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HMP’s Psych Congress Launches Suicide Prevention 360 Initiative in Partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


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Together, we want to educate clinicians and initiate action — helping clinicians be more competent and confident in assessing suicide risk, implementing safety plans, and counseling at-risk patients and their families.

In concurrence with National Suicide Prevention Month, HMP, a leading healthcare education and events company, today announced the launch of the Suicide Prevention 360 initiative. This sweeping effort establishes a partnership between its Psych Congress education brand and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), to develop and deliver critical educational resources for mental health clinicians and other medical professionals aimed at preventing suicides.

Suicide continues to be a major public health problem in the United States and around the world. It is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S., where the rate is higher than at any point since World War II. On average, there are 129 suicides per day. In 2017, 47,173 Americans died by suicide, and there were an estimated 1,400,000 suicide attempts.

In collaboration with AFSP, the Suicide Prevention 360 initiative delivers practical tools, training, and other resources for professionals, both in person and online. An initial slate of education has already rolled out at several Psych Congress programs in 2019, including Elevate, a conference aimed at early career and forward-thinking health professionals, and Psych Congress Regionals, a series of one-day programs held throughout the U.S. AFSP experts Dr. Jill Harkavy-Friedman, Dr. Doreen Marshall, and Dr. Christine Moutier have been among the presenters of this critical content.

“The goal of the initiative is simple: to prevent suicides,” said Jeff Hennessy, chairman and CEO, HMP. “Too many lives have been lost. We want to set the stage for action that moves the needle on suicide prevention. As the leading provider of education for mental health providers, we knew it was time to do something when clinicians continued to indicate to us there were still large gaps in the kind of educational tools and clinical resources available to help them identify, treat, and manage patients who may express suicidal thoughts. The Suicide Prevention 360 initiative will close these gaps. We’re deeply committed to this long-term effort, and we expect to add more partners as we move forward. Our intent is to deliver education not just to our mental health audience, but also to other segments we serve across the global healthcare community, from EMS professionals to primary care practitioners. We can’t and we won’t stop until we see an end to the suicide epidemic.”

“This is an incredibly important initiative, and we could not be more pleased to be working with AFSP,” said Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH, Psych Congress co-chair. “Together, we want to educate clinicians and initiate action — helping clinicians be more competent and confident in assessing suicide risk, implementing safety plans, and counseling at-risk patients and their families. Working collaboratively, we can save lives and bring hope to those who have been affected by suicide.”

During the 32nd annual Psych Congress, taking place October 3-6, 2019, in San Diego, California, a special preconference dedicated to suicide prevention will be led by AFSP.

Psych Congress also has named AFSP its Charitable Partner for 2019. The designation includes a financial contribution to AFSP from Psych Congress. In addition, AFSP Vice President of Research, Dr. Harkavy-Friedman will address attendees during the Eric C. Arauz Memorial Keynote.

“We are energized to be engaging in this critical work with HMP and Psych Congress and honored to be selected the 2019 Psych Congress Charitable Partner,” said Dr. Harkavy-Friedman. “This is a critical audience, and we couldn’t possibly reach as many clinicians with these educational resources without working together. We must educate not only mental health professionals, but also professionals in many fields about the complexity of suicide and the warning signs, risk factors, and ways to intervene to prevent suicide. This new training will lead to a healthcare community that is even more knowledgeable about how to help those who might be experiencing suicidal ideation or a loss to suicide. There is much work to be done, but we look forward to the opportunities ahead and how this partnership will grow in the future.”

To learn more about the initiative, visit SuicidePrevention360.com.

ABOUT HMP

HMP is the force behind Healthcare Made Practical – and is a multichannel leader in health care events and education, with a mission to improve patient care. The company produces accredited medical education events and clinically relevant, evidence-based content for the global health care community across a range of therapeutic areas. Its brands include Consultant360, the year-round, award-winning platform relied upon by primary care providers and other specialists; Psych Congress, the largest independent mental health meeting in the U.S.; EMS World Expo, the largest EMS-dedicated event in the world; Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, the nation’s leading meeting focused on addressing the opioid abuse epidemic; and the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC), the largest wound care meeting in the world. For more information, visit hmpglobal.com.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION (AFSP)

Established in 1987, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Winners of People’s Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite Companies Announced


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Every organization honored with a Stevie Award in the Company of the Year categories in the IBAs was included in voting for the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies.

