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Marie Havenga

Marie Havenga is a veteran journalist of more than 30 years. The Grand Rapids native launched her journalism career at age 15, writing for WorkWeek, a weekly business magazine. She joined the Grand Haven Tribune staff as a columnist and reporter in 2003, after writing for the Grand Rapids Press for more than two decades. A boating and water enthusiast, she lives on the shores of Spring Lake. Havenga has published an environmental children's book and her writing has been featured in several national publications.

Marie Havenga

Posts from Marie Havenga

Patient Story

‘It’s great to be back in our office’

After weeks of focusing on urgent medical needs and virtual care, patients and providers are glad to be able to return to in-person visits for routine care.

Parents: Beware these red flags

A pediatric infectious disease specialist shares crucial information about COVID-19 and the inflammatory disease making headlines around the world.

‘An important thing to do’

Area manufacturers help bridge the gap in face masks with industrial sewing machines, operating room materials and an innovative spirit.

Patient Story

Puppets take on the pandemic

Pediatric patients' drawings come alive with the help of Grand Rapids Civic Theatre dreamers.

‘People like him are the reason we’ll get through this’

Shane Carne wanted to help during COVID-19, so he volunteered to leave his post as a surgical operating room nurse to work as an intensive care nurse.

‘A positive thing to do’

Spectrum Health is seeking volunteers to make masks for non-clinical employees as well as other community partners.

COVID-19: ‘It takes all of us’

Work-at-home insurance coders join Spectrum Health's fight against the virus, deploying to the front line to sanitize hospital touch points.

‘It’s extraordinary’

West Michigan companies work together to innovate and create protective gear for health care heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘This is very comforting’

With COVID-19 concerns swirling, Spectrum Health Healthier Communities' no-contact supply delivery program helps families in need.

Patient Story

Through the looking glass

The Vanden Berg family found a way around COVID-19 restrictions to share their newborn son with his siblings—holding him up to a hospital window while his sisters waved and blew kisses from the lawn below.

Patient Story

Pomp, despite the circumstance

Lexanne Sherrell lost her twin sister in utero. Soon thereafter, the 1-pound-5-ounce preemie forged her own path to graduate from the NICU.

Patient Story

‘She’s tenacious’

Kaitlyn Seykora baffled medical professionals all her life. Just last month, a geneticist provided a diagnosis—one so rare, not much is known about it.

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