Placement Locations

You May Request Placement Preferences On The Application.  We Make Every Effort To Place You In Your First Choice, However, We Cannot Guarantee It.

Mercy Health - St.Mary's

Students are assigned to three clinical areas for their Immersion experience, based on career interest, as much as possible. Areas utilized include cardiac intermediate, emergency medicine, family medicine/outpatient, physical therapy, neurological science, oncology, orthopedics, postpartum / newborn nursery, primary care clinics, respiratory and urgent care.

Mercy Health's off-site placement locations are also available, but not limited to: 

  • Browning Claytor Clinic - 1246 Madison SE, Grand Rapids, 49507
  • Clinica Santa Maria - 730 Grandville Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, 49503 (bilingual)
  • Sparta Family Health Center - 475 South State Street, Sparta, 49345
  • Urgent Care East Beltline - 1471 East Beltline, Grand Rapids, 49525

Spectrum Health - Medical Explorers

Tuesday and Thursday, 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. 
**(request only if you are able to get an early release from your high school. You must be on-site by 2:25 PM)

Students rotate through a variety of departments within Spectrum Health. Departments/areas utilized include acute care of the elderly, care management, medsurg, internal medicine, neuroscience, pediatrics, pharmacy, radiology, respiratory care, and urgent care. Medical Explorers also participate in 4-5 tours, including AeroMed, Blodgett Morgue, GVSU Simulation Lab and more.

Although most experiences take place at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus, some occur at other locations.

Spectrum off-site campus locations are also available, but not limited to:

  • Blodgett Hospital / Acute Care of Elderly: 1840 Wealthy SE, GR, 49506
  • Integrated Care Campus on the East Beltine
  • Aero Med by the Airport

Other Placements

Meadowlark - Sparta 
Meadowlark Retirement Village offers an environment where residents can chose a variety of options from Residential Living to Assisted Living services. Students will have the opportunity to interact in activities that will promote physical, social, emotional and intellectual support for the residents.

Porter Hills - Grand Rapids
Porter Hills serves the aging population and offers a variety of choices that include residential living, assisted living, or a full continuum of care with Alzheimer / dementia care and skilled nursing. Students will have the opportunity to rotate through a wide variety of these service areas.

Spectrum Health Pennock - Hastings 
Pennock Hospital is a short term acute care hospital.  Student observations are coordinated by the Education Development Coordinator and may consist of rotations through Cardiopulmonary/Respiratory, Laboratory, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Radiology (Imaging), and Rehabilitation. Nursing observations will also be available. 

Other:
Dental / Orthodontic Offices and Rehabilitation Services (Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy/ Speech) are available upon request.

Reminder: Transportation to and from placement sites is the responsibility of the student. 
FREE transportation may be available if needed.  Please contact Krista Harmon @ 616-365-2369 or kristaharmon@kentisd.org for details.
 
If you have a connection at a medical site, or have a special interest, please communicate this with the Career Exploration Consultant . We try to develop new placement sites as requested.

Upcoming Events

April 25
MiCareerQuest
8:00 AM
DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
MiCareerQuest
Apr 25
8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Come explore nearly 100 different careers through hands-on activities. This event is held in 3 two hour blocks. Registration is required for attendance.
April 28
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
10:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Apr 28
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, thesehands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, following directions, problem solving, and more. This is a selfguided,drop-in event.
May 1
Talk & Tour Career Series: The Entrepreneur's Journey
6:00 PM
Start Garden -- 40 Pearl St NW #200
Talk & Tour Career Series: The Entrepreneur's Journey
May 1
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Start Garden -- 40 Pearl St NW #200
Career Readiness Event Calendar
The Talk & Tour Series is a evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a career you are interested in. This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace. Each month a new industry/segment/topic will be highlighted. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the Talk & Tour with their student! Click here for Registration and Details .
May 2
Kent Career Technical Center Business Expo
7:00 AM
Kent Career Technical Center, 1655 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Kent Career Technical Center Business Expo
May 2
7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Kent Career Technical Center, 1655 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Email Denise Washington to RSVP: denisewashington@kentisd.org
Workshop Wednesday @ Grand Rapids Public Library
6:30 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Workshop Wednesday @ Grand Rapids Public Library
May 2
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar

Learn about different applications of STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) through hands-on activities, discussions,and career exploration. Our Workshops are perfect for curious kids who want toknow how things work and why we study STEAM. This program will feature adifferent topic each month and is for kids in grades 6-8 (but younger and olderkids are welcome to stop by). Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available.

September 6, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Constellations

Why did ancient people make pictures out of the stars? Whogets to name a constellation? Learn all about the science and mythology behindconstellations, recreate famous ones, and even design your own from real starmaps.

October 4, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Hydraulics

Learn the principles of water power by assembling afunctioning robotic arm that moves using hydraulic power!

November 1, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Kinetic Creatures

Kinetic Creatures are walking cardboard animals that youbuild from a kit! You'll learn about movement and engineering while you help usput together Rory, Geno, and Elly.

December 6, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Paper Circuits

Electricity can happen anywhere! Design your own circuit onpaper and light up LEDs using copper tape and conductive ink.

January 3, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Sewn Circuits

If you had fun creating circuits on paper, then you'll lovethis workshop where we'll create our own fashionable circuitry. Kids areencouraged to bring old clothing for themselves but extra supplies will be available.

February 7, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Tensile Bubbles

Use your engineering skills to create geometric bubble wandsand watch how the design affects the shapes of the bubbles.

March 7, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Magnetic Slime

In this workshop we will make a slime that reacts to astrong magnet. You can make it move and dance!

April 4, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Lightbulb Terrarium

Get ready for Earth Day by using recycled light bulbs tocreate your own mini terrarium with moss and other tiny plants.

May 2, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Bristle Bots

BristleBots are tiny simple robots that move with the powerof vibration. We can study how they move by creating obstacle courses, paintingwith them, and racing them.