Leadership Bench Temporarily Resting at Bronson Battle Creek

May 06, 2013

Last year the 18 members of the Leadership Challenge class of 2012 decided as its gift to the community to commission the creation of a special work of art. 

Titled ‘We Evolve,’ the purpose of the metalwork bench is to not only provide a place where people can rest and contemplate their role in making the community a better place in which to live and work, but also as a reminder of how area organizations are not ‘resting on their laurels’ as they address healthcare, poverty, and education.

“Over the past year, the ‘evolve’ bench has made its way around the community,” said La’Tonya Baidy, manager of business development & community engagement at Bronson Battle Creek, and a member of the 2012 leadership class.  “Once it was completed, it began its journey at Kellogg Community College, before moving to the Family Health Center, Full Blast, and will now make its home at Bronson Battle Creek through August, before going to its resting place at Leila Arboretum.  This sojourn is symbolic of how important it is to be ‘present’ in every part of our community.”

There will be a special bench ‘welcoming’ program at the Bronson Battle Creek main hospital entrance on Wednesday, May 15 at 8:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend the short program and to view the artwork up close.

Special thanks to CSE Morse and Daniel Guy for contributions of the materials used in making this special bench, and to Mitzi Cranmore for creating the sculpture.  Thanks also to: Bronson Battle Creek, Miller College, Post Foods, Summit Pointe, and The Salvation Army for making contributions to the project.

Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI.  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include inpatient behavioral health, the county’s largest accredited sleep center, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  For nine years, Bronson Healthcare has been included on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list as a leading family friendly employer.