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Published on August 22, 2018

Heart Patients to Benefit from $200,000 Foundation Donation

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation has donated $200,000 to the MidMichigan Health Foundation to help build a premier Heart and Vascular Center on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. When complete, MidMichigan will be able to provide world-class care for patients suffering from the most complex forms of heart disease in a consolidated setting that is patient focused. The first phase of the three-year construction project is scheduled for completion in spring 2019.

“We are pleased to add our support to this most worthy endeavor that will help so many people gain access to high-quality heart care close to home,” said George Irish, eastern director, William Randolph Hearst Foundation. “Our board of directors wholeheartedly endorsed this important project. We value being a part of yet another effort that will enhance care given to those MidMichigan serves.”

In prior years, support from the Hearst Foundation provided for the enhancement and expansion of the Maria Mencia Cancer Caregiver Network, technology to monitor new mothers and their infants, a rehabilitation environment called Easy Street and device aids for people who have difficulty communicating verbally.

“Our patients have benefitted greatly from the ongoing interest, commitment and partnership that we are so fortunate to have with the Hearst Foundation in meeting the special needs of the community and region we serve,” said Donna J. Rapp, president, MidMichigan Health Foundation. “Their most recent willingness to help fund our new Heart and Vascular Center is just another example of the incredible impact that they continue to make in helping us provide excellent health care.”

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 William Randolph Hearst Foundation, other 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, $3 million from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation and a $1.25 million pledge from The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation. To date, more than $13 million has been committed to this project.

Those interested in more information on MidMichigan’s comprehensive cardiovascular program may visit www.midmichigan.org/heartandvascularcenter.