A HealthBeat Special Series

Humans of Spectrum Health

Who are the people behind the lab coats, scrubs and name badges? This series shows the human side of the caregivers who are proud to call Spectrum Health their work home.

Health Beat Special Series
Patient Story

‘You have so much to live for’

When an 80-year-old retired teacher got her COVID-19 vaccine, her granddaughter delivered the shot.

‘My way to help out’

Health care providers take on new roles as they find ways to assist during the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘I feel really blessed’

Health care team members receive their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Patient Story

‘I just lay in bed and cried’

As a healthy, active 43-year-old nurse, Melissa Jones never expected COVID-19 to hit her so hard.

‘Running full-tilt’

Getting tested for COVID-19? Thank the dedicated laboratory services team for getting the results for you.

‘We are here to fight’

Meet the dream team that works at a drive-up specimen-collection site, helping patients learn if they have COVID-19.

Patient Story

Donating plasma: ‘A no-brainer‘

After recovering from COVID-19, a mother and daughter hope to help others.

Patient Story

Like father, like son—times two

Two doctors in the pediatric oncology-hematology fellowship are following in their dads' medical footsteps.

‘When life throws you lemons’

Health coach Angie Chandler overcame her pandemic doldrums to inspire herself and others with an outdoor neighborhood fitness squad.

Patient Story

A ‘simply jaw-dropping’ injury

Extensive surgery following a terrible crash has given nursing student Ryan Brown a unique perspective on the patient experience.

Patient Story

‘OK God, I see the rainbow’

A respiratory therapist battles back from crash injuries to treat her patients once again.

Patient Story

Cross-train for joint health

Patty Hager's road to fitness hit a speed bump when she twisted her knee. With surgery in the rearview, she's on the mend—and wiser for it.