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Mary Free Bed First Names First Chief Operating Officer


Jane Brierley
Office: 616.242-0474
Mobile: 616.481.4303

Ben Risinger
Office: 616.242.9240
Mobile: 317.985.8995

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – August 12, 2013  Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital welcomes its first Chief Operating Officer on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. After a comprehensive national search, Grand Rapids area resident Jim Wilson assumes the position.

During more than three decades of acute care leadership positions, Wilson served in local, regional, and national healthcare systems and hospitals. In west Michigan, he was Vice President for Spectrum Health Clinical Operations (2004-2007) and President of Blodgett Hospital (2007-2011).

Mary Free Bed CEO Kent Riddle says general acute care hospital leaders typically don’t move to acute rehabilitation hospitals. But, that experience is precisely what Mary Free Bed sought. “We want to be the preferred provider of rehabilitation services for acute care hospitals across Michigan,” Riddle explains. “Someone with Jim’s insight will help us better meet the needs of the hospitals that join the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network.”

Wilson is impressed with the current activity at Mary Free Bed as well as the plans for the future. “Many acute care hospitals across the United States are cutting back on staff and programs,” Wilson says. “Mary Free Bed is not only constructing a new building and renovating its campus, but it is also adding staff, creating new programs, and recruiting network members. I’m thrilled to be part of the team that elevates Mary Free Bed from a Michigan jewel to a nationally renowned rehabilitation resource.”

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has served the needs of Michigan children and adults for more than a century. Comprehensive services and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation enable specialty physicians and staff to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes. Mary Free Bed is a not-for profit, nationally accredited, acute care rehabilitation hospital with 80 inpatient beds and numerous outpatient specialty programs at its Grand Rapids location. It offers the most comprehensive rehabilitation services in Michigan. For additional information, visit www.maryfreebed.com or call 800.528.8989.

Jim M. Wilson, MA, FACHE
COO, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

For more than three decades, Jim Wilson has been a health care leader. Positions include adminsitrator, chief executive officer, or president of hospitals, health systems, and physician networks  including:

Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital (Grand Rapids, MI)

  • Catholic Health Services of Long Island (Long Island, NY)
  • St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center (Smithtown, NY)                      
  • St. Johns’s Episcopal Hospital (Smithtown, NY)
  • Fransican Family Care, Inc. (Exton, PA)
  • St. Agnes Medical Center (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Memorial Hospital of Burlington County (Mt. Holly, NJ)
  • Southern Ocean County Hospital (Manahawkin, NJ)

Wilson completed undergraduate studies in economics at The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He earned a  masters degree in healthcare administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Wilson and his wife, Randi, have been married for 27 years. The couple has five children ranging in age from 18 to 26 years.

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