Published on October 08, 2021

Volunteers make Generous Donation to Patient Tower Project

Photo of MidMichgian Medical Center - Alpena voluneers and administrative staff accepting donation for the new patient tower project.

Volunteers, flanked on the left by Shalinda Brandon, volunteer services coordinator, and Amanda Timm, volunteer services manager, and on the right, by Chuck Sherwin, president, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena, and Ann Diamond, fund development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation, hold a $100,000 check in support of the new Patient Tower project currently under construction at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena.

Residents and visitors to Northeast Michigan that need medical care will benefit from a recent donation from the MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena volunteers. The volunteers, made up of more than 115 area men and women with a passion for quality health care in the community, recently donated $100,000 to the Medical Center’s Patient Tower project. This represents a payment on the volunteers’ $250,000 pledge to fund the Family Waiting Room on the first floor of the new Patient Tower.

The three-story, 99,000 square foot Patient Tower, projected to open in spring 2022, will house 60 new private patient rooms including a new Women’s Health Unit with eight private labor, delivery, recovery & post-partum suites and a private C-section operating room, 14 private intensive and critical care rooms, and five new operating rooms with 19 private pre- and post-operative rooms.

“The new Patient Tower will provide facilities that will appeal to physicians looking at our area,” said Dennis Artley, a 10-year Medical Center volunteer. They will have a brand-new state-of-the-art facility in which to work. Who wouldn’t want that?” More personally, Artley said, “Why should we travel for care when MidMichigan Health, with this new Patient Tower, will provide a central location with all the services right here in Alpena? This is what our community needs.”

Cynthia Kelly recently relocated back to Alpena and stepped right in to offer her time to the Volunteer program at the Medical Center. “I knew when I moved to Alpena I wanted to be a volunteer here,” said Kelly. “I enjoy offering a friendly hello and being able to be of assistance to people in stressful situations. The new Patient Tower will be very beneficial for our community.” Kelly volunteers weekly in the Medical Center’s Surgical Lounge and Cancer Center.

The volunteers of MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena give time to the Medical Center and participate in many notable projects, including organizing book sales and staffing the hospital entrance, as well as the reception area for outpatient surgeries and the Cancer Center. In addition, volunteers raise funds through the Medical Center’s Gift Shop, vendor sales such as the annual Linen & Quilt Sale, and other special projects to purchase non-budgeted items requested by departments as funds allow. “Thanks to this project, the Gift Corner is being relocated and expanded,” said Amanda Timm, manager of volunteer services. “We are excited to be able to offer new and exciting merchandise and expanded hours to our patients and their visitors.”

On behalf of the MidMichigan Health Foundation, Ann Diamond, director of Fund Development, thanked the volunteers for their donation. “We are extremely grateful to our volunteers and the impact they have on our patients and visitors. We are thankful for their generous donation and their desire to give to others,” said Diamond.

Timm is proud of the donation made by her volunteers. “No matter where you go in our Medical Center, the volunteers are there, giving their time, expertise, and devotion to all they encounter,” said Timm. “Our volunteers have many unique experiences, but one thing is the same no matter where you go, they share a common interest in helping others and this donation speaks to their level of commitment to our Medical Center.”

Those interested in learning more about the volunteer service program at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena may contact Timm at (989) 356-7546 or visit