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‘Time to play’: Michigan reopens 15 months after pandemic

After facing 15 months of capacity restrictions and being hit by the country's worst surge of coronavirus infections this spring, restaurants, entertainment businesses and other venues can operate at 100% occupancy — instead of 50% — starting Tuesday.

Grand Valley State University opens new DeVos health center

The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health on Grand Valley State University’s Health Campus in downtown Grand Rapids is now open to students.

Spectrum Health allows visitors for COVID-19 patients

Spectrum Health announced an updated visitor policy for patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

Michigan lifts indoor capacity limits, mask requirements

LANSING — Michigan will lift all indoor capacity restrictions and mask requirements next week, 10 days sooner than planned amid vaccinations and plummeting COVID-19 infections, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday.

Spectrum Health, Beaumont Health announce merger

Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health announced Thursday that they have signed a letter of intent to explore merging into a new health system.

Muskegon County hosting free virtual Pride event and resources fair

HealthWest and the Muskegon County Sexuality And Gender Advocates Collaborative are partnering to host Muskegon Pride, a free virtual conference and resource fair for the Muskegon LGBTQ+/SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression) community.

Study: HAP ranks highest in Michigan for member satisfaction

Health Alliance Plan ranked highest in member satisfaction among commercial health plans in the Michigan region, according to the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Commercial Member Health Plan Study.

Hospitality group raising funds for cancer research

Greenleaf Hospitality Group is partnering with Hockey For Life to raise funds for cancer research and to provide services to those currently fighting the disease.

WMCAT to offer tuition-free classes

The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) will be offering tuition-free career training in the health care sector in September through its Adult Career Training Program.

Spectrum Health joins commitment to increase MWBE investment by $1 billion

Spectrum Health joined 11 other health systems – some of the largest companies in their states – to announce major shifts in procurement strategies to help address the economic, racial and environmental disparities that impact community health outcomes.

SpartanNash offers telemedicine service at all pharmacies

SpartanNash has partnered with Bonum Health to provide telemedicine services at all company-owned pharmacies.

Inside Track: Attorney turns medical problem into career

Joe Rivet inadvertently catapulted himself into the health care industry as a teenager and has made a career out of it ever since, recently becoming the founder and principal attorney for Rivet Health Care Law PLC, and an arbitrator for the American Health Law Association.

Samaritas, partners deliver tech-based eldercare solution

Samaritas announced a partnership with Netherlands-based 1Minuut to introduce assisted reality to care for older adults with dementia.

Spectrum Health to host mobile LGBTQ+ affirming screening event

Spectrum Health’s Betty Ford Breast Care Services is offering accessible and inclusive early detection screening through the mobile mammography unit at Baxter Community Center on Saturday.

Priority Health provides incentives for behavioral health care

Priority Health now offers incentives to health care providers who complete staff education related to the Behavioral Health Collaborative Care model and implement plans for integrating the model into their practices.

Local Salvation Army celebrating National Donut Day

The Salvation Army of Kent County will deliver 35 dozen doughnuts Friday to thank first responders for their work in the community.

Michigan finalizes bias training rule for all health workers

LANSING — Michigan on Tuesday finalized a requirement that all 440,000 licensed or registered health workers in the state undergo annual hidden bias training to help address disparities in how patients are treated.

Grand Haven health center undergoes rebrand

Grand Haven-based Health Pointe is being rebranded as Spectrum Health Grand Haven Center.

Virus rules eased outdoors in Michigan; last call gets later

LANSING — Michigan crossed a threshold in the COVID-19 pandemic Tuesday with a lifting of certain restrictions at outdoor events and inside bars and restaurants.

Michigan bills look to tighten the definition of marijuana

LANSING — Legislation to close a gap in Michigan marijuana law that has allowed some untested products similar to marijuana to be sold passed Thursday in the state House.

Bronson Healthcare unveils $22 million hospital

Bronson Healthcare opened its new $22 million, 52,000-square-foot South Haven Hospital.

First lady Jill Biden to tour GRCC pop-up vaccine clinic

First lady Jill Biden will be visiting Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday as it hosts a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at GRCC’s Administration Building, 415 E. Fulton St.

Ronald McDonald House announces facility upgrades

A nonprofit is nearing the end of a 17-room renovation at its local facility to better support families traveling to Grand Rapids for their children’s medical or mental health treatment.

Holland Hospital offers pulmonary, sleep medicine practice

Holland Hospital announced its new specialty care practice and pulmonary and sleep medicine specialist Dr. Dale Coller, DO.

Michigan loosens COVID-19 workplace mask, distancing rules

LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday loosened COVID-19 workplace safety rules so fully vaccinated employees can go without a mask and disregard distancing requirements.