Giving Matters - Summer 2020 Edition

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Giving Matters Spectrum Health Foundation and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation Magazine

We Are In This


Spectrum Health Foundation Board of Trustees Marge Potter Board Chair Maria DeVos Vice Chair Ron Alvesteffer Secretary Michael Ellis Treasurer Vicki Weaver President Richard Antonini Jeffrey Bennett Patricia Betz Ryan Cook Tina Freese Decker Dale DeHaan Nancy Hanenburg Donnalee Holton Candace Matthews Davey Mehney Mary Beth Meijer Jane Meilner Patrick Miles Janet Nisbett Sarla Puri, MD Scott Robinson, DDS Joan Secchia Sharon Seys Andrew Shannon Mary Wachter Drew Wierda Aaron Wong Emeritus Jack Carter Dick DeVos Joyce Winchester Lifetime Members Wilbur A. Lettinga *Peter P. Renucci

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees Scott Robinson, DDS Board Chair Tim Feagan Vice Chair Vicki Weaver President Shirley Balk Debbye Turner Bell Patricia Betz Mimi Cummings Kristin Duryee James Fahner, MD Ron Hofman, MD Donnalee Holton Dan Hurwitz Rabih Jamal Sue Jandernoa Jennifer Keyes Tom Kyros Kathy Ellis Lloyd Michele Maly-Dykema Davey Mehney Kimberly Moorhead Walter Perschbacher IV Glynn Ann Ruggeri Robert E. Schermer Jr. John Schuen, MD Sharon Seys Mary Wachter Laurie Wierda Meg Miller Willit Honorary Dick DeVos Ethie Haworth Emeritus Barbara Ivens Leonard Radecki, MD Lifetime Member *Peter P. Renucci


Spectrum Health Foundation and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation are committed to improving health, inspiring hope, and saving lives through philanthropy.

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Thank You to Our Community Community support keeps spirits high among nurses and health care workers on the front lines of this COVID-19 fight

Dear Donors and Community Partners, These past few months, together, we have moved mountains. I am in awe of how quickly and effectively our health system deployed new solutions to protect the health and safety of our communities, and I am incredibly proud and grateful for our teams. Throughout, our donors, friends and partners have provided much-needed resources and support. It has taken all of us and we are so grateful to each and every one of you. Many of you approached us in the early days of the pandemic, asking, “What do you need? What can I do to help?” and then jumped in with both feet. Your timely collaboration and contributions have helped expand our ability to test and treat, stay ahead of a potential surge and flatten the curve. You have helped pioneer new treatments and innovate new solutions. You have helped continue to deliver babies, treat cancer and provide lifesaving emergency care. With your partnership, our health system has been able to meet the needs of our communities during unprecedented challenges. Many people are alive and well today who otherwise would not be—because of you. On behalf of all of us at Spectrum Health System, thank you. You have helped keep our patients, members, teams and communities safe and healthy. We must remain vigilant. The reality is that we are still living with this virus. Let’s continue to encourage our family, friends and communities to practice safety measures—wearing masks, staying 6 feet apart whenever possible, washing our hands frequently, avoiding large gatherings and getting tested if exposed. Now, adapting to a world with COVID-19, we are leading and partnering in new ways. As a trusted source for local businesses and schools, we are providing expertise in infection prevention as they seek to reopen. We are offering valuable mentoring and exposure to careers in the health sciences by partnering with the City of Grand Rapids to offer summer jobs to young people ages 15-21. We continue to welcome patients back to our facilities. And we are moving forward with innovative programs and services to meet the evolving needs of our communities. As recent events have underscored, systemic racism and inequities continue to drive unequal health outcomes for the people we serve. Our mission to improve health, inspire hope and save lives calls us to respond. Consequently, we are expanding our commitment to health equity by reallocating resources to provide more equitable health solutions. Your support will be more important than ever to ensure our community has access to high-quality, innovative care, close to home. For example, we continue to focus on advances to personalize and improve care and coverage, like valuable research underway in genetics and genomics so that we can better analyze diseases and guide care. Likewise, through the generosity of Jack H. Miller, Spectrum Health and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital will become the first health system on the west side of the state to offer magnetoencephalography technology to help us more effectively treat patients suffering from epilepsy and brain tumors. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for all you have done to support Spectrum Health. Your teamwork, compassion and contributions enable us to think big, be bold and reimagine what’s possible.

