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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Anthony 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 was awarded her Associate degree in Business Administration from Muskegon CC and Bachelor degree in Business Science Management from Cornerstone University.

In addition to engineering, Eric has had success as the CEO and founder of a startup, having won several business plan competitions and raised grant and private funding. He has earned MSE in Mechanical Engineering and his BSE in Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering from Grand Valley State University.

He serves on the industry advisory board for MSU Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) and the KCTC Health Science Early College Academy’s Biomed program. In addition, he is a member of the RSNA 3D Printing in Medicine Special interest Group.

Kris held several leadership roles including charge nurse, supervisor of the short stay surgical unit, and nurse manager of the observation unit, admission/intake unit and chest pain center. Kris successfully transitioned the surgical short stay unit to an emergency department observation unit and managed a $1.2M unit renovation.  She opened and closed the admission/intake unit during flu seasons and challenging census peaks.  Kris is completing PI bronze certification and has participated in and led a number of VSAs, RIEs and A3s within the system.

Kris joined the Spectrum Health Innovations team in January of 2015 as a 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. Kris has been trained in human centered design at the Luma Institute and has a certification in Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Duke University.

Kris is a member of the American Nurse Association and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.

From starting the Midwest’s first coworking community in early 2007, leading and supporting various community meetups and initiatives, launching a state recognized coLearning school graduating hundreds of students, to founding, running and successfully exiting his 15 year experience design firm (Elevator Up) in early 2019 and The Factory in early 2020.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Aaron lives in Holland, Mi with his wife and their two kids; you can find them enjoying scooter rides, hanging out with their bees and chickens or hosting a number of different gatherings in their backyard because Aaron believes life is always better together.

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