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Health system appoints COO

April 15, 2017
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Tina Freese Decker
Tina Freese Decker. Courtesy Spectrum Health

A local health care executive has been appointed to a newly created system-wide leadership position.

Spectrum Health said yesterday it named Tina Freese Decker, who has served as Spectrum Health Hospital Group president since 2014, executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Freese Decker will oversee strategy and operations for the entire system, including Spectrum Health Hospital Group, Spectrum Health Medical Group, human resources and information services.

“Our goal is to align leadership and operations to better meet the challenges and opportunities we are experiencing as an industry,” said Richard Breon, president and CEO, Spectrum Health. “As we grow and evolve as a health system, we continue to look at our leadership structure.”

Leadership changes

With the creation of Freese Decker’s new position, Spectrum Health Chief Medical Officer Seth Wolk will solely focus on his CMO duties. He was also serving as president of Spectrum Health Medical Group.

Doug Apple will take over as interim president of Spectrum Health Medical Group, and Gwen Sandefur will serve as interim president of Spectrum Health Hospital Group. Apple and Sandefur were promoted from executive roles from within those departments and will report to Freese Decker.

The three executive changes take effect on April 24.

Freese Decker’s background

Freese Decker joined Spectrum Health in 2002 as a post-grad fellow in health care administration, becoming director of system strategic planning and development in 2003. In 2006, she was promoted to VP of system strategic planning and development and also assumed the role of executive director of the Spectrum Health Regional Hospital Network.

In 2011, Freese Decker was named president of Spectrum Health United and Kelsey hospitals. In 2013, she was named SVP and chief strategy officer, before being named president of Spectrum Health Hospital Group in 2014.

Freese Decker holds a bachelor’s in finance from Iowa State University and a master’s in health management and industrial engineering from the University of Iowa.

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