Hurley Children’s Hospital celebrates surprise donation to #SantaCares campaign

FLINT — Hurley Children’s Hospital partnered with several local credit unions to launch the #SantaCares Campaign during the holidays in 2019. In a surprise announcement, CO-OP Financial Services has announced a $10,000 donation towards this effort. CO-OP Financial Services ( is a payment and financial technology company whose mission is ensuring the success of the credit union movement. Prior to […]

McLaren Flint welcomes new physicians

FLINT — McLaren Flint welcomes five new physicians to its staff. They include: Dr. Farouk Belal, Dr. Peter Sabbagh, Dr. Shaheen Alanee, Dr. Christian Hyde and Dr. Mustafa H. Hassan. Farouk Belal, MD, FACC, FSCAI, is an interventional cardiologist who is board certified in both cardiology and interventional cardiology and specializes in peripheral vascular disease. Belal is seeing patients at […]

Unemployment numbers dropped in Michigan during November

GENESEE COUNTY — The recall of workers on layoff due a strike in the automotive sector contributed to a reduction in the number of unemployed in Michigan in November 2019, according to the Flint & Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. The impact was particularly strong locally where Genesee County’s unemployment rate declined by a full percentage point to 3.8 percent […]

Chrome & Ice car show set to return in February

GENESEE COUNTY — The fifth annual Chrome & Ice indoor car show is set to return Feb. 7, 8 and 9, and, according to organizers, this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever. Sponsored by General Motors and brought to you by Dort Financial Credit Union, with special thanks to ABC12, Chrome & Ice will feature more than […]

New Year to bring new emergency department to Genesee, Livingston counties

FLINT — McLaren Fenton, McLaren’s location at 2420 Owen Rd., is in the second phase of a major makeover that will change health care for southern Genesee and Northern Livingston County residents. The first phase is now complete and involved the renovation of one-half of the building to update the office space for several physician practices, imaging services, including 3-D […]

FCCC and FIM enter into a memorandum of understanding

FLINT — Governing representatives of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation and the Flint Institute of Music signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to proceed with examining and evaluating a potential consolidation of programmatic and operational responsibilities to FIM from the FCCC. During the period of the MOU, FIM will assume the day-to-day operations and programming of both The Whiting and […]

McLaren Flint welcomes neurological surgeon

FLINT — Mahesh Karandikar MD, a board-certified neurological surgeon, has joined the medical staff at McLaren Flint. Dr. Karandikar is seeing patients at Insight Institute of Neurosurgery & Neuroscience, 4800 South Saginaw St., Suite 1800. Karandikar completed a fellowship in Spine at John Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, MD and another fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh […]

In brief

State Land Bank joins others to learn more about affordable housing options LANSING — The availability of affordable housing in Michigan is in short supply. Housing entities in both the public and private sector are working toward reducing this deficit and Michigan-based Champion Homes, a leader in the manufactured housing industry and one of the largest modular home builders in […]

New thrift store opening second location at Genesee Valley Center

FLINT TWP. — A new store opening in Genesee Valley Center is all about the experience – a unique shopping experience for customers and the opportunity for area students to gain experience running a business. Allen Ryckman, owner of Community Threads of Fenton, is opening a second location, Experience Community Threads, in early February in the former Forever 21 space […]

McLaren, Ascension Genesys make changes to visitor policy due to widespread flu

GENESEE COUNTY — For the safety of patients, visitors and staff, McLaren Flint and Ascension Genesys are implementing temporary visitor restrictions to limit the spread of influenza and other respiratory infections. Influenza is currently reported as widespread across the state of Michigan. Visitors, especially children, may not know they have the flu. They may not be showing flu symptoms and […]

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