Business leader gives $3 million to local hospital

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published November 24, 2021

 The surgery center at McLaren Macomb in Mount Clemens is now known as the Joseph P. Aesy Surgery Center, after Jim George’s father-in-law. George gave a $3 million gift to the hospital last month.

The surgery center at McLaren Macomb in Mount Clemens is now known as the Joseph P. Aesy Surgery Center, after Jim George’s father-in-law. George gave a $3 million gift to the hospital last month.

Photo provided by David Jones

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MOUNT CLEMENS — A renamed McLaren Macomb surgery center now recognizes the family of a local business leader.

Last month, it was announced that a $3 million gift was presented from Macomb County business leader Jim George to McLaren Macomb.

“Mr. George gifted this amount to the hospital’s foundation, with portions going toward facility upgrades to McLaren Macomb’s surgery center, emergency and trauma center and on-site cancer center,” said Dave Jones, senior media relations specialist at the Mount Clemens hospital.

He added that since the largest portion of the gift went toward the surgery center, the department was renamed the Joseph P. Aesy Surgery Center, after George’s father-in-law.

The dedication and sign unveiling took place Oct. 27.

“Mr. George has long been associated with the hospital and McLaren Health Care system, chairing the hospital’s board and sitting on the system board,” Jones said.

George joined the hospital’s board of directors in 2000 and was named chairman in 2015. He joined the board at the system level of McLaren Health Care in 2011, and he was appointed board secretary in 2019.

“I’m very proud to support McLaren Macomb in a significant way, given its importance to the community,” George said. “We are very fortunate to have this world-class facility providing health care to local residents close to home.”

The $3 million donation to support the construction and naming of the surgery center is the latest in George’s continuing dedication to McLaren Macomb.

“Jim George’s dedication, leadership and support of our organization has thoroughly solidified his spot as a significant piece of our hospital’s history,” said Tom Brisse, president and CEO of McLaren Macomb. “His and his family’s continuing support of the community’s health care, and also choosing to dedicate the surgery center in honor of his father-in-law, speaks highly to the family’s collective character.”

Opened in 2005 following two years of construction, the two-story surgery center at McLaren Macomb represented a 151,000-square-foot expansion of the hospital, the most significant project in the hospital’s history at that time, adding surgical technology across ten operating rooms capable of accommodating a range of procedures performed by the hospital’s staff of surgeons.

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