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Manufacturing Growth Alliance hones priorities

A 1-year-old alliance designed to fill an advocacy and support gap for second-stage manufacturers in Michigan is finding its footing amid the disruption of 2020.

Hospitals get creative amid COVID-19

Experts in the field of health care, as well as those in the design and construction of hospital systems, have been talking for many years about maximizing existing care space and expanding outpatient facilities and telehealth options, but COVID-19 exposed many flaws in hospital systems and brought these issues to the forefront of hospital innovation.

Spectrum Health to hold virtual oncology symposium

Spectrum Health is inviting area providers and the community to discuss advancements in cancer diagnosis, treatment and innovation at the Spectrum Health Cancer Center 2020 Oncology Symposium.

GVSU students ordered to stay in place for 2 weeks

ALLENDALE — Students at Grand Valley State University were ordered Wednesday to hunker down for two weeks due to a spike in coronavirus cases linked to the West Michigan campus.

UV Angel signs manufacturing deal with Corning

A pathogen control technology maker in Grand Haven is partnering with Corning to scale its clean air products line.

CVS opens two more local COVID-19 test sites (update)

CVS opened two more COVID-19 test sites in Grand Rapids.

Michigan to spray northern Kent County for EEE

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services notified the Kent County Health Department it will conduct aerial spraying in high-risk areas in 10 counties throughout the state to combat further spread of the deadly disease Eastern equine encephalitis.

Spectrum Health launches curbside vaccinations

Spectrum Health is launching one of the Midwest’s first curbside vaccination programs.

Bronson Battle Creek plans to expands services

Bronson Battle Creek is making plans to significantly expand access to inpatient behavioral health services by 2022.

SpartanNash offers free COVID-19 tests (update)

SpartanNash announced select Family Fare and D&W Fresh Market pharmacies in West Michigan now offer free COVID-19 testing.

MDHHS, Kent County to present PFAS study results

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services released its first findings from the North Kent County Exposure Assessment, a public health investigation to learn about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) levels in the blood of people in northern Kent County due to well water contamination.

Autism-focused clinic opens first West Michigan location

A clinic that offers applied behavior analysis services opened its first clinic in West Michigan and ninth location in the state.

Local volunteers roll out video campaign to fight Alzheimer’s

Grand Rapids residents Dawn Hoiem and Evan Koch are on a mission to raise Alzheimer’s and dementia awareness in Michigan, even amid COVID-19.

Health system deploys new robotic surgery equipment

Metro Health-University of Michigan Health became the first health care system in West Michigan to offer the newest generation of minimally invasive robotic surgery in an outpatient setting.

Health insurance provider moves into West Michigan

In an effort to help stem the economic pain being experienced by Michigan’s small businesses and their employees, Health Alliance Plan, through its annual rate filing with the state Department of Insurance and Financial Services, requested approval to reduce premiums for its small employer group market.

Gyms set to reopen next week

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a new executive order reopening Michigan’s gyms and pools in regions where they previously remained closed to halt the spread of COVID-19, according to a statement from her office.

Ferris State University receives $1 million grant to fight opioid misuse

A local university received its largest academic grant of $1 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration to fight opioid misuse.

Ascension Borgess Hospital unveils surgery wing expansion

A hospital group in Kalamazoo announced the opening of its expanded surgical care services.

Big Lake Brewing donates beer proceeds to Holland Hospital

Holland’s Big Lake Brewing announced a $2,500 donation to Holland Hospital in proceeds from sales of the brewery’s specially crafted Healthcare Heroes beer.

Mary Free Bed appoints COO

Veteran health care leader Ingrid Cheslek was recently appointed to chief operating officer of Mary Free Bed.

Blue Cross donates $1 million to acquire PPE for dental workers

In a cooperative effort with the Michigan Dental Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will donate $1 million for the procurement and distribution of emergency personal protective equipment to support dentists and patients statewide amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Mercy Health Muskegon earns center of excellence designation

Mercy Health Muskegon recently earned Stewardship Center of Excellence designation from the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Michigan businesses fined for lax worker virus protections

LANSING — The state on Friday fined six Michigan businesses thousands of dollars for allegedly not protecting workers from the coronavirus, in what was described as an initial round of citations as regulators confront a five-fold increase in safety complaints during the pandemic.

Michigan organizations contribute $575,000 to help health care providers fight suicide

Five Michigan organizations came together to make $575,000 available for health care providers to develop solutions to suicide, especially among populations experiencing health disparities. 

Community center launches program to address birth disparities

Baxter Community Center is hosting a community-based doula program following the hiring of Kiara Baskin, the initiative's first program manager.