Cancer, Community, Big Rapids Hospital, Reed City Hospital

Big Rapids Eagles golf outing to benefit cancer patients

Saturday, August 12 at Clear Lake Golf Course

BIG RAPIDS, Mich., August 3, 2017 – A fun day on the golf course will serve a serious purpose—benefiting patients at Spectrum Health’s Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center.

The annual Steve C. Hall Golf Outing, Saturday, August 12, at Clear Lake Golf Course, is hosted by Big Rapids Eagles Aerie No. 2535. Their goal is to raise money to help patients struggling to meet travel expenses for their chemotherapy and radiation treatments at the Reed City facility.

The Eagles assist them by underwriting gas cards for the patients. In the past the $65 per-person event has raised $2,500-3,000 for the patient assistance initiative.

“We are so appreciative of this effort to help our patients with treatments necessary in their fight to survive and recover from cancer,” said Irene Balowski, director of cancer services at the cancer center. “Our patients face many expenses and some have difficulty just covering the cost of getting here on a regular basis. This is a very worthy cause.”

Golfers can pre-register and pay the entry fee at the Eagles Lodge on 16 Mile Road in Big Rapids, or by calling 231.796.6453. The fee includes golf and a steak dinner.

The event features a shotgun start at 9 a.m. on August 12. Check-in time is 8 a.m. Teams and individuals are welcome.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 180 ambulatory and service sites; 3,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,500 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan that served 996,000 members in fiscal year 2017. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 26,000 employees. The organization provided $372 million in community benefit during its 2017 fiscal year. Spectrum Health was named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems—and in the top five among the largest health systems—in 2017 by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM. This was the sixth time the organization received this recognition.

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