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Impact

Spectrum Health offers world-class care with an unrivaled breadth and depth of clinical services.

Patient Story

‘We’re going to figure this out’

For Brenda Tuttle, unlocking the secret to her searing shoulder pain took persistence, an empathetic PA and a skilled neurosurgeon.

Patient Story

Coming full circle, from patient to physician

Doctors diagnosed Abigail Wenzlick with cancer as a toddler. Some 28 years later, she finds herself working as a medical resident alongside the physician who saved her.

Patient Story

‘The loss of that baby will always be with me’

A young family and a midwife bond through life and loss.

Patient Story

Getting unstuck

For a first-grader who stutters and has trouble using language to process the world around her, weekly speech therapy fosters breakthroughs.

Patient Story

His and hers physical therapy

When octogenarians John and Judy Lukassen needed physical therapy, they became cheerleaders for one another.

Patient Story

A melody for recovery

At age 17, Shawn Wieland suffered a traumatic brain injury in a winter car crash. Twenty years later, he's back to walking and playing guitar.

Patient Story

‘They called us blue babies’

For one Michigan woman, a doctor's retirement brings back memories of miracles.

Patient Story

‘So much easier than open heart surgery’

A second opinion led to a much less invasive fix for Janet Hanson.

Patient Story

‘Nothing short of a miracle’

Medical teams from two hospitals work through the night to save the lives of a mother and her newborn child.

Patient Story

‘Will you marry me?’

Told she doesn’t have much time to live, Rhonda White sees two wishes fulfilled in a tearful, joyful double wedding ceremony.

Patient Story

22 pounds of love

Cricket, a therapy cat, brings happiness and wholeness to hospice patients.

Patient Story

The power of ‘ghost poop’

A brave 4-year-old girl gets a little help from her friends as she overcomes her fear of injections.

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