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The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Video is Available to Spectrum Health Patients and Families

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month! Find out how people are raising awareness and tips for those living with epilepsy.

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  • November 9, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

The Thermal Bra – An Innovation for Women After Breast Cancer

In this video, Jodie  speaks about her innovation currently known as the thermal bra.

Jodie Faber, BS, CWP, manager, Spectrum Health United Lifestyles, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Because of genetic testing, she was diagnosed early and chose to have a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery. Jodie now has breast implants that brought on a chilling problem.Continue Reading

  • October 6, 2017
  • by Lori Henry

Stand Up To Falling – Learn What You Can Do

Every 11 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury.

Laura Macclam, BSN, RN, EMTP, injury prevention coordinator, Spectrum Health Butterworth Trauma Service is excited to spread the word about how to prevent falls.

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  • September 18, 2017
  • by Lori Henry

Home Health Project Leads to Innovative Solution

According to medicare.gov, home health care is defined as a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury.

By 2020, the home health industry will see a 69% growth in additional jobs within the home care field. That’s 1.3 million jobs! The reason for this growth? People are seeing home health care as a need, it’s more affordable, they have a desire to age in place, and simply the convenience of it (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015).

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  • August 31, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

Dr. Lebolt: This would still be sitting at the side of my desk

Dr. James Lebolt spends his days helping his patients with upper arm sprains, shoulder pain, and strains. At times, there is no avoiding surgery, but many of his patients could be helped with a well-designed shoulder brace.

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  • August 21, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

Helping Talent Find Their “Fit” in West Michigan

On July 25, several representatives from area companies attended a MiDevice meeting at Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI).

MiDevice is a consortium run by The Right Place to give medical device companies the opportunity to collaborate, cooperate and promote their expertise in the industry – from concept design through manufacturing and distribution.

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  • August 4, 2017
  • by Lori Henry

Spectrum Health Innovations Featured at GVSU Engineering Design Expo

Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI) believes that collaboration in innovation is key to success. Engaging partners within Spectrum Health and externally accelerates the transformation of ideas. Through collaborative initiatives and making the right connections, several employee ideas have been able to advance.

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  • July 31, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

Dr. Chambers: At First It’s Only an Idea

Innovation starts with a good idea. However, a good idea alone is no guarantee of viable, marketable product. Depending on the complexity of the product innovation, it takes many experts, time and tenacity to bring an idea to fruition.

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  • July 12, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

Behind the Scenes with Michigan Healthcare Experts

On June 29th, Dr. Brent Mulder, Senior Director at Spectrum Health Innovations was featured on Michigan Business Rap radio show for “Entrepreneur Friday” through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Other Michigan hospital systems featured were Beaumont Health, Henry Ford Hospital System, and Genesys Health System.

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  • July 11, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

Can you prototype laughter? We can!

Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI) was able to participate in the Teen Entrepreneurship Summer Academy (TESA) this year. “We participate in several community events and activities each year. This one is one of my favorites and I look forward to it every year. What the students come up with in one week is truly amazing.” Says Lori Henry.

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  • June 29, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

Spectrum Health Ideas Gaining Support in the Community

Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI) believes that collaboration in innovation is key to success. Engaging partners within Spectrum Health and externally accelerates the transformation of ideas. Through collaborative initiatives and making the right connections, several employee ideas have been able to advance.

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  • June 21, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

Spectrum Health Innovations Presents at NTI Conference

Everyday nurses use a variety of software and medical devices. Often out of frustration with existing technologies and products not meeting all of their needs, they are forced to improvise or identify work around plans. One might say they are natural innovators. These work-arounds are innovations and often go unrecognized due to lack of time and resources.

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  • June 9, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

Teen Entrepreneurship Summer Academy Comes to Grand Rapids!

Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI) is excited to be apart of this year’s Teen Entrepreneurship Summer Academy (TESA)! For the second year in a row, SHI will contribute our entrepreneurship expertise during the innovation ideation session part.

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  • May 30, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

GVSU Recognizes SHI with Distinguished Community Engagement Initiative Award

Spectrum Health Innovations recently received the Grand Valley State University Distinguished Community Engagement Initiative Award. The award recognizes a sustainable partnership between GVSU students and community members.

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  • May 23, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

Kent ISD collaborates with local project managers and WMPMI

Today, schools offer a variety of classes to high school students that help prepare them for a future career. The Kent Intermediate School District (Kent ISD) goes beyond just offering certain classes to students. In one particular class, Kent Innovation High School integrates project based learning into their senior level English course that students are already required to take.

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  • May 15, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

Spark Session Idea Wins Big at MWest Challenge

After months of planning and preparation, the MWest Challenge has finally come to a close. It was truly a unique collaboration between Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) at Grand Valley State University, West Michigan College and Universities Group, and Spectrum Health Innovations.

