Bruce Edwards is a freelance writer from Southern Vermont. Thsi story first appeared in the june issue of Vermont Business MAgazine. Rutland Regional Medical Center,Photo: The Star of Hope atop Rutland Regional Medical Center during the Covid-19 pandemic. Courtesy photo.by Bruce Edwards, Vermont Business Magazine Rutland Regional Medical Center was prepared for the worst – a surge in patients infected with the Covid-19 virus.It was a surge that for now hasn’t materialized but the hospital was ready just the same, closing one of its specialty procedure suites and converting it into a 10-bed, negative pressure COVID ward.“We did have some sick COVID patients but nowhere near the amount of patients we feared,” said RRMC President Claudio Fort.Photo: Claudio Fort is president and CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center. Courtesy photo.The hospital is slowly returning to normal but to prepare for an influx of patients required the hospital to take some painful steps.Those steps included suspending elective surgeries, which resulted in a substantial loss of revenue. In turn that forced the hospital to furlough dozens of employees.“Our (patient) volumes were down for the month of April by 60 percent and our revenues were down by $19 million for the month(s) of March and April,” Fort said.The losses were offset by federal grants totaling $13 million for a net loss of $6 million, Fort said.He said there is another $75 billion in the pipeline for health care providers but how that money will be distributed is an unknown.To cut costs, the hospital furloughed 150 of its approximately 1,763 employees. The effected employees were support and administrative staff as well as medical assistants.Fort said as the hospital began rescheduling elective surgeries all but 50 workers had been recalled (as of mid-May) with additional employees being brought back on a daily basis. Asked whether all furloughed workers would be brought back, Fort said, “We would like to but I don’t know for sure whether will be able to.” With hospitals across the state in an unenviable financial position because of the pandemic, Fort said a rate increase to cover losses won’t solve the problem. He said those rate increases wind up being paid by employers and their employees. “We can’t put all of this on local businesses who are already struggling,” Fort said. “There’s going to be very little that I see at this point will be able to recoup through rates,” he said.He said what’s likely is a nominal rate increase to account for inflation. “But I don’t see us pass on a double-digit rate increase this year,” he said. “We can’t put that burden on our local business community who is already struggling.” Fort said that means the hospital has to find other ways to “balance the books and to serve our community.”Like other community leaders, Fort praised the Scott administration for its handling of the pandemic.He also gave high marks to the hospital and staff which he called its “finest hour.”“I’m really, really proud that here at Rutland Regional we did that very well,” Fort said. “I think we were well prepared. I think we were as prepared as any hospital in the country for this.”The pandemic closed many businesses in the state, including construction, which are now slowly starting to reopen. As a result, completion of the hospital’s $24 million, 3,700-square-foot, two-story, Thomas W. Huebner Medical Office Building has been delayed.It’s now scheduled for completion in the fall. It will be the home of the ears, nose and throat practice and audiology clinic; the medical staff for physical medicine and rehabilitation; and the Vermont Orthopedic Clinic.HP Cummings is the general contractor.
