Spectrum Health announces VanDriel as new hospital president

VanDriel
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OSCEOLA COUNTY — Spectrum Health has announced Mary Kay VanDriel, FACHE, as the next president of Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals.

VanDriel will take over for Sam Daugherty, the current president, when he retires on Monday, June 30.

“We are extremely pleased that Mary Kay will be taking on this role,” said Marc Chircop, senior vice president, regional relationships of Spectrum Health. “Sam has done an excellent job of bringing together the Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals and it will take someone of Mary Kay’s experience and caliber to provide a seamless transition for our patients, employees, physicians and communities.”

Chuck Holmquist, board chair of Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals, shared that this is a pivotal time for the hospitals.

“We look forward to working with Mary Kay," Holmquist said. "Her leadership skills and experience will be very important as we continue to grow and serve our communities.”

VanDriel has a strong 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’s of science degree in nursing from the University of Michigan and her master’s 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.