Longtime Leader, Roger Spoelman Retires After 37 Years of Service

Congratulations to Roger Spoelman, who is retiring from Trinity Health after 37 years of exemplary leadership and people-centered service to our Ministry and the communities we serve. His last day will be December 31.

Roger’s commitment to health ministry doesn’t end with his retirement from Trinity Health!  He will be serving as CEO of a newly merged non-profit organization – Cure International, which joined with International Aid to be the largest provider of pediatric specialty surgical care in the developing world, operating hospitals in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, the Philippines, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates, and Zambia.

Since joining Muskegon General Hospital (now Mercy Health) in 1981, Roger has built a legacy of leadership, growth and innovation for our Ministry. As CEO of Muskegon General, he led the merger with Mercy General Health Partners in 1995 and then led the 2008 merger with Hackley Health. In 2012, he led formation of the Trinity Health West Michigan Region. These efforts culminated in the design and now almost complete building of our new state of the art Muskegon Hospital. This building will be the visible final step in consolidating health care in Muskegon from three hospitals to one over the course of his career. During this time, Roger’s support and direction of the Muskegon Health Project has led to the creation of a national model for community health and well-being.

Roger also was instrumental in creating the Access Health Program in Muskegon, which provided access to high-quality health care to thousands of uninsured West Michigan residents over the past 20 years. He also established the osteopathic GME program in Muskegon that expanded into the Osteopathic Foundation of West Michigan, supporting community health for the region. Finally, he guided Muskegon’s success in being one of five recipients of Community Health Innovation Region grants from the State of Michigan to further transform the health status of the Muskegon population.

Throughout his tenure, Roger effectively positioned the West Michigan Region as one of the most outstanding performers of Trinity Health regions from the standpoint of clinical quality and stewardship results. This was done despite operating in a very competitive environment dominated by Spectrum Health.  He also has been a leader in building the population health management and alternative payment model capabilities in Michigan and across the system.

Over the past three years, in addition to his West Michigan responsibilities, Roger accepted additional duties as an interim CEO in three of our largest ministries. As interim CEO at Mount Carmel Health System, Trinity Health Of New England and Loyola Medicine, he provided superb leadership and guided the selection and transitions of a new generation of CEOs.

Given all that he has accomplished and has been involved in, it is obvious that Roger is compelled to build, innovate and foster new ideas and initiatives to serve people better. He established the Grand Rapids Innovation Center that incorporates Human Centered Design into planning and operations. This led to the creation of Trinity Health’s new Innovative Primary Care model. His team was also at the forefront of testing new ideas for telehealth, palm scanning and online scheduling.

Roger is a faith-based, mission-driven leader. He has been a steadfast friend and trusted counselor to many of us. His commitment to organizational development and ministry transformation has been remarkable. Roger has always said his legacy wouldn’t be buildings and programs; he is committed to developing leaders. His success in this realm includes the recent appointments of Bill Manns as the President of St. Joe’s in Ann Arbor and Gary Allore as the President of Mercy Health in Muskegon. As all of the above makes very clear Roger has been a driver of innovation and growth. He has been an outstanding leader at Trinity Health and a major architect of what Trinity Health is today and can be tomorrow.

A retirement celebration is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. on December 14 at The Mercy Health Lakes Village Campus, 6401 Prairie Street, Muskegon, MI 49444. Please join us in thanking Roger for his many contributions, congratulating him on his exciting next career track and wishing him all the best.



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