VNA to join UVM Health Network

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties (VNA) Board of Directors voted unanimously on Thursday, November 9, to affiliate with the University of Vermont Health Network, of which the UVM Medical Center is the largest member. The partnership takes effect on January 1, 2018. The VNA said in a statement that the affiliation recognizes the importance of greater integration and collaboration among health care providers across the full continuum of care, and will benefit patients by responding to the increasing demand for home health and hospice services. VNA will be the first affiliate to provide post-acute, community-based care. UVMHC will have eight partners going forward, including three Vermont hospitals and three in upstate New York.“I’m thrilled the VNA will have a seat at the table, alongside the UVM Health Network’s member hospitals and physician organization, as we work toward our shared vision of a fully integrated, regional healthcare system,” said Judy Peterson, VNA president and CEO. “Our joint mission is to always provide the highest quality clinical care to all our patients. Through better integration, we will be able to provide more seamless, personalized, compassionate care while also improving the health of the whole community by reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and controlling costs.”“This partnership perfectly captures Vermont’s approach to healthcare reform: bringing providers of all types together in new ways to deliver better, more efficient care,” said John Brumsted, M.D., president and CEO of the UVM Health Network and CEO of the UVM Medical Center. “Better coordination between our organizations will enhance the excellent care the VNA is known for, and provide patients with a smoother transition back home when they have had a hospital stay.”The innovative partnership is the result of discussions about ways to strengthen efforts to improve the health of the community that began in late 2015.The VNA will remain a non-profit organization with its own Board of Directors, responsible for its own balance sheet and fundraising efforts. “We will continue to provide medically necessary services to anyone who needs them, regardless of their ability to pay, “said Peterson. “Joining the UVM Health Network affords us the opportunity to tap into additional resources to continue this mission.”Peterson cites examples such as expanded telemonitoring services, increased education opportunities for clinical staff, and better coordination of patient care between the VNA, hospital and physician offices. Group purchasing through the UVM Health Network will allow the VNA to realize savings that can be reinvested in programs and staff, while technological advances such as a shared electronic medical record (EMR) will make care more seamless for patients and efficient for staff.Over the next 12-18 months, the VNA brand identity will remain unchanged while the agency focuses on operational integration. In the future, the VNA will adopt the UVM Health Network branding and will develop a new name and brand identity that is aligned with its role in the Network.About the VNAThe VNA is Vermont’s oldest and largest non-profit home health and hospice agency providing the full spectrum of medically-complex home and community-based care to individuals and families throughout Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties.  VNA programs span a lifetime and include comprehensive nursing care for adults and children, rehabilitation services, chronic disease management, hospice and palliative care services, adult day programs and private care services. Last year, the VNA served more than 5,400 individuals and provided $1.54 million in charitable care to our neighbors in need.  For more information on VNA services and programs, please call 802.658.1900 or visit www.VNACares.org(link is external)About The University of Vermont Health NetworkThe University of Vermont Health Network is an integrated system serving the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: Working together, we improve people’s lives.  The partners are:The University of Vermont Medical Center(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network Medical GroupThe University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network – Porter Medical Center(link is external)Source: Source: Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties 11.10.2017 www.vnacares.org(link is external)last_img read more

Thirty-four benefit from InsidePossie scholarship program

first_img Tweet Thirty-four students in the north of the island have benefitted from InsidePossie’s Children of Grace Foundation.This was possible through the Foundation 4th annual Back to School Scholarship Program.In that program; 32 Pieces of uniform were bought, 25 pieces of uniform donated, 24 pairs of shoes bought, 4 pairs of shoes donated, 6 school bags donated, 4 packs of school books plus stationeries were presented.Several groups, businesses and individuals contributed to the Program including Possie Vibrations, AMBO Visuals, Memory Lane Disco, the Wallace Family, Mini Cash & Parillon Family, Avies Ville, MnR, Leah Wallace, Natural Talent, Devon Greenaway, Patricia Ettienne, Lawrence Ettienne, Chardil Jno. Lewis, Nabi Wallace and Mr. Pierre.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIOnjIgJ4x0[/youtube]Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! 60 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Share EducationLocalNewsPrimary Thirty-four benefit from InsidePossie scholarship program by: – October 1, 2013last_img read more

