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  • Free Computer Class Offered This Saturday In Coldwater

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Damascus Road Ministries (DRM) and Security Network Consultants (SNC)are offering a FREE computer class on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.The class will be held at the offices of SNC and DRM located at 117 W. Chicago Street, Coldwater, MI.The class will cover basic computer skills for today's job market which includes basic computer,operating system and application use as well as resume creation.Call 517-515-5150 to reserve your spot.

  • CHC Community Fest A Big Success

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    September 12, 2012-Coldwater, Michigan- The Community Health Center of Branch County recently held their 15th annual Community Fest at the CHC Community Care and Conference Center, 370 E. Chicago St., Coldwater, MI 49036 (located behind Pizza Hut) on September 8, 2012 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Community Fest is an annual event that provides participants with information on health and safety. In addition, Community Fest also featured several free health screenings as well as activities for kids.

     Over 400 people came to Community Fest with CHC Dietary serving people lunch in a two hour span. Community Fest featured 47 exhibitors that were on hand to give information on a variety of topics.  Many of the exhibitors had door prizes including the CHC Clinics giving away twelve children bikes. CHC also offered a chance for participants to get health screenings including prostate, cholesterol, vascular, child and adult immunizations, foot checks, peripheral arterial disease, BMI, blood pressure, and pulmonary function tests.  Holicki Optical gave participants free eye exams. For the kids, Steve Franks and John Fulmer, State Farm agents, sponsored and held a bike rodeo that helped kids understand bike safety. With the bike rodeo, Borgess and CHC fitted and gave away bike helmets to children. The Coldwater Fire Department had one of their fire trucks on site and taught kids about the features of the truck and how they help with emergencies.  The Coldwater Fire Department also did a “Jaws of Life” demonstration with a car donated by V.I.P. Auto.  The Quincy Fire Department manned the Smokehouse, which taught kids what to do in case of a fire by simulating a fire in the house.  CHC had a blow-up obstacle course for the kids.   Fitness demonstrations were offered throughout the day.  Community Fest was supported again this year by Borgess.

    Health and safety exhibitors are needed every year.  If your organization is interested in participating in the future, please call 517.279.5282 or email at mashauns@chcbc.com.  A letter is sent out annually to those interested in participating.  Remember space is filled on a first come, first serve basis. 

     The Community Health Center of Branch County is a non-profit acute care hospital providing access to safe, comprehensive, high quality healthcare services and accredited by The Joint Commission.  For more information about Community Fest or Happy Heart Run, please call the CHC Marketing Department at 517-279-5282 or visit the CHC website at www.chcbc.com or health website at myhealth.chcbc.com. 




