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California Safety Manager Awarded National Occupational Safety and Health Recognition


Eric Simmons was chosen as the 2020 Outstanding Safety Professional of the Year by Columbia Southern University.

“I have always had a passion for learning and teaching others. The safety profession provides an excellent opportunity to do both of those things,” – Eric Simmons

Columbia Southern University (CSU), a leading safety educator, recently awarded its annual Outstanding Safety Professional of the Year Award to Eric Simmons of Temecula, California.

CSU’s occupational safety and health faculty members selected Simmons from more than 250 nominations. Simmons, who holds a master’s degree in occupational safety and health from the university, is the corporate safety director for Helix Electric in San Diego.

“I have always had a passion for learning and teaching others. The safety profession provides an excellent opportunity to do both of those things,” said Simmons. “I enjoy the variety within the safety profession, both in terms of the things we do and the people we meet and interact with on a daily basis.”

His enjoyment is reflected in the numerous construction safety awards he has earned including the Board of Certified Safety Professionals’ 2019 Construction Health and Safety Technician Award of Excellence. Simmons has licenses in 17 states and serves on national safety committees including the American Society of Safety Professionals, the National Safety Council and the National Fire Protection Association.

CSU’s occupational safety and health faculty members chose two student runners-up this year for the award: Bill Toms of Asheville, North Carolina, and Scott Gable of Cecil County, Maryland.

Toms, a safety director with MB Haynes Corp., began working in occupational safety and health after suffering a traumatic injury in 1997 as a lineman. He earned his associate in occupational safety and health from CSU in 2015. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree with CSU as well.

“The incident resulted in the amputation of my right hand and right foot. Since I would no longer be able to do line work, I was excited when my company asked if I would like to come back to work in safety. It was then that I realized that I could make a difference in the lives of others by encouraging them to work safely and avoid making a serious mistake as I did,” explained Toms.

Since 2011, Gable has risen in ranks of the safety world and now works as an occupational safety and health specialist with the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights in Washington D.C. Gable earned his bachelor’s in occupational safety and health from CSU this year.

“My favorite thing about what I do is the abundance of opportunity to serve others in various capacities,” said Gable. “Between the people whom I have been able to save from unsafe acts and taught along the way, to the families that I have comforted and provided closure to during times of hardship, nothing will ever compare.”

The Outstanding Safety Professional Award was established by the university to recognize National Safety Month, observed annually in June, and to celebrate its occupational safety and health students and graduates for their commitments to safety, professionalism and their accomplishments.

CSU salutes Simmons, Toms, Gable and others who participated in this effort to honor all those who are committed to protecting the lives of workers. This is especially of note as the world deals with a global pandemic and the good health of workers is paramount.

About Columbia Southern University

For more than 25 years, Columbia Southern University has been a leader in occupational safety and health education. Taught by experienced safety experts, CSU’s bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in occupational safety and health are recognized by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals as Graduate Safety Practitioner® Qualified Academic Programs. CSU’s occupational safety and health degree programs meet the educational requirements mandated by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals for the Associate Safety Professional designation (ASP®) and the Certified Safety Professional designation (CSP®). Visit ColumbiaSouthern.edu or call (877) 347-6050 to learn more.

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Temprian Therapeutics Finalist in Nature Merck Spinoff 2020 Competition


Caroline Le Poole, PhD, CSO (above center), Paul Burton, JD MBA, VP Strategy (below, left) and Kettil Cedercreutz, PhD, CEO (below right) form the core leadership team of Temprian Therapeutics Inc.

Our treatment is designed to bring long-sought-after relief to the millions of people suffering from vitiligo

Temprian, a spinoff from Northwestern University, has a platform technology intended for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Its lead indication is vitiligo. Vitiligo patients develop progressive depigmentation of the skin. There is no cure for vitiligo at this time.

While vitiligo is equally prevalent in all ethnic groups, it is most visible and impactful in people with darker skin tones. Comorbidities include alopecia areata, hypothyroid disease and depression. The disease can bring heavy emotional stress. Patients are routinely subject to discrimination and prejudice, affecting personal relationships and job opportunities.

