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

As we look ahead to the remainder of 2021, I believe there are many reasons to be optimistic. The arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine offers a light at the end of the tunnel and real hope that over time we will be able to get back to the things we treasure in northern Michigan. 

But as you know, this vaccination process will take time, and I appreciate everyone’s patience as the supply of vaccine ramps up.  In northern Michigan we are lucky that we have a group of healthcare providers and Health Departments that work well together, and I would like to take a moment to thank all of the Health Departments in our region for their tireless work.  As the vaccination process continues we are committed to work with the State, local Health Departments, physician practices, and retail stores like Meijer’s, to distribute vaccine in our northern Michigan communities as quickly as possible.

I’m so grateful to the residents of northern Michigan for your diligence in maintaining safe practices as the work of getting more people vaccinated continues.  Your efforts have made a tremendous difference in lessening the burden and stress on the valuable healthcare resources in our community. I know it has not been easy, so thank you.

Another thing you can do to keep you and your family healthy, is to not delay care for other health conditions.  During this pandemic we saw people delaying care for fear of contracting COVID-19. I want to assure you that Munson Healthcare continues to adhere to best practice standards to keep you safe when seeking care.  Whether you have an emergency or need preventative screening – we are here for you. Now is not the time to delay care. It’s important to detect health conditions early – before they become more serious.  

I encourage you to go to Munsonhealthcare.org to learn what you can do to prevent heart disease and cancer. At Munson Healthcare, we are committed to improving the lives of the people of northern Michigan, and we know that the early detection of heart disease and cancer can save lives – even during a pandemic.

So while we’ve rounded another corner in this COVID-19 endurance race, we still have a little ways to go. I encourage everyone to continue to do your part to stay safe and get vaccinated when you have the opportunity.  I know the final part of any journey can be the most challenging.  However, seeing the strength and resiliency of our healthcare team and our community during the last year, I am confident that we will get through this final leg of the journey together.  Thank you for your continued support and confidence in Munson Healthcare.

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