Monday March 26, 2012
Spectrum Health is one the nation’s top 10 health systems and one of the largest regarding post-acute care. According to Spectrum Health (2011), “Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit system of care dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals. With corporate offices located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a footprint that covers the entire state, Spectrum Health provides high quality, high value care to millions of individuals.” Spectrum Health provides an elaborate website designed to benefit current patient needs along with community directories for different types of health services and information. In this article I will give an overview of the delivery services that are provided, how Spectrum Health fits in the continuum of care, resource options provided by the website, and my overall review of the website. Delivery Services
Spectrum Health delivers a variety of services through hospitals, urgent care, treatment facilities, and numerous physician practices. Spectrum Health offers more than a variety of delivery services, but just about any legal treatment or procedure one can think of. What services are not rendered are in the making. After reviewing the website I found a few services to be a bit intriguing. For instance, Spectrum Health’s birthing center delivers over 7000 babies per year, earning the highest birthing services in the entire state of Michigan. The maternal ward offers a full range of education and support programs for parents before and after the baby is born. The unit also specializes in pre and post natal complications such as diabetes or kidney disorders, pain management, prenatal testing, cesarean births, and neonatal care. Spectrum Health has opened up the Richard DeVos Heart and Lung Transplant Program in 2010 along with the Frederik Meijer Heart and Vascular Institute. Spectrum Health’s concern for the nation’s leading death, heart disease, which kills more than 600,000 people in the United States each year, has brought on a spectacular delivery in 2010. In November 2010 Spectrum Health delivered its first heart transplant with three more to follow within a month. The cardiovascular delivery system focuses on research, clinical care, prevention, and curing cardiovascular disease. Cancer can be one’s own personal nightmare with being a seemingly perfectly healthy person one day to a death sentence the next. Spectrum Health is the largest cancer provider in the region providing comprehensive oncology services and a full range of cancer services. Spectrum Health provides cancer services such as screening, prevention, education, the latest treatment protocols and therapies, surgery, access to clinical trials, ongoing patient and family support, referrals to community resources, and follow-up care. Continuum of Care
Spectrum Health Continuing Care provides patients and their families with a seamless continuum of comprehensive care. Once a patient enters one of the programs, Spectrum assigns a multidisciplinary team of specialists to review the level of injury or illness and create a care regimen specifically tailored to the patient's needs (Spectrum Health, 2011). According to Spectrum Health (2011) “Our dedicated team provides personalized attention and medical care, as well as continuous evaluation of how patients are progressing.” Programs offered are Hospice and palliative care, Infusion pharmacy services, neuro rehabilitation services, and special care hospital, along with many other continued care services. Hospice and Palliative Care
Hospice and palliative care is a continued care program for patients and families with terminal illnesses and life-limiting illnesses. These services are offered in the Spectrum Health hospitals, assisted living facilities, long-term care facilities, or in the comfort of the patient’s home. Hospice follows through...