The worldwide public vote was conducted this summer, with the highest number of votes deciding the winners in a variety of industries. More than 44,000 votes were cast.

Winners were announced today in the 2019 People’s Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite Companies, a feature of The International Business Awards®, the world’s only international, all-encompassing business awards program, which is now in its 16th year.

The worldwide public vote was conducted this summer, with the highest number of votes deciding the winners in a variety of industries. More than 44,000 votes were cast. All Stevie Award winners in the Company of the Year categories of this year’s International Business Awards were eligible to be included in voting for the People’s Choice Stevie Awards.

The crystal People’s Choice Stevie Awards will be presented to winners at The International Business Awards banquet on Saturday, 19 October at the Andaz Vienna am Belvedere Hotel. Tickets for the event are now on sale. The winners of peer-adjudicated Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Awards will be presented with their awards along with the People’s Choice Stevie Awards. Stevie winners were selected from more than 4,000 nominations received from organizations and individuals in 74 nations.

The winners of the 2019 People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Companies are:


  • Advertising/Marketing/PR: Publicity Genie
  • Automotive/Transport: Armormax
  • Banking: Ziraat Participation Bank
  • Business/Professional Services: Pontica Solutions
  • Computer Services: Rimini Street
  • Computer Software: XtremeLabs LLC
  • Consumer Products: Georgio’s
  • Consumer Services: Jasmine Norris Photography
  • Financial/Insurance: Thai Life Insurance Plc.
  • Food/Beverage: Rico’s Lechon
  • Health/Pharma: NMC Healthcare
  • Hospitality/Leisure: Kindersley Hospitality Endeavors
  • Internet/New Media: SideChef
  • Legal: Legally Shalini
  • Manufacturing: Makers Nutrition
  • Media/Entertainment: Link4Media UG
  • Non-Profit/Government: Megaworld Foundation, Inc.
  • Other: Zen Ecosystems
  • Real Estate: Ashby & Graff Real Estate
  • Retail: Migros Ticaret A.S.
  • Transportation: Whale Logistics


About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, and the new Middle East Stevie Awards. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

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Japanese Goku Spa Offers Innovative Techniques To Help Americans Finally Get To Sleep


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Goku Spa in New York City

“We refer to Goku as the “ultimate sleep” spa because we exclusively focus on the scalp.” said Atsumi Kaneda. “Our techniques are designed to put in an individual in the most relaxed state possible to ensure they drift off into a peaceful slumber.”

Japanese Goku Spa Offers Innovative Techniques To Help Americans Finally Get To Sleep

More than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis, according to a study in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Atsumi Kaneda, founder of US based Goku Spa (http://www.gokusleep.com) hopes to help reverse this trend.

“We refer to Goku as the “ultimate sleep” spa because we exclusively focus on the scalp.” said Atsumi Kaneda. “Our techniques are designed to put in an individual in the most relaxed state possible to ensure they drift off into a peaceful slumber.”

Kaneda founded Goku in 2008 in Japan after suffering from years of insomnia. Kaneda was constantly exhausted during the day as a result of poor quality sleep. Seeing that self-care in Japan was a growing trend, Kaneda sought to solve her own problem as well as bring that solution to others.

“Since there were no market for head massage, there were no books nor school for it. I had to invent it myself.” Said Kaneda. “I studied under various doctors, acupuncturists, and healers to gain knowledge and techniques about what induces maximum relaxation and puts the body in the optimal state for sleep .”

Kaneda created her special form of treatment called Zecchou Sleep (meaning “ultimate sleep”), which is done without water or oil. The technique is composed of twenty-one types of strokes. Pressure and direction using the fingers are applied to the scalp, facia, and muscles of the head. The therapists hands move slowly to lose the move the muscles of the head which result in more blood flow and circulation. Beneath the scalp are the large fascia and some thin muscles.