  • First Federal Savings Donates $100,000 Toward New Cameron Hospital

    Posted by Ken Delaney
    Angola, Ind. – The Cameron Hospital Foundation announced today that it has received its first business contribution to assist with funding for the new Cameron Memorial Community Hospital facility. First Federal Savings Bank of Angola recently announced that they are pledging $100,000 toward construction of a “Healing Garden” at the south entrance of the new building. “As I was preparing my presentation to the Board of our bank regarding our gift to Cameron Hospital, I reviewed the various sponsorship opportunities that had been suggested. I requested Board approval for a donation of $100,000,” said President George Gilbert. First Federal has a longstanding relationship with the hospital as its neighbor as does its President, George Gilbert. Gilbert served on the Cameron Foundation Board in the late 1980’s when the hospital was going through its last capital campaign for improvements. He also served for six years on the Cameron Hospital Board, serving as Board President toward the end of his term. This seems like a natural position for a man whose whole life began in this little corner of Steuben County. George Gilbert’s parents, Roger and Wilma Gilbert lived at 409 E. South Street, which is now part of the new Cameron Hospital campus. The Gilberts lived there until Roger passed away in 2000. Wilma Gilbert served as an active member of the Cameron Hospital Auxiliary for over twenty five years. She moved to Cameron Woods in 2009 (she since passed away in 2011). “I’ll always think it was more than mere coincidence that the ‘Healing Garden’ was one of the projects available to sponsor,” said Gilbert. The new “Healing Garden” will be constructed in what was once his parent’s back yard, where, for many years, his mother tended a fairly large and beautiful flower garden, and his father took care of grape vines and tomato plants. “My parents would always stop what they were doing in the garden and watch the Samaritan helicopter arrive and take off,” said Gilbert. He noted, “this ground had been a place of quiet, simple pleasures for a long time.” Gilbert was very pleased, but not surprised that the First Federal Board of Directors gave enthusiastic approval to the funding request for the hospital. “I was truly humbled, though, when it was suggested and then directed that the bank’s gift be designated to the ‘Healing Garden’ and made ‘In loving memory of Roger and Wilma Gilbert’,” said Gilbert. “What a wonderful tribute!” First Federal Savings Bank of Angola is Steuben County’s oldest and only locally operated financial institution. Founded in 1933 by a group of local businessmen, the bank’s business philosophy has remained the same—to provide the best possible customer service in all their product offerings. “This early gift from our neighbor is very significant to us,” said Greg Burns, President & CEO. “This contribution further validates our decision as an organization to remain in our current location and support our downtown area.” For more information, call (260) 665-2141 ext. 2337. 

     Pictured: (Left to right) Amy Ross, Senior Vice President, First Federal Savings Bank, Scott Gruner, Vice President, First Federal Savings Bank, Chris Snyder, Cameron Foundation Board President, George Gilbert, First Federal Savings Bank President, and Greg Burns, Cameron Hospital President & CEO. The group is standing on the land that will serve as the “Healing Garden” when the new hospital is built.


  • Maple Lawn Receives Customer Satisfaction Award

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Maple Lawn has received yet another award this year.  They were recently recognized for My InnerView Excellence in Action awards from National Research Corporation. This honor recognizes skilled nursing homes that achieve the highest levels of satisfaction excellence, as demonstrated by overall resident or employee satisfaction scores that fall within the top 10 percent of the My InnerView product database.

    “The most important takeaway regarding the Excellence in Action awards is that the skilled nursing award recipients were first recognized by their own residents and employees through excellent satisfaction survey scores,” said Susan L. Henricks, president and COO of National Research Corporation. “This also underscores the importance for long term care providers to understand the value of measuring quality over time. This is not only true because of increasing regulatory scrutiny that may impact reimbursement rates in the future, plus the favorable perceptions that hospitals will look for in post-acute partnerships, but the differences that skilled nursing homes are making in the lives of their residents and employees every day. We salute our clients for taking the initiative to measure quality.”

    The Excellence in Action awards are presented exclusively to National Research clients who use My InnerView products. Qualifying nursing homes (over 5,000) must have completed a customer or workforce satisfaction survey in 2011 (those products will be renamed to resident and family experience and employee engagement respectively in 2013). Winners must have also achieved a minimum of 10 responses with a minimum 30 percent response rate and scored in the top 10 percent of qualifying facilities on the question “What is your recommendation of this facility to others” or “What is your recommendation of this facility as a place to work?” in terms of the percentage of respondents rating the facility as “excellent.”

    Maple Lawn Administrator Jayne Sabaitis gives full credit to her staff.  “Our staff is the best of the best.  They go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that our residents and rehab clients have the best care possible”.  This is the first time Maple Lawn has received the award.

     Maple Lawn Medical Care Facility has been recognized by the governor and other agencies for providing quality care through extended-stay nursing care to seniors with varying levels of disabilities.  Rehabilitation services are also available for physical, occupational, and speech and language therapy for short or long term care. 

    Pictured is (L-R) Maple Lawn staff Katie Tinervia, Linda Moraniec, Maple Lawn administrator Jayne Sabaitis and staff member Amy Rau holding the plaque recognizing the facility for superior customer satisfaction.

