Notable News for January 2020
Christopher Miller Achieves SIOR Designation
Martin has announced that 15-year veteran Christopher Miller has achieved the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, or SIOR, designation. Real estate professionals who earn the SIOR designation are recognized as the most capable and experienced brokerage practitioners in any market.
The elite group of 3,300 members worldwide is unchallenged for excellence in the performance of real estate services and are universally recognized as the prerequisite in selection of a commercial real estate broker, agent or consultant.
Miller has an extensive background in commercial real estate in both investment and industrial segments. Using this experience, Miller has closed a variety of transactions for his clients, whether sales/leases, investment sales or sale leasebacks.
New COO Brings Commitment to Service to McLaren Greater Lansing
McLaren Greater Lansing’s new chief operating officer wants you to know he is serious about service. “I’m laser-focused on service,” said Jay E. de los Reyes, MSHA, MBA. “Whether it’s the patients, their family or our staff, I want their experience to be second to none at McLaren.”
Reyes has a proven track record of success at every organization he’s been a part of, and he joins McLaren Greater Lansing at an exciting time as the future of health care is being built with a new state-of-the-art health care campus. His immense skill set and experience will be an integral part of McLaren Greater Lansing’s continued success well into the future.
Reyes’ commitment to community is well-established, with experience serving as a board member for multiple organizations, including the United Way of St. Clair County and the St. Clair County Child Abuse/Neglect Council. “No matter where I’ve been it’s been paramount to me to make sure that the community knows I have a vested interest in impacting the delivery of care,” said Reyes.
Burcham Hills’ Management Company Ranked No. 1 In J.D. Power Study
Burcham Hills and its expansion, StoneBriar at Burcham Hills, managed by Life Care Services, have announced that its management company ranked highest in customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Senior Living Study. Burcham Hills and StoneBriar at Burcham Hills officials said they are proud to be a part of Life Care Services, which achieved the highest score in all seven study factors: resident services and activities; community staff; food and beverage; new resident orientation; resident cost; community and grounds; and resident apartment unit. Life Care Services, the nation’s second-largest senior living operator, scored 843 on a 1,000-point scale, a full 49 index points above the second-highest performing senior living organization.
“Our company is committed to providing the resources for communities to deliver an exceptional resident experience driven by innovation, signature programs and quality services. The J.D. Power award represents the voice of the senior living customer, and I can’t think of a more important voice than that of the residents we serve,” said Joel Nelson, president and CEO of LCS, the parent company for Life Care Services. “Burcham Hills employees have a passion for serving seniors, and their dedication to its residents continually inspires me.”
Loomis Law Ranked Among Best Law Firms
The Lansing law firm of Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting received a ranking in the 2020 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”
In addition, the following attorneys were named to Midwest Real Estate Magazine’s “Best of the Best” issue for 2019 as leading real estate-related lawyers for Michigan: Sara L. Cunningham, Jeffrey L. Green, Paula K. Manis, Michael G. Oliva, Michael H. Rhodes, Kevin J. Roragen, Ted S. Rozeboom and Jeffrey St. Theuer.
McLaren Greater Lansing Adds New Safety and Security Measures
McLaren Greater Lansing is adding new safety and security measures to help ensure patient safety and care. The phrase “call don’t fall” is prominently displayed above a patient’s bed so they can see it and remember to page their care team first to stay safe. New placemats are being used throughout the hospital that signify a patient’s food allergies.
McLaren Greater Lansing also is rolling out new signs in each room that give clear guidelines to caregivers, patients and their families on acceptable language and policies for recording and taking photographs inside the hospital.
Security staff also will be increased during specific hours to ensure there is an officer present at a central entrance point. To do this, the emergency department entrance will be the only point of entry from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. McLaren Greater Lansing also has a dedicated K-9 officer that can handle a variety of situations along with its handler.
“The safety of our patients, visitors and staff is our top priority,” said Kirk Ray, McLaren Greater Lansing president and CEO.
Sparrow Earns an ‘A’ for Patient Safety
Sparrow Hospital has earned an “A” for patient safety in a spring 2019 scorecard of 2,600 hospitals nationwide. This reflects the hospital’s commitment to quality and safety and meeting the needs of every patient.
The Leapfrog Group prepares the Hospital Safety Score, which grades a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. As a patient-centered health care delivery system, Sparrow continues to take great strides in patient safety by investing in new technology and new procedures. This Leapfrog grade is an outcome of the efforts of many caregivers.
The Hospital Safety Score is determined by analyzing national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey; the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement.
A through F grades are assigned based on 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data. The Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital, as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA.
Bekum America Breaks Ground on New Facility, Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Bekum America Corp. has broken ground on a new facility at its Williamston headquarters, ahead of the 40th anniversary celebration which was Nov. 26 at the Brookshire Inn and Golf Club. Company owner Michael Mehnert traveled to Williamston from Germany for the celebration.
“This is a historic week for Bekum America,” said Steve London, COO and president of Bekum America Corp. “The groundbreaking on our new facility was a great kickoff to our 40th anniversary celebration with our dedicated employees. The Bekum team has continually been providing state-of-the-art products for our clients, and this event is the perfect opportunity to celebrate all the individuals who complete Bekum.”
Bekum America is North America’s leading provider of blow molding technology, with two Bekum leaders inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame. The anniversary celebration honored the hard work and unwavering dedication the team has contributed to the plastic manufacturing industry.
Ingham County Treatment Courts Foundation Announces New Leadership
Ingham County Undersheriff Andy Bouck has been named president of the Ingham County Treatment Court Foundation. The announcement was shared at the organization’s annual fundraising breakfast Oct. 25.
The foundation supports local treatment courts and their participants by providing funding to alleviate everyday financial obstacles that may hinder a participant’s progress, such as assisting with substance abuse counseling fees, transportation costs, drug screenings and any other needs that threaten their ability to finish the intensive court-ordered program.
Having policed in Ingham County for more than 25 years, Bouck brings unique perspective and firsthand experience to the life-changing value the treatment courts bring enrollees, “I have the experience of being involved on the front lines, on the streets, watching it through the sheriff’s office as the participants are in our correctional facilities. It is uplifting to be involved in the treatment and recovery process. When I get to attend graduation and know the graduates have a new chance at life, it is a success story,” said Bouck. “Your contributions are funding a multidisciplinary approach and you’re impacting lives for the better.”
Allegra Honored with Top Sales Award
Lansing’s Allegra Marketing Print Mail was recently recognized with the Sales Growth Award, given to the top 10 businesses in the Alliance Franchise Brands international network of 600 marketing and print services providers. This marks the third time the Lansing business has received the recognition.
“This award represents our team’s continued determination and persistence in helping local businesses and nonprofits reach their audiences with engaging cross-channel marketing and print communications,” said Angie Lewis, partner and general manager of Allegra Lansing. “We work to be true solutions providers through collaboration and partnership with our clients, so they can continue to grow and have a positive impact on their local business communities.”
Allegra, 5731 Enterprise Drive, is a full-service marketing communications provider with in-house capabilities including graphic design services as well as advanced printing technologies including full-color printing, personalized printing, and posters and banners. Allegra also offers graphic design, commercial mailing services, promotional products and print management solutions.
Allegra is a member of the Alliance Franchise Brands network, which is a world leader in marketing, graphics and visual communications, linking more than 600 locations in North America.
Community Foundation Executive VP Named to the Michigan Avenue Corridor Improvement Authority Board
The Lansing City Council has appointed Community Foundation Executive Vice President Laurie Strauss Baumer to the board of directors of the Michigan Avenue Corridor Improvement Authority.
Baumer will serve a three-year term on the authority’s board of directors. The authority was formed in 2009 by the Lansing City Council with the goal to correct and prevent deterioration in the business district, redevelop the East Michigan Avenue commercial corridor and promote economic growth.
Baumer brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, strategic skills and passion for placemaking initiatives to help create a vibrant urban core for the region.
“I am honored by the opportunity to serve on the MACIA board of directors,” said Baumer. “MACIA’s goals closely align with the Community Foundation’s strategic focus on placemaking along the Michigan Avenue corridor, including downtown riverfront development, to attract and retain talent for regional economic growth. I look forward to expanding my work on the corridor in this new capacity.”
Okemos High School Students Plant 20 Trees at Central Park South
Students from the Okemos High School Action Club planted 20 trees in Meridian Township’s Central Park South. Meridian Township was awarded a $2,000 grant to purchase the trees.
Consumer Energy’s Community Tree Planting Grant Program provides funds to local municipalities with tree-planting projects that focus on appropriate selection of tree species and planting locations on public land. The tree species and locations were selected with care by Meridian Township staff. One requirement of the grant is factoring in power lines and underground utilities when selecting tree species and locations, so they are the “right tree, right place.”
Meridian Township’s Park Naturalist Kelsey Dillon coordinated the project with the students. “They braved a cold, cloudy day and did a fantastic job,” said Dillon. “We try our best to engage students to participate in our park projects whenever we can. We’re very lucky to have such dedicated volunteers in our local schools.”
The new trees will be providing both an aesthetic and environmental value along the entrance of Central Park South, where more projects are slated for completion in 2020. The Central Meridian Regional Trail Connector, Large Dog Park and Marketplace on the Green all are expected to open next year and will be great additions to Meridian Township’s park system.
Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC Promotes Pfeifle to Partner
Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC announced effective Jan.1, Julie M. Pfeifle has been promoted to a partner in the firm’s Greater Lansing office.
Pfeifle has over 15 years of accounting and tax experience. Pfeifle is an experienced tax professional and has led engagements for a diverse client base including not-for-profit organizations, insurance companies, closely held businesses, trusts, estates and individuals.
“Julie joined the firm 15 years ago and has been an asset to AHP and our clients. We value her technical expertise, attention to client service and leadership style. She’ll be a beneficial addition to the partner group, and we’re happy to have her as a leader and role model in our firm,” said managing partner, William J. Mulders Jr.
Pfeifle is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. She is a member and past president of the Williamston Rotary Club and treasurer for the Woldumar Nature Center. Internally, Pfeifle often presents at tax-related trainings and is the firm’s certified public accountant exam coordinator.
Wayfair to Bring Over 500 Jobs to Meridian Township
The Lansing Economic Area Partnership on behalf of the region and site selection group on behalf of Wayfair, will create a new Wayfair customer service center at 4700 S. Hagadorn Road in Meridian Township. The announcement comes after over a year of market data analysis, site visits and strategic discussions, led by the LEAP and site selection group.
“Meridian Township is a growing community with prime schools, neighborhoods and businesses and provides outstanding service to its residents. Meridian welcomes Wayfair and the 500 employees it plans to bring to the township,” said Meridian Township Supervisor Ronald J. Styka.
Wayfair will be revamping and leasing 62,000 square feet of office space from the Eyde Co.
“I am thrilled that such a recognizable, national brand chose Meridian Township for their expansion site,” said Meridian Township Economic Development Director Chris Buck. “Providing a high volume of credible jobs to recent graduates of Michigan State University, Lansing Community College and other institutions will go a long way in retaining much-needed talent in Michigan.
The Michigan Economic Development Corp. contributed to the project by approving over $2 million in grants to assist in Wayfair’s job creation and investment.
Wayfair looks to begin hiring in the first half of 2020, expanding its award-winning team and culture in the Lansing region.