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New Surgical Option for Spectrum Health Epilepsy Patients a First in West Michigan

September 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Spectrum Health is the first health system in West Michigan and among the first in the nation to offer patients ROSA™, an advanced option for neurosurgery. ROSA is a surgeon-directed robotic arm designed to assist during brain surgery. The use of ROSA improves accuracy and can significantly reduce total surgery time, including the time a patient is under general anesthesia. The robot can be used for cranial procedures requiring precise positioning and handling of instruments. The ROSA™ robotic device was designed to increase the safety and reliability of various neurological procedures without compromising established surgical protocols. ROSA™ is an integrated multi-application console that acts as a reliable and accurate surgical assistant. “Robotic technology is at the forefront of the next generation of surgical treatments for epilepsy,” said Sanjay Patra, MD, MSc, neurosurgeon, Spectrum Health Medical Group. “With these new technologies, we are accessing the deepest areas of the brain and expanding treatment of neurological disorders.” ROSA can be used to assist with implanting electrodes that map regions of the brain affected by seizures. Additional applications of ROSA include placing electrodes for deep brain stimulation in patients with diseases like Parkinson’s, taking biopsies in critical, hard-to-access areas of the brain, and using the Visualase® laser ablation system to destroy tissue in areas of the brain where seizures or tumors originate. “An important capacity provided by the ROSA technology will be our ability to unite a number of technologies to achieve improved patient outcomes,” said Kost Elisevich, MD, PhD, neurosurgeon, co-chair department of clinical neurosciences, chief, division of neurosurgery, Spectrum Health Medical Group.  “These include utilization of additional tools such as Visualase, iMRI and advanced 3D neuroimaging.” Intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging technology or iMRI enables a surgeon to promptly confirm progress during surgery. The iMRI provides feedback during the procedure indicating critical areas near the tumor that need to be avoided and helping surgeons confirm that as much of the tumor as possible has been removed. Visualase® provides precise MRI-guided laser technology for thermal ablation of brain tumors that were previously impossible to reach due to their position in the brain. The use of this technology enables most procedures to be completed in less time, minimal suturing and hair removal, reduced scarring and shorter hospital stays. Spectrum […]

Spectrum Health Appoints Chief Operating Officer for Hospital Group

August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Spectrum Health has selected Gwen G. Sandefur, MHSA, as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Spectrum Health Grand Rapids. Sandefur assumed her new role on August 3. “We are very pleased to have Gwen in position to provide leadership and coordinate operations for inpatient and outpatient aspects of the hospital facilities and service lines in Grand Rapids,” said Christina Freese-Decker, president, Spectrum Health Hospital Group. “Her skills and experience will be invaluable as we work together in our mission to provide seamless, high quality health care in the communities we serve.” Specifically, the new COO will lead day-to-day operations for Spectrum Health Grand Rapids and oversee the development and implementation of long-range plans, goals and objectives for the organization. Sandefur has extensive experience in health care administration, most recently serving as the executive vice president/chief operating officer, St. Mary’s Health and president, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, Ind., a member of Ascension Health. Previously, she served as senior vice president, strategic development and regional operations, St. Mary’s Health System/Seton Health Corporation. Prior to joining St. Mary’s Health, Gwen worked for St. Vincent Health, Indianapolis, Ind. Sandefur earned her Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan and her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Indiana University. Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 181 ambulatory and service sites; 1,300 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,100 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan with about 654,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 23,000 employees. The organization provided $294.6 million in community benefit during its 2014 fiscal year. Spectrum Health is the only health system in Michigan to be named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems® by Truven Health Analytics for 2015. This is the fourth time the organization has received this recognition. spectrumhealth.org  

ChoiceOne Bank, Spectrum Health join forces to combat childhood obesity

August 11, 2011 // 0 Comments

Great things happen when organizations commit to the health and well-being of their communities. ChoiceOne Bank and Spectrum Health are platinum co-sponsors of the USCA Canoe and Kayak National Championship, a community event taking place on Newaygo’s Muskegon River August 9-14. In addition to mutual sponsorship of this event, ChoiceOne Bank and Spectrum Health will participate in joint fundraising efforts to combat childhood obesity. “We are pleased to share the excitement of this pivotal athletic event for the region,” said ChoiceOne Bank President and Chief Executive Officer James Bosserd. “ChoiceOne looks forward to supporting an event that benefits our local communities. As a community bank, we are also gratified to extend this opportunity to help local youth achieve healthy lifestyles through the Community Health Outreach Fund.” The Community Health Outreach Fund targets efforts to combat childhood obesity. A pilot program focusing on childhood obesity and self-body image for youths ages 11-18 has concluded with significant results. This medically supervised long-term health and weight management program provides support, encouragement and knowledge to participants working toward goals and seeking healthy lifestyles. A pilot group of 12 youths lost a combined 393 pounds—an average participant weight loss of 33 pounds. Additional classes are being planned. “A key strategic initiative for Spectrum Health is to develop healthier communities,” stated Randy Stasik, CEO of Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital. “One way our organization intends to improve the health of our communities is to have an organization-wide fund development strategy that targets community health initiatives. To achieve this goal, the SHGM Community Health Outreach Fund was established.” Patients, customers and the public can join in the fight against childhood obesity. Make a donation by purchasing a “canoe” for $1 (minimum) at any ChoiceOne Bank location, or at the Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital Gift Shop. The 2011 USCA Newaygo Nationals is expected to attract hundreds of world-class paddlers from 30+ states, the Canadian Provinces, and at least five foreign countries, and includes a wide variety of pre- and post-race community events. The Newaygo Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor live music, children’s activities, family paddling activities, and other events designed to accommodate the paddlers and their families, and to complement race activities. Contact the Newaygo Area Chamber of Commerce at www.newaygonaturally.com […]

New books available for those who love Michigan

April 1, 2010 // 0 Comments

Two new books highlighting images of West Michigan scenery as captured by local Rockford artist Stacy Niedzwiecki are now available. In a co-publishing partnership with Spectrum Health, Niedzwiecki has created a book, “Healing Images—A Selection from the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion.” The book features one of each photograph Niedzwiecki has permanently installed in the cancer center’s art collection—63 images in total. Showcasing some of the most scenic areas of West Michigan, the book makes a great gift for anyone who appreciates nature’s beauty. Copies can be purchased online at stacyn.com/wordpress, or at the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion Specialty Shop, Frenz Coffee House in Rockford, and Robinette’s Apple Haus & Gift Barn in Grand Rapids. The artist’s website also lists upcoming book-signing dates and art fair events. Books ordered online can be custom-signed and shipped to any location. In another effort just released, Niedzwiecki has 12 pages of photographs from the Muskegon County area in a second book, “Pure Michigan: Abundant Natural Beauty, Authentic Destinations, Unique Experiences: Spring.” Niedzwiecki was one of 10 professional photographers who were charged with the task of capturing the vibrancy and beauty of the Great Lakes state during the spring season of 2009. The best of their efforts was compiled into a hardcover book containing more than 110 beautiful pictures. The images of people, places and landscapes are perfect for any Michigander’s coffee table. The “Pure Michigan: Spring” book can also be purchased online or by visiting Niedzwiecki at one of her upcoming events. For further information, please call the artist directly at (616) 550-8107.