March 2020 Issue
Telemedicine takes off in Northern Michigan
Telemedicine isn't new, but its value to northern Michigan's healthcare is growing "by the day," said Laura Glenn, vice president of physician network for Munson Healthcare.
In fact, Munson Healthcare's nine hospitals have been ramping up the focus on telemedicine “by the day, by the week, by the month,” she said.
"We really see digital health as its own service line, but it can also support all aspects of care across the system," she said. "We're trying to make sure that, as we mature and evolve our program, it’s able to do just that.”
That growing emphasis on remote care …
The Infinite Game
By Simon Sinek
Published by Portfolio Books, October 15, 2019; 272 pages; hardcover $28; e-book $15; audiobook $25
In a nutshell: There’s an important distinction between maintaining the status quo and working with a long-term purpose.
Who is it for? General audiences, although the book’s examples make it pertinent for business owners, managers and employees.
Author’s quote: “It is important to celebrate our victories, but we cannot linger on them. For the Infinite Game is …
War on Drugs: Pharmaceutical reps say times have changed
Intense scrutiny and mounting regulations have put a choke hold on the pharmaceutical industry from its boondoggle days.
Nowhere is this more noticeable than on the front lines, where pharmaceutical sales reps – or drug reps to most – have witnessed the highs and lows of an industry marked by decades-long double-digit profits.
Chris Bies of Kingsley has worked as a pharmaceutical representative for more than 20 years and remembers the fishing trips, golf outings …
A Lack of Rural Fiber: Benzie County expands broadband...with help
In rural Benzie County and beyond, a small company with big goals is spreading high-speed internet service.
Four-year-old Eclipse Communications LLC has a mission to bring high-performance broadband to areas of Benzie that lack adequate options – a strategy supported by county government and driven by Eclipse’s 38-year-old president and owner, Christopher Varenhorst.
Piece by piece, Eclipse is installing a wireless network that uses communications towers it constructs or leases space on to deliver broadband …
Growth Spurt: Mancelona's Antrim Machine Products serves defense, aerospace industries
A bustling machine shop on the outskirts of Mancelona is steadily boosting its business by producing vital components for the defense and aerospace industries.
Antrim Machine Products (AMP) at 9142 Johnson Rd. has doubled its sales between 2014 and now, according to plant manager Jake Kelly.
“We were up 30% …
Need for Speed: TCLP Fiber coming in March
After years of study, planning, and preparation, Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) is launching the first phase of its high-speed fiber internet project.
Phase one, which will provide the option of fiber internet access to more than 2,000 of TCLP’s customers, is expected to impact the downtown Traverse City …
Worried Sick: HealthBridge launch is a safety net for high-deductible insurance plans
2019 was a big year for HealthBridge, a Grand Rapids-based healthcare disruptor with a satellite office in Traverse City.
In February, the company officially launched the pilot program for its technology platform. That platform is an “employee financial security product,” designed as a safety net for individuals and …
The Land of OZ: Leaders hope new tax incentive can drive development in local Opportunity Zone
Local business leaders have high hopes that an unconventional, little-known federal tax incentive could pump millions of dollars of new commercial and residential investment into a low-income section of Grand Traverse County.
A 6.2 square-mile swath of land including a large area of Garfield Township and a small portion of …
Sharing the Legos: It's time to put aside personal interests, biases
We live in a special place – I think we all know that. I think we also know that to ensure a flourishing future our regional economy needs to remain strong and become more resilient. To me this means less seasonal dependency, more diversified industries, density where it belongs and …
Investment Giants: The advisors managing millions for the region's wealthiest
One financial advisor manages more than $600 million in investments for his wealthy northern Michigan clients. Another handles a celebrity's stock portfolio, among others. Though there is no public, empirical data available ranking financial advisors by dollars under management, many sources like WealthMinder consistently point to the same people in …
A Career With a View: Creating excellent career opportunities to match our exceptional quality of life
March is a month of transformation as we look forward to longer days and the hopeful arrival of spring. Much like the change in seasons, Traverse Connect has undergone a complete transformation over the past year. We have a new mission focused on advancing the economic vitality of the Grand …