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Spectrum Health Employees Honor MLK’s Legacy Through Community Service

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., January 12, 2018 – Spectrum Health is observing the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by offering its employees several volunteer opportunities across West Michigan on Monday, January 15, and throughout the week.

Nearly 500 Spectrum Health employees have committed to volunteering at locations throughout the health system’s service area in Big Rapids, Fremont, Grand Rapids, Greenville, Hastings, Holland, Lakeview, Ludington, Reed City and Southfield.

“The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday gives us an opportunity to rally and support others in need within the community,” said Ovell Barbee, senior vice president of human resources, Spectrum Health. “It’s encouraging that Spectrum Health employees, as well as other organizations around the country, are coming together to highlight the importance of becoming active in the community as a way to commemorate the holiday and honor the legacy that Martin Luther King established.”

Activities in Grand Rapids include, among others, assisting in the preparation and serving of a noon meal to Heartside residents at God’s Kitchen, preparing and packaging sack suppers for area children and schools at Kids Food Basket, assisting program club members, playing games and helping kids with homework at the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Dr. King devoted his life’s work to causes of equality and social justice. He taught that through nonviolence and service to one another, problems such as hunger, homelessness, prejudice and discrimination can be overcome. Dr. King’s teachings and call to serve others continue to guide many in addressing some of our nation’s most pressing needs – poverty, economic insecurity, job loss and education.


Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 180 ambulatory and service sites; 3,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,500 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan that served 996,000 members in fiscal year 2017. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 26,000 employees. The organization provided $372 million in community benefit during its 2017 fiscal year. Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—in 2017 by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM. This was the sixth time the organization received this recognition.

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