A Message from Ed Ness, President and CEO of Munson Healthcare


You’ve probably heard a lot about the global shortage of Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, and I’d like to talk about what Munson Healthcare has been doing - along with the generous support from our communities - to address this critical need in northern Michigan.

On top of this increased demand for medical supplies, there are fewer supplies available. The reality is that most medical supplies are manufactured in China where production cycles were significantly disrupted earlier this year by the Coronavirus outbreak. Shipments of PPE from our normal suppliers have been virtually eliminated and aren’t coming back any time soon.  Clearly, our normal ways of doing business won’t work in this new environment where states and hospital systems are competing with each other in the race to purchase much needed medical supplies.

Quite frankly, this is one of the issues that’s been keeping me up at night. As the President and CEO, I feel personally responsible to keep our employees, providers, and patients safe. Thanks to local businesses, generous donors, and a lot of hard work by our community partners, we are still tight on supplies, but we’re in a better spot today than we were a month ago.  I have been truly humbled by the outpouring of support of so many individuals and businesses who have stepped forward to help us. Watch the video above for more on how our community near and far has come around us to ensure our healthcare team and patients remain safe.

Munson Healthcare will continue to provide regular updates at Munsonhealthcare.org, and you can follow us on Facebook as COVID-19 evolves. For even more resources, I encourage you to visit the World Health Organization (WHO). If you have general health-related questions about COVID-19, call 231-935-0951 to access our Munson Healthcare information line.


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