  • Community Health Center Seeking More Volunteers

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    If you’re a motivated person eager to help the community, strive to give back, or are passionate about devoting your spare time to a great cause, then becoming a volunteer at CHC may be perfect for you. The Community Health Center of Branch County (CHC) is currently in need of volunteers to assist with various departments.  One person can make a difference, and CHC is focused on making a difference in the community.

     Some of the departments looking for volunteers include the CHC Gift Shop, Cafeteria, Information Desk, and substitutes for the CHC Cancer Center.  Other departments also looking for volunteers include the Callback Department, the Union City CHC Clinic, CHC Facility Operations, Cafeteria, and the Magazine Cart.  All shifts are morning or afternoon with negotiable schedules, with the exception of Dietary who is seeking volunteers for evening shifts from 5 pm to 7 pm.

     Volunteering is not only about giving, however.  CHC values its volunteers and honors them each year with a dinner for a them and a guest at which time pins are given for achieving certain levels of volunteer hours.  Both the chairman of the CHC Board of Trustees and the CHC CEO/President attend and take part in the program.  Door prizes are donated by hospital departments and staff.  Volunteers are invited to attend the CHC Volunteers general meetings that include a free luncheon in March, April, May, September, October, and December.  Volunteers also receive a free meal when they work a full shift.  Volunteer jackets are supplied free of charge.  Another benefit of volunteering is socialization.  Not only do volunteers get to know hospital staff members, but many new friends are made by working with other volunteers.

    The volunteer hours for positions may vary, as well as the schedules.  Volunteer applicants will usually be asked to volunteer for a minimum of three hours per shift.  The positions may require walking, standing, telephone usage, and proper professional etiquette while on duty.  Requirements to be a volunteer at CHC include annual education, a TB test, reference checks and a criminal background check.  These requirements must be completed before the volunteer can begin.

    It takes an extra special person to volunteer in any area at CHC.  If you think that you would be the perfect fit to help at CHC and are willing to volunteer in the mornings, afternoons, or substitute, an application can be completed online at www.chcbc.com or you can call the CHC Volunteer Services Department at 517.279.5008 to get further information.


  • Hotel Occupancy Data Shows Strong Tourism Season

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    LANSING– Early data indicates 2012 is shaping up to be a strong year for Michigan’s tourism industry.  According to Smith Travel Research, the statewide average hotel occupancy rate for the year to date (YTD) as of July was at 56 percent – the highest July YTD average since Travel Michiganbegan tracking the data in 2004. 

    The statewide hotel occupancy rate in July was at 70.9 percent.  This was above the national average of 70 percent and was the single highest occupancy month for Michigan since 2004.

    This growth in occupancy comes on the heels of an extensive national survey of U.S. travel volumes and spending conducted by D.K. Shifflet & Associates showing visitor spending in Michigan in 2011 hit $17.7 billion – up a half a billion dollars from 2010.

    "We are continuing to see increased hotel occupancy rates and record setting tourism spending here in the state, helping to support local businesses and nearly 200,000 jobs in communities across Michigan,” said George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  “It is especially encouraging to see that the vast majority of the $500 million increase in spending is coming from out-of-state visitors. We know that with our natural beauty, cultural attractions and unique experiences Michigan has what it takes to be a national tourism destination.”

    The $500 million increase in tourism spending builds off the dramatic gains in Michigan’s tourism industry in 2010.  Out-of-state visitors continued to outspend in-state travelers for the second year in a row.

    The D.K. Shifflet survey found $13.1 billion was spent on travel for leisure and $4.6 billion was spent on business travel.  Out-of-state leisure travelers spent $6.8 billion dollars in Michigan in 2011 – up 7.5 percent and $479 billion from 2010.  In-state leisure spending held steady at $6.2 billion for 2011.

    This visitor spending generated an estimated a $994.7 million in state tax revenue, up from $964.2 million in 2010. 

