Spectrum Health System


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, […]



Area Hospitals and Public Health Officials Remind Community of Flu Precautions, How and When to Seek Care for Flu

SITUATION: As the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, reports, flu is now widespread throughout Michigan and many surrounding states. Area hospitals, urgent care facilities and doctor offices are experiencing an increase in the number of people presenting with flu and flu-like symptoms. It is important for our community to know how to prevent flu, […]



Spectrum Health Board Elects Two New Members

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 6, 2017 – Spectrum Health System Board of Directors has elected two new members to serve on its system board. Mehmood Khan, MD and Gloria Lara will serve three-year terms. The system board provides oversight and strategic direction to the health system which includes Spectrum Health Hospital Group, Spectrum Health Medical […]



Spectrum Health Hospitals Nationally Recognized for Quality

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 18, 2017 – Spectrum Health hospitals have been recognized nationally for providing exceptional quality care for their patients. Healthgrades, a leading online consumer resource, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.* Healthgrades identified the  top-performing hospitals across all conditions or procedures evaluated within […]



Spectrum Health President & CEO Richard Breon Announces Retirement

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (OCT. 17, 2017) – Spectrum Health President & CEO Richard C. Breon today announced plans to retire, effective January 1, 2019. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the leader of this outstanding health system during a time of intensive growth and innovation,” said Richard C. Breon, President […]