Sam Huffman hugged his parents, Doug Huffman and Mary Sinclair, after his gutsy two-point conversion run pushed the Lancers past Olathe North in the substate game in 2014.It was a scene that could have been ripped straight from the script of a high school football movie: With a trip to the state final on the line, the Lancers needed just to kick a field goal to force a third overtime. Instead, the head coach called for a two-point conversion. Find the endzone, you go to state. Miss, and your season is over.What happened next is a memory that will live in SM East football lore for decades:Here’s the unbelievably ballsy game-winning play by SME on the two-point conversion. https://t.co/4XQEqxaGVu— Eli Underwood (@eliunderwood) November 22, 2014Tonight, the Lancers will take the field against the opponent that endured that tough loss in last year’s sub-state battle, Olathe North. And Lancers head coach Dustin Delaney said he and his team are looking forward to the playoff rematch.“We’ve had some epic battles with these guys,” he said. “Our kids really enjoying playing them because they know it’s going to be a good game.”In fact, SM East will be facing the Eagles for the fourth time in Delaney’s three years at the school. The Lancers edged the Eagles 23-22 in their first meeting in 2013, and then beat them again 37-27 in sub-state to earn a trip to the 2013 title game.Delaney and his squad know they’ll have to extend their winning streak over one of the state’s most storied programs to four if they’re going to have a shot at a third consecutive 6A title game appearance. And tonight’s game might be the toughest challenge from Olathe North Delaney’s Lancers have seen.Despite the departure of longtime coach Gene Weir after last season, the Eagles haven’t missed a beat, putting up a 9-1 record and looking every bit as dominant as they did during their dynasty years in the late 1990s and early 2000s when they amassed seven state 6A titles in eight years. Their only loss came in a tight battle against Lawrence, widely considered to be the best team in the state this year, when they fell 31-28. “Olathe North is very good,” Delaney said. “They’ve got a great defense. But I think their offense might be even stronger. Their offense is more explosive than last year.”Based on a KSHSAA rule that allows a lower seeded team to host a game if they haven’t hosted in the playoffs already, Olathe North — the sixth seed in the east — will host the second-seeded Lancers at the Olathe District Activity Center, 20925 West 159th Street. Should the Lancers prevail and earn a trip to sub-state against the winner of Lawrence and Blue Valley, however, they’d get to host the game at SM North District Stadium.Tonight’s game kicks off at 7 p.m.
By Charles FerruzzaSince I’m one of those neurotic people who always expect the worst to happen (and I’m rarely disappointed), when I hear the words “ice storm,” I immediately start planning for the worst: power lines crashing down, electricity turned off for days, only a box of crackers in the pantry, eating frozen pizza – still ice-cold — by candlelight.All of those things (and more) really happened to me in 2001 when an ice storm knocked out power around the metro and I slept in my dark, freezing house for several days…mostly surviving on Triscuit crackers, peanut butter and Little Debbie snack cakes.I fully expect the same scenario this weekend as the National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning that, at the time of this writing, is in effect from today at noon until Sunday at midnight.Somewhere – God only knows – in my house is one of those portable radio units that operate by hand-cranking. No electricity required. If I find it, I’ll use it.And unlike 2001, I made certain to stock up on vital staples before my life goes to hell in a handbasket: candles, matches, dog food (the expensive kind, in case I’m forced to eat it myself on Carr’s Table Water Crackers with capers and mustard) and eggs. (I’ve already hard-boiled a dozen…just in case).And on the off chance that I perish like the “freezing persons” in the Emily Dickinson poem (“First – Chill – then Stupor – then the letting go…”), I plan to go out with a full stomach.I made a quick stop at Andre’s (both locations in Kansas and Missouri, to be on the safe side) for essential survival staples like assorted fondant-covered pastries, ham-and-cheese croissants, even a container of frozen beef barley soup that I plan to re-heat over a candle flame. I was, after all, once a Boy Scout. (I still have my merit badges somewhere; probably next to the missing crank-up radio).Since our local Hen House Markets have an excellent array of prepared foods, I stopped in to the Fairway branch for a few pre-packaged sandwiches, pasta salads, and a crusty baguette that I can eat with good sharp cheddar and a crisp, tart Granny Smith apple. This store also carries slices of a perfectly delicious Tippin’s chicken pot pie – just as tasty chilled as it is heated up – and flaky apple turnovers that make a delightful breakfast with a cup of leftover coffee that I plan to heat up (to at least a near-lukewarm) over one of those resourceful candles.I hate making this seem like all a merry game, since I was absolutely miserable 16 years ago. I even cried bitterly one night, feeling sorry for myself as I tried eating a stale cracker with teeth that couldn’t stop chattering from the cold.This time I’m ready to face the worst. I’ve draped my bed with dozens of blankets, washed every sock and article of long underwear that I own, and even learned how to text for help on my cell phone. Even more importantly: I’ve programmed the numbers for every carry-out pizza joint even remotely close to my house.I’m ready for Ice Apocalypse 2017.