Masks Reduce COVID-19 Transmission The use of face masks is important to protect others and limit the spread of the virus.

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In heartfelt gratitude,

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HOPE Inspired by Courage: ‘You put your heart and soul into it’

“I know you don’t want to be here,” she’ll tell them, “but you’re here so you can get better, so you can go home.” Sometimes, it’s just a simple smile. Family members are always grateful for her work and how she treats their loved ones alone in isolation battling the virus. Nurses who serve as hot zone bosses make sure each team member dons personal protective equipment in the correct way before entering a patient’s room. They also hand supplies to the nurses in the room and ensure that equipment removed from a room is properly cleaned. “That has been a great initiative,” nurse Amy Johnson said. Having a hot zone boss “has definitely helped people plan.” Because families cannot visit, she appreciates the ability to provide virtual visits for patients through iPads funded through philanthropy. One of her most rewarding moments came when she showed a patient a video of her daughter’s birthday celebration at home. “The patient cried, and so did I,” she said. Occupational therapist Rebecca Westfall helps prepare patients for recovery when they leave the hospital. After days or weeks in a hospital bed, it can be difficult for patients to sit up or hold up their heads. “Within a week, we get them up to standing, into a chair, and able to comb their hair, brush their teeth and do all those things people take for granted,” she said. When they recover enough to transfer out of the ICU to a regular hospital room, the entire unit shares a sense of victory. As the person is wheeled out, team members line the hallway and cheer, while the “Rocky” theme song “Eye of the Tiger” plays.

The ICU team draws on support from each other, philanthropy and the community, as they care for patients with COVID-19. Courage like theirs is saving lives on the front lines at Spectrum Health and it is a team effort that includes physicians, nurses, environmental services, nutritional services, and YOU. Your giving and thoughtfulness play an important part in supporting staff and helping patients impacted by COVID-19. They are heroes caring with courage. “You put your heart and soul into it,” said Patti DeLine, nurse manager for the medical intensive care unit (ICU) at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. “You take care of that person like they are your mom or dad—or your sister, brother, grandma or grandpa.” The work can be exhausting. Physically and mentally challenging. And rewarding. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the medical ICU was the home for patients coping with a wide range of medical issues, including cancer, sepsis, gastrointestinal bleeding and high-risk pregnancies, DeLine said. 4 | Giving Matters Summer 2020

It’s courage like Amber Harper, environmental services technician, who is helping patients during the hardest of times. She is imperative to prohibiting the spread of COVID-19 through sanitizing and disinfecting the ICU nurses’ stations, staff lounges, bathrooms, and staff and patient rooms. But it isn’t just cleaning, it’s reassurance and hope. Harper takes time to comfort patients when she crosses their path.

“It’s amazing,” DeLine said. “We are doing ICU graduations every day or two.” Also energizing the ICU team is the support from the community through meal donations. “We’ve had a lot of food donations, which is amazing. That definitely keeps us going, keeps us filled and allows us to pour from our cup,” said nurse Heather Lewis. “Today, we got a huge bag of cards that kids in the community have written for us, thanking us. That is really special. It is really nice to feel like we are being recognized.” Nurse Julie Radford takes heart in the thank you signs she sees while walking into work, donations from individuals and businesses, and the messages and prayers from friends and family members. “All those little things really do help to lift our spirits,” she said. “It’s very exciting to see all the camaraderie going on in our community.”

Thank you for providing HOPE. Your compassion and courage are inspiring to the Spectrum Health ICU COVID-19 staff and patients. Summer 2020 Giving Matters | 5

HOPE Inspired by Giving Means ‘A big step in our continued fight’ Spectrum Health gets additional COVID-19 testing capability so its labs can provide real-time results to thousands of people. Thanks to the generosity of Lois Mol and many of our donors, a new analyzer and other laboratory equipment was purchased. This allowed Spectrum Health to be the center of COVID-19 testing for all of West Michigan. “This is a big step in our continued fight against this deadly virus,” said Susan Smith, senior director of laboratory services at Spectrum Health. “This gives us better access throughout all of our communities.” Spectrum Health started COVID-19 testing March 23 and as of July has tested more than 100,000 individuals in West Michigan. Prior to that, starting in early March, Spectrum Health sent specimens for testing to a commercial lab, ViraCor, and to the state of Michigan.

