Saint Mary’s Foundation Donor Groups Fund $15K for Programs and Services
Grand Girlfriends™ and Grand Guys™ Voted, and the Results are in!
Created by the Saint Mary’s Foundation in 2006 as an all-women’s donor group that focuses on women’s health needs, Grand Girlfriends has now grown to 260 members. With a one-time donation of $1,000 that goes into an endowment, any lady can join this group. Men are not left out of this opportunity – Grand Guys has also been formed, with nearly 170 members who are dedicated to improving the health of our community.
Between the two donor groups, more than $15,000 was available in 2015 to award to programs throughout Mercy Health in greater Grand Rapids. Departments throughout Mercy Health Saint Mary’s can apply for various amounts of funding through these donor groups. Each fall, members of Grand Girlfriends and Grand Guys vote on the departments that they wish to receive the funding.
The winners for 2015 for Grand Guys are:
Sparta Health Center will receive $2,500 for fever kits that include a digital thermometer and basic information about fevers which will help families be better equipped to know when to seek medical and/or emergency care. Sparta Health Center, one of Mercy Health’s Community Benefit Ministries, provides primary and specialty care to a large number of migrant families living at or below poverty levels. Many of these patients lack even the most basic health education and tools for effective parenting and childcare.
Heartside Health Center will receive $1,500 for its pain clinic to purchase various therapeutic equipment that will offer long-term relief to their patients. Heartside Health Center, one of Mercy Health’s Community Benefit Ministries, provides primary and specialty care to a large number of individuals living at or below poverty levels.
And here is the really grand news… one Grand Guy has decided to anonymously donate the funds to purchase the Mucositis kits for Radiation Oncology Patients.
Saint Mary’s Foundation Grand Girlfriends™ was able to award each of the three submissions:
In an effort to enhance every part of the patient’s experience, Mercy Health Comprehensive Breast Center in Grand Rapids will receive $1,500 to purchase 240 new kimono gowns for women to wear when getting their mammograms.
The Birth Center at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s will be receiving $5,500 to initiate an activity cart for use exclusively by long-term antepartum patients with a projected length of stay at least 48 hours prior to birth of infant. This program will provide diversional activities, a video prenatal education program, and other options to decrease boredom and anxiety associated with long-term hospitalization.
The Lacks Cancer Center will receive $4,000 to purchase evidence-based skin products for 160 women receiving radiation therapy for breast cancer.
Additionally, Rosalind Ebrom, and her husband Dr. J. Stephen Ebrom (a Grand Girlfriend and a Grand Guy, respectively) have contributed an additional $5,000 toward the purchase of kimono gowns and Saint Mary’s Foundation will match their $5,000 gift so that all women (not just those who are there for mammograms) served by the Mercy Health Comprehensive Breast Center will be able to don one of the new kimono tops.