Hospital foundation appoints board members


Eva Aguirre Cooper. Courtesy Metro Health Hospital Foundation

The charitable arm of a hospital in the area has appointed a pair of executives to its board of directors.

The three-year terms of Eva Aguirre Cooper and Meg Goebel on the Metro Health Hospital Foundation board began on Jan. 1.

“Both Eva and Meg are two of the community’s most regarded leaders and community supporters, and their collective experience, deep connections and involvement will only further enhance our board and vision forward,” said Mike Damstra, board chairperson, Metro Health Hospital Foundation.

Cooper’s background

Since 1998, Cooper has been the community affairs director at WOOD TV 8, WOTV 4 and WXSP. In this role, Cooper heads community outreach efforts, does on-air reporting for “24 Hour News 8” and special station projects.

In addition to her participation in the Grand Rapids Hispanic community, Cooper has also served on the boards of Experience Grand Rapids, Mary Free Bed Foundation, Grand Rapids Sister Cities and West Michigan Aviation Academy.

Goebel’s background

Goebel is the president of Paul Goebel Group in Grand Rapids, an insurance agency that specializes in solutions for association members in the legal and accounting professions.

A multiple winner of the Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential Women and Top Women-Owned Businesses awards, Goebel also has board affiliations with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Economic Club of Grand Rapids.


The Metro Health Hospital Foundation supports the Wyoming-based hospital's medical services, such as its heart and vascular program, cancer center, childbirth center, trauma services and community health initiatives. 

The hospital is part of the Metro Health system, which is part of Univeristy of Michigan Health.

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