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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.

 

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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.

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