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National Diversity Council’s National Coalition for Racial Justice & Equity Announces New Appointment to Board of Directors

**Shared with permission from The National Diversity Council** HOUSTON, TX, Nov. 9, 2020 – The National Diversity Council (NDC) announced it has appointed Ovell Barbee, SPHR, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer at Spectrum Health, to its Board of Directors for the National Coalition for Racial Justice & Equity (NCRJE). Awarded […]



Spectrum Health Announces New Visitor Changes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., November 11, 2020 – As the number of cases and positivity rates of COVID-19 continue to climb in our community, Spectrum Health is seeing significant increases of patients being admitted to its hospitals. Therefore, the health system announces changes to its visitor policies. The revisions are intended to reduce the number of […]



Spectrum Health Reinforces Commitment to Equity

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 22, 2020 – Today, Spectrum Health issued an anti-racism pledge, committing to act against structural racism and pledging to take on the challenge to eliminate racism and its impact on health, hope and lives. The pledge follows Spectrum Health’s announcement to team members last week designating Martin Luther King Jr. Day […]



Drug Take Back Day Encourages Community to Dispose of Unwanted Medications

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 15, 2020 – 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, Oct. 24, at Spectrum Health Healthier Communities (Widdicomb Building), 665 Seward Ave. NW, and Spectrum Health […]



Patient, Visitor Guidelines Remain in Place at Spectrum Health

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 14, 2020 – With public health and safety as its top concern, Spectrum Health is reminding patients and visitors that guidelines to control COVID-19 remain in effect at its facilities. Based on scientific evidence and infection prevention best practices, wearing masks, social distancing, hand washing and limiting visitors are effective precautions. […]



Spectrum Health partners with Headspace, offers access to mental health app to all team members  

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 7, 2020 – In an effort to positively impact mental health among team members, Spectrum Health is proud to announce a partnership with Headspace, a global leader in meditation and mindfulness through its meditation app and online content offerings. Through the generosity of various community donors, more than 31,000 Spectrum Health […]



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 […]