Children's Health

Spectrum Health Statement Regarding the Passing of Helen DeVos

October 19, 2017

Richard C. Breon, President & CEO, Spectrum Health, released the following statement about the passing of Helen DeVos.

“I am deeply saddened by the news of Helen DeVos’ passing, and we extend our deepest sympathies to Rich and all of Helen’s family and friends.

The legacy of Helen June Van Wesep DeVos will live on forever in the hearts and minds of the many people whose lives she touched. Her legacy will continue to have a lasting influence on the mission and vision of Spectrum Health, where her generosity helped to establish numerous programs and services.

Helen and Rich were instrumental in building Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and they made a major commitment to underwrite the child life program at the hospital. They also provided support for Meijer Heart Center, the Richard DeVos Heart & Lung Transplant Program, the Richard McNamara Cardiovascular Fellowship Program and Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion.

Helen DeVos, a woman we knew and loved, will be remembered as someone who believed in and encouraged us to be our best. While we mourn her passing, we celebrate and give thanks for her life and legacy of giving that had such profound impact on our community.”


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 is the sixth time the organization has received this recognition.

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