November-December 2012

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Remit And Readmit

Many hospitals in Michigan and elsewhere struggle to break even, but the path to profitability has gotten a lot tougher since October due to declining Medicare payments for readmitted patients. As a result, hospitals — especially those in urban areas — stand to lose out on millions of dollars in revenue.

Michigan Hospitals' Readmission Rates

The following hospitals were ranked by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under three categories — heart failure, heart attack, and pneumonia. The readmission rate is based on the percentage of patients that return to the same hospital or another hospital within 30 days of being discharged, and is compared to a national average for the hospital's set of patients.

Speeding Along

Expect home health businesses to grow in popularity as hospitals try to decrease the costly problem of people who are repeatedly hospitalized for the same condition.

Fine-Tune

The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham is planning to undertake several makeovers.

Likes and Dislikes

Brand experts from the Big Three weigh in on the first Michigan Social Media Brand Index, compiled by Market Strategies International, a market research firm in Livonia.

The Social Play

Plenty of companies use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Four Square, but what's the return? For the first time, DBusiness presents the Michigan Social Media Brand Index, which identifies 50 of the state's most popular social media brands.

2012 Michigan Social Media Brand Index

Faster than a tweet, more companies are using social media to increase their market presence and engage customers. How are they doing? In a first-of-its-kind study, Market Strategies International in Livonia ranked 50 Michigan companies (among the 200 largest public/private companies) on how well they succeeded in social media.* The Index measures social media interactions, sponsored content, and net sentiment, which represents the ratio of positive to negative feelings expressed about a brand based on the content of posts, comments, and mentions. The survey also measured social media engagement as it relates to user activity on a company's Facebook page, corporate Twitter account, and YouTube viewers (Sponsored Presence).

Women's Business Association Partners with Urban Wheel Awards

The Tipping Point

Since 2011, a steady reorganization of Michigan's fiscal policies has buoyed business spending and growth, but political indecision in Washington threatens to bring the entire global economy to a screeching halt.

What Michigan Business Leaders Foresee for 2013

The Son Also Rises

Kids can have the darndest ideas.

Tim Hortons Added 20 Shops in Metro Detroit in 2012

Dickten Masch Plastics Names New President, CEO

Andiamo Restaurant Group and Celani Family Vineyards Holiday Party 2012

On Dec. 19, more than 150 VIP guests attended the Andiamo Restaurant Group and Celani Family Vineyards Holiday Party at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse in Bloomfield Township. The evening included a strolling dinner, good cheer, and festive desserts. Photographs by Patrick Gloria and Nick Martines.

Chrysler Launches Ad Campaign for Chrysler 300 Motown Edition

2013 Detroit Auto Show To Unveil 50+ Vehicles

Crestmark Transactions Reach $6.5 Million

Detroit Regional Chamber Holiday Party 2012

On Dec. 18, the Detroit Regional Chamber hosted an annual membership meeting and holiday party at the Gem Theatre in Detroit. More than 300 people enjoyed a strolling buffet, holiday spirits, and a panel discussion on current and future investments in metro Detroit and Michigan. Photographs by Patrick Gloria.

Toyota Technical Center Appoints New Executive

Toyota Technical Center Announces U.S. Executive Appointment

ViSalus Founders Execute Agreement With Majority Shareholder

The Suburban Collection Adds Fisker to Product Lineup

Ford Motor Co. Launches Program to Support Detroit Neighborhoods

A Streetcar Named...

Ever since the first ships launched centuries ago, people have set out in search of a better life.

Deposit & Return

John Hantz is working to propel the growth of his financial institution.

Rock Ventures Purchases Five Downtown Detroit Properties

Survey Examines Consumers' Attitudes Toward This Holiday Season

Get Your Red Pop!

The Flavor Master takes the world by storm.

Oakwood Healthcare Foundation's Clays For Kids 2012

On Aug. 21, the Oakwood Healthcare Foundation hosted a fundraiser called Clays For Kids at the Detroit Gun Club in Walled Lake. Event proceeds supported Oakwood's Center For Exceptional Care, a medical home model of rehabilitation. Photographs by Patrick Gloria and Nick Martines.

Strategic Staffing Solutions Holiday Party 2012

Festive with Christmas decorations, the Detroit Athletic Club served as an ideal setting on Dec. 13 for Strategic Staffing Solutions Holiday Party. The Detroit-based IT and business support company has grown every year since its founding in 1990. Photographs by Patrick Gloria.

H. Joel Newman Named DBusiness Top Lawyer 2013

Perich Advertising + Design Hires 6 New Employees

New Associate Joins Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss

Looming Fiscal Cliff May Push Michigan into Recession

Hispanic Chamber Names Chrysler 'Corporation of the Year'

Detroit Area School-Based Golf Program Honored

Allstate Brings New Jobs to Metro Detroit

MEDA Elects New Board Members

Consumers Energy to Build New Natural Gas Power Plant

Jim Berline Inducted into CATCH Hall of Fame

Emanuel Steward Memorial Service

On November 13 more than 1,000 guests gathered for the Memorial Service for Emanuel Steward, the famed boxing trainer, promoter, and media personality. The service was held at Greater Grace Temple followed by a reception at The Rostertail, both in Detroit. Photographs by Nick Martines.

