Beaumont and Spectrum Complete Merger, Launch New System

Beaumont Health in Southfield and Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Heath today announced they are moving forward to create a new health system that will be “For Michigan, By Michigan.” The new entity will temporarily be known as BHSH System and launch on Feb. 1, 2022.
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Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health announced the completion of their merger to create the largest health care system in the state. // Courtesy of Beaumont Health
Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health announced the completion of their merger to create the largest health care system in the state. // Courtesy of Beaumont Health

Beaumont Health in Southfield and Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Heath today announced they are moving forward to create a new health system that will be “For Michigan, By Michigan.” The new entity will temporarily be known as BHSH System and launch on Feb. 1, 2022.

Both organizations state they have provided the applicable regulatory agencies with all requested information and may now proceed to launch their new health system. The combined system will be the largest health system in the state.

“We are grateful for all of our physicians, nurses, and team members. Their compassion, expertise and dedication have saved many lives during this pandemic,” says Tina Freese Decker, president and CEO of Spectrum Health and future BHSH System president and CEO. “As we launch our new health system, we have a bold goal to transform health and are thrilled to unite our two great organizations.

“Together, we will leverage our complementary strengths to innovate and make a positive impact for our communities and their health. We look forward to working with our physicians, team members, patients, health plan members, and partners across our state to provide health care and coverage that is accessible, affordable, equitable, and exceptional.”

Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health also announced the board of directors and system leadership team for the new combined health system. The board includes seven members from Beaumont and seven members from Spectrum.

Board members are listed below:

  • Christopher Carpenter
  • Mark Davidoff
  • Doug DeVos
  • Julie Fream, chair
  • Tina Freese Decker, President and CEO
  • Marija Grahovac
  • Ronald Hall
  • Angel Hernandez
  • Philomena Mantella
  • Timothy O’Brien
  • William Payne
  • Robert Roth
  • Thomas Saeli
  • Michael Todman
  • Sean Welsh, vice chair

The new BHSH System leadership team includes:

  • Chief Digital and Information officer – Jason Joseph
  • Chief Financial Officer – Matthew Cox
  • Chief Inclusion, Equity, Diversity and Social Impact Officer – Open
  • Chief Integration Officer – Pamela Ries
  • Chief Integrity and Risk Officer – Open
  • Chief Legal Officer – David Leonard
  • Chief Marketing and Consumer Experience Officer – Jeremy Harper
  • Chief People Officer – Open
  • Chief Strategy Officer – Open
  • President, BHSH Beaumont Health – Open; Interim – Nancy Susick
  • President, BHSH Spectrum Health Lakeland, and Strategic Advisor, BHSH System – Dr. Loren Hamel, MD
  • President, BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan – Dr. Darryl Elmouchi
  • President, Priority Health – Praveen Thadani

The new organization will conduct internal and national searches to fill the open and interim roles, including the national search underway for the president of BHSH Beaumont Health. As announced last year, John Fox, Beaumont Health’s current president, plans to leave the organization. His last day will be February 4.

“I am very proud of our Beaumont team members for their many accomplishments, and I’m especially proud of the compassionate, extraordinary care they have provided for our patients throughout this long pandemic. I’m confident BHSH System will become one of the best health care systems in the nation,” says Fox.

While Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health create this new health system, patients and health plan members are encouraged to access care in the same ways they currently do. All patients will continue to have access to their same sites of care, physicians and health providers, and insurance plans.

For more updates and information about the board of directors and leadership teams for each division, visit ForMichiganByMichigan.org.

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