Northwestern Medical Center honored with Leadership in Quality Award

first_imgNorthwestern Medical Center, Inc,Quorum Health Resources (QHR), the nation’s largest hospital management company and the seventh largest healthcare consulting firm in the United States, recently announced the winners of its 2011 Excellence in Leadership awards. Jill Berry Bowen, CEO of Northwestern Medical Center accepted the award for Leadership in Quality Initiatives on behalf of the hospital. Northwestern Medical Center has ‘taken leadership in Quality programs,’ said QHR President and CEO James L. Horrar, ‘In addition to achieving excellent quantitative results, this hospital has been an early adopter of Quality Improvement initiatives implementing; A “Quiet Culture Awareness” program in 2010; participating in a state Quality Program to reduce the number of avoidable admissions to the Emergency Room; and developing a Medical Home Model for Primary Care Services in conjunction with the state’s Blue Print for Health.’ ‘I feel very honored to have received this award on behalf of our staff,’ said Bowen. ‘This award recognizes all of the big and small initiatives we have going on here, and the combination of efforts that are making an impact on the clinical outcomes for our patients. Many of our initiatives have come directly from our staff, who truly care about the patient as a whole.’ The Quiet Culture Awareness program is an example of an initiative that came directly from staff, according to Bowen. The Quiet Culture program aims to raise awareness of noises in the hospital that may interfere with patients’ ability to rest. With greater awareness of sources of noise, staff now takes greater care when using noisy equipment, wearing loud shoes, talking near patient rooms, etc., in order to create a healing environment to patients to recover from illness, surgery, or injury. Reducing the number of avoidable admissions to the Emergency Department (ED) has been another quality initiative at NMC, in cooperation with the State of Vermont’s Act 49 Utilization Review efforts. This project is designed to decrease inappropriate or preventable visits to the ED. After a thorough assessment of ED visits over a twelve month period, the quality improvement team’s initial focus is working with a cohort of patients who each experienced between 16 and 71 ED visits within the past year. The Blueprint for Health is a state led program dedicated to achieving well coordinated and seamless health services, with an emphasis on prevention and wellness, for all Vermonters. The foundation of the Blueprint model is Advanced Primary Care that meets patients and families needs by coordinating seamlessly with a broad range of health and human services. NMC’s role in this initiative is to serve as the lead administrative entity, facilitating the work of committees and participation in the Blueprint at the local level. ‘Our quality initiatives exist not only within the walls of the hospital, but also in the community,’ said Bowen. ‘With initiatives like the Blueprint, we are bringing together teams to focus on the entire patient experience. As long as we are focused on quality care with the patient at the center of our decision making and our initiatives, it will continue to set us apart. We have an incredible team who are focused on making a difference.’ Northwestern Medical Center was one of four QHR hospitals receiving honors for Leadership in Quality Initiatives this year, and one of thirteen QHR hospitals receiving Excellence in Leadership honors, out of 150 QHR hospitals nationwide. For more information about Northwestern Medical Center, visit www.NorthwesternMedicalCenter.org(link is external).last_img read more

Hawaiian Electric plans for 2022 closing of Oahu coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Honolulu Star Advertiser:Wanted: More sources of alternative energy to power Hawaii.In an effort to prepare for the closure of two fossil-fuel plants in the state — the coal-fired AES Hawaii plant on Oahu and the oil-fired Kahului Power Plant on Maui — Hawaiian Electric Companies is seeking more renewable energy projects.The companies, which provide power to residents on Oahu and Hawaii island and in Maui County, are seeking an array of solar, wind, storage and other projects to help generate electricity in place of the two plants.The 180-megawatt AES Hawaii power plant at Campbell Industrial Park is currently the largest single generator on the Hawaiian Electric system, providing 16 percent of the peak demand on Oahu. It is slated to close by September 2022. On Maui, the Kahului Power Plant is expected to close by the end of 2024.Both plants have been around for more than 20 years and have been good partners, but times have changed, according to [Hawaiian Electric Companies spokesman Peter] Rosegg.“The AES contract is expiring, and no one’s interested in renewing it,” said Rosegg. “It’s coal, dirtiest of all our power plants in the system. There’s no question we’ve known for a while it would retire at the end of the contract. Kahului has been more flexible, but it’s an old plant. We’ve looked at closing it before. Now we’re committed to doing it.”More: HEI seeks renewable options as end nears for 2 plants Hawaiian Electric plans for 2022 closing of Oahu coal plantlast_img read more

