A HealthBeat Special Series

Impact

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

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.

Patient Story

‘I felt and heard a big pop’

Hope College running back Mike Miklusicak suffered two severe knee injuries. After two surgeries, he's back toting the rock and scoring touchdowns.

Patient Story

Reclaiming her spark

Menopause stripped away Judy Pellerito’s joy, but with hormone therapy, she has a new song to sing.

Patient Story

Surviving Vietnam, Agent Orange and diabetes

'I worked myself all the way up to eight insulin shots a day,' noted a veteran who has since turned his health care journey upside down.

Patient Story

‘It got me pretty good’

Four days after a major stroke, a smokehouse owner returns to work.

Patient Story

‘One person can really make a difference’

It seemed like the perfect day for a run. It ended with an off-duty nurse saving a jogger’s life.

Patient Story

‘Only 2 percent survive’

After Turner Syndrome stunted her growth throughout childhood, Grace Ward is finally seeing possibilities open for her.

Patient Story

‘All about living, not dying’

With the help of hospice, a Battle of the Bulge hero continues to enjoy outdoor adventures.

Patient Story

‘Like a miracle worker’

Vein treatment was the catalyst for Gordon Nederveld to change his lifestyle and lose 80 pounds.

Patient Story

Pedaling away from pain

Jerry VanStrien, 57, biked across the country after a vascular procedure cured his chronic pain and leg problems.