Bronson South Haven Fund
The purpose of The Bronson South Haven Fund is to foster and support comprehensive, high quality care for patients specifically in the Bronson South Haven service area. This includes but is not limited to:
- New technologies
- Education for physicians, staff and community
- Facilities development and capital improvement
- New Technologies and innovative models of care delivery
Bronson Wellness Center Scholarships
- Bronson Health Foundation provides $50,000 annually in scholarships for full year and partial year memberships to community members who are unable to afford the membership.
Funded projects and programs in 2018 includes:
Nuclear Medicine Camera
- The Bronson Health Foundation provided $200,000 toward the purchase of new nuclear medicine camera so patients are able to have the appropriate cardiac imaging completed in South Haven.
Safe Kids Greater South Haven
- Safe Kids is a community collaborative to reduce death and injury to children in the community by raising community awareness, participating in school and community events, providing education programs, initiating public policy changes, monitoring product safety and distributing safety devices (including but not limited to car seat safety , bicycle safety and water safety). These safety programs provide parents with the resources they need to help prevent childhood injuries.
Safe Kids South Haven will be modeled after Safe Kids Kalamazoo County, a community collaborative in place since 1989. Safe Kids Kalamazoo, a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, was founded and has been managed since its inception by Bronson Children's Hospital. The coordinator will work with a committee made up of other community safety leaders, including police, fire, and the school system, to bring these programs to South Haven.
We have provided funding for the following in 2017:
Support for the development of the Blue Star Trail Project
- Bronson Health Foundation provided $15,000 for construction of the Blue Star Trail. The Blue Star Trail project is the construction and development of a paved, 20–mile non-motorized pathway from South Haven to Saugatuck. This project falls in line with Bronson’s Community Health initiatives and responds to concerns learned from the Van Buren Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The top issues identified from the Van Buren CHNA are obesity, wellness/healthy lifestyle opportunities, social connectivity, and mental health needs. Greater than 50% of responses identified access to safe healthy living spaces as a top need. This was a prominent issue in the focus groups among all demographics. The Blue Star Trail can meet the need for access to safe, accessible recreation spaces for anyone regardless of socioeconomic status and contributes to building a culture of health.
Harmonicas for COPD patients
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic disease that makes breathing difficult. Playing the harmonica can make a difference. It helps improve lung function and develop new muscles by breathing in and out to make the music. There is joy in accomplishing a new task and just having fun. Funding was provided to purchase 200 harmonicas for COPD patients at Bronson South Haven.
Support for community cholesterol screening and sports physicals