Published on February 27, 2020

Heart and Vascular Center Meets Fundraising Campaign Goal

Photo rendering of the new Heart and Vascular Center on the Campus of MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland.MidMichigan Health Foundation has announced that more than $15 million has been raised to support the construction of the premier Heart and Vascular Center on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland.

“The philanthropic support received from area foundations, businesses and individuals will help ensure that our region is well equipped for the ongoing fight against heart and vascular disease,” said Denise O’Keefe, executive director, MidMichigan Health Foundation.

MidMichigan Health is building a 170,700-square-foot Heart and Vascular Center on the Midland campus that will provide world-class care for patients throughout central and northern Michigan. This state-of-the-art Center will consolidate all of Midland’s heart and vascular physician offices and specialty clinics. It will also house cardiac rehabilitation services and provide streamlined access to cardiovascular testing, as well as interventional and surgical heart and vascular services.

Phase one of this two-phase project concluded in June 2019 with the opening of the new Orchard Building. This building houses imaging and laboratory services, an anticoagulation clinic, cardiovascular testing, the clinical research office, as well as physician offices. Once completed, the Heart and Vascular Center will directly connect to the Orchard Building.

The $62.8 million two-part construction project, of which $30 million is dedicated to the new Heart and Vascular Center, has brought more than 125 jobs to the region with additional to come following the opening of the Center later next year. 

Benefits to Patients

  • Minimizes patient travel to multiple locations which is of particular importance to older adults.
  • Allows for expedited diagnosis and treatment planning, often within the same day, which enhances the quality of care.
  • Improves access to clinical trials, often found in large academic centers.
  • Provides an attractive work setting which supports recruitment and retention of physicians and other health care professionals.
  • Communicates, through its architecture and holistic environment, the high level of clinical quality for which MidMichigan is nationally known. 

Benefits to the Region

  • Strengthens services locally to reduce travel costs and time away from the workplace.
  • Contributes to a solid economic base for the community and local businesses.
  • Helps attract some of the best and brightest minds to the region.
  • Creates a regional referral hub that will indirectly stimulate the local economy. 

“We are extremely grateful to receive the commitment and generosity from our region 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 received from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation and the Dow Company Foundation. A special thanks also goes out to the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Isabella Bank, Midland Area Community Foundation, the volunteers at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland Gift Shop, TCF Bank, Three Rivers Corporation Foundation, and hundreds of businesses and individuals. We thank them not only for their contribution to our Heart and Vascular Center, but for all they do to enhance the quality of life for those in the geographic areas MidMichigan Health serves.”

“A heart-felt thank you also goes out to Jan and Marty McGuire, campaign co-chairs, Frank and Jean Popoff, honorary co-chairs, and all of our committee chairs and fundraising volunteers including Bobbie Arnold, Jim Barker, Nancy Barker, Greg Dorrien, William Felten, M.D., Mauro Gregorio, Amy and Kurt Ieuter, Julie and Karl Ieuter, Dan Kozakiewicz, Jon Lauderbach, Bob LoFiego, Sharon Miller, Rick Reynolds, Susan Moody, Tony Stamas, Duncan Stuart, Sunita Vadakath, MD, and Kay Wagner,” said O’Keefe.   “We would not have been successful without their talent and support.”

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