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Easing the processBill sparked by potentialMCMC-Spectrum mergerpasses Michigan Senate
By Nico RubelloPioneer Staff WriterLANSING – Legislationdesigned to ease a potentialmerger between MecostaCounty Medical Centerand Spectrum Health wasunanimously passed by theMichigan Senate on Thursday.The legislation would amendthe state requirement thatmandates a nonproﬁt hospitalmust create a separate legaland nonproﬁt entity into which a publicly-ownedhospital can merge. The bill would allow MCMC – whichis owned by Mecosta County – to merge directly into theSpectrum Health network,should the merger be approved by the Mecosta County Boardof Commissioners in thesummer of 2011.“That would have been very expensive and would involvedmany lawyers,” said state Sen.Tom George, R-Kalamazoo, who voted in favor of thelegislation. “(The bill) doesn’tmake the merger happen itself.It just makes it easier for itoccur, should the boards of both entities wish to merge.”If approved, the merger isexpected to become ofﬁcialon July 1, 2011. There was noopposition to the bill in theSenate.“This is way to streamlinethe process to help make afriendly merger take place that will beneﬁt Mecosta County,”said Sen. Michelle McManus,R-Lake Leelanau, whosedistrict includes MecostaCounty.The legislation now headsto the state House of Representatives. If approved,Spectrum Health estimatedthat the measure would saveapproximately $300,000 onthe merger. The Grand Rapids- based health system operatesfacilities in several WestMichigan cities, including twoin Reed City. The estimatedcosts would include legalfees and consultant expensesincurred to create a separateentity with its own tax identity.The legislation won’t justapply to the MCMC-Spectrummerger, but rather integration between all municipal healthfacilities and nonproﬁt healthsystems. The legislation also would establish guidelinesand requirements for theintegration process.“This is a friendly merger asthe medical center in MecostaCounty approached Spectrumabout the possibility of forming a partnership,” saidthe bill’s sponsor, Sen. BillHardiman, R-Kentwood, ina statement. “The legislation would allow the two facilitiesto merge without extensivelegal fees and ﬁlings. Themoney saved could be used forpatient care instead.”
A Big Opportunity ForSmall Contractors
(NAPSI)-There is good newsfor small businesses lookingfor contracting opportunities.The Small Business Administration (SBA) is working to make sure small businesses get their fair shareof contracting opportunitiesresulting from the 2009Recovery Act.The Recovery Act of 2009requires all the federalagencies to provideopportunities for small businesses to compete forcontracts. To make sure thatsmall businesses are aware of existing opportunities and how to take advantage of them, theSBA is working with its districtofﬁces to provide informationand guidance.For example, while theRecovery Act is a federalprogram, the projects funded by the act will, in many cases, be administered at the stateor local level, with the fundsprovided directly to state andlocal governments.To be competitive, contractorsmust be “contract ready.” Thismeans they must be registeredand certiﬁed to do business with the state and local entitiesawarding the contracts andfamiliar with their procedures. All federal governmentcontracting opportunitiesover $25,000 will be postedon the Web site FedBizOpps(www.fbo.gov). Subcontractorscan also learn aboutopportunities directly fromprime contractors. These can be identiﬁed through the SBA Subcontracting Network atsba.gov/subnet/search/index.cfm.Small businesses can alsocontact the Ofﬁce of Smalland Disadvantaged BusinessUtilization in any participatingagency procuring services.These ofﬁces are designedto assist small businesses with obtaining contractsfrom agencies and primecontractors.The SBA has long had acommitment to helping small businesses compete in themarket place. Its work withthe Recovery Act of 2009 is alogical extension of that work.To learn more, visit SBA.gov.
(NAPSI)-Here’s a fact you may want to learn more about: A federal program helpsprovide a nationwide network of libraries with the toolsthey need to keep Americainformed.The U.S. Government PrintingOfﬁce administers the FederalDepository Library Program(FDLP), which was established by Congress to ensure thatthe public has access togovernment information. Theprogram sends informationfrom all three government branches to about 1,200libraries nationwide.Federal depository librariesoffer free information onhealth and nutrition, laws,statistics and presidentialmaterials, science andtechnology, business andcareers, education, history and world maps. Theprogram’s slogan is “Easy as FDL: Free Information,Dedicated Service, LimitlessPossibilities.”For more information, visit www.gpo.gov/libraries.
Pinching Pennies WithCheap, Quick Eats?
Fast Food Could Actually Cost You More In The Long Run(NAPSI)-When money is tight,it’s easy to get drawn in by the words “99-cent menu,”especially if you have a car fullof hungry children.But saving bucks at thefast-food drive-through can backﬁre on you and all thoseeager beavers.How?Fast foods that are high in fat,calories and sugar can havelong-term consequences onhealth. A study published in the April 2009 volume of Obesity reveals that one-third of fast-food purchases contain morethan 1,000 calories. That’snearly half of what an averageadult should consume in anentire day, depending on ageand level of physical activity.Researchers believe thehigh calorie count of thesepurchases is due to acombination of the type of food preparation (i.e., fried),high-calorie/high-fat menuchoices and larger portionsizes.More calories can translateinto added weight if you and your family are not stayingin energy balance by gettingup and moving more. That’s why you should check out thecalories on the menu board,the restaurant’s Web site, orany hard-copy handouts thatrestaurants offer, to determinehow many are contained in theportion you’re considering.“Supersized portions at
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