Go Outside and Play in Clarksville, Tenn.

first_imgVisitClarksvilleTN.com Fun FactFrank Sutton, who played Sgt. Carter in the sitcom, Gomer Plye, USMC, is a Clarksville native. Take a selfie with his statue downtown. MorningStart your day with a mouthwatering French pastry from Madeleine’s Bakery then take in some local history and switchback trails at Fort Defiance Civil War Park overlooking the confluence of the rivers. Next, find permanent and rotating exhibits, plus plenty of interactive play spaces for children, at the Customs House Museum. The iconic architecture outside and massive model train exhibit inside are thrills for all ages. If you’re a fan of good sushi, enjoy lunch at Yellowtail or Kohana just outside downtown. MorningDunbar Cave State Park is one of Clarksville’s most popular outdoor spots in every season. This 144-acre natural playground in the middle of the city includes almost four miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, wildlife, and guided cave tours May-October. Enjoy breakfast or lunch at The Wonderland Café with divine pastries, as well as breakfast and lunch entrees. Strawberry Alley Ale Works, photo by Lucas Chambers Christmas lights on franklin street, photo by Ron Jackson Day One AfternoonThe nine-mile Clarksville Greenway is a paved walking and biking trail along two waterways where you’ll enjoy native species, bluff walls, tree canopies, overlooks, and a 600-foot pedestrian bridge. The nearby North Ford Mountain Biking Trail is the perfect spot for riders of all skill levels. Day Twocenter_img EveningYou’ll want to time your evening activities around a vivid Cumberland River sunset. A romantic stroll along the RiverWalk is an ideal way to soak up the last of the daylight. Dinner at Liberty Park Grill overlooking the marina is another prime location for a fantastic view. EveningEnjoy an evening downtown where you’ll be captivated by historic architecture at every turn. The city offers several choices for dinner along with pubs, breweries, and a meadery. Explore a variety of local shops and check the schedule at the Roxy Regional Theatre for live professional productions. If you’re looking for a fall or winter getaway that’s off the beaten path but convenient, affordable with plenty to do, loaded with scenic outdoor recreation but not too crowded, Clarksville, Tenn., checks all your boxes. You can best enjoy Clarksville’s outdoors by following recommended safety precautions like wearing a mask, staying six feet apart, and washing your hands frequently. AfternoonSchedule a tour and tasting at Beachaven Winery or Old Glory Distilling. You’ll meet people who are passionate about their craft and have been working many years to perfect it. With a driving tour and short walk in Liberty Park, you’ll be inspired by two Clarksville trailblazers and legends, Wilma Rudolph and Pat Head Summitt, whose bronze likEnesses anchor both ends of the park. Cover Photo: River walk, photo by Lucas Chamberslast_img read more

Tioga County Health Department issued public health statement following positive case at salon

first_imgThe health department asks anyone who was at the salon during the listed dates should self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of their exposure. An individual who was at Donna’s Styling Salon in Spencer from Wednesday, Oct. 14 to Friday, Oct. 16 has tested positive for the virus. (WBNG) — The Tioga County Health Department issued a public health statement on Thursday regarding a positive coronavirus case in the county.last_img

