BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Versiti President & CEO announces retirement
Jacquelyn Fredrick to retire in 2017
MILWAUKEE, Wis., – May 24, 2016 – BloodCenter of Wisconsin (BCW) and Versiti President and CEO Jacquelyn Fredrick has announced her retirement effective in early 2017.
“After 35 years of dedicated service to the transfusion medicine and transplantation industry, it is time for me to pass on the privilege of leadership,” Fredrick said. “I have been given the gift of serving communities across the country for the past 15 years as President and CEO of BloodCenter, and for four years as CEO of Versiti. It has been an honor and a privilege. Seeing the medical and scientific advancements made possible by the continued outstanding generosity from our donors, donor families and community partners has been a joy I will never forget.”
Former Versiti Board Chair and current board member, Peter Ziegler, will oversee the committee charged with conducting a national search for Fredrick’s successor. The search is set to begin in June.
“Jackie will leave a legacy of a financially strong organization and a top-notch management team that she built at both BCW and Versiti,” said Ziegler, search committee chairperson. “But, in my 15 years of serving with Jackie, what I have been most impressed with is the fact that she always put mission first; improving peoples’ lives and the important role scientific research, discovery and innovation play in achieving that mission.”
Under Fredrick’s leadership, BCW created a national organization known as Versiti, a non-profit holding company made of up four affiliate blood centers including BloodCenter, Heartland Blood Center, headquartered in Aurora, Ill; Michigan Blood, headquartered in Grand Rapids; and Indiana Blood Center, headquartered in Indianapolis. The Versiti affiliates serve more than 200 hospitals with blood and blood-related services.
“Jackie has made a tremendous contribution to BloodCenter during her tenure,” said Versiti board chair Richard Fotsch. “Despite the turbulent times in healthcare generally, under her leadership, BloodCenter has grown, research has grown, and a safe blood supply continues to reach more and more patients.”
BloodCenter Board Chair James Rauh sites Fredrick’s strong leadership skills as a benefit to all who are connected to the organization. “Her strategic thinking and dedication to the BloodCenter’s ideals of outstanding service, commitment to our patients and donors, and excellence in science & medicine have served our communities exceptionally well,” said Rauh.
Fredrick became the fourth President and CEO of BloodCenter of Wisconsin in 2001, leading an internationally respected transfusion medicine organization. BloodCenter also provides diagnostic reference laboratory services to hospitals nationwide, and transfusion and hematology-related medical services to hospitals, including the Comprehensive Center for Bleeding Disorders, a bleeding and clotting disorder treatment center. BCW’s Blood Research Institute is among the world’s premier blood center research organizations.
Fredrick is past president of the AABB, an international professional organization for transfusion medicine and cellular therapies, and served as Chairman of the Board for the Blood Centers of America, Inc. She also serves on the boards for America’s Blood Centers, Washington, D.C., Alverno College in Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. She is past Chair and serves on the UW-Milwaukee Research Foundation Board, serves as Chair of the UW-Milwaukee Foundation Board, as well as the UW-Milwaukee Dean’s Business School Advisory Board. In May 2012, she received an honorary Doctorate of Business and Public Health from UW-Milwaukee. Fredrick is also a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee.
About BloodCenter of Wisconsin
BloodCenter of Wisconsin, part of Versiti, is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in blood services, organ, tissue and marrow donation, diagnostic testing, medical services and leading-edge research. BloodCenter of Wisconsin is the only provider of blood to hospitals in 30 Wisconsin counties as well as providing support to
hospitals and patients across the country. BloodCenter of Wisconsin advances patient care by delivering life-saving solutions grounded in unparalleled medical and scientific expertise. For more information, visit www.bcw.edu.