Spectrum Health

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Spectrum Health System
FoundedSept. 19, 1997
Area served
West Michigan
Key people
Tina Freese-Decker, President & CEO; Dick DeVos, Chairman[1]
Revenue$6.9 Billion (2018)
Number of employees
39,000 total (2018)[2]

Spectrum Health System, commonly known as Spectrum Health, is a not-for-profit, integrated, managed care health care organization based in West Michigan.[3]

Spectrum Health's subsidiaries include hospitals, treatment facilities, urgent care facilities, as well as physician practices that serve the western Michigan area.[4] Priority Health is a subsidiary health plan with one million members. Spectrum Health is the largest employer in West Michigan with 31,000 staff, 4,200 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,600 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group, and 3,200 volunteers.[5]

In 2012, Spectrum Health System was recognized as one of the Top 50 Integrated Health Care Networks in the United States by IMS Health.[6]


Spectrum Health was formally incorporated on Sept. 19, 1997, bringing together the resources of Butterworth Health System and Blodgett Memorial Medical Center.[7] It became the largest and most comprehensive health care organization in West Michigan after years of planning and a high-profile legal battle. In August 2000, Richard C. Breon was hired to lead the organization as CEO, and sought to form an integrated health care system.[citation needed]

In 2011, Spectrum Health implemented a program that integrates medical services, behavioral health care, addiction and social services for frequent emergency department users. A review of 296 patients involved in the program found a 45% reduction in emergency department visits and hospital admissions after 3 months and a 65% reduction after 6 months.[8]

During the 2016 fiscal year, Spectrum Health provided $326 million in community benefit.[9]

On September 1, 2018, Tina Freese-Decker was named CEO to succeed Richard Breon.[citation needed]

In October 2018 Spectrum closed on a merger with Lakeland Health, a health system in southwest Michigan consisting of 3 hospitals, 450 providers, and 4,000 employees. Integration has begun and is underway. Spectrum Health Lakeland will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Spectrum Health and will uniquely have two governing boards.


Spectrum Health provides inpatient and outpatient services at a variety of locations throughout Michigan.


Spectrum has facilities in numerous communities in western Michigan:[4]

Other facilities and services[edit]

Spectrum Health Continuing Care is West Michigan's largest provider of post-acute services, including rehabilitative, long-term acute, home and residential care. Spectrum Health has an air ambulance helicopter service, called Aeromed, that transports patients between accident scenes as well as between hospitals and the airport.[10][11] Spectrum Health Visiting Nurses Association provides home care services in the West Michigan area.[12]

Awards and recognition[edit]

As a system, Spectrum Health has earned hundreds of awards.[13] Recent awards include:

  • Spectrum Health was named one of the nation's 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—by Michigan-based Truven Health Analytics for 2017. This is the sixth time the organization has received this recognition from Truven.
  • HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award
  • Top 100 Integrated Health Care Networks
  • HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence
  • HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award
  • HealthGrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award
  • HealthGrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Awards
  • HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award

The system has also been rated Aa3 by Moody's Investors Service, placing it among only 40 health care systems in the country to receive this high rating.[14]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Dexter Filkins. "Was There a Connection Between a Russian Bank and the Trump Campaign? A team of computer scientists sifted through records of unusual Web traffic in search of answers". NewYorker.com. Retrieved 12 October 2018. Only one other entity seemed to be reaching out to the Trump Organization’s domain with any frequency: Spectrum Health, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Spectrum Health is closely linked to the DeVos family; Richard DeVos, Jr., is the chairman of the board, and one of its hospitals is named after his mother. His wife, Betsy DeVos, was appointed Secretary of Education by Donald Trump. Her brother, Erik Prince, is a Trump associate who has attracted the scrutiny of Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Trump’s ties to Russia. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Facts & Figures". Spectrum Health System. Retrieved March 20, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Corporate Social Responsibility". Spectrum Health. Retrieved 12 July 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b "Spectrum Health Hospitals". Archived from the original on December 31, 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "About Us". Spectrum Health System. Retrieved December 20, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "2012 IMS Top 100 IHNs" (PDF). 2012. Retrieved 2014-09-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Spectrum Health History 1991–2000". Retrieved 2009-10-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Coordinated, Intensive Medical, Social, and Behavioral Health Services Improve Outcomes and Reduce Utilization for Frequent Emergency Department Users". Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2013-10-17. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Spectrum Health Foundation Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals: Stewardship Report FY2016" (PDF). Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  10. ^ Spectrum Health - Aero Med
  11. ^ "Grand Rapids Helicopter Crash". Retrieved 2009-01-25. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  13. ^ "Awards and Accolades". Spectrum Health System. Retrieved March 20, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Report to the Community 2008-2009" (PDF). Spectrum Health System. Retrieved March 20, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Coordinates: 42°58′11.6″N 85°39′54.4″W / 42.969889°N 85.665111°W / 42.969889; -85.665111