Spectrum Health System
Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 179 ambulatory and service sites; more than 3,400 physicians and advanced practice providers, including about 1,400 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan with about 732,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 24,600 employees. The organization provided $283 million in community benefit during its 2015 fiscal year. Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—by Truven Health Analytics™ for 2016. This is the fifth time the organization has received this recognition.
Tracey Burke Vice President, Cardiovascular Health
Tracey Burke is the Director of eCare for Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit health system based in West Michigan, comprised of 12 hospitals and 170 ambulatory and service sites. Tracey leads a dedicated group of individuals focused solely on the development and deployment of telehealth offerings. Through the integration of innovative technology, a new electronic front door has been adopted – offering patients enhanced access to lower cost and more convenient care.
During Tracey’s 19 year history with Spectrum Health, she has held several clinical and leadership roles through the system, ranging from radiology to physician relations and business development to operations. Most recently she led the Spectrum Health Employer Health Strategy and system-wide program development.
Tracey earned her Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. She has served as an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and is also a member of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Elizabeth Burnson Community Relations Consultant
Elizabeth Burnson joined Spectrum Health in April 2013 and serves as a Consultant in Community Relations. Elizabeth’s role at Spectrum Health is to build strategic partnerships and relationships with the communities that Spectrum Health serves.
Prior to joining Spectrum Health, Elizabeth served as Director of Donor Relations at MSU College of Human Medicine where she managed their corporate and donor relations and provided overall expertise in engagement efforts in opening the medical school. Other pertinent work experience includes employment at the American Cancer Society managing their Signature event board and assisting with the opening of the Hope Lodge/Peter M. Wege Guest House, a home-away-from-home for adult cancer patients and their caregivers who must travel to Grand Rapids for treatment.
Elizabeth received her B.S. from Grand Valley State University and is a native of West Michigan’s Lakeshore. She is passionate about healthy living and enjoys working out. She also serves as the President of the West Michigan Spartans and a board member on the Thornapple River Association.
Elizabeth loves spending time with husband, Bob, and their daughters: six-year old Ziana, and four-year old Livia.
Kristine Palosaari Foundation Lead Specialist
Kris is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, graduating from Kendall College of Art & Design and attaining her Master’s degree in Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University.
With over 16 years in fundraising, she has been the director of development at The Salvation Army, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and now working for Spectrum Health and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundations.
She has a Certificate of Fundraising Management from University of Indianapolis School of Philanthropy and will have her CFRE by year end. She is a member of AFP West Michigan and Resurrection Life Church in Grandville, Michigan.
With teaching group fitness classes at the Spartan Stores YMCA, her husband, two almost three married daughters, and three grandchildren, she stays busy but finds time for long distance running races.
Beth Pasikowski Sponsored Programs Administrator
Beth comes to The Grand Rapids Rotary Club from Spectrum Health where she works in the Office of Research Administration as a Sponsored Programs Administrator. In her role, she helps further medical research by supporting Principal Investigators with all pre-award activities for government-funded and privately-funded grants, contracts, sub-awards, and clinical trials.
Beth has worked in the healthcare industry for over eight years in grant and program management at organizations including: Spectrum Health, Health Management Systems of America, Catherine’s Health Center, Kent County Health Department, and the Grand Rapids Red Project.
Beth’s first involvement with Rotary was in 1999, where she prepared to spend the 2000-2001 academic year abroad as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Coolangatta/Tweed Heads, Australia. Her experience was incredible and she still communicates regularly with her host families and fellow exchange students from her year abroad. She strongly believes that Rotary Youth Exchange students are, “Agents of Peace” – connecting our world through a shared understanding and commitment to advancing service, goodwill and peace around the world.
Beth has also completed training and currently participates as a Rotary Youth Exchange Counselor for The Grand Rapids Rotary Club.
Beth earned both her Bachelors of Political Science and Masters of Public Administration with a Health Concentration from Grand Valley State University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 7-year-old son, traveling (10 countries and counting!), and is a self-proclaimed political junkie and proud Michigan Radio Sustainer.