Indiana Blood Center names new chief executive

October 12, 2015

The Indiana Blood Center has tapped a long-time health care executive as its new CEO, the Indianapolis-based not-for-profit announced Monday.

Charles C. Miraglia was picked by the center’s board of directors to replace interim CEO Dan A. Waxman, who has been in that position since January. Waxman will remain as chief medical officer after the Oct. 19 transition.

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Miraglia is a board-certified pathologist and transfusion medicine specialist who has been on the center’s board of directors since 1998.

Most recently, Miraglia served as chief medical officer of hc1.com, a health care relationship-management cloud company headquartered in Indianapolis.

Before that, he was CMO of Sonic Healthcare USA, a laboratory company with 26,000 employees and $3 billion in revenue.

He also spent time as medical director of LabCorp.’s North Central division, and as CEO of PA Labs LLC, a 500-employee lab operation in Indiana.

Miraglia spent almost nine years in various positions at Methodist Hospital and Clarian Health Partners (now IU Health) in Indianapolis from 1995 to 2004. His biggest role was director of laboratories, which included responsibilities for blood bank and transfusion services across the multi-hospital system.

“Charlie has built a strong reputation as a leader with a proven track record of achieving operational excellence and driving growth,” said L. Alan “Skip” Whaley, chairman of Indiana Blood Center’s board of directors, in a written statement. “As an innovator in healthcare management and the life sciences, combined with his tremendous clinical experience, Charlie is the new leader we need for a new era to build upon the 60-plus years of community service by Indiana Blood Center and its donors.”

Indiana Blood Center is part of Versiti, a national alliance of independent blood providers that also includes BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Heartland Blood Centers, and Michigan Blood. It employs nearly 350 people across the state and collects blood from about 100,000 volunteer donors every year.

Waxman took the interim position of CEO after the retirement of Byron Buhner, who retired at the end of 2014 after 26 years in the position.

The center went through a series of money-saving moves last year that involved job cuts after it lost its contract with IU Health, St. Vincent Health and Union Health System. That contract was responsible for $22.5 million of its $61 million in annual revenue.

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