Munson Health
Recent Extraordinary Gifts

Projects Supported by Community Gifts

As a nonprofit organization, Munson Healthcare reinvests all of its revenue into expanding and upgrading health care facilities in northern Michigan. In addition, the community has historically responded generously to requests to help fund large facility projects vital to providing for the health and safety of the region’s residents and visitors. Recent major projects are listed below.




The Wayne and Joan Webber Foundation gave an $8 million gift to Munson Medical Center in 2013 to support and enhance cardiovascular services in the region. The Webbers’ gift, which represents the largest single donation in the hospital’s history, is allowing for additional programs and technology related to cardiac care, and is enhancing the hospital’s ability to recruit and retain high quality physicians. The gift supports current programs and technology, such as monitoring and communication equipment, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation System (ECMO) and training, 3D echo machines, EP Mapping System, cardiac hybrid operating room construction, additional clinical facility updates and technology purchases, heart specialty clinics, and other support and enhancements. To learn how these improvements are helping patients, read Lisa’s story.

  Casey Cowell, co-founder of U.S. Robotics, kicked off fundraising for a new cancer center with a $5 million gift announced in January 2012. A new cancer center has been identified as a top priority for health care in the region. Groundbreaking for the $45 million center was held in May 2014. The center will bring all cancer diagnostic and treatment services under one roof for better coordination of care and patient convenience. The Cowell Family Cancer Center, to be located just north of Munson Medical Center, will be northern Michigan's most comprehensive resource for diagnosis and treatment of cancer and related disorders. The cancer center will include the most advanced treatment options, including stereotactic radiosurgery and will be an integral part of a regional plan for cancer services.

Other Major Donors: Other major gifts for the cancer center include a $1.5 million dollar gift from The Carls Foundation; a $1 million gift from Bob and Pauline Young of Traverse City; a $500,000 challenge grant from Rotary Charities of Traverse City, a $500,000 grant from the Frey Foundation; a $300,000 gift from the Donald Hayden Family; a $250,000 grant from the Herbert and Grace Dow Foundation; The Bill Marsh Auto Group; Edward and Karen Walker; the Oleson Foundation; Grand Traverse Radiologists; and also from the Art and Mary Schmuckal Family Foundation.


Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital has undertaken numerous donor-supported renovations in recent years.  

  • A $500,000 gift from the Wayne and Joan Webber Foundation allowed Paul Oliver to purchase an 80-slice CT scanner for the new Wayne and Joan Webber Imaging Suite, bringing top quality diagnostic services to Paul Oliver.
  • A $1 million gift from the granddaughter of Paul Oliver, Elizabeth Hosick, MD, provided funding for the Elizabeth C. Hosick Dialysis Center, bringing dialysis services to Benzie County residents who previously had to travel to Traverse City for treatment three times a week. 
  • A $1 million gift to Paul Oliver named the emergency department the Leona E. Whitman Emergency Department. The funding will allow for renovations to update and enhance existing areas at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital.