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Spectrum receives Healthgrade award

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is a recipient of the Healthgrades  2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award.

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This award recognizes Spectrum among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data. “Two of our primary focus areas are patient safety and patient experience,” said Randall L. Kelley, FACHE. “The fact that our hospital has achieved this recognition for the second straight year is highly significant. It demonstrates that our medical and clinical staffs are not only successfully implementing our safety protocols, but also consistently applying them over time.”

Scottville considers fiduciary role for Harvest Festival

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The Scottville city commission will hear a request today from the newly formed Harvest Festival board to act as a fiduciary until the board can complete the necessary steps to become an independent 501c3 non-profit organization. The Scottville Harvest festival for 2017 was cancelled in order to better prepare and become a more fiscally sustainable event.  The Scottville City commission meeting will occur at 5:30pm tonight.

Distracted Driving legislation introduced

Jim Santilli, chief executive officer of the Transportation Improvement Association, and State Rep. Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) Friday announced distracted driving legislation they've designed with the goal of reducing fatalities, injuries, and traffic crashes in Michigan. "When operating a motor vehicle, we all have a personal responsibility to protect our life and the lives of the innocent people traveling around us at all times," said Santilli. "No text message, social media update, internet search, or any other distraction is worth putting a life in jeopardy.”

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If this legislation is signed into law, a driver may use a portable electronic device in hands-free mode as long as the driver can activate or deactivate a function on the portable electronic device with a single swipe or tap of their finger. The portable electronic device must also be safely mounted on the windshield, dashboard, or center console in a manner that does not hinder the driver's view of the road.

Construction impacts hospital entrances

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The reconstruction of Lawndale St., beginning Friday, March 31 and continuing into June, will be carried out while allowing access for patients and staff to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.The construction team will keep the north entrance to the hospital, at Sherman St., open as long as possible, but at some point construction there will begin.  Patients and visitors to the Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital campus are encouraged to use the Ludington Ave. (US 10) entrance.

VanderWall career tech bill passes

On Thursday, the house passed a four-bill package, including legislation Rep. Curt Vanderwall sponsored, to provide more flexibility in the Michigan Merit Curriculum to allow for more paths to career technical education programs. Vanderwall spoke in Lansing about the purpose of his bill, “Ultimately, who knows better than the parent, the school and the child where they want to go and if foreign language doesn’t fit into their career path, they need that option, and that what this bill does.”

Vanderwall also spoke about the impact he foresees this bill having on the community. “We went through a period of time where we put people on a career path to go to college, and we’ve swung the pendulum so far that now we have great sustaining career family jobs in our local communities that allow our kids, especially the kids in my district to remain near their family, raise their families and have great sustaining jobs with a great pay scale.”

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Currently, Michigan merit standards allow for one foreign language course requirement to be met by completing a career/technical education (CTE) or visual/performing arts course to graduate high school. VanderWall’s bill, House Bill 4316, removes the 2021 expiration date and allows students to continue having this option.

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