Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation Commits $3 Million to MidMichigan
The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation has committed $3 million to the MidMichigan Health Foundation to help build a premier Heart and Vascular Center on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. Named one of the nation’s 2017 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics™, the three-year expansion coming to the Medical Center in Midland recently broke ground.
“We are pleased to add our support to this important undertaking that will help so many people in this community, region and beyond needing heart care,” said Lisa J. Gerstacker, president of the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation. “Our board of trustees shares in the deep commitment of improving the quality of life of others. This Heart and Vascular Center will certainly do that.”
Over the years, the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation has been a significant supporter of MidMichigan Health. Previous donations have supported the expansion of the Center for Women’s Health, the acquisition of Gamma Knife technology and the construction of the Gerstacker Building, which serves as a base for MidMichigan’s Family Practice Center, the Family Practice Residency Program and extensive health care education programs and services.
“We are elated and grateful to receive their commitment and generosity toward yet another important project that will help so many people,” said Diane Postler-Slattery, Ph.D., FACHE, president and CEO, MidMichigan Health. “We appreciate all the support that the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation has given to not only MidMichigan Health over the years, but also for all the good that they do for other organizations and institutions in the geographic areas MidMichigan Health serves.”
The new 160,000-square-foot building, to be located at the corner of Sugnet Road and Orchard Drive, will consolidate Midland’s off-campus cardiology offices along with the non-invasive cardiovascular testing and interventional surgical heart and vascular services. An added expansion to the building will incorporate MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland’s full-service diagnostic and support areas, including lab and imaging. MidMichigan is also collaborating with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan, on the development of the remaining space in the new building.
In addition to the funding commitment made by the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation other local foundations have provided support toward the Heart and Vascular Center. This support includes an $8 million pledge from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation and a $1.25 million pledge from The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation. To date, $12.85 million has been pledged to this project, including a gift from Three Rivers Corporation and a private individual.
Those interested in more information on MidMichigan’s comprehensive cardiovascular program may visit www.midmichigan.org/heart.