Spectrum Health System

Richard DeVos Media Statement

Tina Freese Decker, President & CEO, Spectrum Health, released the following statement about the passing of Richard M. DeVos.

“It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of Richard M. DeVos and extend our deepest sympathies to all of his family, friends and the many people whose lives he impacted.

Rich was a great champion for Spectrum Health and for the region. He made a profound and positive impact on our organization, our community and the world. Rich established a beautiful and incredible legacy, which will continue to impact the vitality, health and wellbeing of our community for generations to come. I feel honored to have known him.

With Rich’s passing, we have lost a giant in our community and a man with a heart to match. We will miss his compassion, his keen insight and his giving spirit. We offer our sympathies to his children and all of his family and friends. He will be missed. His inspiration and generosity will live on and will benefit our community for many generations.”

Please visit  www.RichDeVos.com for more information.

Spectrum Health, 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 30,000 compassionate professionals, 4,100 medical staff experts, 3,200 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 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, 225 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 $457 million in community benefit in the last fiscal year. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year 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.

Ellen Bristol
Manager, Corporate Public Relations
Phone: 616.581.6474
Email: ellen.bristol@spectrumhealth.org

Tim Hawkins
Media Relations
Office: 616.486.6091
Mobile: 616.443.0361
Email: timothy.hawkins@spectrumhealth.org