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.

Example grants: Exalta Health – Medical and dental services for underserved communities; Family Outreach Center – Behavioral health services for underserved populations; Grand Rapids African American Health Institute – Health advocacy fellow; Cherry Street Services – Health care home visit services for senior citizens; 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); Roosevelt Park Ministries – Workshops and parent engagement to reduce intergenerational trauma; Healthy Homes – Parent leadership and advocacy training regarding housing environmental issues.

 

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

Example grants: Alternatives in Motion – Refurbish and recycle wheelchairs;  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; Hope Network – Cognitive impairment program for people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s; Disability Advocates – Civic engagement training to create access for all.

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. Pretty much everyone is a normal size. Look around today and you’ll see what research proves. More of us are fatter than normal sized. In fact, 68% of … 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 to pay the ten cents a day it cost for one bed in the UBA hospital, forerunner of Blodgett. Since Mary was then the most common woman’s name, … 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 it last fall and the insurance company wouldn’t pay for a bigger hand. Enter the teenagers who belong to West Catholic High’s robotics team, funded by … 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 in failing health physically and mentally, her only child found the best nursing home he could to care for her.  Peter spent as much time as … 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 dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & Environment is a leading authority on how environmental toxins are poisoning our children’s health—especially children … 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 any skepticism, it’s only because you’ve never been to the free cancer-support home called Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.  This 12-year old welcoming place for anyone dealing … 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 town. Sophia’s House is named for Sophia Dubridge Wege, the mother of the lead sponsor Peter M. Wege. On the far left, Michelle Rabideau, Saint Mary’s … 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 in 1959 to house hospital interns – has been gutted and renovated earning LEED certification for environmental construction. Sophia’s House’s 15 private rooms with bath offer … 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 attending last year’s ten-day marathon of funny people on stage, Gilda’s Club leaders knew they had a good thing going. Even more important, the original LaughFest … 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 knew it was a good idea. Because both his parents had died of cancer, he knew that families of cancer patients need their own support network. … 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 to check it out. The non-profit general-practice clinic for Grand Rapids’ low-income and medically underserved was not a typical Wege Foundation grantee. But Ellen knew Broman … 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. LaughFest features humor to raise money for the serious cause of supporting cancer patients and their families. Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids is celebrating its tenth … 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 a Doctor of Laws. Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University, gave the Honorary Doctorate to Peter M. Wege during the University of Michigan’s winter commencement … 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 listed was Peter M. Wege. In Peter Wege’s biography titled “Looking Beyond Horizons,” reporter Curt Wozniak gave him credit for making Grand Rapids, Michigan, the greenest … 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 Homes was started in 1992 by a group of Catholic families who wanted to provide care and housing for adults who are physically or mentally disabled. … 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 right, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on September 22, 2007. This private, non-media event was held at a most appropriate site: Gilda’s House Grand Rapids, a cancer-support … More ELIZABETH EDWARDS VISITS GILDA’S CLUB »

THE FOURTH PILLAR: HEALTH CARE

Saint Mary’s Health Care In the 1950s, Peter M. Wege gave his first gift to Saint Mary’s by printing the hospital’s bulletin. Wege was 36 when he was elected Chairman of Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees in 1958. The Trustee next closest in age was 62. Over the next half … More THE FOURTH PILLAR: HEALTH CARE »