COVID-19, Zeeland Community Hospital

Help Honor Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Health Care Workers with Home Luminary Event

ZEELAND, Mich., May 6, 2020 – Luminary bags with special messages of support and affection will light up the night outside of hospitals, homes and in neighborhoods Tuesday to mark Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday and to recognize nurses and health care workers throughout West Michigan.

Spectrum Health is asking community members to decorate and light luminary bags for special health care workers in their life May 12 at 9 p.m. to join in a reverent display of solidarity and appreciation.

Hospitals will have luminaries placed by employees, but community member luminaries should be displayed at home.

“The luminary event is a way for our communities to come together in gratitude while respecting social distancing and show nurses how much we appreciate their life-saving work and compassion,” said Linda Schaltz, chief nursing officer, Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital. “Now more than ever, nurses and all health care workers provide essential care in keeping our patients safe and healthy.”

People are asked to personalize and decorate their luminary bags by writing the name of their special health care worker or nurse along with a short message. Items from around the house can be used such as a tea light or other candles along with lunch bags, mason jars or milk jugs.

Photos or short videos of family members decorating their bags and lighting their luminaries can be shared by messaging or posting in the comments on the Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Facebook page at

The event will culminate nursing week activities that will include a virtual Blessing of Hands ceremony on Friday, May 8. Spectrum Health nurses are also receiving a special car/window decal, along with being recognized in various celebrations at all Spectrum Health hospitals.

National Nurses Week is celebrated each year from May 6 through May 12. Florence Nightingale was born May 12, 1820 and is generally considered the founder of modern nursing for her work during the Crimean War. Health Care Week is May 10 through May 16.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

Ashley Kiekintveld
Marketing and Communications
Phone: 616.748.3610