Skyfall Premiere Presented by Aston Martin of Troy

More than 200 guests enjoyed a strolling cocktail reception on November 7 at the Palladium 12 in downtown Birmingham. Following the reception, hosted by Aston Martin of Troy, guests watched the new James Bond thriller, "Skyfall."

Conway MacKenzie Holiday Party 2012

Conway MacKenzie, a multi-faceted turnaround management firm in Birmingham, hosted a holiday party on December 5 at Bacco Ristorante in Southfield. More than 200 guests enjoyed a strolling gourmet dinner and premium beverages. Photographs by Patrick Gloria and Nick Martines.

Mayor Bing Reappoints Minter as Recreation Dept. Director

Baker Tilly Marketing Executive Ranked as Top Private Company

Celani Wine Dinner at Joe Muer Seafood

More than 100 people attended a wine dinner on November 8, hosted by Celani Family Vineyards and Joe Muer Seafood in downtown Detroit. The event included passed appetizers, a gourmet dinner, and desserts. Photographs by Nick Martines.

Aston Martin Vanquish Launch Party

Aston Martin of Troy held a reception to unveil the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish on Sept. 13 in partnership with Ford Motor Co. The all-day event included a ride and drive with some of Ford's professional test track drivers. Photographs by Patrick Gloria.

Pro Squash Tour Commits to Detroit Through 2015

Michigan Chamber of Commerce Applauds Passage of Freedom to Work Law

Immerfal Re-Elected to BCC Michigan Board of Directors

Michigan Hispanic Chamber's Fiesta Hispana 2012

More than 500 people attended Fiesta Hispana on Dec. 7 at The Henry in Dearborn, the annual holiday celebration for the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The featured speaker was Ernesto M. Hernandez, president and managing director of General Motors de Mexico. Photographs by Maurice Davis.

Shimmer on the River 2012

The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy held its annual fundraiser, Shimmer on the River, on Sept. 5 at The Roostertail in Detroit. The event, which honored Peter Karmanos Jr., chairman of Compuware Corp., helped mark the launch of public amenities along the east riverfront. Photographs by Patrick Gloria.

The E-Interview: Justin Klimko

Butzel Long Attorney Tells the Business Side of Operating a Law Firm

New Chair of American Institute of Appellate Practice Elected

Harley Ellis Devereaux Receives Green Project of the Year Award

Continental Catering and Events Holiday Party 2012

More than 200 people attended a holiday party at the Detroit Port Authority on Dec. 11 hosted by Continental Catering and Events, which owns and operates the Ovation-Infinity Yacht Charters and does catering for Summit on the Park in Canton Township and Twin Lakes Golf Club in Oakland Township. Photographs by Patrick Gloria.

Farbman Unveils Free App for iPhones and iPads

Children's Leukemia Foundation CRUSH VIP Patron Night 2012

On Sept. 21, the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan held a Patron Dinner at a private home in Bloomfield Hills. Close to 100 people enjoyed a plated dinner created by some of metro Detroit's finest chefs. Photographs by Nick Martines.

Bacco Ristorante Luca Currado Wine Dinner

On Nov. 8, Bacco Ristorante held a wine dinner for winemaker Luca Currado from Vietti, Italy. The menu included Sformato di Cavolfiore, Triangolini di Ricotta, Duo di Quaglia, Guancia di Vitello, and Panna Cotta. Photographs by Patrick Gloria.

AOL Live in the D at the Gem Theatre

AOL announced a partnership to support and promote Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's Active and Safe Detroit campaign on Nov. 29 at the Gem Theatre in Detroit. More than 200 people enjoyed a strolling dinner, an address by AOL advertising director Rich Flynn, and a performance by Uncle Kracker. Photographs by Patrick Gloria.

Ford Rotunda

The Ford Rotunda was the nation's fifth most popular tourist attraction until a fire consumed it.

The Road To 2025

Can the global auto industry reach a combined fleet average of 54.5 mpg by 2025?

Orlans Appointed to DIA Board of Directors

American Cancer Society Cattle Baron's Ball 2012

More than 800 people attended the American Cancer Society Cattle Baron's Ball on Sept. 29 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. In addition to enjoying a private concert by Toby Keith, attendees and sponsors contributed $1.2 million to the fight against cancer. Photographs by Patrick Gloria.

Great Expressions Dental Named to Hire Power List

Beer Tasting at Champane's Wine Cellars in Warren

More than 100 people gathered at Champane's Wine Cellars in Warren on Aug. 23 for a tasting from Belgium Brewery Beers. The offerings included Fat Tire Amber Ale, Trippel Belgian Style Ale, Ranger India Pale Ale, and Shift Pale Lager. Photographs by Patrick Gloria.

Metro-West Appraisal to Move Headquarters Downtown  

Oldest Ford Vehicle Returns for 150th Celebration

The Henry Ford Acquires Studio Glass Collection

TRW Launches Lightweight Airbag Inflators

U-M Launches Center for Great Lakes Restoration

Digital Digs

A new shared-office business in Troy caters to startups and other creative firms.

