Published on January 13, 2021

MidMichigan Health Foundation Supporting Maternity Services

Photo of Wendy VonDoloski, manager, Physician Billing standing next to a poster explaining the updates and improvements of the maternity unit at MidMichigan Medical Center - West Branch in West Branch, Michigan.

Wendy VonDoloski, B.S.H.A., manager, Physician Billing, is the first employee to step forward to pledge her support for the maternity service project at MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch. MidMichigan Health Foundation is accepting donations online at www.midmichigan.org/obgive for this special project.

The MidMichigan Health Foundation is excited to kick off a fundraising campaign to help support the return of maternity services at MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch. The more than $2 million in improvements and equipment purchases will create a comfortable, state-of the-art, family focused place for women to give birth.

The Foundation is committed to raising funds to assist with the renovations and involve an enthusiastic community to bring the project to fruition. Their efforts began with the “Make It Happen” employee giving campaign. Wendy VonDoloski, B.S.H.A., manager of physician billing, was the first employee to step forward to pledge her support for the project. “I’m excited to see maternity services returning to our community. Doing so provides the complete circle of care, allowing families to stay close to home. I know how important that is and am glad to do my part.”

The new design features four labor, delivery, recovery, post-partum (LDRP) suites; three private care rooms, a renovated and newly equipped cesarean-section delivery suite; upgraded nursery; and a new advanced security system for mom and baby. Renovations are currently underway with the unit being prepared for deliveries later this year.

Ray Stover, president, MidMichigan Medical Centers in Gladwin and West Branch, has also made a pledge to the campaign. “I’m proud to be a part of this organization and honored to support the employee giving program,” said Stover. “We look forward to partnering with philanthropic members of this community in our support of these expanded services.”

A gift towards this project allows one to leave a legacy, honor a loved one or demonstrate support to the community now and for generations to come. Donations remain local and help support the following items in the new unit:

  • Baby Warmers, $21,000 (five needed)
  • Birthing Beds, $17,500 (five needed)
  • Advanced Security System, $60,000
  • Monitors for mom/baby, $21,000 (nine needed)
  • C-section Suite improvements and equipment, $100,000

“The expansion of women’s health services to include maternity is another example of the benefits of joining MidMichigan Health,” said J. Daniel Stoneback, board chairman, MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch. “The health system continues to invest in our Medical Center and remains focused on always putting the patient first.”

“We have already received interest in donations in memory or honor of moms, grandmothers, wives and sisters,” said Nicole Potter, director, MidMichigan Health Foundation. “This is a special campaign for a special project that we believe will touch a lot of lives.”

Those interested in making a donation may do so online at www.midmichigan.org/obgive. Those interested in more information about the maternity service project at MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch may contact Potter at (989) 343-3694 or nicole.potter@midmichigan.org.