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Health care group CEO next in Keystone Series

April 23, 2007

KALAMAZOO--The head of a local health care group will discuss a nationally recognized plan for gauging the health of a business on Friday, April 27, when the Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series continues at Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business.

Frank J. Sardone, president and CEO of Bronson Healthcare Group, Inc. will give a talk on "Achieving Business Excellence the Baldrige Way" at 8 a.m. in the Dean's Conference Room in Schneider Hall, home of the Haworth College of Business.

Established in 1990, Bronson provides health care throughout the nine-county southwest Michigan region. With a work force of more than 4,000, Bronson is Kalamazoo's second largest employer. At the center of the Bronson system is Bronson Methodist Hospital, a medical center with 343 licensed beds in downtown Kalamazoo.

Sardone earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kentucky. He joined Bronson in 1988 and assumed his current role in 1996. He received the Michigan ACHE Regent's Young Healthcare Leader Award in 1996 and is the 2006 recipient of the Center for Health Design's Changemaker Award.

He has served on the boards of numerous professional organizations, including the Center for Health Design, Center for Healthcare Governance, Michigan Hospital Association and Michigan Hospital Association Insurance Company.

Sardone's community involvement includes service as a board member for the Greater Kalamazoo United Way and its chair in 2006/ He also has been a board member for Southwest Michigan First and Downtown Kalamazoo Inc. He has chaired numerous capital and other campaigns that have raised more than $20 million for various community initiatives and has served on the boards for the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and Ministry with Community.

Sardone's address is the seventh presentation in the speaker series' seventh season. The series, sponsored by Kalamazoo-based Keystone Community Bank, offers community members, entrepreneurs, business leaders and other guests an opportunity to discuss important business issues. The free event is open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (269) 387-5050. Parking is available in the nearby Fetzer Center parking lot.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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