During Integrate 2019 in Melbourne, CEDIA unveiled the winners of the 2019 CEDIA Awards Home Technology Professional competition for the Asia Pacific region. Winning projects were recognized in 12 categories and four subcategories at a cocktail reception at Melbourne Public in South Wharf. The celebration, sponsored by Control4, ran in conjunction with Integrate, Australia’s premier annual AV and integration trade show.“The competition in the Asia Pacific region was fierce, but these award-winning projects are genuine standouts,” said CEDIA Vice President Global Development Wendy Griffiths. “This year’s honorees are prime examples of the exceptionally high level of innovative work CEDIA member integrators are capable of producing. Integrate 2019 provided a great backdrop for toasting this year’s winners and we would like to thank Control4 for their partnership to help us celebrate these great achievements.”Best Auto, Marine or Aircraft Argus Technologies Mulgrave, VIC – AustraliaBest Innovative System or Solution Smart Home Solutions Alexandria, NSW – AustraliaBest Home Cinema, Level I Wavetrain Cinemas Taren Point, NSW – AustraliaBest Media Room, Level I Glance Iwade, Wakayama – JapanBest Home Cinema, Level II The Digital Picture Brisbane, QLD – AustraliaBest Media Room, Level II Wavetrain Cinemas Taren Point, NSW – AustraliaBest Home Cinema, Level III Wavetrain Cinemas Taren Point, NSW – AustraliaBest Showroom Shanghai AV Style Shanghai – ChinaBest Integrated Home, Level I Electronic Living Virginia, QLD – AustraliaBest Documentation Liquid Automation Rosedale, AUK – New ZealandBest Integrated Home, Level II Electronic Living Virginia, QLD – AustraliaBest Dressed Rack Integrated Technologies Australia Kilsyth, VIC – AustraliaBest Integrated Home, Level III Len Wallis Audio Lane Cove, NSW – AustraliaLife Best Lived at Home Argus Technologies Mulgrave, VIC – AustraliaBest Integrated Home, Level IV Integrated Technologies Australia Kilsyth, VIC – AustraliaTechnology Meets Design Wavetrain Cinemas Taren Point, NSW – AustraliaHome technology industry experts with global connections chose winners and finalists during a detailed selection process earlier this year. Americas region winners were revealed in July during the inaugural CEDIA Awards Celebration & Leadership Conference in Chicago. EMEA region and Global Award winners will be announced September 26 at a sold-out celebration in the V&A in London.Connect with more about the CEDIA Home Technology Professional Awards competition and the Awards event.
Don’t let stress rob your workplace.by. Siamak FarahMost businesses have great security systems in place to protect their physical and intellectual property. Small businesses place on-premise cameras while larger businesses have gates, security guards and electronic entry cards. Yet, the real thief responsible for more than $200 billion annual loss in U.S. businesses is lurking within.That bandit is none other than stress in the workplace. Many are unaware of their stress, and others feel they simply can’t do anything about it. In reality, the do-nothing attitude is causing loss of productivity, unhealthy workplace relationships, costly employee turnovers, absenteeism and increased healthcare costs. A simple examination of your business can eliminate or highly reduce this silent productivity killer.It behooves us to look at why people get stressed in general and apply it to workplace situations.Lack of Time or Perceived Lack of TimeTell me more: When you drive to the airport to have dinner at a nice restaurant close by, you don’t have any stress. Drive to the same airport knowing that if you are not there in 50 minutes you will miss your flight, and you will have an amazingly stressful ride and may arrive at the airport with stubs where your nails previously were.How do I overcome it? Make sure you are realistic about the deadlines you set for yourself and your employees. It’s important to set deadlines because people need that certainty as to when something needs to be done, but an unrealistic deadline will either get you a delayed project, or a half-baked project and a stressed-out team. It’s understood that everyone has emergencies. But running emergency projects should be the exception, not the norm. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
CBRE has negotiated the following multi-family sales transactions:7102 North 43rd Avenue Partners, LLC of Denver, Colo. has purchased the Paradise Vista apartment complex, a 352-unit multi-family property located at 7102 N. 43rd Ave. in Glendale, Ariz., from Paradise Vista Affordable Apartments, LLC of San Diego, Calif. Brian Smuckler and Jeff Seaman of CBRE’s Phoenix office represented both parties in negotiating the $7 million transaction. Carol Mary, LLC of Phoenix, Ariz. has purchased the Carol Mary apartment complex, a 40-unit multi-family property located at 501 East Willetta in Phoenix, Ariz., from EQ Downtown, LLC of Tempe, Ariz. Brian Smuckler and Jeff Seaman of CBRE’s Phoenix office represented both parties in negotiating the $3 million transaction. M & S Continental, LLC of Phoenix, Ariz. has purchased the Continental Apartments, a 48-unit multi-family property located at 1030 N. 3rd St. in Phoenix, from EQ Downtown, LLC of Tempe, Ariz. Brian Smuckler and Jeff Seaman of CBRE’s Phoenix office represented both parties in negotiating the $2.3 million transaction.