Avian flu crops up again in Thailand

first_imgMay 27, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – An avian influenza outbreak was reported at a research farm in northern Thailand yesterday, less than 2 weeks after government officials expressed confidence that the country was free of the disease.A Thai agricultural official said the outbreak occurred on a Chiang Mai University research farm, according to a report today by the Bangkok Post. The official, Yukol Limlaemthong, said faculty members noticed unusual chicken deaths May 19.The carcasses tested positive for avian flu, the report said. It did not specify whether tests showed the H5N1 virus subtype, which was blamed for the widespread outbreaks in Thailand and seven other Asian countries earlier this year. The outbreaks led to 34 human illness cases with at least 23 deaths.More than 1,000 chickens were destroyed to contain the new outbreak, the Post reported. Yukol said authorities did not order the culling of chickens at neighboring farms because the boundary of the outbreak “could be clearly delineated,” according to the story. The farm is in an isolated area and all movements of poultry there are under the government’s tight control, Yukol said.The story also said a provincial livestock official speculated that the infection could have come from migrating birds. He said chickens within 5 kilometers of the research farm were being tested for the virus.The government had expressed near-certainty that the country was free of avian flu May 14, which marked the end of 21 days of monitoring at the site of the last previous outbreak, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday.The AP report, contradicting the Post story, quoted Yukol as saying the new outbreak was believed to have started May 22.last_img read more

FDA seeks comments on food safety plan

first_img The Bush administration released the food protection plan along with an overarching import safety plan on Nov 6. Officials proposed to revamp the nation’s food safety policies after a spate of food safety incidents, ranging from tainted domestic produce to chemical contamination of imported pet food ingredients. The call for comments was published today in the Federal Register, and a link to submit comments is available on the agency’s Web site. Electronic or written comments will be accepted through July 30, according to the Federal Register notice. Link to submit food safety plan comments The plan would give the FDA authority to order recalls of unsafe food products and give the agency more access to company records during emergencies. In some instances, companies have been slow or refused to voluntarily recall their food products when contamination or safety issues surfaced. Acheson said that since releasing the plan in November, federal officials have had several opportunities to attend food industry meetings and hear questions and concerns about the new food safety plan. “This has led to a lot of good discussions, and this has led to a more formal process,” he said of the invitation for comments. Longer-term goals include expanding laboratory capacity to speed the identification of contaminants and using new technology, such as radiofrequency tracking, to expedite recalls. The plan includes 14 broad recommendations and 50 action steps. Some are short-term goals, while others are targeted to long-term objectives. For example, in the short term, the FDA will provide safety and security certification for foreign producers, based on the product’s risk level. The plan also gives federal officials the authority to seize the assets of companies that violate food safety laws and increase civil penalties for those that violate the Consumer Product Safety Act. Apr 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced it is seeking public and stakeholder comments on the food safety plan that it proposed in November to address concerns about foodborne illness and problems with imported products.center_img During a conference call today with stakeholders to announce the call for comments, David Acheson, MD, the FDA’s assistant commissioner for food safety, said, “The success of the plan is all built upon partnerships. This is an opportunity for people to let their voices be heard in a transparent way.” In August the FDA will host a 50-state meeting to get state and local officials more involved in discussing components of the food safety plan, Acheson said. See also: In information accompanying the FDA’s request for feedback, the agency highlighted several items it said it was most eager to hear about. For example, the agency is asking about the criteria it should use to define “high-risk” and about the benefits and limitations of accrediting third parties to perform food inspections. Nov 6, 2007, CIDRAP News story “US food safety plan calls for FDA recall power” Nov 7, 2007, CIDRAP News story “FDA food safety plan taps others for inspection help”last_img read more

