A quiet refuge and place of natural beauty, the Richard L. & Janet M. Wendorf Family Courtyard was dedicated at the new McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital on Thursday, August 4th.
Since 2017, the Janet M. Wendorf Outstanding Caregiver Award has been given annually to caregivers at McLaren Greater Lansing who exemplify a commitment to providing quality and compassionate care to patients and their families. A vibrant and no-nonsense woman remembered for her generosity, kindness, humility and warmth, son Rick Wendorf, has described her as an “extreme caregiver” and “nurturer extraordinaire.”
This year’s Janet M. Wendorf Outstanding Caregiver Award will be awarded as part of Thursday’s ceremony.
Janet and Richard Wendorf made their home in Mason, Michigan. Even after the couple moved to Florida, the Wendorfs maintained ties to their home state, ultimately building a second home in Mason to allow them to spend more time with their family. Longtime supporters of McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital — at one point contracting musician Lee Greenwood for a benefit concert honoring first responders and the military — the Wendorfs also contributed financial support to McLaren Greater Lansing, The PROMISE of Lansing, Eaton Rapids Educational Foundation, and many other organizations.
For many years, the Wendorf family’s empathy, compassion, and influence has resonated throughout the hospital they supported. Following this week’s dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Richard L. & Janet M. Wendorf Family Courtyard, McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital hopes their powerful legacy will live on at for many more years to come.