Munson Healthcare COVID-19 Newsroom

Munson Healthcare encourages media covering the COVID-19 pandemic to use this page to learn more about health system efforts to care for residents of our nine-hospital northern Michigan region. This page is designed to offer information and links to timely messages and data that will offer the context important for an accurate understanding of the current pandemic environment.


COVID-19 Virtual Press Conferences

Munson Healthcare hosts regular virtual press conferences about COVID-19 and vaccination. These events are livestreamed on the Munson Healthcare Facebook page, and the videos and supporting materials are published on this page following each press conference. Members of the media: Email us to be added to the distribution list for future events.

Next COVID-19 Press Conference

Tuesday, October 26, 11 am


Press Conference Archive

COVID-19 Virtual Joint Press Conference, October 12, 2021

Munson Healthcare leaders and health department officials share the latest information on COVID-19, discuss the variants and latest guidance, and answer questions.

Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Wendy Hirschenberger, M.P.H., Health Officer, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Lisa Peacock, M.S.N., R.N., WHNP-BC, Health Officer, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department and Health Department of Northwest Michigan; Brian Lawson, Regional Marketing & Corporate Communications Manager, Munson Healthcare

Press Conference Slides (PDF)

 

COVID-19 Virtual Joint Press Conference, September 29, 2021

Munson Healthcare leaders and health department officials share the latest information on COVID-19, discuss the variants and latest guidance, and answer questions.

Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Christopher Ledtke, M.D., Infectious Disease, Munson Healthcare; James Robertson, M.D., Pediatrics, Kids Creek Children’s Clinic; Wendy Hirschenberger, M.P.H., Health Officer, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Lisa Peacock, M.S.N., R.N., WHNP-BC, Health Officer, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department and Health Department of Northwest Michigan; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

Press Conference Slides (PDF)

 

August 31, 2021  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Wendy Hirschenberger, M.P.H., Health Officer, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Lisa Peacock, M.S.N., R.N., WHNP-BC, Health Officer, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department and Health Department of Northwest Michigan; Heidi Britton, Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Michigan Health Services; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

August 17, 2021  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Christopher Ledtke, M.D., Infectious Disease, Munson Healthcare; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Lisa Peacock, M.S.N., R.N., WHNP-BC, Health Officer, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department and Health Department of Northwest Michigan; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

August 3, 2021  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Brian Lawson, Regional Marketing & Corporate Communications Manager, Munson Healthcare

July 20, 2021  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Jordan Powell, M.P.H., Epidemiologist, District Health Department #10; Wendy Hirschenberger, M.P.H., Health Officer, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Heidi Britton, Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Michigan Health Services; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

July 6, 2021  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Wendy Hirschenberger, M.P.H., Health Officer, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Heidi Britton, Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Michigan Health Services; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

June 22, 2021  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Bonnie Kruszka, DNP, RN, NP, FNP-BC, ENP-BC, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Ambulatory Services, Munson Healthcare; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Wendy Hirschenberger, M.P.H., Health Officer, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

June 8, 2021  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Wendy Hirschenberger, M.P.H., Health Officer, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Heidi Britton, Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Michigan Health Services; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

May 25, 2021  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Wendy Hirschenberger, M.P.H., Health Officer, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Heidi Britton, Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Michigan Health Services; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

May 11, 2021  |  Munson Healthcare Press Conference
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Leah Doezema, High School Student; Olivia Ludka, High School Student; Ethan Roe, High School Student; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

May 4, 2021  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Wendy Hirschenberger, M.P.H., Health Officer, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Heidi Britton, Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Michigan Health Services; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

April 27, 2021  |  Munson Healthcare Press Conference
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Jim Jeakle, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital; Stacey Sensor, D.O., Obstetrics & Gynecology, Munson Healthcare; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

April 20, 2021  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Wendy Hirschenberger, M.P.H., Health Officer, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Heidi Britton, Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Michigan Health Services; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

April 13, 2021  |  Munson Healthcare Press Conference
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Nick Torney, PharmD, BCIDP, Infectious Disease, Munson Healthcare; Christopher Ledtke, M.D., Infectious Disease, Munson Healthcare; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

April 6, 2021  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Wendy Hirschenberger, M.P.H., Health Officer, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Heidi Britton, Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Michigan Health Services; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

