It may seem like a comedown to move from world-renowned teaching and research institution Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston to Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., but Matthew Van Vranken doesn't see it that way.
Van Vranken, 43, executive vice president and COO at Brigham, is taking over as president of Spectrum, a seven-hospital, 2,000-bed system serving most of western Michigan.
"It feels like I'm moving from one winner to another," Van Vranken said. "Clearly, (Spectrum) doesn't have the kinds of research and academic cachet that Brigham does, but it has aspirations."
At Spectrum, Van Vranken will oversee a far-flung enterprise with an operations budget of about $800 million and a staff of approximately 10,000. He will report to Richard Breon, president and CEO.
"Matt is a talented and proven leader," Breon said. "His wealth of experience will assist us in continuing the integration of Spectrum Health and achieving our goal of being the finest healthcare system in Michigan."
Van Vranken spent six years at Brigham and Women's, a 709-bed academic medical center affiliated with Harvard Uni- versity. Before that, he was executive vice president and COO for Hospital of Saint Raphael, a 421-bed teaching center in New Haven, Conn., which is affiliated with Yale University. He also served as an assistant administrator at Christian Hospital Northeast-Northwest, a 476-bed community hospital in St. Louis.
"I've had a chance to work in just about every model of acute-care setting you can think of," Van Vranken said. "My repertoire is pretty full, which will help me with this job. I think I've faced some of the issues that Spectrum is going to face in the future."