Published on October 19, 2020

Besser Foundation Leads the Way with Generous Contribution

Structural Steel for Patient Tower Begins This Week

The Besser Foundation presenting check to MidMichigan Health Foundation for the patient tower project.

The Besser Foundation presented a check for $100,000 in support of the new patient tower at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. The contribution is the first disbursement of a $300,000 pledge from Besser Foundation to assist in the building project. With the patient tower construction in the background, pictured (l to r) are: Hal Neiman, chair, MidMichigan Health Foundation Development Council; Ann Diamond, director, MidMichigan Health Foundation, Gary Dawley, trustee and manager of Besser Foundation, and Chuck Sherwin, president, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena.

Gary Dawley, trustee and manager of Besser Foundation recently visited MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena and presented a check for $100,000 in support of the new patient tower project. Accepting the check were Hal Neiman, chair, MidMichigan Health Foundation Development Council; Ann Diamond, director, MidMichigan Health Foundation, and Chuck Sherwin, president, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. This contribution is the first disbursement of their $300,000 pledge to assist in building the new addition to the Medical Center in Alpena.

Dawley indicated, “We are proud to be a community partner in such an important project. This is a vital project for excellent health care in northeast Michigan which will greatly benefit the residents and visitors in our community.”

The three-story patient tower project, which broke ground in June 2020, will feature 60 new private patient rooms, including eight intensive care unit beds, eight labor and delivery rooms, and 44 medical/surgical beds. The new tower will provide an all new surgical service unit including 19 private prep and recovery rooms, as well as five new operating rooms. The 99,000 square-foot project is slated to be opened in spring 2022. Once complete, many areas in the existing Medical Center will be renovated.

According to Sherwin “This project is the largest of its kind in the Medical Center’s history. We are honored to receive this donation from Besser Foundation to assist in the building of this tower for our patients and for our community.”

Diamond also shared, “We are so very appreciative of Besser Foundation. They have led the way in support of all our major projects. We are extremely grateful to again be a partner with them in this landmark endeavor.”

Construction on the tower is well underway with notable progress seen from Chisholm Street. Developments include the erection of the new stairwell shaft and patient elevator, installation of foundation footings and walls, as well as masonry on the east wall. With the arrival of a second crane on site, structural steel is anticipated to begin this week.

Those interested in learning more about the patient tower project may visit www.midmichigan.org/alpenatower.