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.
Annual Membership paid in full
One time yearly gift: $1,000 (select gift for $1,000 )
New Membership Offer - 3 year commitment
First year gift: $500
Second year gift: $750
Third year gift: $1,000
Monthly gift: $83
Quarterly gift: $250
Contact Kaylee Swanson by Email or at 616.391.2219
2019 LEAD Learning Sessions
On September 18, LEAD members and guests took part in an impactful presentation and tour of The Gerber Foundation Neonatal Center, otherwise known as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (HDVCH). The Learning Session was led by Joan Rikli, nursing director for neonatal intensive care and pediatric services at HDVCH.
Betty Ford Breast Care Services honors the legacy of First Lady Betty Ford, who used her platform to speak openly and honestly about her breast care diagnosis, inspiring millions of women to take charge of their breast health and get a mammogram.
LEAD members and guests took part in an informative and interactive presentation at the Spectrum Health Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion, featuring Betty Ford Breast Care Services and Mobile Mammography Unit led by Elaine Bower, Betty Ford Breast Care Services Program Director, and the special nurses who travel across Michigan providing mammograms to underserved women.
The Peter and Joan Secchia CarePartners Program exists to help families with children who have complex health situations navigate their way through their health journey.
LEAD members and guests were able to be part of a wonderful presentation led by Michelle Lancaster, Secchia CarePartners Coordinator; Laura Muma, whose family has greatly benefited from Secchia CarePartners; and one of our very own LEAD members, Connie Lettinga, who shared her story in caring for her daughter, Coral, who has Autism and has navigated the healthcare system without a program like CarePartners.
Renucci Hospitality House, located next to Butterworth Hospital, is an affordable ($45 per night) home away from home for family members of patients who live over 30 miles from Grand Rapids.
LEAD had the pleasure of learning from Laurel Viewig, Manager of Hospitality Operations, as well as the Dent Family who have traveled from Bloomington Hills, MI to receive care at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Intensive Feeding Program for their son, Henry.