Spectrum Health

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Spectrum Health System
Company typeNot-for-profit
FoundedSept. 19, 1997
FateMerged with Beaumont Health to form Corewell Health
Area served
West Michigan
Key people
Tina Freese-Decker, President & CEO; Julie Fream, Chair.
Revenue$6.9 Billion (2018)
Number of employees
39,000 total (2018)[1]

Spectrum Health System, commonly known as Spectrum Health, was a not-for-profit, integrated, managed care health care organization based in West Michigan.[2] It merged with Beaumont Health of Metro Detroit in 2022 to form Corewell Health. Spectrum Health's subsidiaries included hospitals, treatment facilities, urgent care facilities, as well as physician practices that served the western Michigan area.[3] Priority Health was a subsidiary health plan with one million members. Spectrum Health was the largest employer in West Michigan at the time of the merger 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.[4]


Spectrum Health was formally incorporated on September 19, 1997, after a high-profile legal battle, combining Butterworth Health System and Blodgett Memorial Medical Center,[5] 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.[6]

In 2012, Spectrum Health System was recognized as one of the Top 50 Integrated Health Care Networks in the United States by IMS Health.[7]

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. Spectrum Health Lakeland operated as a wholly owned subsidiary of Spectrum Health and had two governing boards.

Merger with Beaumont Health[edit]

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 was temporarily called BHSH Health, with Spectrum Health CEO Tina Freese Decker as the head and with both existing headquarters operating.[10] Corewell Health, was later made the name of the health system.



Spectrum Health had facilities in numerous communities in western Michigan:[3]

Hospital Location Beds Trauma center[11] Opened Notes
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Grand Rapids 241 Level I Pediatric 1970 Affiliated with Michigan State University
Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital Grand Rapids 852 Level I 1875 Founding member of Spectrum Health
Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital East Grand Rapids 248 Level I 1914 Founding member of Spectrum Health
Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Health Services Fremont 25 Level IV 1918 Merged with Spectrum in 2010
Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital Reed City 64 Level IV 1884 Merged with Spectrum in 2010
Spectrum Health United Hospital Greenville 88 Level IV 1915 Merged with Spectrum in 2003
Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Zeeland 55 Level III 1921 Merged with Spectrum Health in 2011
Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital Ludington 49 Level IV 1967 Merged with Spectrum Health in 2013
Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital Big Rapids 49 Level IV 1878 Merged with Spectrum Health in 2013
Spectrum Health Pennock Hastings 25 Level IV 1923 Merged with Spectrum Health in 2015
Spectrum Health Lakeland Medical Center Saint Joseph 296 Level III 1899 Merged with Spectrum Health in 2018
Spectrum Health Lakeland Niles Hospital Niles 89 Level IV 1899 Merged with Spectrum Health in 2018
Spectrum Health Lakeland Watervliet Hospital Watervliet 49 Level IV 1899 Merged with Spectrum Health in 2018

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.[12][13] Spectrum Health Visiting Nurses Association provides home care services in the West Michigan area.[14]

The Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion is an outpatient cancer center located in the Grand Rapids Medical Mile. It was developed to bring all cancer research and patient service delivery under one roof in the Spectrum Health System.

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.[15] The plans call for it to have eight stories.[16] The organization planned to spend $100 million. The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) of Grand Rapids approved Spectrum's plan in October 2021.[17]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Facts & Figures". Spectrum Health System. Retrieved March 20, 2010.
  2. ^ "Corporate Social Responsibility". Spectrum Health. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Spectrum Health Hospitals". Archived from the original on December 31, 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  4. ^ "About Us". Spectrum Health System. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  5. ^ "Spectrum Health History 1991–2000". Retrieved 2009-10-18.
  6. ^ Finnigan, Andrea (2017-10-17). "Spectrum Health President & CEO Richard Breon Announces Retirement". Spectrum Health Newsroom. Retrieved 2023-06-28.
  7. ^ "2012 IMS Top 100 IHNs" (PDF). 2012. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  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. ^ "Michigan Designated Trauma Facilities" (PDF). State of Michigan. 2021-09-21.
  12. ^ Spectrum Health - Aero Med
  13. ^ "Grand Rapids Helicopter Crash". Retrieved 2009-01-25.
  14. ^ "Visiting Nurse Association".
  15. ^ "Spectrum Health to construct new downtown building, consolidate office space". MLive. 2019-10-09. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  16. ^ "Spectrum Health plans large, 8-story office building for downtown Grand Rapids". Mlive. 2021-04-07. Retrieved 2021-12-23.
  17. ^ Ferguson, Christa (2021-10-13). "Spectrum Health HQ project clears another hurdle in Grand Rapids". WOOD-TV. Retrieved 2021-12-23.

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