Published on June 29, 2022

Medical Center Volunteers Support Alpena Patients With Donation to Patient Tower

Photo of the Volunteers at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena presenting check donation for the patient tower project.

During the annual volunteer banquet, MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena volunteers presented a check for $45,000 to benefit the Alpena patient tower project. Those participating in the check presentation include (from L to R): Amanda Timm, volunteer manager, MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena; Thomas Kane, F.N.P.-C., M.B.A., M.S.N., R.R.T., vice president of nursing, MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena; Dennis Artley, volunteer; Karen Morey, volunteer; Darlene Sommerfeld, volunteer; Daniel Spaulding, volunteer; Jan Krajniak, volunteer; Val Fuhrman, volunteer; Chuck Sherwin, president, MyMichigan Medical Center Midland; Jeanette Vredenburg, volunteer; and Marcy Mott, volunteer.

The volunteers of MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena recently made a donation of $45,000 to support the patient tower project. The donation was announced during the annual volunteer banquet, recognizing and celebrating the service of the Medical Center volunteers.

The patient tower was completed in April 2022, bringing the latest technology to patients while allowing them to receive care in a comfortable environment close to home. The 99,000-square-foot tower includes 60 private patient rooms, 18 prep and recovery rooms, flex rooms, five new operating rooms, eight intensive care unite beds, eight labor and deliver rooms and 44 medical/surgical/telemetry beds.

“Our volunteers have a long history of supporting the Medical Center, not just with their time and talent but with financial support, too,” said Amanda Timm, volunteer services manager. “We have a wonderful group of volunteers, and are grateful for their support and dedication to important projects like this one that have such a big impact on patients within our Alpena community.”

“We have incredible volunteers at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena, and this donation is just one example of the many ways they support our patients,” said Ann Diamond, fund development director, MyMichigan Health Foundation. “As always, we are grateful for their support for not just the patient tower project, but for every major project that we take on.”

In the past, the volunteers have funded advanced medical equipment, remodeling projects, the Cancer Center build, and most recently, the Emergency Department renovation. With this donation, the volunteers will have committed more than $2 million to the Medical Center in Alpena.

Community members who are interested in becoming a MyMichigan Health volunteer may learn more and apply online at Those interested in supporting the patient tower project may visit Those interested in learning more are encouraged to contact Diamond at (989) 356-7738 or