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Metro Health execs take comments on proposed CHS deal


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Better choices, or a setback for health care in West Michigan?

Metro Health executives heard a lot of public input Thursday night about a proposed joint venture with a for-profit hospital.

Metro Health is proposing an 80/20 partnership with Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, in which CHS would own 80 percent of Metro Health. CHS is affiliated with more than 200 hospitals and is growing.

Many people at Thursday's meeting said they're concerned about hurting the quality of local health care, while some medical organizations said the larger budget would expand and improve services.

"CHS believes in partnering with independent practices, this provides a community with more choices," said Orthopaedics Associates of Michigan CFO Patrick Reid. "This provides a community with specialized services."

Metro Health holds forum on CHS partnership


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Metro Health executives and Michigan's attorney general want you to weigh in on their plan to partner with a for-profit hospital operator.

The Wyoming-based health care provider is looking into a partnership with Tennessee-based Community Health Systems.

CHS is affiliated with more than 200 hospitals now and is growing. It also has ties to the famous Cleveland Clinic.

Metro Health would sell CHS an 80% stake.

Metro executives say they began looking for a partner in 2012 so they could strengthen their West Michigan presence. They announced the proposed CHS partnership the next year.

The public forum on the proposal from 5-7 p.m. today at the Metro Health Corporate Conference Center, 2225 Main Street SW in Wyoming. If you want to make a statement or ask questions, you're asked to come early to complete a comment card.


The Eclipse Awards Announces 2015 Film and Video Nominees and the Hyperion Award Recipient

The Eclipse Awards Announces 2015 Film and Video Nominees and the Hyperion Award Recipient

News Release:

The 2015 Eclipse Awards, presented by

WKTV, the WMFVA and the Compass College of Cinematic Arts, today

announced its nominees and Hyperion Award recipient voted by jurors– a

diverse group of 20 industry leaders, including award-winning filmmakers,

producers, acclaimed actors, and entrepreneurs. The awards ceremony

to take place on May 7 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in the Cook

Auditorium at 7:30PM. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at

www.theeclipseaward.com or by calling 616.261.5700.

Driver has medical issue, crashes into Wyoming Family Dollar


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A woman has minor injuries after she had a medical issue and crashed into a store Friday evening, according to emergency responders.

The crash happened around 7:30 p.m. at the Family Dollar on Burlingame Ave. SW, just south of 28th St. The store closed after the crash.

Crews on the scene quickly extricated the woman from her vehicle and told WZZM 13 her injuries were being treated.


Second person arrested in Wyoming gas station shooting


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police say a second person has been arrested in the investigation into an exchange of gunfire at a gas station Wednesday afternoon.

Wyoming's Department of Public Safety says officers responded to the Family Fare gas station at 28th St. and Burlingame Ave. SW around 2:20 p.m., following a report of two men shooting at each other. Investigators say witnesses told them one man fled west into a nearby apartment complex and the other drove away. No injuries have been reported.

Police announced Thursday that one person had been lodged at the Kent County Jail on weapons charges. Friday evening, police announced a second person has been arrested.

Anyone with information on the case should call the Wyoming Department of Public Safety at 616-530-73000 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.


Prop. 1 discussed in Wyoming Friday


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - About 200 senior citizens met Friday to learn more about Proposal 1, the plan to fix Michigan's roads. It would hike the sales tax by one cent for every dollar and would also provide more funding for schools and cities.

The nonpartisan Citizens Research Council made the presentation, along with state Senator Peter MacGregor, who supports Prop. 1.

MacGregor told the crowd the plan before voters on May 5 isn't perfect but "is a pretty darn good solution."

The CRC spokesman, Bob Schneider, said the immediate impact on gasoline prices, at today's rates, would be about an extra dime per gallon, if the measure passes. Schneider notes, however, if gas goes up to about $3.50 a gallon, the actual increase tied to Prop. 1 would decrease to about an extra two or three cents.

State removes Lee HS, Kent City, from low performing list


LANSING, Mich. (AP/WZZM) - Twenty-seven schools have been removed from Michigan's bottom 5 percent of the lowest-academically performing schools.

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan announced Thursday that he informed the schools of his decision a day earlier. He says the schools are no longer on "priority" status because of their improvements in student achievement.

Locally, Lee High School in Wyoming, Kent City High School, Kalamazoo Public Schools' Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts and Lakeview High School in Montcalm County were removed from the list. In southern Michigan, Bloomingdale Middle and High School and Ross Beatty High School in Cassopolis were also removed from the list.