Historically, treatments for diseases that disproportionately affect people of color have received little attention or resources essential to moving them forward. Temprian’s selection as a finalist for the Nature Spinoff Prize provides hope for securing finances needed for a clinical trial.

The 12 finalists represent companies from the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Spain operating in such diverse fields as pharmaceuticals, predictive assays and medical devices.

Details of Temprian’s innovation are covered on the Nature website. The Spinoff Prize has been established by the journal Nature in partnership with Merck KGaA to showcase and celebrate global excellence in the commercialization of research through the creation of spinoff companies.

ABOUT Temprian Therapeutics Inc. The company is a spinoff from Northwestern University, established to develop DNA based treatments for autoimmune disease. Its lead indication is vitiligo. The Company has worked closely with the patient community in the development of a safe, non-invasive, market-oriented treatment for vitiligo. The HSP70-based drug is designed to temper autoimmunity, arrests the spread of the disease and trigger repigmentation.

ABOUT Nature, Merck KGaA and the Spinoff Prize 2020: The Spinoff Prize has been established by the journal Nature Research in partnership with Merck to showcase and celebrate global excellence in the commercialization of research through the creation of spinoff companies.

IP: The underlying patent “Mutant HSP70i to Prevent Autoimmune Disease” (Appl. No. 15/791,609) for Temprian’s platform technology was approved and issued by the USPTO on May 27, 2020.

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Right at Home Interiors named 2020’s Best Interior Designer


Right at Home Interiors is thrilled to have received Houzz’s Best of Award 2020 for Best Interior Designer in El Dorado County, CA. This award, presented on February 3rd, 2020, is given to those professionals and businesses that garner the highest client satisfaction rating in their niche.

Owner and designer, Keely Hersh, is proud to have received more than 15 positive reviews on Houzz for her services – all in just a couple of months. With more than 25 years of experience and a focus on client happiness, Keely is a powerful, personable designer that continues to delight her clients year after year, project after project.

Keely places her attention not just on the project as a whole, but on every single detail. As one former client stated on Houzz, “Keely was excellent! She helped us with colors, space planning, shopping, getting to think outside the box, kept us on task and within budget. I liked her creative ideas and found her easy to work with.” Her ability to blend creativity and practicality allows her to deliver results to her clients that exceed expectations.

Right at Home Interiors continues to offer consistent, high-quality interior design and decorating services that keep clients coming back. As another satisfied client wrote on Houzz, “Right at Home Interiors is and will always be my first choice when decorating my home.”

About Right at Home Interiors:

Owner and designer Keely Hersh views fabric as a main feature in home décor and manufactures your custom window coverings, bedding and room décor accessories at her in-house custom drapery workroom.

Keely has received nationwide recognition for her creative use of home décor fabrics. She places her focus on the client’s style and how they want the room to function. Keely says, “I tailor my designs to each project. It’s a complete package, from our first meeting, through the design phase, fabric selection, fabricating and installation, so that when you walk into your completed home you experience that wonderful ‘ta da’ moment.”

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KanTime Software Continues Expanding EVV Footprint Nationwide


KanTime How Better Happens

“We love KanTime EVV, it manages all of the rules and regulations easily, allowing us to work with far fewer types of exceptions,” said Sherry, Area Manager at Home Health Care by Callos.

KanTime, a leader in the post-acute EMR space with a strong presence in the Electronic Visit Verification arena, adds Ohio to its growing list of states where it is an approved EVV vendor. As the CURES Act continues to mandate more states to adopt EVV, KanTime has made it a priority to become an alternate EVV provider in all open states so that post acute care providers can utilize one platform to manage everything from intake and scheduling all the way to billing and collections.

KanTime has achieved EVV certification as an alternate EVV provider or is integrated with the State mandated vendor in the following states: Ohio, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, and Texas. The company plans to add New York and Arizona to its list in the coming months.

