Spectrum Health Seminars Focus on Staying Active

Ortho Series Covers Injury Prevention, Treatment

Spectrum Health will host a series of public seminars this month focused on common orthopedic health concerns that can hinder people from leading full, active lives.

The free seminars will be held at Calvin College, Prince Conference Center in southeast Grand Rapids. Preregistration is required by calling (616) 486-5503. More information is available at spectrum-health.org/ortho.


Seminar schedule:

Osteoporosis and Fragility Fractures

Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m.
Clifford B. Jones, MD

Approximately 50 percent of women and 25 percent of men over age 50 will suffer an osteoporosis fracture. Dr. Jones will discuss bone health and how to reduce fracture risk and accelerate healing.

ACL Tear: A Common Injury for Women

Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m.
Thomas M. Matelic, MD

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injuries are much more common in women than in men. Dr. Matelic will discuss the symptoms of ACL tears and how they can be prevented and treated.

Knee Injuries in Active Adults

Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m.
Patrick M. Zietz, MD

Almost a third of Americans older than age 45 will experience knee pain requiring a visit to their doctor or the emergency room. Dr. Zietz will discuss how to prevent and treat common sports and activity related knee injuries and how to avoid long term complications.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system in West Michigan that offers a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, a collection of seven hospitals and more than 140 service sites; the Spectrum Health Medical Group, a multispecialty team of nearly 100 providers; and Priority Health, a health plan with nearly 500,000 members. Spectrum Health’s 14,000 employees, 1,500 medical staff members and 2,000 volunteers are committed to delivering the highest quality care to those in medical need. The organization provided $111.1 million in community benefit during its 2008 fiscal year. As a system, Spectrum Health has earned more than 100 awards during the past 10 years.