The arrival of the new rapid test equipment expands testing capabilities and provides inpatient test results in about two hours, versus a day or longer. Smith said a key benefit of quicker results is a decrease in holding patients in isolation who eventually turn out to be negative for the virus. In some cases, this allows them to return home. Until just recently, those patients showing severe symptoms, hospital inpatients and employees with moderate symptoms were prioritized in the screening process. Now, Spectrum Health is able to test anyone, and mobile test units will be deployed in each Spectrum Health regional hospital lab, including United, Kelsey, Pennock, Zeeland, Gerber, Ludington, Big Rapids and

Reed City hospitals. Additional units are also being added at Blodgett Hospital, at Spectrum Health Lakeland in St. Joseph and in the Spectrum Health Regional Lab in Grand Rapids. Having the much-needed equipment means Spectrum Health is also among the first health systems in the state to begin offering COVID-19 antibody testing to the general public. The antibody, or serology, test is a blood test designed to detect a previous COVID-19 infection through the presence of disease-fighting antibodies. Spectrum Health is offering a two-tiered test, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which targets the IgG antibody specific to the virus that causes COVID-19. This test improves accuracy by confirming results using two different mechanisms.

“We know that anyone who receives a positive result on this test has been exposed to COVID-19,” said Susan Smith, senior director of laboratory services, Spectrum Health. “We hope this testing will help us learn more about how the disease spreads in our community and who it has affected.”

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Inspired by YOU!

“Usually, one common thing among health care workers is that we all have a desire to help people in their time of need,” said Charles Gibson, MD.

We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from individuals, foundations, corporations and our incredible community of donors during this COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on how you can help during this time, please visit or contact the Spectrum Health Foundation at 616.391.2000.

“It takes a little bit of selflessness to have that in you.”

Since March 13,

over $1.3 million

has been given to support the COVID-19 Response Fund.

Over 15,000 meals donated


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i understand

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12,000 ice cream treats

Flowers brighten the day of health care heroes

Thank you,

Hudsonville Ice Cream

Stems Market, for dropping off buckets and buckets of fresh-cut flowers to our medical center. These buckets were dispersed throughout the center so staff members could take flowers home with them or back to their floors and offices. To say these brought many smiles is an understatement.

Jersey Mike’s

Britters Twisted Whisk

Bonefish Grill

“That’s kind of a tear-jerker,”

outpatient surgery nurse Denise Jacobsen said, choking back emotion.

“Watching each staff member leave the building with a selfmade bouquet was lovely!” - Chelsea Selbig

“It definitely warms my heart to think we’re having outside support from complete strangers. It’s just been amazing.” Eagle Eye Trucking

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Presidio Future Built and Honey Baked Ham

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“We love having that support and it makes us feel like we’re doing good in our community,” United Hospital nurse Nichole Johnson said. “The generosity has really been amazing. It’s greatly appreciated.”

Thank you, Bank of America, for your donation of 200 iPads; Byrne Electrical, which engineered and donated power adapters to support the virtual iPad stations; and Farmer’s Insurance, John and Maureen Nowak, and Optiv for your financial contributions to purchase baby monitors.

World’s Finest Chocolate

20,000 Clif Bars were donated

to staff and departments throughout the system. Incredible!

Arnie’s Bakery

Virtual visits, made possible through iPads and technical assistance, have lifted the spirits of separated patients and family members.

“It is super-touching to see patients able to talk with their families again,”

Spartan Nash

Signs of appreciation and encouragement outside hospitals greet team members on their way to and from work. Businesses and individuals who’ve dropped off supplies and treats nourish our souls.

said Maggie Simons, BSN, RN, nursing supervisor for cardiothoracic critical care at the Spectrum Health Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center.

“It is the best medicine to hear them laughing in there.”

