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 (NOT AVAILABLE WINTER 2020)

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. 

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 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

March 13
Groundhog Job Shadow Day
Groundhog Job Shadow Day
Date: Mar 13
Calendar: Career Readiness

Have you started to look around your classroom and wonder, "What's Next?" or dream about the job you will do after high school? Are you interested in pulling back the curtain of the world of work and spending the day with a mentor? If you answered "yes" - #GSD20 is for you!

When: March 13, 2018

Time: 9AM - 2PM

Where:You get to choose the role that is right for you - there are almost 300 roles to shadow for the day! Click here for more GSD 20 information!