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Craig Donahue Named Incoming President and CEO of Michigan Health Council


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LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Health Council (MHC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Donahue as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2024. Donahue brings a wealth of experience and a profound commitment to advancing health care in Michigan to this leadership role.

Melanie Brim, MHC’s outgoing President and CEO, praised Donahue's selection, stating, "Craig’s dedication to catalyzing positive change within Michigan's health care system is truly remarkable. His track record of innovation and unwavering commitment to improving the health care workforce aligns seamlessly with the goals of Michigan Health Council."

Donahue has marketing and political science degrees, as well as an MPA in urban administration and nonprofit management. He has worked at MHC for more than 16 years, where he’s served in various leadership roles. In his current position as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Donahue is responsible for implementing organizational strategies, financial management, fund development, grant management, and staff recruitment. Donahue’s reputation as a visionary leader who consistently seeks to create sustainable solutions reinforces his suitability for guiding Michigan Health Council into the future.

"Craig's exceptional leadership and his longstanding support for health care education and workforce development make him an outstanding choice for MHC’s next President and CEO. We are excited to witness the impact of his passion on the health care workforce," said Ruthanne Sudderth, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Michigan Health and Hospital Association.

Donahue expressed his gratitude and outlined his vision for Michigan Health Council, stating, "I am deeply honored to have been selected to lead Michigan Health Council. I am fully committed to building and supporting teams that drive positive change and add workforce capacity. My experience fostering innovative solutions and promoting collaboration within the health care sector will serve as the cornerstone of our efforts to inform decision-makers makers, connect and convene stakeholders while creating products and services our partners rely on to grow our health care workforce. Together, we will create long-lasting solutions for our health care workforce ecosystem."

Under Craig Donahue's leadership, MHC is poised to flourish as it works to address the challenges and opportunities facing Michigan's health care landscape. His strategic acumen and unwavering passion for access to care are set to transform the organization and ultimately improve health care outcomes throughout the state.


About Michigan Health Council

Michigan Health Council (MHC) is a solutions-oriented nonprofit with an eight-decade track record of developing sustainable programming for health care employers, educators, and professionals. MHC works to create products and provide services their partners rely on to build health care workforce capacity. Learn more at



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