Music and NPR News for Central and Northern Michigan
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Health, Science and Environment

Michigan-based hospital systems Beaumont and Spectrum Health explore merger

UPMC Shadyside Hospital Room by rwoan is licensed with CC BY-NC 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit

Michigan-based hospital systems Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health are exploring a merger.

A Letter of Intent signed by Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health is the foundation for the two organizations seeking to organize a new Michigan-based health system.

If an agreement is reached, it would bring together 22 hospitals, 305 outpatient locations and 64,000 employees.

Touted a “New Health System for Michigan, By Michigan,” Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health President and CEO Tina Freese Decker will lead the new network.

In a news release, Freese Decker said, “Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health are leaders in our respective markets, and by bringing together our organizations to create a new system, we have the opportunity to deliver greater value in high-quality and affordable health care to our communities.”

Priority Health, Spectrum's Michigan-based health insurance plan with more than 1 million members, will be part of the new system.

Beaumont and Spectrum hope to complete the merger this fall. As a statewide network, the plan is operating dual headquarters in Grand Rapids and Southfield.