Spectrum Health Innovations
Spectrum Health Innovations is guided by a team of experienced professionals who can help assess innovative ideas and bring them to life.
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Steve Heacock is senior vice president, public affairs at Spectrum Health, a $5 billion not-for-profit integrated health system based in West Michigan. He is a proven corporate and community leader with extensive background in executive management, legal and accounting practice, and community and governmental relations. Steve’s focus is to foster positive relationships with internal and external stakeholder groups.Read More
At Spectrum Health, Steve provides executive leadership for system marketing and communications, public relations, community relations, governmental affairs and research. He is also the chief innovation officer for Spectrum Health and serves as president of Spectrum Health Innovations, L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of Spectrum Health, which develops products and services to improve patient experiences and outcomes.
Steve joined Spectrum Health in 2011. Before joining Spectrum Health, he was chief administrative officer and general counsel for Van Andel Institute, and chief legal officer and chief financial officer at IdeaSphere Inc., both Grand Rapids, Michigan-based companies. Steve also served as vice president of development, general counsel and corporate secretary for Priority Health in Grand Rapids, practiced law as a partner at Warner Norcross & Judd in Grand Rapids, and practiced accounting as a CPA at Price Waterhouse in Detroit.
He earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from Michigan State University and graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor from University of Michigan Law School.
Steve is on the board of directors for United Bank of Michigan, First Steps, Grand Action and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, and is the current chair of Legacy Trust and The Grand Rapids–Kent County Convention/Arena Authority, which owns and operates the Van Andel Arena and the DeVos Place convention and entertainment center. He is also vice chair of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Steve is the former chair of the Kent County Board of Commissioners.
Dr. Brent Mulder
Dr. Brent Mulder serves as senior director of Spectrum Health Innovations LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Spectrum Health, a $5 billion not-for-profit integrated health system based in West Michigan.Read More
He is a leader, scientist and business professional with expertise in management, and interpersonal and organizational communications. His experience spans the academic, startup and corporate sectors. Dr. Mulder’s focus at Spectrum is on developing Spectrum Health Innovation’s strategic initiatives, which explore health care problems, inspire idea generation and build community relationships. His goal is to harness talent and engage resources to develop promising new health care technologies.
Prior to joining Spectrum Health in 2013, Dr. Mulder served as director of the Office of Technology Transfer at the Van Andel Research Institute. There he worked directly with researchers to identify, protect and commercialize new technologies. He also served as a biotech consultant with the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center’s tech team, where he assisted with the growth of Michigan-based biotechnology startups by applying his diversified skillset encompassing technology evaluation, intellectual property, business plan and grant writing, venture capital, as well as structure and negotiation of complex license agreements. Additionally, Dr. Mulder’s research in the field of DNA replication and repair, combined with his passion to invent, led him to assume a lead role as senior scientist and member of the board of directors at Visigen Biotechnologies, a University of Houston biotech startup focused on the creation of a novel, next-generation, DNA sequencing technology; the company was later acquired by Life Technologies.
Dr. Mulder graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of Houston in 1996) and a doctorate in biology in 2002. His doctoral thesis was entitled “Improvements in the fidelity of HIV-1 reverse transcriptase with gamma-phosphate modified nucleotides.” He earned a Master of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University in 2008. He currently serves on the Invest Michigan Advisory Board, Wayne State University’s MTRAC Advisory Board, and the Spectrum Health Research Scientific Council.
Manager, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Scott has experience working with numerous early-stage technology and service companies, including a consumer ideation and product development company he co-founded prior to joining Spectrum Health. Scott also previously worked with the Wisconsin Angel Network to help increase early stage investment in that state. Scott also has earned a New Product Development Professional designation from the Product Development and Management Association
Scott has been involved in the Board of Advisors for the Great Lakes chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum, as a GLEQ and MWest Business Plan Contest judge, and formerly as president of his alma mater’s Entrepreneurship Association.
Scott is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin, with a BBA and an MBA from the university’s Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship.
Lori Henry keeps the team on track by managing the moving parts of a project throughout the project lifecycle. She has 20 plus years of extensive work experience in the professional business world, specializing in project management. She has experience in new product development and launches.Read More
She is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University.
