Published on November 05, 2021

Zonta Club of Alpena/Tri-County Donates to Patient Tower Project

Photo of the Zonta Club of Alpena/Tri County members and Ann Diamond, fund development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation, receiving check donation to patient tower project at MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena.

Members of Zonta Club of Alpena/Tri-County recently presented a check to Ann Diamond, fund development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation, representing a $5,000 pledge to the future patient tower of MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. Pictured are, back row, left to right: Kristen Marsh, Sue Latuszek, JoAnn Kamyszek, Barb Rigg, Cathy Macfalda and Betty DuRocher. Front row, left to right: Ann Diamond, Pam Werth, Julie Rouleau, President of Alpena Tri-County Zonta, and LisaVanHorn. Not pictured: Ann Weir, Peggy Donakowski, Ann Cosbitt and Dr. Lorie Vorraro.

Zonta Club of Alpena/Tri-County recently held their October meeting at the 19th Hole in Alpena. At the event, club members presented Ann Diamond, fund development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation, with a $5,000 pledge to the new patient tower project underway at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena.

“We are thrilled to have Zonta Club of Alpena/Tri-County supporting this project,” said Diamond. “Zontians worldwide help advance the needs of women, and the new Women’s Health Unit in Alpena’s patient tower is a project that fits their mission beautifully. We are so thankful for their continued support.”

The patient tower has an entirely new Women’s Health Unit that includes a private operating room for C-sections and eight new labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum suites. The unit was designed to allow parents and babies to stay together throughout all stages of labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum care.  Each area of the unit is beautifully decorated and outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment.  The C-section suite is just steps away from the private rooms in this secure unit.  The Women’s Health Unit will be located on the second floor of the new patient tower and includes private rooms overlooking the Thunder Bay River.

“Zonta gives you the chance to be a part of something much larger than yourself,” said Julie Rouleau, president of Zonta Club of Alpena/Tri-County. “Zonta allows you to give yourself to others, to actively participate in the selection of service projects to help your community, and to improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women worldwide.  We are pleased to be able to partner with our hospital in this important project and challenge other service organizations in our area to do the same.”

In addition to the Women’s Health Unit, the three-story 99,000 square foot patient tower will offer 60 new private patient rooms in total, with 14 private intensive and critical care rooms, a new Surgical Department including five new operating rooms and 19 private pre- and post-operative rooms. The tower is expected to open in spring 2022.

“The Alpena Tri-County Zonta Club has a long history of support for the Medical Center,” says Diamond. “When we updated the Women’s Health Unit in 2005 they were at the forefront of providing funding for the Mother’s Room that has impacted thousands of families in our community. We are pleased that Zonta Club of Alpena/Tri-County is once again a partner in providing excellent health care for the residents of Northeast Michigan. They are a small group that works very hard for our community. We are appreciative of all they do and sincerely thank them for their support of the Medical Center.”

Businesses or service clubs interested in supporting MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena may contact Diamond at (989) 356-7738 or ann.diamond@midmichigan.org.