Sparrow Ionia Hospital

479 Lafayette St. Ionia, Michigan  48846 



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Our Mission:  To improve the health of the people in our communities by providing quality, compassionate care to everyone, every time.

Volunteers and Health Care Advocates


ICMH Healthcare Advocates Select Leaders for Upcoming Year
Members of the Ionia County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Advocates held their installation meeting in October at the Blanchard House in Ionia, naming officers and leaders for the coming year.  Outgoing President Cindy Molter was recognized for her service.  Cindy served as president in 2007-08 and 2008-09 and continues as a Past President and Counselor in 2009-10.

Co-presidents for the current year are Sue Thompson and Toni Buys. Pictured are June Faulkner, Secretary; Toni Buys; Carol Gallagher, Treasurer; Linda Hood, Legislative VP; Sue Thompson; and Barb Sousa, Historian.  Not pictured is Pat President, Cindy Molter and VP of Community Relations, Peg Christopher Fell.

Congratulations Judy Noffke, Advocate of the Year

The ICMH Healthcare Advocates at their May 14, 2009 meeting awarded Judy Noffke, Lafayette Guild, as their Member of the Year.  She is pictured to the left with outgoing President Cindy Molter on her left and out-going Vice President, Sandy Millsap. Judy  has always been an active Lafayette member for many years.  She has contributed time and effort to numerous charitable causes, including the Ionia Free Fair, Gas & Power Tractor Show, and the Lafayette Guild's annual Angel Tree.  A well deserving volunteer and a great worker!  Congrats Judy!!


The meeting was held at the Community Room of Green Acres Independent Living.  Dr. Michael Flohr, Ophthalmologist, Ionia, was their guest speaker.  Dr. Flohr does surgical procedures at Ionia County Memorial Hospital every Tuesday, mostly cataracts.  He spoke about the advances in technology in the eye care profession.  

George Rutherford, ICMH COO, was also on hand to give an update on  Ionia County Memorial Hospital and Sparrow.



Cart N' Lobby Gift Shop

The Cart N' Lobby Guild of the ICMH Healthcare Advocates are thrilled to have the Cart N' Lobby Gift Shop open in its new location. It is now located on the 1st floor, just a door down from the Cafeteria.  The new location has given them a larger area to display items and will provide a better of flow of customers for the shop.  It is just around the corner from the           Out-Patient Lobby and the ER waiting area.  The entrance to the Gift Shop has been painted to look like the entrance to a cottage by a local artist, Jessica Murphy.  It is so appealing you'll just want to go in!


Congratulations to the Cart N' Lobby Guild on a wonderful shop!





If you have a couple of hours to spare a day.  We are in need of volunteers at Ionia County Memorial Hospital to welcome patients and visitors at the hospital out-patient entrance, from  8:00 am - 5:00, Monday - Sunday. Please contact for more information: Mary Thacker @ 616-527-4200 ext 270 or




Our volunteers are a very special group of men and women that work alongside our staff and provide services to our patients. They support the hospital's vision statement "employees feel valued, physicians feel patients are getting great care, and patients feel the services and quality they receive are extraordinary". Our volunteers are such an important part of the ICMH family.


They work in the gift shop, transport patients to surgery and radiology, help with mailings and special projects, participate in mock disaster drills, provide tours of the hospital, straighten up the lobby's, help with fundraisers, help at community events and much more.


Candidates for volunteering must be mature individuals, in good health,  capable of honoring patient confidentiality. 


For more information on volunteering at Ionia County Memorial Hospital please contact Mary Thacker, Volunteer Coordinator,

616-527-4200, ext. 248.



ICMH Healthcare Advocates

The Ionia County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Advocates was first organized in 1955.  Formerly known as the ICMH Auxiliary, the Advocates membership is made up of women and men dedicated providing volunteer services, financial support, and being a good will ambassador of the hospital with the community. 


Over the years the Advocates has provided many, manyitems and hours of their time for the patients of Ionia County Memorial Hospital.  From running the Cart N' Lobby Gift Shoppe, to providing knit kittens and stickers for the children in ER, they are constantly working to help administration, staff, and patients become more comfortable.


Recently they dedicated the Garden of Gratitude, a mediation area for visitors, staff and patients, on the Lafayette St. side yard of the hospital.  Bricks were sold in memory of honor of loved ones. In the spring they will be adding a Memory Walk, leading up to the Garden.  Bricks will be available to purchase for this project also.


Through their generous efforts they have help ICMH purchase many needed items. Such as: wide wheel chairs, updated TV's for patient rooms, foot stools, pictures for the walls, radiology supplies, recliners for patient rooms, fax machines, manikins for CPR classes, cement for walkways, books for babies and much, much more. If you are interested in joining or would like more information on the ICMH HealthCare Advocates, please contact Laurie Tjalsma, ICMH Community Relations Director, or 616-527-4200, ext. 240.



Last updated:  21 January, 2010 10:12 AM