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DeVos Family Foundation makes $50 million commitment to children’s health

Dr. Robert Fitzgerald, president, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital
Truscott Rossman
Truscott Rossman
Dr. Robert Fitzgerald, president, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

The financial gift supports Healthy Kids Today, Stronger Communities Tomorrow program supporting area partnerships advancing pediatric medical, rehabilitative, and mental health care.

At Corewell Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital a celebration of comprehensive care

“This community doesn’t compete. This community collaborates.”

That’s Doug DeVos.

“How do we improve? How do we provide better care for more people in better ways?

“To make sure that we provide the most exceptional coordinated and compassionate care to our community here.”

Tina Freese Decker is President and CEO of Corewell Health. She explained how it along with Mary Free Bed and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services are creating a broader pediatric care ecosystem. The DeVos family’s $50 million gift supporting collaborative programs.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is receiving $40 million. Portions supporting the expanded Comprehensive Care Program and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit along with $20 million creates an endowment for the Child and Family Life Team.

Mary Free Bed is receiving $5 million toward the construction of the Joan Secchia Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital. Opening in 2026 will increase care annually serving an additional 2,000 to 2,500 children.

Also scheduled to open in 2026 is the Pine Rest Pediatric Center of Behavioral Health. It too, is receiving a $5 million gift toward construction and expansion programs. President and CEO Dr. Mark Eastburg explains how its programs will become an extension of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

“Handoffs between our organizations will be seamless which is what families need when they’re in the middle of a crisis.”

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.