Kelsey Hospital, United Hospital

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals announce new president

Greenville, MI (October 14, 2016) – Andrea Leslie, MSN, RN, NE-BC, has been named as the new president of Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals, effective October 17. Leslie is assuming this role from Brian Brasser. Brasser was recently named senior vice president with Nexus, a major operational initiative at Spectrum Health.

Leslie has been the chief nursing officer at Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals since 2013. In this role, she was responsible for the oversight of more than 300 employees as well as strategic and operational plans to ensure optimal provision of nursing services including emergency, acute care, intensive care, pediatrics, obstetrics, oncology, rehabilitation and nursing centers, surgical services and wound healing.

“Andrea has been a super star in our organization and we are thankful we had such great internal candidates to choose from,” said Steve Bowser, board chair, Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals. “She has full support of the board and we are very excited to see her come into this new role.”

Andrea Leslie’s career began as a registered nurse with Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in 1997. She worked at United Hospital from 1999 to 2001, and eventually was promoted to leadership roles in Spectrum Health’s Grand Rapids hospitals, including director of nursing operations and the Magnet Program.

“It is an honor to serve as the president of Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals,” said Leslie. “This is a very special organization, where the employees embody a culture of caring for their fellow community. As a community member myself, it is important that we continue to provide excellent care and services that meet the healthcare needs for people in this area.”

Andrea Leslie earned a master’s degree in nursing administration from Grand Valley State University, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing, magna cum laude, from University of Detroit Mercy.

Additionally, she is a nurse advisory board member for Ferris State University, regional representative for Freeman-White Inpatient Bed Capacity, and regional hospital staffing project leader, a collaboration to evaluate and ensure efficiency of current staffing models on inpatient units. Andrea also serves Spectrum Health Innovations as a technical advisory team member and the Nexus initiative as owner of patient movement in the transformation of care.


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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