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Legislation requiring doctors to use a state-run drug-monitoring system before prescribing a controlled substance represents the “start of a journey” to address the opioid epidemic in Michigan.

Employment in Michigan’s health care sector grew steadily during the first half of the decade, reaching nearly 588,000 jobs as of 2015 and generating an economic impact of about $35 billion.

GRAND RAPIDS — A medical device startup will use a new $2.1 million capital investment to prepare for larger clinical trials for its new product that treats obesity.

EAST GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health plans to relocate long-term acute care to Blodgett Hospital through a partnership with a major national provider in the field.

KALAMAZOO — The launch of a clinical trial in Europe brings a Southwest Michigan medical device startup a step close to the marketplace and an eventual sale.

ZEELAND — On the heels of opening an outpatient surgery center in Grand Rapids in February, a California firm has set its sights on developing another facility in West Michigan.

KALAMAZOO — The level of hiring activity and the frequency of job changes for today’s workers has generated steady growth for companies performing alcohol and drug screening.

GRAND RAPIDS — By creating a $100 million venture capital arm, Spectrum Health joins the ranks of U.S. health systems that invest money in companies developing new ways to treat patients and maintain health.

HOLLAND — Backed by a new $1 million round of funding, Shoulder Innovations Inc. plans to market its implant technology more aggressively to surgeons and health systems.

GRAND RAPIDS — A year ago, Joe Brennan felt excited when Spectrum Health’s MedNow recorded 50 patient visits a week as people started to use the telemedicine service.

GRAND RAPIDS — A new home health care provider in Grand Rapids targets a growing demand for service that’s driven by an aging population and changing consumer preferences.

Spectrum Health stands to regain more than $747,000 it paid in property taxes after successfully earning tax-exempt status on a medical center in Grand Rapids Charter Township.

Federal legislation enacted just before former President Barack Obama left office offers small employers a new option to consider for employee health benefits.

If Mark Gurney can’t find the capital he needs in Michigan, his drug development firm is poised to look for it elsewhere.

The 2,000-plus cyclers who will pedal through West Michigan this June for the Gran Fondo event will do more than just get in a day’s ride. 

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