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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!

On February 2nd, 10 students from Northview and Forest Hills high schools visited the SH Innovations suite located at 50 Louis Street.

The purpose of the day was to provide an overview of SHI and expose students to the different professions in health care innovation. Brent Mulder, PhD, Sr. Director for innovations started the day with the innovations video and a personal welcome to the group.



(Brent Mulder, PhD, welcoming student participants to the innovations space)


Using a combination of lecture, panel discussions and activities along the way helped keep things interesting while learning about the journey of an idea from concept to reality.

Innovating is a team sport and the event brought together experts from several professions including: clinical, engineering, business, project management, and communications to help provide a glimpse of a typical day in each profession.



(Mike Czechowskyj, MSN, RN, PCCN, CNML, takes students through an ideation session)


Anthony Lazzaro, MBA, business analyst, left students with a few words of wisdom after sharing his personal experience in the academic, entrepreneurship world and his career path.

“Nothing goes as planned; the journey will take you in directions you didn’t think were possible good and bad, just through it all remember why you started”.

At the end of the day students were asked what they thought of the day – Students commented, “It was an incredibly refreshing experience”. Another student noted, “I really liked how you guys collaborated and worked differently, but with each other”.



(Students engage in conversation about careers in innovation)


For students and SHI staff, it was a day full of learning and innovation. SHI hopes to continue hosting Groundhog Shadow Day and working with KISD students throughout the coming years.

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written by Felicia Rowley