President & CEO
BloodCenter of Wisconsin
For the past 15 years, Jacquelyn Fredrick has served as president and chief executive officer of the BloodCenter of Wisconsin.
Under her leadership, the organization has grown tremendously. In addition to supplying much needed blood for the State of Wisconsin, she has worked to help expand the BloodCenter’s research and scientific capabilities, and has also grown its organ and tissue donation operations.
“The BloodCenter will be 70 years old next year,” Fredrick said. “Our founders set out to serve every man, woman and child who could benefit from the services we provide. That isstill what drives us. For us, it’s all about advanced patient care.”
Today, the BloodCenter provides blood to 56 hospitals throughout 29 Wisconsin counties and offers needed services to underserved populations throughout the state.
Fredrick also helped establish and served as president and CEO of Versiti, a strategic affiliation of four Midwest health care organizations that seeks to better meet the needs of BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s hospital partners.
Versiti, a nonprofit holding company, is made of up of the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Heartland Blood Centers in Aurora, Illinois; Michigan Blood in Grand Rapids and Indiana Blood Center in Indianapolis.
The Versiti affiliates serve more than 200 hospitals with blood and blood-related services. Versiti products, services and expertise often result in better patient outcomes and higher quality of services at a reduced cost.
Additionally, Fredrick has been instrumental in the expansion and advancement of the BloodCenter’s Blood Research Institute – a premier center for the research and investigation of blood-related diseases and conditions, like sickle cell disease and hemophilia.
Since its formation, the Blood Research Institute has made scientific breakthroughs for patients with heart disease, cancer, immune system disorders and blood diseases.
She also worked hard to bring the Wisconsin Donor Network and the Wisconsin Tissue Bank under the umbrella of the BloodCenter. As a result, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin facilitates nearly 200 organ transplants annually and remains committed to providing safe and adequate blood supply to the region.
Through her 15 years of leadership, Frederick has navigated an ever-changing and complex health care system. Her primary goal from the beginning has been to advance patient care by delivering life-saving solutions and expertise.
In May, Frederick announced she would retire in early 2017.