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Tech Times reported on Feb. 25 that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report revealing that mortality rates due to drug overdose have more than doubled since 1999. The death toll caused by opioids definitely affects not only patients who involuntarily become addicted to prescription drugs but curious children who are exposed to them as well. The Cherokee Nation, however, has had enough of the opioid that crisis plaguing the United States and tearing families apart. In response to what it considers negligence on the part of pharmaceutical companies, the sovereign Indian nation filed a lawsuit against five companies in tribal court. The lawsuit was filed on April 20 at the District Court of the Cherokee Nation and accuses Mckesson Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., Amerisourcebergen, CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The Cherokee Nation believes that the abovementioned pharmaceutical companies failed to properly monitor opioid prescriptions and turned a blind eye on the issue for the sake of profit. According to the lawsuit [PDF], the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) estimated that 845 million milligrams of opioids were distributed in the 14 countries that compose the Cherokee Nation in 2015. On the same year, Mayo Clinic computed that the defendants distributed approximately 7,200 milligrams of opioids, which roughly translate to 360 to 720 pills per prescription drug user. "As we fight this epidemic in our hospitals, our schools and our Cherokee homes, we will also use our legal system to make sure the companies, who put profits over people while our society is crippled by this epidemic, are held responsible for their actions," Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. The Cherokee Nation is not the first government to strike against pharmaceutical companies. In February, Erie County in New York sued four other pharmaceutical companies for costing the county millions of dollars annually just to fight the crisis. West Virginia also filed lawsuits to several pharmacy chains and distributors. In a statement, CVS Health said that it enforces strict policies to avoid what the company is being accused of. "[CVS Health has] stringent policies, procedures, and tools to ensure that our pharmacists properly exercise their corresponding responsibility to determine whether a controlled substance prescription was issued for a legitimate medical purpose before filling it," the company says. Gabriel Weissman, spokesperson for AmerisourceBergen, released a statement saying the company immediately stops the shipment of orders that seem suspicious. Cardinal Health, on the other hand, said that the company will defend itself against the accusation, adding that the lawsuit would not help improve the current situation. McKesson and Wal-Mart have not commented on the lawsuit and while Walgreens declined to comment. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With an estimated 109,000 young men and women not in school or the workforce – nearly 13 percent of youth – the Dallas metro area has one of the highest rates of youth disengagement in the nation1. In response, a national coalition of more than 50 leading U.S. companies known as the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ will come together on Friday, May 19, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to host the Dallas Opportunity Fair – an unprecedented, day-long hiring event aimed at Opportunity Youth – 16- to 24-year-olds who are not in school or working. The event will feature recruiters and resources from top U.S. companies including Starbucks, FedEx, JCPenney, Pizza Hut, Chipotle, Delaware North, Republic Services, Domino’s, Sprinkles, Five Guys, Target, Hilton Worldwide, Teavana, HMSHost, T-Mobile, Ulta Beauty, Macy’s, Villa, Papa John’s, Walgreens and Walmart. Together, they are offering more than 1,700 guaranteed job interviews throughout the day for local positions, as well as the opportunity to connect with more than 30 job-readiness and social services, including resume writing, interview skills, and college and financial aid applications – making this the largest and most comprehensive opportunity youth hiring fair ever hosted in Texas. Based on past events in Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle, the coalition expects to extend hundreds of immediate, on-the-spot job offers at the May 19 event. It will also look to sustain investment in Dallas over the next few years, partnering with local organizations to create ongoing impact. “FedEx is dedicated to helping young people gain the skills and career connections necessary to find available jobs on the path to starting their careers,” said Kim Dixon, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, FedEx Office. “We’re proud to be a founding member of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative coalition of leading companies and look forward to connecting with young talent in the Dallas area.” “JCPenney is proud to be one of the founding members of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative coalition and we are in awe of the tremendous progress the cause has achieved in just under two years. We are excited for the next Opportunity & Job Fair to be hosted in our hometown of Dallas, home to a dynamic and thriving retail community,” said Marvin Ellison, chairman and CEO of JCPenney. “A job in retail can be the start of an exciting career path with a variety of opportunities for anyone who is passionate about delivering great products and exceptional customer service. We look forward to continuing our support of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative by engaging young job seekers to join the JCPenney stores team.” Launched in 2015, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ reached its original goal of hiring and engaging 100,000 opportunity youth two years ahead of schedule. But with an estimated 4.9 million young Americans still left out of the U.S. economy2, the coalition has since expanded its commitment to a new goal of 1 million hires by 2020. Each of the companies and organizations involved share a commitment to helping youth connect with employers and develop basic job skills. The goal is to get these young men and women into the workforce and on to a long-term pathway to success. “Connecting America’s underserved youth to a pathway to employment has the potential to create an enormous ripple effect on our businesses, communities and the economy. And, we are excited to launch our next