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 is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

Danielle Wells
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