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: […]

9 Ways to Encourage Compliance with Facemask Mandate

At Spectrum Health, we strongly encourage our patients, colleagues and families to wear masks, knowing that this is a key factor in preventing the spread of COVID-19. When speaking about non-compliance to Gov. Whitmer’s facemask mandate, think about using words that encourage learning and change, not those that might create conflict. Here are some strategies […]

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 […]

Spectrum Health Announces Employer Toolkit to Help Businesses in the Midst of COVID-19

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 13, 2020 – Spectrum Health is offering guidance to West and Southwest Michigan businesses as they adapt to operating in a new environment with the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to equip employers and employees with advice on infection prevention and practical resources to help increase safety and minimize risk. “As […]

Nurses Day and Nurses Week Particularly Noteworthy this Year

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 6, 2020 – In recognition of National Nurses Day (May 6) and National Nurses Week (May 6-12), Spectrum Health asked a handful of its registered nurses at Butterworth Hospital to discuss their careers and how their work and perspectives have changed during this global pandemic. Below are a few of their […]

Q & A with Nursing Staff in Spectrum Health’s Serious Contagious Disease Unit

Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital is home to the Serious Contagious Disease Unit.  Normally, this unit is used to care for medical and surgical patients however in times of significant need such as now, the unit is converted so that it can accommodate patients with serious contagious diseases.   Nurse Manager Lauren Nichol MSN, RN, CMSRN and […]

Spectrum Health Announces Expanded Capability for More Widespread COVID-19 Testing

Grand Rapids, Mich., April 27, 2020 – Spectrum Health announced that new COVID-19 testing equipment and additional supplies are making it possible for more people in West Michigan to be tested. Due to the enhanced testing capacity, more people who previously wouldn’t qualify for testing may now be tested for COVID-19. Currently, a medical provider […]