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HealthBar offers acute antibody testing for concierge, drive-thru customers

HealthBar partnered with Aditx Therapeutics to offer AditxtScore for COVID-19 throughout Michigan.

Spectrum to join Medicare Advantage PPO network

Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health will expand its network relationship with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan by joining the Blue Cross Medicare Advantage PPO network beginning July 1.

Michigan governor says COVID-19 infections could be dropping

LANSING ‚ÄĒ After leading the nation‚Äôs COVID-19 daily case rate for weeks, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Sunday that Michigan could be seeing a drop in infections.

Kentwood 5K focuses on limb loss awareness

For the third consecutive year, the city of Kentwood will be partnering with Hanger Clinic, a local prosthetic and orthotic patient care provider, to host the Limb Loss Awareness 5K event.

Perrigo breaks ground on North American HQ on Medical Mile

Perrigo broke ground on its new North American headquarters in downtown Grand Rapids on Wednesday.

Michigan extends workplace virus rules, office restrictions

LANSING ‚ÄĒ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration on Tuesday extended workplace coronavirus restrictions for an additional six months, including a requirement that Michigan employers prohibit office work if employees' jobs can feasibly be done remotely.

Pine Rest appeals state’s proposal to deny 60 inpatient beds

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services filed an appeal with the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules in response to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ proposal denying the behavioral health care provider’s 2020 Certificate of Need application for 60 inpatient psychiatric beds.

Grand Rapids genetic testing company’s partnership offers pooled COVID-19 testing for public schools

NxGen MDx of Grand Rapids announced a partnership with Boston-based Concentric by Ginkgo to provide COVID-19 testing to congregate settings like schools operating in-person or hybrid learning environments using a scalable and simple testing modality ‚ÄĒ pooled testing.

Detroit Health Department suspends use of J&J COVID-19 vaccine

DETROIT ‚ÄĒ The city of Detroit has suspended the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine by the city's health department until further notice.

Lambert & Co. hires leader for health care practice group

Lambert & Co. welcomed Angela Klinske to serve as the senior director and leader of the firm’s health care and biotech practice.

Michigan presses White House for more vaccines amid surge

DETROIT ‚ÄĒ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vowed Sunday to keep pushing the White House for more vaccines as Michigan sees a COVID-19 spike.

Whitmer urges halt of high school classes, youth sports

LANSING ‚ÄĒ Faced with the country‚Äôs highest rate of new coronavirus infections, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday urged a two-week suspension of in-person high school classes, all youth sports and indoor restaurant dining.

Aquatic center partners with rehab clinic

Holland Community Aquatic Center officials have invited Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital clinicians to share their expertise with local residents.

Michigan promotes shots, not more restrictions, during surge

DETROIT ‚ÄĒ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer‚Äôs administration is focusing on getting more people vaccinated, not imposing new restrictions on the economy, despite a wave of COVID-19 cases and crowded hospitals, Michigan‚Äôs health director said Wednesday.

Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just five states

Nearly half of new coronavirus infections nationwide are in just five states ‚ÄĒ a situation that is putting pressure on the federal government to consider changing how it distributes vaccines by sending more doses to hot spots.

Spectrum Health enters partnership to drive value in health care

Spectrum Health and Medtronic plc entered an agreement with the goal of improving outcomes for Spectrum Health patients while reducing the cost of care.

Hope Network adds medical detox program

Hope Network announced it is adding a medical detox program to the range of services offered by its center for recovery.

Samaritas welcomes in-person visitors after year of COVID-19

A full year after being separated from their loved ones by COVID-19 and the state’s stay-at-home orders, Samaritas’ senior residents once again are able to see friends and family in-person, and it’s been a long time coming for both residents and staff members.

Doctors stress vaccines, tout collaboration at chamber’s virtual health care summit

West Michigan’s medical professionals agree, despite warnings of more COVID-19 cases, the vaccines are working and are necessary to help the region and the country come out of the pandemic.

Metro Health recovery program limits hospitalizations

COVID-19 vaccines are a welcome sight as people across the country are flocking to get their shots.

Insurer launches team to address disparities in health care

One year after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health disparities among Michiganders are even more apparent.

Grand Rapids organizations collaborate on eating disorder care

Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers took the next step in expanding treatment services in West Michigan by partnering with Gail Hall and her team at Comprehensive Treatment for Eating Disorders.

Mandatory virus testing of teen athletes challenged in court

LANSING ‚ÄĒ A high school sports advocacy group and some parents sued Michigan on Thursday, seeking to stop a new requirement that all teen athletes be regularly tested for the coronavirus.

Gov. Whitmer asks White House about extra vaccines for hot spots

LANSING ‚ÄĒ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asked the White House on Tuesday if it would consider sending additional COVID-19 vaccines to states, including Michigan, that face surging coronavirus cases.

Nana’s Run returns as in-person event

The annual Nana’s Run will return to downtown Grand Rapids on May 1.