Spectrum Health System

Spectrum Health Announces New Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Matthew Cox assumes role following post at Banner Health in Phoenix

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Matthew E. Cox, MBA, CPA, joined Spectrum Health as senior vice president and chief financial officer for the system on December 31, 2017. In this role, Cox will lead the finance team and assume financial responsibilities for Spectrum Health and its subsidiaries.

“Matt Cox has had a distinguished career in health care financial leadership with extensive experience in multi-faceted health systems,” said Richard C. Breon, Spectrum Health President & CEO. “Additionally, he has diverse experience in areas that Spectrum Health has identified as opportunities for growth such as consumerism and the customer experience. We are pleased and excited to welcome him to our leadership team.”

Cox has experience in a wide variety of areas of health care finance. He has participated in the formation of joint ventures for insurance products, imaging centers, rehabilitation facilities and surgery centers, led the development of physician compensation models to improve quality, productivity and profitability, implemented financial improvement and restructuring programs, and led the financial turnaround of several health systems.

“Spectrum Health is a nationally-recognized organization that has achieved impressive growth and accomplishment in its first twenty years of existence,” said Cox. “I look forward to helping the organization continue its success in meeting financial challenges and leading health solutions in a very dynamic financial and regulatory environment.”

Cox was most recently the senior vice president of finance operations at Banner Health in Phoenix, Arizona, providing oversight to 29 hospitals across six states, including academic and trauma centers, children’s, rural and suburban hospitals, 2,400 employed physicians, post-acute and pharmacy operations and a number of joint health care ventures.

Prior to his position at Banner Health, Cox served as chief financial officer of Dignity Health Arizona Service Area, which includes St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, home of the Barrow Neurosurgical Institute and a teaching partnership with Creighton University School of Medicine. There, he also served as board chair of Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care Health Plan and served in committee leadership positions for Mercy Care Plan, joint venture health plans of Dignity and Ascension with revenues of approximately $2 billion.

His other roles included executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Central Maine Healthcare in Lewiston, Maine; Two posts at Catholic Health Initiatives that include senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer of St. Vincent Health System in Little Rock, Arkansas; and vice president of finance/operations and chief financial officer of Holy Rosary Medical Center and Clinics in Ontario, Oregon. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA from Westminster College.

Cox replaces Ron Knaus, the retiring senior vice president and chief financial officer who served Spectrum Health and Butterworth Hospital for nearly three decades.



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.

Tim Hawkins
Media Relations
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