Are medical professionals finally getting a break?

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The past two years have been incredibly difficult for everyone.

From the restaurant industry we love so much to the many Americans who have seen mental health issues worsen as stressors and social isolation set in. But perhaps no industry and its workers have been hit harder than health care.

While it’s hard to constantly read about the pandemic everywhere we turn, the sad truth is that it’s been the dominant story in our world for the past 26 months. While there’s a lot of promise, it’s finally starting to lose its prominence in the news cycle as more back-to-back events loom, we couldn’t post another health care issue without mentioning the coronavirus.

Thankfully, writer Sam Easter has taken a fascinating approach to the story of nurses and hospital support staff who have been living through the nightmare for over two years. Whether COVID-19 is a serious problem for you or not, one thing is certain: it is very serious for those in hospitals who deal with the virus on a daily basis when treating people with the disease. . The raw stories uncovered by Sam are well worth reading.

While the pandemic made headlines, many more were happening in healthcare. We dropped Jesse O’Brien to see what the amazing medical research industry has been like in Grand Rapids so far.

Outside of healthcare articles, which are scattered throughout the magazine, we also check out the food truck scene in West Michigan. These businesses on wheels host some really fun events all summer long. And downtown, there’s a new retailer that hopes to usher in an expanded era of downtown shopping.

A new seafood option opened in Grand Rapids over the winter, so we paid a visit to Beacon Corner Bar, which also has great happy hour deals. For the next hot evening, stop by Knoop, a rooftop bar that has stylish vibes and great drinks.

And now that we’re in warmer weather, try a refreshing salad recipe that checks all the boxes and some of the margarita options I featured at the back of the magazine.

Now go enjoy this beautiful spring weather!

Featured Contributor: Jesse O’Brien

What do you enjoy most about West Michigan in summer?

Sometimes it feels like you can stretch for 30 hours in a summer day in western Michigan. There aren’t many places where you can hike in the morning, spend the afternoon at the beach, catch a concert in the evening, and swing by a bonfire at night. And there is always a chance that you can experience fall, winter, and spring in the same period.

Where are you looking forward to exploring this summer in Grand Rapids?

On the one hand, I can’t wait to get back to a terrace with a pint. But this will also be the first summer that my one-year-old golden retriever has developed some semblance of coordination and obedience, so I’m looking forward to taking him out into the wild a bit more this year and maybe testing his skills. lake paws.

This story can be found in the May/June 2022 issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. To get more stories like this delivered to your mailbox, subscribe here.

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