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Versiti Blood Center of Michigan raises awareness of sickle cell disease

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Sept. 22, 2020 – September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle cell disease is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. For millions around the world, their red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool call a sickle. The cells commonly become stuck […]



Spectrum Health Launches Curbside Vaccination Program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 11, 2020 – In an effort to encourage more Michigan residents to get a flu shot, Spectrum Health is launching one of the Midwest’s first curbside vaccination programs. Spectrum Health piloted the program at select locations and now has more than 40 sites operational across West Michigan. “We wanted to meet […]



Spectrum Health Shares COVID-19 Q&A

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., August 27, 2020 – Spectrum Health experts get a lot of questions from community members about the COVID-19 pandemic underway in the United States and throughout the world. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions…and answers. Q: How is COVID-19 different from the flu and the common cold? A: […]



Spectrum Health Launches Patient Loan Financing Program

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., July 13, 2020 – Spectrum Health announced the introduction of an alternative payment program providing patients and families an additional option for paying medical bills. Spectrum Health has partnered with Commerce Bank to offer Health Services Financing (HSF®), a program that allows patients to pay their out-of-pocket balances over time with no […]



Spectrum Health Regional Burn Center Shares Tips for a Safe Summer and Fourth

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 25, 2020 – With fireworks flying off store shelves, state campgrounds reopening and many backyard bonfires planned, the clinical team at the Spectrum Health Regional Burn Center is sharing information to help everyone stay safe this summer. With COVID-19 concerns canceling most municipal fireworks events and many people gearing up for their […]



Spectrum Health Expands Commitment to Address Health Inequities

Grand Rapids, Mich., June 12, 2020 – Spectrum Health announced today it plans to accelerate and expand its efforts in addressing racial and ethnic health inequities. The health system already directs significant funding to health improvement programs and plans to increase that commitment in West Michigan as well as in southwest Michigan through its Spectrum […]



10 Summer Safety Tips from the Experts at Spectrum Health

10 Summer Safety Tips from the Experts at Spectrum Health As Michigan’s Stay Home Stay Safe order comes to an end and life begins to resume some sense of normalcy, Spectrum Health’s infectious disease doctors offer tips and advice on how to avoid a resurgence of COVID-19. A key thing to remember is that outdoor […]



Spectrum Health Offers COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Grand Rapids, Mich., May 21, 2020 – Spectrum Health is among the first health systems in the state to begin offering COVID-19 antibody testing to the general public. The antibody testing will help meet a community need and determine how widely the disease has spread through West Michigan. The antibody, or serology, test is a […]