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Get your daily dose of inspiration at Health Beat. Health Beat is dedicated to bringing you the health news that matters to you. Our seasoned health care writers share information about the latest developments in the health care world, and feature the amazing health care journeys of patients from around the world. Health Beat takes readers behind the scenes to learn about the science of medicine and the latest innovative treatment options. We’ll inspire you with stories about our patients’ personal health care triumphs, and inform you with the latest health news you can use. Health Beat is the news service of Spectrum Health, 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; 180 ambulatory and service sites; 3,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,500 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan with 779,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 26,000 employees. The organization provided $372 million in community benefit during its 2017 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—in 2017 by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM. This is the sixth time the organization has received this recognition. Spectrum Health’s common mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve. Health Beat shares that mission and envisions becoming your go-to source for health care news. If you have suggestions or questions about Health Beat and our offerings, please send us an email at [email protected]. We welcome your feedback. . Disclaimer: The information on this page is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified medical health professional with any questions regarding your medical condition. Don’t ignore medical advice because of something you may read here. Please do not share personal health information on this page. You may read our full Terms of Use here: http://www.spectrumhealth.org/TermsofUse

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Theresa Glass, 46, is thankful she didn't delay seeking care, and considers herself blessed to celebrate life with her f...
05/10/2020
‘Thankful to be alive’

Theresa Glass, 46, is thankful she didn't delay seeking care, and considers herself blessed to celebrate life with her family. #HereForYou https://bit.ly/2AcUSV9

She thought she might have COVID-19. She soon learned she'd suffered a severe heart attack.

Those who choose to work in emergency medicine are rare professionals and, during COVID-19, they find themselves dealing...
05/10/2020

Those who choose to work in emergency medicine are rare professionals and, during COVID-19, they find themselves dealing with a different kind of stress.

"We love helping people and we love the adrenaline of it," said Rachel Smith, RN.

And in the uncertainty that comes along with a pandemic, Smith leans on her colleagues. Together, they work tirelessly to treat all who enter the doors of the Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital Emergency Department.

"We love being here," she said. "It's an amazing team. we are so close. It often is a thankless job, but we love what we do and that's why we come into work every day."

Read more about Smith and other health care heroes at https://bit.ly/2L0CvVH #TeamSpectrumHealth #InThisTogether

Eager to get out of the house? We get it. But before you start digging in the yard, heed this advice from an orthopedics...
05/09/2020
12 tips to prep you for spring activity

Eager to get out of the house? We get it. But before you start digging in the yard, heed this advice from an orthopedics specialist. #InThisTogether #HereForYou https://bit.ly/3bi1m1R

Try these pro moves to spare you from sore muscles, injuries as the weather heats up.

A strong team relies on one another to keep each others' spirits high.Kristan Shoemaker, RN, know this well and recogniz...
05/09/2020

A strong team relies on one another to keep each others' spirits high.

Kristan Shoemaker, RN, know this well and recognizes that unprecedented times often bring out the best in people.

“This is definitely not something that we can be prepared for in nursing school,” said Shoemaker, who works in the emergency department of Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital.

“But it makes a difference when we come together as a team and rely on each other."

Safety and health are top of mind these days for all Spectrum Health team members.

"We are updated every day on changes to keep yourself and your co-workers safe," Shoemaker said.

Read more about Shoemaker and other health care heroes at https://bit.ly/2L0CvVH #TeamSpectrumHealth #InThisTogether

Help us celebrate West Michigan nurses at 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, by lighting luminaries at your house. 💡Here's how to p...
05/09/2020

Help us celebrate West Michigan nurses at 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, by lighting luminaries at your house.
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Here's how to participate:
1. Gather paper bags and tea light candles (we recommend flameless LED ones)
2. Write your messages of gratitude on the bags
3. On May 12 at 9 p.m. line your porch or driveway with your luminaries
4. Record a 30-second video or take photos of the lighting
5. Post your photos and message on https://bit.ly/35Bnnri, text to 701.638.3721 or post your videos on social media using the hashtag #ThankYouSpectrumHealth

Keep neck and back pain at bay during the pandemic with these tips from a orthopedics and ergonomics specialist. #HereFo...
05/08/2020
At-home office? Straighten up

Keep neck and back pain at bay during the pandemic with these tips from a orthopedics and ergonomics specialist. #HereForYou https://bit.ly/2WgCHGH #InTheKnow

A few simple tweaks to your work station can improve posture and keep those aches and pains at bay.

Emergency department nurse Elyse Gryniewicz, RN, and her colleagues at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital have never e...
05/08/2020

Emergency department nurse Elyse Gryniewicz, RN, and her colleagues at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital have never encountered anything like COVID-19.

“In terms of anxiety and the stress and the hardships that have befallen us, I think that has been very difficult to deal with,” Gryniewicz said.

