Spectrum Health System

Spectrum Health Creates New Division for West Michigan Operations  

June 29, 2020

Grand Rapids, June 29, 2020 – As Spectrum Health takes steps to achieve its vision of personalized health made simple, affordable and exceptional, it is working to optimize its operations. One step in that direction is the health system’s move to bring together its West Michigan-based hospital group and medical group into one division called Spectrum Health West Michigan (SHWM).  Spectrum Health Lakeland, Priority Health and SHWM are all aligned under the Spectrum Health System, which is led by President & CEO Tina Freese Decker.

SHWM represents the health system’s 13-county region surrounding Grand Rapids. One unified board of directors will govern the division and one executive will lead the combined team.

The Spectrum Health West Michigan Board of Directors, chaired by Lynne Ferrell, will have oversight of the division’s 11 hospitals, post-acute enterprise and physician practices. The new board will be in place by September 1, 2020. The Spectrum Health System Board of Directors remains the governing body at the system level for Spectrum Health West Michigan, Spectrum Health Lakeland and Priority Health.

“Bringing together our West Michigan governance structure will improve coordination of services, quality and safety, and affordability while keeping care local and close to home,” said Tina Freese Decker, President & CEO, Spectrum Health System. “The new structure will continue to include local input and feedback from community members as well as clinicians—vital aspects to effectively serving people in our communities.”

Darryl Elmouchi, MD, MBA, has been appointed president, SHWM, to lead the day-to-day operations of the division and reports to Tina Freese Decker. His appointment was effective May 1, 2020.

“Darryl has demonstrated his outstanding leadership skills throughout his career at Spectrum Health and brings the necessary expertise to this role,” said Freese Decker. “As the executive leading this newly-formed division, Darryl will work to provide our patients with greater health care value through services that are high quality, safe and affordable.”

Previously, Elmouchi served as chief medical officer for Spectrum Health System and president, Spectrum Health Medical Group. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president and chief medical officer, Spectrum Health Hospital Group until 2017. He also served as chief, division of cardiovascular medicine, Spectrum Health Medical Group, and chair, department of cardiovascular medicine, Spectrum Health Hospitals, from 2014 to 2016. From 2010 to 2014, he was medical director, cardiac electrophysiology, Spectrum Health, and served as a cardiac electrophysiologist at West Michigan Heart starting in 2006.

Spectrum Health System, 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, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 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, 150 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 $550 million in community benefit in calendar year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $37 million in philanthropy 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.

Bruce Rossman
Media Relations
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