hiring fair in Dallas,” said Kevin Johnson, president and ceo of Starbucks Coffee Company. “Through a series of initiatives, including our work with the coalition, Starbucks has hired more than 40,000 Opportunity Youth. This has prompted us to expand our own goal to 100,000 hires by 2020. These young men and women are thriving in the Starbucks environment, demonstrating that opportunity youth can be an invaluable pipeline of talent for a company like ours, as we look to fill 68,000 new jobs in the U.S. in the next five years.” “Since joining the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, Pizza Hut has successfully filled thousands of jobs including several manager-level positions,” said Artie Starrs, President, Pizza Hut, U.S. “We are like-minded in the coalition’s mission of empowering youth to reach their full potential. We look forward to engaging with the smart, talented and ambitious youth in the city in which we work and live.” In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and around the country, youth unemployment still tops 12 percent3, disproportionately impacting young people from underserved low-income communities. The coalition will work alongside Dallas’ civic and community leaders including the City of Dallas, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, United Way of Metro Dallas, City Square and other key partners to build on existing opportunity youth hiring efforts and ensure the initiative is sustained in the long run. “Our young people are the future of Dallas, and every one of them deserves an opportunity to achieve their full potential,” said Mayor Mike Rawlings. “I’m grateful for the leaders of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative and several Dallas-based companies and service providers that have stepped up. The May 19 Opportunity Fair will help launch a true employer-led, long-term effort to provide career and education pathways to thousands of opportunity youth in Dallas. I urge our local businesses to take part in this opportunity to strengthen our city, our local economy and the workforce of tomorrow by investing in our youth in the form of meaningful jobs and training opportunities.” “We believe it’s our collective responsibility to invest in getting these disconnected youth into the types of jobs that are required for them to lead rewarding, productive lives,” said Ashley Brundage, Senior Vice President, Community Impact, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Their future is our priority. We applaud the leaders of 100,000 Opportunities Initiative for bringing global leaders together to make a deep, lasting impact in our future. This partnership furthers our purpose of putting knowledge and opportunity at the footstep of so many eager minds. We are excited to collaborate on May 19 to empower, engage, and equip our next generation.” “We welcome the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to Dallas. The event gives corporations with a Dallas presence access to a goldmine of entry-level trainable talent,” said Laurie Bouillion Larrea, president at Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas. “The benefits of youth employment are staggering. Early employment translates to higher earning in adulthood and better financial inclusion. Dallas-area companies need this talent and our Dallas youth need paid apprenticeship opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone.” Youth Can Register for Guaranteed Job Interviews at the Dallas Opportunity Fair Interested candidates are invited to register for free and schedule an interview ahead of time for the May 19 hiring event at www.100kOpportunities.org/Dallas. Youth will also have access to more than 30 vital employment, educational and social services, including one-on-one resume and interview coaching; opportunities for civic engagement like voter registration and national service; the chance to build an online candidate profile; and more. The event will also feature informative and inspirational performances and activities throughout the day. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ now includes more than 50 companies, including: Accenture, Alaska Airlines, Chipotle, Cintas, CVS Health, Delaware North, Domino’s, Ernst & Young, FedEx, Five Guys, Food Services of America, Gene Juarez, Greyston Bakery, Hilton Worldwide, HMS Host, Hyatt, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Leisure Care, Lyft, Macy’s, Mars, Microsoft, MOD Pizza, Nordstrom, Panda Express, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Porch, Potbelly, Prudential, Red Robin, Republic Services, Savers, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Taco Bell, Target, Teavana, T-Mobile, Toms, Ulta Beauty, Villa, Walgreens, Walmart, and Yum!. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ is led by an Executive Committee which provides generous support. It includes FedEx, HMS Host, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, The Rockefeller Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks, Yum!, and Walmart Foundation. Premier sponsorship for the event in Dallas is being provided by FedEx Office, JCPenney and the JC Penney Foundation, and Starbucks and the Starbucks Foundation. As it has in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Seattle, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ will partner with national and local organizations to provide continued investment in Dallas to create pathways to employment for Opportunity Youth in the region, including ongoing hiring fairs and other efforts to train and employ youth. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ has the goal of creating the nation’s largest employer-led private sector coalition committed to creating pathways to employment for young people. Companies engaged in the coalition will help to launch careers for young people that are just entering the workforce, including internships, apprenticeships and on the job training, in addition to developing potential in youth who have some work experience but are looking to gain new skills that lead to a successful career. For more information, please visit www.100kOpportunities.org. For a complete list of participating companies, community service organizations, funders and participants, please visit www.100kOpportunities.org. To learn more about the coalition’s impact at past hiring events, and what to expect at the Dallas Opportunity Fair on May 19, visit our YouTube video page at http://bit.ly/2oIozpo. Media interested in attending the event in Dallas must pre-register for credentials by contacting media@100kOpportunities.org.


