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Telling Our Pandemic Story

We are honored each time we’re featured on Telling Your Story from The WGVU Morning Show with Shelly Irwin to talk about our mission. In November, Bryan Cramer, our Director of Business Development, gave Shelly insight into how we have had to rethink our approach to care and how we do so — always — in a meaningful way, even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Committed to Care During a Pandemic

When face-to-face care became more difficult, Emmanuel Hospice had to adjust to the precautions necessary to stay safe during the pandemic. We had to think outside of the box, adopting new technology and ways of providing care.

With the help of grants and community donations, we were able to begin telehealth visits with patients and their loved ones. Our nurses, aides and spiritual caregivers were able to continue helping over 100 patients on a daily basis. From virtual visits to cards to bereavement phone calls, our programs changed in a meaningful way.

Growth in 2020

Emmanuel Hospice has been serving West Michigan for over seven years. This year we were named one of the Best and Brightest Places to Work for in the Nation and our team has grown exponentially. While growth is bittersweet, we must give credit to our staff, board members and volunteers for taking such great care of our community when they needed it most.

The support we receive from the community and others is a wonderful reminder of why we are on this mission. Our first ever virtual Annual Celebration took place earlier this year and we raised over $50,000 to continue our holistic approach to care. 

Want to hear more of Bryan’s interview on Telling Your Story? Listen to the full interview here. Thank you, Shelly and WGVU for the spotlight.