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  • May 4, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

“Innovations are a priority in the Biomedical Technology program”

Community relationships and partnerships have always been an important aspect of Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI). SHI works closely with high school students interested in health care. The Health Sciences Early College Academy is one example of SHI’s partnerships with Kent ISD.

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  • April 14, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

Competition Update: Thermal Bra Project

Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI) and Central Michigan University (CMU) students have teamed up to design a bra that will keep breast cancer survivors warm.

A cold chest is a common side effect for women who’ve under gone a mastectomy and received breast implants or reconstruction as a result of the procedure.

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  • April 5, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

Craig Dubitsky friendly founder of hello® products – comes to Grand Rapids, Michigan

Do you think like an entrepreneur, hope to own your business one day, or maybe you are curious what that journey looks like?

If so, the MWest Showcase event is a must attend for you!  As part of this year’s MWest Business Plan competition, Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI) is sponsoring the MWest Showcase event the evening before with keynote speaker Craig Dubitsky.

Mark your calendars, and RSVP today!

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  • March 17, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

Spectrum Health Employee Ideas Go to Competition

Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI) actively supports and encourages student entrepreneurship through working with students on development of projects and supporting them as they prepare for business plan competitions.

SHI is once again actively supporting and sponsoring the CMU New Venture competition. This year two student teams that will be presenting SH employee ideas: the thermal bra and auto-med flusher at the competition.

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  • February 27, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

Attend the 2017 MWest Innovation Showcase!

Attention MWest Entrepreneurs and Students!

Attend the MWest Challenge Innovation Showcase on April 20th, 2017 from 5p.m.-7:30p.m.

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  • February 16, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

Northview and Forest Hills High School Students Visit SHI for Groundhog Shadow Day

What do you think about when you hear Groundhog Day? It’s probably the furry weather expert Punxsutawney Phil.

For Kent Intermediate School District, it’s the opportunity for high school students to job shadow with companies all over Kent County.

With over 700 job shadows, the possibilities were endless for students and Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI) was delighted to participate!

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  • February 10, 2017
  • by Felicia Rowley

Out With the Old, In With the New

The most essential part of a sonographers work? Their hands and the tools they use. Without either of these, the work they deliver isn’t up to par.

Medical diagnostic sonographers provide medical professionals the data used to assist in the diagnosis of diseases. Medical professionals highly depend on their images to make accurate diagnoses. Paige Rowland, BS, CNMT, RVT, RDCS, CIIP, regional supervisor, echo/vascular, Spectrum Health employee, understands the importance of the work performed by the sonographers and is continuously seeking innovative ways to improve the tools sonographers are using.

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  • January 16, 2017
  • by Elexicon

Shouldering the Pain: A Shoulder Brace to Prevent Further Injury

The numbers are astounding: every year, more than 7.5 million people go to a doctor’s office for shoulder pain, upper arm sprains and strains. James R. Lebolt, DO, section chief and orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine, Spectrum Health Medical Group, sees more than a few hundred such patients annually for these types of complaints.

The most commonly used shoulder braces currently prescribed offer stability in the shoulder area , but their design, Dr. Lebolt says, has changed little since the 1980s and 1990s, when the braces were first made.

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  • December 15, 2016
  • by Lori Henry

Annual Impact Report: Innovative Insights Lead to Excellent Health Care

Spectrum Health Innovations is excited to share the highlights from Fiscal Year 2016. The digital impact report highlights several of the accomplishments over the past year. Projects such as the epilepsy monitoring unit, probe and gel holder, scheduling software, and the nasogastric tube holder are to name a few. Working with area development firms and universities has once again illustrated the power of collaboration.

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  • November 30, 2016
  • by Elexicon

Sliding with Ease: A Better Solution for Patient Transfers

Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI) is thrilled to be partnering with Grand Valley State University (GVSU) once again. As a university that is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation, SHI is looking forward to another semester with both business and engineering students in helping better our patient experiences.

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  • November 11, 2016
  • by Elexicon

Project Update: SHI and KCAD at FSU

Exciting projects are in the works with students from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) and Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI). Spectrum Health Innovations is thrilled to be partnering with KCAD for the third year in a row. Students from interior design, industrial design, photography, and digital media will have the pleasure of working with Spectrum Health medical professionals and Spectrum Health Innovations. For KCAD students, this will be an exceptionally busy year.Continue Reading

  • October 26, 2016
  • by Elexicon

Spectrum Health Innovations partners with Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University

Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI) and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD FSU) continue to explore the redesign of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit room project this fall.Continue Reading

  • October 24, 2016
  • by Lori Henry

Spectrum Health Neurology Team Presents New Ideas At National Conference

Over the past month, the Spectrum Health neurology team traveled to Pittsburg for the American Society of Electroencephalographic Technicians 2016 Annual Conference. ASET is a premier exposition and education opportunity for neurodiagnostic technologists all over the country. Nearly 600 people including management, students, and educators took part in the three day conference. It is a must attend event for all professionals in the field. The conference provides an environment for exploring the latest trends, hands-on workshops, lectures, and the opportunity to further your professional growth. It also provided attendees the chance to connect with peers and leading experts in the industry.

