Health Care

HEALTH CARE GOAL #1: Reduce/eliminate racial and class disparities in key health outcomes through prevention and access to care, especially among children and programs that support seniors to remain in their homes. 

Illustrative grants: Health Intervention Services – Disease management for people with diabetes and hypertension; Grand Rapids African American Health Institute – Health advocacy fellow; Our Kitchen Table – Farm to School food growing program that includes food systems education to Grand Rapids youth; Heartside Ministry – Substance abuse and mental health treatment through art therapy; Samaritus – Refugee support to navigate health system; Grand Rapids Red Project – AIDS and HIV prevention, education and support; Access of West Michigan – Education and capacity building to address the root cause of existing systems & policies that perpetuate food insecurities (strong Civic Engagement theme alignment).

 

HEALTH CARE GOAL #2: Expand universal access to transportation and recreational opportunities for differently-abled individuals.

Illustrative grants: Alternatives in Motion – Refurbish and recycle wheel chairs; Disability Advocates – Expand public transportation for people with disabilities; Mary Free Bed YMCA – Universal design facility and grounds; Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital – Wheelchair and adaptive sports program that provides accessible recreation opportunities to patients; Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan Inc.– Living accommodations and support services for families with sick children; Senior Neighbors, Inc. – Elderly support services.

Stories about the Wege Foundation's Commitment to Health Care

Simple Sustainability Stats

Courtesy of the University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems If you happen across a photo of people from the 1970s, you’ll notice one thing. … More Simple Sustainability Stats »

Mary Free Bed: 1891-2015

What could be Grand Rapids’ first fund-raiser was a bright idea a small group of women called the Union Benevolent Association came up with in 1891 … More Mary Free Bed: 1891-2015 »

Collaboration at Its Miraculous Best

Born four years ago, pretty blue-eyed Harmony Taylor was perfect except for missing her right hand. She used her toddler-sized prosthetic until she outgrew … More Collaboration at Its Miraculous Best »

History Behind the Gift to Clark Home

There is family history behind The Wege Foundation’s recent gift to Clark Home. When Peter M. Wege’s widowed mother, Sophia Louise Dubridge Wege, was … More History Behind the Gift to Clark Home »

U of M Dean Delivers Aquinas’s Annual Wege Lecture

In a talk titled Math to Maps to Moms, Dr. Marie Lynn Miranda gave the 17th Wege Foundation Lecture at Aquinas College April 18.  The … More U of M Dean Delivers Aquinas’s Annual Wege Lecture »

A Linguistic Discovery Helping Cancer Patients

Very few people know that the word “gilda” is actually derived from the ancient Latin term for “volunteer.”  And if you read that with … More A Linguistic Discovery Helping Cancer Patients »

Sophia’s House Opens with a Blessing

Saint Mary’s medical staff and friends participate in the Bishop’s blessing of Saint Mary’s new guest quarters for families of patients from out of … More Sophia’s House Opens with a Blessing »

The Wege Foundation Honors Peter Wege’s Mother

Sophia’s Guest House at Saint Mary’s Health Care is named after Sophia Dubridge Wege, Peter M. Wege’s mother. The three-story  Guest House – built … More The Wege Foundation Honors Peter Wege’s Mother »

Gilda’s Club Planning LaughFest 2012

The overwhelming success of Gilda Club’s first LaughFest in March 2011 meant for sure the cancer-support group would do it again. With 55,000 people … More Gilda’s Club Planning LaughFest 2012 »

GILDA’S CLUB TEN YEARS LATER – on youtube.com.

When Peter M. Wege and The Wege Foundation made the lead gift to found the cancer-support community known as Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, Peter … More GILDA’S CLUB TEN YEARS LATER – on youtube.com. »

FROM 3 TO 21 COMPUTERS: CATHERINE’S HEALTH CLINIC GROWS

When Susan Broman, Executive Director of the Steelcase Foundation, called Ellen Satterlee, her counterpart at the Wege Foundation, about Catherine’s Health Center, Ellen agreed … More FROM 3 TO 21 COMPUTERS: CATHERINE’S HEALTH CLINIC GROWS »

GILDA’S CLUB BREAKS INTO LAUGHTER MARCH 10, 2011

The first-ever Laugh Fest in the country opens in Grand Rapids March 10 with non-stop funny entertainment happening in 32 locations until March 20. … More GILDA’S CLUB BREAKS INTO LAUGHTER MARCH 10, 2011 »

PETER WEGE RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM THE U OF M

The University of Michigan paid its highest tribute to lifelong East Grand Rapids resident Peter M. Wege by awarding him an honorary degree as … More PETER WEGE RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM THE U OF M »

G. R. MAGAZINE NAMES PETER M. WEGE ONE OF CITY’S MOST POWERFUL

The December issue of Grand Rapids Magazine published brief profiles on the 25 people their staff considered the city’s most important. The first person … More G. R. MAGAZINE NAMES PETER M. WEGE ONE OF CITY’S MOST POWERFUL »

GUARDIAN ANGEL HOMES Names Peter M. Wege its first Grand Angel

On November 27, the Guardian Angel Homes of Grand Rapids honored Peter M. Wege by giving him their first Grand Angel Award. Grand Angel … More GUARDIAN ANGEL HOMES Names Peter M. Wege its first Grand Angel »

ELIZABETH EDWARDS VISITS GILDA’S CLUB

Elizabeth Edwards met with members of The Wege Foundation, Ellen Satterlee, Executive Director on the left and Terri McCarthy, VP of Programs on the … More ELIZABETH EDWARDS VISITS GILDA’S CLUB »