Grand Rapids ranks in the top 10 for getting and staying healthy

Date: February 19, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – When it comes to getting healthy and staying healthy, Grand Rapids is one of the top 10 places to live in the United States, according to Livability.com, a website that ranks communities on a variety of factors.

“Grand Rapids offers some relief with the right prescription of low health-care spending; good access to hospitals, doctors and other providers; plus an excellent quality of life,” the website said in listing Grand Rapids as the nation’s 9th best city in its health care ranking.

Lody Zwarensteyn, former president of the Alliance for Health, said the ranking amounts to a good “surface” look at health care in West Michigan. “For years, we’ve had a reputation as community for being great at meat-and-potatoes medicine,” he said.

“If you’re going to take a casual look at health care in a community, it would suggest people should take a good, serious look at Grand Rapids,” said Zwarensteyn, who is retiring this year after spending the past 42 years monitoring health care systems in West Michigan.

According to the website, Grand Rapids residents spend 31 percent less on health-care costs than the average American. The city also is well-served by competition among its health care providers.

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