She and her team also see the crisis drawing out an unprecedented sense of teamwork and unity—from the community and in all areas of the hospital.

Her commitment to help those in need has only grown stronger in the face of the challenges created by the pandemic.

“We are all coming together to do what needs to be done to best serve our patients and our communities,” Gryniewicz said.

Read more about Gryniewicz and other health care heroes at https://bit.ly/2L0CvVH #TeamSpectrumHealth #InThisTogether

Trying to make meal planning a bit less hectic during the pandemic? Look no further than your handy freezer. https://bit...
05/08/2020
Freezer foods sure to please

Trying to make meal planning a bit less hectic during the pandemic? Look no further than your handy freezer. https://bit.ly/3beGJ6H #HereForYou

A dietitian shares her tips for meals you can make ahead or prepare with a bit of thawing.

What keeps Kendra Anes, RN, going?Her team at the Spectrum Health Butterworth Emergency Department."With us being a Leve...
05/07/2020

What keeps Kendra Anes, RN, going?

Her team at the Spectrum Health Butterworth Emergency Department.

"With us being a Level 1 Trauma Center, we’re used dealing with stressful situations," Anes said.

"We all do a good job of coming together as a family. When we’re at work, we all appreciate each other."

Read more about Anes and other health care heroes at https://bit.ly/2L0CvVH #TeamSpectrumHealth #InThisTogether

'It is the best medicine to hear them laughing.' Thank you to our community partners @BankofAmerica who donated 200 iPad...
05/07/2020
‘It is the best medicine’

'It is the best medicine to hear them laughing.'

Thank you to our community partners @BankofAmerica who donated 200 iPads, and @ByrneElectrical for engineering and donating power adapters to support the virtual iPad stations.
https://bit.ly/2L4T8zg #InThisTogether

ICU patients and family members share virtual visits, with help from donated iPads and technical assistance.

“They say that necessity is the mother of invention,” said Melissa Hibdon, clinical manager for outpatient chemotherapy ...
05/07/2020
‘You have to move from empathy to action’

“They say that necessity is the mother of invention,” said Melissa Hibdon, clinical manager for outpatient chemotherapy infusion. “Well, the pandemic is the mother of invention right now.” https://bit.ly/3fu6Slf

A drive-up option for cancer treatments serves patients' needs during the pandemic.

Here’s what an allergist wants you to know before you slather that dye into your do. #HereForYou #PandemicHair #InThisTo...
05/07/2020
The gray days of quarantine

Here’s what an allergist wants you to know before you slather that dye into your do. #HereForYou #PandemicHair #InThisTogether https://bit.ly/2L849jt

Thinking about a DIY dye job? Learn to spot the difference between simple and severe allergic reactions.

Community support has been one of the driving forces empowering health care providers on the front line of the COVID-19 ...
05/06/2020

Community support has been one of the driving forces empowering health care providers on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s been incredible,” said Ethan Cunningham, RN, a charge nurse at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital emergency department.

“The staff we work with every day is strong,” he said. “We are here and prepared and we are happy to be of service.”

It’s been a morale booster to see so many people working to create or donate supplies. Signs and words of gratitude, from loved ones and even strangers, give them strength.

Read more about Cunningham and other health care heroes at https://bit.ly/2L0CvVH #TeamSpectrumHealth #InThisTogether

05/05/2020

The highly contagious coronavirus is transmitted through droplets, often through coughs and sneezes. The Spectrum Health drive-through, off-site testing site provides a way to reach patients who need tests while minimizing risk to others. https://bit.ly/2SAWZrV #InThisTogether

Saving lives is a difficult and critical job under normal circumstances and, in the face of COVID-19, we have seen the s...
05/05/2020

Saving lives is a difficult and critical job under normal circumstances and, in the face of COVID-19, we have seen the staff at Spectrum Health heroically stand up. Today is #GivingTuesdayNow - a new global day of giving and unity around the world. Will you join us in our "HOPE inspired by you" campaign by making a gift to to support areas throughout Spectrum Health that need it most? Visit https://bit.ly/3ddbNVI to unite in giving today. #HopeInspiredByYou #SpectrumofHope #InThisTogether To read the story featured in this photo visit: https://bit.ly/2YBgFQh

Limitless imagination and a special project brighten children's days at the hospital. https://bit.ly/2SAQaqr #InThisToge...
05/04/2020
Puppets take on the pandemic

Limitless imagination and a special project brighten children's days at the hospital. https://bit.ly/2SAQaqr #InThisTogether

Pediatric patients' drawings come alive with the help of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre dreamers.

Jonah Jansen sees the colorful thank-you signs, watches the videos of supporters, and truly feels appreciated by the com...
05/04/2020

Jonah Jansen sees the colorful thank-you signs, watches the videos of supporters, and truly feels appreciated by the community.