“The pressure slowly stimulates the parasympathetic nerves system, and leads the clients to wonderful sleep. This sleep is different from meditation or nighttime sleep, it is a new experience of a pleasurable dreamy land.” said Kaneda. “In addition the treatment, each Goku spa has visually soothing lights and music which can enhance the experience.”

Goku’s four locations in Japan have become so popular, that there are currently 498,721 people on the waiting list for appointments. In 2019, Kaneda opened her first Goku spa in the US rightfully so in New York which is known as “the city that never sleeps.”

“Our mission is to alleviate sleep difficulties and discomfort. We want to make insomniacs sleep. We want you to experience joyful and pleasurable sleep, and make your dreams more colorful. If Goku’s treatment and experiences can bring joy and relieve any pain you have during sleep, that is my greatest pleasure.” said Kaneda.

For more information about Goku spa, please call (929) 336-3088 and visit: https://www.gokusleep.com/

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NuLiv Science Debuts Zylaria™, an Ingredient for Sleep Quality & Mental Wellness


It’s time to re-think sleep quality and mental wellness…That’s the direction we’re going with our awareness campaign. – Josh Beaty, marketing director

NuLiv Science, a leading developer of nutraceutical ingredients for the dietary supplement industry announced today the debut of its branded ingredient for sleep quality & mental wellness, Zylaria™.

The unique ingredient is developed from Xylaria nigripes, which is unique in that it belongs to a specific sub-genus of Xylaria that is exclusively hidden deep down in the dirt where lies nutritious, yet obscure fungi hidden within the nest of the Odontotermesformosanus termite. It contains high levels of an amino acid called gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA. GABA has been shown, in human clinical studies, to help regulate, support and promote relaxation and improve sleep quality.

“It’s time to re-think sleep quality and mental wellness” shared Josh Beaty, marketing director. “That’s the direction we’re going with our awareness campaign. We’d love to break through the stigma around mental health and the challenges that come with that like stress, anxiety, sleepless nights, and more. A restless mind is like a thief-in-the-night and we want to be part of the solution in providing an ingredient for brands to formulate with that addresses this ever-growing challenge among consumers”.

70% of Americans, at least once a month, are not getting enough sleep to refresh them for the next day. A very unfortunate 11% of the population experiencing insufficient sleep every single night. It’s a real problem, one so large, that the CDC has declared the problem of insufficient sleep a public health epidemic.

“Sleep quality affects so many areas of our lives and we’re committed to providing solutions with Zylaria™ to help support the vital benefits of deep sleep”, said Beaty.

NuLiv Science specializes in the research and development of proprietary and clinically proven nutraceutical ingredients via traditional and scientific processes. Since 1997, the company has served industry sourcing and research needs with an emphasis on quality, efficacy, and dependable supply chain. AstraGin­®­­, ActiGin®, InnoSlim®, Verbasnol™, Astrion™, Zylaria™, and Organic CordycepsPrime™ are some of the company’s IP ingredients available in product formulas worldwide.

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Race for Relapsing Polychondritis’ Drive for Awareness Makes a Stop in Marquette this Week for A Symposium Exploring Autoimmune Diseases


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If you are one of the 50 million Americans who live with an autoimmune disease, you know that it can be challenging to get the answers you need. If you’re a medical professional, you know that educational resources about these diseases are limited. Whether it’s lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, relapsing polychondritis or one of the many other autoimmune diseases, not nearly enough is known about diagnosis and treatment.

NMU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, in conjunction with the Race for RP (Relapsing Polychondritis) present A Symposium Exploring Autoimmune Diseases, Friday, September 20, at Reynolds Recital Hall. This half-day session is free and open to the public. Experts will discuss the latest research, treatments and best practices for those living with an autoimmune disease. If you or someone you know have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, this is a rare opportunity to hear directly from leaders in the field. If you are a medical professional, you can earn continuing medical educational credits.

