Gerber Memorial gets new telehealth resource to connect new moms with infants, thanks to volunteers
FREMONT– Volunteers at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial are playing a big role in the young lives of tiny babies.
That’s because the work of the HAGS, also known as hospital auxiliary guild shop, is generating revenue that goes directly to support Gerber Memorial and its patients. Recently, the Gift and Coffee Shop next to the Sullivan Street Café on the hospital’s first floor raised enough money from the sale of gifts, jewelry, flowers, collectibles, coffee and snacks – $35,000, to be exact – to purchase a MedNow cart that could be used throughout the hospital, including at the labor and delivery unit, so new moms can still connect with their babies should the baby have to go to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.
“We are so happy to donate whatever is necessary to the community and Gerber Memorial,” said volunteer Pat Hendrie. “We want something that will be readily available to the public and encompass more than just one area and the MedNow cart does just that. We are excited to be a part of this advancement and offering to our patients and community.”
Hendrie said she and the volunteers, who received a demonstration of the new device, are amazed by the MedNow cart.
“The last item we were able to purchase was the portable X-ray machine,” Hendrie said. “The HAGS wanted to have the same effect on our purchase this year and we are so thrilled and happy to provide this to our community.”