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Impact

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

Patient Story

‘Heading south quickly’

David Stults developed popcorn lung after exposure to dangerous food chemicals. He's now hitting the school circuit to teach students the dangers of vaping similar substances.

Patient Story

‘Given me my life back’

Despite therapy and other treatments, Billie Ann Primmer’s hip pain became so intense she couldn’t walk. Hip replacement surgery offered hope.

Patient Story

‘Just short of a miracle’

When Michael Travis suffered a sudden heart problem, quick action—and the instant availability of an AED unit—made all the difference.

Patient Story

Her rainbow heart baby

A prenatal ultrasound alerted Amanda Rostic to her son's medical challenges, giving her time to plan his care well before birth.

Running on empty?

Whole foods can fix that.

Patient Story

Heart on the line

After bariatric surgery, Jaclyn Folkema is finally able to run, swim and play with her 9-year-old daughter.

Patient Story

‘They brought me back’

Following a brain cancer diagnosis, Polly Spence's family moved her from Florida to Michigan for surgery and rehabilitation.

Patient Story

When minutes matter

A partnership between two Michigan hospitals proved instrumental in saving a Traverse City man who suffered a stroke.

Patient Story

‘This changed us all’

A diagnosis of cancer—every parent’s nightmare. For the Hoffman family, it was a mountain to climb, but one they tackled with the help of everyday heroes.

Patient Story

On the move again

For two years, prolapse brought Coleen Venema to a near standstill—but then she found a doctor who could put things back together.

Patient Story

‘I get back much more than I give’

A cancer survivor finds new purpose.

Patient Story

The right place at the right time

When she went to a hockey game promoting stroke awareness, Nancy Weeks never imagined she would soon become a living example of early detection and treatment.

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