KanTime’s EVV module meets Federal requirements and captures all the required information including type of service performed, the record of the individual receiving the service, date of service provided, location of service delivery, staff providing the service, and the start and end times of the service. Thousands of caregivers utilize the KanTime Mobile application, available online and offline, to easily capture all required EVV information and more such as the geolocation, client signature, tasks performed, and client voice recordings (optional).

Sherry, Area Manager at Home Health Care by Callos in Ohio, recently shared, “We love KanTime EVV, it manages all of the rules and regulations, allowing us to work with far fewer types of exceptions. This has significantly reduced the administrative burden seen with other solutions. The KanTime Mobile app can be configured to require a beneficiary signature before the note is submitted and has so many more features that help us be more efficient in our care delivery.”

As states continue to adopt and mature their EVV programs KanTime will continue to take a leadership role in keeping customers in alignment with those changes. Robert Dean, KanTime’s EVP of Sales stated, “Our customers are in the business of delivering world-class healthcare. They have come to depend on KanTime as their partner in navigating the ever-changing requirements landscape.”

About KanTime:

KanTime Healthcare Software is an American based healthcare technology company that is the fastest-growing post-acute software provider in the nation with over 500,000 patients, 120,000 users, $5.1B in processed claims, and 32M annual visits. We provide cloud-based enterprise software to home health, hospice, pediatric, private duty, and consumer-directed services agencies. KanTime helps agencies improve clinical compliance, increase operations efficiency, and achieve financial success. KanTime works seamlessly on any point of care device be it iOS, Android, or Windows-based, both online and offline. Additionally, KanTime offers robust business intelligence tools that allow upper-level management to drill down into various clinical, financial, and operational KPIs and act accordingly. For more information visit http://www.kantime.com.

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Ultrafast RT-PCR for COVID-19 by Molecular Biology Systems draws Dutch government support


Dutch biotechnology company, Molecular Biology Systems, B.V. (MBS) has announced a publication detailing the use of its revolutionary NEXTGENPCR endpoint thermocycler to test for SARS-CoV-2 with a one-step reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) in 16 minutes. The article, titled “Ultra-fast one-step RT-PCR protocol for the detection of SARS-CoV-2,” has been submitted as a preprint is available here: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.06.25.20137398v1

“We immediately started with a COVID-19 diagnostic project, since we already got a NEXTGENPCR thermocycler for sepsis diagnostics. Using this technology, we demonstrated with clinical RNA isolates, the ability to dramatically increase SARS-CoV-2 testing throughput without a loss in sensitivity,” says Prof. Dr. Christian Kaltschmidt, Cell Biology of the University of Bielefeld, the senior author of the publication.

MBS has developed and released two software packages that result in a streamlined workflow from isolated nucleic acid sample to result. First, the machine’s operating system has been updated with two enabling features, onboard reverse transcription and 2-step PCR. These features decrease the number of handling steps, and plate shuttling time which together result in an improved, shorter protocol. The second software package automates the measurement and analysis of endpoint fluorescence, allowing users to automate calls based on predetermined thresholds.

“After accelerating the CDC assay, we received a lot of positive feedback,” says MBS CEO and founder, Gert de Vos. “We added software, tested more WHO-recommended protocols and have collaborated with labs to deliver a demonstration of ultrafast RT-PCR for SARS-CoV-2.”

To support companies responding to COVID-19, the Dutch government has awarded funds to MBS. Rosco Ephraïm, Project Manager Impuls Zeeland, stated, “MBS demonstrated a clear contribution to the advancement of SARS-CoV-2 testing both locally and globally, so the government awarded these funds to ensure this innovative company executes its mission.”

With a single NEXTGENPCR system delivering over 570 test results per hour, MBS is now collaborating with government and private testing laboratories in the USA, Europe, the Middle East and Africa to implement this method.