Share Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter The overall suicide rate among children ages 5 to 11 was stable during the 20 years from 1993 to 2012 but that obscures racial differences that show an increase in suicide among black children and a decrease among white children, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics.Youth suicide is a major public health concern. However not much is known about childhood suicide because prior studies have typically excluded children younger than 10 years old and only investigated trends among older children, according to the study background.Jeffrey A. Bridge, Ph.D., of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, and coauthors examined suicide in U.S. children ages 5 to 11 by analyzing 20 years of nationwide mortality data. Email LinkedIn The authors found that 657 children ages 5 to 11 died by suicide between 1993 and 2012 – an average of nearly 33 children per year – and 553 (84 percent) of the children were boys and 104 (16 percent) were girls. The overall suicide rate remained stable during the period going from 1.18 per 1 million to 1.09 per million. Hanging/suffocation was the predominant method of suicide, accounting for 78.2 percent (514 of 657) of the total suicide deaths, followed by firearms (17.7 percent; 116 of 657) and other methods (4.1 percent; 27 of 657), according to the results.However, the authors observed that the stable overall rate resulted from divergent trends in suicide for black and white children during those 20 years. The suicide rate increased in black children from 1.36 per 1 million to 2.54 per 1 million, while the suicide rate decreased in white children from 1.14 per 1 million to 0.77 per 1 million.The statistically significant racial differences were confined to both black and white boys, with an increase in the suicide rate among black boys (1.78 to 3.47 per 1 million) and a decrease in the suicide rate among white boys (from 1.96 to 1.31 per 1 million). Although the changes were not statistically significant among girls, the suicide rate among black girls increased from 0.68 to 1.23 per 1 million during the 20-year period, while the suicide rate among white girls remained stable from 0.25 to 0.24 per 1 million.The authors suggest the racial differences prompt questions about what factors might influence increasing suicide rates among young black children, such as disproportionate exposure to violence and traumatic stress, aggressive school discipline, and an early onset of puberty. However, the authors note it remains unclear if any of these factors are related to increasing suicide rates.“The stable overall suicide rate among U.S. children aged 5 to 11 years during 20 years of study masked a significant increase in the suicide rate among black children and a significant decline in the suicide rate among white children. From a public health perspective, future steps should include ongoing surveillance to monitor these emerging trends and research to identify risk, protective and precipitating factors associated with suicide in elementary school-aged children to frame targets for early detection and culturally informed interventions,” the study concludes.
