Help Us Write the Next Chapter

Our story begins with yours. Whether you’re welcoming a baby, embracing life as a growing family, discovering new passions in retirement, or planning for your golden years, our expanded and enhanced health care services will continue to touch all generations in our community.

Munson Healthcare Foundations launched a public fundraising campaign in fall 2018 for Munson Medical Center’s largest expansion project to date. This campaign aims to generate support and donations for the next expansion of services at Munson Medical Center — health care services that will help community members of all ages and at every stage of life throughout our health care system. The project is estimated to cost $80 million. Our fundraising goal is $36 million, with $27 million raised so far.

This project includes:

  • Constructing a new Family Birth and Children’s Center consisting of a neonatal intensive care unit as well as maternity and pediatrics units
  • Expanding surgical services and cardiovascular services
  • Growing our regional cancer care
  • Enhancing services in the areas of patient needs and community health, and updating Munson Manor Hospitality House

I've been a long-time contributor to this fundraising campaign as it is an opportunity to give back for all the blessings in our lives. These expanded areas of service at Munson have touched us all in some way by serving our patients, community, and our own families. I am proud to be a part of that effort. 

—Margaret M. Podworski, Clinical Pharmacist, MMC

A hub of family-oriented care

Once complete, the $36.8 million Family Birth and Children’s Center will serve all of northern Michigan — replacing an aging facility with outdated specialty units for maternity, neonatal intensive care, and pediatric care.

The new Family Birth and Children’s Center will serve as a hub of family-oriented, team-delivered care. Here’s what it will include:

  • A new 15,750-square-foot Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), providing space and technology required for the advanced care that our babies and their families need in a setting that promotes privacy and comfort. Last year, 330 critically ill infants were cared for in the Munson Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Ours is the only NICU north of Grand Rapids.
  • A 33,000-square-foot Maternity Unit to meet the needs of northern Michigan families as they experience one of life’s greatest events — the birth of their child. Patients in our Maternity Unit typically give high marks to the care they receive, but note that the facility is outdated and too small to meet today’s needs. About 2,000 babies are born at Munson Medical Center each year.
  • A family-centered approach to care will be at the center of our new, child-friendly 11,200-square-foot Pediatrics Unit. Munson Medical Center provides “intermediate pediatric care,” meaning a higher level of care than a community hospital, but short of the intensive care provided at a children’s hospital. We most often treat children who are hospitalized with respiratory disease, trauma, ingestion, infection, or childhood illness. Munson Medical Center does not have a dedicated Pediatrics Unit. Hospitalized children are cared for on a unit that also cares for adults recovering from surgery. Munson Medical Center is becoming a regional center for pediatric care in northern Michigan as the number of pediatric patients and the level of care being offered is increasing. 

A better patient experience

MMC’s 17 operating rooms are reaching full capacity, which can cause longer wait times for patients. Expanding surgical services space will allow us to fulfill our commitment to delivering the right care at the right time, in the right place.

Having adequate operating room space also will boost recruitment of surgeons and physicians. It’s critical that we update our facilities to provide the best patient care and remain competitive in recruiting outstanding health care professionals.

Plans call for building four new operating rooms and upgrading two existing rooms. In addition, the estimated $30.4 million surgical services expansion will include the purchase of an additional da Vinci robotic surgical system, which allows surgeons to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny incisions — roughly the diameter of a pencil.

Improved heart care throughout northern Michigan

Cardiovascular disease accounts for 17 percent of our nation’s health care expenditures and is the leading cause of death in the U.S. — someone dies from heart disease, stroke, or other cardiovascular disease every 43 seconds. Our beautiful region is popular among retirees, who look to us for advanced cardiovascular services. Munson Healthcare currently provides outpatient clinics at 10 sites throughout northern Michigan.

Expansion plans call for adding more well-equipped clinics close to local Munson Healthcare hospitals, with the capability of electronically connecting to the Webber Heart Center at Munson Medical Center. At a cost of $4.1 million, the expansion will include new outpatient clinics, diagnostic equipment, catheter lab updates, and information technology enhancements.

Enhanced cancer care for our region

The Cowell Family Cancer Center, which opened in 2016, serves individuals living within a 24-county area of northern lower Michigan. Patients, families, and providers benefit from the expertise of the staff, the support services, and the advanced technologies available at our center.

The estimated $3.9 million improvements to cancer care will include meeting ongoing needs for programs and services such as financial assistance to patients, advanced technologies, and new software. Expansion of our cancer research program are also part of that plan.

How you can help

Your community hospital’s story continues to unfold and we are happy to share how you can take part in this exciting growth.

If you would like more information, please contact Debra Henderson, Director Munson Healthcare Foundations, at 231-935-7668 or

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Help us build a facility where we can provide safe, top-quality care to children and families living in northern Michigan.