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

Do heart attacks rise as we spring ahead?

Preventive and interventional cardiologists provide suggestions for how to take it easy on your ticker.

‘No quiero contraer el virus’

250 personas de la tercera edad reciben la vacuna contra el COVID-19 en una clínica comunitaria instalada en Wyoming Senior Center.

Patient Story

‘I was delighted’

Residents of independent living facilities in Ottawa County receive COVID-19 vaccines at on-site clinics.

Patient Story

A shot and a song

Singing playful versions of childhood classics, a respiratory therapist entertains and educates vaccine recipients.

Patient Story

‘It was just a gift’

As Renee Teeple undergoes cancer treatments, she finds emotional and spiritual strength in music therapy.

Patient Story

‘We can make it through this’

Two sisters, 100 and 85, recall past health crises and celebrate their second COVID-19 vaccinations.

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.