2012-06-23 / News

Sucessful Manoogian Challenge Recieves Strong Community Support

By Aebra Coe

A challenge to raise $400,000 in six months to help pay for community health care facilities was met with a deluge of support and was met Monday, June 18. Jane and Richard Manoogian of Mackinac Island pledged $200,000 to the Mackinac Straits Health System Foundation in December if the community would give twice that.

The money will be used to expand services at the new hospital facility in St. Ignace. Mackinac Straits Health System also manages the Mackinac Island Medical Center on Mackinac Island.

“I think the expansion program is very important to all people in the Straits,” said Mr. Manoogian. “Here on Mackinac Island, we really rely on the Health System. I would like to thank the staff and volunteers who made this possible and the entire community for their donations.”

“We’re thrilled at the different communities served by the hospital that all responded to the challenge,” said Jim North, a foundation board member. “It goes to show how the hospital is viewed, how vital it is for this area.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development funded most of the $45 million project to build the hospital, which opened in 2010, and Evergreen Living Center, which was built in 2011. An ambulance building is yet to be built. The projects were funded mostly with guaranteed bonds, given with the understanding the community would raise $5.5 million locally. There is $1 million still to raise.

During the last six months, many individuals and several civic organizations contributed to the Manoogian challenge.

“The community has really displayed a sense of support,” said foundation member Greg Cheeseman, Jr. “The civic organizations, that embody the community as a whole, have made a huge impact to help rally the efforts to reach this challenge.”

On June 6, the St. Ignace Kiwanis Club announced it would donate $10,500, following $10,000 pledges from the St. Ignace Lions Club and the St. Ignace American Legion post.

“We, as a club, felt that the hospital is a worthy cause and the entire community and surrounding communities benefit from having it here,” said Darcy McLean, Kiwanis Club president.

“It’s really been a Straits area effort because of the strategic position of the hospital,” commented Mackinac Island Mayor Margaret Doud. “We hope people will continue to support the hospital.”

Contributions can be made by calling the hospital at (906) 643-8585 or through the Web site, mackinac straitshealth.org.

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