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Michigan hit the first milestone Monday in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions as vaccination thresholds are met.

Bill Manns started as president and CEO at Bronson Healthcare on March 30, 2020. 

GRAND RAPIDS — The West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place downtown closes in two weeks after delivering nearly 250,000 doses in four months to people who sought COVID-19 vaccinations from as far away as the Upper Peninsula, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

A state lawmaker from Grand Rapids wants to create a state panel that could review large price increases for prescription drugs in Michigan.

KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine helped add 1,600 mostly private-sector jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in personal income and sales across the Kalamazoo region in 2020, according to an economic impact study. 

More Michigan hospitals than ever earned a top grade in an semi-annual report card on patient safety.

Spectrum Health’s Butterworth, Blodgett and Zeeland Community hospitals, plus Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids, are among the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. this year, according to a Fortune/IBM Watson Health ranking released today.

GRAND RAPIDS — Mercy Health’s parent company bought back the American Cancer Society Foundation’s former Hope Lodge building and property across the street from the Saint Mary’s hospital campus in Grand Rapids.

BENTON TOWNSHIP — The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi opened a new medical clinic in Benton Township in Southwest Michigan.

Burnout was already significant and growing in the medical profession when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and worsened the problem, pushing health systems and care providers to their limits for more than a year.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services faces long odds to successfully challenge a proposed state decision allowing competitor Havenwyck Hospital Inc. to develop a new psychiatric hospital in Kent County.

GRAND RAPIDS — Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital wants to expand inpatient capacity to keep up with growing patient volumes.

GRAND RAPIDS — A $75,000 investment from an East Lansing-based early-stage investment fund helps move Airway Innovations LLC into the marketplace this spring with a new device to prevent patients from pulling out tracheal tubes.

The health care industry for years has been transitioning to an economic model that pays hospitals and doctors based on how well they do, their quality and medical outcomes for patients, rather than volume or how many procedures they perform.

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health plans to begin work soon on a new long term care center along Fuller Avenue. The 130-bed facility would replace an aging Continuing Care center nearby on Fuller Avenue NE that Spectrum Health leases from Kent County.

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health’s chief executive hopes the present surge of COVID-19 cases that has been affecting younger people and children more than prior strains may have peaked in recent days.

CUTLERVILLE — Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services has appealed the state’s expected denial of a request to add inpatient psychiatric beds at its Cutlerville campus.

Developments on Michigan State University’s medical school campus in downtown Grand Rapids will drive $339 million in annual economic impact on the city when fully complete next year.

Anew partnership for open-heart surgery could provide a broader base for Metro Health-University of Michigan Health and Mercy Health to further collaborate on specialized medical care in the years ahead.

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health maintained a solid financial performance for 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic stressed operating margins at hospitals nationwide.

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is strongly encouraging — but not mandating — new public measures to stem Michigan’s recent spike in COVID-19 metrics, saying pandemic dynamics have changed as millions of vaccines are administered.

Metro Health-University Michigan Health plans to launch open-heart surgery within a year through a new partnership with Mercy Health.

Mercy Health and an Auburn Hills-based operator of psychiatric hospitals plans to build a new facility in Kent County through a joint venture.

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health’s plan for an eight-story, 160,000-square-foot office complex on the north end of downtown goes to city planners next week.

GRAND RAPIDS — The mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids raised eligibility Tuesday to anyone 16 years and older as more doses become available and amid recent surges in cases among a younger population and rising positive tests.

ALLENDALE — Metro Health-University of Michigan Health has begun construction on a new, larger outpatient medical clinic in Allendale.

GRAND RAPIDS — The $1 million raised from investors moves medical product startup Patient Co. closer to the marketplace for an innovation designed to assist nurses and other caregivers moving hospital patients.

growing number of employers are offering incentives to their workers who opt for getting a COVID-19 vaccine, including with extra paid time off or small cash bonuses.

The COVID-19 pandemic that stretched health systems during the past year also brought together health care executives as they responded to the crisis.

A coalition of Michigan business groups is urging state senators to reject legislation that they claim will drive up the cost of health coverage for small employers.

The state today reported more than 4,500 additional COVID-19 cases, continuing recent increases in cases that have caused hospitalization rates to spike in Michigan, particularly among younger people.

Small business clients of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan that renew their health policies in the second half of the year will see small rate increases of less than 2 percent.

GRAND RAPIDS — Dr. Hyung Kim has stepped down as president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s.

As pharmaceutical companies ramp up production and COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available, employers are increasingly asking whether employees can get vaccinated at work.

GRAND RAPIDS — Producing Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine propels Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing Inc.’s growth while giving business advocates a showpiece when promoting the region.

The yearlong COVID-19 pandemic drove down earnings last year at West Michigan’s major health insurance providers.

Murray Kessler signed on for at least another three years as Perrigo Co. plc’s chief executive to “finish the job” he started to transform the company.

What began as a capital campaign for a new cancer treatment center in Kalamazoo and to upgrade care in Battle Creek has turned into a broader effort by Bronson Healthcare to expand patient access to care.

GRAND HAVEN — UV Angel has installed its pathogen control technology in high-traffic areas on the campus of Michigan State University.

The state has significantly broadened eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine that will take effect later this month.

DETROIT — Costs associated with responding to the COVID-19 pandemic cut deeply into Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s bottom line for 2020, the company reported Monday.

Perrigo Co. plc plans to sell its generic drug business to New York private investment firm Altaris Capital Partners LLC for $1.55 billion.

WYOMING — Metro Health-University of Michigan Health has opened the first COVID-19 vaccine clinic away from its hospital campus.

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health President and CEO Tina Freese Decker was named one of the top 25 women in health care this year by an industry publication.

On the surface, the position appears completely counter to what a business organization would typically advocate.

If the coalition coordinating COVID-19 vaccines in West Michigan gets judged for anything, Keith Hustak hopes it’s for how well the group equitably administers doses.

After years of raising millions in capital and federal grant funding for Tetra Therapeutics Inc. — which was developing a new drug that could potentially treat Alzheimer’s disease and a form of autism — Mark Gurney in 2020 finally found the big money he needed to get to the end.

Priority Health wanted to build a book of business in Southeast Michigan for its Medicaid HMO.