City hall, county government and the state legislature


Health information exchange joins Midwest initiative

October 25, 2016
A group of health information exchanges in the Midwest are joining together to create and test a new concept with the goal of improving health care for patients. Read More

Grant targets nursing in rural communities

October 24, 2016
Health care organizations have reported a “critical shortage” of nurses and other clinical providers in rural communities across the country. Read More

DDA eyes boundary expansion

Other changes would focus on affordable housing and minority, women businesses.

October 21, 2016
The “downtown” boundaries could receive an update before the end of the year. Read More

Downtown street gets $2M upgrade

October 20, 2016
Work on a downtown street considered an entryway to the city is finished. Read More

Hospital receives approval to perform elective angioplasty

October 20, 2016
A hospital in the area has received approval from the state to perform elective percutaneous coronary intervention, commonly known as angioplasty, in its cardiac catheterization laboratories. Read More

Tribe names chairman

October 18, 2016
A tribe in the region has appointed its casino facility director as chairman of its tribal council. Read More

Practice uses ketamine to treat depression

Michigan Pain Consultants agrees to be part of FDA trial to develop oral version of drug.

October 14, 2016
Dr. Mark Gostine, co-founder of Michigan Pain Consultants, said chronic pain and depression go hand in hand, which is why 40 to 50 percent of his practice’s patients are on anti-depressants. Read More

Vital Streets plan heads to city commission

Public has opportunity to voice opinions on the proposal as it goes through the city commission approval process.

October 14, 2016
The Vital Streets Oversight Commission completed work on a Vital Streets draft plan that will go before the Grand Rapids City Commission in November. Read More

College wins $2.5M grant from feds

October 10, 2016
A local college has received a $2.5-million federal grant to address the lack of English as a second language, or ESL, and bilingual teachers in Michigan. Read More

Strong Beginnings to pilot pay-for-success model

Program hopes to continue to reduce infant mortality and adverse birth outcomes.

October 7, 2016
Over the past 11 years, the Strong Beginnings program, which is administered by Spectrum Health in Kent County, has helped reduce infant mortality and adverse birth outcomes by 50 percent for African-Americans. Read More