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tortilla chips and Cheese-Kurls snack bags

“It’s been awesome,” said Jan Moriarty, a nurse of 37 years. “It’s really humbling.” Summer 2020 Giving Matters | 13

“He gave up drinking,” Sunday said. “And he gave his life to the Lord. He started attending church regularly and tried to get his life right with the Lord.” Pastor studied and became a minister at Missionary Church of Christ in Holland, while also working in production for Herman Miller. He lived his ministry every day, reaching out to homeless people, gang members and anyone in need. He worked throughout West Michigan and in Detroit. “My dad, for some odd reason, loved to go into the toughest parts of town and he would try to bring God to people he felt were struggling or needed help,” Sunday said. “We often had homeless people living with us because he felt that was a way to help people get on their feet and to instill the word of God.”

HOPE Inspired by Compassion ‘He was such a giver’

Juana and Pastor were married in 1991, blending her three children and his two children together into one family. Sunday was born two years later. Juana described her admiration for her husband, as Sunday interpreted. “He was a really great man, as a father, as a husband and as a pastor,” she said.

Saying goodbye By his early 70s, strokes, dementia and epilepsy took a toll on Pastor’s health. Sunday quit his job and cared for him for several years, living in a home next door to his parents. In September 2019, Pastor suffered a major stroke that paralyzed the right side of his body. He moved into a long-term care facility. Juana visited and cared for him every day—until March, when the state required visitor restrictions to be put in place to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. In late April, the family received notice that Pastor had become unresponsive. He had transferred to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and was in the intensive care unit on a ventilator. Juana discussed his care with the ICU team and Jeannie Wiarda, the Spectrum Health Hospice social worker. The family decided to remove him from life support. The hospice team worked quickly to get Juana by his side, with Sunday there for support and interpreting, as the ventilator was removed. They accompanied him as he moved to the Renucci Hospitality House, where his adult children gathered. There, the hospice

In the wake of the pandemic, the philanthropically funded Spectrum Health Renucci Hospitality House provides a gathering place for a family to say goodbye to a loving father. From the Mexican border town where he was born, to the urban streets of Michigan where he settled and raised a family, Camerino Hiracheta lived a life in service to others. In fact, his ministry defined him so much, everyone called him Pastor. In the last hours of Pastor’s life, his family wanted only to be by his side, providing the love and care he had shown others throughout his life. Thanks to philanthropy, they were able to do just that, with help from Spectrum Health Hospice and the Spectrum Health Renucci Hospitality House. There, Pastor’s wife and children gathered, held his hand, shared memories and kissed him goodbye. 14 | Giving Matters Summer 2020

From a jail cell to ministry As the Hiracheta family gathered by Pastor’s side, they recalled the stories he told of a childhood in poverty, growing up without a father. When he arrived in Holland, Michigan, as a young man, he found work and lived “the American dream,” said his 26 year-old son, Sunday Hiracheta. He often talked about the moment he devoted his life to serving God. One day as a young man, he ended up in jail on a charge of public intoxication. “When he woke up, he never felt so embarrassed in his life,” Sunday said. “He was embarrassed not just for himself, but for the way it portrayed his family.” He read a Bible he found in his jail cell and prayed. Summer 2020 Giving Matters | 15

team worked to ensure Pastor felt comfortable and helped the family understand what was happening. They provided philanthropically funded iPads so the family could connect with family members in Texas and Mexico, allowing them to share farewell messages. Although unable to respond, his family knew he could hear them. When asked, he squeezed their hands.

“We got to say our goodbyes and tell him we were so grateful for what he did for us and showed us in our lifetimes,” Sunday said. “I thanked him for being the man he turned out to be, for how he respected my mom and the way he took in three kids that weren’t his own, and the way he put God before anything in this world.”

HOPE Inspired by Comfort and Peace: Peter and Patricia Renucci provided the lead gift many years ago for the Renucci Hospitality House. Spectrum Health Foundation contacted Patricia Renucci when visitor restrictions within the hospital meant converting the house to hospice care. Spectrum Health Hospice had provided care and compassion during the final days for her husband, Peter, who died in September 2019. Patricia was “overjoyed and touched to give her blessing.” Gifts to Spectrum Health Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund provided some of the funding needed to transform the Renucci Hospitality House so families had a space to share final moments together. The presence of loved ones is a crucial part of comfort for someone who is dying, Wiarda said. “It is just a powerful thing,” she said. “I think we are providing not only this safe place where people aren’t dying alone. We are providing comfort, so they won’t suffer alone.”

