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 September 19, 1997, after a high-profile legal battle, combining Butterworth Health System and Blodgett Memorial Medical Center,[7] making it the largest health care organization in West Michigan. 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 July 2018, Tina Freese-Decker was named CEO to succeed Richard Breon.[8]

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.

In June 2021, Spectrum Health announced plans to merge with Beaumont Health.[9] In 2022 Beaumont and Spectrum announced their merger was effective on February 1, 2022, because the federal government determined this would not violate antitrust regulations. The new system is called BHSH Health, a temporary name, with Spectrum Health CEO Tina Freese Decker as the head and with both existing headquarters operating.[10]


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.[11][12] Spectrum Health Visiting Nurses Association provides home care services in the West Michigan area.[13]

As of 2019 the organization has leased space in 26 places to house administrative employees. In 2019 it announced it would centralize its staff, totaling 1,200, into a single building in Downtown Grand Rapids.[14] The plans call for it to have eight stories.[15] The organization plans to spend $100 million. The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) of Grand Rapids approved Spectrum's plan in October 2021.[16]

Awards and recognition[edit]

As a system, Spectrum Health has earned hundreds of awards.[17] 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.[18]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Dexter Filkins (8 October 2018). "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.
  2. ^ "Facts & Figures". Spectrum Health System. Retrieved March 20, 2010.
  3. ^ "Corporate Social Responsibility". Spectrum Health. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Spectrum Health Hospitals". Archived from the original on December 31, 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  5. ^ "About Us". Spectrum Health System. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "2012 IMS Top 100 IHNs" (PDF). 2012. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  7. ^ "Spectrum Health History 1991–2000". Retrieved 2009-10-18.
  8. ^ "Spectrum Health Names Tina Freese Decker as New President and CEO". Spectrum Health. 2018-07-17. Retrieved 12 December 2021.
  9. ^ "Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health expect to merge this year". 17 June 2021.
  10. ^ Reindl, JC; Shamus, Kristen Jordan (2022-01-31). "Beaumont, Spectrum set to launch Michigan's biggest health system Tuesday". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2022-02-02.
  11. ^ Spectrum Health - Aero Med
  12. ^ "Grand Rapids Helicopter Crash". Retrieved 2009-01-25.
  13. ^ "Visiting Nurse Association".
  14. ^ "Spectrum Health to construct new downtown building, consolidate office space". MLive. 2019-10-09. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  15. ^ "Spectrum Health plans large, 8-story office building for downtown Grand Rapids". Mlive. 2021-04-07. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  16. ^ Ferguson, Christa (2021-10-13). "Spectrum Health HQ project clears another hurdle in Grand Rapids". WOOD-TV. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  17. ^ "Awards and Accolades". Spectrum Health System. Retrieved March 20, 2010.
  18. ^ "Report to the Community 2008-2009" (PDF). Spectrum Health System. Retrieved March 20, 2010.

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