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Professional Highlights from the 517 Region for September 2022

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McLaren Dedicates Sacred Space and Chapel

A sanctuary for respite, reflection and renewal was recently dedicated at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital.

Members of the regional faith community joined health care providers and the McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation Spiritual Care Committee for a dedication and ribbon-cutting at the hospital’s new sacred space and chapel. The home for emotional and meditative wellness provides a welcoming space and supportive care for people of all faiths, religions and spiritual identities seeking strength and encouragement. The sacred space and chapel cultivate an intentional approach to care that emphasizes, supports and nurtures the human spirit.

“We strongly believe that each member of the McLaren family — from patient to surgeon, from volunteer to nurse, from family member to physician — should have access to the support, resources and counsel they need to nurture and preserve their spiritual health,” said Lynn Griffor, foundation vice president.

Located in the Outpatient Care Center offering convenient access to the cancer center and hospital, the $300,000 needed for construction and artwork of the sacred space and chapel was fully funded by the foundation and donors.

The chapel also provides space dedicated to the Islamic faith, which includes a place for ritual washing, a shoe rack and prayer niches that point toward Mecca for daily prayers for Muslim staff workers and patients.

“Designed by hospital staff, the new chapel reflects the needs of individuals and small groups for sacred space, rest and prayer, inclusive of all faiths,” said the Rev. Philip Apol, lead chaplain. “The chaplain staff are committed to promoting and upholding those values all through the hospital.”


Reseda Group’s Maxim Named Technologist of the Year

Finopotamus, the only online publication providing in-depth technology coverage exclusively to credit unions, announced Reseda Group’s Ben Maxim as the winner of its 2022 Tekkie Award for Technologist of the Year.

Maxim, who serves as chief technology officer at Reseda Group and chief digital strategy and innovation officer at Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, is the first recipient of the special award recognizing an individual whose achievements embody not only great technology but also the credit union ethos of people helping people.

“I am ecstatic to receive the Finopotamus Technologist of the Year award,” said Maxim. “At MSUFCU and Reseda Group, we’re always working to challenge ourselves through collaboration and networking to come up with the best fintech products and services out there.”

Under Maxim’s guidance and leadership, MSUFCU is on the cutting-edge of innovation and financial technology collaboration in the industry with the development of The Lab at MSUFCU, which pilots innovative solutions such as a conversational artificial intelligence platform. As CTO of Reseda Group, he played a key role in launching the CUSO (credit union service organization) wholly owned by MSUFCU to help develop credit union technology through fintech subsidiaries Ever Green 3C and Spave.


Sparrow Carson Names Emergency Medical Director

Sparrow Carson Hospital announced Dr. Sarah Stadel as its new emergency department medical director, leading a highly skilled team providing compassionate care through the hospital’s nationally recognized emergency services.

Stadel joined the Sparrow Carson emergency department in October 2020 and is a graduate of the Ross University Schoolof Medicine. She completed her emergency medicine residency with Michigan State University at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing and is certified through the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

“Working in Sparrow Carson Hospital’s emergency department creates a wonderful opportunity for establishing and continuing the outstanding medical care for our local populations. I’m looking forward to strengthening our connections within the community,” Stadel said.

Sparrow Carson’s emergency department is designated as a Level IV Trauma Center, reflecting expertise in providing advance trauma life support. The hospital recently celebrated its emergency department receiving the national four-star award for overall quality of care from Professional Research Consultants Inc.

“I’m enthusiastic to work with Dr. Stadel in her new role as medical director here at Sparrow Carson emergency department as she leads us in providing excellent care,” said emergency department manager Julie Noreen.


Triterra Opens Grand Rapids Office

Triterra, a Michigan-based environmental consulting firm, announced the opening of its Grand Rapids office at 625 Kenmoor Ave. SE, Suite 204. Triterra’s corporate office location will remain in Lansing. The company also has an Alma office location.

In 2020 Triterra hired Craig S. Mulica as the west Michigan regional director. Due to COVID-19, Triterra’s Grand Rapids employees continued to work remotely while serving Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas.

