Physiotherapy clinic opens Hudsonville office; launches rebrand

KinetaCare Physiotherapy announced it moved to Hudsonville in January 2021, along with an updated brand and website.
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Michigan health aides to lose $2 raise without legislation

LANSING — At least 50,000 nursing home staff, home health aides and other direct care workers in Michigan will lose a $2 hourly pandemic pay raise next week if the Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer do not enact COVID-19 relief aid.

Freese Decker honored among top 25 women leaders for second straight year

Spectrum Health announced its president and CEO Tina Freese Decker was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of 2021’s Top 25 Women Leaders.

GRassrootsUP project launches to amplify diverse voices

The Grand Rapids African American Community Task Force, Michigan Black Expo and other community partners are launching the website for a new initiative intended to convene community voices on the issues of health, wealth and economic opportunity.

Johnson Center urges attention to philanthropy trends

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University released its fifth annual 11 Trends in Philanthropy report, identifying trends that will shape the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors in the coming months and years.

Medical cannabis is family affair for WellFlower

Family-owned and 100% Michigan-made medical cannabis company The WellFlower not only is becoming a big player in the medical and recreational cannabis industry, but also is an advocate for medical-grade cannabis as an alternative to opiate use.
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Flint water defendants oppose four-month delay in proceedings

LANSING — Attorneys for former Gov. Rick Snyder and eight others facing charges in the Flint water crisis filed a motion Thursday seeking to speed the production of evidence after a judge said he needed at least four months to inspect grand jury records.
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Michigan restaurants seek to tie limits to positivity rate

LANSING — Michigan restaurants on Wednesday proposed tying indoor capacity limits to the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive, contending that clear guideposts would help the hospitality industry navigate the pandemic.

C2Dx acquires Stryker T/Pump product line

A medical device startup acquired a line of devices that provide localized temperature therapy for pain relief and patient comfort.
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90 cases of virus variant found at western Michigan prison

IONIA — Ninety cases of a COVID-19 variant believed to be more contagious have been found in inmates and staff at a western Michigan prison, and dozens of test results are pending, officials said.

Easterseals Michigan adds adult intensive services for Kent County patients

To address an increased need for mental health services across Michigan, and specifically in Kent County, Easterseals Michigan is launching an adult intensive services program at its Grand Rapids location.

GRAAHI appoints 17-member advisory council

The Grand Rapids African American Health Institute is now aided by a consultative council intent on growing the nonprofit organization in fighting racial and ethnic health care disparities in West Michigan.
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Beaumont says vaccinations canceled due to vaccine shortage

ROYAL OAK — A Detroit-area hospital system canceled 1,884 appointments for second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine because it didn't receive enough from the state.

Kent County negotiates rent-free terms for DeVos Place vaccine clinic

Kent County, the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority (CAA) and SMG/ASM Global have reached an agreement on new contract terms for use of the DeVos Place Convention Center as a large-scale vaccination clinic.

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids marks 20 years

A local nonprofit that provides cancer and grief support to individuals and families is celebrating two decades with virtual festivities and a match donation drive.

Partners offer health screening and contact tracing software for hospitality industry

Local restaurants have a new software option for employee health screening and guest contact tracing, thanks to a new statewide partnership.
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Gov. Whitmer seeks boost in tuition, child care, bridge spending

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday proposed a $67 billion state budget that she said would aid Michigan's pandemic recovery by solidifying new programs to expand eligibility for free community college tuition, bolster child care assistance and boosting local bridge repairs.

Grand Rapids earns gold for public health policies

The city of Grand Rapids received a 2020 gold medal rating from CityHealth for improving the health and well-being of its residents through policy.

Spectrum Health offers antibody treatment for COVID-19

Spectrum Health West Michigan opened an infusion clinic at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital on Wednesday that uses monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of COVID-19.
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Meijer expands COVID-19 vaccination slots in Michigan

LANSING — Meijer said Monday that it is expanding COVID-19 vaccinations across Michigan with plans to administer up to 25,000 doses to people ages 65 and older by the week's end.

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