Find out more at http://www.nextgenpcr.com

About Molecular Biology Systems

Molecular Biology Systems, B.V., founded in 2015, is a molecular biology solutions company based in Netherlands. Their NEXTGENPCR thermocycler uses patented heating and cooling technology to reduce PCR amplification cycles from hours to minutes. These technological advances are intended to support laboratorians across the life sciences market reduce costs and accelerate results.

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As Fires Sweep Southwest, Aerial Firefighters Rush Aircraft, Contend With Coronavirus Risk


“The season’s early start in the western US actually came as no surprise. It’s in line with the current predictions of the National Interagency Fire Center,” noted Dan Snyder, Chief Operating Officer of Neptune Aviation Services.

With much of the US Southwest seeing explosive growth in wildfire events, air tanker and helicopter operators are quickly deploying assets, with the added challenge of keeping their pilots, mechanics and other field crew safe under the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

“The USFS is relying much more heavily on airborne assets—both fixed and rotary wing–in order to minimize the need for large camps where firefighters are positioned in close proximity to each other, increasing the risk of contracting the coronavirus,” explained Dan Snyder, Chief Operating Officer of Neptune Aviation Services in Missoula, Montana.

Currently, five of Neptune Aviation Services’ BAe 146 tankers have been operating on multiple fires in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah since April, all under US Forest Service (USFS) contracts—one under call when needed, and four under exclusive use. Its four remaining tankers have subsequently come under call when needed contracts.

The USFS, Snyder also noted, is positioning firefighting aircraft nearer to active fires this year, with the intent of keeping them at those locations for the duration of the regional fire seasons. The aircraft, he explained, would then be relocated, as fire activity shifts to other parts of the country.

“Keeping redeployments to a minimum cuts the risk of coronavirus transmission, because you are not moving people around as much,” Snyder pointed out.

Keeping aircraft in one location longer, Snyder observed, could also indicate that 2020 will be a more active fire season than the previous year. “The season’s early start in the western US actually came as no surprise. It’s in line with the current predictions of the National Interagency Fire Center,” he noted.

Rick Livingston, owner of Intermountain Helicopter in Sonora, California, which operates a single Bell 212, confirmed that aerial firefighting assets are trending toward longer duration where assigned. “We’ve seen that, this year. In fact, the USFS has been offering limited 90-day exclusive use contracts for operators of Type I and Type II helicopters,” he said. “I think we will see more of this, going forward.”

Livingston stressed that he is “definitely watching” the COVID-19 crisis. “Things are starting to open up, but who knows what will take place this summer,” he said. “Some of the overhaul shops are reopening, and people are starting to show up for work again. Our biggest issue was working with the FAA because more people were working from home, and it was a lot harder to get things done.”

Keith Saylor, Director of Commercial Operations for Columbia Helicopters, reported that the Portland, Oregon based operator has had a CH-47D helicopter working on the Bush Fire out of Phoenix, Arizona, since mid-June. “We also have a CH-47D positioned in Ely, Minnesota, and one in Cortez, Colorado,” he noted. “In addition, two of our Columbia Model 234s are currently based in Salmon, Idaho, and Oakridge, Colorado. All are under USFS call when needed contracts.”

According to Saylor, this year’s fire season is shaping up to be more active than normal, especially in the Pacific northwest, where heavy rains have generated a considerable amount of fuel. As with other operators, he pointed out that preparations for this year’s fire season included COVID-19 protection.

“It was a great challenge—which we have met—to implement the safety measures for the coronavirus, per the CDC guidelines, Saylor stated. “We not only had to assure social distancing, but the availability and use of personal protective equipment, along with establishing procedures for sterilizing our helicopters and support equipment. Also, more crew training has been shifted to video conferencing and web action.”

In addition, said Saylor, the company’s crews have been thoroughly trained to take protective measures in hotel rooms and other public places. “We’re using hand sanitizers, especially after coming into contact with high touch surfaces such as door knobs and light switches,” he explained.

