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Friday, September 30, 2011 - Accountant to Tally Miles for Munson Hospice
Accountant to Tally Miles for Munson Hospice

Traverse City forensic accountant Scott Phillips knows all about figures, balance sheets, and bottom lines.
 
Now, he’s planning to pull off a number that requires putting one foot in front of the other for 26.2 miles.
 
Running the Chicago Marathon with 45,000 other athletes is on Phillips’ “bucket list,” but he’s also motivated by the opportunity to raise money for hospice. Proceeds from his participation in the Oct. 9 event will be split evenly between the National Hospice Foundation and Munson Hospice, as part of the national organization’s Run to Remember program.
 
“I’ve not had a personal experience with Munson Hospice, but I just have tremendous personal respect for what hospice does,” he said. “I believe in end-of-life care and trying to make a person’s remaining days as comfortable as possible. Both of my parents have passed away. We were in the early intake phase of hospice with my dad and I was greatly relieved that hospice was a resource for us. If hospice had not been available, I would have had a great deal more anxiety. It meant a lot to me knowing they were there.”
 
Raised in Royal Oak, Phillips moved to Traverse City in 1979. Five years later, he relocated to Chicago to launch an accounting firm that grew into a worldwide company. In 2000, Phillips and his wife, Pam, bought a home in Traverse City. His company was acquired by Charles River Associates in 2004, where he continues to work as a vice president while living full-time in Traverse City.
 
At age 58, Phillips counts himself the youngster among a group of friends in their 60s and 70s. Each of the older men have run full marathons.
 
“They are so young in heart and body, they’ve inspired me,” he said. Among them is Jerry Glenn, Bill Howard, M.D., and retired Munson surgeon Jim Woodburne, who Phillips describes as “a real mentor, as well as a friend. He’s shown me how to live life in my later years. He’s physically and socially active, and a very caring, compassionate person.”
 
Compassion is exactly what Munson Hospice is about, and why Phillips is motivated to help.
 
“We are really grateful to people like Scott who seize opportunities to support programs they believe in,” said Foundation President Des Worthington. “Individuals really can make a difference, and we’re continually amazed by all the inventive ways people find to help.”
 
To support Phillips’ run, go to
active.com/donate/runtoremember2011/BoldMission, or call the Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation at (231) 935-6482.