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Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019 18:00 pm
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Highpoint Community Bank earns highest rating

BauerFinancial, a national bank-rating firm, announced that Highpoint Community Bank has achieved achievement of another 5-Star Superior Rating. It has maintained that top rating for 40 consecutive quarters, giving it the added status of being an "Exceptional Performance Bank." This designation is reserved specifically for banks that have earned Bauer's highest rating continuously for 10 years or longer.

Earning and maintaining Bauer's highest 5-Star rating indicates Highpoint Community Bank is one of the strongest banks in the nation, according to a Sept. 5 press release.

"Community banks, like Highpoint Community Bank, are fiscally fit because they go the extra mile to help their neighbors and friends be fiscally fit as well,” Karen L. Dorway, president of the research firm, said. “In the end, Highpoint Community Bank reaps the benefits of the strong communities it helped to build."

Highpoint Community Bank was established in 1886 and has been serving local communities for 133 years. HCB operates through seven offices in Bellevue, Caledonia, Hastings, Marshall, Middleville, Nashville and Wayland.


Spectrum Health named Corporate Community Leader

Spectrum Health was recognized as a Corporate Community Leader by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission during an awards ceremony Sept. 5 at the Detroit Opera House.

The health system was among 43 individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations selected for their commitment to volunteerism, service or philanthropy.

“We are honored to be recognized as a Corporate Community Leader. I am proud of the positive impact of our Spectrum Health team members throughout Michigan,” Pam Ries, Spectrum Health chief human resource officer, said. “Our 31,000 employees bring their hearts to work every day to improve health, inspire hope and save lives.”

Nominated by Heart of West Michigan United Way, Spectrum Health was cited for engaging with members of the community in grassroots activities that help improve health and wellness.

Spectrum Health’s Healthier Communities program and its $6 million annual budget and its Veteran Explorers program, which helps veterans bridge the employment gap between military services and civilian careers, were mentioned in the nomination.

The Governor’s Service Awards ceremony is an annual statewide recognition event acknowledging the contributions made by Michigan volunteers. The event is coordinated by the Michigan Community Service Commission, the state’s lead agency on volunteerism.


Binder Park Zoo Granted AZA Accreditation

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has announced that Binder Park Zoo was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent accreditation commission.

 “AZA accreditation signifies Binder Park Zoo’s active role in protecting our world’s wild animals and wild places while providing exceptional animal care and meaningful guest experiences,” AZA President and CEO Dan Ashe said in a Sept. 9 press release. “Fewer than 10 percent of animal exhibitors registered with USDA have achieved AZA accreditation, so Binder Park Zoo is truly a leader in the zoological profession.”

To be accredited, Binder Park Zoo underwent a thorough review to make certain it has, and will continue to meet, standards in categories, which include animal care and welfare, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years to be members of the association.

Binder Park Zoo has been an accredited AZA member since 1983.

Particular strengths mentioned by the AZA inspection team were that Wild Africa remains an outstanding guest experience 20 years after opening, and new exhibits for African painted dogs and lions as well as Zamani School and the tented camps are strong additions. Also, the many local conservation partnerships that Binder Park Zoo has established show that a relatively small organization can make meaningful contributions to conservation projects.