United and Kelsey leader to assume new role at Spectrum


By Daily News • Last Updated 12:38 pm on Thursday, September 26, 2013

Christina Freese-Decker

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health United and Kelsey President Christina Freese-Decker is moving on from her Greenville-based position.

Freese-Decker will assume the role of senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids on Jan. 1, 2014. She has been the president of United and Kelsey hospitals since 2011. She has helped to grow the presence of these two hospitals through community health initiatives, primary care development and expanded outpatient services.

Spectrum Health has planned for a smooth transition during its search for new leadership at United and Kelsey hospitals.

Earlier this year, Freese-Decker won the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. The honor is given for outstanding achievement in the field of health care management.

She began her career in 2002 as an administrative fellow with Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. She was named director of strategic planning and development and was soon promoted as the department’s vice president. In this role, she led system strategic planning, market intelligence gathering, call center operations and regional hospital network coordination.

Freese-Decker earned master’s degrees in health administration and industrial engineering from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. She is currently serving on the board of directors of the David D. Hunting YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, serving as vice chairwoman since 2009. She was president of the Great Lakes Chapter of ACHE from 2008 to 2009 and she is currently president of the Health Management and Policy Alumni Board of Directors for the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa.

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