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Sue Thoms

Sue Thoms is a writer and storyteller who joined Health Beat after a 30-year career at The Grand Rapids Press. She loves writing stories that shine a light on the resilience and beauty of the human spirit. In her spare time, she writes fiction and has published four picture books for children. Michigan born and raised, Sue enjoys exploring the state with her family―especially the lakes, sand dunes and ski hills. Contact her at susan.thoms@spectrumhealth.org.

Sue Thoms

Posts from Sue Thoms

‘A true health care visionary’

Tina Freese Decker, chosen as the next president and CEO of Spectrum Health, brings to the role a passion for health care and extensive experience in operations and strategy.

“Una autentica visionaria en la atención a la salud”

Tina Freese Decker, nombrada presidente y CEO de Spectrum Health, aporta a esta función pasión por la atención a la salud y amplia experiencia en la gestión operativa y estratégica.

Patient Story

A closer look at a complex heart

Pediatric cardiologists use 3D viewing technology to plan how to re-route and replace a teenager’s blood vessel.

Patient Story

‘A good moment’

A father in hospice care spends an evening at a Whitecaps game with his sons: "Just being with the kids is the main thing."

Patient Story

Miracle Markle is ‘our hero’

Born at 22 weeks and four days gestation, little Noah is the youngest born survivor to graduate from the NICU.

Patient Story

‘God was looking out for me’

“It’s a miracle,” says Jack Hofstra, 92, after he got a new heart valve through a minimally invasive procedure.

Get ready for another stretch of potentially dangerous heat

Young athletes and construction workers―new to the job or in their first days of practice―are especially at risk of heat-related illness. Here are top tips to stay safe and cool.

Patient Story

Sports, fun and hope

Kids with visual impairments try new activities, meet friends and show off their talents.

Patient Story

‘They are all caring about us’

Blinking lights from law enforcement agencies and caring individuals send messages of love and support for kids in the hospital.

Patient Story

Once blind, her eye can now see

After a woman suffers a stroke that affects her retina, hyperbaric medicine treatments help restore vision.

Patient Story

‘It is such a joy’

Nurse midwives focus on empowering women through pregnancy and childbirth.

Patient Story

‘They call me the million-dollar head’

His right side once paralyzed by a life-threatening brain hemorrhage, Fabian Vasquez is now back at school and riding a bike.