Jane Gietzen develops IS team
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As Spectrum Health’s information services department has grown, so too has Jane Gietzen’s role in leading and developing a team that runs a host of daily business functions.
The IS department
The team's work involves vendor and contract management, license compliance, asset and budget management and human resources.
Her expansive responsibilities cover an operating budget of $8 million and $20 million in capital.
Under her leadership, the department has developed a robust internship program, offering 25 paid internships each summer, filled with students from colleges throughout the state.
In the community
Besides fostering young talent, Gietzen is an advocate for diversity and inclusion.
A graduate of Leadership Grand Rapids, Leadership West Michigan and the Institute for Healing Racism, she points to these three programs, in addition to her personal experiences, as significantly influencing her perspective and rounding out the way she thinks about issues facing the community.
She played a key role in the inaugural Spectrum Health Jump Jam last year in partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools, which created a wellness opportunity for kids in a fun atmosphere.
In 2012, Gietzen wrapped up a four-year term as an elected school board member for GRPS, having served on its finance, education, liaison and executive committees, as well as the superintendent’s succession planning team.
She continues her leadership in education as a member of the Montessori Advisory Council and recently joined the board of the Center for Community Leadership.
She has served four years with the Downtown Development Authority, including involvement in the initial planning to create Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.