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Spectrum Health names president and CEO

July 17, 2018
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Tina Freese Decker
Tina Freese Decker. Courtesy Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health has announced its new leader.

The Grand Rapids-based health system said today Tina Freese Decker will be its president and CEO, effective Sept. 1.

Richard Breon, Spectrum Health’s current president and CEO, announced his retirement last fall and will end his tenure on Aug. 31.

After a nationwide search by 60 committee members that brought interest from “numerous highly qualified candidates,” with three finalists visiting Grand Rapids, the decision to promote Freese Decker was “unanimous,” said Dick DeVos, board chair, Spectrum Health.

Freese Decker has been with Spectrum Health since 2002, most recently as EVP and COO.

“I am confident that Tina is the right individual to lead this organization into the next era of health care, focusing on reducing the cost of care, enhancing the experience of our patients and members and continuing to improve the health of the communities we serve,” DeVos said.

“Tina is a true health care visionary who brings a deep understanding of Spectrum Health and West Michigan based on her tenure with our health system.”

Spectrum Health said Freese Decker has helped the health system improve operationally in numerous ways:

— Implementing a $300-million transformation of the care model, including installation of the Epic electronic health record system

— Re-defining efficiency in operations across 12 hospitals and nearly 200 service sites

— Integrated approach for Spectrum Health’s business entities: Priority Health, Medical Group and Hospital Group

— Leading “culture change” by encouraging leaders and employees to “embrace a spirit of curiosity, pursue innovation and trust they are supported”

— Championing virtual medicine strategy and implementation of MedNow system-wide

— Forming partnerships with community members to “address health factors and cost"

“I am honored and thrilled to serve as president and CEO of Spectrum Health,” Freese Decker said. “Spectrum Health is a well-respected leader in our industry.

“I look forward to implementing new and innovative ways of meeting individuals where they are on their health journey to further advance their health and well-being. I am very proud to work with such a talented group of physicians, clinicians, team members and partners who truly set Spectrum Health apart and dedicate their careers to our mission.”

Freese Decker has received numerous awards and honors: Modern Healthcare Top 25 COOs, 2018; Crain’s Detroit Business Most Notable Women in Health Care, 2018; Managed Healthcare Executive Emerging Leaders, 2018; Crain’s Detroit Business 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan, 2014, 2016, 2018; and the American College of Healthcare Executives Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year, 2013.

She holds a B.S. in finance from Iowa State University and a master of health administration and a master of industrial engineering from the University of Iowa.

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