    “In 2012 we launched our largest national ad campaign to date, with Pure Michigan television commercials airing more than 5,000 times on national cable channels,” Zimmermann said. “We are seeing the results of four years of national ads in the form of increased visitors to Michigan, spending more money at businesses here in the state on those trips.”

    Travel Michigan, part of the MEDC, markets the state’s tourism industry and provides valuable visitor information services. For Michigan travel news and updates, visit michigan.org.

    The MEDC markets the state with a focus on business, talent, jobs and helping to gro

  • Open House Set For New CHC Orthopedic and Physical Therapy Center

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    To celebrate the opening of the new CHC Orthopedic and Physical Therapy Center, the Community Health Center of Branch County will be hosting an open house.  On Monday, September 10, 2012 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., the public, past and current patients, and physicians are invited to stop by for refreshments, health screenings, and education. Those attending will be able to see all of the various therapies the Community Health Center of Branch County’s Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Services offers and will be able to tour the new Orthopedic Center, and meet the staff.

     The Community Health Center of Branch County Orthopedic Center is opening its new 4700-square-foot facility. The new construction is connected to the current CHC Physical Therapy building allowing one entry way and shared registration for patients.

    Dr. Mark Mayer, Orthopedic Surgeon, has moved from the temporary space located at the CHC Community Care and Conference Center to the new office.  The new office is equipped to allow CHC to bring on an additional orthopedic surgeon in the near future.  Mark Mayer, M.D., joined CHC as an orthopedic surgeon in December 2011.  He received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, and recently completed his orthopedic surgery residency at William Beaumont Hospital Department of Orthopedic Surgery in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Mayer is also a licensed Physical Therapist.  Dr. Mayer is assisted by Steve Heckel, P.A.  Steve received his degree from Grand Valley State University in 2004 and has been employed by CHC since May 2012.

    The CHC Houghton Family Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Center opened in its current location in 2000 providing a wide variety of therapies for the Branch County Area.  This state of the art, 8,400 square foot rehabilitation facility offers many great resources for physical, occupational, and speech therapy for the residents of greaterBranchCounty as well as aquatic therapy. 

    The current staff consists of physical therapists, physical therapists assistants, occupational therapists, physical therapy aides, and contracted speech therapy services.  All of the therapists are focused on serving their patients with the best knowledge and techniques available.  This is achieved by continuing education and specialization. 

    Specialties include:

    • Basic physical therapy, focusing on restoring function secondary to loss of strength, flexibility, and balance
    • Staff specially trained in manual therapy, a hands on approach to restoring joint mechanics, mobility, and function using muscle energy technique, myofascial release, strain/counter strain, manipulation, and cranio-sacral therapy
    • Lymphedema treatment – this requires additional training with focus on the management of chronic swelling of a limb due to permanent obstruction of the lymphatic pathways; pediatric physical and occupational therapy –focusing on the developmental and functional needs of a child; vestibular rehab – treatment for poor balance, dizziness and vertigo; urinary incontinence – biofeedback training for pelvic floor musculature and promotion of awareness to prevent urinary incontinence; and aquatic therapy – which provides a non-weight bearing environment allowing for a slow progression of resistance and decreased pain. 

    Therapy and rehab is not the only thing theHoughtonCenteroffers; public classes are available. These include:  Aquatic Arthritis Class – targeted for those with arthritis who need a buoyant environment, Back on Track – a 10 week weight management class, and Moms in Motion – aquatic pre/post natal class. Call 517-279-5457 for more information.

    The Community Health Center of Branch County is a non-profit acute care hospital providing access to safe, comprehensive, high quality healthcare services and accredited by The Joint Commission.  For more information about the open house, please call the CHC Marketing Department at 517-279-5282.


  • Pure Michigan Campaign Wins More Awards

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    LANSING – The U.S. Travel Association and the National Council of State Tourism Directors (NCSTD) this week honored Pure Michigan with five Mercury Awards.  Pure Michigan was recognized as having the best state tourism television advertising, best state radio advertising, top social media presence, best partnership advertising program and top public relations effort, won jointly with the state of Wisconsin for the “Who is the Real Mitten State?” initiative. 

