Spectrum Health

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Spectrum Health System
Industry Healthcare
Founded Sept. 19, 1997
Headquarters Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Area served
West Michigan
Key people
Richard C. Breon, President & CEO
Number of employees
25,400 total (2017)[1]
Website http://www.spectrumhealth.org/

Spectrum Health System, commonly known as Spectrum Health, is a not-for-profit, integrated, managed care health care organization based in West Michigan.[2]

Spectrum Health's subsidiaries include hospitals, treatment facilities, urgent care facilities, as well as physician practices that serve the western Michigan area.[3] Priority Health is a subsidiary health plan with nearly 795,000 members. Spectrum Health is the largest employer in West Michigan with 25,400 staff, 3,200 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,400 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group, and 2,300 volunteers.[4]

In 2012, Spectrum Health System was recognized as one of the Top 50 Integrated Health Care Networks in the United States by IMS Health.[5]


Spectrum Health was formally incorporated on Sept. 19, 1997, bringing together the resources of Butterworth Health System and Blodgett Memorial Medical Center.[6] 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.[7]

During the 2016 fiscal year, Spectrum Health provided $326 million in community benefit.[8]


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


The Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital is located in downtown Grand Rapids. Patients are also seen at Spectrum Health’s community and specialty hospitals:[3]

  • Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Spectrum Health Meijer Heart Center, Downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital, East Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital, Fremont, Michigan
  • Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital, Lakeview, Michigan
  • Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, Reed City, Michigan
  • Spectrum Health United Hospital, Greenville, Michigan
  • Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital, Zeeland, Michigan
  • Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, Ludington, Michigan
  • Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital, Big Rapids, Michigan
  • Spectrum Health Pennock, Hastings, Michigan

Health care providers[edit]

The Spectrum Health Medical Group employs more than 1,400 physicians and advanced practice providers. Spectrum Health also has a multispecialty physician group (mmpc), which has more than 300 health care providers serving patients in more than 30 specialties.

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.[9][10] Spectrum Health Visiting Nurses Association provides home care services in the West Michigan area. [11]

Awards and recognition[edit]

As a system, Spectrum Health has earned hundreds of awards.[12] 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.[13]

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 October 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "2012 IMS Top 100 IHNs" (PDF). 2012. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  6. ^ "Spectrum Health History 1991–2000". Retrieved 2009-10-18. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "Spectrum Health Foundation Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals: Stewardship Report FY2016" (PDF). Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
  9. ^ Spectrum Health - Aero Med
  10. ^ "Grand Rapids Helicopter Crash". Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ "Awards and Accolades". Spectrum Health System. Retrieved March 20, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Report to the Community 2008-2009" (PDF). Spectrum Health System. Retrieved March 20, 2010. 

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