Bronson’s Greatest Needs
The Bronson Greatest Need fund provides ongoing support to Bronson Healthcare needs as they emerge. Because these gifts are unrestricted, they give the Foundation flexibility in addressing specific funding priorities as they arise.
The Bronson Health Foundation is proud to provide funding so Bronson pediatric oncology patients and their families can be part of this wonderful camp. Camp Catch-A-Rainbow provides the opportunity for children to simply have a good time and enjoy the experience of exercise, recreation, and companionship through activities paced to meet the needs of kids with cancer. Bronson doctors and nurses volunteer their own time to provide 24-hour access to health care professionals to meet the cancer care needs of these campers.
YMCA Storer Camps offers Camp Catch-A-Rainbow (CCAR), free of charge, to enrich the lives of children between four and fifteen years old who are being treated for cancer or who are in remission form cancer.
Campers enjoy swimming, archery, horseback riding, high adventure ropes courses, arts and crafts, canoeing, and much more.
Murals at Bronson Battle Creek Fieldstone Center
Funds are being utilized for floor to ceiling murals Fieldstone Center in Battle Creek as a way to enhance the environment for both adult and geriatric behavioral health patients.
Local artist, Lynda Marnon, is creating calming and peaceful images with valuable input from patients and staff alike with hopes of improving the quality of stay for the patients. Two murals have been added on the adult unit with more to be added on the geriatric unit.
The Bronson Health Foundation has provided a new mural by local artist, Lynda Marnon, in the Bronson LakeView Outpatient Center (BLOC) Lab, to enhance the environment care for all patients!
Diane Branch, lab manager, states, "It is our hope that the bright colors of the artwork will add a pleasing touch to the previously stark room. It will give patients of all ages something to focus on and provide a comforting distraction."
C.A.R.E. Channel at Bronson Battle Creek
Unrestricted funds have been used to provide the CARE Channel, which stands for Continuous Ambient Relaxation Environment, at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. This channel combines peaceful scenes of nature with beautiful music. It can help reduce the need for pain/sleep meds, reduce the use of restraints, and help dampen the noisy environment for patients and staff. It is now available across BBC and is being set as the ‘default channel’ in our inpatient rooms so that it will be the first thing patients see when they turn on the TV.
Also in 2014, the North Pavilion Diagnostics Lab received a makeover courtesy of unrestricted donations. To make the lab environment less intimidating for children, we brought in whimsical artwork by local artist Sara Strong. An aquarium was added for patients to enjoy and breathtaking ceiling-to-floor murals by local artist Lynda Marnon (pictured) give the private draw rooms a whole new look. These features provide a welcome distraction for pediatric and adult patients alike! Click here for more photos!
Unrestricted donations also helped pay for the Outpatient Surgery unit to receive interspersed paintings throughout their 12 patient rooms. The funding also provided floor to ceiling murals in four patient bays in Outpatient Recovery. All paintings were done by local muralist, Susan Teague. Click here to see photos of these paintings in Outpatient Surgery and Recovery.
Funds helped to pay for child friendly murals in two rooms in the Preoperative Inpatient Surgical Unit exclusively used by pediatric patients. Click here to see photo the Inpatient Preop Murals.