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

Run for joy, run through grief

Jennifer Millard embraced an active lifestyle―and found emotional and spiritual strength after tragedy struck her family.

Patient Story

‘It’s so incredible’

Robilynn Anders-Sterk is a poster child for weight-loss surgery—and she's helping others who want longer, healthier lives.

Let your light shine

Throughout her career, Dr. Rima Shah has had to push past—and through—bias and discrimination.

A long and storied road

At age 26, love and hope helped carry Ayde Kuyers on the 2,200-mile journey from Mexico City to Michigan.

From lowest lows to highest highs

Real-life experience makes for a much-loved nurse. Maybe that's why Nikki Coy soars in the world of nursing.

Knowing war, finding peace

Data analyst Nicholas Kraska, a one-time Air Force mechanic during the Kosovo War, recalls the service and sacrifice of friends and family.

Patient Story

With Molly and Grace

Childhood cancer blinded Grace Schmid in one eye, but a wise mother has been there to guide her every step of the way.

Patient Story

‘I feel called to give back’

Touched by mission work in Haiti, physician assistant Kristin Dykstra plans to return for another week―with a team of volunteers.

A hero’s journey

A special program helps America's veterans find a career foothold in the world of health care.

On a mission for veterans

Danielle Montag leads an effort to greet, thank and provide extra help for patients who served in the military.

Forensic pathology unshrouded

15 fascinating forensic facts you've always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask.