Munson Health
Bill Parris

Bill Parris worked for 32 years in the international chemical industry, based primarily in North Carolina and New York City. He expected to spend his retirement in North Carolina. These days, that’s true for only part of the year. Crystal Lake’s claim on his wife’s heart prompted the couple to purchase a home on the lake 15 years ago, a short distance from the family cottage where Joetta Riley Parris spent her childhood summers.

It didn’t take long for the Parrises to dive into the life of the community. Bill has served as president of the Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club, and as a director of the Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail, Crystal Lake Art Center, and the Benzie Area Historical Society. He belongs to the Benzie Amateur Radio Friends and is an active member at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Joetta is a member of Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees, and with her encouragement, Bill agreed to serve on the hospitals’ Foundation Board. He plans to turn his full attention to the hospital as soon as he helps complete a $3 million capital campaign for the new Crystal Lake Art Center, expected to open in July in the former Frankfort U.S. Coast Guard station.

"I’m such a strong advocate of this hospital - it’s got to succeed," Bill said. "It is such a big asset to the community - those of us who are capable and able need to step up and make sure it’s supported. When anybody is thinking about retiring in this area, the first question they ask is ‘What’s the health care situation?’ Having the hospital makes it easier for them to make the decision to retire here."

The charm and comfort of living in a small town extends to the hospital, Bill said. "After being in the county for the last 15 years, we’ve gotten to meet and know the people there. When you go up there, it’s not like working with strangers - you know everybody."