On Nov. 8, the Cherry Health Foundation hosted 435 friends and supporters at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park for the 8th annual Cherry Health Celebration presented by Dickinson Wright. It was a night full of stories of hope, focused on how the past influences the future. More than $155,000 was donated to serve Cherry Health patients.
During the heart of the evening, Cherry Health CEO Tasha Blackmon glowingly explained how Cherry Health, with the support of the community, is working toward a healthier future now. Their data-driven, integrated treatment is helping them treat disease, fight the opioid epidemic, and make other dramatic gains in population health.
The foundation illustrated how providing access to primary care secures the future, through a featured patient: Angie. She is an Ottawa High School senior, captain of her volleyball team, part-time employee at Foot Locker, and getting ready to enlist in the Navy when she graduates. She has her sights set on becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon. However, she’s faced a number of barriers throughout her journey to a successful future. You can hear her story below.
MPCA CEO Loretta V. Bush also presented Blackmon with a crystal award in recognition of their “30-year commitment to providing comprehensive primary health care services in communities throughout western Michigan.”