2021 Newsmaker: Tina Freese Decker


Tina Freese Decker

President, CEO

Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health made waves in the health care industry despite another tumultuous year of battling the pandemic on the front lines.

With Tina Freese Decker at the helm, the West Michigan-based health giant worked with local partner organizations to administer 231,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic during its four months of operation at DeVos Place. The clinic also set a statewide record for most vaccines administered in a day, hitting more than 12,500 daily doses at its peak.

In addition to providing preventive vaccination measures to battle COVID, Spectrum Health also amplified its efforts to treat the virus, opening an expanded monoclonal antibody treatment clinic at Blodgett Hospital and further expanding access to the treatment with a traveling mobile administration unit.

Spectrum also was the first in the nation to deploy a new and sophisticated implanted medical device to aid in the treatment of certain types of epilepsy and symptoms associated with movement disorders. The integration of the SenSight Directional Lead System provides enhanced deep brain stimulation therapy offering more precise and targeted electrical signals to a patient’s brain. More efficient and objective data allows clinicians to make adjustments accordingly, offering a better overall understanding and treatment of the disorders.

The hospital also received international and multiple national accolades in 2021. Among them was Freese Decker’s appointment to Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women Leaders national list for the second straight year. Spectrum also was one of three U.S. hospitals recognized by the International Hospital Federation for its system promoting organizational goals.

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