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Michigan nursing homes ordered to offer on-site booster shot

LANSING — Michigan’s health director on Thursday ordered nursing homes to offer on-site booster shots to residents who are not up to date on the COVID-19 vaccine in a state that lags others in vaccinating people in long-term care facilities.

Kent County hosting weekend vaccine clinic

A community vaccine clinic offering Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and boosters will be held this Saturday.

HealthBar opens third drive-thru medical center

A Grand Rapids-based provider of custom health care services for businesses and consumers opened its third drive-thru medical center this week.

HealthBar, Deksia plan joint headquarters

A Grand Rapids-based provider of custom health care services and a strategic data and creative marketing agency are partnering on a combined headquarters.

Newsweek selects local hospitals for best maternity care

Six Michigan hospitals, including three in West Michigan, recently were listed among the Best Maternity Care Hospitals by Newsweek. 

Michigan auditors report 2,400 more long-term care deaths

LANSING — Michigan auditors found nearly 2,400 additional COVID-19 deaths linked to long-term care facilities over an 18-month period, at places that report coronavirus deaths to the state and homes that do not.

KCHD providing free radon testing

The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) is providing free radon test kits for National Radon Action Month. 

Spectrum Health invests $151M for new care locations

A Grand Rapids health system is investing $151 million for three new building projects that will benefit several patients in West Michigan. 

Supreme Court halts COVID-19 vaccine rule for US businesses

The Supreme Court has stopped a major push by the Biden administration to boost the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination rate, a requirement that employees at large businesses get a vaccine or test regularly and wear a mask on the job.

Stryker inks $3B deal to acquire Vocera Communications

Stryker signed an agreement to acquire a provider of clinical communication and workflow solutions for the health care industry in a deal valued at over $3 billion.

Whitmer administration disputes pending report on nursing home deaths

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration disputed the methodology and conclusions in a pending report that is expected to say there were nearly 30% more coronavirus-related deaths tied to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in Michigan than reported by the state health department.

Priority Health’s new technology promotes enhanced care

Priority Health has partnered with Madison-based health record systems provider Epic Systems to implement Epic’s Payer Platform as part of a long-term strategy to improve overall quality of care.

Michigan gets initial small shipment of COVID-19 pills

LANSING — Michigan has received an initial, small federal shipment of COVID-19 pills that can be taken at home, state health officials said Friday.

Children’s hospital fundraiser sees record-breaking year

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation and iHeartMedia reported their biggest year to date for their December 2021 Radiothon fundraiser.

Medical labs navigate COVID rules

West Michigan medical labs have been offering opportunities for businesses to implement strategies and have systems in place to protect their employees from the COVID-19 virus and avoid any potential upheavals of normal business operations.

Stryker rolls out new time-saving surgical equipment

Stryker is making foot and ankle doctors’ jobs easier.

Federal support team arrives at Mercy Health Muskegon

A team of 15 U.S. Air Force clinicians arrived at Mercy Health Muskegon to support local health care workers who continue to grapple with rising COVID-19 rates in Michigan.

Spectrum Health begins 2022 with board transitions

A regional health system appointed one incoming board member as three board members completed their terms of service.

Some schools expecting virus surge go online, cancel classes

SOUTHFIELD — The continued rise in coronavirus cases across Michigan and an expected surge following Christmas and the New Year has extended the holiday break for some students.

Michigan health agency won’t mirror new isolation guidance

LANSING — Michigan’s health department, for now, will not mirror new recommendations from U.S. officials reducing isolation restrictions for people infected with the coronavirus from 10 days to five.

Michigan sets COVID-19 booster goal, offers prevention methods

The state of Michigan recently set a COVID-19 booster goal and gave actionable steps to protect residents from the continued spread of the virus.

Spectrum Health receives top rank for electronic bookkeeping

A global health systems adviser awarded a West Michigan organization its highest ranking for adopting and harnessing technology in ways that optimize patient care.

KCHD announces changes to COVID-19 isolation, quarantine guidelines

The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) on Tuesday, Dec. 28, announced COVID-19 isolation and quarantine period changes, falling in line with guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention protocols.

Health systems secure additional federal staffing assistance

The federal government granted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request for additional staffing assistance at a fourth Michigan hospital.

Partners form plan for behavioral health center

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and Network180 entered a partnership to bring a Behavioral Health Crisis Center (BHCC) to West Michigan in late 2022.