On Monday, April 20, 2020, Pastor took his last breath, surrounded by family. The hospice team continues to support the Hiracheta family with phone calls and visits. Wiarda created pendants bearing Pastor’s thumbprint. She hand-engraved 27 for his children, grandchildren and other family members. “It means the world to me,” Sunday said. “It gives me a little piece of him that I can always have with me.”

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“And for families, the opportunity to say goodbye is invaluable,” said Lisa VanderWel, director of Spectrum Health Hospice. “These end-of-life experiences will forever serve as snapshots in the minds of families as a time of comfort and peace in the midst of great pain and loss,” she said.

Donors Help Spectrum Health Thrive Philanthropically and Move Forward in the Midst of a Pandemic

‘We Are Ready for You’

After weeks of focusing on urgent medical needs and virtual care, patients and providers are glad to be able to return to in-person visits for routine care. For more than two months, COVID-19 concerns stalled Robert Tassell’s quest for medical help with rotator cuff pain. “Everything was closed,” the Caledonia, Michigan, resident said about state orders that required nonessential health care visits to be temporarily placed on hold while the immediate novel coronavirus threat and urgent health concerns became priority No. 1. On Tuesday, May 19, Tassell visited Adam Mitchell, DO, his primary care physician at Spectrum Health Medical Group Family Medicine in Caledonia. Dr. Mitchell said the reopening is going well. “It’s great to be back in our office,” he said. “Patients have been excited to be able to seek the care needed close to home again. We are taking extra precautions in the office to help keep patients safe.”

The precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 that Robert saw at the office impressed him. “I had a mask,” Tassell said. “When I walked in I don’t think there was anybody else in there.” Summer 2020 Giving Matters | 17

Waiting room chairs are spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart with signage on some chairs asking people to avoid sitting in them to keep adequate space between people. Floors are marked for social distancing. All patients are screened for COVID-19 before their appointments. If a patient has symptoms of the virus, they are directed to the Spectrum Health hotline and tested. After a patient has used a room, the entire space is wiped down with disinfectant before the next patient arrives. Dr. Mitchell said he’s heard a lot of positive feedback. “I do feel that patients are excited to be seen by their primary care provider again,” he said. “We have had quite a bit of positive feedback and patients seem to feel safe coming in.” Tassell said not only did Dr. Mitchell prescribe physical therapy for his shoulder woes, he also took time to advise him on precautions to take on his upcoming planned trip to the Florida Keys to pick up his fishing boat. Tassell believes he may be at higher risk for COVID-19 because he’s a smoker and has type 2 diabetes. Dr. Mitchell suggested he be extra careful at gas pumps on the trip and follow other CDC recommendations. “Mr. Tassell’s appointment was to follow up on his chronic conditions as well as care for his shoulder,” Dr. Mitchell said. “We were able to get labs and he is going to participate in physical therapy for rehab of his shoulder. I feel that with therapy, he will be able to strengthen his rotator cuff and will be back to golfing in no time.”

We are grateful to Robert for trusting Spectrum Health with his medical care and to The Brown-Tassel Family Foundation for giving generously to the COVID-19 Response Fund. Their support improves health and inspires hope.

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Giving Hope Robert trusts Spectrum Health for his care and his philanthropic giving. He is a long-term donor providing much- needed support to programs and services that wouldn’t exist without philanthropy and help Spectrum Health thrive today and always. Now is the perfect time for giving, because the CARES act provides additional benefit to your charitable giving.

What is the CARES Act? The CARES Act provides three strong incentives for giving, though donor-advised funds are excluded from these benefits. Benefits to Donors • The CARES Act expands charitable giving incentives and allows taxpayers to deduct donations to charity of up to $300 on their federal tax return, even if they take the standard deduction. • For those who do itemize their deductions, the new law allows for cash contributions to qualified charities such as Spectrum Health Foundation and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation to be deducted up to 100% of your adjusted gross income for the 2020 calendar year. • For corporate giving, the CARES Act raises the annual limit on deductions from 10 percent to 25 percent of taxable income. Additional Ways to Give • Required Minimum Distribution Suspended: The new law suspends the required minimum distributions for the 2020 tax year. This probably comes as a relief to many of you who would have had to withdraw from your retirement accounts. Many of our donors use their RMD to make a gift from their IRA. Despite the RMD suspension, remember that if you are 70½ or older, you can still make a gift from your IRA or name Spectrum Health Foundation or Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation as a beneficiary. • Why a Gift From Your IRA May Still Be a Good Idea: Your gift will be used today, allowing you to see the difference your donation makes. You pay no income tax on the gift. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you do not itemize your deductions.

