Governor’s Service Awards Names Spectrum Health A Corporate Community Leader

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 6, 2019 – Spectrum Health has been recognized as a Corporate Community Leader by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission. This year’s ceremony took place last night at the Detroit Opera House.

The health system was among 43 individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations that were selected for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy.

“We are honored to be recognized as a Corporate Community Leader. I am proud of the positive impact of our Spectrum Health team members throughout Michigan,” said Pam Ries, Chief Human Resource Officer, Spectrum Health. “Our 31,000 employees bring their hearts to work every day to improve health, inspire hope and save lives.”

Nominated by Heart of West Michigan United Way, Spectrum Health was cited for engaging with members of the community in grassroots activities that help improve health and wellness.

Spectrum Health’s Healthier Communities program and it’s $6 million-dollar annual budget, along with its commitment to Grand Rapids Public Schools, were some of the engagement efforts mentioned. The health system’s Veteran Explorers program which helps veterans bridge the employment gap between military services and civilian careers was also mentioned.

“Our state is lucky to have such outstanding Michiganders who work hard every single day to build a home for opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s uplifting our neighborhoods or bringing communities together when tragedy strikes, they do this work even when nobody’s looking because they know that every contribution makes a huge impact,” Whitmer said in a statement. “I’m proud to present the Governor’s Service Awards to this year’s recipients as recognition of their sacrifice and dedication throughout our state.”

Other honorees in the Corporate Community Leader category include BASF of Wyandotte, Bosch of Farmington Hills, DoubleTree by Hilton of Port Huron, DTE Energy of Southeast Michigan and Trinseo of Midland.

The Governor’s Service Awards ceremony is an annual statewide recognition event acknowledging the contributions made by Michigan volunteers. The event is coordinated by the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC), the state’s lead agency on volunteerism.



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