Fewer Dutch schemes facing pension rights cuts, consultancies say

first_imgMercer and Aon Hewitt have predicted that no more than 10 pension funds in the Netherlands will have to apply rights discounts this year, citing improving equity markets and rising interest rates over the fourth quarter of 2016, triggered mainly by the election of Donald Trump as US president.The consultancies, weighing pension funds’ coverage ratios at year-end, said any cuts were likely to be limited to 1%, as they expect the funds to take advantage of the legal option of spreading out the required discount over a 10-year period.Both consultancies estimated that pension funds’ coverage increased by 1 percentage point, to 102% on average, over December.This matches Dutch schemes’ average funding at the start of last year and exceeds the critical coverage level at which immediate rights cuts are mandatory. Aon Hewitt said it was probable that about 10 small and medium-sized schemes will be forced to make cuts this year, while Mercer estimates that no more than three pension funds are facing discounts.The country’s largest pension funds – ABP, PFZW, PMT, BpfBOUW and PME – have already indicated that they will not have to apply rights cuts.However, Frank Driessen, chief commercial officer at Aon Hewitt, took pains to emphasise that Dutch pension funds’ overall financial position was far from rosy.“Many schemes are a long way off from indexation, while governance requirements, particularly for the smaller pension funds, are tough,” he said. Driessen said joining a general pension fund (APF) was not as straightforward as expected for many smaller schemes, “as APFs don’t accept underfunded schemes as new participants”.Mercer’s Van Ek, meanwhile, said that all asset classes produced positive results last year, with emerging market equities returning 15% and developed market equities 12%.“Without the average currency hedge of 50%, developed market equities would have generated almost 14%,” he added.Commodities, returning 17%, was the best-performing asset class.Government bonds, listed property and private equity returned 7%, 7.5% and 3%, respectively, while hedge funds returned 1%, Mercer said.last_img read more

Test predicts hair and eye colour

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Test predicts hair and eye colour by: – August 24, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share 16 Views no discussions The test can predict both hair and eye colour from samples left at a crime sceneScientists have developed a forensic test that can predict both the hair and eye colour of a possible suspect using DNA left at a crime scene.The team that developed the test says it could provide valuable leads in cases where perpetrators cannot be identified through DNA profiling.The Hirisplex system could allow investigators to narrow down a large group of possible suspects.Details appear in the journal Forensic Science International: Genetics.Predicting phenotypes – outward traits such as hair colour or eye colour – from DNA information is an emerging field in forensics.An important current approach, known as genetic profiling, involves comparing crime scene DNA with that from a suspect or with a profile stored in a database. But this relies on the person either being among a pool of suspects identified by the police or having their profile in a DNA database.Tools such as Hirisplex could be useful in those cases where the perpetrator is completely unknown to the authorities, said Prof Manfred Kayser, who led the study.He said the test “includes the 24 currently best eye and hair colour predictive DNA markers. In its design we took care that the test can cope with the challenges of forensic DNA analysis such as low amounts of material.” Prof Kayser, from Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, added: “The test is very sensitive and produces complete results on even smaller DNA amounts than usually used for forensic DNA profiling.”He told BBC News that the journal article described everything needed to establish the test in a forensic lab, but that the team was also in touch with industry regarding their knowledge about hair and eye colour prediction.The test system includes the six DNA markers previously used in a test for eye colour known as Irisplex, combining them with predictive markers for hair.In the study, the authors used Hirisplex to predict hair colour phenotypes in a sample drawn from three European populations.On average, their prediction accuracy was 69.5% for blonde hair, 78.5% for brown, 80% for red and 87.5% for black hair colour.Analysis on worldwide DNA samples suggested the results were similar regardless of a person’s geographic ancestry. The team was also able to determine, with a prediction accuracy of about 86%, whether a brown-eyed, black haired person was of non-European versus European origin (excluding some nearby areas such as the Middle East).The findings were also outlined at the sixth European Academy of Forensic Science conference in The Hague this week.BBC Newslast_img read more