    The Pure Michigan brand was created by the Birmingham, Michigan office of McCann Erickson.

    “It is an honor to again win NCSTD recognition for our work in showcasing Michigan as a great travel destination,” Michigan Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Michael A. Finney said. “Pure Michigan is a powerful brand, one that resonates strongly that Michigan is a great state to live, raise a family, work and own a business.”

    With Pure Michigan on the rise, the number of partners and stakeholders throughout the state has grown.  Pure Michigan Business Connect, launched in 2011, has expanded into an $8 billion, multi-year initiative to help Michigan companies grow.  Last week the new standard license plate for the state was unveiled featuring the Pure Michigan brand and the michigan.org website.

    New partnerships in the past year have included the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture, Hudsonville Ice Cream, Kroger, the Detroit Tigers and Coca Cola. Pure Michigan will also be the title sponsor of the Pure Michigan 400 NACAR Sprint Cup series race at Michigan International Speedway through 2014. 

    Pure Michigan has also continued to expand its social media presence with more than 400,000 fans on Facebook and a growing fan base onTwitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest.  The Pure Michigan eNewsletter also surpassed a half a million subscribers earlier this month.

    The Pure Michigan television and radio ads can be seen and heard on the Pure Michigan You Tube channel.  Featured television ads included14 Clubs and a Simple Sunrise.  Featured radio ads included Gone Fishin’ and First Tee.

    Since its launch in 2006, the Pure Michigan campaign has been recognized with a total of 15 Mercury Awards, including Best State Tourism Radio Advertising (2008/2009/2010/2011) Best State Tourism Television Advertising (2010/2007), Best State Tourism Welcome Center Program (2010), Best State Tourism Co-op (Partnership) program (2010), Best State Tourism Niche Marketing (2009), and Best State Tourism  Campaign (2007).

    “It has been exciting to see the growth of Pure Michigan and the tremendous response it has received from our peers within the tourism industry,” said George Zimmermann, Vice President for Travel Michigan, part of the MEDC.  “But even more important than awards is the number of visitors the campaign has brought to Michigan, visitors who spend money at Michigan businesses, creating jobs for Michiganders and generating state and local tax revenue.”

    Last year, Pure Michigan's advertising campaign brought a record 3.2 million out-of-state visitors to Michigan, according to a study by Longwoods International.  These visitors spent $1 billion at Michigan businesses, paying $70 million in taxes.

    The Mercury Awards is a program created by the NCSTD to recognize its members for excellence and creative accomplishment in state tourism marketing and promotion, and to inspire the continued development of destination marketing and promotion programs.

    Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, markets the state’s tourism industry and provides valuable visitor information services. For Michigan travel news and updates, go to michigan.org.

    The Michigan Economic Development Corporation markets the state with a focus on business, talent, jobs and helping to grow the economy. For more on MEDC and its initiatives, visit: MichiganAdvantage.org.

  • Adam Wright Promoted At Century Bank and Trust

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Coldwater, MI- Eric Beckhusen, CEO of Century Bank and Trust, has announced the appointment of Adam M. Wright to Commercial Loan Officer at Century Bank and Trust. “This promotion recognizes Adam’s strong and growing contributions to our Business Services Team.  His relationship focus and active community involvement paired with his strong lending and credit skills make him a valuable consultative partner to our customers,” Beckhusen stated.

     Wright joined Century Bank and Trust in 2008 as a Credit Analyst.  He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a focus in Financial and Operational Loss.  Wright is also a graduate of the Michigan Bankers Association Commercial Lending School.  Additionally, he has attended various Michigan Bankers and Small Business Administration (SBA) training programs.

    Within the community, Wright is a current Board Member and Past President of the Branch Area Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a Board Member of the Coldwater Downtown Business Association and chairs local events such as the Car Show Swap Meet, the Alamo Car Cruise, and Strawberry and Apple Festivals.  Wright’s other volunteer work includes; Habitat for Humanity, Pheasants Forever, the Branch Area Career Center and the MSU 4-H Children’s Garden.

