Clayton and Anne Towns of Cedar Springs announce the engagement of their daughter Andrea Marion Towns to Scott Robert McClure of Greenville. Andrea is a 2005 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and a 2010 graduate of Davenport University. She is employed by bswift as a system analyst. Scott is the son of Robert and Pamela McClure of Rockford. He is a 2003 graduate of Rockford High School and a 2008 graduate of Ferris State University. He is employed by Napa Auto Parts as a store manager. Attending the wedding will be maid of honor, sister of the bride, Chelsea Towns; maid of honor, sister of the bride, Mallory Towns; along with best man, brother of the groom, Brandon McClure; and groomsman, friend of the groom, Darren Corey. The couple is planning a May 11, 2013 wedding at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Belmont.
AmericInn offers free stays for wounded members of U.S. military, their families The AmericInn Greenville recently announced it is participating with other AmericInn hotels nationwide to support a new military support program called “Hotels For Heroes,” providing free hotel stays for wounded U.S. troops and their families while they are receiving treatment. The program, which provides AmericInn customers the option of donating their Easy Rewards guest loyalty points to “Hotels For Heroes,” was announced last month by government, military and foundation leaders at a special event in Washington, D.C. AmericInn hotels is a founding partner of the program. “We are pleased to join with AmericInn hotels across the country in supporting the ‘Hotels For Heroes’ program as another demonstration of our ongoing support for America’s military,” said Anne Moyle, general manager. AmericInn hotels are operating or under development in over 260 locations in 27 states, including the location at 2525 W. Washington. The “Hotels For Heroes” program is being administered by the Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting America’s wounded warriors, veterans and their families. The Fisher House will pool donations of AmericInn Easy Rewards points, along with donated points from other participating hotel companies, to provide free accommodations to wounded, injured or ill service members and their families while undergoing treatment at medical centers. AmericInn customers can donate their Easy Rewards points to the “Hotels For Heroes” program by logging into their account and accessing the “redeem” and “donation” tabs. AmericInn has been honored twice by the Department of Defense for its extensive programs of support for members of the military, receiving the “Seven Seals Award” and the “Above and Beyond Award.” The company has designated military support and patriotism as a central part of its overall culture, focusing on the theme “AmericInn Cares.” During the past year, AmericInn launched several major initiatives including preparing and shipping thousands of care packages to military troops stationed overseas plus preparing gift items, tote bags and bicycles for the families of military members. AmericInn also offers a national discount on room rates to active duty and retired members of the military and their dependents. They can receive this discount by requesting the AmericInn Military Rate (rate code: MIL) when they make their reservation at […]
Elementary students use artistic talent to replicate the human body; perform mock surgeries On Thursday, January 12 and Thursday, January 19, fifth graders within the Greenville Public School system will experience something few – if any- ten and eleven year olds do – performing surgery. This program initiated in 2011 when Baldwin Heights Elementary teacher Mindy Hepinstall customized a similar program from the S. 4 Duke Ellington School in Manhattan, New York to allow her students a more hands-on, memorable experience when learning about the body and its systems. The Mini Medical School lasts approximately four weeks. During the first few weeks, students build replica body frames and organs out of everyday materials, such as clay, pipe cleaners and Paper Mache. The fifth graders are assisted by parent volunteers, school nurses and art teachers to complete their human creations. The Mini Medical School concludes with surgical staff from Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville coming into the school setting and coaching students in performing mock surgeries on the replica bodies. Students are divided into groups based on surgery type; heart transplants, lung transplants, appendectomies and cerebral aneurysm repair. The fifth graders will scrub in right along side of the surgeons, giving them an even greater perspective on careers in health care. The inaugural Mini Med School in 2011 was a resounding success and model of partnership between the schools and hospital. Hepinstall received positive feedback from students, parents and her peers. “We set out to find a creative way to teach kids about the human body and its systems,” said Hepinstall. “The Mini Med School succeeded in doing this and also opened students’ eyes to careers in the medical field.” In the fall of 2011, Hepinstall was asked by several of her teaching counterparts at other Greenville Elementary Schools to incorporate the program into their fifth grade curriculum. Hepinstall again collaborated with Spectrum Health United Hospital to develop a plan that could expand the program to reach more students while making good use of facilities and hospital resources.
Hopefully you will never have to go through a smoke or water damage. However, if you do, wouldn’t it be comforting to know that there are trained professionals in your area that can promptly handle the cleanup for you? Brad’s Cleaners specializes in this type of work. They have been working for insurance companies and their policy holders since 1981, and Brad’s Cleaners understands the need to completely restore your home or office to its original state. They are fully bonded and insured, and all of their crews are uniformed and professional. They handle the entire restoration job and do it right the first time. Brad’s Cleaners, established in 1981, is a growing company offering residential, commercial and industrial cleaning and restoration services to clients in the mid-Michigan area. Their technicians are IICRC certified in fire damage, smoke damage and odor control, water damage and mold remediation, using the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment. Their structure teams are licensed builders and certified in advanced structural drying techniques. Brad’s Cleaners strives to improve their capabilities through continuous training and certification of their employees and the use of the most modern technology and procedures. They currently employ 24 full-time certified and licensed cleaning and restoration specialists with a fleet of 16 vehicles and an ongoing list of part-time technicians and sub-contractors. Brad’s Cleaners understands the stress and hardship that a disaster can have on a family. To combat this, Brad’s will waive your insurance deductible up to $250 on any insurance claims. If the disaster is not covered by insurance, they will work with you and have payment plans available to help you through. When you are in need of carpet or furniture cleaning, furnace air duct cleaning, or an unthinkable disaster happens, you can count on Brad’s Cleaners to be there for you and your family 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Remember, “One call does it all.” Call Brad’s at 1-800-328-2239 or stop in and see their facility at 9410 S. Greenville Rd., Greenville, MI 48838.
An annual study recently released by Thomas Reuters recognized Spectrum Health Grand Rapids and Spectrum Health United Hospital as being among the 100 best hospitals in the country, based on measures of overall organization performance, including patient care, operational efficiency, and financial stability. Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville was named one of Thomson Reuters’ 100 Top Hospitals. United Hospital is the only small community hospital (under 100 beds) to receive this elite honor and recognition within the region. In total, 924 small community hospitals were included with the nationwide survey. Of those surveyed, only 20 were selected as award recipients in this category, of which one is Spectrum Health United Hospital. This distinction is awarded because of the Thomson Reuters’ annual study that examines changing performance levels in U.S. hospitals and objectively identifies hospitals based on their overall performance. The winners were announced in the March 28 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine. “It is extremely gratifying to be recognized for our ongoing commitment to superior quality and patient satisfaction at lower costs as compared to the majority of other hospitals in the nation. To be named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation reaffirms our mission to bring the absolute best medical care possible to the communities we serve,” said Paul Bonis, president, Spectrum Health United Hospital. “This award belongs to our physicians and staff as a result of their dedication and commitment to excellence and compassion for every patient, every day. I would also like to thank Spectrum Health and our community for their outstanding allegiance and support, without which awards like this would not be possible.” The Thomson Reuters study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993. To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information: Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, […]