Zeeland Community Hospital

Spectrum Health Foundation Zeeland Community Hospital Welcomes New Director

January 9, 2019

Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Kris Palosaari, MA, CFRE, as director of the Spectrum Health Foundation Zeeland Community Hospital.

Palosaari has served as a lead specialist for the Spectrum Health Foundation since 2016 with primary focus on major donor relations. Her extensive experience in development includes working for the Salvation Army, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the GEMS Girls’ Club International Ministry. She has a master’s degree in organization communication from Western Michigan University and a Certificate of Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

“We are pleased that Kris will be sharing her passion for philanthropy with our community,” said Ron Lewis, President, Zeeland Community Hospital. “Her comprehensive development and donor relations experience will significantly enhance our foundation’s impact as we remain committed to improving the health of the communities we serve.”

In the director role at Zeeland Community Hospital, Palosaari will be responsible for growing philanthropic support by cultivating relationships in the community and managing fund raising programs and events.

Palosaari grew up in West Michigan and now resides in Hudsonville, along with her husband, children and five grandchildren.

Spectrum Health, 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, 4,200 medical staff experts, 3,200 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, 220 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 $459 million in community benefit in the last fiscal year. 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.

Contact:
Ashley Kiekintveld
Marketing and Communications
Phone: 616.748.3610
Email: ashley.kiekintveld@spectrumhealth.org