Cancer, Reed City Hospital

Wheatlake Wellness Path Almost a Reality

Individual donor brick deadline is September 30.

The Wheatlake Wellness Path alongside the Spectrum Health Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center in Reed City will be completed in the fall of 2019.

September 13, 2019

REED CITY, Mich., September 11, 2019 – The deadline to purchase personalized bricks that will be part of the Wheatlake Wellness Path is quickly approaching.

The path is being constructed alongside the Spectrum Health Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center in Reed City.

For a gift commitment of $200, individuals or families can buy a personalized brick to honor a loved one affected by cancer. Bricks can be purchased at the Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital gift shop, at the cancer center in Reed City, by calling the foundation office at 231.592.4367 or by going online to

The winding path will feature multiple benches, trees, a fountain, healing gardens, reflection spaces and picnic areas. The flat paved surface will be completely accessible for everyone.

Other naming opportunities for featured amenities along the path are still available. The deadline for these special, named sponsorships is November 29.

The $250,000 project is being funded entirely by charitable donations. Construction is beginning this fall.

Response to the campaign has been very positive according to Shelly Westbrook, Spectrum Health Foundation Director of Northeast Region Hospitals including Big Rapids, Reed City, United Hospital in Greenville and Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview.

“We’ve all been touched by cancer and people have opened up their hearts for this project,” Westbrook said.

“It’s going to be beautiful and will add such a wonderful touch to the center,” Susan Wheatlake said. “Families and patients will enjoy being outdoors and spending time resting and nourishing their spirit, which is vital when fighting this terrible disease,” she said. Wheatlake is a local cancer survivor and donor to the center that bears her name.

The Spectrum Health Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center opened in 2013 and provides comprehensive cancer treatment and care including chemotherapy and radiation. The center also provides non-oncology infusions for patients throughout the area.

Free services include massage therapy, acupuncture, acupressure along with providing wigs, hats and scarves in the boutique. A resources library is also available for patients and families.

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.

John Norton
Communications Specialist
Office: 231.592.4387
Mobile: 231.580.1079