“One of our main priorities at Race for RP is to make sure those impacted by these diseases have access to the latest information and best practices. This collaboration with the School of Nursing at NMU is a perfect opportunity to team up and increase awareness,” said David Bammert, President of the RP Foundation. “Health care professionals, nursing students and community members who may be living with these diseases will be able to engage with autoimmune specialists directly,” he added.

Featured speakers include Dr. Susan Manzi, Chair of the Allegheny Health Network Medicine Institute and Chair of the Lupus Foundation of America National Board of Directors; Dr. Joseph M. Ahearn, Chair of the Allegheny Health Network Autoimmunity Institute; and Dr. Emily Somers, specialist in epidemiology at the University of Michigan Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

A Symposium Exploring Autoimmune Diseases takes place Friday, September 20, 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Reynolds Recital Hall at NMU. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information visit, http://www.bit.ly/AutoimmunitySymposium

About Race for RP

Race for RP supports research, awareness programs, and quality care for those who are affected by relapsing polychondritis and related diseases. The Race for RP is driving awareness and accelerating research. For more information visit, http://www.raceforrp.org

About Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation

The Relapsing Polychondritis Foundation’s purpose is to increase awareness about relapsing polychondritis (RP), provide for those who are affected by RP, support research to advance a cure, and promote quality care for RP patients. For more information visit, http://www.polychondritis.org

About Relapsing Polychondritis

Relapsing polychondritis (RP) is rare, debilitating and in some cases fatal autoimmune diseases which attacks the patient’s cartilage including the ears, nose, airways and joints, as well as the eyes, skin, heart valves and brain.

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New SEL Curriculum Directly Addresses the Key Skills for Student Emotional Regulation and Behavior Management


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The new KidConnect Ready2Learn Curriculum helps teachers improve student behavior and proactively teach emotional regulation

We identified a gap in the current SEL market and designed the KidConnect Ready2Learn Curriculum to help educators teach emotional regulation, which equips students with the foundational skills, strategies, and behaviors appropriate for a variety of situations and environments.

The Connections Model has launched the KidConnect Ready2Learn Curriculum, a proactive social-emotional learning (SEL) program that helps teachers provide direct instruction on the essential skills students need for success in school and in life. Based on the latest brain research and the understanding that emotions drive behavior, the curriculum provides teachers with the tools to help learners identify, understand, and manage their emotions, which allows them to be in control of their behavior. The curriculum is for classroom instruction across grades K-6 and includes 26 lessons centered on targeted skills. Students learn to become their own emotional managers and teachers gain a classroom full of engaged and motivated students.

“As educators ourselves, we understand that teachers know better than anyone that when kids are able to manage their behavior, they become engaged and enthusiastic learners. With this in mind, our goal as a company is to give teachers the right curriculum, classroom tools, and professional development to support them in helping students build the foundational skills for success,” said Lori Jackson, applied educational psychologist and co-founder of The Connections Model. “Our tools are grounded in current research, easy for both teachers and students to use, and are focused on the key social-emotional skills that all learners truly need. This new SEL curriculum, combined with teachers’ unique instructional expertise, will help all students experience positive growth and classroom success.”

In launching the Ready2Learn Curriculum, The Connections Model builds upon its KidConnect Classroom App, with the combination of curriculum and app creating a comprehensive SEL delivery system that features both proactive instruction and in-the-moment intervention. The app, which is available for the iPad, gives teachers the ability to intervene with individual students in the moment of a behavioral incident caused by emotional dysregulation. Using the app, the student works through a series of screens to identify the emotion that caused the behavior, understand it better, and adopt positive strategies to get back on track and ready to learn. Importantly, the student-driven app keeps students in the classroom and they can complete the intervention without disrupting peers.

“The combination of the KidConnect Ready2Learn Curriculum with the KidConnect Classroom App is a game changer,” said Steve Peck, middle school special education teacher and co-founder of The Connections Model. “Special educators know how important modifications are to their students, but tools and resources that help students make the appropriate emotional and behavioral adjustments, without stifling their learning or disrupting their classmates, have traditionally been hard to find. The KidConnect integrated solution changes the paradigm for special educators and all teachers focused on improving students’ emotional regulation. We’ve done the legwork for educators by developing this comprehensive curriculum, so they can focus on teaching and feel confident they will meet the needs of all learners.”

