When I first joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC), I faced a challenge. One that wasn’t unique to our hospital, or to North Carolina or to teaching hospitals. The entire healthcare industry faces a perfect storm because of technology advancements. The natural evolution of technology adoption in healthcare, like any enterprise environment, is placing a strain on IT. Doctors and caregivers want to use their own devices, so IT needs to deal with the growth in end points. However, this strain compounded with the sensitive data being produced and the government regulation requiring new technical capabilities creates a unique set of challenges for healthcare IT teams. IT in the healthcare industry has quickly become an essential business enabler.Wake Forest Baptist is a large, complex academic medical center. It is a fully integrated health system that includes the Wake Forest University College of Medicine, as well as a large medical center with over 1,000 beds, an anchor site in our university hospital in the heart of Winston-Salem, multiple community hospitals, and approximately 90 different clinic locations. While the IT management of these properties can be complex, I extended a challenge to my team to go beyond simple upkeep and focus on innovation. As a result, we put in place an aggressive 24 month transformation timeline that would turn WFBMC into a gold standard for IT in the industry.Our goal was a lofty one — 100% infrastructure up-time – so we set about determining what changes we needed to make to accomplish this. We knew that we needed a highly automated architecture designed for flexibility and agility. And in order for our team to reinvent how we provided IT services, we needed to give them time to innovate. That meant understanding where the majority of the team’s time was spent, and then finding ways to shuffle resources.Innovation is always a matter of prioritization of resources and time. There isn’t a CIO I’ve ever met that says, “I have more capacity than demand amongst our resources.”ShareVCE Vblock Systems emerged as the infrastructure that could allow us to accomplish our goals. The key factor for us was the system’s ability to free up the IT team’s time and resources by simplifying management and maintenance. This has been absolutely key in building a culture of innovation. I’ve always found people in IT really enjoy the latest, greatest technologies – we’re all wired that way. So by limiting the time my team is spending on upkeep and allowing them to explore new technology, morale stays high and we foster an environment that is always innovating.Even with a target completion date of 2016, the results we’ve seen already have been impressive since taking on this transformation. Our network has become more agile and secure, and we enable the delivery of better care through our IT efforts. I regularly meet with partners in the area who say that they have never seen WFBMC move so quickly. In fact, they tell me that none of their other hospital partners move at this pace.Transformation is never simple, but when you have the right tools and can create an environment that fosters forward-thinking, innovation becomes natural. VCE has enabled my team to showcase how IT is an integral part of creating a Gold Standard hospital – and allowed Wake Forest Baptist to address some of the biggest issues facing the healthcare industry today.
Army, Navy and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) units gathered on South Quad Wednesday afternoon to participate in the annual Pass in Review, a symbolic display of skill, precision and patriotism. The ceremony included a benediction by director of Campus Ministry Fr. Peter Rocca, the presentation of student awards and a speech from University President Fr. John Jenkins. Rosie LoVoi | The Observer Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC) students gathered Wednesday afternoon for the Pass-in-Review ceremony on South Quad.Rocca gave an opening prayer of thanksgiving for the “cadets and midshipmen who wish to serve our country and make the world a better place.”“We are grateful as well for the blessings of scholarship and of learning, of faith and of service,” Rocca said.University president Fr. John Jenkins gave a speech at the ceremony praising the ROTC men and women for their dedication, both to Notre Dame and their country.