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Posted on Thu, Sep 9, 2010 : 4:30 p.m.

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor receives $2.5 million donation in support of women and children's health

By Juliana Keeping

A private family foundation has again donated millions in support of women and children’'s health facilities in Washtenaw County.

The Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander Foundation gave $2.5 million to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor’s Center for Women and Children, the health system announced today.

The center will be named for the late founder of Discount Tire, Ted Von Voigtlander, and his late wife, Jane, who set up the foundation following his death. The money helped with construction costs, hospital officials said.


The new Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander Center for Women and Children spans St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor’s entire third floor of inpatient units.

Photo courtesy of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor

The same foundation gave $15 million to the University of Michigan Health System in 2009, the largest donation ever given to UMHS for women’s health. The women’s hospital complex within the new C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital will also be named for the Von Voigtlanders.

The Ted and Jane Von Voigtlander Center for Women and Children is on St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor’s third floor and includes a new mother-baby unit; a pediatric and women’s surgery unit; and the family birth center, which houses labor delivery unit, the neonatal intensive care unit and a special care nursery. The space includes newly constructed and renovated spaces.

The foundation also made significant donations recently to St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospice to fund a summer camp that focuses on helping children to grieve and cope with the death of a loved one.

“My parents understood how important it is that women and children receive quality health care services as a foundation for good health throughout their lifetime,” foundation president Gwen Haggerty, the daughter of Jane Von Voigtlander, said in a press release. “Supporting St. Joe’s was one of the ways they tried to help others and to leave some part of the world - our community - better than they found it. We remain impressed by St. Joe’s advanced medical care and healing approach."

The donation is part of an ongoing campaign to raise $100 million for projects at St. Mercy Saline, Livingston and Ann Arbor.

Juliana Keeping is a health and environment reporter for Reach her at or 734-623-2528. Follow Juliana Keeping on Twitter



Thu, Sep 9, 2010 : 11:42 p.m.

First off, I will not pick on the issue of "kids" health, after birth, and how it is related to their "health" while "in utero" and how that is tied to their mothers health,"before and during pregnancy". But as a male over 50 who is starting to have some issues with health( nothing critical at this point) it really is amazing how men are almost totally ignored. We don't have anyone distributing pink ribbons on our behalf and the only ads I see on TV are for cholesterol drugs and ED. How about we get some attention for prostate cancer and other killer cancers?