The Ready2Learn Curriculum is designed to integrate into educators’ everyday classroom routines, so students not only learn new skills but can apply and practice them. It adds the element of regular SEL instruction for the entire class, with an emphasis on emotional skill-building to improve each student’s ability to manage emotions and behaviors. This skill set will lay the foundation for students to achieve both self-awareness and social awareness, build healthy relationships, and make good decisions.

Behavior management is a key goal of the entire KidConnect program. The positive skill-building approach ensures that it is never punitive and always focused on growth and equitable learning opportunities for all students. The curriculum divides the process of healthy emotional regulation into four navigable units that include:

  • Building an emotional vocabulary by defining 16 common emotions and helping students reflect on past experiences to identify when certain feelings emerged across a variety of situations.
  • Making connections between emotions and behaviors. Students begin to build self-awareness and social awareness by working through a variety of group activities to practice identifying and controlling their reactions.
  • Learning strategies to manage emotions and, in turn, drive more positive behaviors. Students work with each other through a variety of situations to identify off-target behaviors and provide tactics to move toward healthy, on-target actions.
  • Practicing a variety of strategies and mindfulness techniques to help regulate emotions, increase self-esteem, and develop coping mechanisms that will help students gain control of their emotions and drive healthy behaviors in any circumstance.


Each of the four units are comprised of a variety of interactive, easy-to-use lesson plans and activities that provide the scope and sequence of emotional regulation to showcase the fluid relationship between each unit. To help facilitate this learning process, the KidConnect Ready2Learn Curriculum also includes instructions and guiding questions for students to create an Emotional Journal, where they can begin to record connections between their daily schedule and activities, along with the associated emotions and behaviors that occurred.

“We identified a gap in the current SEL market and designed the KidConnect Ready2Learn Curriculum to help educators teach emotional regulation, which equips students with the foundational skills, strategies, and behaviors appropriate for a variety of situations and environments,” said Jackson. “We know that emotions drive behavior. Only when students learn to identify, understand, and manage their emotions, will they be truly engaged in school and Ready2Learn.”

The KidConnect Ready2Learn Curriculum addresses the fundamental skills for learning: the ability to be present and engaged. It enables all students, from high achievers to those with severe behavioral challenges, to develop the relevant social and emotional skills necessary for long-term success in the classroom and beyond. For more information, contact David Jackson, dave@connectionsmodel.com.

About The Connections Model

The Connections Model is an education technology company whose KidConnect app and curriculum help students develop emotional regulation, the necessary foundation for all learning. Founded by a school psychologist and special education teacher, the company’s real world-proven classroom approach teaches students to identify, understand, and manage their emotions and behaviors so they become Ready2Learn. Learn more at https://www.teachemotionalregulation.com/

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New Support Group for Parents after Death of Unborn or Newborn Child


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Creating a support group is a good place to start a group to help others affected by this kind of loss.

September 2019 – The death of an unborn child is an experience no parent should have to endure. The shocking and unfortunate reality is this happens in 25 percent of pregnancies. Couples find various paths to coping and healing following their nightmare.

When JR and Jena Kushnir’s unborn daughter, Madison Claire, passed away due to an umbilical cord accident just days before her due date, Valentine’s Day in 2018, the couple cried, slipped into shock, put away the baby clothes and toys meant for their daughter and searched for solace and hope from professionals and families like themselves.

They also encouraged St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where JR works in medical simulation, and where Madison Claire was delivered, to establish a support group for grieving parents. The hospital’s perinatal and infant loss resources did not include formal services for supporting parents who leave the hospital empty handed and broken hearted.

“We wanted to work with St. Luke’s to make positive changes in Madison’s memory,” JR said.

He sent the hospital president an email, saying, “Creating a support group is a good place to start a group to help others affected by this kind of loss.”

