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Kreis, Ederle opens office in St. Jospeh

Recently St. Joseph became the latest location for the law firm of Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins, & Borsos P.C.

The firm opened a new office at  800 Port St., St. Joseph, and has begun recruiting attorneys to work there. The 2,600-square-foot office underwent extensive renovations including removing walls to create larger office space for the law firm.

Brian McMahon who joined Kreis Enderle in July to help establish the St. Joseph office says he has been interviewing attorneys for the past two weeks and hopes to hire two shortly. He anticipates four to five will be working in the St. Joseph office by the end of 2013. When fully staffed the office may have up to eight attorneys there in the next five years.

McMahon, of Royalton Township, has practiced law for 21 years and been a partner in another St. Joseph law firm. He says one of the attorneys he hires is likely to have at least 20 years experience as well, while younger associates also will be asked to work with the firm.  

The new St. Joseph office gives individuals and businesses in Southwest Michigan greater access to a full-service law firm. Business law, family law, criminal defense, residential and commercial real estate, health and taxation law are some of the areas in which the firm will be able represent clients.

Kreis Enderle has been serving the St. Joseph and Benton Harbor area from its Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids offices and decided to make the commitment to the area by opening an office in St. Joseph.

McMahon says the personal, positive approach the firm takes to practicing law is seen in its commitment to the communities in which it has offices. Its attorneys contribute their time to numerous civic and business organizations, as McMahon already does as a member of the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce and the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce.

"Kreis Enderle's commitment to the community is important to us and the best way to show that commitment is to put up an office and have a physical presence rather than try to serve it from afar," says McMahon.

Kreis Enderle has 32 attorneys and has been providing legal services for more than 35 years throughout West Michigan, with offices in Battle Creek, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source:  Brian McMahon, Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos

Perrigo Co. hires Larissa Linton

Larissa Linton has been hired as Organizational Development and Change Management Consultant for the Global Talent Management team of Perrigo Co. in Allegan.  

In her new post, Linton will design and implement tools and processes to support change management and organizational development initiatives within Perrigo.  

Linton brings to Perrigo 10 years of talent management process experience.  Five of those years were spent developing and implementing talent management processes at a Grand Rapids-based furniture company.  

Before that, Linton worked at a Washington, D.C.-based talent management consulting company as a senior research scientist and team leader.  

Linton earned her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in industrial/organizational psychology from Central Michigan University.  She earned her bachelor’s in psychology from Northern Michigan University.

Linton is from Midland and now lives in Byron Center.

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Rebecca Herrington, Perrigo

$23.25 million investment could bump up downtown Battle Creek cool factor

The Heritage Tower in downtown Battle Creek, a 19-story building that has been vacant for a number of years, recently has moved one step closer to being redeveloped.

Grand Rapids-based 616 Development plans for the building to have a mix of commercial and residential development. The lower floors of the building are to be converted into retail, reception/conference space, and boutique hotel rooms. The upper floors will be redeveloped into market-rate, loft apartments.  Tenant parking will be created in the basement of the Tower.

616 Development expects 150,000 square feet of space to be returned to use in the building, including 43 hotel rooms, 62 apartments and 55 underground parking spaces. The project is anticipated to be completed by Spring 2015.

"This development is a game changer for downtown and it has already peaked interest from other developers seeking to be part of the excitement," says Cheryl Beard, Director of Commercial Development, Battle Creek Unlimited.

Redeveloping the Heritage Building moved closer to becoming a reality with the recent City Commission approval of a Brownfield Redevelopment Plan for the property. Approval helps make development of property affordable by routing taxes generated by the completion of the project to the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority to reiburse the project's owner, in this case, 25 Michigan Holdings, which is part owned by 616 Development. Baseline environmental assessment, asbestos abatement, demolition, infrastructure improvements, site preparation, general preparation of a Brownfield Plan and interest expenses are the types of expenses that can be paid under such a plan.

