Grant to improve Charlevoix Hospital surgical, lab areas


The Charlevoix County Community Foundation (C3F) recently awarded Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital a grant in the amount of $11,613.

This gift will assist with renovations of the surgical and laboratory service areas at the hospital, as well as the addition of a third operating room.


munson-charlevoix-hospital-surgical-and-laboratory-2This proposal received wide support from funds within the Charlevoix County Community Foundation.

“We are so grateful for the continuing support of our local communities and the Charlevoix County Community Foundation for their generosity and commitment to the positive impact of the health and well-being of all who work and play here,” said Lyn Jenks, Charlevoix Hospital CEO. “We appreciate that everyone is fully behind us in our efforts.

The last few years have seen the development of a Chemotherapy Infusion Center within the hospital, an expansion of the hospital’s primary care facility in neighboring Boyne City, and a newly centralized registration area including a private reflection and consultation room, the last of which was funded by a previous grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation last year.

Each of these improvements have been completed and funded by donor contributions.

The final component is the expansion and renovation of the surgical suite and laboratory.

With the addition of a third operating room and an expanded surgical suite, Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital will be positioned to accommodate the increased demand for outpatient surgeries—an estimated 550 additional procedures each year—and will facilitate faster procedure times.

A renovated laboratory will better accommodate our hospital’s busiest department, which handles over 43,000 patient visits and 125,000 tests each year.

Most importantly, both components translate to a more positive experience for the patient.

This last phase of the campaign is the lengthiest—and the most costly.

To date, the Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital Foundation has raised $2.95 of the $3.4 million dollar goal through philanthropy and gifts have come from throughout the region.

“We’re very fortunate to have such a strong history of giving from the many towns we serve,” said Chelsea Platte, Executive Director of the hospital’s Foundation. “Without grants and other donations, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish the updates and renovations needed to keep local health care on the cutting edge.”

She added, “Joining Munson Healthcare was a strategic first step toward a sustainable future, but health care is changing at such an unprecedented rate that philanthropy will continue to make the difference in delivering top notch care throughout the region.”