HEALTH CARE: VitalCare showing improved vital signs

PETOSKEY - The prognosis is good for 20-year-old VitalCare, Inc., a healthcare services organization that provides home, hospice and respiratory care, private duty nursing and home medical equipment.According to Jerry Worden, vice president of finance at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey and a VitalCare board...

Chrome, sweet, chrome

WILLIAMSBURG - Attention Harley owners: Vandy's Speed Shop, a new business providing aftermarket and performance accessories and service for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, opened on June 2.The shop, which is not a Harley-Davidson dealer, is located at 7960 M-72 East in Williamsburg in the old C&J Auto...

Area businesses adapt to insurance premium ills

REGION - Last fall, when Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan announced 2001 rate increases for area-rated small groups (fewer than 100 employees), I frankly didn't pay much attention. My business' renewal date wasn't until June--seemingly light years away. Plus, I figured, as a sole...

With annual revenues of $50 M-plus, DSI is flying high

TRAVERSE CITY - If you've ever gotten off a flight and headed to the baggage carousel only to discover that your luggage didn't make it, Traverse City-based DSI may have orchestrated your rescue.Founded in 1990 by David Mathia, a Detroit native with over 25 years...

ELDER CARE: Area homes face shrinking revenue, staff

REGION - Though we may be tempted to fib about our age, the numbers don't lie. Like it or not, we're a "maturing" crowd. By 2010, the elderly population in the United States is projected to increase by 17 percent, from 33.5 million in 1995...