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Sault Ste. Marie Recognized For Supporting Business
Provider Distinction Award to DCHS
Sault Ste. Marie is one of four communities across the state of Michigan to have been iden- tified for the strategies they employ to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic develop- ment, according to the annual eCities study. The study, conducted by iLabs, University of Michi- gan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research, identified the cities of Charlevoix, Hillsdale, Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie as 2018 eCities Honored Communities for their successes and efforts in contributing to Michi-
striving to foster growth and wealth creation”. One of the areas that were recognized was the formation of the Economic Resource Alliance (ERA). This group is made up of city and region- al partners that understand that we must work together to entice companies to locate in our community. This has led to a more business friendly process for entrepreneurs. We also col- laborate with our partners in Sault, Ontario, forming a Twin Sault Bi-National committee. Our goal is to create a Michigan/Ontario invest- ment region, where goods and services can be processed without many of the obstacles that
The eCities study analyzed publicly available
data from 277 communities from 54 counties in Michigan. Researchers focused on the five-year changes in property values, community assets, and tax rates, which can demonstrate the growth, investments, and cost of doing business within the community. For example, over the five-year period of 2013-2017, these communi- ties increased their capital assets by an average of 2 percent per year by investments such as street and building improvements, technology, and emergency vehicles and equipment.
“While accounting for only about 15 percent of the cities and townships in Michigan, the 277 communities analyzed are home to 70 percent of the population and 85 percent of the state’s commercial property,” said Tim Davis, director, iLabs. “By analyzing these high-performing communities, our goal is to showcase what cities and townships are doing to spur growth and how we can continue to support their efforts in devel- oping business and encouraging entrepreneurs.”
These communities were acknowledged on November 29th, during an Executive Speaker Series panel discussion, in which Michigan’s economic growth, including key areas such as capital, infrastructure, industry, and the ecosys- tem.
For more information on economic develop- ment within the City of Sault Ste. Marie visit
IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare System again has been recognized with the Provider Distinction Award by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of Michi- gan.
Valerie Sevegney, Upper Peninsula provider outreach consultant for BCBS of Michigan, recently presented the award to DCHS for out- standing contributions in helping Medicare patients with Blue Care Network or Blue Cross coverage receive “star quality” care, as measured by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Serv- ices’ five-star rating system.
The Blue Care Network Advantage and Blue Cross Medicare Plus Blue PPO annually recog- nize the most distinguished Medicare Advantage physicians and physician office groups with Provider Distinction Awards when they routine- ly deliver on their commitment to excellent health care practices.
“The awards are a testament to their dedica- tion to their patients and our customers, as determined through quality star rating scores, quality measures and more,” Sevegney said.
DCHS recognizes Traverse Bay-based iNDI- GO Health Partners as the primary provider for inpatient care staffing needs and a major factor in earning the award.
“I have had the privilege of being part of the hospitalist program at DCHS since its inception in 2011,” said Dr. Richard Woodbury of iNDI- GO Health Partners. “The culture of quality, teamwork, and patient centered care at DCHS is second to none. ... This level of quality and compassion allows patients to feel confident in receiving their care locally. Many of DCHS patients are neighbors and family of the hospital staff that provide their care. The emotional ben- efit of being cared for in familiar surroundings when one is sick, hurt and frightened can never be underestimated and greatly aides the healing process.”
Added Sue Hadley, DCHS chief of nursing, “Being recognized by BCBS of Michigan for the Distinction Award for the past two years is a great honor and a testament to the level of care we provide to our patients.”
gan’s growth.
“We are very excited to be recognized again
this year. This marks the fourth time in the past five years that we have been chosen for this pres- tigious award”, stated Jeffrey Holt, Executive Director of the Economic Development Corpo- ration (EDC). “This indicates that we are doing many of the right things to attract new business- es and jobs in our community, and we look for- ward to continuing on our path and to collabo- rate with our area experts”.
Mayor of the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Tony Bosbous stated; “The City is proud of its vital partnerships which support local economic development. We appreciate the hard work of these partners as well as our leadership team for

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