Christmas postal deadlines: ticket delivery/collection

first_imgTickets purchased after Monday, December 16th at 2pm, will need to be collected from the ticket office on match day, or from the Ashton Gate Store two working days after purchase.Ashton Gate will welcome a bumper crowd for Bristol’s festive clash with Wasps on Friday, December 27th (7.45pm KO).Tickets are selling fast for the Gallagher Premiership and, due to high demand, areas of the Atyeo Stand and upper Lansdown Stand are now open to supporters.Don’t miss the final Bears game of 2019 in BS3. Supporters are urged to buy in advance to claim the best seats.BUY TICKETSAdult tickets start from £30, while Under-12s are available from just £10. Hospitality packages are also available to buy from £95+VAT.Heineken Lounge packages can be purchased online by clicking here.Alternatively to enquire about hospitality, email [email protected] or call 0117 963 0688.last_img read more

Johnnies Host Martin Luther in NCAAs Saturday

first_img About Connatix V56892 The St. John’s football team will put their undefeated 10-0 record on the line Saturday at noon when they host Martin Luther College.  The Johnnies have been nearly untouchable this year having blown out most of their opponents.  St. John’s closest games were a 34-16 win over Bethel and a 40-20 win over St. Thomas.Martin Luther is 9-1 and is riding a 9-game win streak after losing September 1 to Gustavus 32-20.  Gustavus is the lone common opponent.  St. John’s beat Gustavus 45-13 September 15. 360p 1/1 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip 1080p HDcenter_img About Connatix V56892 720p HD Auto (360p) The winner of St. John’s/Martin Luther will play the Claremont/Whitworth winner November 24.last_img read more

Double delight for Finesse Gymnastics Club

first_imgFor Finesse Gymnastics Club, 2019 will be a year that will live long in their memory.The club is used to winning trophies but this year has been exceptional, from winning 5 trophies at Gymnastics Ireland national competition ‘The Floor’ and the senior team being selected to represent Ireland at the World Gymnaestrada in Austria.Picture: Finesse gymnasts Cara and Orla receive their award from Irish gymnastics star Rhys McClenaghan.  This weekend was a double celebration for the club.The junior squad travelled to London to the biggest gymnastics display event in the UK, “The London Festival of Gymnastics”, where they were joined by over 1500 gymnasts from all over the UK and Ireland. They performed their routine ‘In the Game’ to a packed-out arena.Finesse ladies all smiles after picking up trophies at the Gymnastics Ireland National AwardsWhilst the junior squad were away in London two of the senior team gymnasts, Cara Nulty and Orla Lonergan, along with two committee members, Karen Beecroft and Andrea McGettigan, were in Dublin at the Gymnastics Ireland national awards to receive trophies. The club had been voted the best gymnastics display club in Ireland.For a small club from Donegal to win this award is a huge honour and credit to everyone involved at the club. The second award was for the unsung hero which was won by Faye King for her commitment to everything that she does behind the scenes. Ironically Faye was unable to collect her award because she was in London as a club chaperone with the junior squad.Finesse Gymnasts Junior Squad: Jon Antonio Gallagher, Rhianna Friel, Neasa Coyle, Reelan McHugh, Sinead Byrne, Yevis Bella Gallagher, Emma Nestor, Shauna McFadden, Olivia Plumb, Lucy Boyle, Ella Dunne, Jodie Rogers, Doris Maria Gallagher, Orlagh Friel, Angelina McHugh Senior Squad: Amber Beecroft, Ellie King, Cara Nulty, Orla Lonergan, Adele King, Molly Nulty, Sequoya McGettigan, Ellen O’Connell, Ella McBride, Aisling Nulty, Amy Russell, Ruby McBride, Ita McGeeCoachesAmber Beecroft and Ellie KingDouble delight for Finesse Gymnastics Club was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Get Drumstruck!

