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Today we pause in our daily work to honor, celebrate, and remember every American who has answered the call to protect our nation’s freedom, like veteran Donna (DJ) Phelps. DJ enlisted with the US Army at the age of 19 and served for four and a half years before shifting her call of duty to supporting her family of four children.

DJ returned to a life of service when she joined Munson Medical Center’s Environmental Services Team nine years ago. Always one to go above and beyond, she sings the National Anthem in many Veteran’s Day celebrations and enjoys playing the harmonica to bring cheer to both patients and staff at Munson.

Please join us as we salute and thank DJ and all our region's veterans – including our many veterans at Munson who continue to commit their lives to the care and service of others. Click below to read more about DJ’s lifetime commitment to service.

DJ's Story

RSV: When It's More Than Just a Cold

RSV is a common respiratory virus that often feels like a cold – but it can lead to severe and even life-threatening symptoms, especially in infants and older adults. Learn more about RSV, the tell-tale signs in both infants and adults that may need immediate medical attention, and the best ways to prevent this potentially dangerous virus.

RSV: Warning Signs and Symptoms

Support Youth Mental Health: Voting Is Open!

Submissions to our Voices for Youth Mental Health Art Contest are officially on display! Support our local artists and their unique perspectives by viewing their incredible work, voting on your favorite pieces, and pledging your support – now through Nov 20.

Vote for Your Favorites

Pumpkin Apple Soup and Salad

Looking for a way to enjoy the flavors of the season without the sugar? Satisfy your taste for fall fare with a nourishing pumpkin soup, garnished with sautéed apples. This scrumptious soup paired with a flavorful apple cidery salad comes straight from the kitchen of Munson Medical Center Clinical Dietitian Laura McCain, RD, CNSC, who’s prepared this delicious duo for guests at Munson Medical Center’s cafeteria.

Get the Recipe

Bringing Books to Northern Michigan's Babies

Congratulations to tiny Mallory Fox and her parents Tyler and Miranda Fox of Cadillac. Baby Mallory is the first official recipient of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library’s Books from Birth program that launched earlier this month at Munson Medical Center. Thanks to this new initiative, Mallory will receive a book by mail each month until her fifth birthday. 

“This is a great collaboration between Munson Medical Center, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Grand Traverse Region, and the Traverse Bay Sunrise Rotary’s Born to Read program to create this Books from Birth campaign,” said Nickie Matters, R.N., nursing director for Women’s and Children’s Services at Munson Medical Center. “We’re excited to be part of promoting literacy and the love of books for these little ones.” 

Children in the five-county area served by Munson Medical Center – including Grand Traverse, Antrim, Benzie, Kalkaska, and Leelanau counties – are eligible for enrollment in the program.

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What Is Type 2 Diabetes?

November is American Diabetes Month. Did you know that nearly 1 in 2 Americans has diabetes or prediabetes? See what happens inside the body when your cells become “insulin resistant,” putting you at risk for type 2 diabetes – and how to prevent this chronic condition that affects so many Americans.

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Upcoming Events at Munson Healthcare

 Advance Care Planning Workshops

Do your loved ones know your care preferences if a medical emergency leaves you unable to communicate? Register for one of our free upcoming workshops to learn what advance care planning includes and how to choose the best advocates.

Mon., Nov. 13 | 11 am - 12:30 pm | Online - Register Here

Tues., Nov. 21 | 5 - 6:30 pm | Online - Register Here

Weds., Dec. 6 | 9 - 10:30 am | Online - Register Here

Mon., Dec. 18 | 12 - 1:30 pm | Online - Register Here