In 2014,The volunteers of Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital set the goal to raise $150,000 over five years to help the hospital update its Family Birthing Center. During Volunteer appreciation week, Janet Baxter, volunteer board president, presented a check for $50,000 to the hospital and its foundation, making the total raised $75,000 and marking the halfway point of their goal. Accepting the donation were Helen Johnson, chief nursing officer, and Kaley Petersen, foundation and community services director.
Petersen expressed her appreciation, saying, “The volunteers have a long history of philanthropy but to date this $150,000 pledge is their largest and most ambitious pledge. We are so grateful for their time, talent and dedication to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.” The hospital volunteer organization currently numbers 104 members. They work in nearly all departments of the hospital, some helping with patients and others assisting in a variety of day-to-day functions. They raise money for patient-related projects through the hospital gift shop, vendor sales, popcorn sales, and special events.