Author:

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 addition to medical features, she writes fiction and has published seven 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

Patient Story

‘This is what we need’

At a clinic at New Hope Baptist Church, 250 people received COVID-19 vaccinations.

Patient Story

‘You have so much to live for’

When an 80-year-old retired teacher got her COVID-19 vaccine, her granddaughter delivered the shot.

‘My way to help out’

Health care providers take on new roles as they find ways to assist during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Patient Story

‘A glimmer of hope’

Community COVID-19 vaccine clinics brought peace, joy and excitement to those 65 and older who rolled up their sleeves for the first round of vaccinations.

‘I feel really blessed’

Health care team members receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Patient Story

‘A fresh start’

A baby girl arrives a few days early to claim the title of first baby of the new year at Spectrum Health.

Patient Story

Two classics make a comeback

The top baby names of 2020 include many longtime favorites.

‘A light at the end of the tunnel’

A COVID-19 vaccine clinic sees a steady stream of Spectrum Health medical team members.

‘A magnified effect’

COVID-19 hits especially hard for those with diabetes. Experts offer tips to reduce your risk of serious illness.

Patient Story

Love, Julie

Mourning the death of their mother to COVID-19, a family donates iPads to help other patients stay connected to their loved ones.

COVID-19: When to seek medical care

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

‘We are making history right now’

Five health care team members become the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccination at Spectrum Health.