Margaret Cooney Casey Retires as President of Corewell Health Foundation Southeast Michigan

Margaret Cooney Casey, president of Corewell Health Foundation Southeast Michigan, has announced her retirement, which will be effective on June 1.
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Margaret Cooney Casey has announced her retirement as president of Corewell Health Foundation Southeast Michigan. // Photo courtesy of Corewell Health

Margaret Cooney Casey, president of Corewell Health Foundation Southeast Michigan, has announced her retirement, which will be effective on June 1.

Casey, who has led the foundation since 2000, helped raise nearly $750 million to support Corewell Health.

Casey has overseen fundraising through every step of Beaumont’s growth from a two-hospital system to a regional health system to now the largest health care system in Michigan — Corewell Health.

Her leadership of the Beaumont Health Foundation, now known as the Corewell Health Foundation Southeast Michigan, has assisted in securing the resources to advance patient care, invest in new technologies, move forward with groundbreaking research initiatives, and train and educate the next generation of physicians, surgeons, nurses, and caregivers.

From 2005 through 2011, Casey oversaw the health system’s first comprehensive campaign, which was co-chaired by Walter Wolpin and Eugene Applebaum. The Campaign for Beaumont Hospitals raised more than $206 million, far surpassing its $170 million goal and resulting in the creation of more than 30 named centers through gifts of $1 million or more.

Under Casey’s leadership, donors funded close to 140 named institutes, centers, funds, and programs, including 18 endowed chairs. Some of these named spaces include the Stuart H. Blanck Emergency Center, the Marcia and Eugene Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute, the Sara and Asa Shapiro Heart and Vascular Intensive Care Unit, the Ministrelli Women’s Heart Center, the Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center and the Walter and Marilyn Wolpin Breast Center at Royal Oak, as well as the James and Patricia Anderson Surgical Center at Grosse Pointe and the Frances and Dominic Moceri Learning Center at Troy.

In addition, Casey helped build the William Beaumont Society to more than 1,600 members, significantly enhanced the donor relations program and established a highly acclaimed donor recognition program.

During an era of significant change, Casey has been a steadying force for the Foundation and for the community of donors who support the health system. This was especially true during the pandemic. Casey’s leadership and strong ties to the community enabled her to rally much-needed financial and in-kind support for the system.

A search is underway for Casey’s successor.

To learn more about the Corewell Health Foundation Southeast Michigan, visit beaumont.org/giving.