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

Flu shot? Better late than never

Even midway through flu season, the vaccine can deliver added protection.

‘Better and better each day’

As the COVID-19 positivity rate steadily declines, there's optimism for the weeks ahead.

Smiles on skates

As the end of his cancer treatment nears, a 7-year-old boy is treated to a surprise unveiling of a backyard ice rink.

COVID-19: When to seek care if you test positive

Here are a few tips to help you know when to call your doctor or go to the emergency department.

Patient Story

‘Exactly what I wanted’

A baby boy arrives a week early to claim the title of first baby of the new year.

Patient Story

‘It has lifted many spirits’

Premature babies dress up in ugly sweaters to celebrate the holidays.

‘So precious’

Top baby names of 2021 are both traditional and regal.

‘Bringing a little bit of joy’

Toy Express delivers more than 500 new toys to children staying at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Patient Story

‘Every day is a gift’

The tiniest NICU babies dress up.

Health care heroes need smiles, too

Children's hospital team members take to the sidewalk with chalk to add joy and sunshine to the Medical Mile.

Patient Story

‘Restored hope’

Grace deBest, 16, celebrates the completion of a two-year battle with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Kids put a lid on it

Local program fits bike helmets for kiddos to promote safe fun.