Timberline Helicopters of Sandpoint, Idaho, currently has a UH-60A on a USFS 90-day contract, based at Boise. “We have not been dispatched to an active fire yet, but we are ready with fully equipped aircraft and crew for when the call comes in,” said Travis Storro, the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

Storro said that for Timberline Helicopters, the primary impacts of the coronavirus have been logistical challenges, commercial flight availability, supply chain issues, and certain inefficiencies in order to maintain social distancing. “Still, we are fully staffed and ready to operate our fleet this summer to protect life and property.”

“COVID-19 has presented a formidable challenge to many businesses across the US economy, including the aerial firefighting industry,” said George Hill, Executive Director of the American Helicopter Services and Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA). “Still, the aerial firefighting operators have continued to demonstrate 100-percent mission capable—even as the country continues to work through this global pandemic.”

Columbia Helicopters, Intermountain Helicopter, Neptune Aviation Services, and Timberline Helicopters are all members of AHSAFA, the trade association representing the privately operated aerial firefighting industry in Washington.

Ready or Not, COVID-19 Necessitates the Move to Decentralized Clinical Trials, Upcoming Webinar Hosted by Xtalks


Xtalks Life Science Webinars

In this presentation, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by these shifts and the impact on traditional eClinical technology companies as the industry moves more toward decentralized trials.

While the regulatory bodies have supported decentralization of clinical trials, prior to COVID-19 many sponsors were reluctant to adopt these tools in practice. The global pandemic has forced many to re-evaluate their stance on remote eClinical solutions. In this presentation, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by these shifts and the impact on traditional eClinical technology companies as the industry moves more toward decentralized trials.

Join David Botts, Executive Vice President, Rose Research and Fred Martin, Chief Product Officer, Medrio in a live webinar on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 10am EDT (3pm BST/UK).

For more information or to register for this event, visit Ready or Not, COVID-19 Necessitates the Move to Decentralized Clinical Trials.

ABOUT XTALKS

Xtalks, powered by Honeycomb Worldwide Inc., is a leading provider of educational webinars to the global life science, food and medical device community. Every year thousands of industry practitioners (from life science, food and medical device companies, private & academic research institutions, healthcare centers, etc.) turn to Xtalks for access to quality content. Xtalks helps Life Science professionals stay current with industry developments, trends and regulations. Xtalks webinars also provide perspectives on key issues from top industry thought leaders and service providers.

To learn more about Xtalks visit http://xtalks.com

For information about hosting a webinar visit http://xtalks.com/why-host-a-webinar/

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AllenComm Wins Nine Awards for Innovative Digital Learning Experiences


“This is another impressive accomplishment and milestone for our Training and Education objectives. It reinforces our goal to be recognized as ‘best-in-class’ for clinical education programs,” said Michael Ferrara, VP, Global Marketing at BD.

AllenComm, the leader in transformative learning experiences, has won five Telly Awards for interactive client projects and four Omni Awards for visually compelling compliance training, onboarding, brand training, and leadership training. AllenComm continues to strive to meet and exceed client and industry expectations as a digital transformation partner for learning and development experts.

AllenComm collaborated with six clients to create these award-winning courses. BD won two silver awards in the Health & Wellness and Training categories for their reskilling course that instructs clinicians on PICC Insertion. A national non-profit association received two bronze Telly Awards for Videography/Cinematography and Training for their web-based compliance training. Change Healthcare also received a bronze Telly Award for Training their Integrity in Action compliance course. Four AllenComm clients each won an Omni Award for their interactive learning experiences. Bell and BD each won gold Omni Awards for their brand training and onboarding courses respectively. Nestlé took home a silver Omni Award for reskilling and Panera won a bronze for their course on leadership.

“This is another impressive accomplishment and milestone for our Training and Education objectives. It reinforces our goal to be recognized as ‘best-in-class’ for clinical education programs,” said Michael Ferrara, VP, Global Marketing at BD after winning two silver Telly Awards and one gold Omni Award.

These client awards represent hundreds of hours of work and dedication. AllenComm teams work in tandem with client learning and development teams to create innovative and transformational courses that meet strategic business objectives.

