Beaumont Health System has received a very generous gift from local philanthropists Wayne and Joan Webber of Clinton Township through the Wayne and Joan Webber Foundation. The gift will establish the Wayne & Joan Webber Imaging Center at the Beaumont Medical Center, Macomb Township. It will underwrite the costs of construction and renovation as well as the purchase and installation of an open MRI – the first of its kind in the Beaumont system. The gift will also name the Cardiac Progressive Care Center that opened in September 2010, at Beaumont Hospital, Troy.
“Beaumont is committed to enhancing the health of the communities we serve. We are very grateful to the Webbers for partnering with us in this effort,” said Gene Michalski, president and chief executive officer of Beaumont Health System.
“Nearly 60 percent of the patients who come to Beaumont, Troy reside in Macomb County and thousands of others are served at the Beaumont Medical Center, Macomb Township. The Webbers’ generosity will enhance care for residents of their home county and all others who come to us for care,” Michalski added.
Giving is not new to the Webbers. In 2006, they were honored with the Max M. Fisher Award for Outstanding Philanthropists by the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Detroit Chapter. They have always believed in sharing their blessings and this generosity led to the Fisher Award.
“The Webber Foundation has a long history of philanthropy in this community, funding health care, education and programs that feed the hungry throughout metropolitan Detroit. Their concern for improving the health status of Macomb County residents was the primary motivation for this exceptional gift. We are deeply grateful to Wayne and Joan Webber for underwriting these two vital programs and bringing this leading-edge technology to Macomb County,” said Margaret Cooney Casey, president of the Beaumont Foundation.
The Wayne & Joan Webber Imaging Center features Beaumont’s first completely open MRI, which makes the latest magnetic resonance imaging technology available to patients in Macomb. Open MRI technology offers patients an enhanced level of comfort and speed during testing without diminishing imaging precision.
The Wayne & Joan Webber Cardiac Progressive Care Center is a 32-bed step-down unit that has significantly enhanced care and treatment for cardiac patients at Beaumont, Troy. The center, which opened in September 2010, is staffed by a team of highly trained nurses and doctors who specialize in cardiac care and features state-of-the-art monitoring equipment. Progressive care units are a “step down” from intensive care for patients who require closer monitoring than is provided on a regular inpatient unit
“We are very fortunate to have Wayne and Joan Webber give such a generous gift to Beaumont in support of programs that serve Macomb County. Their loyalty and philanthropic spirit are inspiring,” said Tom Brisse, president, Beaumont, Troy.
“My wife and I have been extremely blessed in so many ways and it is an honor to be able to share our blessings with Beaumont,” said Wayne Webber.
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