Munson Health
Why We Give

Munson Healthcare is grateful for every gift received. We’ve been very fortunate to receive major gifts from foundations and individuals who recognize the tremendous value of the high quality care being delivered in northern Michigan. We also are grateful to our many loyal donors who consistently support us with their annual gifts. No matter what size the gift, we are thankful for every person who places a priority on providing great health care to our communities.   

In addition to lead gifts, thousands of area residents, employees, board members, and volunteers financially support the work of Munson Healthcare through annual giving. Health care funding is going through historic change, making philanthropy critical to our mission.  All gifts are essential for continuing to provide northern Michigan with great care.
We are proud that 100 percent of our board members and executive team are loyal donors. Nearly all of our Corporate Members from surrounding counties also are on our donor rolls. And, nearly 25 percent of Munson Healthcare employees make financial gifts give back to the organization to further support the work they are involved in every day.

Major Gift Giving

Wayne and Joan Webber   An $8 million gift from the Wayne and Joan Webber Foundation will significantly strengthen Munson Medical Center’s role as the leading regional provider of heart care in northern Michigan. Read More
Casey Cowell   Long-time Traverse City resident Casey Cowell donated the $5 million lead gift toward the Cowell Family Cancer Center. The new center will bring multidiscliplinary collaboration and coordination of cancer care to one convenient location. Read More
Dan and Debbie Edson   Dan and Debbie Edson of Traverse City live by the philosophy that those who’ve been given a lot should give a lot. It is part of what motivated them to make a $1 million donation to Munson Medical Center for a new non-invasive cardiology suite. Read More
Biederman family
  The Biederman family's commitment to improving health in the community has led to more than $1 million in gifts supporting the Biederman Cancer Treatment Center, Munson Hospice, and Munson Hospice House. Read More
Dudley and Barbara Smith   Dudley and Barbara Smith donated $1 million to the breast health center that bears their name. Each year, more than 14,000 women are screened at the center. Read More
Wayne and Joan Webber Foundation
  Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital now has a new 80-slice Toshiba CT scanner thanks to a $500,000 gift from The Wayne and Joan Webber Foundation. Read More
Art and Mary Schmuckal Family Foundation
  Many people who receive a cancer diagnosis will be able to stay in the area for treatment thanks in part to a $250,000 donation from the Art and Mary Schmuckal Family Foundation. Read More

Estate Planning

John Erb   "It is very easy to give from your estate," John Erb said. "Just ask yourself, ‘What can I do that will benefit the things I believe in and benefit the people and places I love when I’m gone?’ If you plan your estate appropriately, it is a simple way to provide for yourself and also for the things you want to support." Read More
Cal and Verla Jamieson   Over the years, Cal and Verla Jamieson have used, appreciated, and supported Munson Medical Center. "Having a healthy hospital contributes to having a healthy community," Cal said. Read More
Jock and Sue Denio   Retired educators Jock and Sue Denio used appreciated stock to set up a Charitable Gift Annuity earmarked for Munson Hospice. "We love the concept of hospice," Sue said. "We hope that families will have even more access to this wonderful program." Read More
Bob and Janice McKee   In their life together, Bob and Janice McKee have experienced health care in a lot of places. "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. Read More
Wayne and Terry Lobdell       
Wayne and Terry Lobdell feel they have been fortunate to live in a community that is so generous. "Once we reached the point that we were able to do so, we felt it was our responsibility to give back," Wayne said. Read More
David and Cathie Martin   David and Cathie Martin have been part of the medical community in Traverse City for 30 years. Consequently, they have both professional and personal reasons for supporting Munson Healthcare through their estate planning.  Read More
Clarine Olson   Clarine Olson says participating in planned giving provides her with a sense of peace and satisfaction. "Knowing that I have a part in assuring that Munson and other organizations I believe in will be here for my children and grandchildren is very reassuring." Read More
Jay and Judy Zrimec   When Jay and Judy Zrimec sat down to work on their will, it was an easy decision to include a gift that would support Munson Medical Center. "Every donation is an opportunity to do the right thing," Jay said. Read More

Other Support

Pauline Nielsen   Pauline Nielsen was so impressed and thankful for the care her husband received at Munson Medical Center, she made a gift in honor of his cardiologist. "I'm a real cheerleader for Munson Medical Center and the Foundation." Read More
Ramin Sarrafizadeh   Ramin Sarrafizadeh, MD, PhD, made a donation to the Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation in honor of the surgical team that assists him and the other vitreoretinal surgeons at Munson Medical Center. Read More
Karen Wells    Karen Wells works diligently on the Remembrance Run as a way to pay the community back for all the help she received during a difficult time in her life. Read More