The president “called me that same day to express her sympathy and tell me that the hospital would form a group,” JR recalled. A social worker/therapist was hired to moderate the group, and just months later, the first meeting of the hospital’s Perinatal and Infant Loss Support Group convened in one of the conference rooms at the Anderson (Bethlehem Township) campus. The support group meets monthly.

The sharing and caring that takes place at their monthly meetings has brought the Kushnirs comfort and close to other couples and families that have suffered similar loss. Some of them come and talk the entire time, while others just sit and listen, JR says. “There’s not one way to grieve,” he says. “But helping others helped us to heal.”

So much so that they felt ready to try to start a family again. On May 29, 2019, Charlotte Rose, their “Rainbow Baby,” joined JR and Jena. “She was born at 37 weeks, and that was 37 weeks of anxiety,” says the proud dad of two.

“We soak up every second we can with Charlotte,” says JR. “We always tell her about how she was handpicked for Earth by her big sister, and that in her brief life, Madison made such positive changes.”

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Sam Kennedy, Corporate Communications Director, 484-526-4134, samuel.kennedy@sluhn.org

About St. Luke’s

Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 15,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and 300 outpatient sites. With annual net revenue greater than $2 billion, the Network’s service area includes 11 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania. In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the Lehigh Valley’s first and only regional medical school campus. It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 34 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 263 residents and fellows. St. Luke’s is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system with Medicare’s five- and four-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. St. Luke’s is both a Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades Top Hospital and a Newsweek World’s Best Hospital. In 2019, three of IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals were St. Luke’s hospitals. St. Luke’s University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from IBM Watson Health seven times total and five years in a row. St. Luke’s has also been cited by IBM Watson Health as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Program. Utilizing the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system for both inpatient and outpatient services, the Network is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of the SLUHN’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.

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Bel Mondo Beauty Announces Sheet Mask For Oncology Spa Services


Finding the right sheet mask for my very special clients going through cancer treatment was extremely important to me.

Bel Mondo Beauty announced today the availability of a facial sheet mask tailored for skin care professionals who provide oncology spa services.

Developed in collaboration with Oncology Spa Solutions ® – a leader in oncology-care training for estheticians nationwide – Bel Mondo Beauty’s Moisture Renewal Mask is designed to help alleviate the extreme dryness and sensitivity associated with skin impacted by cancer-care treatments. The premium mask features Bel Mondo’s signature bio cellulose fabric, prized in medical aesthetics for its exceptional occlusive and hydrophilic properties.

Notably, Bel Mondo Beauty’s Moisture Renewal Mask is free from additives that potentially irritate compromised skin, including artificial fragrances, synthetic dyes, ethyl alcohols, paraben preservatives, silicon and petroleum-based surfactants, and mineral oils. The formula features six key active ingredients — Pentavitin, PRODEW 600, Green Caviar Sea Grape, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, and ECOCERT Chamomile – selected for their ability to replenish and attract moisture while calming skin.

Product Trails Conducted With 30 Oncology-Trained Estheticians

Prototypes of Bel Mondo’s Moisture Renewal Mask were evaluated by 30 oncology-trained estheticians, who tried the product directly and used it on clients who were undergoing or had recently completed cancer treatments. Eighty percent of those who evaluated the mask reported that it increased moisture levels and alleviated sensitivity significantly; zero instances of skin irritation were experienced.

Access to the estheticians who participated in the product evaluation was provided by Becky Kuehn, Founder and Director of Education of Oncology Spa Solutions. A Licensed Master Esthetician and Holistic Cancer Educator, Kuehn has provided esthetic services directly for cancer patients since 2009, and has trained 4,000 students in oncology esthetics since 2013 through her Life Changing Esthetics® coursework.

“Finding the right sheet mask for my very special clients going through cancer treatment was extremely important to me,” Kuehn stated. “As I was searching, Bel Mondo reached out and offered to formulate a bio cellulose mask with safe ingredients that could deliver the type of benefits I was looking for. This mask is a fabulous addition to any facial protocol when trying to calm, soothe, and hydrate skin.”

Availability Through Skin Care Professionals

Bel Mondo Beauty’s Moisture Renewal Mask will be sold only to skin care professionals. Estheticians can purchase products through Bel Mondo Beauty’s website after creating an account, and from Med Spa Distributors (Kingsland, Georgia).

