Doctors’ offices don’t usually lend themselves to a “fun” atmosphere, but Heartside Health Clinic, a community benefit ministry of Mercy Health, defied tradition by hosting an inaugural “Back to School Bash,” inviting partner agencies and the community to participate in a fun-filled Saturday.
Complete with face-painting, Cedar Springs cheerleaders, live music, food, giveaways and school supplies for children, the “Back to School Bash” drew in hundreds of members from the local community, with the help of more than 50 volunteers – many our own Mercy Health colleagues – on Saturday, August 22. “Heartside staff wanted an event where we could showcase our facilities, and invite the community to come in and celebrate with us,” said Rochelle Sather, manager of Heartside Health Center. “Heartside has recently switched to a Family Medicine practice, where we now see pediatric patients, so we wanted an opportunity to invite families to check us out.”
Working with the Saint Mary’s Foundation, Heartside Health Center staff secured donations for attendees who completed the tour. Many other community agencies, such as Hill Child Development Center, Meltrotter, Network 180, Degage Ministries, and Safe Haven Ministries, participated in the event to demonstrate the resources the local families have available to them.
“There were so many families who came through; more kids than adults, and the kids had a great time,” said Kym Van, Heartside Business Lead. “There was such a positive energy at the Back to School Bash. We were so thrilled the event was such a success.”