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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 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

‘It is the best medicine’

ICU patients and family members share virtual visits, with help from donated iPads and technical assistance.

‘This is what I am called to do’

Emergency department workers draw strength from teamwork, training and community support in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘You are loved’

Neighbors rally outside the hospital with signs to show gratitude for health care workers serving the community during the pandemic.

Glowing with gratitude

Cascade Township neighbors create a luminary walk to honor health care providers.

‘You got to feel for people who are on the front lines’

Community members create face masks and donate supplies to help those caring for patients during the global pandemic.

Health care heroes: ‘We are all in this together’

Life on the front lines of the pandemic: altruism, dedication and expertise shine.

A big sign of support for health care workers

East Grand Rapids neighbors rally to thank Spectrum Health team members along their daily commute.

COVID-19 and pregnancy: Tips from experts

Childbirth experts offer advice and guidance for moms-to-be preparing to give birth during the pandemic.

COVID-19 donations: ‘It gives me goosebumps’

Donations of masks, gowns, food and flowers pour in to help the health care workers on the front line.

COVID-19 meals: Keep it simple

As you assemble meals during this stay-at-home spell, a dietitian offers sensible advice: Give yourself plenty of leeway.

COVID-19 drive-through: ‘It’s really a calm process’

In outdoor tents, health care professionals collect specimens for patients with appointments for testing.

Patient Story

‘A hometown hero’

Amway creates hand sanitizer for Spectrum Health—and donates it to help patients and health care workers.

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