Zeeland Community Hospital
Leadership Change at Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital
Effective Jan. 4, 2021, Ron Lewis will depart from his role as southwest regional market leader, president of Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital, and executive leader, radiology services, Spectrum Health West Michigan, to become president and CEO of Blanchard Valley Health System in Findlay, Ohio.
To ensure a smooth transition for patients, providers and team members, Joe Klesney, chief operating officer, Zeeland Community Hospital, will serve as interim southwest regional market leader and president of Zeeland Community Hospital in addition to his current role while an executive search is underway. John Shull, vice president, surgical services, Spectrum Health West Michigan, also will serve as interim vice president, radiology services.
Under Lewis’ leadership, for five consecutive years, Zeeland Community Hospital was named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health™ 100 Top Hospital® list. In 2018, the hospital received the additional distinction of being an Everest Award recipient, a designation reserved for 100 Top Hospitals who have achieved national benchmarks for balanced performance in patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability.
“Since beginning his career at Zeeland Community Hospital in 2015, Ron has truly lived the Spectrum Health mission, working to improve the health of communities, inspire hope in our team, members and patients and contributing to the life-saving work of our organization,” said Chad Tuttle, senior vice president, hospital operations, Spectrum Health West Michigan. “The recognition for excellence earned under Ron’s leadership are indicators of the great work done to further solidify the hospital’s legacy as caring people … caring for people.”
“As Ron takes on this new challenge, we are fortunate that in Joe we have a proven leader with knowledge and experience to fill the interim role,” said Tuttle. “He has been an invaluable asset as a trusted and successful leader at Zeeland Community Hospital especially during this time of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Joe’s primary focus will continue to be supporting the Zeeland Community Hospital team as they remain devoted to providing safe and exceptional care for the community.”
With more than 20 years of leadership and business experience, Klesney joined Spectrum Health in 2002, holding leadership roles in market research, strategic planning and market intelligence, planning and ancillary services, and compliance. He joined Zeeland Community Hospital in 2012 and became chief operating officer in 2016. He has been a key player in contributing to industry recognition and awards of excellence awarded to Zeeland Community Hospital. He recently earned the ACHE Service Award from the Great Lakes Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives for strengthening the health care profession through volunteer activities.
“I look forward to continuing the work that Zeeland Community Hospital has accomplished under Ron’s leadership,” said Klesney. “As we navigate the ongoing pandemic, my first priority will continue to be supporting our outstanding team as they remain devoted to providing safe and exceptional care for our patients, their families and the community.”
Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan with more than 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 150 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $550 million in community benefit in calendar year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $37 million in philanthropy to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.
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