Brand Camp U.S.A.

More B2B companies are tapping into branding campaigns to boost the bottom line.

Severstal North America Adds New Employees

Atlas Cares Selfridge ANG Base Holiday Party 2012

On Dec. 9, more than 700 military personnel, their families, and invited guests attended the Atlas Cares Annual Holiday Party at Selfridge ANG in Clinton Township. The celebration, sponsored by Atlas Oil Co. in Taylor, included a visit from Santa Claus, games, and a strolling supper. Photographs by Patrick Gloria.

Snyder Celebrates Detroit Diesel Expansion

Get Your Heart Racing 2012

Henry Ford Health System and Ford Motor Co. hosted Get Your Heart Racing on Sept. 22 at the Ford Dearborn test track. The fundraiser, along with the auction of a one-of-a-kind Ford Shelby GT500 supported the Edith and Benson Ford Heart and Vascular Institute. Photographs by Patrick Gloria.

Henry Ford Hospital Grand Ball 2012

More than 900 people attended the Henry Ford Hospital Grand Ball on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand Detroit. Funds raised from the black tie gala will benefit various Henry Ford Hospital departments and programs. Photographs by Patrick Gloria.

Gas Station TV Creates First Custom Ad for Fiat

Wolfgang Puck Steak Opens at MGM Grand Detroit

TechTown Hires New Managing Director

Chemical Bank Purchases 21 Independent Bank Branches

Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss Adds New Associate

Tonya Allen Named Top Executive of Skillman Foundation

MI Bean Commission Names New Executive Director

Henry Ford Health System Shoot for the Cure 2012

On Oct. 13, Henry Ford Health System, in partnership with the Henry Ford Neuroscience Institute and the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center, hosted the 20th annual Shoot for the Cure fundraiser at the Troy Marriott. More than 600 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception and sitdown dinner. Photographs by Patrick Gloria.

Business Leaders for Michigan Support Personal Property Tax Reform

Ford Releases its First-Ever Trend Report for 2013

Michigan Ranked Third in Nation for High-Tech Job Growth

Auburn Hills Chamber Honors Business Leaders

Chrysler Establishes Foundation to Honor Marchionne

Chocolate Jubilee in the D 2012

The Chocolate Jubilee in the D took place at the MGM Grand Ballroom in Downtown Detroit on November 3. The proceeds from the event, which reached over $1 million, were donated to the Alzheimer's Association. Photographs by Patrick Gloria.

2012 Parade Co. VIP Pancake Breakfast

On Nov. 2, the Parade Co., which produces America's Thanksgiving Parade, hosted a VIP Pancake Breakfast at its headquarters in detroit. More than 500 people enjoyed a strolling breakfast amid the parade floats and displays. Photographs by Patrick Gloria and Nick Martines.

REVOK Exhibit at Library Street Collective

On Nov. 2, the Library Street Collective, an art gallery in downtown Detroit, hosted REVOK: Ordinary Things. More than 100 people attended the exhibit opening, in which REVOK culls material from Detroit and crafts it into paintings and objects. The exhibit runs through Jan. 26, 2013.

Detroit Auto Show Unveils 2013 Upgrades

Advanced Steels Provide Cost-Effective Automotive Lightweighting

Original Survey Maps of Michigan Now Available Online

National Kidney Foundation of Michigan Event Raises $618,000

Local Computer Forensic Expert Earns Top Certification

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Business Features

Remit And Readmit

Many hospitals in Michigan and elsewhere struggle to break even, but the path to profitability has gotten a lot tougher since October due to declining Medicare payments for readmitted patients. As a result, hospitals — especially those in urban areas — stand to lose out on millions of dollars in revenue.

Michigan Hospitals' Readmission Rates

The following hospitals were ranked by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under three categories — heart failure, heart attack, and pneumonia. The readmission rate is based on the percentage of patients that return to the same hospital or another hospital within 30 days of being discharged, and is compared to a national average for the hospital's set of patients.

Speeding Along

Expect home health businesses to grow in popularity as hospitals try to decrease the costly problem of people who are repeatedly hospitalized for the same condition.

Fine-Tune

The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham is planning to undertake several makeovers.

The Tipping Point

Since 2011, a steady reorganization of Michigan's fiscal policies has buoyed business spending and growth, but political indecision in Washington threatens to bring the entire global economy to a screeching halt.

What Michigan Business Leaders Foresee for 2013

The Son Also Rises

Kids can have the darndest ideas.

Deposit & Return

John Hantz is working to propel the growth of his financial institution.

Get Your Red Pop!

The Flavor Master takes the world by storm.

Digital Digs

A new shared-office business in Troy caters to startups and other creative firms.

Brand Camp U.S.A.

More B2B companies are tapping into branding campaigns to boost the bottom line.

May It Please The Client

When a business relies on an attorney to steer it through a legal matter, the stakes are often high. But if the attorney fails to do the job, the cost to the business can be stratospheric.

Mike Chirco's Big Adventure

A metro Detroit homebuilder brings his live-action film to the big screen.
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