“Our commitment is to continue to create uniquely tailored, performance-focused, and enduring business transformations for our clients that also win awards,” said Ron Zamir, AllenComm CEO. “We’re honored to be recognized for this innovative work for our clients.”

About AllenComm

For almost 40 years, AllenComm has partnered with Fortune 500 companies to create and scale transformative learning solutions. Extensive instructional design experience, innovative learning technologies, and agency-level creative teams enable AllenComm to stand out in the learning landscape. Considered one of the top ten firms of its kind in the country, AllenComm wins over 40 awards year after year for their solutions. Partnering with AllenComm to supplement and support human capital management needs has helped customers reduce expenses, shorten onboarding periods, and raise the impact of sales and compliance efforts.

For more information, visit allencomm.com.

About Telly Awards

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding content for TV and Cable, Digital and Streaming, and Non-Broadcast distribution. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

About the Omni Awards

The Omni Awards exist to recognize outstanding media productions that engage, empower, and enlighten. The judging process is rigorous. Patterned after the Emmy Awards, the Omni Awards committee uses a panel of three peer professionals who independently judge each entry based on a standard set of criteria for the specific category. Companies represented by the awards committee include the Olympic organization committee, CNN, NBC, ABC, PBS, US Army, Cartoon Network, Disney, and Associated Press, among many others.

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AHN West Penn Hospital Named one of Nation’s Top 100 Hospitals


West Penn Hospital, part of Allegheny Health Network (AHN.)

West Penn Hospital, part of Allegheny Heath Network (AHN), has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health™ for the second consecutive year.

The new report, published this week in Fortune magazine, spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the United States, based on a scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational, safety, financial, and patient satisfaction data.

IBM Watson Health™ recognizes hospitals of all sizes, in five different categories – major teaching hospitals, teaching hospitals, large community hospitals, medium community hospitals, and small community hospitals.

West Penn is among 25 facilities recognized in the “teaching hospitals” category. It is one of just two hospitals in the Pittsburgh area, and one of four in Pennsylvania, to be named to the 100 Top Hospitals® list.

“We are extremely proud to be named one of the nation’s top hospitals by one of the country’s most respected health care industry analysts,” said Ron Andro, president of West Penn Hospital. “This honor again is reflective of the extraordinary talent and dedication of our physicians, nurses, volunteers, and employees at every level.”

This year marks the sixth time that West Penn Hospital has been named to the prestigious Top 100 Hospitals list, which has been published annually since 1993. To create its 2020 list, IBM Watson Health™ researchers evaluated more than 3,100 short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals.

“West Penn Hospital has always held a special place in the hearts of those who are cared for within its walls, and this recognition by IBM Watson Health is a wonderful validation of the clinical excellence and compassion that the hospital’s caregivers provide every day to those in need,” said Cindy Hundorfean, AHN President and CEO. “We can’t express enough how grateful we are to Ron Andro and everyone at West Penn for consistently raising those standards.”

The Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® study uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital performance in areas such as clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience and financial health. IBM Watson Health established the list to help identify best practices that may help other health care organizations achieve consistent, balanced, and sustainable high performance.

A cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood, West Penn is a 333-bed teaching hospital and tertiary care facility. Among the many leading clinical programs based at the hospital are AHN’s Women’s Institute, Autoimmunity Institute, Esophageal and Lung Institute, blood and marrow transplant program, and the West Penn Burn Center.

The hospital continues to evolve and expand its clinical programs. In 2019, the hospital cut the ribbon on its expanded Level III neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and in the same year opened three new cancer care facilities for patients with breast, gynecologic and hematologic cancers.

In 2018, the hospital opened a first-in-the-region Healthy Food Center, which provides fresh, healthful foods to patients with diabetes who are screened by their doctor as being food insecure. West Penn is also home to the Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Perinatal Mental Health, a one-of-a-kind program and facility dedicated to caring for women with post-partum depression and other anxiety disorders.

West Penn also was the first hospital in Pittsburgh to earn the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition, the nation’s most prestigious honor for nursing excellence.

