Family Birth and Children’s Center

A community can be judged by how it cares for its most vulnerable citizens. Children, and the mothers who bring them into the world, are among our most vulnerable citizens. Traverse City has a long tradition of being home to outstanding maternal and child medical services. Our skilled and dedicated team of health care professionals provides quality, safe, effective, compassionate care. However, an aging facility with outdated specialty units is impeding efforts to provide our smallest patients and their families with today’s highest standard of maternal and pediatric care.

To that end, Munson Medical Center plans to build a state-of-the art Family Birth and Children’s Center.  The vision includes three units on two floors:  Maternity, Neonatal Intensive Care, and Pediatrics. The cost is estimated at $36.8 million.

Maternity Unit

Thirty counties in Michigan are without hospital-based OB services. Women in labor in northern Michigan sometimes drive up to three hours to give birth in a hospital.

One of the few counties experiencing growth is Grand Traverse County, home to Munson Medical Center. With the threat of additional hospital OB unit closures, the pressure to have more deliveries at Munson Medical Center’s already over-taxed Maternity Unit is expected to increase.

Munson Medical Center is a recognized leader in providing high quality maternal and newborn care in Michigan, with 24-hour obstetrical and anesthesia services and neonatal support. About 2,000 babies are born at Munson Medical Center each year.

The Maternity Unit at Munson Medical Center is outdated and too small to meet today’s needs. The plan is to build a new 28-patient room unit with a specialized nursery. Estimated cost is $20.1 million.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Munson Medical Center has the only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit north of Grand Rapids. It’s rating as a Level 3B Regional Center means it is equipped to care for infants with significant respiratory and critical care needs. Last year, 330 critically-ill infants were cared for in the NICU with stays ranging from a few days to several months.

Munson Medical Center’s team of physicians and nurses take exceptional care of these infants. They provide top-notch, compassionate care under difficult circumstances. As medical innovations have occurred in the way care is provided, the facility has become outdated.

The plan is to build a new state-of-the-art NICU based on current best practices for the care of critically ill infants. The new unit will include 12 private rooms and 2 semi-private rooms for transitional care. Estimated cost is $10 million.

Pediatrics Unit

Munson Medical Center does not have a dedicated Pediatrics Unit. Hospitalized children are cared for on a blended “medical surgical” unit in the oldest area of the hospital. Children share the unit with overflow for Maternity and Orthopedics patients and adults recovering from cosmetic and gynecologic surgery.

The number of pediatric patients and the level of care being offered is increasing. Munson Medical Center recently established a Pediatric Hospitalist program to ensure specialized hospital care is available 24/7 to the region’s patients age 18 and younger.

The plan is to build a new unit with eight private child and family friendly rooms, a play room, and a specialized procedure room for children. Estimated cost is $6.7 million.

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The Family Birth and Children's Center is one key component of the largest expansion in Munson Medical Center's History. This $36 million fundraising campaign will support Family Care, Surgical Services, Cardiovascular Services, Cancer Care, and Enhanced Care. To learn more about this project and how you can help, call 231-935-8462.

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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.

If you would like more information, please contact Kelli Cravey, Munson Healthcare Foundations Leadership Giving Officer, at 231-935-7901 or by email at