Lori serves on the Innovation Central High School (ABLE) Academy of Business Leadership & Entrepreneurship Advisory Council. She is an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Western Michigan Project Management Institute (WMPMI).
Clinical Innovation Specialist
Kris has been with Spectrum Health for 22 years in various nursing roles throughout Butterworth and Blodgett Hospital units including the emergency department, observation, oncology, short stay surgical services and the nursing resource center. She most recently worked as the Nurse Manager for the observation units at Butterworth, including 5 West and the Chest Pain Center.Read More
Kris joined the Spectrum Health Innovations team in January of 2015 as their clinical innovation specialist, leveraging her nursing and leadership experience to help develop new healthcare products and technologies.
Kris is a BSN graduate of Ferris State University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Nursing Administration.
Eric Van Middendorp
Eric is an engineer with experience in mechanical and biomedical product design and manufacturing. He has led the design and development of medical devices ranging from class II rehabilitation and interventional devices to life-saving class I securement devices.Read More
In addition to engineering, Eric has also had success as the CEO and founder of a start up, winning several business plan competitions. He has earned his BSE in Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering and MSE in Mechanical Engineering from Grand Valley State University.
Clinical Innovation Specialist
Mike has 11 years’ experience as a nurse in many areas, from pediatrics to adult Burn ICU. His progressive leadership experience includes supervisor to director of nursing at Spectrum Health.Read More
He served at Spectrum Health Butterworth, then traveled to Boston and Southern California as a direct care nurse before coming back to Spectrum Health to start his leadership tract. Recently he entered the regional space at Spectrum Health United Hospital. He has successfully completed the Prepare and Propel program at Spectrum Health University. He has been part of Spectrum Health Innovations for over 2 years.
He has a MSN in nursing administration from Ferris State University, a BSN from Grand Valley State University, and a BS in Health Science from Grand Valley State University.
His professional certifications include Certified Nurse Manager Leader (CNML) and Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP). He has a publication in The Journal of Burn Care and Research and recently co-presented at the American Association of Critical Nurse’s national NTI conference. He also serves on the nursing advisory board for Ferris State University.
Anthony Lazzaro has been around healthcare his entire life. Since he can remember, his mom would drag him into the hospital when should would get called in the middle of the night, spending many nights in an open hospital bed. It was only until recent Anthony got back into the healthcare world, coming from a tech startup background, because he saw the opportunities to create change through technology and have a positive impact on people’s lives. He entered into healthcare working for Spectrum Health Innovations, which eventually led to the creation of Carol Health, which he now focuses on full-time..Read More
He earned his Bachelor’s from Central Michigan University in Entrepreneurship with a focus in Business Information Systems, Management and Marketing and earned a Master’s in Healthcare Innovation from Arizona State University. Anthony is active in volunteering his time outside of work within the Grand Rapids area, as well serving on Central Michigan University’s Young Alumni Board and Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Council.
Jessica is an enthusiastic and innovative professional with extensive experience in administrative support, event, and strategic planning. She has a great attention to detail and accuracy, and enjoys working in a fast-paced environment to make a difference in office administrative procedures.
Jessica joined the Spectrum Health Innovation team in March of 2016, and has worked for Spectrum Health for over 5 years.
Jessica was awarded her Associate degree in Business Administration from Muskegon CC and Bachelor degree in Business Science Management from Cornerstone University.
As a product specialist, Andrew is able to combine his experience in healthcare market research, product development, business plan competitions and business development, with his passion for entrepreneurship and innovation in the healthcare industry.Read More
Andrew earned his Bachelor’s in clinical exercise science, with an emphasis in physical therapy, and supplemental curriculum in entrepreneurship from Grand Valley State University. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Entrepreneurial Transactions from Central Michigan University.
Engineering Graduate Assistant
Alissa is an Engineering Graduate Assistant that has experience in manufacturing and quality engineering. She is able to combine her school and work experience with her passion for medical device design.
Alissa is currently enrolled in the Articulated M.S.E/B.S.E program at Grand Valley State University where she is pursing her undergraduate degree in Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering, along with her Graduate degree in biomedical engineering.