What is LEAD?
LEAD, or Ladies Empowering & Advocating for a Difference, is a passionate group of women, who together are advancing research, innovation and patient care. LEAD brings together West Michigan women who are inspired to help make a difference in health care for patients and families at Spectrum Health, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. LEAD members attend learning sessions throughout the year in which they get an up close and personal understanding of the programs and services that need philanthropy. At the end of the year, each member can decide how to allocate their $1,000 donation.
Our goal is to make participation effortless, allowing women to learn, be inspired and lead with their gifts. To join we ask for a minimum annual contribution of $1,000 or quarterly contributions of $250. Members allocate their annual contribution to programs they are personally passionate about at the end of the year.
New Membership Offer
If you are new member in 2018, committed to being part of LEAD for 3-years you can become a member starting at $500.
Contact Kaylee Swanson by Email or at 616.391.2219
2018 LEAD Learning Sessions
Culinary Medicine is an emerging discipline and was founded upon the principle that when doctors, chefs and dietitians work together, they can tackle our country’s most challenging health problems.
LEAD had the pleasure of learning from Dr. Kristi Artz a certified culinary medicine specialist, Werner Absenger, PhD, MS, a chef/doctorate in mind-body medicine and masters in human nutrition; Leanne Mauriello, PhD, a health psychologist and behavioral scientist and Director of Spectrum Health’s department of Behavioral Science and Lifestyle Management; and Krista Gast, a registered dietitian.
Dr. Ken Fawcett, Vice President of Healthier Communities, and Terri Kirkpatrick, a certified Community Health Worker with the Maternal Infant Health Program, shared the amazing work they are doing to respond to the needs of our underserved patients within the West Michigan community.
LEAD heard from Dr. Fawcett as he shared how Healthier Communities works with a team of dedicated professionals whose goal is to further improve West Michigan’s most pressing health issues including helping at-risk adults prevent and manage chronic diseases, improve children’s health and reduce infant mortality.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common inherited, single gene cardiovascular disorder. Once diagnosed, it is a chronic condition that requires specialty follow-up, medical management, and the possibility of defibrillator implantation or cardiac surgery.
At the March learning session, Jeff Decker, MD and Amy Prus shared the amazing work they are doing to identify and treat patients with this rather common heart disease that could result in sudden cardiac death if left untreated. The session ended with a powerful testimonial from Nickola Nelson, who shared her HCM story—a happen-stance diagnosis—and how surgery to treat her heart condition has completely transformed her life.
Personalized medicine is already proving its value by curing several children who were diagnosed with types of cancer that were once deemed incurable. Signatures is on the forefront of cancer therapy, and our children deserve the best here at home.
LEAD heard from Dr. Giselle Sholler at our January learning session, who led a discussion and tour of the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Signatures Program, which is using personalized medicine to provide the best individualized treatment for our pediatric cancer patients.