first_imgBilled as the world’s first interactive drum theatre production, Drumstruck not only gives theatre audiences a taste of African drumming, but makes them part of the show too.After its hugely successful debut at the Liberty Theatre on the Square in February this year, it is back for a two-week run at the 1300-seat Spoornet State Theatre Opera House in Pretoria, to coincide with the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development.In a true celebration of African culture, organiser say Drumstruck offers audiencesthe “unique opportunity to become part of a show that is unlike any other: a show of criss-crossing southern and west African rhythms, a show of colliding, intersecting cultures, a show of stomping, clanging percussion, a show of heartstopping dance and movement, a show of hands”.This vibrant show is directed by Kathy-Jo Ross and features the exuberant Warren Lieberman, who launched the Drum Cafe drumming phenomenon, together with musical director Richard Carter, master drummer Munkie Ncapayi and a talented cast of traditional and urban African drummers, dancers and choristers.The Drum Cafe evolved from months of small, informal drumming circles in the lounge of Lieberman’s Joburg house every Tuesday evening. Lieberman opened his first Drum Cafe next to one of his hardware stores in Greenside, Johannesburg, and several branches followed. Before long, it had spread to Cape Town, London, Sydney and Kenya, and had a loyal following of drummers.As unlikely as the success of the Drum Cafe was, so is Lieberman an unlikely protagonist. He studied physics, applied maths and electrical engineering, dabbled briefly in the formal business sector, before realising that the world of hardware retail would never satisfy him.His Drum Cafes developed organically into one of South Africa’s most successful corporate entertainment companies, he adds, with big name clients. Its corporate division has expanded to cover a wide spectrum of events, from team building and conflict resolution to roadshows, conferences, product launches and promotions. The Drum Cafe boasts a client base profiling numerous top South African companies, including Investec Bank, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, M-Net, BMW and SAB.Drumstruck was born last year when Warren approached his childhood friend, Kathy-Jo Ross, a Wits Drama School graduate who had enjoyed a successful career as a performer in theatre, musicals and on radio. Says Ross: “It was the most exciting creative endeavour I had heard about in all my years of being in the theatre and I jumped at the chance of being involved.”Warren Lieberman and the Drumstruck cast (Photo: Drumstruck)The Drumstruck cast, led by the exuberant Warren Lieberman Lieberman says: “It happened through one of South Africa’s oldest and most intuitive group traditions: drumming. Today the Drum Cafe is synonymous with interactive modern day drumming, and has performed to well over 100 000 people around the world. In the last two and a half years it has grown from eight people to 24 in an unconventional set-up of talented performers and entrepreneurs with shared vision.”The progression from passive to interactive theatre is a natural one, he adds. “Some people go to the theatre purely to be entertained, some to escape from the stresses and strains of the world around them. Others go to the theatre to be confronted with their own worst fears and prejudices.“Rarely, if ever, do people go to the theatre for the most primal and compelling reason of them all – the natural, instinctive desire to be part of the show. Drumstruck addresses this need by bringing audiences into the show itself, allowing them to share the energy and excitement of an hour or two in the spotlight.”Other recent exciting projects include opening a music shop which offers the largest selection of African drums and world percussion instruments in South Africa; the launch of a CD, Mama, directed and choreographed by Wendy Oldfield; and the Drum Cafe’s African Music Agent (AMA) division, which aims to market, book, direct, choreograph and co-ordinate authentic African performers.Using the same informal methods that evolved in Lieberman’s lounge drum circle, everyone in the audience is given a small African drum and are encouraged to participate throughout the show. The infectious Lieberman teaches the audience a few simple drumming techniques, adds them into a series of musical riffs and before long even the most cynical person is happily drumming.But the show is also about investing in South African arts and culture through the empowerment of new South African performers, say the organisers. They have trained 12 talented former street buskers as performers and hope it plays a role in building the local music industry.Now, with established branches in London, Sydney and Kenya and a recent tour to Lithuania under their belt, the Drum Cafe’s international success has been a triumph for African culture.Source: Johannesburg World Summit 2002last_img read more

