HEALTH CARE: Machine helps tailor doses of anesthesia

GAYLORD - Otsego Memorial Hospital has installed a new patient monitoring system which enables anesthesia providers to deliver a more precise amount of anesthesia throughout surgery.The Bispectral IndexTM (BIS) monitor assists anesthesia providers in administering a tailored dose of anesthesia to meet each person's needs...

CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT: Crystal reveals its $60 million plan

THOMPSONVILLE - Crystal Mountain will dig in this summer on its new Kinlochen Lodge and Clubhouse. The project marks the start of a 10-year, $60 million expansion plan at the northern Michigan resort.Also on tap for Crystal: a pedestrian village, 18 more holes of traditional-style...

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...

CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT: Parade of Homes is getting greener

TRAVERSE CITY - This year, the Home Builders Association of Grand Traverse Area will be awarding a builder whose parade home demonstrates the most "green building" principles: resource efficiency, energy efficiency and indoor and outdoor environmental quality. This will be the first "Built Green Award"...

HEALTH CARE: Developing a Profitability Culture

One of the most frequent questions I encounter as a health-care business consultant is, "What can we do to increase our profitability?"It's an important question, since profitability ultimately drives the success of a medical practice--or any other business, for that matter. In answer, I generally...