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Change Ups: Newborn screening performance recognized

October 16, 2015
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Holland Hospital’s Boven Birth Center has been recognized for its excellence in newborn screening performance by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Michigan Health & Hospital Association. Holland Hospital is one of 10 in Michigan that meets or exceeds the criteria in six performance metrics including screening for critical congenital heart disease. The acknowledgment is part of the 50th anniversary celebration of Michigan’s Newborn Screening program.


Kevin Swanson has joined Mathison|Mathison Architects as an architectural designer with experience ranging from affordable housing projects to modern homes in the Rockies.


The American Society of Civil Engineers Michigan Section officers for 2015-16 include the following from West Michigan: president-elect, Steven Waalkes, Grand Rapids, and vice president, Melinda Bacon, Kalamazoo.


Mayor George K. Heartwell has received Disability Advocates of Kent County’s Invest In Ability Award.

The YWCA announced its 2015 Tribute Award honorees: Advocacy, Christina Arnold, GRCC Woodrick Diversity Learning Center; Arts, Amy Wilson, Dance in the Annex; Business, Management, Industry and Labor, Sandi Frost Steensma, Kennari Consulting; Community Service, Andrea Haidle, KISD; Professions, Teresa Weatherall Neal, Grand Rapids Public Schools; Sports, Fitness and Wellness, Doreen Bolhuis, Gymco Inc.; and Student Honoree and YWCA Judy Lloyd Scholarship recipient, Hayley Lee, Wyoming High School.


Lake Michigan Credit Union has hired Rebecca Ufkes as a mortgage loan originator who will service the lakeshore market from the Holland-West Shore branch office. Ryan Gardner has been hired as a mortgage loan originator for the Grand Rapids market working in the Glenwood Hills corporate headquarters.


Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce announced the following nominations for a three-year term on its board of directors, commencing Jan. 1, 2016: Johnny Brann Jr., Kitchen 67; Javier Olvera, Supermercado Mexico; and Patrick Pritchard, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Joey Ghent has joined Interphase Interiors’ new business development team.

Nichols of Norton Shores has opened a branch in Cleveland, adding four members to its sales team as part of its strategic plan of continued growth and expansion in Ohio. The Cleveland sales team includes Howard Movshin, Jacki Fiocca, Tom Johnson and Larry Sollisch.

Rua Associates LLC announced the sale of Westshore Design, a Holland-based electronics design and manufacturing firm, to GVD Industries, a Holland-based private equity firm that wholly owns small to mid-size distribution, manufacturing and services oriented companies headquartered in West Michigan.

ServePro of East & West Kalamazoo has leased 7,784 square feet at 832 Lenox Ave. in Portage with an anticipated Dec. 1 opening.


Davenport University announced its annual Alumni Award recipients: College of Health Professions Alumni Award, Patrick Hatch, paramedic, Life EMS; Outstanding Young Alumni Award, David Zokoe, corporate account manager, Consumers Energy; Hy Berkowitz Professional Excellence Award, Sam Ajwah, owner and founder, Beacon Engineering; and Distinguished Alumni Award, Mark Bugge, CFO, VA Enterprises.

Davenport University has received accreditation from the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation for its Bachelor of Business Administration in sports management.


Consumers Energy and Grand Valley State University announced a collaboration on Solar Gardens on GVSU’s 17 acres located near 48th Avenue and Luce Street that will generate three megawatts of electricity by next spring.

The Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University has been named one of The Best 295 Business Schools in the nation by The Princeton Review.


Leslie Shanlian has joined the Michigan Veteran Health System as CEO. Shanlian previously was deputy director of the Aging and Adult Services Agency and director of long-term care for Michigan’s Bureau of Health Care Services. Also, the Michigan Veteran Health System announced the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette have aligned into one system with standard processes and procedures.

Spectrum Health System board of directors announced the election of an officer and two members to serve on its board: chairman, Richard (Dick) M. DeVos Jr. and board members Bill Payne and Sean P. Welsh.


D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s welcomed Kate Frillmann, senior advancement officer. Frillmann is responsible for donor relations and estate giving. 

Faith Hospice, part of the Holland Home organization, announced the transition of medical director Dr. John Mulder to the position of chief medical consultant of hospice and palliative services for Holland Home. Dr. Pat Fitzgibbon, who had served as associate medical director, will assume the role of medical director for Faith Hospice.


Sinas Dramis Law Firm managing partner George T. Sinas has received the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel’s 2015 Respected Advocate Award for his leadership in protecting Michigan auto no-fault law and adhering to the highest standard of ethics.


Hilliard, Ohio-based Vargo has hired Juan Sanchez as a system engineer who will work out of the material-handling system integration company’s newly open office in Grand Rapids.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for a 230,000-square-foot Kenco warehouse for Mead Johnson at 750 Riley St., Zeeland.


Health Intervention Services has elected Jeff Stormo to its board of directors for a three-year term.


Reserve Wine & Food welcomed Josh Adams as its new executive chef. The James Beard Awards semi-finalist comes from Peoria, Illinois, where he owned and operated June Restaurant for five years.


USA Triathlon announced the Grand Rapids Triathlon made the list for the 2016 USA Triathlon National Championships to be held June 12, 2016, in the Ada/Cascade area.


Blue Medora has released its VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for F5'sBIG-IP product family and five new vRealize Operations Management Packs.

Inc. 5000 announced Open Systems Technologies President/CEO Meredith Bronk is among the top 50 Women Entrepreneurs in America (No. 33).


Frontier Communications in Muskegon has appointed Dan Blue the local manager for its Southwest Michigan market, which includes Three Rivers, Dowagiac and surrounding communities.

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