health care

10:49 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Kalamazoo May Sell Retiree Healthcare Bonds

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The city faces a $188 million liability for covering health insurance for retired city employees.
UPDATE: Funding retiree health care a 'two-part process,' says Kalamazoo Vice Mayor KALAMAZOO, MI - After nearly seven months of meetings, Kalamazoo's Legacy Cost Task Force has recommended municipal bonding as a partial means to fund the city's retiree health care.
10:15 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Patient Death Causes Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital Changes

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Now former KRH director James Coleman says there were no violations of state regulations involved in the death of a female patient in March 2014.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- In the wake of a patient's death at the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital, longtime director James Coleman has resigned, the former director of nursing and a staff nurse have been fired and an associate director of nursing has been disciplined.
6:25 am
Tue July 29, 2014

No Decision Yet From Task Force on Legacy Costs

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Task force is likely to recommend that city take advantage of low municipal bond rates
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
The group, which has spent nearly 1,000 hours researching and discussing the topic since it first met in February, will likely recommend the city utilize municipal bonds to combat its $190 million unfunded health care liability. However, dissenting concerns over the risks associated with such a measure prevented the subcommittee from moving forward after a more than 4-hour meeting.
12:36 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Allegan County Faces Dentist Shortage

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There are about 4,000 people for every practicing dentist in the county.
ALLEGAN, MI -- Allegan County has serious dental problems that are nothing to smile at. County commissioners Thursday held a forum where they listened to stories of people who went to emergency rooms due to tooth infections, people who were depressed and unemployed due to lack of teeth as well as the lack of opportunity for low-income people to get their teeth taken care of at all.
3:22 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Borgess Health CEO Paul Spaude to Retire

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Spaude has been the top executive at the Kalamazoo hospital since 2005.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Paul Spaude, president and chief executive officer of Borgess Health, will retire in September. The man credited with leading the growth of the health system's outpatient care system and an in-house culture that advanced patient care, plans to leave his posts to spend more time with family, the hospital announced.