“I want to congratulate warmly all the award winners,” Jenkins said. “But I want to congratulate each and every member of Notre Dame ROTC. In addition to the demanding course of studies that each of you undertake, you also have too the responsibilities of Notre Dame ROTC.”Jenkins said this year was momentous for Notre Dame ROTC because it was the Navy’s 75th anniversary on campus. He said the Navy’s presence began in 1941, when Notre Dame was a training center for the Navy during World War II. Jenkins also said it was the 65th anniversary of Army ROTC and mentioned also that Air Force began in 1947.“These are proud milestones, but as was said earlier, the officer training goes back even further to the days of Father Sorin,” Jenkins said.Jenkins talked about the variety of military training on campus. He said with the outbreak of World War I many members of the Notre Dame community displayed their loyalty by serving in the military.“The names of those who died in that conflict … are immortalized in the East Door of the Basilica. And over that east door is the motto ‘God, Country, Notre Dame.’“But as we all know, it has almost become a motto for Notre Dame for what we espouse, for what we consider important, for a sense of service, a sense of sacrifice,” Jenkins said.Jenkins said the spirit of Notre Dame ROTC embodies the Notre Dame spirit in general.“I just ask you to always remember the values you learn at Notre Dame. As you go forth into military service and even beyond that; a sense of leadership, a sense of community, a sense of looking out for one another and a sense of self-sacrifice for something greater in your lives.”Jenkins said General Martin Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be speaking at Commencement and noted that he is an exemplary figure of leadership and service.He said he commends members of the ROTC for being trained as sailors and soldiers of not only great skill, but also enlightened consciences.“You have contemplated the morality of warfare and embraced the virtues of peace,” Jenkins said. “Highest among these virtues stand courage, justice, faith, hope and love. These values will serve you in your future.”Jenkins finished his speech by thanking the military men and women for representing Notre Dame in the best way possible.“Wherever you go, we ask you to bring Notre Dame with you, bring that spirit with you,” he said. “We hope that this spirit, which has infused so many generations of Notre Dame graduates, will be part of your lives as well.”Tags: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, Father John Jenkins, navy ROTC, Pass in Review
View Comments Rivers has appeared on Broadway in Fun City, Broadway Bound and Sally Marr…and her escorts (for which she was nominated for a Tony Award). She is reportedly gearing up to reprise her performance in Sally Marr, which she wrote alongside Erin Sanders and Lonny Price. Earlier this month, she shared a picture on Twitter with costume designer William Ivey Long, presumably in preparation for her return to the stage. The star has frequently expressed her love for the Great White Way, including while on Show People with Paul Wontorek. Comedy icon and long-time friend to the theater community Joan Rivers, 81, is now “resting comfortably,” according to her daughter, Melissa Rivers, in a statement released to NBC Nightly News. ABC News reports that the star stopped breathing while undergoing a throat procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy on the Upper East Side and was subsequently rushed to Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Federal authorities Thursday raided a Bay Shore home that officials said was tied to a New York City drug bust that prompted five arrests and the seizure of $5 million worth of heroin.Besides Long Island, the alleged drug trafficking ring was found to have ties to Washington Heights, the Bronx and upstate Sullivan County, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.“Sadly, an untimely death from a heroin overdose triggered this investigation, but as a result our collaborative efforts prevented more than a million bags of heroin from hitting the streets,” said Bridget Brennan, New York City’s special narcotics prosecutor.Authorities identified the alleged ringleader as Orlando Rosario-Concepcion, who was arrested along with the four others rounded up following the eight-month investigation. They were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and other counts.Twelve kilos of heroin was seized along with $115,000 in cash and two guns, the DEA said.Investigators executing the search warrants said they caught Rosario-Concepcion and the others in the process of filling thousands of glassine envelopes, while other drug paraphernalia, such as scales, grinders and the drug in its loose powdered form was confiscated.The house on LI was found to have $15,000 in cash, 5,000 glassine bags of heroin and a rifle.