Bel Mondo will donate Moisture Renewal Masks to Oncology Spa Solutions to support its educational classes, and become one of the organization’s Mission Partners. It will also contribute a portion of revenue from its new product to SPOT-ON (Spa Professionals Oncology Trained, Oncology Navigators) – the first national association for oncology-trained spa professionals.

“Sheet masks have enjoyed explosive growth in the last five years, with most brands focusing on the traditional beauty consumer,” stated Lou Martelli, Bel Mondo Beauty President. “Our focus has been on the professional channel, and it ultimately led to a wonderful collaborative opportunity with Becky Kuehn and Oncology Spa Solutions. It feels good to be able to support those on the cancer journey in this small way.”

About Bel Mondo Beauty

Bel Mondo Beauty develops and markets premium-grade treatment masks, made exclusively with bio cellulose fabrics. Our distinctive product line is trusted by estheticians in the treatment rooms of the finest spas and medical spas. Visit http://www.belmondobeauty.com for more information, and follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/BelMondoBeauty) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/BelMondoBeauty).

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First Holocaust Survivor Climbs Kilimanjaro at Age 83


Nat Shaffir on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Photo courtesy Nat Shaffir.

Nat Shaffir on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Photo courtesy Nat Shaffir.

When things became arduous, Shaffir heard his father’s words, ‘Never give up.’

On August 24, 2019, Nat Shaffir was on top of the world.

He had reached to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa. His body was physically exhausted, but his spirit was overjoyed.

“I was in seventh heaven,” Shaffir recalled.

This was not the first struggle that he has had to overcome.

Shaffir is a Holocaust Survivor – the first to successfully climb Kilimanjaro.

HIS EARLY YEARS    

In 1942, when Shaffir was just five years old, a priest showed up at his family’s dairy farm in Romania. The priest knew the family well. He visited weekly for donations. But this time, he was accompanied by a police officer and two soldiers.

“These are Jews,” the priest said to the officer.

The military confiscated the farm and cattle. The family was forced to relocate to the Jewish ghetto in Iasi. There, Shaffir lived in poverty in a crowded room with his two sisters and parents. His parents were given manual labor jobs while he and his sisters were forbidden to attend school.

His father was later taken away to a distant labor camp, leaving young Shaffir to care for the rest of the family. Before he left, his father told him that things would get harder.

“Never give up,” his father said.

Those three words have kept Shaffir going for his entire life.

CLIMBING KILIMANJARO

Mount Kilimanjaro stands 19,340 feet above sea level. Climbing the peak does not require any technical skills or special equipment. But it is a formidable test due to its extreme altitude. Reaching the top takes physical fitness and determination.

Shaffir kept a slow but steady pace on the mountain. He encountered adversity on some parts of the terrain. He also struggled to eat on nearly the entire hike due to a loss of appetite, one of the common symptoms of altitude sickness.

“Climbing Kilimanjaro at my age was tough,” Shaffir admitted.

But when things became arduous, he heard his father’s words, “Never give up.”

He knew that he would make it to the summit.

“Nat had great endurance and determination,” said lead guide Raymond Mandari of Ultimate Kilimanjaro. “Climbing Kilimanjaro is a big accomplishment for anyone, but for an 83-year old, it is remarkable.”

INSPIRING OTHERS

Shaffir climbed Kilimanjaro to inspire others to challenge themselves to do the same, to conquer their own metaphorical mountains.

He has a message for those that find themselves in troubling times. “To people who are experiencing hardship, difficulties, atrocities, and hate – never give up.”

Russian soldiers liberated Iasi in 1945. By then, 32 members of Shaffir’s family had died in Nazi concentration camps.

Shaffir moved to the United States in 1961. He and his wife have five children and 12 grandchildren – all of them named after family members lost during the Holocaust.

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Henry Ford e-Home Care Reduces Hospital Readmissions Utilizing Telehealth from HRS


Utilizing technology to care for our patients is the future of healthcare. Technology provides access to patients in more ways that are convenient for them.

