Lody Zwarensteyn

Lody Zwarensteyn

Lody Zwarensteyn is a long-time observer of the West Michigan health care scene and was president of the Alliance for Health, a former nonprofit in Grand Rapids.

ARTICLES

Can we fix the Affordable Care Act?

August 29, 2017
Don’t like the prospects for fixing the Affordable Care Act? Repeal and replace somehow didn’t work. Unilateral political action doesn’t seem to be in the cards anymore. Local leaders have not distinguished themselves in addressing real health care concerns. What can be done? Read More

Health care's legislative future

May 31, 2017
Donald Trump was elected. We continue to have a Republican House of Representatives and Senate in Washington. What does that mean for health and health care in the United States? Read More

Taxing of satellite health centers needs clarity

March 27, 2017
How much land can a nonprofit hospital remove from the tax rolls? That’s a key question as a tax tribunal judge recently ruled against Grand Rapids Township and for Spectrum Health. Read More

The state of health care prices in West Michigan

January 17, 2017
Throughout my long career, I had the privilege of knowing and working with many fine hospital trustees. They are the people who set the policies that govern a hospital’s operations. They advocate for the hospital in the community. Hopefully, they advocate for the community to the hospital. Also, they are the ones who approve the prices patients and insurers are charged by their system. Read More

The future of Obamacare

November 21, 2016
Donald Trump has been elected. We will continue to have a Republican House of Representatives and Senate in Washington. What does that mean for health and health care in the United States? Read More

Health care career advice

August 30, 2016
Students and parents are often frustrated by the limited choices they appear to have when thinking about careers. Yet, their thinking is often clouded by a lack of information. Read More

The importance of nonprofit hospital board members

June 29, 2016
Trustees are very important. Read More

West Michigan health care industry needs community oversight

March 25, 2016
The situation in Grand Haven with the Health Pointe development by Spectrum Health and Holland Hospital in the backyard of the North Ottawa Community Health System is a clear indicator that the health care industry needs community oversight. Read More

Letter: Township has fiduciary responsibility to NOCHS

March 18, 2016
Editor: Health Pointe in Grand Haven will have significant impacts on the North Ottawa community. Read More

Overflow crowd halts hospital hearing

December 21, 2015
Grand Haven Township was hosting a public hearing recently to hear comments about the proposed development of Health Pointe, a joint project of Holland Hospital and Spectrum Health, so I thought I would swing by and have a listen. Read More