MUSKEGON — Roger Spoelman has given up day-to-day duties as president and CEO of Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon to focus on the regional operations for parent company Trinity Health.
The move ends Spoelman’s 25 years as chief executive at a hospital in Muskegon, where he engineered two mergers that led to the creation of Mercy Health Partners in April 2008 following the union between Hackley Hospital and Mercy General Health Partners.
Now, as Trinity Health works to bring its West Michigan operations closer, Spoelman’s focus will shift to “helping to define the region” and tightening ties between hospitals in Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Shelby, Cadillac and Grayling.
“It’s to care for those relationships that we already have and to develop them,” Spoelman said this morning. “The focus is just more regional and caring for those organizations that are in and potentially in … our network in the future.”
Mercy Health Partners trustees appointed Chief Operating Officer Greg Loomis as interim president and COO. Loomis has been with Mercy Health Partners for 33 years and he and Spoelman have worked together since 1981.
“He is an incredibly capable leader and he is backed up by the strength and experience of an extraordinary senior team,” Spoelman said. “As hard as it is for me to leave a job I have loved doing for so many years, it is much easier knowing that Greg is stepping in to lead our efforts in Muskegon. For as long as I have worked with Greg, I know that everything he touches, he makes better.”
Among other initiatives, Spoelman will now devote more time to Trinity Health’s involvement with the Pennant Health Alliance with Metro Health in Grand Rapids and the University of Michigan Health System, Trinity’s own partnership with U of M, and relations with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan through a performance-based contract signed earlier this year.
Spoelman will also lead Trinity Health’s response to a request for a proposal coming from Memorial Medical Center of West Michigan in Ludington and any potential deal with Metro Health, both of which recently said they are seeking potential partners. Trinity would like to bring both Metro and Memorial into the health system’s fold, Spoelman said.