Change Ups: Mary Free Bed to offer residency program


Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital will offer a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education recently approved the three-year program, which will provide a comprehensive experience for physicians interested in becoming board-certified physiatrists. The training program will encompass clinical, educational and research opportunities in all areas of PM&R, including spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputee care, pediatric rehabilitation and cancer rehabilitation.


St. Cecilia Music Center has launched its $5.5-million Music Lives Here campaign. A $3-million campaign goal for endowment funds has been set to help sustain the organization on an annual basis. The capital portion of the campaign will fund $2.4 million during the summer/fall of 2016 for various upgrades and improvements of the 122-year-old SCMC building at 24 Ransom Ave. NE.


Goodwill Industries of West Michigan announced its sixth annual Achievers of the Year: Employer Partner: Michigan Spring and Stamping; Contract Partner: GW Systems Inc. Also, Goodwill board member Renae Hesselink was honored with a 2016 Outstanding Citizenship Award by the city of Muskegon and Muskegon Rotary Club, and board member Clinton Todd received the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis 2016 Community Spirit Award.

Fremont Life EMS Ambulance paramedics Dan Degen and Rob Benson received 2016 Michigan EMS Practitioner of the Year Awards for providing highly skilled lifesaving care to a patient after a vehicle heading in the opposite direction veered off M-37 near Sparta and struck their ambulance head-on.


Independent Bank continued its 2016 donation campaign, Investing in Youth, with four schools each winning $5,000 for arts programs. The schools were Freeland Middle School, Bad Axe High School, St. Peter Lutheran School in Hemlock and White Pine Middle School in Saginaw.


Disher has hired Phil Dirkse and Chris McKitrick, product development engineers, and Greg Swears, product and project engineer.

The Grand Rapids Express Employment Professionals office recently marked its 20-year anniversary and a new office location at 1760 44th St. SW, Suite 10,in Wyoming, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Varnum Consulting has hired marketing specialist Cindy Smies. She previously worked at Mel Trotter Ministries as director of marketing and communications.


Triangle Associates Inc. has hired Rob Conley, director of pre-construction services, and Craig Sharp, construction superintendent.


Ferris State University in Big Rapids announced Kristi Haik is the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Arrick Lee Jackson is the new dean of the College of Education and Human Services.

Grand Rapids Public Schools’ City High Middle School has been ranked the No. 3 high school in Michigan by U.S. News and World Report. It is the No. 1 high school in West Michigan and No. 47 in the nation, according to the report.  

Superintendent Dave Faber announced Greg Ghering has been hired as marketing communications coordinator for Catholic schools in the Grand Rapids Diocese.

Dirk Hoffius, a Varnum estate-planning attorney, has been named Grand Rapids Community College’s 2016 Distinguished Alumnus.


Baker Holtz promoted Steven Struck to equity partner. Struck concentrates his services in tax areas and estate planning.

Paige Fraga has joined Focused Wealth Advisors of Rochester, New York, and Kalamazoo as president/chief advocacy officer. She will supervise the operations and lead the firm’s advisor development functions.


Ottawa County Parks announced the Hudsonville-Jenison Community Foundation has donated $10,000, and Chow Hound Pet Supplies matched customer donations and donated $20,000 to the Grand Ravines Dog Park to assist with park improvements in fall 2016.


Spectrum Health Healthier Communities, LINC UP Community Revitalization, West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology, The SOURCE and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss received a $60,000 Invest Health grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop strategies to break down education and training barriers to better health in the Grand Rapids area.


Great Lakes Health Connect announced the addition of Carrie Strom as its new West Michigan implementation consultant. Strom will support health care providers and community organizations in understanding and leveraging the health information exchange solutions GLHC offers.


Goodwill Industries of West Michigan signed a build-to-suit lease agreement with SOF Holland Business Park for a 10,000-square-foot Goodwill Employment and Training Center, to open this summer in the Holland Town Center, 12330 James St..

Holland Home announced the expansion of residential living options at its Breton Woods campus, 2772 Pfeiffer Woods Drive, which will offer 47 homes spread across 60 acres. The first homes are expected to be completed in the fall. A second phase will offer 72 homes.


Mika Meyers attorney Kimberly M. Large has received the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Western Region 2016 Outstanding Member Award. 

Smith Haughey announced attorney and shareholder Jane C. Hofmeyer has been named chair of the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Law practice group.


DeWys Manufacturing Inc. in Marne announced the promotion of Nate Lillibridge to product development engineer. 

Humphrey Products in Kalamazoo is expanding its line of products for the medical and analytical markets with the introduction of the iDP Valve family, a series of inert media separation valves designed for aggressive liquids and gases.

The Kraft Heinz Co.will expand its operations at 431 W. 16th St. in Holland by investing $17.2 million in the manufacturing plant and creating 50 new jobs over the course of the project where all of its Grey Poupon mustard will be produced.


Lambert, Edwards & Associates is the winner of a Silver Stevie Award in the Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year category in the 14th annual American Business Awards.


The Grand Rapids City Commission honored 250 Department of Public Works employees during National Public Works Week with a standing ovation and lunch at the DPS facility on Market Street.


Jeff Joyce of Mieras Family Shoes has been recognized as one of America’s Retail Champions by the National Retail Federation.


Pieology Pizzeria has opened its 99th location, at 2006 East Beltline Ave. NE in Grand Rapids.


Grand Rapids software company SalesPad LLC released its latest version of the add-on for Microsoft Dynamics GP with SalesPad Desktop, version 4.5, to simplify sales document entry by providing an intuitive, all-in-one order entry, inventory, sales, and customer relationship management solution.

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