Mercy Health Hauenstein Neuroscience Center Celebrates a Decade of Hope and Healing

Members of the Hauenstein family celebrated ten years of the Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences Center with clinical leaders and members of the Saint Mary’s Foundation on Friday, February 15, 2019.

Thanks to the thoughtful vision and a generous donation of late philanthropist and community leader, Ralph Hauenstein, the bricks and mortar building of the Mercy Health Hauenstein Neuroscience Center opened in 2009. Located at 220 Cherry St., SE, Grand Rapids, the center is known as an innovative, multidisciplinary destination to treat, diagnose and care for patients experiencing neurological disorders. Mercy Health colleagues, donors and members of the Hauenstein family celebrated the building’s tenth anniversary on Friday, February 15, 2019.

Begun solely as a Parkinson’s Clinic in 2002, today Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences boasts more than 20 comprehensive, award-winning programs and clinics that treat people with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, stroke, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease and many more disorders. Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences treats people from across the state, seeing patients not only at the center’s location, but also in Grand Haven and Muskegon.

“We thank our physicians, nurses, medical staff, donors, and especially our patients and their families, who help us continue the vision of Ralph Hauenstein, to offer to everyone the ‘very best in neuroscience care,'” said Herm Sullivan, MD, medical director, Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences, during the ten-year celebration.

Brian Hauenstein, grandson of Ralph Hauenstein, addresses and thanks the crowd.

Other event speakers included Phil McCorkle, president emeritus, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, who met Ralph Hauenstein while he was hospitalized at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s a number of years ago. During his hospitalization, Hauenstein had then asked McCorkle, “What can I do for the hospital?” From this conversation emerged the Parkinson’s Clinic, which quickly outgrew its space, giving way to the plan and dream of building the Mercy Health Hauenstein Neuroscience Center.

Brian Hauenstein, grandson of Ralph Hauenstein and Saint Mary’s Foundation Board trustee, thanked everyone on behalf of his family: “I’d like to take on the tradition of coming by now and then to walk the halls, just like my grandfather did — just to check in and thank the staff.”

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