Fighting the Fakes: How to Build Your Brand Protection Strategy

first_imgA study by the Government Accountability Office, released in January, observes a shift in sale of counterfeit goods from “underground” or secondary markets, such as flea markets or sidewalk vendors, “to primary markets, including e-commerce websites, corporate and government supply chains, and traditional retail stores.”Additionally, the physical appearance of counterfeit goods may no longer serve as a red flag that a product is fake, as additional types of bogus products closely resemble genuine goods, according to the GAO report, Agencies Can Improve Efforts to Address Risks Posed by Changing Counterfeits Market.It’s not the only recent study to include a warning to manufacturers to review their brand protection strategy. “The continuous growth of the global counterfeiting industry is a major cause for concern,” according to a recent report by the United States Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC), Measuring the Magnitude of Global Counterfeiting, 2016. “Fueled by the proliferation of Internet use and social media platforms, the magnitude of global physical counterfeiting is estimated to have increased significantly since the beginning of this century.”- Sponsor – The numbers are staggering. Between 2012 to 2014, according to US Customs and Border Protection, the value of seized counterfeit goods in the US averaged $1,351,067,064 annually. The figure only counts the value from seizures, so it surely fails to adequately capture the full scope of trade-related counterfeiting, according the GIPC. As big as the number is, it has to be considered a “floor,” says the group.Counterfeiting has a host of negative repercussions. “First and foremost, counterfeit goods jeopardize consumers and pose a serious safety risk,” warns the GIPC. Fake toys, for example, may contain hazardous and prohibited chemicals and detachable small parts. Counterfeit products also take a toll on the overall health of the economy, due to decreased innovation, loss of revenue and taxation, higher unemployment, and slower economic growth. Finally, a growing body of evidence draws a clear link between physical counterfeiting and terrorist groups, according to the GIPC.A study by the Rand Corporation examined that link. Its review of 14 cases of crime organizations involved in film piracy revealed three cases in which terrorist groups financed their activities from the proceeds of the activity. In one example, an individual known for pirating DVDs and a “global terrorist”—as identified by the US government—transferred $3.5 million to a Hezbollah leader. “These cases, combined with established evidence for the broader category of counterfeiting-terrorism connections, are highly suggestive that intellectual-property theft-a low risk, high-profile enterprise-is attractive not only to organized crime, but also to terrorists, particularly opportunistic members of local terrorist cells,” the Rand report concluded.Fake products also take a toll on a company’s reputation. “Counterfeit goods, being of generally inferior quality, damage brands in the opinion of those that buy counterfeit versions unwittingly,” notes a report by Perpetuity Research & Consultancy International (PCRI), Organizing for Brand Protection. Purchases of fake goods also cut into company sales and are unfair competition to legitimate retailers. When consumers knowingly buy fake goods, it threatens retailers’ exclusivity and “results in branded goods becoming visible in inappropriate retail settings.” “Brand owners therefore need to be proactive in protecting their brands,” concludes the PCRI study based on interviews with senior brand protection executives at 26 organizations and representing some of the world’s biggest brands.Case Studies in Brand ProtectionA counterfeiting operation should not elicit the image of a few thieves in some small room making cheap, obvious knock-offs. Such operations do exist, but so do sophisticated ones that look and act like any production facility—except that the sale of their goods directly siphons money away from legitimate manufacturer and sellers.So what security measures have companies taken to successfully fight back? Some retailers are looking to technology as a way to fight fakes. For example, one footwear retailer is reportedly using blockchain and 3D-printed smart tags—that can be scanned by a smartphone—to prove product authenticity. The GIPC has highlighted some of the other strategies used by the world’s leading companies and associations.One solution employed by many companies is to more aggressively pursue legal action against violators. In February, for example, Montblanc won a $32 million judgment from a Virginia federal judge in its lawsuit against a website operator that the German luxury goods company accused of violating trademark laws by selling counterfeit Montblanc products.On February 14, Walmart and another retailer were hit with a lawsuit filed in California federal court by Deckers Outdoor, which alleges the companies infringed on its trademark and patent by selling counterfeit versions of its “Bailey Button” boot.Working with trade