Healthcare Week Luminary Event Honoring Spectrum Health Workers Coming Tuesday

The people of Southwest Michigan are well versed in luminary events, playing witness to a tremendous show just ahead of the annual holiday season in downtown St. Joseph each year, but a special luminary event is coming Tuesday to honor healthcare workers in the pandemic.

In an effort to honor and show appreciation for those frontline workers over the past week with National Nurses’ Week and the upcoming observance of Healthcare Week, Spectrum Health Lakeland is hosting a luminary event throughout the region. Community members are encouraged to write the name(s) of the healthcare workers they would like to honor on a paper bag, light a candle, and place the luminary on their front porch or driveway.

The special event will take place in the evening of next Tuesday, May 12th in honor of the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is considered the founder of modern nursing. Lakeland team members will also be lighting luminaries along with the community and placing them outside the three hospitals and the Center for Outpatient Services.

Natalie Baggio, MBA, BSN, RN, Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Executive for Spectrum Health Lakeland, says, “The outpouring of community support we’ve received on behalf of our healthcare workers has been overwhelming,” and adds, “The luminary event is another way we can come together to show our support for those on the front lines during this difficult time.”

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Community members are encouraged to take a photo or video with their luminary and share it to social media, tagging Spectrum Health Lakeland, or email to