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Varnum’s Carl Ver Beek honored for contributions to healthcare-related initiatives



Veteran labor and employment attorney Carl Ver Beek, Of Counsel at Varnum, was recently honored by the Midwest Inter-professional Practice, Education and Research Center (MIPERC) for contributions to area health care-related initiatives.

Ver Beek received the Community Award, in recognition of his “many contributions, commitment and guidance provided to the interprofessional and health related initiatives affecting education, business and practice, in an effort to improve the health of our communities.”

Ver Beek has been involved in West Michigan health care initiatives for more than 30 years. His interest stemmed in large part from his legal practice, in which he frequently represented employers grappling with health care costs for the workforce.

He was a founder of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Health Care and Human Resources Committee; he chaired it for over 20 years. Other organizations he has served include Faith Hospice, Health Net of West Michigan, Holland Home and Kent Health Plan Corporation.

Although retired from his law practice, Ver Beek remains interested and involved in health care events and initiatives. Recently, he and other members of the Chamber’s Health Care and Human Resources Committee were invited to meet with U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the ranking member of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee. Ver Beek was the spokesperson as the Chamber presented a position paper that offers solutions for escalating pharmaceutical costs.

Ver Beek was nominated for the MIPERC Community Award by Katie Branch, Director of Simulation at GVSU. “Carl graciously volunteers his time and resources to assist in coaching, mentoring and providing networking opportunities to advocate for equitable, quality and safe health care in the community,” she said.

The award was presented in conjunction with the 12th annual MIPERC Conference in September. For more, visit www.gvsu.edu/miperc/

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