Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 11, 2010

Well-Being Newsmakers: 11/11/2010


---- — Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Grand Traverse has been listed in the 50 to-rated heart bypass surgical groups in the nation by Consumer Reports magazine. The Munson Medical Center heart surgeons are one of just two Michigan surgical groups on the list.

The list was compiled and published in October following a collaboration with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

It was based on how the surgical group's results compared with national standards for survival, complications and other measures.

Munson cardiothoracic surgeons on the team are Mack Stirling, MD, Daniel Drake, MD, and R. Glade Smith, MD.

The surgical group also includes two nurse practitioners, four physician assistants, three perfusionists and two support staff.

For more information on Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Grand Traverse, go to or

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The Otsego Memorial Hospital Foundation has received a $25,000 matching grant from an anonymous donor in order to complete the Digital Mammography and Cancer Prevention Campaign.

The campaign has been focused on raising a total of $371.000 to purchase two digital mammography units for the OMH Radiology Department.

Since 2009, more than $300,000 has been raised and pledged in support of the campaign.

As part of the matching grant opportunity, any gift received by the OMH Foundation through November will be matched by the anonymous donor, up to $25,000.

To give a gift to the Digital Mammography Campaign or to learn more about the OMH Foundation, call 989-731-7769, or visit

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Mary Raymer, LMSW, ACSW, DPNAP, a psychiatric social worker and marriage and family therapist serving the terminally ill and their families for 30 years, has recently completed two chapters for the soon-to-be-released "Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work."

She is a well-known leader in social work in end-of-life care and has a private practice in Traverse City.

Raymer was asked to write "Holding On and Letting Go: The Red Thread of Adult Bereavement," with co-author Susan Gerbino, Ph.D., LCSW, as well as a chapter titled, "Enhancing Professionalism, Leadership and Advocacy: A Call to Arms" with co-author Gary Gardia, MeD, LCSW.