August 25, 2008

Spectrum Health to Sponsor Pro-Women’s Race in Cycling Classic

Priority Health officials announced today that Spectrum Health has been named the title sponsor of the pro-women's race at the Second Annual Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic on Saturday, Sept. 6. The women's cycling race is a pro-caliber event, highlighted on USA Cycling's National Racing Calendar. This is a first for Grand Rapids.

"We are pleased to support the women's races as part of the Priority Health Cycling Classic," said Richard C. Breon, President and CEO, Spectrum Health. "This is an excellent complement to the men's and children's races, and further promotes health and wellness in the community."

Spectrum Health is also returning as the presenting sponsor of the Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic, which is part of Celebration on the Grand activities.

"Priority Health values Spectrum Health's partnership in bringing the Priority Health Classic to the streets of Grand Rapids again this year," said Kimberly K. Horn, president and CEO of Priority Health. "This event is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate to the community the value of leading a healthy, active lifestyle."

The Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic presented by Spectrum Health drew more than 6,000 spectators and 200 elite athletes to Grand Rapids in its inaugural year. Volunteers, cyclists and kids ages 9 and under are encouraged to sign up for the Priority Health Grand Cycling Classic by visiting

About Priority Health

Priority Health is a nationally recognized health plan company based in Michigan. It serves more than a half million members with a broad portfolio of products including commercial and government health plans. A nonprofit dedicated to providing all people access to affordable health care, Priority Health ranks eleventh in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report and the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Priority Health employs 1,000 people throughout Michigan's Lower Peninsula with offices in Farmington Hills, Grand Rapids, Holland, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Saginaw and Traverse City. For more information, visit

About Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system in West Michigan that offers a full continuum of care through its seven hospitals, more than 140 service sites and 500,000-member health plan, Priority Health. Spectrum Health's 14,000 employees, 1,500 medical staff members and 2,000 volunteers are committed to delivering the highest quality care to those in medical need. The organization provided $98.6 million in community benefit during its 2007 fiscal year. Spectrum Health has earned nearly 70 national awards during the past 10 years.