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Spectrum Health names chief strategy officer

December 25, 2013
| By Pete Daly |
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Christina Freese-Decker
Christina Freese-Decker. Courtesy Spectrum Health

An industry veteran with experience leading two hospitals will help shape strategy for a West Michigan health system.

Christina M. Freese-Decker assumed the role of senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Spectrum Health this month.

Freese-Decker served as president of Spectrum Health’s United and Kelsey hospitals since 2011. Spectrum Health recently named Brian Brasser as the new president of the two hospitals.

Freese-Decker helped to grow the presence of these two hospitals through community health initiatives, primary care development and expanded outpatient services.

Earlier this year, she won the American College of Healthcare Executives Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. The honor is given for outstanding achievement in the field of health care management.

She began her career in 2002 as an administrative fellow with Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. Freese-Decker was named director of strategic planning and development and was soon promoted as the department's vice president. In this role, she led system strategic planning, market intelligence gathering, call center operations and regional hospital network coordination.

Freese-Decker earned master's degrees in health administration and industrial engineering from the University of Iowa and a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University.

She is currently on the board of directors of the David D. Hunting YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, serving as vice chair since 2009. Freese-Decker was president of the Great Lakes Chapter of ACHE from 2008 to 2009 and is currently president of the Health Management and Policy Alumni Board of Directors, College of Public Health, at the University of Iowa.

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