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  • October 13, 2016
  • by Elexicon

Ferris Magazine Features Spectrum Health Innovations and Kendall College of Art and Design Collaboration

Not that long ago, the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Innovation project was featured by local media outlet, WOODTV: Hospital room changes could help epilepsy patients.

Today, Spectrum Health Innovations and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) continue to work together on furthering the development of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Human Centered Design Room and spreading the word of the collaboration.

Check out the full feature story in the Ferris State University on-line magazine.

  • September 30, 2016
  • by Lori Henry

Wheelchairs are Heavy; Don’t Hurt Your Back!

Joseph Ross, Physical Therapist, Spectrum Health Center for Acute Rehabilitation, had an idea on how to make loading a wheelchair into an automobile trunk easier. He talked with Scott Daigger, manager, innovation and entrepreneurship, Spectrum Health Innovations. He explained how he had created the idea for a patient’s mother who was in her 60s and struggling with loading her wheelchair into her car. “I stayed after work that day and experimented with a crutch, using it as a lever,” Ross says. He demonstrated the maneuver to Daigger. He lifted the chair using the crutch into the trunk with much less effort than expected.

 

“It was amazing when I had Joe show me his idea,” Daigger says. “However, the crutch wasn’t the optimal tool to use. We decided to work with Hope College’s Center for Faithful Leadership and their student team to design a better, more convenient lever.”

 

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  • September 23, 2016
  • by Elexicon

Thinking Ahead for the Ideal Patient Experience: The Total Knee Replacement Project

Why not solve a problem before it happens? It’s called preventive care. Spectrum Health’s Center For Joint Replacement has already earned a reputation for knee replacement procedures with results that rank among the best in the United States. We are the only program in West Michigan that has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification for joint replacement surgery from The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading health care accrediting organization. It would be easy to leave well enough alone, but even excellence has room for improvement. A group of Grand Valley State University students, under the tutelage of Dr. John Farris, and Spectrum Health Innovations came together to pave the way to a new kind of learning experience.

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  • September 19, 2016
  • by Elexicon

Vlog: Who Is Spectrum Health Innovations?

Spectrum Health Innovations is so excited to have this opportunity to share with you all of the great things going on with regards to innovations within health care. It is our desire to tap into the entrepreneurial, innovative spirit and build a meaningful relationship with you. Recognizing that innovation has so many moving parts and involves so many people, we thought a video might be the best way to share our part in this eco-system. Watch the video below and Contact Us for more information.

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  • September 15, 2016
  • by Elexicon

The Mechanical IV Pump: Keeping Patients at Home

Given the choice, few patients choose to stay any longer than required at a hospital or long-term care facility. A growing number of patients choose home as the place to not only live but also the place to heal. The reasons are many, with comfort usually being the first. Home care can reduce costs for both the hospital and the patient. Home care often also reduces the risk of patients contracting infectious diseases. Home care does not, however, come without its challenges.

 

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  • September 12, 2016
  • by Elexicon

Molding Young Minds for the Future: Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy

When young students come from a life of relative privilege, their task is to learn empathy and understanding of the challenges of living in poverty. At Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI), we pride ourselves on our work with the bright young minds of area students. While much of our collaboration is with local college and university students, at the GVSU Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy (TESA), we work with high school students who range in age from 13 to 18.

TESA is a five-day academy that brings together students from across Michigan. Student teams develop business ideas into finished concepts that, on the final day of the academy, are presented to a panel of local business professionals, competing for monetary prizes. The 2016 TESA student teams addressed the lack of access to health care and how it impacts the health and wellness of low-income families and individuals who live in poverty. Thirty-six students participated from 23 West Michigan high schools.

 

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  • September 9, 2016
  • by Lori Henry

Welcome To The New Spectrum Health Innovations Blog

Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI) would like to welcome you to our new blog!

This blog is a result of multiple requests and feedback suggesting we need to share what is going on in our Innovations Office. We seek to not only provide you with up to the minute happenings, but more importantly we want to make things happen with you and around you.

Spectrum Health Innovations provides a service to Spectrum Health employees to bring their ideas for improving patient care to our team. We work side by side with employees from that first moment and throughout the entire development process. In a nutshell, it’s all about Impact by making things happen. 

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  • September 6, 2016
  • by Elexicon