"Battle Creek is a downtown filled with potential thanks to strong leadership from the community and local officials," says Derek Coppess, founder of 616 Development. "We are thrilled to be partners in the amazing Downtown Transformation that is taking shape."

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Alyssa Jones, Battle Creek Unlimited

KCC to offer job training for local manufacturers

Highly automated manufacturing facilities in Barry, Branch, and Calhoun counties and those companies' growing demand for skilled workers have spurred Kellogg Community College to launch a new Industrial Technology Program this fall.

Students will train on equipment found in a variety of automated industries, including food processing, automotive, metal, plastics and medical fields.

Topics covered will include electro-mechanical devices, lean manufacturing, robotics, Ethernet networking, tolerance analysis, servo drives, hydraulic troubleshooting and pneumatic systems.

The mechatronics program teaches students to install, maintain and repair complex, automated systems used by local companies. Students can receive a 30-credit certificate or a 62-hour associate degree by completing the program.  

Students who go through the program will be able to go into a local plant fully trained on high-tech equipment and ready to get to work.

Grants from Battle Creek Unlimited, DENSO North America Foundation and in-kind contributions from Michigan Rebuild & Automation funded the purchase on new training equipment. The equipment was installed at KCC’s Regional Manufacturing Technology Center, a facility in the Fort Custer Industrial Park where 800 students train each year.

Classes already were in place to teach students electronics, robotics, machining, maintenance, pipefitting, welding and heating and cooling. For the latest program the only thing needed was the new equipment. In support of the new program, the DENSO North America Foundation recently awarded KCC a grant of $149,346 to continue to acquire and upgrade equipment over the next three years.

With this grant, KCC will purchase new PLC controllers, robots, networking devices, measurement tools, servo drives, hydraulic trainers and electro-fluid power trainers.

"DENSO is passionate about preparing students for careers in manufacturing and generating interest in these fields," says Karen Cooper-Boyer, Director, DENSO North America Foundation. "As a local employer, we are fortunate to be able to support and partner with organizations like KCC and RMTC on programs that give students hands-on learning experiences and necessary skills to be successful in today’s advanced manufacturing environment."

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Eric Green, Kellogg Community College

Downtown Kalamazoo Inc. says, 'Can we talk?'

As Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated goes through a strategic review of programs and services, Steve Deisler, its president, will be available to answer questions about the future of the organization that serves downtown.

Downtown Kalamazoo Inc. was created 25 years ago to meet long-standing needs in the Central Business District--planning, development, marketing, parking, and facilities maintenance.

Four boards, each with a distinct mission, were formed to work together. Downtown Kalamazoo Inc., the Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Tomorrow Inc., and Downtown Kalamazoo Association Charities work as a cohesive group to coordinate services to the downtown.

The current strategic review is precipitated by major cuts to DKI's budget that came about after a significant decline in the amount of tax revenue captured to pay for debt, maintenance and special programs in the downtown. The cuts come after the Michigan Tax Tribunal ruled in favor of the owers of the Radisson Hotel, which had argued its assessment on the property was too high and it had therefore been paying too much in taxes. Those captured funds now are $2 million below what they were five years ago. Already, DKI has cut its staff from nine to six.

A strategic review process to study DKI's organizational structure and its funding sources that began in April 2013 is expected to be completed by the end of the year and has been funded by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.

"There is a great deal of speculation about DKI’s plans for 2014," says Robert Doud, DKI board chairperson. "There will be changes, that is certain, but DKI will be better positioned for the future by going through this process."

Beginning the week of Sept. 23, Deisler will hold open office hours at various businesses in downtown Kalamazoo to answer questions regarding the process and DKI’s future. Office hours and locations will be posted on its website here and Facebook.

"We know there are many questions to be answered and frankly DKI needs to do a better job collaborating with our constituents,” says Deisler. "We may not have all of the answers at this point but I want to hear the concerns."

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Downtown Kalamazoo Inc.

