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The Arbor Day Foundation Recognizes Spectrum Health as a Tree Campus Healthcare Facility
Spectrum Health makes an impact on health through trees
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 18, 2021 – The Arbor Day Foundation has named Spectrum Health a Tree Campus Healthcare facility. This one-of-a-kind program aims to transform community health and wellness and ultimately save lives through the health benefits provided by trees, as well as recognize healthcare institutions that make an impact on wellness through tree planting, education and community engagement.
Spectrum Health has earned recognition in the Foundation’s second year of the program. To receive Tree Campus Healthcare recognition, Spectrum Health met five program standards: have an advisory committee, facility tree care plan, community forestry project, a celebration event and a financial investment toward a tree care plan or projects.
“Tree Campus Healthcare celebrates the efforts of healthcare facilities creating a healthier and greener property,” said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees can play an important role in patient recovery and overall community wellness. This designation is a sign of healthcare facilities’ commitment to the connections between nature and health.”
Tree Campus Healthcare strives to improve human health outcomes by connecting inpatient healthcare facilities of all sizes with local community forestry programs, while improving the extent and condition of the community forest. Facilities in the U.S. delivering inpatient healthcare services are eligible for Tree Campus Healthcare recognition, including hospitals, senior care and other residential rehabilitation properties.
“Our tree canopies not only provide an element to our environmental sustainability efforts, but also provide health and healing environments in our health care,” said Bruce DeVrou, facilities project manager at Spectrum Health. “Tree Campus Health Care is an initiative that our health care system is proud to collaborate and celebrate with and helps provides us with an avenue to further our environmental sustainability awareness and efforts.”
For more information or to apply, please visit www.treecampushealthcare.org.
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, 4,600 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan with more than 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, 150 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 $550 million in community benefit in calendar year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $37 million in philanthropy 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.
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