Spectrum Health System


Spectrum Health Employees Honor MLK’s Legacy Through Community Service

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., January 18, 2019 – Spectrum Health is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by encouraging employees to volunteer for community agencies across the state on Monday, January 21 and throughout the week. “Participating in the national MLK Day of Service reminds us of Dr. King’s significant contributions to make the world […]



Spectrum Health Marks Cultural Shift While Naming Diversity Officer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 17, 2019 – Spectrum Health is pleased to announce Ovell Barbee, senior vice president, human resources, as the health care system’s new diversity officer. This announcement comes as Spectrum Health recognizes positive changes to organizational culture. Over the past 10 years, Spectrum Health has achieved and been recognized for significant culture […]



Spectrum Health Joins Civica Rx as a Founding Member in National Initiative to Ensure Access to Medications, Lower Cost

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Spectrum Health has announced it is joining with 11 health systems, representing approximately 250 hospitals across the United States, as a founding member of Civica Rx, a new not-for-profit generic drug company. Civica Rx was established in September, 2018, by three philanthropies and seven leading health systems that experienced first-hand the […]



Spectrum Health Board Adds Two New Members

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 12, 2018 – Two new members have joined the Spectrum Health System Board. Michael Todman and Daniel Hopp will serve for three years. Both individuals also are members of the Spectrum Health Lakeland Board, with Hopp serving as chair and Todman serving as vice chair and treasurer. Hopp was senior vice […]



Longtime Relationship and Remarkable Results Spur Formal Collaboration

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 1, 2018 – Experts from Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Spectrum Health have been longtime collaborators in patient care and are now forming a deeper relationship. “For years we have worked closely with clinicians at Mary Free Bed to coordinate care for patients who can benefit from the highly specialized […]



Spectrum Health Ventures Invests in Gauss Artificial Intelligence Triton Technology to Better Identify Postpartum Bleeding

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 19, 2018 – Spectrum Health Ventures is joining nine other investors as part of a $20 million Series C investment in Gauss Surgical’s Triton artificial intelligence technology. Triton estimates patient blood loss in real time by using computer vision and machine learning algorithms to analyze images of surgical sponges and canisters. Triton […]



Lakeland Health to Join Spectrum Health on October 1

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 1, 2018 – The boards of directors of Spectrum Health and Lakeland Health have each approved resolutions to integrate Lakeland Health into Spectrum Health. Lakeland Health will become a division of Spectrum Health, effective October 1, 2018. Lakeland Health will continue to be governed by a local board of directors that […]



Spectrum Health Names New Chief Information Officer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., August 23, 2018 – Jason Joseph has been promoted to chief information officer for Spectrum Health, effective September 16. In this role, Joseph will be responsible for strategic and operational information systems, technology, cyber security and emergency preparedness throughout Spectrum Health. “Spectrum Health is a high quality organization that attracts, develops and […]



Spectrum Health Ventures, LLC Adds Commercialization Capability

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., August 15, 2018 – Spectrum Health has added a new dimension to its investment division in an effort to broaden the scope of investment possibilities. This expansion enables Spectrum Health to commercialize products and services, and take a more active role as it invests in companies. There will be two primary areas […]



Spectrum Health Names Tina Freese Decker as New President and CEO

Grand Rapids, Mich., July 17, 2018 – Spectrum Health today announced that its System Board of Directors has appointed Tina Freese Decker as the health system’s next President and Chief Executive Officer.  Freese Decker has been with Spectrum Health since 2002 and most recently was executive vice president and chief operating officer for the organization. […]



Spectrum Health and Lakeland Health Explore Affiliation

Grand Rapids, Mich., July 11, 2018 — The Boards of Directors of Spectrum Health and Lakeland Health announced today that they intend to integrate. Both organizations see the value of coming together to focus on high quality care and improving the health of our communities. Together they will be pursuing a definitive agreement and due […]



Spectrum Health and Priority Health Executives Named Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Women in Health Care

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 26, 2018 –Tina Freese Decker and Joan Budden have been named Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Women in Health Care 2018. Freese Decker serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Spectrum Health, and Budden serves as president and chief executive officer of Priority Health, Spectrum Health’s health plan. Crain’s […]



Grand Valley State University Board joins Spectrum Health in approving joint parking ramp

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich, Feb. 2, 2018 — Grand Valley State University, Spectrum Health System and the city of Grand Rapids moved a step closer to jointly addressing the parking issues along and around the Medical Mile in downtown Grand Rapids. The university’s Board of Trustees joined Spectrum Health in formally approving a parking ramp that […]



Spectrum Health Announces New Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Matthew E. Cox, MBA, CPA, joined Spectrum Health as senior vice president and chief financial officer for the system on December 31, 2017. In this role, Cox will lead the finance team and assume financial responsibilities for Spectrum Health and its subsidiaries. “Matt Cox has had a distinguished career in health […]



Kent County Area Hospitals Enhancing Healthy Visitor Efforts

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., January 17, 2018 – Grand Rapids area hospitals are working to meet the challenge of caring for our community during this CDC-declared flu epidemic.  One of the most important tools in fighting the transmission of flu is limiting exposure. The flu can be especially dangerous to the young, frail or elderly. For […]



Spectrum Health Employees Honor MLK’s Legacy Through Community Service

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., January 12, 2018 – Spectrum Health is observing the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by offering its employees several volunteer opportunities across West Michigan on Monday, January 15, and throughout the week. Nearly 500 Spectrum Health employees have committed to volunteering at locations throughout the health system’s service area in Big Rapids, […]