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Friday that Bali, North Sulawesi and Riau Islands had been affected as they were the gates to several popular destinations for Chinese tourists, such as Bunaken and Bintan. To ease the tourist industry’s burden, the government is encouraging domestic tourists to visit such destinations. “I have asked Indonesian carriers to give special prices or discounts to those destinations,” said Budi Karya. Previously, the ministry planned to provide additional international flight slots to Bali from East Asia and Middle East countries to boost foreign arrivals to Bali. Topics : The country’s tourist sector has taken a hit amid the novel coronavirus outbreak in China that has spread to other countries, as more trip and hotel booking cancellations have been reported following travel bans on tourists to and from China. Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani said on Friday that more than 40,000 hotel bookings in Bali had been canceled since the outbreak.”This coronavirus has overwhelmed us, especially the tourist sector in Bali where more than 40,000 room bookings were canceled and 20,000 people annulled their visits,” said Hariyadi. “Import and export activities, including the export of live fish, has also been disrupted.” “We should be more vigilant. We did not imagine that the impact of the coronavirus outbreak would be greater than that of SARS [Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome],” he said.The SARS epidemic, which also started in China, killed around 800 people worldwide in 2002-2003. The 2019-nCoV virus, linked to a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has infected more than 40,100 people since it was first reported early this year with a death toll of around 900 as of Sunday.Hariyadi called on stakeholders to work hand-in-hand to tackle the issue as the outbreak also occurred during the low season. “If this continues, I think it could turn into a serious matter,” he said.
Economy, Energy, Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of 12 projects through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) that will provide millions of dollars in funding to utilize, develop, and construct alternative energy projects in eight counties.“These programs are an essential tool in helping communities transition their schools and workplaces into more energy efficient operations, helping to save money, reduce their carbon footprint, and support better public health,” said Gov. Wolf. “These projects will have a years-long impact on the commonwealth and will provide access to cleaner, more efficient energy for thousands of Pennsylvanians.”Eleven clean energy projects in seven counties were approved through the Alternative and Clean Energy Program (ACE), which helps fund activities to promote the utilization, development, and construction of alternative and clean energy projects, infrastructure associated with compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas fueling stations, plus energy efficiency and energy conservation projects in the state. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), under the direction of the CFA.The approved ACE projects are as follows:Clearfield CountyNOVO Health Services, LLC was approved for a $43,000 grant for the purchase and installation of a combined heat and power system at its Paris Healthcare Linen Services facility located in the City of DuBois.Montgomery CountyScale Microgrid Solutions LLC was approved for a $464,000 grant for the purchase and installation of a combined heat and power system at Arkema, Inc.’s headquarters in King of Prussia.Northampton CountyEaston Area Joint Sewer Authority was approved for a $1.737 million grant for the construction of a biogas cogeneration system at its wastewater treatment plant located in the City of Easton, Northampton County.Perry CountyPerry County Economic Development Corporation was approved for a $1.78 million loan for the purchase and installation of a combined heat and power system at Perry County Innovation Park located in Penn Township.The approved ACE High Performance Building projects are as follows:Bucks CountyCouncil Rock School District was approved for an $820,958 grant to renovate 59,860 square feet and construct 3,650 square feet of additions to Hillcrest Elementary School, achieving USGBC LEED Gold certification. The planned energy saving features include geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting, automated energy control systems, low-flow water fixtures, occupancy-based temperature and lighting, an 85 kW solar PV array, and an improved thermal envelope. The project is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by an estimated 1,251 MMBtu annually, a 24 percent savings. The solar array will generate an additional 110,000 kWh for the elementary school and low-flow water fixtures will reduce water consumption by 30 percent annually.Council Rock School District was approved for an $820,958 grant to renovate 59,860 square feet and construct 