Share on Twitter Share Pinterest Share on Facebook LinkedIn Email The project will culminate in the creation of a musical instrument based toolkit as a way of enabling other people, across a wide range of settings, to enjoy the benefits.The research team have also prepared a free report illustrating the lessons learned from their pilot project which includes recommendations on how other organisations can run similar workshops.‘Ageing Playfully’ brought together academic researchers, designers and artists, from Lancaster University and professionals from Age UK Lancashire to work with a community of people in the early stages of dementia, their carers and community workers.It was designed and funded as part of The Creative Exchange, an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Knowledge Exchange Hub, which aims to catalyse collaboration between academics and non-academics, by working together on imaginative and innovative products, services and experiences through a series of short projects.The aim of the first stage of the project was to offer a creative, playful and supportive space during a series of four workshops, where people with dementia were given the opportunity to co-design 2D collages and 3D models, to stimulate and facilitate physical mobility, imagination and social interaction.The workshops were set up within the context of an existing weekly drop-in activity, run as part of the Age UK Lancashire ‘circle of support’ initiative.There were 12 willing participants and a carer and two support workers.. Activities included a ‘warm-up’ with games and singing.Participants worked in small groups to co-design and make models with themes based on activities which they chose themselves.Initially the focus was on being outdoors in the garden, having meals, dancing, singing and social activities. The most popular theme to emerge was music and in the last two workshops participants co-designed musical, mainly percussive models, using a range of art and modelling materials.Senior Lecturer in Design Interactions at Lancaster University Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves, who led the project, said: “Participants as co-designers expressed enjoyment and enthusiasm, when given this opportunity to engage playfully with each other in imagining and building models. Their carers and support workers noted how the workshop activities seemed to encourage interaction, with even the reticent, less confident members of the group joining in with the model building.“Furthermore, carers and Age UK support staff reported that workshop participants retained the positive feelings even whilst at home and each time they arrived at the workshop associated these positive feelings with the workshop facilitators.”The project team encouraged interaction outside each workshop session by sending participants a postcard featuring a picture of the 2D or 3D model they had helped to create to help them remember their part in the model building and to be reminded of the next workshop.Following the session, after the participants’ lunch break, the team showed the participants the models again to remind them of the session so they could share and give feedback.This project acknowledged the need for innovative and creative ways to engage with, and support, the increasing numbers of older people with dementia in the UK in their daily activities.This first phase is planned to lead to a second phase of development using the participants’ models to explore potential digital-physical technologies that could creatively enhance physical mobility and mental facility and imagination for those with dementia, their carers and community workers. Creative activities, such as designing musical instruments, can improve the quality of life of people with dementia, according to researchers at Lancaster University.The ‘Ageing Playfully’ research project also found activities that stimulate multisensory experiences, including tactile, auditory and visual, and encourage physical exercise, such as upper body movement, increase group engagement and social inclusion.The team found their ‘well-facilitated’ Lancaster workshops helped to uplift the mood of people with dementia and contributed to their social connectedness.
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Suffolk advice charities have warned they will have to make ‘difficult choices’ if their county council decides to axe a £400,000 grant in what would be the latest blow to a county that has been hit hard by legal aid reforms.Suffolk County Council’s proposed cut was revealed in a pre-decision scrutiny paper of the local authority’s 2019/20 budget, which will be discussed on Thursday.John Ashton, chair of the Sudbury and District Citizens, said Suffolk’s Citizens Advice network is ‘dismayed’ at the proposed cut: ‘We are seriously concerned about the impact of this proposal on our communities, especially on the most vulnerable. It would be very difficult to find alternative sources of funding in time to ensure continuity of service. The Suffolk Trustees and Chief Officers will now consider all options for managing a potentially reduced budget, should the decision remain unchanged.’The chief officers of Citizens Advice in Suffolk cited research showing that every pound invested in Citizens Advice generates at least £1.88 in savings to government and public services and £11.43 in wider economic and social benefits.They said: ‘If agreed, these cuts would be a significant reduction in our budgets and will lead to difficult choices. We will work closely with our partners, staff and volunteers to make the best decisions we can in the circumstances.’Suffolk Law Centre director Audrey Ludwig says the cut would be a ‘disaster’ for vulnerable people needing help with social welfare issue.The council says it has ‘some really tough calls to make’ to balance its budget in the next financial year and beyond. The cut, should it proceed, will be the latest in a series of woes for the East Anglia county, which had recently become a legal aid advice ‘desert’, with no providers in public law, housing and asylum law.