Kelsey Hospital

Kelsey Hospital Guild’s final gift: Over $30,000 to support youth mental health

LAKEVIEW, Mich., Dec. 27, 2023 — The Corewell Health Foundation Greenville Hospital is thrilled to announce a nearly $31,000 Kelsey Hospital Guild donation to support adolescent behavioral health in the Lakeview community. 


The Kelsey Hospital Guild was a volunteer group that supported Kelsey Hospital by coordinating fundraising efforts, hosting various staff celebrations and helping with blood drives. With Kelsey Hospital’s closure, this group officially dissolved in September, but leaves a lasting impact in the community. 


“Over our 60-year history, we have worked tirelessly to make positive improvements in our community,” said Kim Carr, former Kelsey Hospital Guild member. “It feels right that our final act as a guild is to make sure that our local youth, the future of our community, can have the resources they need to help their mental health and to live their best lives.” 


Corewell Health will use this donation to support its adolescent behavioral health telemedicine clinic inside Lakeview High School. These types of clinics give students — many who are under or uninsured — an opportunity to see a licensed social worker for therapy and counseling services at little to no cost without leaving school. 


“Adolescent behavioral health issues are at an all-time high across the country,” said Katie Thorsen, Corewell Health’s virtual health manager. “This program removes barriers to care and allows high schoolers to receive services where and when they need them.” 


Students experience numerous behavioral health struggles — bullying, relationship issues with parents/friends, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, grades, peer pressure and social media pressures — and sometimes it can be hard to access treatment options. 


“We are extremely grateful for our partnership with the guild to support Lakeview students who would otherwise be unable to receive care,” said Shelly Westbrook, Corewell Health Foundation Greenville Hospital’s director. “Kelsey Hospital Guild and its recent gift have made a tremendous impact and will continue to do so for generations to come.” 


The Kelsey Hospital Guild was founded in 1959. Fundraising efforts included: Selling strawberry shortcake, candles and everything in between; hosting raffles, silent auctions, Christmas activities like the Tree of Love event and home tours; volunteer projects including the Kelsey Hospital gift case, decorating hospital trees, Summerfest Parade, Rural Health Day, blood drives and many others. Guild-related purchases made possible through fundraising were significant, such as nursing grants, equipment, furniture and program support. 




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Contact: Shelly Westbrook, CFRE 

Corewell Health Foundation Director