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Northern Michigan Hospital joins McLaren Health Care

PETOSKY — Northern Michigan Regional Hospital has joined Flint-based McLaren Health Care, effective immediately.

Northern Michigan becomes the 10th hospital in the McLaren system and expands the total service area of McLaren Health Care to 54 counties statewide.

The process to evaluate a relationship began with a letter of intent in July. The letter of intent committed both parties to negotiate exclusively and confidentially, precluding discussion with other potential partners. With the due diligence process complete, the Boards of Trustees at both organizations have voted to unanimously approve this new relationship, whereby Northern Michigan Regional Hospital joins a network of nine other Michigan hospitals as a subsidiary of McLaren Health Care.

“This is a tremendous day for our hospital, and most importantly, for the communities we serve. Today, we strengthen the future of Northern Michigan Regional Hospital, retaining local control while joining forces with one of the top 25 integrated healthcare systems in the United States,” said Reezie DeVet, president and CEO of Northern Michigan Regional Hospital.

With more than $4 billion in annual revenue and 2011 double “A” credit ratings from both Moody’s Investor Services and Fitch Ratings, McLaren Health Care has sustained a revenue growth rate of 20 percent per year for nearly 20 years.— G.G.

Business seminar set

FLINT — If you’ve been thinking about starting a business, or recently started one, you’re encouraged to attend a free “Fundamentals of Starting a Business” workshop offered by the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center.

Classes are offered periodically at Kettering University in Flint and the Lapeer campus of Mott Community College as well as other locations around the state.

This two-hour introductory seminar covers readiness to be in business, market research and making sure there is market potential for your product or service.

The following classes are scheduled in Flint: Feb. 2, 5-7 p.m.; Feb. 21, 9-11 a.m.; March 8, 1-3 p.m.; and March 20, 9-11 a.m. The following are scheduled in Lapeer at MCC: Jan. 23, 9-11 a.m.; Feb. 13, 9-11 a.m.; and March 12, 9- 11 a.m.

Online registration and workshop information is available at: training. Details: Call 810-762-9660. — G.G.

Cleaners to donate unclaimed clothing to charity

FLINT — Currently Diamond Cleaners is trying to contact the customers who did not pick up their items six months after the cleaning, alteration or repair work has been completed.

Many of customers’ contact information is changed or not connected.

At the end of January, Diamond Cleaners may donate unclaimed garments to a charity. So someone who dropped off items but did not return to pick them up should call 810-238- 8493. — G.G.

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