According to IBM Watson Health, compared to similar hospitals, the hospitals included on the Fortune and IBM Watson list had better results on key clinical and operational performance indicators. These include survival rates, patient complications, healthcare associated infections, 30-day mortality and 30-day hospital-wide readmission rates, length of stay, throughput in emergency rooms, inpatient expenses, profitability, and ratings from patients.

“Hospitals, health systems, and the dedicated clinicians and staff who work at these organizations have emerged as true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are grateful to be able to recognize these extraordinary leaders at this time,” said Kyu Rhee, M.D., M.P.P., Vice President and Chief Health Officer, IBM Watson Health.

“From small community hospitals to major teaching hospitals, organizations on this list demonstrate a relentless commitment to high value, patient-centered care and innovation. It is clear that the COVID-19 crisis will be a catalyst for reinvention, and we believe these top performing hospitals are positioned to emerge stronger and smarter out of this crisis.”

For more information, visit http://www.100tophospitals.com.

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a timely new humorous journaling book for everyone


SOCIALLY DISTANCED A Keepsake Journal Book Cover

According to Robert Stern, author of SOCIALLY DISTANCED A Keepsake Journal, I recognized that we are all in an important time in our lives with the Pandemic and wanted to provide some humor and an interactive journal to help.

How can everyone better cope with the on-going Pandemic? Here’s one solution…a fun new book that combines humor and journaling to help us better deal with what’s happening today.

SOCIALLY DISTANCED A Keepsake Journal was written by author Robert Stern in humorous rhyme accompanied by delightful illustrations, with lots of room in the paperback book or e-book version to record our thoughts and activities during the COVID-19 period. It enables everyone to create something special to keep and look back on in better times and remember how we got through it all!

For parents of children ages 12 and older, this is a great tool to help kids feel better while writing down their positive and negative feelings about the situation. For all adults, this book also inspires them to record what these weeks are like for each individual. It also makes a thoughtful gift for anyone who has helped during these recent months.

According to Robert Stern, author of SOCIALLY DISTANCED A Keepsake Journal, “I recognized that we are all in an important time in our lives with the Pandemic and wanted to provide some humor and an interactive journal to help. As we know, life is often challenging. Nothing is permanent and every day is a new one to feel more positive and in control of your life. In fact, many experts recommend journaling because it can improve your mood and may be good for your mental health. I believe this book can provide a cathartic experience to help us all!”

SOCIALLY DISTANCED A Keepsake Journal is 32-page book written in light-hearted rhyme with colorful illustrations. is available in a quality paperback for $9.95 or $6.95 for a downloadable e-version from the website, sociallydistantjournal.com. ISBN 978-0-9801988-9-8

Synopsis:

SOCIALLY DISTANCED A Keepsake Journal

The Coronavirus Pandemic caused us to react to a changing environment. So many different issues for so many people from personal health to the health of loved ones. Loss of employment. Government restrictions. Caring for school aged children as schools closed. Impact on travel and vacations. Finding toilet paper. Politics and so much more. Here is an opportunity to laugh a little, and record your thoughts as a keepsake for yourself, your children, and your grandchildren to read years later. Here’s an opportunity to tell a friend how much you appreciate their support either by buying them a copy to journal their experience, or sharing your feelings as a thank you. Perhaps you can record what you did to pass the time. Who were you concerned for? What provisions you stocked up on? How you were hurting economically, and what you had to do to survive. Share the activities you missed the most, and how your mood changed during the lockdowns. Journal what’s important to you.    

About the Author:

Robert Stern, the author of SOCIALLY DISTANCED A Keepsake Journal, has always enjoyed writing rhymes for books, wedding toasts and other occasions. He teamed up with talented illustrator, Mark Hill, to create this helpful book. Formerly a Hollywood entertainment executive at 20th Century Fox and New World Entertainment, Stern previously wrote other non-fiction books including HOA WARS and A Legend in My Own Mind and Other Stupid Thoughts. As the Pandemic continued, he picked up his pen to create another book hoping to help us all!

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