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.

Posts from Sue Thoms

Patient Story

Telehealth exam kits ‘a game changer’

With a variety of attachments, the TytoCare device allows providers to examine a patient’s heart rate, ears, throat and lungs during a video visit.

Patient Story

‘It makes COVID-19 less scary’

Patients at high risk for developing severe illness turn to a new type of treatment at an outpatient clinic.

Patient Story

‘My little birthday gift’

The West Michigan Vaccine Clinic opens at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.

Patient Story

‘I don’t want to get the virus’

At a community clinic at the Wyoming Senior Center, 250 residents receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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.