Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 24, 2013

Munson Medical Center receives $8 million for Heart Center

Donation is largest in organization's history

From staff reports

TRAVERSE CITY — Munson Medical Center has received its biggest donation ever with a gift of $8 million for its Heart Center from the Wayne and Joan Webber Foundation.

“This is the largest donation in Munson Medical Center history,” said Munson Healthcare President Ed Ness. “We received last year a $5 million gift from Casey Cowell (former CEO of U.S. Robotics) as a lead gift for the Cancer Center.

“That’s the most recent large gift we received.”

Ness said the family approached Munson.

“They were really interested in insuring that the health care for the region was insured into the future, so we had discussions with them of what might be a good fit,” Ness said. “We talked to them about Munson Healthcare’s cardiac program and how that really served the entire region – not just Traverse City. It was something that was a fit with what their interests were."

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