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Innovate

Spectrum Health invents health solutions and delivers inspired care.

Patient Story

‘This is not going to stop me’

When severe chest pain turned out to be an aortic dissection, Kim Lautner underwent a new procedure to repair the tear in her blood vessel.

Patient Story

A steady hand

A longtime barber overcomes essential tremor thanks to a newer, simpler approach to deep brain stimulation.

Patient Story

‘Really powerful and valuable’

Through pregnancy, an emergency C-section, pediatric appointments and a broken bone, MyHealth has been a trusted companion for this family.

Patient Story

‘They only gave me 6 to 9 months’

When stomachaches turned out to be the worst form of pancreatic cancer, Tricia Johnson found hope in a targeted clinical trial treatment.

Patient Story

‘An incredible gift’

Talk about kid-friendly surgery: Children watch live feeds from zoos and aquariums while in the operating room.

Patient Story

Haylie’s mystery, solved

The Schneider family faced profound questions about their daughter’s developmental differences. Advances in genetic testing finally revealed answers.

Patient Story

Doctors and their robots

Cancer survivor Caroline Laney learns firsthand how humans and machines are working together in the operating room.

Patient Story

A year later, ‘a lot better’

Phil Simon had reached the end of the line with existing multiple sclerosis medications. A year after starting a new drug, his walking and stamina have improved.

Patient Story

A life-saving stroll

Chest pain prompted Jorge Gonzalez to visit a wellness office just down the street. Moments later, he found himself headed to surgery.

Patient Story

A mind on hope, a belly full of books

When Todd Henderson learned cancer might shorten his life, he got busy building a legacy—little robots that promise to feed the minds of young readers.

AI enters the delivery room

Silicon Valley has paired artificial intelligence with the everyday iPad to track blood loss experienced by mothers during delivery.

Patient Story

‘A trailblazer’

A Saugatuck woman with an aneurysm deep in her brain benefits from a new surgical technique.

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