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Season's Greetings!

As winter is upon us and the New Year is just ahead, we are excited to share with you what has been happening around the system. We are grateful to all of you who have joined in our events and made generous gifts of support. We wish you and yours a happy holiday season.
Frank Sardone pictured with Von Washington, Bronson Health Foundation chair (left) and Terry Morrow, vice president of development, Bronson Healthcare (right)
Saying Farewell to Frank

As Bronson Healthcare President and CEO Frank J. Sardone, nears his retirement at the end of 2019, we honor and celebrate his 32 years of service and the impact he has had on our communities.

For his leadership and commitment over the years, the Bronson Health Foundation Board of Directors awarded Frank with the John and Kay Polzin Ambassador for Healthcare Award. Like the Polzins whom the award is named after, Frank is recognized for his humble generosity and his work to tirelessly make this region a better place to live.

Additionally, in recognition of his leadership and vision, the Bronson Health Foundation established a Donor Advised Fund in Frank's name so Bronson can continue to experience Frank's guidance.

Megan and Izy
Good Neighbor Campaign Makes A Difference

Izy Cassel was 8 years old when she was diagnosed with leukemia. After the diagnosis, her first visit to Bronson Children's Hospital turned out to be a 6-week stay. Her mom, Shelly, says the special programs at the Children's Hospital made a difficult time a little easier. "We are thankful that Bronson has art therapy, child life and other services to keep Izy occupied," says Shelly. "It gives her something to do besides just watching the walls and the IVs. She loves when Meg, the art therapist, comes in and paints with her." 

Gifts to the Good Neighbor Campaign help to support patients and families like Izy and Shelly. There is still time to make a gift and make a difference in the lives of your neighbors.

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic Team
Cancer Care Pavilion Topping Out Ceremony

November 8 marked a construction milestone in the development of the new Cancer Pavilion at Bronson Methodist Hospital in downtown Kalamazoo. On that day, the final beam of steel was raised and put in place atop the structure signaling the completion of the steel framework for the new facility. This tradition, called 'Topping Out', is a custom among iron workers around the world and is a signal that a structure has reached its full height. 

Covering the beam were hundreds of signatures of cancer care providers, Bronson employees, board members, community donors and tradespeople who have worked on the construction project. As part of the tradition, an evergreen tree and an American flag were attached to the beam once it was in place.

Trees Of Love Light Up Bronson Battle Creek

On Wednesday, December 11, the lobbies of Bronson Battle Creek were brightened by the Trees of Love and all of the volunteers who support the hospital. Trees of Love is an annual program that provides the community a meaningful opportunity to pay tribute to loved ones or to thank special people in their lives.

Proceeds earned through this special event will be designated to the Bronson Battle Creek Volunteer Fund. This fund supports special projects chosen by Bronson Battle Creek volunteers each year.

To learn more about the how to become a Bronson Battle Creek Volunteer, click here.

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