Community, Gerber Memorial Hospital

Gerber Memorial golf fundraiser June 10 to support health care access, transportation

Fremont, Mich., May 6, 2022 – Spectrum Health Foundation Gerber Memorial will host a golf scramble fundraiser on Friday, June 10, at Waters Edge Golf Course in Fremont to support health care access and transportation needs among community members. The scramble starts at 9 a.m., with lunch at noon. Waters Edge is located at 1100 Ramshorn, Fremont, 49412.

Proceeds from the 22nd Annual Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Golf Scramble will enable Gerber Memorial to offer transportation assistance to patients who do not have the financial means of transport to, from and between home and medical facilities. Expanding transportation support can help give low-income and elderly patients access to medically necessary, life-prolonging treatments that they might otherwise forgo.

The cost is $150 per golfer or $600 per foursome. Register online at To participate, register by May 31, 2022.

According to the most recent Gerber Memorial Community Health Needs Assessment, travel and distance are factors for patients seeking health care. Transportation challenges present a barrier for residents who do not have access to reliable transportation or can’t afford transportation costs:

  • More than six in ten – 62.3 percent – of survey respondents in Newaygo County say transportation issues are a common barrier to accessing care.
  • Transportation ranked first overall on a long list of barriers to care.
  • Lack of transportation is a top reason cited by underserved residents who have trouble meeting their health care needs.

Sponsorships are also available ranging from an unlimited number of tee sponsorships at $200 and Eagle Sponsors at $2,500 to a limited number of event, beverage cart and Mutt Mulligan sponsorships. To reserve a sponsorship or questions, contact:

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, 4,500 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.

Kelly Johnson
Communications Specialist
Office: 616.225.6419
Mobile: 616.550.7358