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Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

Senior Writer

msanchez@mibiz.com

Thursday, 23 October 2014 07:46

Job growth to slow in fourth quarter

University of Michigan economists expect data to show the state experienced “solid” job growth in the third quarter after a slow start to 2014, then continue at a slower rate until the end of the year and the beginning of 2015.

Chemical Financial Corp. posted higher earnings and strong volume growth for the third quarter.

Pennock Health Services in Hastings could become the next community health system to affiliate with Spectrum Health.

McLaren Health Care Inc.’s move to secure legislative approval to build a new $300 million hospital north of Detroit has once again generated support across the state for Michigan’s certificate-of-need regulations.

A new Medicare health plan for senior citizens in Kalamazoo and seven other counties builds on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s push for localized products formed with care providers in specific markets.

The Alliance for Health, after more than six decades as a health care planning agency for West Michigan, has begun a charting a new course that may lead to it forming a private health insurance exchange to quote and market policies to member employers.

Federal regulators hit Lighthouse Title Inc. with a $200,000 fine for what the company’s president says has been a common industry practice that’s now at a “watershed moment.”

Sunday, 12 October 2014 22:00

Fed report: Expect more community bank M&A

National survey results suggest that mergers and acquisitions involving community banks could pick up in the next year or more as institutions cope with growth pressures, high regulatory compliance costs and even “management fatigue.”

Bankers in West Michigan say that in just a few short years, mobile banking through tablet and smartphone apps has grown to become a service that they must offer for customer convenience.

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