We extend our best wishes to F. Remington “Rem” Sprague, MD, on his plans to retire after a very successful 39-year career in health care. His last day will be February 15, 2020.
During his tenure, Dr. Sprague has been recognized for his expertise in Internal Medicine, his dedication to patient safety and quality, his leadership in a constantly changing health care environment and his devotion to the Muskegon community.
As a General Internist, Dr. Sprague began his career in 1981 in sole practice, which under his leadership, grew to include three additional physicians. In 1993, upon the hospital acquiring this practice, Dr. Sprague’s role expanded to medical director, where he spent part-time hours as an administrator while still practicing and seeing patients.
Since 1996, Dr. Sprague has served in administration as vice president of Primary Care Services for Mercy General Health Partners and Chief Medical Officer for Mercy Health Muskegon. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Dr. Sprague oversees the Medical Staff Office, Graduate Medical Education, Oncology, Hospital-based Physician Contracting, Physician Recruitment Support, Clinical Informatics and Medical Staff Quality.
Dr. Sprague led providers through two significant Mercy Health mergers. Most significantly, he helped unite the medical staffs from Mercy Hospital and Muskegon General. Following the mergers, Dr. Sprague was integral in the development and leadership of the Mercy Health Physician Partners’ Primary Care Network and has since helped recruit nearly 30 physicians to Muskegon.
In the community, Dr. Sprague’s involvement spans decades and includes too many agencies to list. As a charter member of the Muskegon AIDS Task Force in the early-1980s, Dr. Sprague spearheaded educational programming for local providers to help destigmatize HIV and create a network to serve affected patients. Currently, he serves as Board Chair for our Community Benefit Ministry, The Health Project, where he helps connect Health Project activities to the medical needs in our community.
As a clinician, Dr. Sprague has continued to practice medicine, volunteering weekly hours seeing patients at Muskegon Family Care, a local FQHC clinic and currently serves as Chairperson for the Community Coordinating Council, which was formed in 1996 to target teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and early childhood literacy. Additional board memberships have included Access Health, Muskegon Civic Theater, West Michigan Therapy, Health West, Boy Scouts of America, Mission for Area People, Affinia Health PHO, Lakeshore Health Network PHO and many more.
Throughout his entire career, Dr. Sprague has been a remarkable servant leader who lives our deep commitment to the mission of Mercy Health and to the patients and community of Muskegon. He plans to begin his retirement among family and friends, relaxing and planning for what’s next.