Munson Health
MMC Master Facility Plan

MMC Master Facility Plan

Munson Medical Center’s Master Facility Plan guides campus development and identifies potential options for long-range growth. In keeping with City of Traverse City zoning, Munson Medical Center’s updated plan calls for future growth to occur north of the main campus. The updated master plan was approved by the City Planning Commission in February 2012. The plan is respectful of and is consistent with the City Master Plan and Zoning Ordinances. We continue to involve both the City and Neighborhood Associations in our planning process.

To view a presentation on the Master Facility Plan, click on the image below:


We continue to pursue the most efficient use of our existing structures and facilities. Our goal is to locate hospital services and staff in the best possible place to ensure efficiency, increase patient convenience, and reduce congestion. We responded to our neighbors’ concerns about traffic by moving several non-clinical departments (Patient Accounting, Information Systems, and Central Scheduling) off campus. Developing the Copper Ridge Business Center allowed for 220 employees to relocate there from the main Munson campus.

Kid’s Creek Restoration Project

A project to restore a section of Kid’s Creek north of Sixth Street is now nearly complete. Water will be diverted to the new section of creek in late September or early October. The early fall timing was chosen to allow vegetation to become established while still preceding the spawning season. 

The restored creek will offer improved fish passage and enhanced wildlife and aquatic habitat. The project is part of a larger effort being coordinated by The Watershed Center and Grand Traverse Conservation District to remove Kid’s Creek from the Michigan DEQ’s “Impaired Waters” list.

Funding for the project was provided through the generosity of the Consumers Energy Foundation, EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Program, Great Lakes Fishery Trust, and Rotary Charities of Traverse City.

In addition to the ecological benefits of Kid’s Creek restoration, the creek and associated natural area act as a buffer between the hospital campus and area neighborhoods and will help control flooding caused by rain runoff. Moving the creek also sets the stage for future construction of the Cowell Family Cancer Center.

Green Initiatives

Practicing good stewardship of resources has never been more important than it is today as the health care industry faces unprecedented pressure to provide quality care at lower costs. Munson Medical Center spends nearly $4 million every year on energy. Munson’s Plant Facilities Green Team is working hard to reduce the hospital’s energy footprint, saving dollars and energy. To learn more about the Green Team and our initiatives, click here.

Cowell Family Cancer Center

Munson’s Master Facility Plan calls for construction of a cancer center to the north of Sixth Street between Beaumont Place and Madison Avenue. Architects and designers have completed a schematic design for an 86,000-square-foot facility that includes floor plans for the building. The next step will be a review with the Traverse City Planning Commission in September. Efforts to refine the design will continue this fall.

Our timeline and projected funding appears on track to allow us to bid out the project and start construction in the spring of 2014.

The Cowell Family Cancer Center will provide patients with a “one-stop” experience that will include a coordinated care plan that will ease the burden and stress of traveling to obtain the various aspects of cancer care. To learn more, click here.