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.

Spectrum Health System, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,300 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 155 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $585 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

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