Munson Health
 
Bob and Janice McKee

Note: This article will appear in the Spring 2010 issue of Focus.

Janice McKee clearly remembers attending the dedication of Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital in 1952 - particularly the flashy presence of then Michigan Governor G. Mennen "Soapy" Williams. Janice, the daughter of Ed and Beryl Kilian, had graduated from the University of Michigan and attended the ceremony while visiting her parents in Frankfort.

Having hospital services in the small lakeshore community has been vital to the community for nearly 60 years, so Janice and her husband, Bob, were happy to support the Paul Oliver Foundation with their Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA). The McKees have the distinction of being the first couple to make a CGA gift to the Paul Oliver Foundation to support services offered at Paul Oliver.

"It is so important to have good health care services locally, and we think the Munson Healthcare system is as good as we’ve seen anywhere," Bob said.

The McKees have used the services at Paul Oliver for diagnostic tests and emergency visits. Additionally, Janice underwent hip replacement surgery and Bob had cardiac surgery at Munson Medical Center. "There are a lot of good people in that system," Bob said.

In their life together, the McKees have experienced health care in a lot of places. Bob worked for General Motors for nearly 37 years and they relocated numerous times in Michigan, Indiana, and California. He served as general manager of the Truck and Bus Manufacturing Division before being named general manager of the Fisher Guide Division.

No matter where they lived, sum-mers always included excursions to the family home on Crystal Lake. They now split their time between Sarasota, Fla. and Frankfort. Their three children all own property in Benzie County and the entire family - including four grand-children - gathers in the summer for golf, bridge, boating, and swimming.      

Janice enjoyed growing up on Crystal Lake so much - even the fun and adventure of summer camp couldn’t lure her away from home as a child. Her family owned the Three Pines Resort. Her parents sent her down the road to Camp Crystalaire one summer, but she had her bags packed when they stopped by to visit her after the first week.

Her attachment to Crystal Lake and to the greater community has been life-long. "I always feel that we’re going home when we come back to Frankfort," she said.