Jane Gietzen finds perspective outside of IT


Jane Gietzen

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Jane Gietzen has the responsibility of keeping the Spectrum Health staff informed.

Managing millions

Her expansive responsibilities as technology and information solutions director include directing the team that implements and supports information systems in legal, risk, compliance, supply chain management, human resources, payroll, benefits and finance — all within an operating budget of $7.5 million and $20 million in capital.

She also provides senior IT leadership for the community hospitals of United, Reed City, Gerber and Zeeland, as well as those hospitals’ IT strategic planning and budgets.

Gietzen worked for Grand Rapids-based Baan Co. and its subsidiary, Knowledgeware Solutions, in an assortment of leadership positions, including resource manager.

Her tenure with Baan includes working 30 weeks in the Netherlands, where she was initially hired to bring the transportation planning software to the U.S. market.

In the community

It’s clear IT isn’t Gietzen’s sole passion.

She counts three programs she has graduated from that influenced her perspective on life: Leadership Grand Rapids, Leadership West Michigan and The Institute for Healing Racism.

Gietzen said such programs offer diverse perspectives that have rounded out the way she thinks about issues facing the community.

Gietzen has brought her professional background to the forefront as a Grand Rapids Public Schools board member, serving on its finance, education, liaison and executive committees, as well as the superintendent’s succession planning team.

She’s served on the Downtown Development Authority, completing a strategic planning effort that includes creating three advisory groups: experience, economy and environment.

She's also served as chair for the Experience Action Group.  

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