3,650 square feet of additions to Richboro Elementary School, achieving USGBC LEED Gold certification. The planned energy saving features include geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting, automated energy control systems, low-flow water fixtures, occupancy-based temperature and lighting, an 85 kW solar PV array, and an improved thermal envelope. The project is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by an estimated 1,003 MMBtu annually, a 20 percent savings. The solar array will generate an additional 110,000 kWh for the elementary school and low-flow water fixtures will reduce water consumption by 30 percent annually.Lehigh CountyLehigh Northampton Airport Authority was approved for an $820,958 grant to move its TSA checkpoint to a new location between two existing airport buildings to create a more efficient passenger flow. The authority will renovate the subterranean connector corridor and construct a new elevated passenger circulation bridge to connect with the ticketing building. The project includes the installation of high efficiency LED lighting, a variable refrigerant flow cooling system, and energy efficient heating boilers. Window glazing will also be installed for better insulation and solar heat rejection. The 37,456-square-foot building will reduce the airport’s electricity usage by 96,935 kWh annually, a savings of 17 percent. The building will also reduce annual natural gas consumption by 886 MMBtu, a 60 percent reduction. The installation of a 168kW solar array will generate an additional 90,000 kWh, and water saving fixtures will reduce water usage by 38 percent. The project will achieve USGBC LEED Gold certification.Philadelphia CountyThe School District of Philadelphia was approved for a $651,868 grant to construct a two-story, 16,813-square-foot LEED Gold certified addition to its existing 48,300-square-foot Richmond Elementary School. The project includes LED lighting fixtures and controls upgrades, and the purchase and installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, sound attenuation materials, water and energy meters, CO2 sensors, and water-bottle filling stations. The energy saving measures are anticipated to save the school district 19,579 kWh annually, a 50 percent savings, and the water and plumbing fixture upgrades will reduce water usage by 35 percent.The School District of Philadelphia was approved for a $898,076 grant to construct a four-story 28,794-square-foot LEED Gold certified addition its existing 77,000-square-foot Ethan Allen Elementary School. The project includes LED lighting fixtures and controls upgrades, and the purchase and installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, sound attenuation materials, water and energy meters, CO2 sensors, and water-bottle filling stations. The energy saving measures are anticipated to save the school district 39,805 kWh annually, a savings of 59 percent, and the water and plumbing fixture upgrades will reduce water usage by 35 percent.The School District of Philadelphia was approved for a $800,154 grant to construct a two-story 24,584-square-foot LEED Gold certified addition to its existing 103,799-square-foot Anne Frank Elementary School. The project includes LED lighting fixtures and controls upgrades, and the purchase and installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, sound attenuation materials, water and energy meters, CO2 sensors, and water-bottle filling stations. The energy saving measures are anticipated to save the school district 26,487 kWh annually, a savings of 49 percent, and the water and plumbing fixture upgrades will reduce water usage by 35 percent.The School District of Philadelphia was approved for a $2 million grant to renovate its existing 58,0000-square-foot Rhawnhurst Elementary School, achieving USGBC LEED Gold certification. The project involves demolishing 8,100-square-feet, renovating 50,000-square-feet, and constructing a 38,459-square-foot addition, with the final building totaling 88,411-square-feet. The planned energy saving features include a new high-efficiency HVAC system with radiant heat, LED energy efficient lighting, a thermal envelope that exceeds code requirements, and daylight sensors. The energy measures are anticipated to save the school district 255,228 kWh annually. Additionally, low-flow plumbing fixtures and equipment are designed into the building, reducing water usage by 41 percent and saving 353,584 gallons of water annually. The building will also eliminate its use of oil for energy production and will be solely reliant upon natural gas and electricity.Additionally, a project was approved under the High Performance Building Program, which provides financial assistance in the forms of grants and loan funds to underwrite the cost premiums associated with the design and construction or major renovation of high performance buildings in the state:Lawrence CountyNew Castle Real Estate, LLC, was approved for a $102,456 grant to develop long-term senior housing facility, New