Spectrum Health CEO Named to Top Women Leaders in Healthcare

They clearly recognized top-notch leadership when the Spectrum Health Board made Tina Freese Decker their President & CEO, but they also gained considerable affirmation of having made a wise decision recently when the boss was named among the Top 25 Women Leaders for 2019 by Modern Healthcare magazine.

At the pinnacle now of her career to date, Tina Freese Decker was cited at the organization’s national conference and awards gala earlier this month for her achievements and leadership role in the health care system that operates in Southwest Michigan through Spectrum Health Lakeland’s multiple facilities.

The award citation says, “Successful stints as Director of Planning and later Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer propelled Freese Decker to the role of CEO of the Grand Rapids, Michigan, system in September 2018. During her tenure as COO, Freese Decker oversaw a $300 million care redesign and EHR implementation. The system also cut per admission expenses by 70-percent. She has expanded roles for women in leadership, including adding five women to C-suite positions.”

Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women Leaders program honors female executives from all sectors of the healthcare system. The publication notes, “These high achievers are developing policy, leading change and guiding healthcare delivery improvement across the country. The biennial program recognizes women in a variety of leadership roles, spotlighting their administrative and professional accomplishments.”

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Tina Freese Decker is shown in the photo accompanying this story on Moody on the Market in formal signing ceremonies with Dr. Loren Hamel when Lakeland Health signed on with Spectrum Health to become Spectrum Health Lakeland.