     Century Bank and Trust was founded in 1890, as an independent community bank. As an independent community bank, Century Bank and Trust makes its business decisions locally for the continued success of its customers.   Century's goal is to keep the local area's communities financially strong and growing and Century uses its deposits to make loans to local businesses and retail customers so the money stays within the community. Specializing in building relationships with its customers and communities, Century focuses on long-term, multiple account relationships and customized products that fit customer needs.

    Within the community, Century Bank and Trust, is proud to support over 250 local charities, events and organizations.  To learn more about Century Bank and Trust visit CenturyBankandTrust.com or call Toll Free (866) 680-2265.  


  • New York Deli To Offer Weekly Free Community Meals

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    Coldwater, MI –Damascus Road Ministries will begin weekly Community Meals at The New York Deli effective on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 from 7:30p.m. to 8:30p.m.  The Community Meals are open to the public and do not have a cost although free will offerings are accepted.

    The menu will include dinner specials and will be prepared and served by Community Meal volunteers with oversight from New York Deli and Damascus Road Staff.  There is no cost for the dinners but free will offerings are accepted.  The Community Meals program will be held weekly on Tuesdays with several dinner specials offered each week.  This endeavor will be a partnership with the local community, churches and service clubs to provide community meals in the evenings that are open to everyone.  If you or your group would like to participate, please call DRM at 517-515-5150.

     The New York Deli belongs to the Damascus Road Ministries family of businesses and net profits are used for operation of DRM services in the community.  The restaurant will be operated by skilled individuals and will be a training ground for individuals interested in a food service career.  This will allow participants in DRM programs and the community to learn new skills, earn a wage, and do community service during scheduled community meals.

     To offer your support to Community Meals, Damascus Road Ministries or The Damascus Road Center, please contact Randy Leviton, Executive Director at 517-515-5150 or by e-mail to randy@damascusroadmi.org .

    Damascus Road Ministries provides help, training and a safe place to people with life-controlling addictions and homelessness.  We offer the opportunity to develop a relationship with God, family and community.  Please visit our website www.damascusroadmi.org or contact us at 517-515-5150 or info@damascusroadmi.org.  Serving Branch County.

  • Century Bank Presenting Sponsor of CHC Gala

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    May 23, 2012, Coldwater, Mich. – For the first time, the CHC Foundation Gala Committee gratefully announces that Century Bank and Trust will be the Presenting Sponsor of the 2012 CHC Foundation Gala.  The 7th annual event promises a moving program honoring the 2012 Physician of the Year, great food, live entertainment, and exciting live and silent auctions. 

    Century Bank and Trust has been a long-time supporter of the Gala event, providing funding for entertainment since 2006.  With regards to Century Bank and Trusts increased commitment, Fund Development Coordinator Terra Depew stated “On behalf of the CHC Foundation Board of Directors and the patients and families we serve, thank you for your commitment.”

    After the event in 2011, and in light of the challenges in the healthcare sector today, Century Bank and Trust has generously stepped up their level of support.  “As a community bank, we understand the importance of having a high-quality, compassionate care organization like CHC in our community,” said Eric Beckhusen, CEO of Century Bank and Trust, “We are committed to helping CHC succeed and this is one of our ways of contributing to their progress.”

    The event will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at the Dearth Community Center.  The evening’s program will honor 2012 Physician of the Year award winner, Joudat Daoud, M.D.  The Physician of the Year award is determined by a nomination from the Medical Executive Committee and a vote of the general medical staff of CHC.  From serving on the CHC Foundation’s Board of Directors to coaching soccer and serving other area nonprofits, Dr. Daoud has dedicated time and resources to care for our community for more than 15 years and exemplifies the Physician of the Year Award.  While honoring Dr. Daoud and his accomplishments, attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy a hors d’oeuvres buffet from Caruso’s, live entertainment from Randall Hazelbaker and Delbert Walling, and exciting live and silent auction items. 

