Kiplinger Picks Flint as Top Comeback City for 2011- Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy Helps Lead the Charge

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On their website Kiplinger stated, “The health care and life sciences industries are giving long-suffering Flint a shot in the arm. Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy relocated its headquarters from the suburbs to the city, using a former auto assembly site for its offices, while both the city's public hospitals, Hurley Medical Center, and McLaren Regional Medical Center are bulking up.”

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“We definitely agree with Kiplinger. Life sciences is now a catalyst in bringing new jobs to Flint and Diplomat is committed to playing a major role in that job creation,” said Phil Hagerman, President and CEO of Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy.

Kiplinger released their Comeback Cities for 2011 and Flint, Michigan, made the list, due in part to the efforts of Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy.

On their website Kiplinger stated, “The health care and life sciences industries are giving long-suffering Flint a shot in the arm. Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy relocated its headquarters from the suburbs to the city, using a former auto assembly site for its offices, while both the city's public hospitals, Hurley Medical Center, and McLaren Regional Medical Center are bulking up.”

“We definitely agree with Kiplinger. Life sciences is now a catalyst in bringing new jobs to Flint and Diplomat is committed to playing a major role in that job creation,” said Phil Hagerman, President and CEO of Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy. “Moving our headquarters to the former GM Tech Center has been a game changer for us and a tremendous benefit on many levels. The excitement of a new facility is great alone, but the pick-up in capabilities the new headquarters offers- both for now and in the future- has the entire company focused on growth.”

Kiplinger cited the following data for the Flint Metropolitan area:
Flint, Mich.
Population: 1,641,257
Current unemployment rate: 12.5%
Forecast job growth for 2011: 2.6%

Other cities selected were: Chattanooga TN, Nashville TN, Orlando Fla, Jacksonville Fla, Charlotte N.C., Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland Ore, Seattle, San Jose Calif..

The complete Kiplinger article can be read at: http://finance.yahoo.com/real-estate/article/112513/comeback-cities-2011-kiplinger.

About Kiplinger
Kiplinger is a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice, available in print, online, audio, video and software products.

About Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy
Michigan-based Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, founded in 1975, is the nation’s largest privately held Specialty Pharmacy and focuses on complete medication management programs for patients with serious and chronic conditions. Key programs include: Oncology, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s, Hemophilia, Growth Hormone and Psoriasis. Other specialty areas include Transplant, Fertility, Dialysis Medication Management, Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Specialty Compounding. Locations include: Flint and Grand Rapids, MI; Chicago, IL; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and San Bernardino, CA. Learn more about Keeping Patients Healthier…Longer® at http://www.diplomatpharmacy.com.

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