Castle Wellness Center, in New Castle City. New Castle Real Estate, LLC, will renovate several buildings to be the future site of the New Castle Wellness Center, a long-term senior housing facility with ancillary services including up to 400 beds. The site consists of three multi-storied buildings and a fourth single story building that total 188,870 sq. ft. The entire former nursing school campus will be converted to LEED Gold certified buildings. Renovations will include replacing old and inefficient windows, installing an ethylene propylene diene terpolymer roof, efficient dual flush toilets, motion-censored facets, and changing lights to modern, energy-efficient LED’s. Asbestos remediation and selective demolition will be performed as well.More information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority can be found on the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website. To stay up-to-date on all Pennsylvania economic development news, follow DCED on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and be sure to sign up for the department’s monthly e-newsletter.Ver esta página en español. July 14, 2020 Governor Wolf Announces Millions of Dollars in Funding for 12 Projects in 8 Counties SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
The business plan also proposed including Lithuania, which does not currently have an NTS but would be included at this stage due to the small number of local pension providers in need of connection.“Connecting Austria (which has an NTS) and its direct neighbours (which do not have an NTS but have a small number of data providers) will expand the nucleus that started by connecting Poland in Step A,” the business plan adds.“Similarly, connecting the NTS of France will increase the area that started with the [national tracking services] of Belgium and the Netherlands.”Eventually, the remaining European Economic Area countries would also be connected to the ETS.ETS costIn line with the draft business plan published earlier this year, the per-member cost of the ETS was estimated at €0.03, which the consortium estimated would produce revenue to finance the not-for-profit managing entity, STEP, of no more than 10% of that produced by existing NTS.“If all estimated 280m Europeans (within the age range of 25-65) are connected, this should generate enough revenue (and, in time, a lower fee),” the business plan adds, without estimating the likelihood of such a high uptake.It also called on the European Commission to support the project financially.In a letter sent to Marianne Thyssen, commissioner for social affairs, to coincide with the report’s publication, Peter Melchior, chairman of the TTYPE steering committee of Denmark’s PKA, calls for Commission funding.“We calculated that, after the deduction of membership fees [of €3m], approximately €17m is needed in the first five years to cover the costs of developing, connecting and running the ETS,” Melchior writes.“We therefore strongly recommend the European Commission grant substantial financial support.”Melchoir also urges various stakeholders to build on the goodwill built up since the TTYPE Consortium first gathered and push ahead with the launch of the ETS.“Among parties in Europe, there needs to be enough willingness and executing power to step in and do this,” he writes.“The risk here is losing time and momentum. Political and financial support from the EC for future years is a prerequisite. Without sufficient EC support, STEP will not be able to realise its goals.”Speaking at the TTYPE launch event, Thyssen said the Commission was politically committed to the project and would aim to supply funding for the first step of the ETS connecting the Netherlands and Belgium – estimated in the business plan to cost €3.3m.She added that the Commission would later this year also tender for a provider to launch the ETS. The TTYPE consortium – comprising Danish pension provider PKA, Dutch providers PGGM, APG, MN and Syntrus Achmea and the UK and German construction-sector funds B&CE and SOKA-Bau – has been working on the plan since March 2015. A pan-European pension tracking service will take six years to break even and initially be reliant on grants from the European Commission, the venture’s final business plan shows.Unveiling its last business plan after more than a year of intensive work, the TTYPE Consortium – short for Track and Trace Your Pension in Europe – said it envisaged the staged rollout of a European tracking service (ETS), beginning in countries with existing national tracking services (NTS) and significant cross-border worker flow, with initial costs of €13.3m across the three-stage launch.The first step of the process would be for a proof-of-concept to be trialled in the Netherlands and Belgium, eventually being deployed across the Scandinavian countries and Poland.The second step would see the ETS rolled out across countries neighbouring the seven initial participating member states already in possession of an NTS, such as Latvia and Estonia.
