Spectrum Health Receives National Designation as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2018

Grand Rapids, Mich, Feb. 19, 2018– Spectrum Health has been named one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2018 for offering exceptional employer-provided commuter benefits that meet the National Standard of Excellence criteria.

“We are extremely proud about our commuter benefit program that save employees time, money and stress,” said Kevin Judd, Manager of Parking and Transportation, Spectrum Health. “This program designation confirms our commitment to our staff and our mission to improve the health of our communities we serve. We’re setting an example for our community by encouraging alternative commuting and reducing air emissions.”

Spectrum Health is among a select group of workplaces in the United States that have committed to employer-provided commuter benefits that result in at least 14 percent of their employee base not driving alone to work within a 12-month period. Spectrum Health offers employees several commuter benefit options, including:

  • Ride the Rapid to and from work at no cost to the employee
  • Carpool matching program for Spectrum Health employees through West Michigan Rideshare
  • Emergency Ride Home program
  • Secure bike lockers and showers available at Butterworth Hospital

“Spectrum Health is on the cutting edge of a national movement,” said Julie Bond, Program Manager, Best Workplaces for Commuters. “They are giving employees the support they need to get to and from work so they can be at their best.”

Spectrum Health’s alternative commuter program also helps to support efforts towards the Grand Rapids 2030 Challenge, which strives to reduce transportation emissions by 50 percent by the year 2030. In 2018, Spectrum Health is the only health care organization with the Best Workplace for Commuters Designation in Michigan.




About Best Workplaces for Commuters

Best Workplaces for Commuters is the national authority on recognizing and assisting workplaces that provide exceptional commuter benefits to employees. More than a recognition program, Best Workplaces for Commuters program provides support needed to create, sustain an employee-provided commuter benefit program, including online assessment tools, advisory services, case studies, tool-kits, web-based tools, webinars and training. Best Workplaces for Commuters represents over 200 workplaces with Best Workplaces for Commuters designation representing over 734,000 employees. The Best Workplaces for Commuters program is managed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida with support from the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). For more information:


About Center for Urban Transportation Research

( The Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida, established in 1988, is an internationally recognized resource for policymakers, transportation professionals and the public. CUTR provides high quality, objective expertise in the form of insightful research, in-depth policy analysis, comprehensive training and education and effective technical assistance that translates directly into benefits for CUTR’s project sponsors. CUTR’s faculty of 38 full-time researchers and 79 students, combines academic knowledge and extensive “real world” experience in developing innovative, implementable solutions for all modes of transportation. The multidisciplinary research faculty includes experts in economics, planning, engineering, public policy and geography. CUTR receives over $19 million per year in contracts and grants to support its research, education, training and technical assistance missions. CUTR also is the home for the National Center for Transit Research and the National Bus Rapid Transit Institute.




Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 180 ambulatory and service sites; 3,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,500 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan with 779,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 26,000 employees. The organization provided $372 million in community benefit during its 2017 fiscal year. Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—in 2017 by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM. This is the sixth time the organization has received this recognition.

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