partners to make them aware of counterfeit and contraband products—and enforcing company trade policies—is also a popular brand protection strategy. For example, investigators for the brand integrity unit at Altria’s Phillip Morris (PM) USA, regularly purchase PM-branded cigarettes from retail stores, online sellers, and “nontraditional” outlets where tobacco products would typically not be sold. Then they determine their authenticity and origin and take action under its contracts and trade policies against wholesalers and retailers found trading in contraband. In some cases, PM USA has filed suit against retailers, illegal importers, and Internet operators found to be trafficking in contraband.Like some other firms, Unilever has found success in tackling counterfeiting through a multifunctional steering group. Experts suggest that tackling counterfeiting is best attempted through a joint security effort that includes asset protection, legal and sales, supply chain, communications, public affairs, research and development, safety and environmental, IT, and marketing. There are also security-specific solutions that companies are using successfully. Some ideas for brand protection strategy:Since counterfeiters are getting increasingly sophisticated, it’s getting harder to determine fake packaging. To help law enforcement distinguish between real and fake, PM USA’s brand integrity team provides it with a quick guide and other collateral materials that point out the differences.True Religion Brand Jeans employed a similar strategy. They developed an anti-counterfeiting “kit,” which includes genuine parts such as button faces, button backs, labels and tags, as well as tips on how to distinguish real True Religion jeans from counterfeits. It then shares kits with local, state, and federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection.One manufacturer/retail brand says that it aggressively fights the illegitimate product trade with lobbying, legal enforcement, and improving visibility and physical security of its supply chain. However, the company also admitted that it didn’t have a good grasp of the problem because it wasn’t capturing reports of counterfeits in a consistent manner. Subsequent solutions have been more effective since they formulated a consistent process for identifying and reporting supply chain breaches and instances of bogus product. Similarly, in an effort to learn more about the enemy they’re fighting, one company established a hotline for customers to call if they think that they’ve been approached or victimized by telemarketers posing as company sales reps.The National Basketball Association has become a truly global brand, one victimized by hard-goods counterfeiters of popular NBA merchandise such as t-shirts, jerseys, basketballs, and hats. In response, they’ve taken standard anti-counterfeiting strategies such as using holograms to identify authentic NBA merchandise. They’ve also worked on creative partnerships with law enforcement. For example, the NBA participates in a task force in New York City that, “with the help of the NYPD, has succeeded in having fines and other penalties imposed on landlords who repeatedly rent their buildings to counterfeiters,” according to the association’s Ayala Deutsch, who heads up its brand protection effort. The NBA and law enforcement secured the penalties by working closely with city officials, who found building code violations at the buildings that harbored networks of intellectual property criminals.New Balance suffers from consumers who knowingly purchase knock-off shoes and those who mistakenly believe they’re buying the real thing when buying a shoe with nearly identical logos. Both actions contribute to the same problem: brand erosion among consumers and retailers. In response, among other measures, the company deployed a full-time team of investigators to constantly monitor Pacific Rim regions known for counterfeit shoemaking and regularly conducts raids on factories and distributors. Additionally, the company supplies its factories with difficult-to-copy labels with an embedded code that are attached to shoes, which can help spot fakes and unauthorized overruns, and it is considering assigning a unique number to every item, which would make it possible to determine where and when every shoe is made. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S6 might come with 4GB RAM

first_imgReports in Korean media have indicated that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 will come with 4GB RAM. These reports have been based on statements from analysts working in the financial sector of Korea. Till now, it had been speculated that the devices would come with 3GB of RAM. Also, almost confirmed is an Edge variation of the handset which will probably sport curved displays on both sides of the phone. The next flagship from the stable of Samsung is being anticipated for a launch during the MWC, Barcelona event.  Some other rumored specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone are as follows-1. Snapdragon 810 Exynos 7420 chipset2. 5.5 inch QHD 1440 x 2560 pixels display3. 20 MP main camera, 5MP front cameralast_img