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Financial Assistance is a Core Service Provided by Spectrum Health—Now and Always

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 13, 2020 –Spectrum Health offers financial aid options to provide people with the care they need, regardless of ability to pay. This support has been a long-standing practice of the health system and will continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients can be evaluated for financial assistance at no charge. Regardless of […]

Q & A from the front lines at Spectrum Health

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 8, 2020 – Kendra Peot and Missy Rykse, nurse managers in the emergency departments at Spectrum Health Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals, took time from their busy schedules to answer a few questions about their day-to-day during the COVID-19 pandemic. What does a nurse manager do on an average day? Kendra: As […]

Spectrum Health Receives Award for Initiative to Decrease Adult Severe Sepsis/Septic Shock Mortality

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 28, 2019 – The Michigan Hospital Association, or MHA, has awarded Spectrum Health with its Advancing Safe Care Award for reducing severe sepsis/septic shock mortality. Created in 2018, the award honors health care teams within MHA-member hospitals that demonstrate a fierce commitment to providing care to different patient populations, show evidence […]

Spectrum Health President & CEO Tina Freese Decker Named a 2019 Crain’s Health Care Hero

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 4, 2019 – Crain’s Detroit Business has named Spectrum Health President & CEO Tina Freese Decker a 2019 Health Care Hero. According to the award announcement, Crain’s Health Care Heroes “honors health care professionals who go above and beyond to change the lives of their patients, their institutions and the communities […]

Several Spectrum Health Hospitals Named to the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals List

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich, March 4, 2019– Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Blodgett Hospital, Zeeland Community Hospital and Lakeland Health (now Spectrum Health Lakeland) were named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson HealthTM. Formerly known as the Truven Health Analytics® 100 Top Hospitals, this study spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. based on […]

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 […]