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

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

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

Can you prototype laughter? We can!

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

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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Teen Entrepreneurship Summer Academy Comes to Grand Rapids!

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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Kent ISD collaborates with local project managers and WMPMI

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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Competition Update: Thermal Bra Project

Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI) and Central Michigan University (CMU) students have teamed up to design a bra that will keep breast cancer survivors warm.

A cold chest is a common side effect for women who’ve under gone a mastectomy and received breast implants or reconstruction as a result of the procedure.

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Craig Dubitsky friendly founder of hello® products – comes to Grand Rapids, Michigan

Do you think like an entrepreneur, hope to own your business one day, or maybe you are curious what that journey looks like?

If so, the MWest Showcase event is a must attend for you!  As part of this year’s MWest Business Plan competition, Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI) is sponsoring the MWest Showcase event the evening before with keynote speaker Craig Dubitsky.

Mark your calendars, and RSVP today!

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Spectrum Health Employee Ideas Go to Competition

Spectrum Health Innovations (SHI) actively supports and encourages student entrepreneurship through working with students on development of projects and supporting them as they prepare for business plan competitions.

SHI is once again actively supporting and sponsoring the CMU New Venture competition. This year two student teams that will be presenting SH employee ideas: the thermal bra and auto-med flusher at the competition.

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Attend the 2017 MWest Innovation Showcase!

Attention MWest Entrepreneurs and Students!

Attend the MWest Challenge Innovation Showcase on April 20th, 2017 from 5p.m.-7:30p.m.

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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!

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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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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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