Well-being means more than just eating enough vegetables and going to the gym. It encompasses a holistic picture of your health, from the traditional ideas of healthy food and staying active, to other important aspects of well-being, such as emotional health, work-life balance, financial wellness, managing stress, and getting quality sleep.

It also means having a good support system of family and friends, being resilient when life throws you a curve ball, having a sense of purpose in your life, and feeling financially secure.

Having tools, resources, and support available to you when you need them most can help you stay on track on your journey to being the happiest and healthiest version of yourself.

Employee Assistance Program

Munson Healthcare has partnered with Cigna, a global health service company, to provide employees and their families access to a comprehensive Employee Assistance & Work Life Program (EAP). Through the EAP, you and members of your household have access to a wide range of free and confidential services, including up to four face-to-face sessions with a counselor and unlimited phone counseling sessions. 

Available to eligible employees and dependents throughout the Munson Healthcare system.

Financial Wellness

As your retirement plan service provider, Transamerica offers you two dedicated retirement planning consultants (RPC) to help you make the most of the Munson Healthcare retirement benefits. Amy Birtcher and Colleen Etue have years of experience helping staff members navigate their way to a successful retirement.

While retirement is the ultimate goal, the decisions you make along the way can determine your ability to retire when and how you want. Your dedicated RPCs can help you navigate life's crucial decisions and evaluate their impact on your retirement journey. Amy and Colleen can help you improve your retirement readiness by assisting you with enrolling in the plan, determining your ideal contribution rate as well as creating a plan to reach that goal, assessing investment strategies, consolidating previous employers' retirement plans, protecting your heirs, and formulating a comprehensive retirement income strategy.

Amy Birtcher, CRPC®

Serving Munson Medical Center, Cadillac Hospital, Manistee Hospital, Charlevoix Hospital, Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, and Copper Ridge locations.

Phone: 231-935-5634 | Email:




Colleen Etue

Serving Munson Medical Center, Ostego Hospital, Grayling Hospital, Foster Family Community Health Center, and NMSA.

Phone: 231-735-3702 | Email:




Health Coaching

Do you know what you need to do to improve your well-being but can’t seem to get started or stick with it? 

Free health coaching is offered to employees and spouses who have Priority Health insurance through Munson Healthcare. Think of your coach like an accountability partner to help keep you on track. Your coach will help you set and reach your goals by giving you information, advice, and encouragement on any area of your life that you find personally challenging.

Massage Therapy

Research has shown that massage therapy may have benefits for:

  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Improving general wellbeing
  • Increasing blood circulation
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Muscle tension relief
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Reducing lower back pain
  • Reducing stress

Discounted rates available to employees in Grayling and Traverse City

Stress Management

The link between stress and poor health is well documented. Everyone feels stress at times. The key is to manage it, so it doesn’t manage you. If you are overstressed, regular aerobic exercise is a good way to bring back balance to your life. Running, swimming, biking and even brisk walking will cause your brain to release endorphins. These are natural chemicals that can decrease your perception of pain, boost your mood, and reduce your level of stress. Exercise also helps you sleep, one of your body’s natural medicines for stress. Even a gentle walk or a slow bike ride can take your focus off your problems, opening your mind to more creative problem-solving.

Munson Healthcare offers many ways to reduce your stress. Yoga, massage therapy, sports clubs, and Zumba are just a few options.

Tobacco Cessation

Looking to quit smoking or know someone who is? Did you know that your Priority Health insurance plan covers some tobacco cessation medications at no cost to you? Some of those medications include Chantix, Zyban, and nicotine gum. Medication coverage depends on your plan design. Contact Priority Health Customer Service at 800-446-5674 for more information and to ensure your plan meets these requirements.

Also, learn about the health coaching for tobacco cessation program: call 800-998-1037 and press 7, or email

Tobacco Cessation Resources

Tobacco cessation classes available in: Charlevoix, Grayling, and Traverse City

Wellbeing Hub

Priority Health knows that “healthy” goes beyond doctor visits and includes both mind and body. That’s why they are offering the all new Wellbeing Hub to help you improve or maintain your health with information, tools, programs and activities that are important to you.

Need support with weight loss, quitting tobacco, stress and financial management, managing a condition or more? Visit your Wellbeing Hub to get started:

  1. Login to your account at
  2. Click on the Healthy Living tab.
  3. Complete a short survey the first time you visit the Wellbeing Hub to receive content and tools suited to your specific needs.
  4. Complete actions to tailor your experience. As you engage, the Wellbeing Hub customizes information and offers you programs and solutions with your health in mind.

For more information on the Wellbeing Hub, call 855-337-8341.

Available in CadillacCharlevoixFrankfortGrayling, Kalkaska, Manistee, and Traverse City