Big Rapids Hospital, Reed City Hospital

Spectrum Health Announces Big Rapids/Reed City Leadership Change

Andrea Leslie to take on expanded regional role

December 6, 2018

Effective January 1, 2019, Mary Kay VanDriel will transition from her role as president, Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals, to vice president, operations, cancer health. Mary Kay will lead the Spectrum Health cancer centers in Grand Rapids and in the communities across West Michigan, including the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer in Reed City. Andrea Leslie will take on an expanded role as northeast regional market leader and president of Spectrum Health United, Kelsey, Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals. Leslie has been president at United and Kelsey hospitals in Greenville and Lakeview since 2016.

“Mary Kay has done an outstanding job leading Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals through some exciting changes. We are looking forward to her bringing her leadership skills to the cancer health team,” said Gwen Sandefur, president, Spectrum Health Hospital Group. “At the same time, we are fortunate to have Andrea Leslie, an extraordinary leader, ready to take on this expanded role. Andrea has proven to be an invaluable asset to the communities surrounding United and Kelsey hospitals and we anticipate she will also be a very active leader in Big Rapids and Reed City.”

Andrea Leslie began her career as a registered nurse with Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in 1997.  She worked at United Memorial Hospital from 1999 to 2001. Leslie transitioned to Grand Rapids and was promoted to roles of increasing leadership at Spectrum Health Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals where she served as director of nursing operations and leader of the Magnet program from 2011 to 2013. From 2013 to 2016, she served as chief nursing officer at Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals before being named hospital president in 2016. Now as the regional market leader, Andrea will oversee direction for the four hospitals to improve the health of the communities served.

Leslie earned a master’s degree in nursing administration from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing, magna cum laude, from University of Detroit Mercy.

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 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,200 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, 230 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 $483 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2018. 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.

Danielle Wells
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