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Michigan forest products council adds communication and marketing Expertise

LANSING (MICH.) – Michigan Forest Products Council (MFPC), a non-profit organization committed to educating and informing Michiganians about the benefits of sustainable management of Michigan’s forest resources economy, announced the addition of Amanda Sumerix as director of communications to grow the association’s communications and marketing initiatives.

Each year, the Michigan forest products industry embraces its stewardship to sustainably manage over 20 million acres of forests in Michigan. Supporting 150,000 jobs, the industry contributes $14.6 billion annually to the state’s economy. Over the past few years, MFPC has expanded to meet the demands of the Michigan forest products industry to help protect, promote and sustain Michigan’s forest economy.

“I’m excited to welcome Amanda to the MFPC team,” said Michel Sussman, chairman of Michigan Forest Products Council. “Amanda brings valuable public relations experience combined with an extensive agriculture background. These assets and many more will make her an excellent addition to MFPC.”

Sumerix will serve as director of communications and will play a key role in planning, directing and coordinating MFPC communications efforts with knowledge that was developed through in-depth experience working with various media outlets at the federal, state and local levels.

Prior to MPFC, Sumerix served as a Junior Account Executive for Gibbs & Soell Public Relations in Chicago, Ill. Sumerix is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies in Agriscience with concentrations in Communication and Community Engagement and Education.

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Bronson Announces Most Popular Baby Names in 2012

Contributed by Candice Elders, Bronson Corporate Communications

KALAMAZOO (MICH.) — Bronson Methodist Hospital announced that in 2012, 3,423 babies were born at the Bronson BirthPlace, southwest Michigan’s largest and most advanced birthing center. The most popular names of the year for babies born at Bronson were:

Top 10 Boys’ Names

1.     Mason

2.     Liam

3.     Nolan

4.     Noah

5.     William

6.     Andrew

7.     Jacob

8.     Isaac

9.     James

10.   Colton

Top 10 Girls’ Names

1.     Olivia

2.     Emma

3.     Ella

4.     Ava

5.     Harper

6.     Madison

7.     Sophia

8.     Charlotte

9.     Abigail

10.   Isabella

In 2011, the top three boys’ names were Elijah, Mason and Noah. The top three girls’ names were Isabella, Addison and Abigail.

In addition to providing birthing services at the Bronson BirthPlace, Bronson Methodist Hospital is southwest Michigan’s only Perinatal Center, providing the highest level of care for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies. For premature or critically ill infants, Bronson provides care in the region’s only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Bronson is a member of NACHRI, the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. This makes it one of a select number of places in the country where infants and children can get the best care possible, from experts in virtually every field of children’s medicine. Bronson is one of only six children’s hospitals in Michigan, and the only one in southwest Michigan.

For more information about Bronson or for assistance in finding a healthcare provider who specializes in pregnancy care or pediatrics, call Bronson HealthAnswers at (269) 341-7723 or visit

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