Learn how to preserve your wetlands and our future

Cass and St. Joe Counties have collectively lost more than 50 percent of their wetlands since the earliest Europeans settled this area, according to the chair of the Fabius Township Wetlands Committee.

Southwest Michigan's regional conservation organizations are joining efforts to let area landowners and others know about available tools, programs, and financial incentives to protect River Country’s remaining wetlands and restore some of those that have been lost.

"River Country Riches: Landowner Incentives to Preserve Private Wetlands for Regional Benefit," a forum focused on strategies to protect and restore significant wetland areas in partnership with private landowners will take place at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Camp Eberhart’s Klinger Dining Hall on Corey Lake, near Three Rivers.

The forum is geared primarily toward landowners who have current or historic wetlands on their property, but will include useful information for public officials and anyone who is interested in learning more about resources available to conserve or restore wetlands.      

"The influence of water in our region is undeniable, and healthy fisheries and natural areas are a part of our River Country heritage," says Vic Eichler, chair of the Fabius Township Wetlands Committee. "The objective of the forum is to provide information and assistance to interested landowners to aid in the protection and restoration of area wetlands."

The push to conserve regional wetland resources was initiated by an EPA grant-funded study. The results of the study are available to local planners, conservation organizations, and drain officials to use in their daily work.

"The overarching goal is to conserve our most sensitive land and water resources, understanding the numerous functions they serve to mitigate storm events, store floodwaters, and filter polluted runoff, among others," says Geoffrey Cripe, land protection specialist with project partner Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy.

For more information and directions to Camp Eberhart, please visit here or call Geoffrey Cripe with the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy at (269) 324-1600.

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Pamela W. Larson, Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy

Stewards of Kleinstuck invite you to take a walk with a purpose

The Stewards of Kleinstuck invite the community to a celebration of the work that goes on to maintain the preserve and keep its ecosystem healthy. Guided walks, music and refreshments are all part of gathering from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22.

Throughout the year the Stewards of Kleinstuck, with the support of WMU, offer events to familiarize people with the preserve such as the Owl Prowl, Frog Walk, and the Spring Wildflower Walk. Each month there is a work day during which invasive species are removed and native species are planted.

For example, this year theBloodroot bloomed after the Stewards of Kleinstuck removed invasive garlic mustard and privet.

The 48-acre Kleinstuck Preserve is owned and managed by Western Michigan University. Its unique ecosystem is home to a wide variety of plants and animals and includes upland forest, swamp forest, shrub carr and marshland.

The property is open to the public for passive recreation and is used by WMU and other institutions for research and education.

Several neighbors and land management experts formed the Stewards of Kleinstuck in 2007 to get the community involved in restoring and maintaining Kleinstuck's ecological health, which had deteriorated through erosion and overgrown invasives. The Stewards' ultimate goal is to create a healthier, more diverse and beautiful ecosystem for the benefit of wildlife and the local community.

The Stewards also bring together people to help implement a management plan for the property developed with assistance from Nate Fuller, of the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy and a resident of Hillcrest neighborhood near Kleinstuck preserve.

The Sept. 22 celebration takes place rain or shine at the event on the grounds of the Kazoo School, 1401 Cherry St.

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Jacquelyn McShulskis, Stewards of Kleinstuck

Perrigo promotes Amanda Carter on tablet packaging team

Amanda Carter has been promoted as Operations Management Trainee for the tablet packaging team for Perrigo, in Allegan.  

Carter will shadow-train with the supervisors on the production floor to learn the operations management tasks.  

She has worked in tablet packaging for 17 years with Perrigo. During her tenure, she served as a blister packaging technician and an associate production engineer.   

Carter is a student at Davenport University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business management.  

She is an Allegan High School graduate and now lives in Allegan.  

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Rebecca Herrington, Perrigo

Helena's Boutique opens doors in Benton Harbor

Class started at 9 a.m. but Helen Adams was sitting in her seat at 8:30 a.m. That's how excited she was about learning how to run her own business. "I loved this class that much," she says.

