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Change Ups: Manns appointed to health council

December 29, 2017
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Mercy Health Saint Mary's names Bill Manns president
Bill Manns. Courtesy Mercy Health Saint Mary’s

Bill Manns, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Grand Rapids president, was appointed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s recently established Public Health Advisory Council. He is one of the 18 named appointees. The council was recommended by the Public Health Advisory Commission and initially will develop an action plan for implementing the commission’s recommendations and also will provide advice about emerging issues in public health, monitoring the effectiveness of Michigan’s public health response system and reviewing multiagency collaboration efforts.


The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan announced the winners of its fifth Annual Torch Awards for Ethics: Vine Line Logistics; CasterDepot; Ayers Basement Systems; Huntington Bank; Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes; and West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology.

PRO-VISION Video Systems in Byron Center announced it won awards in all three categories its products qualified for from the American Security Today 2017 ASTORS Homeland Security Awards: The PRO-VISION BODYCAM BC-300 Body-Worn Camera with SecuraMax Video Management Solution won the Platinum Award for Best Body-Worn Video Product; The PRO-VISION HD In-Car Video Recording System won the Platinum Award for Best In-Car Video Surveillance System; and the SecuraMax received the Silver Award in the Best Video Data Storage Solution category.

The Salon Professional Academy in Holland was awarded the Community Service of the Year Award at the annual Salon Professional Education Company award banquet. 

Silent Observer’s Community Heroes Awards announced the following recipients: Law Enforcement Bridge Builder Award, Sgt. Andy Veen, Walker Police Department; Building Stronger Neighborhoods Award, Sam Evans, Alger Heights Neighborhood Association; and Making A Difference Community Award, Marie Cimochowicz, John Ball Area Neighbors.


Grand Rapids broke ground on a new $38-million biodigester and sludge treatment system, 1300 Market Ave. SW, with a projected 2019 completed date. The biodigester will produce about 60 percent of the electricity needs of the city’s Water Resource Recovery Facility.


Michigan Air Solutions received the 2017 Compressed Air Top Savings Award and the Compressed Air Most Applications Award from Consumers Energy Business Efficiency Program.


Wolverine Building Group announced senior project managers Bill Pursifull, Jamerson M. Rise and Troy Redman were promoted to vice presidency.

Zeeland-based electrical contractor Town & Country Group announced its merger with Midland based Pyramid Control.


Grand Valley State University announced Tim Marroquin is director of its TRIO Veterans Upward Bound, a new federally funded program that will provide free academic support services to low-income veterans who want to complete degree programs.


Rockford Brewing Co. in Rockford recently celebrated five years of business with a weeklong celebration that included limited release brews, live music from local artists and discounts.


The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan moved to 349 S. Division Ave.


Grand Rapids is among 12 U.S. cities selected to participate in the three-year pilot program, Zero Cities Project, that helps cities develop a policy roadmap toward a zero carbon building sector. The policy process will include community collaboration that centers on equity and is informed by technical analysis.


Mister Car Wash recently presented $4,000 to Kids’ Food Basket as part of its Inspiring Futures program.


The Allegan General Hospital Foundation awarded its 2017 fall Nursing and Healthcare Excellence Scholarships to 12 Allegan Healthcare Group employees and six of their children in support of training and higher education studies in health care.

Grand Rapids Ophthalmology announced the addition of Chad Kresnak, O.D., who will practice at the Ionia and Walker GRO locations.

Mary Free Bed’s Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Program earned a five-star rating from U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18. U.S. News analysts evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide and just 15 percent (about 2,300) were identified as a best nursing home.

The National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy in St. Joseph announced the international expansion of its Wound Care Certified credential by becoming the approved credential for the Public Hospitals Authority in Nassau, Bahamas.

The Spectrum Health board of directors elected Mehmood Kahn and Gloria Lara to serve three-year terms on its system board.


DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport welcomed Colin McPhee as executive chef for the hotel restaurant, Ganders.


Miller Johnson welcomed Angela M. Caulley and Alejandra (Alex) Contreras as associates in its Grand Rapids office.


Planet Fitness will open a new club with more than 16,000 square feet in Big Rapids early next spring.


Accu-Mold LLC in Kalamazoo and Portage, announced the company achieved Certification to ISO 9001:2015.


Dean Herried joined Mel Trotter Ministries as its chief engagement officer. Herried has 30 years of nonprofit experience that includes multiple roles with YMCA in Michigan and Illinois and the National American Red Cross. 

The Hope Project in Muskegon was one of 65 local and national nonprofit organizations nominated to receive a $1,000 from Extend Your Reach for Giving Tuesday that will help serve girls and women who are victims of sex trafficking by providing counseling and other services.

Mel Trotter Ministries made changes to its food pantry and day center to reduce duplication of services and increase partnerships with area agencies. The food pantry will close and change to a food distribution model, and its day center has moved to Dégagé Ministries, 144 S. Division Ave.


Grand Rapids-based Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. announced it acquired two Wendy’s restaurants in Virginia and entered into three independent definitive asset purchase agreements to acquire a total of 55 Wendy’s restaurants located in the Eastern and Midwestern United States. The transactions are subject to customary due diligence and standard approvals with closings scheduled to be completed during the first quarter of 2018.


SpartanNash announced Fast Lane is available at Forest Hills Foods, 4668 Cascade Road SE, joining 31 Family Fare Supermarkets and D&W Fresh Market stores that offer the click-and-collect program that provides a seamless online grocery shopping experience.


Former Detroit Tigers catcher Lance Parrish was named the 13th manager for the Comstock Park-based West Michigan Whitecaps.

The Grand Rapids Drive announced Ryan Krueger will handle head coaching duties for the Grand Rapids Drive, the Detroit Pistons’ NBA’s G League affiliate, on a full-time basis, and Rob Werdann will return to his previous duties with the Pistons as a pro scout while tending to a private family matter. 


Ericka Popovich was hired as the communications and community engagement coordinator at the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, where she will handle volunteer and community management as well as diversity work for the organization.


EarthTronics in Muskegon introduced new architecturally designed square and round Mini Panel LEDs for interior and exterior commercial and residential surface-mount applications. The Mini Panel LEDs are the first major change in flush-mount fixtures in the past 20 years that has been lifted from simple drum or cloud fluorescent interior fixtures to a contemporary architectural design that includes upgraded color characteristics, mounting options and wet location rating.

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