Aug 22, 2018
Chinese Medicine/Tai Chi
Aug 29, 2018
Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor
Sep 05, 2018
Ox Creek Project
Sep 12, 2018
5/10k Pumpkin Walk/Run
Sep 19, 2018
How Reading Changes Thinking (from 2018 Rotary Int'l Conf./Brian Saxton)
Sep 26, 2018
Oct 03, 2018 7:00 AM
Grief Counseling/Caring Circle
Oct 10, 2018
Head Start
Oct 17, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Pumpkin 5k/10k Race for Books for Kids
Renaissance Athletic Club
Sep 15, 2018
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
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Special Notices

No Meeting on August 29th


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Meetings: Wednesdays, 7 am, Elks Lodge, 601 Riverview, Benton Harbor, MI 49023
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Stories in this issue

Lakeland Health Update 2018
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Highway Signs Feature New Rotary Branding
Our "gateway" signs on the east and west entries into Benton Harbor were recently refreshed with new signs based on the new Rotary branding guidelines.  Thanks to Lee Scherwitz for making this happen and to Mike Kinney who helped with the installation.
Lakeland Healthcare Hospital Update 2018

Dr. Loren Hamel, MD, president and CEO of Lakeland Health, reported excellent progress on the renovation/expansion which includes new operating rooms, new ICU, four story patient wing and relocated visitor entrance and emergency area.  Interior traffic will be greatly improved, the parking garage will add one more floor and a roof for year-round covered parking. The $160 million project is 50% complete.

In other news, Dr. Hamel discussed the "integration" with Spectrum Health. Spectrum is number 1 or 2 in performance; they are committed to low cost operations; and have an insurance company.  The integration will be for systems and reporting.  Lakeland will retain it's own board and will make all investment decisions for changes under $10 million. Buildings will keep the Lakeland name.

Dr. Hamel explained how Medicaid works in Michigan: hospitals are assessed a contribution amount and the Federal government matches it 5 to 1.  The State does not used General Fund revenues for Medicare.  The current ACA reduced reimbursements but expanded enrollments.  Changes under consideration now are unknown.