Control Of $14 Million Cadillac Hospital Fund Under Debate

Hot debate regarding a multi-million dollar endowment fund at Mercy Hospital in Cadillac.

A fund was created in 2007 as a legacy from long-time Cadillac residents Harvey and Helen Pell.

Their grandchildren say it was the Pells’ intent for the money donated to the Trinity Health Foundation to stay in Cadillac.

But Mercy Hospital is being sold to Munson Health Care Systems.

The family is worried Trinity will continue to control the money, even though they won’t have a hospital in Cadillac.

Today there was a meeting with the hospital’s board, the foundation and Pell family members.

“Our commitment is that all past and future money will be used for the local hospital and for its programs and that’s not going to change just because of the sale of Mercy Hospital to Munson,” said hospital board chair David McCurdy.

“At this point, it still will not be an asset of Munson, it will be an asset of Trinity at this time. And there in lies the rub. We want it locally owned and controlled for the benefit of Cadillac’s hospital, whatever its name might be.”

The family wishes to move the endowment money to the Cadillac Community Foundation.

The fund has grown to $14 million.