We are deeply grateful for your continued generosity and kindness during this difficult time and are here to help you with your giving. As always, we encourage you to consult with your professional adviser for specific tax or legal guidance, but if you would like to become a member of our donor family, please contact the foundation office at or 616.391.2000. You may make an online donation at Summer 2020 Giving Matters | 19


Hope is inspired by you. Together, we are stronger. Together, we will see this through.

Inspired by Curiosity and support The current COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak is a global pandemic. Numbers are increasing and there is an urgent need to understand why some patients infected with COVID-19 require hospitalization and possibly ventilation or die and yet others remain essentially unaffected. This question has been posed by researchers around the world. But here in West Michigan, YOU are giving researchers the ability to search for answers. Thanks to philanthropy and your Gala 2020 giving, Spectrum Health, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, is utilizing genomics to better understand and care for patients with COVID-19. “Research we began in children with rare diseases can be applied in real time to an unparalleled pandemic that mainly affects adults,” said Caleb Bupp, MD, section chief of genetics and genomics. “This allows us to maximize the effect of philanthropic support for research by creating a collaborative network of physicians and scientists that can pivot to what needs study most urgently.” With the help of advanced genomic sequencing, Spectrum Health is analyzing immune responses by identifying cellular changes in the blood, genetic weaknesses in the immune system, the presence of viral or bacterial infection, and markers of internal organ damage. This information is desperately needed by medical professionals to enhance care for COVID-19 patients. The team of researchers involved in this includes Dr. Caleb Bupp, Jeremy Prokop, MD, Marc McClelland, MD, Nick Hartog, MD, David Chesla, and 20 | Giving Matters Summer 2020

Through ongoing precision genomics studies of immune disorder patients at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, we have shown that the genetics of these disorders are very complex. Rare genetic differences often require both an infection and genetic underpinnings to activate a disease or condition, making identifying the root cause challenging. These patients are often hospitalized, meaning that discoveries have a significant and long-lasting impact. These types of situations are the reason your gala dollars and donations are providing hope for patients like:

Surender (Raja) Rajasekaran, MD. Understanding a disease that has a broad impact requires a team with varied expertise working together toward a common goal. “Walking into rooms to consent these patients led to some of the most touching moments of my research career,” said Dr. Raja. “On introducing the research opportunity, some of the patients wanted to know what I hoped would come from the research. In the midst of personally dealing with the real consequences of a serious illness, some patients said they wanted to participate to hopefully spare others from suffering through a COVID-19 infection.”

Katriona has battled cystic fibrosis since birth. New medicine and genetic discoveries finally allow her to breathe easy and look toward better tomorrows.

Groundbreaking research unravels a mysterious genetic mutation affecting little Marley and offers hope for her future.

Kaitlyn baffled medical professionals all her life. In February 2020, a geneticist provided a diagnosis—one so rare, not much is known about it.

Liz and her two daughters, Vanessa and Veronica, finally have solid answers. Because of genetic testing, the Brown family can live a normal life.

Dr. Raja said, “Through this critical research, we hope that one day we can determine which patients impacted by COVID-19 will need immediate attention, as well as those who would benefit from anti-inflammatory agents, need antibiotics to treat secondary infection or even require advanced organ support systems like extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.” This research would not be possible without philanthropic support. You and patients with COVID-19 participating in the research are giving hope through curiosity that is transforming care and saving lives. The Spectrum Health Gala 2020 event didn’t happen, but your program support and generosity provided more than $780,000 that fits into the larger goal of advancing precision medicine and genomics at Spectrum Health for our patients, families and community. Thank you for being in this together.

