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 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, 4,300 medical staff experts, 3,300 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 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, 155 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 $585 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2019. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year 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.

John Norton
Communications Specialist
Office: 231.592.4387
Mobile: 231.580.1079