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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

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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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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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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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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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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Spectrum Health 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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“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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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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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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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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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

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

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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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