Children's Health


Beloved Physician Takes on New Role at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 6, 2022 –Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, part of Corewell Health™ (formerly Spectrum Health), announced today that James Fahner, MD has accepted the position of medical director of philanthropy education and provider well-being, transitioning from his role as Endowed Division Chief of pediatric hematology and oncology. Dr. Fahner’s 33-year-plus  legacy as a […]



Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation and iHeart Media annual Radiothon breaks all-time fundraising records

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 20, 2022 – Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation and iHeart Media are happy to announce an on-air record-breaking $551,476.28 was generously donated during the 23nd Annual Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Radiothon, presented by Wendy’s. Since Radiothon began over 23 years ago, more than $4 million dollars has been raised by the […]



Corewell Health™ Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Transplant Program Considered Active by UNOS

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 8, 2022 – Corewell Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (HDVCH) pediatric heart transplant program is now considered active by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). HDVCH is now one of three pediatric hospitals in Michigan connected to the national transplant list and database across the United States through UNOS. Physicians […]



First Responder Heroes, FDNY and NYPD Leaders Join First Responders Children’s Foundation in Calling for Official “National First Responders Day”

**Sharing on behalf of First Responders Children’s Foundation** New York, Oct. 28…In an effort to formally designate October 28th “National First Responders Day,” dozens of police officers, firefighters, nurses, EMTs and other first responder professionals from across America joined the First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) at a Times Square ceremony and news conference Friday to […]



Pine Rest to Build $62 Million Pediatric Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, in collaboration with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

**Sharing on behalf of Pine Rest** GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (July 21, 2022) – To meet a critical need and increase access for children and adolescents suffering with behavioral health issues, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services child & adolescent clinical leaders, in collaboration with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital leaders, will build a Pediatric Behavioral Health […]



Governor Announces a Health Care First for Michigan Children

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 12, 2022 — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced plans to build the state’s first children’s rehabilitation hospital. Through a joint operating agreement, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital are partnering to bring a shared vision to life in the thriving health care landscape of Grand Rapids. […]



Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 11th year in a row

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 14, 2022 – U.S. News & World Report has recognized Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in its 2022 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings within four specialty areas. This is the 11th year the hospital has been included on this prestigious list. The 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings are being published online […]



Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy Announces Pediatric Certified Duchenne Care Center, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

**Sharing on behalf of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy** WASHINGTON, May 11, 2022 — Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), a nonprofit organization leading the fight to end Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Duchenne), announced the expansion of their renowned Certified Duchenne Care Center Program (CDCCP) with the certification of the clinic at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (HDVCH) in Grand Rapids, […]



American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital with Silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 15, 2022 – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently granted a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence to both the pediatric (PICU) and cardiac intensive care units (PCICU) at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Only 29 pediatric intensive care units in the country have achieved Beacon Award status, and […]



Virtual Rare Disease Day Event to Unite Patients, Caregivers and Families Living with Rare Disease

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 21, 2022 – Calvin University, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital are pleased to announce a virtual Rare Disease Day Symposium, February 21-28, 2022. This free, virtual event serves to unite patients, caregivers and families, medical professionals, researchers, advocates and students around the common […]



Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation and iHeart Media annual Radiothon breaks all-time fundraising records

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 6, 2022 – Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation and iHeart Media are happy to announce an on-air record breaking $490,377 was generously donated during the 22nd Annual Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Radiothon, presented by Wendy’s. The community continued to give online through the weekend, for a total of $503,135 raised. Since […]



Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital participates in national grant to improve preparedness in disaster planning

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 12, 2021 – Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital has joined a national initiative to improve pediatric preparedness for future disasters and global health events similar to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently awarded more than $48 million to a collaboration of children’s hospitals across the […]



Spectrum Health and Mary Free Bed Announce Enhanced Pediatric Care Collaboration

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 29, 2021 – Spectrum Health and Mary Free Bed leaders today announced an enhanced collaboration aimed at increasing access to excellent pediatric acute inpatient rehabilitation. Through a Joint Operating Agreement, Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital will operate an acute pediatric inpatient rehabilitation unit at […]



Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Surgery Center earns national verification from the American College of Surgeons

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 12, 2021 – Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital announced today that its surgical center has been verified as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program (ACS CSV), the only West Michigan hospital with this verification. “We are honored that Helen DeVos […]



Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital ranked by U.S. News & World Report in seven of 10 areas

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 15, 2021 – U.S. News & World Report has again recognized Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in its 2021 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings with a total of seven of 10 specialty areas being recognized this year. This is the 10th year the hospital has been included on this prestigious list. […]



Seventeen Michigan Hospitals Awarded for Excellence and Improvement in Maternity Care

NOVI, MICHIGAN, May 7, 2021 – In honor of Mother’s Day, The Economic Alliance for Michigan (EAM), a nonprofit group comprised of Michigan’s largest employers and unions, is awarding hospitals throughout Michigan that have demonstrated excellence and improvement in maternity care and delivery outcomes. Seventeen hospitals have earned an award for 2021, the highest number […]