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And the Winner is…

March 7th, 2019 by

On January 15, 2019, Spectrum Health Innovations won at the MTRAC competition and was awarded $150,000 over a 12-month period to complete the design and engineering work of a production representative device, and perform a qualitative study at Spectrum Health.Continue Reading

Carol Health is ‘A great opportunity’

January 2nd, 2019 by

Have You Heard of Carol Health?

Carol Health is a new on-demand nursing service in West Michigan that sends a RN to your home within an hour. See how Carol has impacted lives already.Continue Reading

Printing Health Care Solutions in Three Dimensions

December 6th, 2018 by

The process begins with a container of plastic or liquid photopolymer. From there, the magic begins as the material is placed onto a platform, where it then cools and solidifies, or a laser moves across the platform, solidifying the layer. Another layer is applied. And another. And another. Until a complete model or prototype is produced.Continue Reading

Why Not Grand Rapids? Health care Innovation as an Emerging Industry in Grand Rapids

September 28th, 2018 by

As Andrew Heuerman, product development specialist, Spectrum Health Innovations, participated in the 10-week Emerging Leaders Series, one clear thought rose to mind: the opportunity to make Grand Rapids a leader in health care innovation is ripe and ready to realize.Continue Reading

“They are a godsend.”

August 15th, 2018 by

Have you heard of Carol? Carol is a new on-demand nursing service in West Michigan sends an RN to your home within an hour.

When General Motors retiree Glenda Gravelyn found a post card in her mailbox about Carol Health, she thought, “Thank you, Jesus.”Continue Reading

Innovations Workshop with Rockford High School Students

June 27th, 2018 by

Spectrum Health Innovations facilitated a workshop focusing on innovation in health care for a Rockford High School business management class. While enjoying a couple rounds of the Operation game, the students experienced some real life, hands-on innovating in the health care field. The workshop illustrates how problem solving in the moment often leads to innovative solutions.Continue Reading

Congratulations to Alissa Smith!

May 3rd, 2018 by

Grand Valley Graduate School recognized 56 graduate students with Dean’s Citation Awards and one of those 56 was Spectrum Health Innovations intern, Alissa Smith. Alissa was given the Excellence in Service to the Community or Profession award and a graduate honors cord for her outstanding academic performance. Alissa received this award for all the hard work she has done at Innovations over the past year.Continue Reading

New HIPPA-Compliant Patient Specimen Drop Boxes

January 26th, 2018 by

Spectrum Health has protocols to ensure that patient health information is never exposed or compromised, but Nick Rambow saw an opportunity to make the process even more fail safe.Continue Reading

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

February 10th, 2017 by

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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