As a nursing technician at the Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital Emergency Department, he is grateful for the support during this time of COVID-19.

"Thank you just for supporting us as we have to come to work every day and take care of the people that are sick," he said. "It just makes our job a whole lot easier when we know you guys are thinking about us and really praying for us and just thanking us. And we thank you for that."

Read more about Jansen and other health care heroes at https://bit.ly/2L0CvVH #TeamSpectrumHealth #InThisTogether

May is #MentalHealthMonth. This pandemic has many of us feeling stressed and anxious. Our team of behavioral health prof...
05/02/2020

May is #MentalHealthMonth. This pandemic has many of us feeling stressed and anxious. Our team of behavioral health professionals is here to help. Visit the Spectrum Health Emotional Wellness and Support site for resources. https://bit.ly/35koBaa. #HereForYou

Working in an emergency department has always meant dealing with unpredictability—treating patients who have been shot a...
05/02/2020

Working in an emergency department has always meant dealing with unpredictability—treating patients who have been shot and handling tense situations.

But the COVID-19 pandemic has delivered new challenges.

Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital registered nurse Mitchell Van Overloop, RN, and his teammates draw on their training and experience to meet the challenges.

“Our team here is strong,” Van Overloop said. “We are going to stand united. I believe we are all going to get through this and lift each other up.”

He sees that same resilience and cause for hope throughout the country.

“We are all America. Our country has been made for this,” he said. “We are going to get through this together.”

Read more about Van Overloop and other health care heroes at https://bit.ly/2YiXB9k #TeamSpectrumHealth #InThisTogether

“Patients are arriving to our hospitals with signs that they have already had a stroke or heart attack,” Justin Singer, ...
05/01/2020
Don’t delay care for stroke, heart attack

“Patients are arriving to our hospitals with signs that they have already had a stroke or heart attack,” Justin Singer, MD, said. “We are more limited in what we are able to do to try to reverse the problems and restore normal function." https://bit.ly/2SniA7e #HereForYou

A neurosurgeon and cardiologist urge people not to put off a trip to the hospital because of fears of COVID-19.

05/01/2020

“It’s more than just helping people. It’s being with them. Holding their hand and being there—being their hope, being their light." Health care heroes share their thoughts about being in a unit focused on caring for those with #COVID19. Read more at https://bit.ly/2y6GLA5 #hereforyou #inthistogether

Get behind-the-scenes access with the health care heroes who inspire one another and patients in the Serious Contagious ...
05/01/2020
'It is absolutely an honor'

Get behind-the-scenes access with the health care heroes who inspire one another and patients in the Serious Contagious Disease Unit. https://bit.ly/2Sq7QVA #InThisTogether #TeamSpectrumHealth

In a unit dedicated to caring for COVID-19 patients, health care workers speak with compassion and pride about their roles.

A special delivery brings smiles to the faces of health care heroes. Thank you, Hudsonville Ice Cream, for treating our ...
04/30/2020
A spoonful of gratitude

A special delivery brings smiles to the faces of health care heroes. Thank you, Hudsonville Ice Cream, for treating our team. https://bit.ly/2We1ZE8 #InThisTogether Hudsonville Ice Cream 🍨 ❤️

Hudsonville Ice Cream donates 3,000 pints to Spectrum Health employees as part of the local company's Random Acts of Ice Cream initiative.

Check out this psychotherapist's go-to coping mechanism for when life becomes chaotic. https://bit.ly/3fd5EL8 #InThisTog...
04/29/2020
Mindfulness: Live in the present

Check out this psychotherapist's go-to coping mechanism for when life becomes chaotic. https://bit.ly/3fd5EL8 #InThisTogether #HereForYou

Learning to redirect your mind can reduce anxiety and depression symptoms and offer a sense of peace during this pandemic.

Babies don’t wait for pandemics. That means Spectrum Health maternal fetal medicine specialist Vivian Romero, MD, is as ...
04/29/2020

Babies don’t wait for pandemics. That means Spectrum Health maternal fetal medicine specialist Vivian Romero, MD, is as busy as ever.

She and her team continue to treat patients, deliver babies, perform C-sections and provide follow-up care after delivery. “I couldn’t be prouder of my team,” Dr. Romero said.

Still, she worries about those putting in extra hours to keep operations going in the shadow of COVID-19, and about her children, husband, and 90-year-old grandmother.

What keeps her going? “I took an oath. And I love what I do. This is my responsibility, and this is what I was trained to do. I take care of patients. That is what I do every day.”

Read more about the work of Dr. Romero and other health care heroes at https://bit.ly/3cCgbxk #TeamSpectrumHealth #InThisTogether

What keeps health care team members united in the face of a global pandemic? Camaraderie. Mandy Fountain, who works in e...
04/28/2020

What keeps health care team members united in the face of a global pandemic? Camaraderie.

