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

‘I just fell in love with it’

Ludington nurses reflect on providing decades of compassionate care.

Patient Story

‘The place I needed to be’

When cancer claimed her husband, Courtney Appel found solace in becoming a patient advocate.

No pomp, all circumstance

Amid a global pandemic, a 50-year-old woman who has long dreamed of being Florence Nightingale earns a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

Patient Story

‘The greatest feeling ever’

Little Tinley never stops smiling—from adoption as a baby through months of leukemia treatments and, now, a happily ever after.

‘His true legacy’

As Dr. Bob Connors steps down as president of Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, he looks back on a career dedicated to caring for children—as a pediatric surgeon, an administrator and a tireless advocate.

‘Giving back to our country’

Spectrum Health employees value their military service.

Patient Story

‘I knew I was down and out’

When knee pain meant she had to give up walking her beloved dog, Elizabeth Winstanley realized the time had come for surgery.

Patient Story

‘I couldn’t breathe’

A breast cancer diagnosis stuns Amy Flynn following her husband’s brain surgery.

Patient Story

‘Watching her grow’

Alison Mastin's blood attacked her unborn baby in utero. With quick intervention, little Violet survived—and thrived.

Patient Story

‘You’re going to be fine’

Lindsey Pietrzyk grew up with a mysterious heart condition. Now she's part of a growing family with faith in the future.

Patient Story

‘I’m so grateful’

It felt like the flu, but turned into something much more serious. A new mother gets fast care—for her and for her baby.

All in the genes

Now in its second year, the All of Us study marches onward to 1 million people—and genetics research is lighting the way.

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