Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital announces new president.

Tuesday, Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital has named Randall L. Kelley, as its new president. Randall Kelley has a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Michigan. He is also a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).“I’m incredibly pleased about the opportunity at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital,” said Kelley. “It’s a fine facility in one of the country’s top health systems and a very appealing area of the state. I also look forward to building relationships with community members in Ludington and the surrounding area as well as with colleagues across the Spectrum Health system.” He will officially assume his new role on September 26.

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Paddle board accident leads to death of 10 year old

Monday afternoon, 10 yr old Hannah Harris from Lansing was using a paddle board North of Charles Mears State Park and Pentwater Pier when she fell into the water.  According to a press release from the Oceana County Sherriff's Office, an emergency call was made at 3:47p.m. Hannah was located approximately a half hour later while first responders were still on their way.   Pentwater Police Officer Schultz was the first on scene and began CPR.  Several other agencies responded to the scene to assist although they were unable to revive Hannah. She was not wearing a life jacket.  

Agencies involved included Pentwater Police, Pentwater Fire, Pentwater First Responders, Oceana E.M.S., Michigan D.N.R., State Police, Oceana County Sheriff's, Oceana County Victim's Assistance Advocates.

WSCC Board of Trustees discuss accreditation and enrollment

The West Shore Community College Board of trustees met last night. Paul Smogoleski was celebrated as employee of the semester. “Politics” was cited as the hold up for the Michigan Community College association report. An Art donation to the college was gratefully accepted. The 50th anniversary spotlight reviewed West Shores relationship with the Career Technical program and the benefit that the partnership contributes to the community. Enrollment has risen overall. Inclusion of Dual enrollment students raised questions regarding what should be reflected in enrollment numbers. As the meetinging came to a close, President Kenneth Urban explained the Higher learning Commission's offer of a choice to change West Shores accreditation from AQIP  to Open Pathways. President Urban said that the staff were supportive of this 10 yr commitment to change accreditation to Open Pathways.

Concert Series benefits local school music programs

For the 5th year in a row, a portion of the proceeds from the Rhythm & Dunes concerts coordinated by West Shore Bank is being donated to music programs at local area schools. Donations from this year's concert series totaled at $10,500.  With the money received, Mason County Eastern is once again able to offer a k-12 music program after a 4 year hiatus. Mason County Central intends to update the color guard uniforms and flags as well as help kids with costs related to being in band and choir.  Ludington intends to get new sheet music, as well as cover the cost of maintenance and repair on school-owned instruments. Raymond A. Biggs, President and CEO of West Shore Bank said “West Shore Bank is proud to support and make a difference in our communities and our schools.  It’s an honor to come together with our friends and neighbors to celebrate and support music education for our local students.”ConcertBenefitsSchools

Board of Commissioners approve brownfield and celebrate a retirement

The Mason County Board of Commissioners met yesterday morning. Mason- Lake Conservation District Manger Jordan DeVries informed the board of current activity with conservation efforts. He reported a successful Household hazardous waste collection, noting that they received 9900 more pounds than expected. With the recommendation from Amber Township, Commissioners approved of the brownfield redevelopment plan for the Holiday Inn Express Project. Previously voted upon mileages were approved and accepted by the board as well as several expenses for the Sheriff's Office. The board became joval when Curt Vanderwall honored Loretta Gallies 10 years of dedication to the county. Gallie is retiring from the Mason County Equalization office. The meeting concluded with reports from the Treasurer, Clerk and Administrator.

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