Mrs. Beverly Ann (Rose) Fockler

first_imgMrs. Beverly Ann (Rose) Fockler, age 59, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on May 6, 1958, in Montgomery, Alabama, the daughter of, Marshall Gene and the late, Sandy Faye (Grady) Rose. She was raised in Auburn, Alabama and in Milpitas, California and was a 1976 graduate of the Samuel Ayer High School in Milpitas, California. Beverly was united in marriage on May 28, 1983, in Carmel, California, to Gregory Fockler and to this union arrived four daughters, Heather, Hollie, Shawnee and Jasmine to bless their home. Beverly and Gregory shared over 34 years of marriage together until her death. She was a former employee for Williams Food Service in Madison, Indiana, for several years. Beverly was employed as a Room Inspector for Belterra Casino & Resort in Florence, Indiana, for the past 8 years. Beverly enjoyed reading, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and vacationing in Mexico. Beverly passed away at 5:40 am, Monday, June 26, 2017, at her residence in Vevay, Indiana. Beverly will be deeply missed by her husband of over 34 years: Gregory Fockler of Vevay, IN; her daughters: Heather Peelman and her husband: Dusty of Vevay, IN, Hollie Crepin and her husband: John of Vevay, IN, Shawnee Williams of Aurora, IN and Jasmine Cummins and her husband: Durand of Cincinnati, OH; her grandchildren: Zoe, Brenden, Logan, Aubrey, Mackenzie, Skylar, Graham, Sawyer, Everley, McKaila, Mason, Madden, Mylan, Jade, David, Paige, Peyton, Riley and one grandson on the way; her father: Marshall Gene Rose of Calabasas, CA; her brothers: Ken Rose of Eugene, OR and Marshall Rose of Sunnyville, CA and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her mother: Sandy Faye (Grady) Rose.Friends may call 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Friday, June 30, 2017, at the Jack Sullivan Senior Citizen Building 305 Walnut Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial services will be conducted Friday, June 30, 2017, at 6:00 pm, by Bro. Shawn McMullen, at the Jack Sullivan Senior Citizen Building, 305 Walnut Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to Keeping Pace Cancer Fund % Switzerland County Community Foundation. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Monk calm over Koeman interest

first_img Press Association “I speak to him every day, he comes to training quite a lot and he sees the way we work but in terms of going on past this season, no I have not had any chats with the chairman.” Swansea host fellow strugglers West Brom this weekend in a game which Monk feels will be crucial to the Welsh club’s survival prospects. “You get defining games throughout season, and this is definitely one of them,” he said. “We want the three points and so do West Brom. “It’s a good game, a big game, but we’re in front of our home fans and it is important that we put on a performance to get the win.” Pepe Mel has failed to win a match since he was appointed by West Brom in January and the Baggies are now only out of the relegation zone on goal difference. There is a chance that West Brom will come up against Swansea striker Michu, who is close to full fitness following a three-month ankle injury layoff. “He’s trained well this week,” Monk said. “We’ve been assessing him every day and we tailor the training it to him. He has taken part in most of the sessions this week. “He’s been great and looked sharp on Thursday and we’ll make a judgement on him on Friday.” Koeman’s agent Guido Albers told the BBC that the former Holland defender is interested in moving to the Barclays Premier League when his contract expires with Feyenoord in the summer. Albers said Koeman was “willing” to move to the Liberty Stadium as Swansea are a “fantastic club with a lot of potential.” Garry Monk does not care that Ronald Koeman’s agent has been touting his client for the Swansea job. Monk was appointed as Swansea boss “for the foreseeable future” following the sacking of Michael Laudrup. Swansea are just four points from safety after failing to win any of their last six games, but Monk is not concerned by the comments coming from Koeman’s camp. “I don’t care – it doesn’t affect me,” the Swansea manager told a press conference. “This is the business we are in. “Players and managers will always be linked with other clubs, but I can’t worry about that. “Names will always be linked when a manager changes, and I guess this shows that everyone wants to work in the Premier League. It’s the most exciting league in the world so I don’t blame people for trying to get linked with certain jobs. “But I just have to focus on what I am doing, and that always means the next game.” Monk has claimed five points from his four league games in charge. The former Swans captain remains in the dark over whether he will continue in his position beyond the end of the season. “I have not held any deep talks with the chairman,” Monk added. last_img read more