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Impact Statement 2017

Community of Innovation Impact on the Community

We take immense pride in building better outcomes for our patients as a team of health care clinicians, innovators, students, engineers, designers, business and marketing people from our community and beyond. The following are a few of our moments of pride over this past year.

2017 MWest Challenge Innovation Award
A top winner of this year’s MWest Challenge Innovation Award of $2,000 is the Neo Skin-to-Skin project, developed by Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University student Jacqueline Davis in collaboration with Spectrum Health Innovations and the Spectrum Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The project involves a method to provide skin-to-skin contact for newborns in the NICU, crucial to developing the mother-child bond.

2017 Distinguished Engagement Initiative Award
The SHI partnership with Grand Valley State University School of Engineering students has led to one patent filing and four projects licensed to external companies. Engineering students worked alongside medical professionals to create solutions to health care problems, expanding their educational experience beyond the classroom into the real world of health care, business and marketing. For their successful collaboration, the GVSU School of Engineering awarded the 2017 Distinguished Engagement Initiative Award to SHI.  

Michigan Technological University 2017 Design Expo Innovation Award
Building on an idea suggested by Joseph Vettukattil, MD, division chief, cardiology, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, a team of biomedical engineering students at Michigan Technological University submitted their design to the 2017 Design Expo. Their project, “Customizing Transcatheter Nitinol Stents for Treatment of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome in Infants,” received first place in the Innovation Awards category. Read the full story – A New Stent Device for Babies.

2017 MWest Innovation Showcase Event
This year, SHI sponsored MWest Showcase Event keynote speaker Craig Dubitsky, founder of hello® products, to inspire approximately 200 participants of all ages and backgrounds with his expertise and journey to business success. Students participating in the MWest business plan competition competed to win up to $5,000 in prizes.

American Society of Electroencephalographic Technicians 2016 Annual Conference
SHI and Spectrum Health clinicians under the leadership of Ayman Haykal, MD, epileptologist, medical director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, Spectrum Health, and Brian Hindsley, director,  neurodiagnostics, Spectrum Health, worked with a team of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University students to develop a design for an EMU that allows patients to safely have seizures in a patient-centered environment. The design garnered the enthusiastic interest of The American Society of Electroencephalographic Technicians 2016 Annual Conference participants who viewed the poster presentation by Pam Parker, supervisor, neurodiagnostics, Spectrum Health EMU, and Brian Galdis, lead EEG technologist, Spectrum Health EMU.

Central Michigan University New Venture Competition
Breast cancer survivor Jodie Faber, BS, CWP, manager, Spectrum Health United Lifestyles, inspired SHI and Central Michigan University students to develop the thermal bra. The thermal bra was created for women who have undergone mastectomies with breast reconstruction, who often report having a cold chest. CMU fashion students brought their project to the New Venture Competition, where they were awarded $250 as second runners-up. Read the full Thermal Bra story.

Kent Intermediate School District Health Sciences Early College Academy
The Kent ISD Health Sciences Early College Academy provides real-life experience in a clinical setting for high school seniors and juniors while they earn college credit. SHI worked with Biomedical Technology Program students on a project called Peapod, a collapsible chair designed to support the neck and torso of a person with cerebral palsy. Guided by Mike Czechowskyj, MSN, RN, PCCN, CNML, clinical innovation specialist, Spectrum Health Innovations, and Eric Van Middendorp, MSE, biomedical engineer, Spectrum Health Innovations, students prepared Peapod for the statewide HOSA Competition and earned first place at the regional competition and eighth place at the state competition.

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