John and Kay Polzin Ambassador for Healthcare Award 2016
At the close of 2016, the Bronson Health Foundation presented the second Polzin Ambassador for Healthcare Award to Brenda Hunt, President & CEO of the Battle Creek Community Foundation.
December 2016 - The Bronson Health Foundation is pleased to recognize Brenda Hunt, president and CEO of the Battle Creek Community Foundation, with the 2016 John and Kay Polzin Ambassador for Healthcare Award. The award honors those who work tirelessly to make our region a better place to live, and do so with no intent or expectation of recognition.
Most notably, in 2016, Hunt was instrumental in securing nearly $200,000 worth of funding to provide a new neonatal ambulance for patients and families across 9 counties. A specialized ambulance and transport team is necessary to transfer critically ill neonatal patients from regional hospitals to Bronson Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Kalamazoo. The hospital is the only children’s hospital in southwest Michigan. “Brenda’s support and visionary pursuit of regionalization makes her a deserving recipient for this honor,” says Terry Morrow, vice president of development and community health at Bronson.
“She and her staff work closely with the Bronson Health Foundation to
identify opportunities for collaboration and alignment of goals,” notes Morrow. “We are grateful for Brenda’s continued commitment to serving our communities across the region, benefiting the health and well-being of Bronson’s patients and families.”
The award was established in honor of John and Kay Polzin, who have been dedicated to improving healthcare in the greater Kalamazoo community through their humble generosity and servant leadership. The award recognizes quiet heroes who strengthen the community and whose generosity cannot be measured. This is the second year the award has been given.