New hospital president charts a course to ‘exceed in excellence’


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:54 am on Monday, November 07, 2011

Daily News/Kelli Ameling Spectrum Health United Memorial President Tina Freese-Decker, left, talks with nurse Karrie Lenon about the new telemetry monitor system at the nurse’s station.

GREENVILLE — The vision and mission of Spectrum Health brought Tina Freese-Decker from Iowa to Michigan.
Tina Freese-Decker came to accept a fellowship at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.
“It was a fantastic opportunity,” Freese-Decker said. “It was an opportunity to learn and grow.”
The position has blossomed into her taking the helm of Spectrum Health United Memorial in Greenville, which includes the United Hospital in Greenville and Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview.
“We are very pleased to have Tina in our organization,” said David Mack, Spectrum Health United Memorial board president.
Freese-Decker served as interim president for three months before becoming the permanent president in October. She takes over for a good friend of hers, Paul Bonis.
She described Bonis as a valued colleague who will be very successful as his new career as president of Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in East Grand Rapids.
“I am very proud of him,” Freese-Decker said.
Mack described Freese-Decker as focused and dedicated at United Hospital and Kelsey Hospital in. She has an excellent background and is highly educated in the health care industry, Mack said.
“She has big shoes to fill, but we are certain she is up to the task,” Mack said.
The first item on her plate is completing the United For Health project at Spectrum Health United Memorial in Greenville.
Freese-Decker and Bonis worked together on a team in the beginning stages of the project, which started construction last month.
“I have the utmost respect for him,” Freese-Decker said of Bonis.
The United For Health project that is geared toward better patient services is something Freese-Decker plans to continue throughout her tenure at United Memorial.
She described the project and future of Spectrum Health United Hospital as high-quality growth for the hospital where physicians and experts will continue to be dedicated to and work closely with their patients.
Freese-Decker said the hospital “will exceed in excellence.”
Besides the United For Health project, Freese-Decker said Spectrum Health is constantly evaluating physician care to improve United Hospital and the surrounding service areas.
She wants the facility to continue adapting to the community’s changing needs and changes in the industry to improve patient care.
“It’s a team approach,” Freese-Decker said. “We are dedicated and have pride in helping people.”
Outside of work, Freese-Decker enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, Jason Decker, and their two children Madeleine Decker, 3, and Drew Decker, 1.
Freese-Decker and her family do not live in Greenville yet. She hopes to spend more time getting involved in the community, however.
“She is committed to the board, staff and community,” Mack said. “She has been involved in many community functions in the short time she has been here.”

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