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Crittenton Foundation Hosts Circle of Caring Reception

October 18, 2012

The Crittenton Foundation hosted the 24th annual Circle of Caring reception on Wednesday, October 17 at the Rochester Community House. The reception celebrates Foundation donors who have made contributions within the calendar year, supporting the organization’s mission of saving lives and promoting wellness. Melinda Conway Callahan, President of the Crittenton Foundation said, “Honoring donors is the most important thing we do. It’s inspiring to see how what a difference their philanthropy has made for our patients.”

Local artist Gerry Post has created an original sketch of a historic Rochester location each year as part of the Circle of Caring celebration. The result is a series of 24 sketches on display within a main corridor within Crittenton. Mr. Post is an accomplished artist whose work is featured throughout the community.

The 2012 historic print depicting the Mitzelfeld Eggelston building was presented to the Mitzelfeld family. Diana (née Eggelston) and Bill Mitzelfeld are generous supporters of the Crittenton Foundation, giving first in 1965 to build the Hospital and most recently to support the Cornerstone Campaign to build a new patient tower. Sons Brad and Monte Mitzelfeld and daughter-in-law Pam Mitzelfeld spoke on behalf of the family. “The two happiest days of our lives – the birth of our children – were at Crittenton. The Hospital has and continues to be an important part of our lives and community,” said Pam Mitzelfeld.

Mrs. Marlene Smisek of Rochester Hills also addressed guests, sharing her personal story about the importance of Crittenton throughout her life, beginning with her birth at Crittenton in Detroit. Mrs. Smisek began volunteering at the Hospital in 1967, and has coordinated the Circle of Caring reception for 23 years.

The Crittenton Foundation honors donors through three giving societies: The Howard L. McGregor, Jr. Annual Giving Society, the Charles N. Crittenton Cumulative Giving Society and the Mary S. Eberline Heritage Society for planned giving donors. To become a Crittenton Foundation Donor or for more information about how to include the Foundation in your estate planning, contact Katy Olsen at (248) 652-5266.

Melinda Conway Callahan, President
Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Foundation
1101 W. University Drive
Rochester, MI 48307
Phone: (248) 652-5345 Fax: (248) 651-3878
Email: mcallahan@crittenton.com


The mission of the Crittenton Foundation is for the advancement of health programs and services to save lives and promote wellness. Philanthropic support allows Crittenton to pursue new medical technologies and develop partnerships to enhance patient care. Crittenton Hospital Medical Center (located at 1101 W. University Drive, Rochester, Michigan) is a 290-bed acute health care facility serving communities in Oakland, Macomb and Lapeer counties. The medical staff of nearly 500 physicians provides a wide range of medical specialties. Crittenton’s partnerships with the University of Michigan Health System for electrophysiology and cardiovascular surgery, and the Cancer Center for oncology services make it the destination of choice in its community. As a fully-accredited teaching facility, Crittenton provides a campus for residents from Wayne State University’s School of Medicine who are specializing in Family Medicine, and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT). Crittenton also is a teaching campus for nurses from Oakland University’s School of Nursing.

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