March 23, 2021  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Lisa Peacock, M.S.N., R.N., WHNP-BC, Health Officer, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department and Health Department of Northwest Michigan; Wendy Hirschenberger, M.P.H., Health Officer, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Heidi Britton, Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Michigan Health Services; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

March 16, 2021  |  Munson Healthcare Press Conference
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Nick Torney, PharmD, BCIDP, Infectious Diseases, Munson Healthcare; and Brian Lawson, Regional Marketing & Corporate Communications Manager, Munson Medical Center

March 9, 2021  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Lisa Peacock, M.S.N., R.N., WHNP-BC, Health Officer, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department and Health Department of Northwest Michigan; Wendy Hirschenberger, M.P.H., Health Officer, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Heidi Britton, Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Michigan Health Services; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

March 2, 2021  |  Munson Healthcare Press Conference
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Nick Torney, PharmD, BCIDP, Infectious Diseases, Munson Healthcare; and Brian Lawson, Regional Marketing & Corporate Communications Manager, Munson Medical Center

February 23, 2021  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare; Wendy Hirschenberger, M.P.H., Health Officer, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Heidi Britton, CEO Northwest Michigan Health Services; Josh Meyerson, Medical Director, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department and Health Department of Northwest Michigan

February 9, 2021  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare; Wendy Hirschenberger, M.P.H., Health Officer, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Heidi Britton, CEO Northwest Michigan Health Services; Lisa Peacock, M.S.N., R.N., WHNP-BC, Health Officer, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department and Health Department of Northwest Michigan

February 2, 2021  |  Munson Healthcare Press Conference
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: James Whelan, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Cadillac Hospital, and Medical Director, Munson Clinically Integrated Network; Nick Torney, PharmD, BCIDP, Infectious Diseases, Munson Healthcare; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

January 26, 2021  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Mark Cannon, M.D., Ph.D., Infectious Disease, Munson Healthcare; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare; Wendy Hirschenberger, M.P.H., Health Officer, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Heidi Britton, CEO Northwest Michigan Health Services; Lisa Peacock, M.S.N., R.N., WHNP-BC, Health Officer, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department and Health Department of Northwest Michigan

January 19, 2021  |  Munson Healthcare Press Conference
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Bonnie Kruszka, DNP, RN, NP, FNP-BC, ENP-BC, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Ambulatory Services, Munson Healthcare; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

January 12, 2021  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare; Wendy Hirschenberger, M.P.H., Health Officer, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Heidi Britton, CEO Northwest Michigan Health Services; Lisa Peacock, M.S.N., R.N., WHNP-BC, Health Officer, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department and Health Department of Northwest Michigan

January 5, 2021  |  Munson Healthcare Press Conference
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Nick Torney, Pharm.D., BCIDP, Munson Healthcare Infectious Disease Clinical Pharmacist; Mark Cannon, MD, PhD, Infectious Disease, Munson Healthcare; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

December 29, 2020  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare; Michael Lahey, M.P.H., Emergency Preparedness Director, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Jennifer Morse, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, Medical Director, District Health Department #10; Heidi Britton, CEO Northwest Michigan Health Services; Lisa Peacock, M.S.N., R.N., WHNP-BC, Health Officer, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department and Health Department of Northwest Michigan; Laurel Johnson, Public Information Officer, Health Department of Northwest Michigan; Rachel Pomeroy, Public Information Officer, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department

December 22, 2020  |  Munson Healthcare Press Conference
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Matt Wille, President and CEO, Munson Medical Center; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare

December 15, 2020  |  Joint Press Conference with Health Departments
Video          Slides (PDF)
Panelists: Christine Nefcy, M.D., FAAP, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare; Dianne Michalek, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Munson Healthcare; Nick Torney, PharmD, BCIDP, Infectious Disease, Munson Healthcare; Wendy Hirschenberger, M.P.H., Health Officer, Grand Traverse County Health Department; Lisa Peacock, M.S.N., R.N., WHNP-BC, Health Officer, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department and Health Department of Northwest Michigan; Jeannine Taylor Public Information Officer, District Health Department #10; Heidi Britton, Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Michigan Health Services


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