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September 29, 2017
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Baker College’s Muskegon campus reported 100 percent of its March 2017 physical therapist assistant graduates passed their national and state licensure exams on the first try.

The Alano Club of Kent County recently celebrated its 65th anniversary. The Club serves over 50,000 individuals each year for those affected by addiction and seeking renewal through recovery, with over 265,000 individual meeting visits. Attendance at meetings has been steadily growing — rising almost 20 percent over the past decade.

MomsBloom founders Sara Binkley-Tow and Angie Walters announced they are stepping down and seeking an interim executive director expected to lead for much of 2018 before shifting control to a permanent full-time executive director.

Camp Newaygo organization officials are undertaking a $2.2-million initiative to expand and update the grounds facilities, with a recent groundbreaking ceremony held on the health and leadership lodge. The campaign is supported by the Wege Foundation, Frey Foundation, Fremont Foundation and Dooge Foundation.

Ranir announced the appointment of Scott Huff, former Walmart executive vice president of consumables and health and wellness divisions, and Richelle Parham, most recently the chief marketing officer for eBay, to the company’s board of directors.

Gary Allore was named president of Mercy Health Muskegon.

Grand Rapids-based Sebastian Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the Alano Club of Kent County in support of the agency’s new opiate addiction support program.

Ablative Solutions Inc. headquartered in Kalamazoo recently delivered a presentation at the annual Baird Global Healthcare Conference in New York City. ASI developed the Peregrine System Infusion Catheter that is delivered using minimally invasive technique.

Javery Pain Institute announced Dr. Joshua Suderman achieved the status of full partner.

Emmanuel Hospice added Ashley Huisman as bereavement coordinator.

Grand Valley Medical Specialists secured a new lease at 1000 E. Paris Ave. SE for a 14,180-square-foot space that will allow the medical practice to add physicians and assist more patients. GVMS is relocating from 1900 Wealthy St. SE.

Van Andel Institute announced the appointment of Holland native Brett Holleman as chief development officer. Holleman comes to VAI from Mayo Clinic and most recently from Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation in Colorado, where he served as vice president of development.

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce announced Priority Health President and CEO Joan Budden is the recipient of the 2017 ATHENA Award.

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