West Michigan News

June 01, 2012


When British surgeon Dr. Marcus Haw received a phone call from an old friend suggesting he consider working in Grand Rapids, he laughed it off.

He had spent 15 years as chief of congenital cardiovascular surgery at the University Hospital of Southampton, building one of the top-ranked programs in the United Kingdom.

“I said, ‘No. Where is Grand Rapids? I’m not going to America. I’m very, very happy where I am,’” Haw recalled.

Less than a year later, he sat in the cafeteria at Spectrum Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, talking excitedly about joining Dr. Neal Hillman in leading a major expansion of the pediatric cardiac surgery program.

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Category: GrandRapids, Health, Healthcare, Home, Innovation

February 17, 2011
When Catherine's Health Center had the opportunity to relocate from its cramped 1,200 square feet in the basement of St. Alphonsus Church to three times the space in a LEED-certified property, it was all systems go. On Feb. 14, the free health clinic celebrated its 15-year anniversary with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new digs in the former St. Alphonsus Elementary School (1211 Lafayette Ave. NE, Grand Rapids).

Category: Community, GrandRapids, Healthcare, Innovation, WestMichigan

January 27, 2011
Nanny on Demand is barely out of diapers, yet this growing enterprise providing flexible daycare without requiring a long-term contract announced this week that it's ready to take its franchise opportunity beyond Michigan's borders.

The newest of West Michigan's first three Nanny on Demand locations will open in early- to mid-February along Grand Rapids' Medical Mile at 545 Michigan St. NE, behind El Barrio Mexican Grill.

Category: Community, Education, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Healthcare, Innovation, WestMichigan

January 13, 2011
Big, blue and round, the new Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is full of circles -- colorful artwork circles, swirling mosaics, round wayfinding signs, chairs and ottomans.

Category: Community, Education, GrandRapids, Health, Healthcare, Innovation, LifeSciences, WestMichigan

September 09, 2010
The City of Grand Rapids approved two proposed development projects with a combined investment cost of $39 million for brownfield redevelopment tax abatements last week.

Category: Community, GrandRapids, Healthcare, LifeSciences, Technology, WestMichigan

July 23, 2009
A longtime vision of husband and wife optometrists Scott Hieneman and Stacy Davis came true this year when they opened an optometry office in Ada, enabling them to work together in the same practice.

Category: Community, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Healthcare, Innovation, WestMichigan

January 24, 2008

Cities, like people, make first impressions, long-lasting impressions on our visitors and others who are in the process of determining where they will live, establish businesses, and raise their families. That can be a good or a bad thing, but for Grand Rapids it’s very positive.


We’ve been making a great first impression because of our friendly and talented people, our strong values of hope, family and faith, and our commitment to sustainable growth and renewal. We are making national news for our forward-thinking investments and we are seen by others as a model city for our public-private partnerships and our green approach to the future.

Category: Community, Culture, Diversity, Education, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Healthcare, Innovation, Lakeshore, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan