Kelsey Hospital, United Hospital

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals Announce New COO

Jonathan Ashford to begin duties in Greenville.

Jonathan Ashford

GREENVILLE, Mich., June 16, 2020 – Jonathan Ashford has been named the new chief operating officer for Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals and will begin duties in Greenville in late June.

Andrea Leslie, president of Spectrum Health United, Kelsey, Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals announced the appointment Monday.

“Jon brings experience, energy and a passion for health care administration to our team and I’m confident he’ll be a great fit and asset to our organization,” Leslie said. He’s an accomplished leader with a track record of effective collaboration and community involvement.”

Ashford is currently the chief operating officer and ethics and compliance officer of the Palms of Pasadena Hospital, a 307-bed acute care hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Previously he served as interim chief operating officer and assistant administrator at Largo Medical Center in Largo, Florida.

Ashford replaces long time United and Kelsey Hospital executive Percy Mahar who retired in April.

A Michigan native, Ashford said he’s excited to return to the greater Grand Rapids area with his wife Rachel and young son Jonathan.

Ashford received his undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University, before getting his Master of Science degree from Villanova University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also has a Doctorate in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix.

“We’re very excited to move closer to family and I’m thrilled to be joining Spectrum Health,” Ashford said. “I look forward to working with the United and Kelsey team and getting involved in the community.


About Spectrum Health

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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