Learning of the POWER program (Promoting Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs) from her sister-in-law, Margaret Adams, a Cornerstone Alliance Women's Business Center program manager, was the deciding moment for Helen Adams and her dream to have her own store.

She has spent most of her life helping her family and others as a housewife and pastor's wife, married to Rev. Albert Adams. "When you're in ministry you learn how to deal with people and I can apply that skill to this business," Helen Adams says.

She has been interested in fashion throughout her life and has previously worked in a boutique, among other jobs.

When asked about her decision to go into business for herself, the excitement rises in Adam's voice as she tells of the 11-week course that taught business finance, marketing, ways to talk to customers and others in business among a variety of topics.

"I gave up three big trips -- to Haiti, Florida and New York -- so I would not miss any of the classes," Adams says.

Graduates are eligible for financing to help get their business started.

Helena’s Boutique, 155 W. Main, in Benton Harbor next door to Whirlpool and across the street from the old State Theater is now open for business. The consignment store, which also accepts donations, has new and gently used clothing. It also offers plus sizes.

The motto of Helena's Boutique is "dress to impress" and she has the fashions to help her customers do that.

Some designer names Adams offers include Coach, Louis Vouitton, J. Renee, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, Linea, and Kate Spade.

The shop has clothing for women, men and children, plus accessories including jewelry, purses, scarves, hats, and shoes.  

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Helen Adams, Helena's Boutique

Comstock Township to be new location for Topsy Labs network operation center

A company that makes products to search, analyze and draw information from conversations and trends on sites like Twitter and Google+ has decided to locate a network operation center in Comstock Township.

The San Francisco-based Topsy Labs expects to create 35 new jobs. One job already being advertised says the company is looking for someone to provide support for Topsy's mission critical large scale infrastructure and application stack and be part of a team that monitors and troubleshoots technical issues.

Topsy Labs is expected to generate about $170,000 in new private investment in the area. The State of Michigan Strategic Fund has given a $350,000 incentive to the company for its location in Southwest Michigan. "We are grateful for the company’s decision and certain Topsy will quickly appreciate Michigan’s world class workforce,” says Michigan Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Michael A. Finney. 

Comstock Township will be offering tax abatements to the company. Topsy Labs considered locations in Canada before choosing the site in Comstock.


"We look forward to becoming part of a vibrant business center in this historic community,"  says Topsy Vice President of Operations David Berk.

Topsy gives consumers and businesses the power to explore any question or topic using the world’s largest index of real-time public social data. Many of the largest global brands, advertising agencies, media organizations, and technology companies use Topsy as their day-to-day social dashboard.

One of its services is to provide a strategy center where a company can analyze its presence in key geographic regions and markets. A company can look at the historical baseline for its social presence and compare it against that of its competitors. It can identify trends and issues before they go viral and locate key influencers to whom they want to reach out. 

“With Topsy in our midst, our region is now proudly home to the world’s only index of the public social web,” says Southwest Michigan First Chief Executive Officer Ron Kitchens.

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Borgess welcomes new doctors and physician assistants

In recent weeks Borgess Health has been adding a number of doctors and physcian assistants to its various locations across Southwest Michigan. Here are a some of them:

Duncan Chapman, MD, family medicine specialist, has joined Borgess ProMed Family Practice at the Woodbridge Hills location in Portage. Dr. Chapman is a member of the American Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians. He received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency at the University of Colorado. While at Wayne State University, he received the Gold Humanism Honors Society Award, given for “demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service.”

William Curtiss, MD, has joined Borgess Trauma and Emergency Surgery, and will be providing trauma, critical care, and general surgery services to the community. Dr. Curtiss received his medical degree from Wayne State University and fulfilled his residency at Providence Hospital and Medical Centers, where he served as Chief Resident from 2011 to 2012. He also completed fellowship training in surgical critical care through Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. Dr. Curtiss is a member of the American College of Surgeons, and the Society for Critical Care Medicine. He is also involved in the teaching of residents and medical students through the WesternMichigan University School of Medicine.