“We are excited to finally be opening our Grand Rapids location. Culture is very important to Triterra, and having a collaborative space helps strengthen our culture. We also look forward to building new relationships and continuing to help our clients reach their goals,” said Don McNabb, CEO of Triterra.

The 2,300-square-foot space in Grand Rapids will allow Triterra to expand and grow in the west Michigan market as well as provide a space for client meetings.


MSU Health Care Wins Two Awards

The Michigan State University Health Care Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center and Mary Thiel, clinic manager of MSU Health Care Physical & Occupational Therapy, have been awarded Best Sports Medical Clinic and Best Physical Therapist, respectively, as part of the 2022 Lansing State Journal Best of the Best awards.

“These awards exemplify the care we provide across all of our endeavors,” said Seth Ciabotti, MSU Health CEO. “We are committed to bringing health, hope and healing to the community.”

The sports medicine program has more than 30 years providing care to athletes.

“We are committed to providing convenient and comprehensive care to the community, including all of our local athletes, so that they can continue playing the sports they love,” said Dr. Jill Moschelli, medical director of the Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center.

MSU Health Care Physical & Occupational Therapy offers physical therapy, occupational therapy and lymphedema services.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized with this award,” said Thiel. “Additionally, I am extremely proud of our providers and staff. I am happy their great work has been recognized as well. The health of our community is very important to us, and we strive to promote healing and goal achievement through personalized care.”


Kirby Joins M3 Group

Devon Kirby has joined M3 Group as an accounts manager handling the advertising needs for 517 Magazine as well as the event sponsorships for the celebrations planned and hosted by the company each year. Kirby said he’s excitedto grow in sales as well as gain further understanding of the creative side of marketing.

“I love the co-workers, the group of people at M3,” he said. “The people here are awesome, and my favorite part of coming to M3 Group has been just being a part of the team and learning the processes.”

Outside of M3 Group, Kirby runs Space Dogg Collective with M3 creative strategist Kameron Chauvez. The platform is a collective of musicians, artists and performers creating experiences and maintaining environments focused on dance, self-expression and community.

“I describe it as the intersection of growing up in DIY music scenes in basements and the lessons and culture of modern festivals. It combines the two of those things,” Kirby said. “The music we do focuses on electronic and dance music, which Lansing is sorely missing.”


McLaren Dedicates Hospital Courtyard

McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital held a dedication ceremony Aug. 4 at the new campus for the Richard L. and Janet M. Wendorf Family Courtyard.

Longtime supporters of McLaren Greater Lansing — at one point contracting musician Lee Greenwood for a benefit concert honoring first responders and the military — the Wendorfs also contributed financial support to McLaren Greater Lansing, the Lansing Promise, the Eaton Rapids Educational Foundation and many other organizations.

Since 2017, the Janet M. Wendorf Outstanding Caregiver Award has been given to caregivers at McLaren Greater Lansing who exemplify a commitment to providing quality and compassionate care to patients and their families.


Christman Places 87th in National Contractor Ranking

The Engineering News-Record, a news outlet known as an authority for tracking the construction industry, has placed The Christman Co. at No. 87 on its 2022 “ENR 400” list of the top 400 contractors nationally. Overall rankings were calculated according to 2021 construction revenue.

Headquartered in Lansing, Christman also landed at No. 51 in the list of Top 100 Construction Management-at-Risk firms and No. 85 on the 2022 ENR list of Top 100 Contractors by New Contracts.

“We are pleased to share this accomplishment with all of the Christman team members who made this past year successful by delivering on our promises to clients,” Christman President and CEO Steve Roznowski said. “It is an honor to again be named in ENR’s top 100 national contractors, and we are thankful for our many clients continued trust in Christman. We look forward to another extraordinary year focused on safety, quality, innovation and integrity.”


Dover Reappointed to Health & Hospital Association

Sparrow Health System President and CEO James F. Dover has been reappointed to a three-year term on the board of trustees of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.

Dover will continue to serve as a trustee-at-large for the MHA, which represents hospitals and health care providers statewide. The MHA elected new officers and appointed board members during its annual meeting.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to continue to serve on the board of trustees of the MHA,” Dover said. “As the health system for Michigan’s capital area, we obviously have a close working relationship with the lead organization representing health care across the state.”


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