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Happy Anniversary Heartwood Lodge: Celebrating 10 Years of Essential Community Service

Many of us go to the sand dunes to find tranquility and peace. It’s no small wonder, then, that North Ottawa Health System chose to nestle Heartwood Lodge among the grasses and hills of Spring Lake.

Heartwood Lodge is a lovely, serene-looking home for people who need intense rehabilitation care, memory care, assisted living, or residential hospice care. It can welcome 84 residential care and eight hospice residents at any point in time.

April 2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of this community jewel. More than 4,300 patients have called Heartwood Lodge home during the last decade. Some come for a short stay; others complete their life’s journey there.

Since the opening in 2008, community needs have changed. Fortunately, the planning and design team made some very wise decisions back then. One of their best decisions was to lay out the building in separate wings. That layout provides maximum flexibility. We have already reaped the benefits of that flexibility to expand as we transformed one wing from offices to short term rehabilitation, and built another wing for residential hospice care.

Everything about Heartwood Lodge is designed to soothe and welcome. From the expansive windows and generous rooms, to the healing garden and rustling dune grasses, Heartwood Lodge is a place of comfort and joy for some of our most frail neighbors. It will continue to enrich this community for decades to come.

We are so grateful for this community’s generosity in fulfilling the dream of a hospice residence. Many of the rooms and spaces bear the names of donors who stepped forward with their gifts to enrich our community. “Hospice residences are few and far between,” says Dr. Stuart VanderHeide, Medical Director for Hospice and Palliative Care. “We are incredibly fortunate to have legacy-minded donors who cared enough to bring this dream to life.” We also deeply appreciate continued donor support to maintain this lovely facility that is the last home for so many people.

If you are looking for residential, rehab or hospice residence care, contact Heartwood Lodge at (616) 842-0770.

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