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Tri County News Shopper, March 29, 2010

Tri County News Shopper, March 29, 2010

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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.”
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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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