Henry Ford e-Home Care has announced a significant reduction in hospital readmissions for patients receiving telehealth care via Henry Ford’s e-Home Care program. Achieving monthly readmission rates as low as 7%, Henry Ford e-Home Care has reduced their average hospital readmission rate for the first six months of 2019 by 45% compared with the prior six months of 2018. Utilizing software from Health Recovery Solutions (HRS), Henry Ford e-Home Care provides remote patient monitoring and telehealth services to more than 130 patients each month.

Henry Ford e-Home Care partnered with HRS in 2017 to capitalize on the growing role of technology in healthcare and its ability to help improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs to health systems, payors, and patients. Through its e-Home Care program, Henry Ford is able to treat a diverse set of patient populations, including those with chronic CHF, COPD, hypertension, and cancer, as well as patients recovering from cardiothoracic or transplant surgery.

“Utilizing technology to care for our patients is the future of healthcare. Technology provides access to patients in more ways that are convenient for them, efficient for care providers, and offers an extra layer of safety for our patients in their homes,” said Mary Hagen, Manager of Henry Ford e-Home Care. “We see a future in which patients are comfortable with and proficient at utilizing mobile devices to communicate with clinicians, manage their healthcare, and be more knowledgeable about their own health, as well as the health of their loved ones.”

Patients are enrolled in e-Home Care following an initial home health visit. Once enrolled, patients receive a 4G tablet pre-loaded with the HRS software, along with Bluetooth biometric monitoring devices. Via the tablet, patients receive medication reminders, access educational videos and daily disease-specific symptom questions, and record daily vitals utilizing the biometric devices. In addition, patients and clinicians can utilize phone calls and a video conferencing platform on the tablet. All patient data is uploaded in real-time to the clinician’s dashboard and the Health System EMR, allowing a patient’s entire care team to observe the patient’s health status.

Using the clinician dashboard, phone conversations, and virtual visits, Henry Ford’s telehealth nurses address variances in patients’ vitals. Patient data from the telehealth and remote monitoring system enable the telehealth team to observe trends in patient status, adherence, and self-care, to quickly intervene when a patient’s status puts them at risk for readmission.

“Henry Ford’s e-Home Care program demonstrates the importance of communication across the care continuum. Their EMR integration and centralized care model are key drivers of their program’s success and prove their dedication to patient care and innovation. We are excited to continue working with Henry Ford to expand their telehealth program and access to care,” added William Ashton, Client Success Manager at HRS.

In the coming months, Henry Ford e-Home Care will look to expand their program by partnering with insurance agencies to further reduce the cost of care and incorporate more patients into their comprehensive care continuum.

About Henry Ford e-Home Care

A part of Henry Ford at Home, Henry Ford e-Home Care provides technology in patients’ homes to keep them safe, prevent unnecessary hospitalizations, and assist caregivers in caring for their loved ones. Partnering with top-rated vendors to offer technology solutions to Detroit and its surrounding communities, it is strategically situated within the Henry Ford Health System to support the System’s population health focus as they transition patients to home. As Henry Ford at Home’s technology division, e-Home Care educates and advocates for patients and their families while utilizing the features of innovative technology to prevent exacerbations of chronic diseases which often lead to ED visits and possible rehospitalizations. To learn more about Henry Ford e-Home Care, visit https://www.henryford.com/services/at-home.

About Health Recovery Solutions

Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) supplies leading health systems with the most advanced remote monitoring platform and technology-enabled management services focused on changing patient behavior to reduce readmissions and improve clinical outcomes. HRS’ disease-specific telehealth solutions are customized with educational videos, care plans, and medication reminders while also integrated with Bluetooth peripherals to engage patients. For clinicians, HRS’ software allows for the management of high-risk patients and provides seamless communication with them through video chat, wound imaging, and text messaging. For family members and caregivers, HRS’ software gives them the ability to be fully involved in their family member’s care and well-being. To learn more about Health Recovery Solutions, visit https://www.healthrecoverysolutions.com/ or call (347) 699-6477.

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