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Willard B. “Will” Rowland age 69 of Grand Rapids, formerly of Cedar Springs passed away Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Harbor Hospice Poppen Residence in Muskegon. He was born in Grand Rapids on February 16, 1949 to Jack and Dorothy (Tompsett) Rowland. He attended Cedar Springs High School (Class of ’67), Ferris State College and Central Michigan University. Will worked in the automotive parts business and later for 12 years at a pharmaceutical company. He was a member of Teamsters Local 406. He is survived by a sister, Kathleen (Brian) Botbyl; brother, Jack (Ellen Bourke) Rowland and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Steven and Duane; sister-in-law, Mary Jean and special friend, Lee Van Stee. The family will meet with friends Saturday, April 21 from 1-3 p.m. at the Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. at Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Foundation, Pulmonary Excellence Fund in memo line or online at https://give.spectrumhealth.org/donation. 

Arrangements by Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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Charity Ball raises record setting funds for hospitals


On Saturday, February 14, the Spectrum Health Foundation United & Kelsey Hospitals held its annual Charity Ball event at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Charity Ball 2015 hosted over 300 attendees, drawing guests from the Greenville area and surrounding communities. The event featured gourmet dining, big band entertainment and the presentation of the Fred & Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award.

Annually, Charity Ball plays a vital role in the hospital’s strategic plan for growth. Not only does it raise financial support for services and technology, it brings together members of the community around a common purpose—accessible and excellent health care that is close to home.

This year’s event set an all-time fundraising record. Charity Ball 2015 raised over $102,000 in net proceeds, representing a 5 percent increase over last year. Proceeds are designated for establishing a Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at United Hospital. An area of the hospital is currently under renovation for this program and is expected to open in summer 2015.

“The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program will provide individualized, monitored exercise regimens, as well as education on managing heart and lung diseases. Thanks to the support of our communities, patients will have local access to a program that is often able to dramatically improve their quality of life,” said Brian Brasser, president, United and Kelsey Hospitals.

Spectrum Health Foundation United & Kelsey Hospitals would like to thank the supporters and volunteers of Charity Ball 2015. “Philanthropy is essential to this project and it is because of the support of many individuals and businesses that Charity Ball 2015 was a record-breaking success!” exclaims Shelly Westbrook, director, Spectrum Health Foundation United & Kelsey Hospitals. “Charitable donations make a vast difference in the lives of United and Kelsey Hospital patients and families and we thank you.”

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Hospital volunteer receives award

Joan Oberlin, center, is this year’s recipient of the Suzanne Christensen Volunteer Award.

Joan Oberlin, center, is this year’s recipient of the Suzanne Christensen Volunteer Award.

Spectrum Health Foundation United & Kelsey Hospitals hosted a volunteer appreciation luncheon on Wednesday, November 19 in honor of United and Kelsey Hospitals’ 96 active volunteers. A highlight of this annual luncheon is the presentation of the 2014 Suzanne Christensen Volunteer Award. The Suzanne Christensen award is given annually to a recipient who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the Spectrum Health United Hospital and Kelsey Hospital’s community through volunteerism or other significant goodwill. It is with great pleasure and honor to announce that Joan Oberlin was this year’s recipient.

Joan has been volunteering at United Hospital and has been a Kelsey Hospital Guild member since July 2012 and recently began volunteering at Kelsey Hospital. At United Hospital, Joan delivers mail, serves as a patient and family experience volunteer, greets at the front entrance, works in the gift shop and assists with special projects in the foundation office. She serves in the special procedures area as a volunteer at Kelsey Hospital. As an active member of the Kelsey Hospital Guild, Joan helps with fundraising initiatives that support Kelsey Hospital. Joan has exhibited true dedication, enthusiasm and a giving heart. We sincerely appreciate Joan and the energy, time and compassion that she gives to United and Kelsey Hospital’s patients and staff.

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals would like to thank Joan and the many other devoted volunteers for the dedication and support they give to help others.


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Hospitals celebrate Tree of Lights and Tree of Love Events 


On Sunday, December 7, the Spectrum Health Foundation United & Kelsey Hospitals will hold its annual United Hospital Tree of Lights celebration at 4 p.m. at United Hospital in Greenville. On Tuesday, December 16, at 6:30 p.m., the Kelsey Hospital Tree of Love celebration will be held at United Church of Christ, 115 W Fifth Street in Lakeview.

The Tree of Lights and Tree of Love are free community events; everyone is invited to share in these special holiday traditions. Please join us and enjoy the musical sounds of the season and delicious refreshments. Names of those being honored and remembered through the Tree of Lights and Tree of Love will be read at the corresponding event. The sponsored names will also be thoughtfully displayed in United or Kelsey Hospital throughout the holiday season.

Funds raised will support your community hospitals. This year, funds from the United Hospital Tree of Lights will help launch an Oncology (Cancer) Nurse Navigator program for Spectrum Health Regional Cancer Center at United Hospital. A nurse navigator will help coordinate the care of cancer patients, provide education about the disease process and treatment and help connect them with important services.

Funds raised through the Kelsey Hospital Tree of Love will help support the growing needs of the Lakeview Youth Clinic. The Lakeview Youth Clinic is a school-linked adolescent health center that serves 10 to 21 year-olds. Gifts to the 2014 Tree of Love will help expand Lakeview Youth Clinic services to meet the growing needs for counseling, educational programs in the Lakeview Community Schools, and other medical services.

For more information on the Tree of Lights and Tree of Love, please visit http://give.spectrumhealth.org/united-kelsey or contact the foundation office at 616.225.6427. For information about United and Kelsey Hospitals’ programs and services, please visit www.spectrumhealth.org.


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