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 internship 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
  • Continuing Care facility: 4118 Kalamazoo Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, 49508
  • Urgent Care: 5378 Plainfield Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, 49525

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

November 18
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
Nov 18
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.
November 21
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Interior Design & Sales
6:00 PM
Custer Inc - 217 Grandville Ave SW #100
Talk & Tour Career Series: Careers in Interior Design & Sales
Nov 21
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Custer Inc - 217 Grandville Ave SW #100
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 .
Talk & Tour Career Series: Public Health
6:00 PM
Kent County Health Department-- 700 Fuller Ave NE
Talk & Tour Career Series: Public Health
Nov 21
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Kent County Health Department-- 700 Fuller Ave NE
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 .
November 23
Life Skills Survival Guide @ Grand Rapids Public Library
3:00 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Life Skills Survival Guide @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Nov 23
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar

This six week crash course willintroduce high school students in 9th – 12th grade toskills that will be critical after school and in college. Each session willinclude a short presentation and activities to put their skills to work. Snacksand Ride to Read passes will be available.

Titles:

· Thursday,November 2, 2017 – What Your Library Has to Offer: GRPL Databases

· Thursday,November 9, 2017 – Telling Your story: The College Essay

· Thursday,November 16, 2017 – You Are Your Brand: Digital Citizenship for FutureProfessionals

· Thursday,November 30, 2017 – What is a Research Question?

· Thursday,December 7, 2017 – Credit Where It's Due: Plagiarism and Copyright

· Thursday,December 14, 2017 – True or False: Making Sense of the Media and Other Sourcesof News

November 25
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
Nov 25
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.