    The Gala is the largest fundraiser for the CHC Foundation.  Last year, the event raised $33,000 to benefit the surgical department at CHC.  This year, the Foundation’s goal is to raise $35,000.  Established in 2000, the mission of the CHC Foundation is to improve lives by ensuring quality healthcare in our community.  With anticipated changes in legislation and increased community need, the CHC Foundation is a critical partner in providing care to all of Branch County. 

    Reservations for the event are $75 per person.  Sponsorship levels are available starting at $200 (which includes two reservations and recognition in the invitation, program, and CHC Healthline) and table sponsorships are available for $750 (which includes reservations for eight and recognition in the invitation, program, and CHC Healthline).  With 260 reservations last year, the Gala was sold out two weeks before the date.  The committee anticipates similar response this year, so please call early for reservations.  For more information or to reserve your seat, please contact Terra Depew, Fund Development Coordinator at 517-279-5414 or terrad@chcbc.com.

    Century Bank and Trust was founded in 1890, as an independent community bank.  Over 120 years later, Century continues to provide a comprehensive range of corporate, trust, and retail products and services.  With offices spread over Branch, St. Joseph, and Hillsdale counties, Century Bank and Trust makes its business decisions locally for the continued success of its customers.  Specializing in building relationships with its customers and communities, Century focuses on long-term, multiple account relationships and customized products that fit customer needs.  Within the community, Century Bank and Trust, is proud to support over 250 local charities, events, and organizations. To learn more about Century Bank and Trust, visit CenturyBankandTrust.com

    The Community Health Center of Branch County is a non-profit acute care hospital providing access to safe, comprehensive, high quality healthcare services and is accredited by The Joint Commission.  The CHC Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is to improve lives by ensuring the best healthcare for our community. 


  • Sherry Norton CHC June Employee of the Month

    Posted by Ken Delaney

    July 25, 2012-- Coldwater, Michigan- Each month the Community Health Center of Branch County (CHC) honors its Employee of the Month with a special recognition and gifts. Nominated by his or her peers, this employee exemplifies positive work ethic and customer service.  In June, CHC administration and staff recognized Sherry Norton as the Employee of the Month. 

     Norton was hired at CHC in 1988 as Data Entry Clerk in the Information Technologies department.  In 1995 Sherry became a buyer for the Materials Management Department.  Her duties include placing orders, researching new products, keeping inventory, and control of their stock.  Norton is on the Product Analysis Committee and is part of the Emergency Preparedness Team.  According to her nominator, “Sherry is very deserving of this award.  She is very dedicated to CHC.  She goes above and beyond her job duties every day to perform great customer service.  I have seen her take time out of her busy day to answer questions and help other departments place their orders.  If she doesn’t have an answer for you, she will find it.  She is always willing to help her coworkers in the warehouse.  I know that my job runs much smoother because of Sherry’s diligence and desire to do things right.  She willingly steps in to help solve discrepancies and always with a smile on her face.  Sherry is a great example of what every CHC employee should strive for when promoting good customer service.”

     Sherry graduated from Coldwater High School in 1988 and received her Associates Degree in business in 1994 from Kellogg Community College.  Sherry has been married to Steve for 19 years and together they have a 17 year old son, Joshua, who is a Junior at Coldwater High School.  Steve has worked as an Electronic Tech. Engineer for 25 years.  Sherry enjoys gardening, four wheeling, and watching Joshua run track and cross country.  She is involved in the Coldwater Basketball Association and Coldwater Cross Country.  Sherry also helps on the family farm.

    The Community Health Center of Branch County is a non-profit acute care hospital providing access to safe, comprehensive, high quality healthcare services and accredited by The Joint Commission.  For more information about CHC, please call the CHC Marketing Department at 517-279-5282 or visit the CHC website at www.chcbc.com or health website at myhealth.chcbc.com.