Community, Big Rapids Hospital

Annual Charity Golf Classic to Fund Advanced CPR Training

Golfers provide life-saving support at Spectrum Health Foundation event August 19.

July 2, 2019

Award winning Tullymore Golf Course.

BIG RAPIDS, Mich., July 2, 2019 – Playing a fun round of golf is hardly a life and death situation. However, golfers participating in the Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals Charity Golf Classic this year may just help save a life.

Proceeds from the August 19 event at Tullymore Golf Resort will fund critical life support skills using voice activated manikins (VAMs) for the entire clinical staff at Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals.

The VAM training ensures the highest skills in basic life support by delivering precise assessment and real-time feedback to trainees.

Nancy Phillips, nurse educator at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital said the training is vital. “It’s priceless,” she said. “It helps saves lives.”

An individual who completed the program recently performed CPR successfully out in the community until EMS arrived. “If it wasn’t for that person providing precise CPR due to proper VAM training, the person wouldn’t have survived to get to the hospital,” Phillips said.

Golf will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Registration is now open at Cost is $175 per golfer which includes 18 holes of golf, cart, continental breakfast, lunch and prizes. Individual lunch tickets are $40.

“We’re so appreciative of the businesses and players who support this event each year,” said Caroline Ring, Chief Nursing Officer of Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals. “This is always a wonderful event. We’ll raise needed funds for this specialized, certification training and we’ll have a great time playing a tremendous course.”

Tullymore Golf Course has been ranked one of America’s top 15 public and resort courses by Golf Digest magazine.

People are at the heart of everything we do, and the inspiration for our long and continuing legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Our award-winning team improves health, inspires hope and saves lives across 13 counties in West Michigan. We bring together 11 hospitals—including Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, with expert care from 350+ pediatric specialists in 70+ specialties and programs—three rehabilitation and nursing centers, 120 outpatient sites and telehealth services. We are proud to work with 4,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, including Spectrum Health Medical Group, one of the largest and most comprehensive multispecialty physician groups in West Michigan.

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