Mandy Fountain, who works in environmental services, draws confidence from her co-workers in the emergency department at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital.

“We depend on each other a lot,” she said. “We keep each other going every day.”

Read more about how health care heroes are staying safe—and keeping patients safe—at https://bit.ly/3eWnZf7 #TeamSpectrumHealth #InThisTogether

04/27/2020

Those with COVID-19 who graduate from the Spectrum Health ICU are celebrated. “They were lined up and down the hallway, hooting and hollering,” patient Don Force said. Watch the video and cheer on Don and all those helping to win this fight. Read his full story at Read his full story at https://bit.ly/3aM2aeR #TeamSpectrumHealth #InThisTogether

Spectrum Health acute care surgeon Charles Gibson, MD, recognizes the risks a global pandemic presents. “I’d be lying if...
04/25/2020

Spectrum Health acute care surgeon Charles Gibson, MD, recognizes the risks a global pandemic presents.

“I’d be lying if I said people weren’t a little nervous about it,” Dr. Gibson said. “We know it is a risk to be exposed to these patients in this pandemic environment.”

The surgeons take heart in the “all hands on deck” attitude throughout the health care team—the environmental services crew, nurses, respiratory therapists, technicians, physicians and other team members.

“Usually, one common thing among health care workers is that we all have a desire to help people in their time of need,” he said. “It takes a little bit of selflessness to have that in you.”

His advice for us all?

“Remember we are all in this together,” Dr. Gibson said. “We are all on team humanity and we are all trying to figure this out together.”

Read more about the work of Dr. Gibson and other health care heroes at https://bit.ly/2y8W0rE?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=organic-social&utm_campaign=infectiousdisease-coronavirus&utm_content=acutecare #TeamSpectrumHealth #InThisTogether

He fought and won the battle against COVID-19 and now he has advice for others: "Take it very, very seriously." https://...
04/24/2020
‘It is so good to have victories’

He fought and won the battle against COVID-19 and now he has advice for others: "Take it very, very seriously." https://bit.ly/2xYNEDf #InThisTogether

After 10 days in the ICU fighting COVID-19, Don Force grew strong enough to leave—and that called for a special celebration.

So far, generous community members have donated 7,000 cloth masks to help the cause. Thank you for your continued suppor...
04/24/2020
'A positive thing to do'

So far, generous community members have donated 7,000 cloth masks to help the cause. Thank you for your continued support as we seek to meet this ongoing need. https://bit.ly/3bCN10X #InThisTogether

Spectrum Health is seeking volunteers to make masks for non-clinical employees as well as other community partners.

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Get your daily dose of inspiration at Health Beat. Health Beat is dedicated to bringing you the health news that matters to you. Our seasoned health care writers share information about the latest developments in the health care world, and feature the amazing health care journeys of patients from around the world. Health Beat takes readers behind the scenes to learn about the science of medicine and the latest innovative treatment options. We’ll inspire you with stories about our patients’ personal health care triumphs, and inform you with the latest health news you can use. Health Beat is the news service of Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, based in West Michigan. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,200 medical staff experts, 3,200 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 230 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $483 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2018. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM. Spectrum Health’s common mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve. Health Beat shares that mission and envisions becoming your go-to source for health care news. If you have suggestions or questions about Health Beat and our offerings, please send us an email at [email protected]. We welcome your feedback. Disclaimer: The information on this page is not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified medical health professional with any questions regarding your medical condition. Don’t ignore medical advice because of something you may read here. Please do not share personal health information on this page. You may read our full Terms of Use here: http://www.spectrumhealth.org/TermsofUse

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Do you have any news releases or information on what the protocol for treatment is? Are you using HCQ/Azythromycin? At what point? Only in hospital admissions? Can PCP prescribe this? Or are doctors relying on only on O2 & ventilators? How is ventilator therapy being managed? Sedation? We all know the symptoms. I'd like to hear about treatment being used in West Michigan.
Because of all the great people at the Meijer Heart Center I'm Alive today!!!! Words alone could never express my gratitude and so blessed....GOD BLESS TO YOU ALL!!!
1972 Dan Johnson first CPAP graduate at Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI
Lynn Dominguez. Are you there? Can you come down here and stay for a couple weeks. I need an Olympic watching buddy 🙂.
The City of Pentecost church is hosting a grace walk Sep 23rd to promote healthy living and awareness. We are accepting donations of $5, If God places it in your heart to give more,GOD BLESS YOU!!! We will like if you brought your donations to the City of Pentecost church. If you will like to HELP your portion of the proceeds will go to the Estella C Dokes Renal Foodbank a foodbank for diabetic and kidney patients. For more info on details call (616)447-7810 come out and support! Thank YOU!!❤
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