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Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

Senior Writer

msanchez@mibiz.com

Transparency in health care in Michigan took a step forward with the launch of yet another online database for patients across the state to look up hospital data.

GRAND RAPIDS — Nearly four years after forming a research center, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital wants to focus more on exploring and developing potential new therapies to treat patients.

GRAND RAPIDS — Mercy Health’s partnership with the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids to plan the future of the religious order’s 34-acre Marywood Campus leverages a natural connection between the two organizations.

MATTAWAN — The proposed sale of MPI Research Inc. to Charles River Laboratories International Inc. for $800 million would end local ownership for a company that’s one of the largest employers in the greater Kalamazoo area.

MPI Research Inc. is selling to rival Charles River Laboratories International Inc. for $800 million in cash.

Agility Health Inc. will sell its physical therapy operations in the U.S. to a Tampa, Fla.-based management company in a deal valued at $45 million.

With a multi-million dollar gift to Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business to open a financial wellness center on campus, Todd Sanford wants to raise financial literacy and also bring more people into the field of financial planning. Like many business sectors right now, financial planning faces a growing talent shortage. Sanford, the founder and CEO of Sanford Financial Services Inc. in Portage, spoke with MiBiz about how the Sanford Center for Financial Planning and Wellness hopes to address the talent shortage when it opens this fall.

GRAND RAPIDS — Mercy Health’s new primary care medical practice on Grand Rapids’ west side resulted from what Ben Look calls a lot of dissatisfaction.

KALAMAZOO — Armune BioScience Inc.’s sale to Madison, Wis.-based Exact Sciences Corp. reinforces the reality that some West Michigan-based life sciences firms will have to move out of the region to grow.

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