In 2003 when scouting United Hospital as a potential candidate for joining the Spectrum Health system, then vice president of strategic planning and development Tina Freese-Decker knew the hospital was headed in the right direction. Eight years later she joined United, now part of Spectrum, as its president and after three years is turning the reigns over to a longtime business partner.
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Chemotherapy is a long, grueling and dreaded process for countless patients who give every ounce of strength in their body to stay on the road to recovery while battling against the deadly disease of cancer. But thanks to two local organizations who came together with donations for the Spectrum Health United Cancer Center, a little bit of comfort will be available in the form of iPads that will now be available for patients during their chemotherapy sessions.
As a coveted Machel-Mandela intern at a foundation focused on economic growth in Africa, Madelynne Wager was recently honored as one of the most impactful young people on international affairs. Wager, who graduated from Greenville High School in 2009, has spent the last five months in South Africa working with policy makers to form ideas to help encourage economic growth on the continent.
Legislation is pending in the Michigan State Senate which will require school districts statewide to implement an additional lockdown drill in place of a fire drill. Local school officials say the change will be relatively easy to implement and beneficial for students.
Friendships can come in all different shapes and sizes, but few are like the relationship between Bree Town and Lola DeYoung, two Greenville girls diagnosed with different forms of leukemia. It’s a friendship founded on understanding — the understanding each has of the hardships the other goes through, something few other friendships have. And even fewer are as strong.
The Greenville Performing Arts Center suffered minor wind and water damage, causing at least one event to be postponed, after strong winds and heavy rain swept through the area Sunday evening. Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Peter Haines said a large amount of rain poured into the auditorium and onto the wooden stage after a large portion of the rubber roof membrane was peeled back during the storm, which also knocked out power to more than 2,000 people in Montcalm County.
It’s been longer than two decades since Montcalm Township residents have heard the wailing of a siren warning them of severe weather in the area. Now township officials have committed to wiring the township with several signals by purchasing the first one.
Hundreds of area residents were able to rub elbows with business owners and their staff members as more than 50 businesses were present during the Greenville Expo 2013, held Wednesday at Greenville High School. “That’s a really good aspect of (the expo), I think,” said Mary Mitchell, who attended the event. “We get to meet people we don’t know.”
There’s a hard-edged romance that rides shotgun with drivers of the big rigs rolling across the ribbons of concrete that make up America’s highway system. The open road, the freedom, a life unchained from the desk, the cubicle, the office; it’s a dream only a few ever realize. Of course, those who actually pilot an 18-wheeler will no doubt tell you it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, that every job has its downside.
For three years, Kristin Ritter has been looking for the perfect home for her and her two young sons, but for one reason or another it just didn’t happen. That is until Habitat for Humanity stepped in. Now, Ritter and her sons, Gaige, 8, and Cailix, 4, are awaiting the construction of their new home, a two-story, three-bedroom home on West South Street in Greenville — definitely a step up from their crowded apartment.