Inside Munson Overview

Munson Healthcare dominates northern Michigan. The non-profit regional healthcare system employs 5,000+ people; covers communities in 24 counties; owns and/or operates seven hospitals, two community health centers, North Flight/ EMS air and ground transport system, Munson Home Health, and Munson Hospice and Palliative Care, plus...

Q&A with Spectrum Health’s Rick Breon

Amidst our special 'Inside Munson' section this month and the recent news that Spectrum Health might be combining with Munson Healthcare, we caught up with Rick Breon, president and chief executive officer of Spectrum.BN: When and how did all this come about?RB: I'm...

Munson + Spectrum, and the tag-team trend that’s taking over

TRAVERSE CITY - Hospitals across the state and country are increasingly saying "I do" to partnerships with other hospitals as a way to suture widening healthcare costs."We do believe this is a trend that's ongoing and likely intensifying in Michigan in the near future,"...

Drink + Eat: The business up food and drink Up North.

Craft beers, their makers and their fans are gathering in Traverse City in a couple of weeks at the inaugural Winter Microbrew & Music Festival (see details below) so I decided to see what's up with that most critical part of beer-making: hops. There's been...

The ways, means and methods of Munson’s physician recruitment

The ways, means and methods of Munson's physician recruitmentTRAVERSE CITY - It isn't always easy to entice doctors to work in our northern outpost. "Rural communities always have a harder time recruiting," says Dr. David McGreaham, Munson?Medical Center's vice president of medical affairs and chief...

Marleen Baesch has been at Munson Medical Center longer than Medicare

Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law July 30, 1965; Baesch started as a cashier, billing patients, "11-22 of '65. I was working the first date Medicare [became available], 7-1 of '66. Harry Truman got the first card."Munson Medical Center's longest-serving employee, 77-year-old Baesch boasts...