Spectrum Health Cancels, Postpones or Goes Virtual With Public Events

Action in response to COVID-19 outbreak

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 12, 2020 – In order to keep community members, team members and the public healthy and safe, Spectrum Health is taking the following steps related to public events through April 30:

  • Spectrum Health community events that do not provide an immediate public health benefit will be made virtual, postponed or cancelled. For example, the Irish Jig, an annual 5K race promoting colorectal cancer awareness, will be canceled.
  • Public events that support an immediate public health benefit will proceed with appropriate precautions (for example, blood drives and prenatal classes).

We are in the process of determining the best option for several of our classes and events. As these decisions are made, the information will be posted on the Spectrum Health website.



Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving more than 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 150 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $550 million in community benefit in calendar year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $37 million in philanthropy to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

Susan Krieger
Media Relations
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Bruce Rossman
Media Relations
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