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Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

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Tina Freese Decker, who started at Spectrum Health 16 years ago and steadily moved up the executive leadership ranks, will become its next president and CEO on Sept. 1.

HUDSONVILLE — The newest Meijer Inc. store in West Michigan includes a first for the region: a retail-based medical clinic operated by Spectrum Health.

West Michigan’s economy remained in growth mode at mid-year, as a monthly industrial activity index recorded improvements in most categories.

Lakeland Health in St. Joseph will become part of Spectrum Health if the two can work out final details to integrate.

Rising interest rates won’t lead to change in how banks underwrite credit, although business borrowers need to monitor their effects if they opt for a variable-rate commercial loan.

Saturday, 07 July 2018 16:34

Q&A: Greg Carmichael

Chairman, President and CEO, Fifth Third Bancorp Inc. 

Saturday, 07 July 2018 13:43

Zapping the germs

UV Partners Inc. developed a device that targets one of the most stubborn problems in health care: infections acquired in the hospital that sicken or kill thousands of patients annually. When Nelson Jacobson and executives at JSJ Corp. met last year with their counterparts at UV Partners, he quickly saw the device’s market potential. 

KALAMAZOO — The $12 million in new capital Vestaron Corp. seeks to raise would enable the company to complete a journey to bring to market a new environmentally friendly pesticide. 

Despite strong business optimism and continued economic expansion, bankers say they still see their West Michigan business clients taking a cautious approach to debt.

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