Spectrum Health Lakeland

South Bend International Airport Delivers Teddy Bears to Lakeland

ST. JOSEPH, Mich., Dec. 21, 2021 – As part of the tenth annual Bears in the Air program, South Bend International Airport (SBN) delivered more than 2,000 teddy bears to children in six area hospitals this week, including Spectrum Health Lakeland. The bears will offer companionship and smiles to patients in the emergency department, pediatric units, and new babies born at the BirthPlace.

“We are extremely grateful for our continued partnership with the South Bend International Airport and our clinical teams look forward to this delivery each year,” said Tammy Jerz, MSN, manager patient care services obstetrics, Spectrum Health Lakeland. “These bears serve as an added comfort to patients in the hospital and put smiles on many faces.”

“We are tremendously thankful for the community’s continued support of the Bears in the Air program,” said Mike Daigle, SBN CEO and executive director. “The pandemic has made it difficult to anticipate the level of support we would receive. We are humbled to surpass our goal of 2,000 bears.”

The Bears in the Air program has provided over 15,000 bears to children in area hospitals in the last ten years. Additionally, a cash donation to the Robert L. Miller, Sr. Veteran’s Center will take place in January.

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People are at the heart of everything we do, and the inspiration for our long and continuing legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Our award-winning team improves health, inspires hope and saves lives across 13 counties in West Michigan. We bring together 11 hospitals—including Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, with expert care from 350+ pediatric specialists in 70+ specialties and programs—three rehabilitation and nursing centers, 120 outpatient sites and telehealth services. We are proud to work with 4,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, including Spectrum Health Medical Group, one of the largest and most comprehensive multispecialty physician groups in West Michigan.

Katie Romero
Communications Specialist
Office: 269.927.5271
Mobile: 269.470.2558
Email: katie.romero@spectrumhealth.org