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Change Ups: Pine Rest to investigate ECT therapy for Alzheimer’s patients

January 25, 2019
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Louis Nykamp
Louis Nykamp. Courtesy Pine Rest

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is one of five organizations chosen to investigate the use of electroconvulsive therapy to treat severe agitation and aggression in people with Alzheimer’s disease. The study was made possible by a five-year award that is expected to total $11.8 million from the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Louis Nykamp, Pine Rest’s geriatric fellowship director and electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation clinic director, will serve as Pine Rest’s principal investigator of the study.

ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING

Progressive AE named industrial practice leader David Shull a principal of the firm. Shull’s appointment makes him the firm’s 13th principal. In his new role, Shull will help set the firm’s strategic direction and identify future leaders, while continuing to lead and grow its industrial practice.

Tracy Hutchinson joined Driesenga & Associates Inc. as project manager in the firm’s civil engineering department in its Holland office.

ARTS

The Grand Rapids Public Museum announced its exhibition, “Ralph W. Hauenstein: A Life of Leadership,” will be extended through April 14.

AWARDS

The Gordie Howe International Bridge project, which Warner Norcross + Judd served as the U.S. legal advisor, was named the 2018 Transport Deal of the Year for the Americas by Project Finance International. Nearly 60 Warner attorneys worked with more than a dozen governmental partners and stakeholders on the public-private partnership project for more than a decade.

BANKING

Brent Dean joined Northpointe Bank’s Grand Rapids lending team as a senior loan officer.

MSU Federal Credit Union is the recipient of the Visa Global Service Quality Performance Award based on the credit union’s results in its authorization approval rate for consumer credit.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Watkins Ross welcomed Joey Shackelford to its actuarial team. Shackelford is a health actuary with experience in valuation of other post-employment benefit plans, as well as other health plan-related actuarial projects.

EDUCATION

Jerry Kooiman, a longtime Michigan State University College of Human Medicine assistant dean, was promoted to chief external relations officer. His additional responsibilities include overseeing the college’s relationships with health systems and other external partners. Kooiman also provides strategy, vision and leadership for key relationships with hospital partners, industry partners, and government and community leaders. He also ensures alignment with external efforts including communications and marketing, community engagement and outreach, development and government relations efforts.

GOVERNMENT

The 20th Circuit and Ottawa County Probate courts received high marks from the public regarding their experiences with the court. Highlights from the 2018 survey: 92 percent of court users said they were treated with courtesy and respect by court staff; 88 percent of court users said the way the judge or attorney referee handled their case was fair; and 84 percent were able to get their business done in a reasonable amount of time.

GOVERNMENT

Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. announced the additions of Ryan DeHaan, project superintendent; Bill Cox, estimator; Brandon VanWert, project superintendent; and Lindsay Rose, accounting clerk, to the company’s Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo teams.

GRANTS

Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation donated $25,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters to support multiple initiatives, including the Bigs in Business mentorship program between Perrigo employees and local Allegan students. Perrigo regularly meets and mentors high school students at Allegan High and mentors them on-site at Perrigo’s North American base of operations.

HEALTH

The West Michigan Prostate Health Alliance named Robert Prevette its director.

LEGAL

Bodman PLC announced Lindsay M. Cummings joined the firm as a senior associate attorney in the Grand Rapids office.

The Britt Law Group PC hired attorney Stephanie K. Tuttle to join its law office in downtown Grand Rapids. Tuttle’s addition will broaden and grow various practice areas of the firm, including criminal law, family law, business law and mediation.

Plunkett Cooney named attorneys Chase M. Kubica, Mitchell McIntyre, Christopher J. Scott, Kimberly K. Seibert and Andrea Forsyth Telling as shareholders.

Paul D. Bratt returned to Warner Norcross + Judd following a judicial clerkship for the Hon. Gordon J. Quist of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Bratt concentrates his practice in environmental law and litigation and is based in the Grand Rapids office of the firm.

MANUFACTURING

Holland-based sauna manufacturer Almost Heaven Saunas was purchased by sauna heater and component manufacturer, Harvia Oyj. The acquisition will enable Harvia to offer more extensive service to its customers in North America and provide Almost Heaven Saunas with added products and resources to continue its growth in the consumer sauna business. Almost Heaven Saunas was established in 1978.

NONPROFITS

The Christian Rest Home Association announced its nonprofit senior care facility is now known as Edison Christian Life Services, which has three facilities. They will be known as: Edison Christian Health Center (formerly Christian Rest Home); Edison Christian Assisted Living (formerly Edison Assisted Living Center); and Edison Christian Independent Living (formerly Edison Manor). The name change includes a rebrand and a new website.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Lansing-based Kelley Cawthorne announced Lowell resident Dave Hildenbrand will join its team of government relations professionals. Hildenbrand was a member of the Michigan Senate from 2011-18.

RESTAURANTS

Paddock Place will open The Pub at Paddock on Jan. 29. Formerly Mangiamo!, The Pub at Paddock will offer a full bar and pub fare throughout the week in addition to its current special events venue and catering services. The eatery is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 4-11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m-midnight, and Sundays from 4-11 p.m.

RETAIL

Hair Xtraordinare recently held an open house that introduced new branding. The salon, located on Chicago Drive in the heart of Hudsonville, offers hair services for men, women and children of all ages — from cutting edge styles to specialty cuts, colors and more. An all-new, online scheduling system currently is in development that should be in place by early 2019.

TECHNOLOGY

X-Rite Inc. and Pantone LLC announced the release of eXact Auto-Scan, a versatile scanning solution that provides press room flexibility for measuring color with spot, manual and automated scanning capabilities.

Three Rivers-based Armstrong International recently hosted its first Thought Leadership in Higher Education Facilities Management Forum that was designed to grow and develop professionals responsible for facilities management by sharing knowledge, strategies and best practice applications among peers in higher education facilities management. The event drew participation from 37 facility management personnel representing 24 colleges and universities across the country.

Vista IT Group announced Vanguard, a customizable service program featuring an a-la-carte approach to hardware maintenance and operational support. The new nationwide offering allows companies to consolidate data center support regardless of the equipment manufacturer, age or origin.

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