Physician Named to Spectrum Health Medical Affairs Post

James M. Tucci, M.D., M.M.M., has been named Vice President, Medical Affairs Spectrum Health Grand Rapids. He brings 25 years experience in health care leadership to this post. Tucci begins his duties on October 8.

Tucci will plan, direct and control the medical policies, programs and activities for Spectrum Health Grand Rapids to ensure the quality and effectiveness of clinical care. He also shares responsibility for quality improvement and patient safety. Spectrum Health Grand Rapids encompasses Blodgett and Butterworth hospitals, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, and their related sites and services in the area.

Tucci comes to Spectrum Health from St. John Health in Warren, Mich., where he was senior vice president and chief medical officer for the system’s eight hospitals. Prior to employment at St. John Health, he held executive medical positions at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital and at CHRISTUS Health in Houston.

He earned his bachelor’s degree at Fordham University in New York City and graduated from Rutgers Medical School. Tucci did his internship at the National Naval Medical Center, where he also completed a residency in neurology. He also holds a master’s in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system in West Michigan that offers a full continuum of care through its seven hospitals, more than 140 service sites and 565,000-member health plan, Priority Health. Spectrum Health’s 13,000 employees, 1,400 medical staff members and 2,000 volunteers are committed to delivering the highest quality care to those in medical need. The organization provided more than $100 million in community benefit during its 2006 fiscal year. Spectrum Health has earned more than 50 national awards during the past 10 years.