Spectrum Health Employees Honor MLK’s Legacy Through Community Service

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 20, 2020 – Spectrum Health is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by encouraging employees to volunteer for community agencies across the state on Monday, January 20, and throughout the week.

“Today, Spectrum Health honors the legacy of Dr. King through our volunteer service in communities across the state,” said Spectrum Health President & CEO Tina Freese Decker. “More importantly, we aspire to honor his legacy every day as we work with our team members and community partners to achieve health equity for all.”

This year set a new engagement record with over 600 Spectrum Health employees committed to volunteering in Big Rapids, Fremont, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Greenville, Hastings, Holland, Lakeview, Ludington, Reed City, Southfield and Zeeland.

“Martin Luther King said, ‘Everybody can be great because everybody can serve,’ and to have so many Spectrum Health employees giving back to their communities across Michigan, is not only an honor to MLK, it is a testament to how Spectrum Health is committed to serving our community,” said Norma Tirado-Kellenberger, senior vice president of Human Resources at Spectrum Health.

Activities in Grand Rapids include helping to serve and prepare meals for Heartside residents at God’s Kitchen and Mel Trotter Ministries, preparing and packaging sack suppers for children at Kids Food Basket and playing games and helping 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 our nation in addressing its most pressing needs—poverty, economic stability, employment, affordable housing and education.



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 $585 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2019. 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.

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