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

November 9th, 2017 by

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

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The Thermal Bra – An Innovation for Women After Breast Cancer

October 6th, 2017 by

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

Stand Up To Falling – Learn What You Can Do

September 18th, 2017 by

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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Home Health Project Leads to Innovative Solution

August 31st, 2017 by

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

August 21st, 2017 by

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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Helping Talent Find Their “Fit” in West Michigan

August 4th, 2017 by

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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Spectrum Health Innovations Featured at GVSU Engineering Design Expo

July 31st, 2017 by

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

July 12th, 2017 by

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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Behind the Scenes with Michigan Healthcare Experts

July 11th, 2017 by

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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Can you prototype laughter? We can!

June 29th, 2017 by

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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Spectrum Health Ideas Gaining Support in the Community

June 21st, 2017 by

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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Spectrum Health Innovations Presents at NTI Conference

June 9th, 2017 by

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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Teen Entrepreneurship Summer Academy Comes to Grand Rapids!

May 30th, 2017 by

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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GVSU Recognizes SHI with Distinguished Community Engagement Initiative Award

May 23rd, 2017 by

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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Kent ISD collaborates with local project managers and WMPMI

May 15th, 2017 by

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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Spectrum Health Idea Wins Big at MWest Challenge

May 4th, 2017 by

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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Shouldering the Pain: A Shoulder Brace to Prevent Further Injury

December 15th, 2016 by

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

October 24th, 2016 by

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

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

September 30th, 2016 by

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.

Molding Young Minds for the Future: Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy

September 9th, 2016 by

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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