Author:

Rick Jensen

Rick Jensen enjoys tapping into his creative writing skills to share the stories of Spectrum Health and its patients with the world. Prior to joining the Health Beat team full time, he worked on the PR team at Spectrum Health promoting Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, the Spectrum Health Cancer Center as well as other initiatives and programs. He comes to the role with years of communications experience, working in the past as a communications manager at Davenport University and then in PR for Seyferth and Frederik Meijer Gardens.

Rick is an avid social media addict who enjoys cooking and summers in Michigan with his partner, Eric, their dog, Walter, and two cats.

Rick holds a master’s degree in management from Davenport University and a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University in advertising and public relations. He is past president for the West Michigan chapter of Public Relations Society of America and leads PR efforts for Festival of the Arts in downtown Grand Rapids. Rick has been honored by the Grand Rapids Business Journal as a 40 under Forty honoree and was also awarded PR Professional of the Year from West Michigan PRSA. A few noteworthy stories he is responsible for landing include these: Today Show Online, Inside Edition, Parent’s Magazine, People Magazine, Detroit Free Press and Michigan Radio.

Posts from Rick Jensen

Patient Story

‘The puzzle pieces made sense’

Genetic testing helps a Michigan mom and dad find answers to their baby's rare condition.

‘I can reach the world again’

Once a pro boxer and prison guard, Kristina King had long been sidelined by injuries. After robot-assisted surgery, she's back on the move.

A reunion of the tiniest fighters

Families and NICU care team members gather to celebrate health, happiness and promising futures.

‘I’m proud of myself’

With help from a pediatric psychologist, a Michigan teen identifies anxiety as the source of her severe pain. Together, they've shaped her strategy for wellness.

Signs of sepsis

A pediatric emergency medicine doctor provides helpful insights for parents and caregivers.

‘I feel like a living miracle’

Robot-assisted surgery helps Deb Borst, 73, return to her active life after a cancer diagnosis.

‘Simply a must’

Don’t delay on fall vaccinations—it’s important to keep up routine shots for your children’s health.

Patient Story

Rufus, the teaching teddy bear

A cuddly companion guides young patients in helpful lessons about diabetes.

Patient Story

‘The tumor is just melting away’

A 10-year-old girl's fight against a rare cancer brings her to West Michigan for precision treatment.

Off to college?

A new routine and a new life away from home can be stressful for many young adults. Try these helpful tips to manage anxieties.

Patient Story

Kids conquer the diamond

Minor League baseball team puts patients from children's hospital in charge for one special night.

How to fight lower back pain

Diet and lifestyle changes—and a critical look at your workplace setup—could help put you on the path to healing.