” Manns said in a statement. “Bronson’s reputation for quality, collaboration, its culture of positivity and putting patients first, its growth and investment in programs and services to meet community needs and its local governance are all qualities that attracted me.”
Bronson Healthcare is a not-for-profit health system that serves nine counties in southwest and south central Michigan. It has 8,500 employees, more than 1,400 medical staff members and 836 licensed beds, including Bronson Methodist Hospital, Bronson Battle Creek Hospital, Bronson LakeView Hospital, Bronson South Haven Hospital, Bronson Medical Group, Bronson at Home, Bronson Commons, Bronson Athletic Club, Bronson Wellness Center and the Bronson Health Foundation.