Premier Radiology has added K. Derek Kreitel, MD, and Alison Nohara, MD, to its highly specialized team. They will provide both neurointerventional and spine care for the community. 

Dr. Kreitel received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and fulfilled an internal medicine residency at the Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati. He completed a diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Virginia, and also completed both a diagnostic and neurointerventional radiology fellowship at the university. Dr. Kreitel holds memberships in the American Society of Neuroradiology, Radiological Society of North America, and Society of Neurointerventional Surgery.

Dr. Nohara received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, and completed a neurosurgery residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami. She also completed a radiology residency at Emory University in Atlanta, and followed up with fellowship training in both diagnostic and interventional radiology at the University of Virginia.

Borgess ProMed Family Practice has added Jennifer Owens, certified physician assistants (PA-C), to its growing family practice. Owens previously was a certified ophthalmic medical technologist at Haik Humble Eye Center in West Monroe, La. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Owens received a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Harding University in Searcy, Ark. She received Bachelor of Science degrees in Ophthalmic Medical Technology and Biology from the University of Arkansas.

Todd Ruiter, DO, is the newest member of Borgess Orthopedics, part of the Borgess Bone & Joint Institute. He specializes in hand, wrist and upper extremity care. Dr. Ruiter is a candidate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. He completed his surgery residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in Queens, NY. This was followed by fellowship training in hand, wrist and microsurgery at the CMKI Institute at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky. In addition to his medical training, Dr. Ruiter served for three years as a flight surgeon with the U.S. Army, including one year with the 82nd Airborne prior to his residency training. Borgess Orthopedics is located at 2490 S. 11th Street in Kalamazoo.

Borgess ProMed Family Practice has added Katherine Schultz, certified physician assistants (PA-C), to its growing family practice. Schultz joins ProMed Family Practice after serving as a PA-C with Family Health Center in Kalamazoo and the Borgess Heart Center for Excellence. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and is also a member of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. She received a Master of Science degree in Medicine-Physician Assistant Studies from Western Michigan University.

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Michael Smith, Borgess Health 


Bronson to open new post-acute care facility in Mattawan

A new facility specializing in rehabilitation and skilled nursing care will open in mid-September at 23332 Red Arrow Highway in Mattawan.

Bronson Commons is intended to meet a growing need in the area for a place where adults of all ages can continue care and recovery after leaving the hospital.

It is built to serve 100 patients, who will all have private rooms. It was built to replace the Bronson Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Lawton. That facility is being sold and redeveloped as an assisted living community.  

Approximately 90 patients and 162 employees from the Lawton facility will move to Bronson Commons the week of Sept.16.

Bronson Commons will provide short-term nursing care and therapy in a facility specifically designed for patients who need more assistance following illness, injury or hospitalization.  

The medical team includes physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners onsite daily through the week, along with a skilled nursing team devoted to bridging the transition between inpatient care and home. Bronson Commons also has a unit devoted to residential long-term care, with a focus on providing a secure, homelike environment to adults with dementia.

Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, complex wound and ostomy care, post-operative rehabilitation, IV management, chronic disease management, psychiatry, hearing, podiatry, dental and optical services all will be provided.  

Private insurance plans, as well as Medicare and Medicaid are accepted.

Bronson Commons, designed by architects Kingscott Associates and Post Associates, has many built-in conveniences, a number of which are being provided through donor support, which has contributed more than $350,000 to enhance the patient rooms and healing spaces at Bronson Commons.

Indoors, there are multiple places for patients and family members to gather and visit including a vibrant cafe in the heart of the facility and an adjacent library. Artwork by area artists is displayed in patient rooms and hallways and large windows bring in natural light and views of the woodlands. Each patient room has a comfortable bed and seating area and 42-inch flat screen TV. There is WiFi throughout.

