Spectrum Health System

Spectrum Health Employees Honor MLK’s Legacy Through Community Service

January 18, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., January 18, 2019 – 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 21 and throughout the week.

“Participating in the national MLK Day of Service reminds us of Dr. King’s significant contributions to make the world better through equality and social justice,” said Spectrum Health President & CEO Tina Freese Decker. “Our team members are committed to serving the communities where they live and work. We are pleased to honor Dr. King’s legacy in this way.”

Nearly 500 Spectrum Health employees have committed to volunteering in Big Rapids, Fremont, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Greenville, Hastings, Holland, Lakeview, Ludington, Reed City, Southfield and Zeeland.

“We are proud to have so many employees taking part in this important day of service across the state to honor the significant contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said Ovell Barbee, diversity officer and senior vice president, human resources, Spectrum Health. “During this week we have an opportunity to come together as a community and be reminded that we can all make a difference.”

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 serving 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.

Rick Jensen
Media Relations
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