GRAND RAPIDS — Mary Kay VanDriel has been named the next president of Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals. Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group.
VanDriel has a professional history of leadership and program development. She has been president of Value Health Partners since 2007, a strategic corporation of eight Michigan health systems. The organization focuses its efforts in the areas of safety, quality, community health initiatives, health policy, and care coordination.
She began her career as a nurse specializing in critical care. In 1986, VanDriel was named director of the newly created DeVos Children’s Hospital, now Spectrum Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. In 1997, with the formation of the new health care system, VanDriel was asked to manage a dedicated multimillion dollar budget for community health improvement that would become known as Spectrum Health Healthier Communities.
VanDriel earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Michigan and her Master of Science degree in nursing from Grand Valley State University. She has a master’s degree in management from Aquinas College and a doctorate in educational leadership from Western Michigan University. VanDriel’s professional honors include being named a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2010 and a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive fellow in 2005.