A HealthBeat Special Series

SeekingVolunteer Spirit

They share time, joy and talents. They help visitors find their way along unfamiliar hallways, sooth newborn babies, and offer cheer to diffuse worries. We salute our more than 2,300 volunteers with this special Health Beat series.

Health Beat Special Series
Patient Story

'Loretta, no cancer'

After three cancer scares, Loretta Staskey finds solace in the kindness of her doctor and those she encourages with inspirational notes.

Patient Story

A legacy of letters

German-born volunteer Hildegard Krusch, 90, delivers cheer and mail to hospital patients.

'Productive and successful'

Meet Bradley Spidell: Artist, entrepreneur, volunteer.

A volunteer’s perspective

Marjean Nickerson doesn't need a dictionary to know a volunteer is all about service—and for her, it's all about helping people.

Patient Story

One hoppy Cookie

For kiddos at the children's hospital, smiles are found in feathers and fluff—with a bird named Bert and a rabbit named Cookie.

Patient Story

What do a scorpion, hedgehog and owl have in common?

Kiddos at the children's hospital met these creatures and asked all sorts of interesting questions.

Patient Story

A bunny and a chinchilla try to charm kids with their soft fur ...

... and it worked.

Patient Story

Dogs and ice cream? Yes, please

Four-legged volunteers coax smiles, and a chill treat, at the children's hospital.

Patient Story

A 'stinky' ferret, an owl, and a tarantula roll into a hospital ...

... and thrill children and their parents alike.

Zoo critters brighten day for kids in hospital

John Ball Zoo animals bring smiles to children at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

'The gift of a heart'

Emergency room volunteer aims to make a difference in someone's life every day of the week.