News & Notes - 5/24/23 Journal

Mount Clemens-Clinton-Harrison Journal | Published May 24, 2023

Photo provided by Henry Ford Health


Henry Ford Macomb opens expansion
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Henry Ford Health Macomb opened its Janet & Jim Riehl North Tower expansion with a ribbon-cutting May 9.

The five-story, 225,000-square-foot tower features 160 private rooms and 12 dedicated intensive care beds. The expansion cost $265 million and is the largest upgrade to the Macomb hospital since 1975.

“This new patient tower is transforming the landscape of our Macomb hospital campus and will provide a technologically advanced, modernized medical setting for our team members, patients and their families alike,” said Bob Riney, Henry Ford Health president and CEO. “This investment in our community represents Henry Ford Health’s deeply rooted commitment to providing our Henry Ford family with the comfort, privacy and safety they so deserve — in a healing environment that’s responsive to their needs.”

The interior of the facility is decorated by over 200 pieces of original, locally produced art and a collaborative art piece assembled by Detroit artist Doug Jones.


CMPL Summer Reading challenge starts in June
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Readers rejoice! The Clinton-Macomb Public Library’s Summer Reading challenge kicks off on June 12.

Participants can log their daily reading online, and those who read for 30 days between June 12 and August 12 will receive a prize. All teens and children who register will receive a free book.

“Research shows that summer reading helps children maintain their reading levels over the summer,” said Jamie Morris, the CMPL’s head of communications and strategy. “In addition, adults can benefit because reading reduces stress and increases emotional intelligence.”

Participants may register and log their reading at Other CMPL events this June include a Zoom discussion on the lives of Vincent Van Gogh and Johanna Van Gogh Bonger on June 3, a magnetism science activity for children 3-6 years old at the North Branch on June 12, a summer sleuths mystery for children 7-9 at the South Branch on June 19, and a talk about sugar and how to eat healthy on June 28 at the Main Branch. For more information on CMPL events, visit


Hibernians hosting benefit for childhood cancer camp
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — On Saturday, June 10, the Ancient Order of Hibernians is hosting a benefit golf outing at Fern Hill Golf Club in Clinton Township.

Costing $100 per person to register ($120 on day of the event), “The Irish Open” is raising money to support the AOH’s Camp Casey, which brings horses to the homes of children with cancer.

“The joy and excitement of the children interacting with the horses is just priceless,” Patrick O’Brien, officer for the AOH Fr. Solanus Casey Division, said in a statement. “This confirms to us that the work that Camp Casey does is worthy of our continuing support.”

The outing includes 18 holes of golf, on-course refreshments and a steak dinner. For more information, contact O’Brien at (586) 243-2662.


Summer courses for young adults 
MACOMB COUNTY — Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) is offering Adulting 101 classes this spring and summer. 

The educational programs are designed for high school students and young adults. Each class teaches important life skills and tools necessary to live independently, with different topics planned for each month taught by experienced MSU Extension Educators and 4-H volunteers.

“How to Buy a Car” will be held at 4 p.m. June 8.

“Sew What! Clothing Care saves Cash” will be held at 1 p.m. July 13. 

“Eating Healthy on a Budget” will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 16.

Register at For more information, contact Macomb County MSU Extension Educator Kathy Jamieson at


Macomb Foundation announces ATHENA Award winner
MACOMB COUNTY — The Macomb Foundation, part of the Macomb County Chamber, has announced the nominees and winner of its 2023 ATHENA Leadership Award.

Hosted at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores on Friday, May 5, Karen Bathanti — senior consultant for the human relations firm People Most — was named this year’s winner by a committee of past ATHENA award winners.

“The thing on Karen’s resume that really (stood out) is how she helped other people throughout her career,” said Kelley Lovati, president and CEO of the Macomb Foundation.

The ATHENA Leadership Awards are a globally licensed awards program recognizing business and community leaders.