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2020 Sponsors FOUNDER

Acrisure The Currie Foundation Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation Fifth Third Bank Stephen Klotz Family Foundation MCPc Meijer Miller Johnson Attorneys Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan Dr. Elizabeth and Dr. Scott Robinson of Robinson Dental

Michael and Lynette Ellis Jandernoa Foundation Knight Watch, Inc. Lois Mol Edgar & Elsa Prince Foundation Peter and Joan Secchia Surefil SurfacePrep Trellis Universal Forest Products, Inc. Bob and Mary Kay VanDriel & anonymous donor Varnum LLP



James and Shirley Balk

Patti and Karl Betz Gregory and Rajene Betz Dr. James V. Buzzitta Family CDW The Christman Company Custer, Inc. and Steelcase Inc. Tina Freese Decker and Jason Decker Interphase KPMG LLP and Tina and Teran Andes Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital David and Kimberly Moorhead OST Trane Wolverine Building Group Wolverine Worldwide

FELLOW Ken Betz and Pat Brewer Family Brian and Amy Brasser & Marc and Karen Chircop Rick and Peg Breon The Bouma Corporation CDV5 Foundation Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation John Dykema and Michele Maly-Dykema 22 | Giving Matters Summer 2020

AAA Sling & Industrial Supply, Inc. Advanced Radiology Services, P.C. Andy J. Egan Company, Inc. Anesthesia Practice Consultants Richard and Linda Antonini and Family Aon Dan and Sherry Bowen Brigade Fire Protection Doug and Joan Budden CareLinc Medical Equipment Alejandro and Libby Quiroga Chand, Suzette and Rob Hershman, Leslie and JR Jurecko & Nicole and Wade McConnell Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation Mimi F. Cummings Sam and Janene Cummings Davenport University Deloitte Drs. Darryl and Sarah Elmouchi Emergency Care Specialists Epic Epitec EY Grand Valley State University

Henrickson Nauta Wealth Advisors Hewlett Packard Enterprise Jim Jurries Dr. and Mrs. Josh Kooistra David and Amy Leonard Michigan Health & Hospital Association Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Mission Point Healthcare MLive Media Group/The Grand Rapids Press M*Modal Modern Window Cleaning Bill and Kim Ockerlund PADNOS PNC Bank Marge Potter Presidio Future Built Progressive Building Services PwC RDV Corporation Reagan Marketing + Design, LLC Marcy and Robert Roth Sallie Bender Guild Service Express John and Melinda Shull Skytron Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge UST Global Inc. Vizient Warner Norcross + Judd Greg and Meg Willit


AHEAD, LLC Alger Pediatrics P.C. Allied Electric Inc. Altruista Health Anderson/Neitzel Investment Group BDO USA, LLP BHS Insurance Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Buist Electric, Inc. Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan Alistair and Heidi Chapman Cisco Systems Custom Business Solutions Dan Vos Construction Company Cheryl and Matthew Denenberg Dermatology Associates of West Michigan Express Scripts

Dr. Jim and Gail Fahner The Fertility Center First National Bank of Michigan The Gerber Foundation Granger Construction Co. Gun Lake Investments, DWH and Waseyabek Development Company Hall Render Earl and Donnalee Holton HUB International Midwest & Amerisure Insurance Company iHeartMedia Intuitive Surgical John W. Potter, Inc Jason and Kelly Joseph Junior Golden Rule Guild Lead Marketing Agency McShane & Bowie, P.L.C. Mercer Pavilion Michigan Pathology Specialists, P.C. NAI Wisinski of West Michigan NBBJ Neonatal Associates, PLC Optiv PepsiCo Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services Plante Moran Wealth Management Preferred Construction Group, LLC Priority Health IS Team Drs. Suresh and Sarla Puri Patricia R. Renucci Rhoades McKee Rockford Construction Dr. and Mrs. Carlos RodrĂ­guez Brian and Sandy Roelof Michael and Glynn Ann Ruggeri Paula Schuiteman-Bishop and Patrick Bishop Andy and Nicole Shannon Sharpe SHMG Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep Division Splunk TowerPinkster - Architecture|Engineering|Interiors Van Andel Institute Leah Voigt and James Shafer Waltz-Holst Blow Pipe Company, Inc. Waseyabek Development Company Vicki Weaver Tara Werkhoven

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