Outdoors, there are three courtyards to enjoy. Each courtyard has walking paths along with seating areas and a variety of plantings. In order to enhance patient privacy, each patient room with a window to the courtyard is at an angle to every other room so that no windows directly face each other. The courtyards and cafe will be open to the public.

For more information about patient care services at Bronson Commons, call (269) 283-5200.

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Candice Elders, Bronson Healthcare

Urban Cottage to have eclectic home furnishings and more

At Urban Cottage they say many of their home furnishings tell a story -- either in its design or that of the designer. It's a story that will continue in the homes of those who buy Urban Cottage furnishings, accents and gifts.

Customers will find that with each visit they’ll discover something new and some surprises, says says Jessica Davis, who is the brains behind the store.

Davis was born and raised in West Michigan and a big fan of Downtown Kalamazoo. She says it was important to her the store be located in the downtown district because she feels that the energy of the area reflects the artistic style of their store.

The store will feature a multitude of cool, furniture and gifts for the home--from vintage chairs and dressers to funky glassware and lamps.

What is one of those stories the items sold tell? "We just made a trip to Mexico where we met a young lady and her mother, and we brought back some beautiful linens. We’ll also be showcasing products made by artists a little closer to home," Davis says.

In addition to home furnishings and unique accents, Urban Cottage will also be offering staging and decorating services along with regular in-store events that feature themed design tips and specials throughout the store.

Urban Cottage opens Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 166 Kalamazoo Mall. Its hours will be  10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; and noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Jessica Davis, Urban Cottage

Matt Lynn takes Regional Director role for United Way

Matt Lynn has been named the regional Director of Community of Impact for United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region (UWBCKR).
 
Lynn formerly served as Director of Community Impact for United Way in Battle Creek.
 
In his expanded role, Lynn will lead the organization’s work with staff, volunteers and community partners as they mobilize and target resources in the areas of education, income and health.
 
Lynn has been with the Battle Creek United Way for seven years. 
 
He also has a great deal of experience in education, counseling, youth development, career development and neighborhood revitalization, as well as community organizing and street outreach for youth in Chicago, New York City, Detroit, Flint, Albion and Battle Creek. 
 
Lynn, a recognized community leader has received a Leadership Award from the Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce for his work with the Battle Creek Leadership Challenge.
 
Lynn received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Albion College in 1996 and Masters of Public Administration from Western Michigan University in 2001. He is married and has three children.
 
UWBCKR President and CEO Michael Larson says Lynn "brings considerable knowledge, capabilities and strong relationships across the region that will enhance our community partnerships and build momentum in meaningful ways."

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Chris Riker, United Way
 

WMU to offer concentration in health field for MBA's

Western Michigan University students who are working on a master's degree in business administration now have the option of doing so with a concentration in healthcare.

The program is designed for those who want to be leaders or managers in healthcare.

Available beginning the fall of 2013, the MBA degree with a concentration in healthcare is earned by taking between 36 and 48 credit hours, depending on prerequisites.

Nine hours are electives and will be chosen from courses offered by the Haworth College of Business and other colleges on campus offering courses with a healthcare focus.

Dr. Satish Deshpande, associate dean of operations and graduate programs, says the MBA program is not just for business students anymore.

"There is a huge need for healthcare management--the business side of healthcare,"  Deshpande says. "The healthcare system needs leaders who understand the business aspect. There are doctors who are now receiving their MBA degrees. You do not have to have studied business in the past to earn your MBA. Many doctors are now leaders in the business world."

That's why WMU plans to offer a dual doctor of medicine and master of business administration degree starting in fall 2014 when the university's medical school enrolls students.

"Today's healthcare executives realize that to succeed in today's rapidly changing business climate they need to be able to manage regulatory business challenges and positively impact their organizations," says Barb Caras-Tomczak, MBA program coordinator. "The expertise gained by program participants will make them attractive hires for leadership positions in healthcare firms."

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Cindy Wagner, Western Michigan University

 
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