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Corewell Health first in US to use newest stroke care tech

A ground-breaking stroke procedure was performed recently in West Michigan using a newly approved technological device.

Veteran surgeon to lead University of Michigan Health-West team

The Cardiovascular Network of West Michigan has a new surgical team leader. 

Hospitals battle caregiver burnout

“Nobody in health care is fine,” said Dr. James Fahner, one of the leaders in physician well-being at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Blue Cross Blue Shield awards over $270,000 in grants

Two Kalamazoo organizations were among those selected to receive funding from Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Advancing Maternal Health Equity grant program. 

West Michigan hospitals make top 1% in US

Healthgrades this week released its 2023 top hospitals in 18 specialty areas, and several West Michigan hospitals made the list.

Mary Free Bed hires new vice president of human resources

A local rehabilitation hospital recently welcomed a former Purdue University leader to its human resources team. 

Heart procedures move out of Michigan hospitals — for health systems that can eat...

On Jan. 6, the first heart catheterization procedure was performed outside of a hospital in Michigan.

Trinity Health examines in-hospital virtual care model

In an effort to find creative ways to tackle talent shortages in the health care field, Trinity Health leaders are preparing to roll out virtual nursing capabilities at its hospitals statewide in which patients would be interacting with on-screen nurses.

Davenport University and Pine Rest form education partnership

Two West Michigan entities are working together to support the next generation of mental health caregivers.

Van Andel Institute partners with Cure Parkinson’s in clinical drug trial

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Van Andel Institute is contributing $1.3 million to a $6.6 million U.K. trial to determine the ability of a drug to slow the progress of Parkinson’s disease. 

CarePatrol expands footprint, adds to management team

A local senior placement service added three new partners and expanded to provide services in two new locations. 

Children’s hospital names medical director of philanthropy

A local children's hospital appointed a leader to address burnout and provide support for hospital caregivers. 

Medical manufacturer sets goals to become environmentally friendly

A medical manufacturer has completed its goal of carbon reduction two years ahead of its set deadline.

Corewell’s planned Grand Rapids HQ is more than just a new office

Corewell Health's new Center for Transformation and Innovation may have started out as a traditional office building, but the pandemic has changed the way the health system plans to use the real estate on a daily basis.

Sparrow Hospital eases visitor restrictions

Two Lansing hospitals said they are lessening restrictions for visitors of COVID-19 positive patients. 

100 Businesses That Care names fall 2022 donation winner

A children’s health nonprofit earned recognition for its charitable work.

Emmanuel Hospice receives grant to expand pet visitors program

A local hospice care provider is looking to expand its pet visitation program.

Health care hopes for lighter year in 2023

After years in “survival mode,” West Michigan’s health care providers are hoping for a break.

Partners target medical debt

Access Health and RIP Medical Debt (RIP) have formally entered into a partnership that will last two years, with the goal of engaging West Michigan hospitals for RIP to acquire and abolish their qualifying medical debts, create local solutions for medical debt and help increase awareness of health plan options and identify barriers to affordable coverage.

The latest behemoth in MSU’s westward expansion gains steam

One year after opening, an MSU development is gaining steam as it tries to build a hub for medical tech companies in downtown Grand Rapids.

Stryker hits carbon reduction target, commits to 100% renewable energy by 2027

A medical device manufacturer reached a sustainability milestone sooner than planned.

Priority Health adds Sparrow Health System to network

A nonprofit health plan provider expanded its reach by adding a new health system under its umbrella. 

Stryker launches new product for foot, ankle surgeries

A Kalamazoo-based medical technology company developed a product for foot and ankle surgeries.

Bronson Healthcare cancer program earns national accreditation

An accreditation by the Commission on Cancer established a local health care system as a trusted source of quality cancer care. 

Trinity Health rolls out option for daily pay

Trinity Health soon will offer employees the option to be paid by the day, a bold new effort by the major health care system to attract and retain employees and provide its workforce with needed financial stability.