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Walk-ins Welcome Tuesday and Wednesday at West Michigan Vaccine Clinic

The West Michigan Vaccine Clinic will be administering free COVID-19 vaccinations today and Wednesday, April 26 and 27, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for anyone who is 18 or older and has not received a first vaccine dose. No appointment necessary.  Those aged 16 and 17 also may participate but must be accompanied […]



Spectrum Health pledges financial support  to bring Cure Violence to Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Spectrum Health System is backing the implementation of an evidence-based violence reduction and intervention program proposed in Grand Rapids. In acknowledging that violence in the community is a public health crisis, the West Michigan-based not-for-profit health system has pledged substantial financial support to bring Cure Violence Global (Cure Violence) mid-summer to […]



Spectrum Health Expanding Sustainability Goals: Carbon Neutral Facilities by 2040

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 22, 2021 – Spectrum Health recognizes that improving health means protecting the environment. Environmental factors such as allergens, air pollution and vehicle emissions contribute to health conditions like asthma, respiratory diseases (COPD and emphysema) and communicable diseases (West Nile virus). To protect and preserve the health and well-being of people in […]



Spectrum Health Names New Foundation President

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Apr. 21, 2021 – Spectrum Health is pleased to announce Kelly Dyer as incoming president of the Spectrum Health and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundations, effective in late May. The announcement comes after a national search for a successor to current Foundation president, Vicki Weaver, who is retiring at the end of […]



Drug Take Back Day Encourages Community to Dispose of Unwanted Medications

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., April 20, 2021 – Spectrum Health Healthier Communities,  Priority Health and Families Against Narcotics Grand Rapids Chapter  have teamed up once again to collect unused and unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Spectrum Health Healthier Communities (Widdicomb Building), 665 Seward Ave. NW, and Spectrum Health […]



Spectrum Health to provide in-network care for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Medicare Advantage PPO members starting July 1

DETROIT, Apr. 13, 2021 — Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health will expand its longstanding, network relationship with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan by joining the Blue Cross Medicare Advantage PPO network beginning July 1, 2021.  Spectrum Health, which is already a network provider for Blue Cross and Blue Care Network commercial plan members, as well as […]



Spectrum Health’s Chief Diversity Officer Named Among Top 100 in Nation

Grand Rapids, Mich., April 14, 2021 – Spectrum Health Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Ovell Barbee has been named a Top 100 Diversity Officer by DiversityFirst. He will be recognized later this month at the 17th Annual National Diversity and Leadership Conference in Houston. Barbee, a Grand Rapids native, became Spectrum Health’s first […]



Appointments Available at West Michigan Vaccine Clinic

The West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place hopes to administer a total of 24,000 vaccinations today, tomorrow and Wednesday. Many appointments have just opened, particularly on Wednesday, so clinic operators are encouraging anyone who is 16 or older and hasn’t received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to make an appointment. Clinic hours […]



West Michigan Vaccine Clinic Expands Vaccine Availability to All 16 and Older

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 30, 2021 – The West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place, operated by Kent County, Spectrum Health and Mercy Health in collaboration with Vaccinate West Michigan is expanding vaccine availability to all 16 and older, immediately. The clinic operates by appointment only. Patients can now self-schedule online. To set up an […]



Spectrum Health Announces New Visitor Restrictions

Grand Rapids, Mich., March 29, 2021 – As a result of significantly increasing numbers of patients admitted with COVID-19 and the increase in community positivity rate, Spectrum Health is revising its visitor policies to reduce the number of people in its Grand Rapids and regional hospitals and outpatient care sites. Effective Wednesday, March 31, adult […]



West Michigan Vaccine Clinic Anticipates Busiest Day Yet and Provides Parking Tips

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 28, 2021 – The West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place, operated by Kent County, Spectrum Health and Mercy Health in collaboration with Vaccinate West Michigan, is expecting to provide 12,000 vaccinations on Monday, March 29. While the clinic has special capacity to provide 20,000 vaccinations, it has been limited by […]



Amway River Bank Run Moving 2021 Event to Oct. 23

**Sharing on behalf of the Amway River Bank Run** GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 17, 2021 – Amway River Bank Run organizers announce that the 2021 event date has changed from May 8 to October 23 in downtown Grand Rapids. The decision to move the 44th iteration of the annual event was made after careful consideration […]



Community Partnership Focuses on Cultural Relevancy in COVID-19 Communications

Benton Harbor, Mich., February 8, 2021 – Community Grand Rounds, a program of Spectrum Health Lakeland, has teamed up with music artists and community health advocates in Benton Harbor to deliver messages they hope inspire communities across West Michigan and beyond. As COVID-19 further illuminates health disparities, it also further heightens the importance of inclusion […]