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    Gordon Sets Sales
Record At Stephens Real
Estate In Iron Mountain
IRON MOUNTAIN — Ryan Gordon, broker/owner of Stephens Real Estate, closed 126 properties totaling more than $18 million in 2019, shattering previous area highs.
Gordon’s record year placed him sec- ond among 350 Realtors in the Upper Peninsula Association of Realtors, and he led the way locally for the second year in a row in volume and units sold for the first time.
“The real estate world is highly com- petitive,” Gordon pointed out, “so staying in tune with the wants and needs of buyers and sellers is critical. It is a huge advantage to be able to brainstorm with our experienced office staff, our other brokers (Sally Blom, Maddy Tousignant, and Betsy Sawicky), and the rest of our sales force.”
He added, “I am well aware of the many choices people have when it comes to working with a Realtor, and am grateful for my loyal clients have trusted me to take care of their real estate needs while helping me achieve and exceed my goals.”
Active in real estate since 2013, Gordon became owner of Stephens Real Estate in February 2019. A grad- uate of Ferris State University, he is
licensed as a broker in both Michigan and Wisconsin, an official for NCAA ice hockey and has the professional des- ignation of Graduate, Realtor Institute, or GRA. He also serves as an NCAA ice hockey official. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Iron Mountain with their son,
Larkin, and daughter, Wynn. Stephens Real Estate is at 1320
Carpenter Ave. in Iron Mountain. ----------------------------
DCHS Earns Award
NOVI, Michigan — Dickinson County Healthcare System was recog- nized Sunday for excellence in mater- nity care and delivery outcomes by the Economic Alliance for Michigan, a nonprofit group comprised of Michigan’s largest employers and unions.
DCHS was the only Upper Peninsula hospital to receive the award, which is part of EAM’s Maternity Care Project.
Created in 2018, the project goals are to decrease the state’s infant mor- tality, reduce the rate of unnecessary C-sections, and be an educational resource for new and expecting par- ents in Michigan. In honor of Mother’s Day, EAM recognized 13 hospitals across Michigan for excel- lence and three for improvement, the highest number of recipients since the program began three years ago.
“Our team is honored to receive the EAM Hospital Maternity Care Award because it recognizes the comprehen- sive and careful care we bring to every
mom throughout the process, from prenatal health to healthy and safe deliveries,” said Dr. Ellen Bianchi, obstetrician/gynecologist. “We work hard to be the very best birthing pro- gram in our community, so it’s great to be recognized as one of the best in the state.”
“When choosing a hospital to give birth at, parents-to-be should look at the facility’s C-section rate to help prevent an unneeded procedure from occurring,” said Bret Jackson, presi- dent, EAM. “Recipients of our Hospital Maternity Care Award are chosen based on their dedication to outcome transparency and patient safety, their efforts help prevent adverse events and contribute to the lowering of healthcare costs.”
For the award, hospitals were evalu- ated in four areas: cesarean rates, epi- siotomy rates, elective early delivery rates and maternity care processes. The data is from The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C.-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for con- sumers and purchasers. To receive the Excellence Award, hospitals need to fully meet the standard in all four areas in the same calendar year.
DCHS also was recognized for excel- lence in 2018. Only three hospitals across the state have been recognized three years in a row — Munson Medical Center, Traverse City; Spectrum Health Pennock Hospital, Hastings; and Spectrum Health United Hospital, Greenville.
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