Tina Freese Decker, President & CEO, Spectrum Health

Tina Freese Decker

When Tina Freese Decker was growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, chatting about the weather was serious business. Her meteorologist father had cofounded a radio weather service in 1973 called Freese-Notis Weather that continues to thrive today; she is now weathering the storms of change in healthcare as the president and CEO of Spectrum Health. Tina Freese Decker took the top job at the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based 15-hospital system on September 1, 2018 after serving 16 years at Spectrum Health in a variety of positions including executive vice president and chief operating officer. A young up-and-coming executive nationally – she was recognized by the American College of Healthcare Executives with the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year 2013 – Tina Freese Decker is also known for her collegial style and emphasis on innovation, which she traces to a stable yet entrepreneurial family background. “My dad had to reinvent his business because there were no meteorologist jobs when he graduated,” she says. “His perseverance in being innovative – in trying when you’re told no – has had a lasting impact on my leadership approach.”

Tina earned a Bachelor of Science in finance from Iowa State University and graduated with a Master of Health Administration and Master of Industrial Engineering from University of Iowa. Tina’s husband has a Master’s degree in elementary education. Instead of teaching right now, he is focused on their two children – a daughter, age 10, and son, age 8. Tina’s hobbies include spending time with her family, reading and traveling. […]