Business News – Nov. 3, 2023

Ascension Genesys Hospital has introduced Dr. Christopher Garces, a breast oncologist, to its medical staff. Garces has focused on targeted axillary node dissection, nipple sparing mastectomy, and breast conservation. He is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has been widely published in the field of breast oncology.

Henry Ford Health and Ascension Michigan have signed an agreement to enter a joint venture that will bring together Ascension’s southeast Michigan and Genesys healthcare facilities and assets with Henry Ford’s. The combined organization would employ approximately 50,000 team members at more than 550 sites of care across our region. Among Ascension Michigan’s acute care hospitals included in the partnership is Ascension Genesys Hospital.

Ground has been broken on a new $30-million expansion to Berston Field House’s facilities. The heart of this expansion is a new state-of-the-art gym as well as new outdoor space for sports, an amphitheater, and a splashpad. More parking and a playground are also planned.

Nancy Orr

On Nov. 1, Nancy Orr  joined the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation as its next vice president for investments and chief investment officer. Orr will succeed Jay Flaherty, who joined Mott in 2007 and will remain at the Foundation until he retires in January 2024 to aid in a smooth transition. Orr has over 20 years of institutional investment experience, spanning both taxable and tax-exempt capital. She most recently served as CIO of Fiduciary Counselling Inc. in St. Paul, Minn., where she led the investment program for an $11 billion registered investment advisor serving a single, multigenerational family.

The Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance has received recognition from the International Economic Development Council for its Talent Tours initiative. The program has earned a 2023 Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award in the category of Innovation Programs & Initiatives.

Nicholas Tazzioli is the new human resources director for the Flint & Genesee Group. A graduate of Michigan State University, he previously served as human resources director and vice president of People with FWF, a third-party logistics and transportation provider in Kentwood.

Kettering University has been awarded the grand prize for higher education projects  over 100,000 square feet for Learning by Design magazine’s fall 2023 Architecture and Interior Design Awards of Excellence program. The award recognized Kettering’s Learning Commons, a space with no offices or classrooms, for its bold design. The building offers a makerspace, auditorium, art gallery, meditation room, and space for relaxation on the rooftop.

The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Department of Public Health will be expanding their downtown Flint space. The additional space will be part of their already established campus next to the Flint Farmers’ Market and will be used for research, administration, and instruction. The space will also allow for an expansion of public health research to include domestic violence and suicide prevention.

Youth Arts: Unlocked (YAU) received a federal grant from the U.S. Justice Department to support their arts programming for youth aimed at reducing juvenile delinquency, recidivism, and other high-risk issues they may face.  YAU was one of five programs nationally to receive this grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. They also recently received funding with their partners at the Seventh Judicial Circuit Family Court to receive funds under the Operational and Program Support grant, which will support operational costs.