The number of pension providers in Lithuania is set to shrink to five following Danske Bank’s decision to sell its pensions business to Swedbank.Yesterday, Danske Bank signed an agreement with Swedbank investicijų valdymas to transfer, for an undisclosed amount, 100% of its shares in Danske Capital Investicijų Valdymas, its Lithuanian pension fund management company.The takeover, pending approval from Bank of Lithuania, is expected to be completed by the third quarter.Danske Bank noted on its website that the planned company shareholder change would occur at no cost to its pension fund participants, and have no effect on the number of pension fund units or unit values. The sale marks part of Danske Bank’s Baltic strategy to focus on corporate and private banking.In March, Lithuania’s Competition Council approved Danske’s transfer of its retail banking services to Swedbank, a transaction completed earlier this month.Last month, Danske Capital sold its Estonian pensions business to LHV Varahaldus.For Swedbank, the acquisition will strengthen its position as Lithuania’s biggest pensions provider.As of the end of March, according to Bank of Lithuania data, its five second-pillar funds had in total 745,192 members, a market share of 38.85% and assets of €745m (34.63%).Danske, the smallest of the providers, had respective shares of 1.75% and 3.29% in its four funds.Danske, unlike Swedbank, is also active in the much smaller third-pillar sector, where it runs a single high-equity fund.This had, as of the end of March, assets of €1.7m, or 2.84% of the total, and a membership of 1,371 (2.84%).The transaction represents a further consolidation in Lithuania’s pensions sector.In 2014, INVL Asset Management, part of the Invalda Group, acquired the pensions businesses of MP Pensions Funds Baltic, as well as 100% of Finasta Asset Management, including the latter’s pension funds.Recent results in the Lithuanian pensions sector have been unspectacular, with the 21 second-pillar funds recording an average nominal return of -1.18% year to date, while the 12 third-pillar funds returned -1.22%.Despite the recent losses, second-pillar assets increased by 4.8% year on year to €2.1bn and membership by 4.5% to 1.22m.The asset growth was boosted by this year’s increase in overall contributions.While the base rate remains unchanged at 2%, the 2015 additional members contribution of 1%, matched by a state contribution of 1% of the previous year’s average salary, both increased to 2%.
Sydney Morning Herald 3 Dec 2012The honeymoon period is a myth, according to new research which has found that couples are unhappiest in their first year of marriage. And forget bickering like an old married couple. The study found that the happiest husbands and wives are those who have notched up more than 40 years of wedded bliss. The research, by Deakin University’s Australian Centre on Quality of Life, measured the happiness of 2000 people on a scale of 0-100. The average score for the Australian population was 75 but couples in their first year of marriage scored a rating of 73.9 compared with people who have been married for four-plus decades at 79.8. The lead author, Dr Melissa Weinberg, was surprised by the findings. ”It’s a little unexpected because the perception is that newlywed couples should be the happiest but in reality that’s not the case,” she said.…The research, carried out for the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index, found that couples bounce back from post-nuptial depression, with their happiness score increasing to 78.4 in the second year of marriage. Those who can stay the distance are the happiest of all, with Mr Aiken noting that couples learn how to manage conflict. The research, to be released on Monday, found that married people were generally happier than singles, de factos, divorcees or people who were widowed or separated. Those who had been through a separation were the unhappiest with a score of 69.2. Married women were happier than men, with wedded bliss peaking at between three and five years for women and again at the 40-year mark.http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life/early-days-more-hangover-than-honeymoon-20121202-2ap2v.html
Indianapolis, In. — Indiana State Parks is seeking volunteer hunters to participate in managed deer reduction hunts at 19 locations later this year.Applications must be received by Aug. 20.Properties where hunting is allowed with firearms only (any firearm legal to take deer on public land in Indiana) are: Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, Ouabache, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles, and Whitewater Memorial state parks, and Cave River Valley Natural Area.Properties where hunting is allowed by archery only (any archery equipment legal to take deer in Indiana) are: Clifty Falls and Fort Harrison state parks, and Trine State Recreation Area.The dates are Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 26-27.Volunteers can apply online at wildlife.IN.gov/5834.htm, where additional guidelines can be found under State Park Deer Reduction Draw Hunt.Reduction hunts are carried out exclusively to achieve an ecological objective – to ensure balanced and healthy natural communities for all plants and wildlife within park boundaries.Successful applicants are allowed to take up to three deer. Only one can be antlered. Deer harvested at a state park reduction hunt are not counted toward regular statewide bag limits. Trophy hunting, or passing on does or smaller bucks to wait for a larger buck, is counter to the ecological objective of state park reduction hunts, and is strongly discouraged.