McLaren’s Deidra Wilson Named to Crain’s 2017 “40 Under 40” List


FLINT – Deidra A. Wilson, MPH, Vice President of Government Relations for McLaren Health Care Corporation, has been named to the prestigious “40 Under 40” list by Crain’s Detroit Business. The honorees were selected by Crain’s editorial team from nominations based on their impact and achievements in business and to represent a diversity of sectors and backgrounds.

In her position at McLaren, Wilson oversees government affairs for the system and its 19 subsidiaries. She has established operations for advocacy at the state and federal levels, oversees a political action committee and manages grant writing. Wilson cultivates positive relationships with legislators, policymakers, other industry leaders and the public for the purpose of contributing to sound health care policies.

“This honor is readily deserved as Deidra has accomplished much as a health care policy professional and leader,” said Gregory Lane, McLaren Health Care Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. “In her first two years at McLaren, she has already built a strong and dynamic culture of open communication in our governmental interactions. We look forward to her continued leadership and congratulate her on this recognition.”

Before joining McLaren, Wilson spent 11 years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan where she attained the position of director of state government relations and was a senior member of the organization’s Government Affairs Management team. Prior to that, she was senior health policy advisor in the Michigan State Majority Policy Office. Wilson also completed a federal government affairs graduate student fellowship with the Michigan State Medical Society and served as a legislative associate for former U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg in Washington, D.C.

“Working on behalf of the thousands of people at McLaren and the many patients it serves is an incredible opportunity,” said Wilson. “The McLaren system spans the state, so I endeavor to establish and maintain relationships with federal and state legislators across Michigan. It is an honor to collaborate and help build consensus for improved health care policy for all Michiganders.”

Wilson holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in political theory and constitutional democracy from Michigan State University’s James Madison College. She lives in Okemos with her husband and young son.

McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Flint, MI, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 250,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the U.S. McLaren has 24,000 employees and more than 50,000 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 350 facilities serving the entire Lower Peninsula of the state of Michigan along with a portion of the Upper Peninsula. Learn more at


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