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Health system appoints presidents

June 27, 2017
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Health system names COO of hospital group
Gwen Sandefur. Courtesy Spectrum Health

A local health system has promoted a pair of executives to president-level positions.

Effective immediately, Darryl Elmouchi will serve as Spectrum Health Medical Group president and the interim tag has been removed from Gwen Sandefur, who will continue as president of Spectrum Health Hospital Group.

Tina Freese Decker, Spectrum Health COO and EVP, said the pair were chosen for their roles after a “thorough selection process.”

“(Elmouchi and Sandefur) both have demonstrated a comprehensive skill set, including operational and visionary leadership, a focus on results, the ability to build relationships and a passion for the health of our community,” Freese Decker said. “I am confident their drive for excellence will help us achieve our mission and vision.”

Darryl Elmouchi

In his new role, Elmouchi will oversee operations of Spectrum Health Medical Group, which was formed in 2008 and is one of the state’s largest multi-specialty physician groups, comprising more than 1,4000 physicians and advanced practice providers.

Elmouchi most recently was acting as Spectrum Health Hospital Group chief medical officer, a role he transitioned into after serving as Spectrum Health Medical Group cardiovascular medicine division chief and Hospital Group cardiovascular medicine department chair. He is also an assistant professor of medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Elmouchi is a graduate of University of Michigan Medical School, holds a master’s in business administration from U-M Ross School of Business, a biostatistics certificate from U-M School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA. He completed his internship, residency and chief residency at University of California San Francisco and fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and cardiac electrophysiology at University of Michigan Health System.

Gwen Sandefur

As president of Spectrum Health Hospital group, Sandefur will oversee Spectrum Health’s 12 hospitals, ambulatory care sites and post-acute services.

Sandefur joined Spectrum in 2015 as COO for Spectrum Health Grand Rapids and expanded her role to COO of the Hospital Group in 2016. She had been serving as interim Hospital Group president since Freese Decker assumed her new role in April.

Prior to joining Spectrum, Sandefur held leadership roles at St. Mary’s Health and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana.

She holds a master’s of health services administration from U-M and a bachelor’s in public health from Indiana University.

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