Spectrum Leapfrogs towards greatness

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital received an “A” grade for patient safety in the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The “A” ranking places the Ludington hospital among the safest hospitals in the United States and repeats the group’s highest ranking, which the hospital also received in the fall of 2016. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is one of 823 hospitals nationwide to receive Leapfrog’s highest rating for patient safety. Randy Kelley, president of Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital said, “I congratulate all concerned for this achievement. It reflects the fine performance of our medical and clinical staff, and underscores their commitment to sustained excellence in patient outcomes.” To see Ludington Hospital’s full grade, and to access tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit


A new Large role

The Community Foundation for Muskegon County (CFMC) has announced Andrea D. Large as Executive Director for the Community Foundation for Mason County upon the retirement of Jeanne Oakes, June 30, 2017.

Andrea D. Large is currently the Superintendent of Ludington Area Schools and has filled this role since July of 2013. She will begin her new role as executive director in July. Prior to her appointment as Superintendent, she served as Principal of Franklin Elementary School for twelve years. Her additional 13 years of educational experiences include a year at Mason County Schools as Principal, three years in Hart Public Schools as Counselor and Principal and she taught 4th Grade at Grosbeak ISD in Texas.


Andrea Large

“I am honored to work collaboratively with individuals and organizations in our community to continue the legacy of giving that Mike and Jeanne Oakes have created through their work with Community Foundation for Mason County,” said Ms. Large.


Commission recieves reports and approves budget increase

The Mason County Board of commissioners met last night at the Mason County Courthouse. The meeting opened with correspondences from the DEQ approving amendments of adding Wexford county to the Mason County Solid Waste management plan.Mary Reilly presented the 2016 building planning and zoning annual report. She noted an increase in building investments in the form of new homes, pole buildings and remodels with the change in economy.


The commission approved Judge Nellis to fill 2 positions in the probate court office early to allow for staff training.A part time position was also approved for the Mason County Airport to take over the duties previously handled by the retiring Dave Johnson and Mason County Aviation.

Doreen Dunblazer was honored for her work in the Mason County Prosecutor's office as a legal assistant, crime victims advocate and support specialist.A request to purchase a computer from the equipment replacement fund for the Sheriff's computer forensic investigator was approved.Dave Johnson was honored for his outstanding work at the Mason County Airport. Airport discussion continued with the approval to purchase a tractor and mower for the airport.  


An increase by 3.14% in the budget was approved. Services provided by the county are expected to remain the same with the increase. The meeting conclude with the approval of Point & Pay as the new credit card payment service. This change was requested by Mason County Treasurer Andrew Kmetz in an effort to provide better payment services to the public.

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