Grand Valley State University

Nursing has long been a trusted profession… and now with COVID 19, they’ve been thrust into the spotlight like never before.  As we approach and get ready to celebrate National Nurses Week, (May 6-12), the GVSU Kirkhof College of Nursing is inviting the public to share a message of “thanks”.

“We have an abundance of gratitude, and appreciation for what they bring. That which is unique to the discipline of nursing. It is what’s needed at the point of care and I know that’s what they’re doing during this pandemic.”

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Hospital officials are concerned about a decrease in the number of heart attack and stroke patients visiting local Emergency Rooms. The assumption is calls to 911 or visits are down due to a fear E-Rs are filled with COVID-19 patients.

There’s a concerning trend that people with symptoms consistent with heart attack and stroke are avoiding receiving timely medical attention.

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Voters in Michigan's Democratic primary ranked health care as the most important issue facing the country, well above climate change, the economy, race relations, foreign policy and many other social issues. That's according to a wide-ranging AP VoteCast survey of the Democratic primary electorate in Michigan.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says delaying implementation of work requirements for enrollees in Michigan's Medicaid expansion program would prevent the state from potentially wasting at least $1 million.

The Democrat issued a special message to legislative leaders Tuesday, a day after saying the Republican-controlled Legislature should pause the rules taking effect in January.

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Groundbreaking on the Grand Rapids Innovation Park is less than a month away. A multi-million dollar gift will fund cancer-fighting technologies.

Doug Meijer and the Meijer Foundation are investing $19.5 million into what will be named the Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Center.

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Screwed by the Greedy Business of the American Healthcare is the name of the documentary film produced by award winning film-maker Dr. Vivek Palavali from Flint, Michigan, and it tells the story of the country’s healthcare system.  

“The biggest problem is the increase in co-pays and deductibles so a lot of patients are trying to hold off in accessing the medical care they need for the fear of expenses until its really bad.”

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A church in western Michigan is helping to pay off more than $1.8 million in medical debt for families.

Grand Rapids First church in the Grand Rapids-area community of Wyoming is working with Rye, New York-based nonprofit RIP Medical Debt on the effort. Nearly 1,900 randomly selected families from Kent, Ottawa, Allegan and Ionia counties are getting letters informing them that the debts are being paid off.

Those involved in the effort say a donation of $15,000 from the church is allowing RIP to purchase the debt.

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Leaders of local health care providers assembled at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids Friday morning to hear the 10th annual West Michigan Health Care Economic Forecast.


Marcus Jones, a Black American student at Grand Rapids Community College on the Occupational Therapist track was first exposed to the profession when he began working at a Spectrum Health Hospital downtown Grand Rapids.

Historically Black Americans and Latinx individuals have been significantly underrepresented among the Occupational Therapist profession. 

For Jones, the profession gives him the opportunity to help other using a diversity of skills.  

For All Americans?

Oct 23, 2017

WMU-Cooley Law School and partners are hosting “For All Americans?  The Future of Healthcare in America,” a panel discussion  about improving healthcare in today's conflicted political and social climate. We talk to Assistant Dean Tracy Brame.