Health Check

West Michigan Health Care Economic Forecast

Thank you for attending the 2022 West Michigan Health Care Economic Forecast! 

This event was held virtually on February 3, 2022.

Grand Valley State University commissions the report, Health Check: Analyzing Trends in West Michigan. The report focuses on health-related trends, costs, and employment projections in the West Michigan area and is released annually at the West Michigan Health Care Economic Forecast event. The study is conducted by economics faculty from Grand Valley State University's Seidman College of Business.

Each year the event is complemented by a panel of experts which might include health administrators/practitioners, government officials, or industry representatives.  Audiences have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session following the panel presentations.


  • 8:00 a.m.: Welcome by ​​​​Chris Plouff, Ph.D., ​​​​Interim Provost/ Executive Vice President of ​​​​Academic Affairs, GVSU
  • 8:05 a.m.: 2022 Health Check Presentation and Q&A 
  • 8:50 a.m.: West Michigan Healthcare Panel Presentations
  • 9:30 a.m.: Panel Q&A

Health Check Presentation:

  • Gerry Simons, Ph.D., MA
    Professor of Economics, GVSU
  • Erkmen Aslim, Ph.D., MA
    Assistant Professor of Economics, GVSU
  • Dan Montanera, Ph.D., MA
    Assistant Professor of Economics, GVSU

Healthcare Panelists:

  • Elizabeth Hertel, Director, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Matt Biersack, MD, President and Chief Medical Officer, Mercy Health Saint Mary's
  • Darryl Elmouchi, MD, MBA, President, BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan
  • Ronald G. Grifka, MD, FAAP, FACC, FSCAI, Chief Medical Officer, Metro Health-University of Michigan Health


2021 Webcast - due to technical problems we are unable to provide a recording for this event.

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