Boston, May 4, 2017: Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) today announced the release of a series of Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) training modules developed by experts from Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing. The CNE modules equip nurses with the skills and knowledge needed to manage the unique challenges and patient symptoms that accompany administration of emerging immunotherapies to treat cancer. "SU2C is at the forefront of immuno-oncology research, and nurses are an essential part of making these cutting-edge therapies effective and safe for patients," stated SU2C President and CEO Sung Poblete, PhD, RN. "We are proud to provide complimentary, online continuing education for nurses to help them better understand this rapidly expanding field." The program aims to provide nurses with the best training possible to help care for patients as they undergo new and innovative cancer treatment therapies. The program consists of three SU2C-Boston College Immunotherapy CNE modules to address the specific challenges of providing care for cancer patients receiving immunotherapy, including education on immunology and related pathophysiology, symptom management, and nursing interventions to reduce symptom distress and promote wellness. These modules meet CNE standards and each module provides 3.5 - 5 contact hours from the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing. The curriculum includes: "The Connell School of Nursing is proud to partner with Stand Up to Cancer to offer this suite of complimentary online continuing education courses. Boston College promotes life-long learning and we are committed to equipping nurses throughout their career with the skills necessary to treat all patients with the utmost care. We are excited by the great enthusiasm for the oncology immunotherapy courses since their launch in January and look forward to their continued growth and success," stated Dean of the William F. Connell School of Nursing, Susan Gennaro, RN PhD. Cancer immunotherapy harnesses the body's own immune system to attack cancers, and represents a new frontier in cancer research and treatment. Immunotherapy drugs are promising new options in treating some of the most challenging cancers including bladder, brain, breast, cervical, colorectal, head and neck, kidney, pancreatic, prostate and stomach cancers, and lymphomas. As these therapies continue to develop, support from well trained nurses is necessary to continue to push the research forward. "Immunotherapies are quickly becoming an important part of oncology care for many patients, but these therapies can be complex requiring additional patient support to help ensure appropriate use, and oncology nurses are often on the front lines of care for patients undergoing immunotherapies," said Alan Lotvin, MD, Executive Vice President of CVS Specialty, the specialty pharmacy of CVS Health. "We're pleased to help support the SU2C-Boston College Immunotherapy CNE courses, which will help provide oncology nurses with practical information and tools to help them better support and care for their oncology patients." SU2C's investment in patient and professional education is made possible by the donations of generous individual and corporate collaborators, including CVS Health, whose specialty pharmacy provides services for patients requiring treatment for rare and complex conditions, such as cancer. Development of these CNE modules expands the collaboration between CVS Health and SU2C, which also includes a multi-year commitment by CVS Health to support the SU2C research and awareness portfolio. Since 2014, CVS Health has donated more than $15 million to help SU2C's cancer research efforts. About Stand Up To Cancer Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry's resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C's scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress. Current members of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) include Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela Oas Williams, Ellen Ziffren, and Kathleen Lobb. The late Laura Ziskin and the late Noreen Fraser are also co-founders. Sung Poblete, PhD, RN, has served as SU2C's president since 2011. For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit http://www. . Boston College's William F. Connell School of Nursing has educated nurse leaders in the Jesuit tradition since 1947. The school provides comprehensive education in the art and science of nursing to prepare professionals for compassionate and ethical practice. Approximately 675 students enroll undergraduate, master's and PhD programs; with advanced practice specialties offered in anesthesia, adult/gero, pediatrics, psych/mental health, women's health and family practice. The school is comprised of 53 full-time faculty members, and 26 staff members. CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https:/ .


"Immunizations are an important part of preventive care and a critical way to prevent the spread of serious illness, like Hepatitis A," said Dr. Tobias Barker, Chief Medical Officer of MinuteClinic. "Our Longs Drugs pharmacists and MinuteClinic nurse practitioners are able to provide vaccinations to Hawaiians who may have been exposed to the virus. They can also help ensure that patients stay up to date on vaccinations in the future." Hepatitis A vaccine may provide protection against the disease if given within two weeks after exposure. People who have had Hepatitis A disease or previously received two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine do not need to be immunized for Hepatitis A again. Symptoms of hepatitis A infection usually appear two to six weeks after exposure and include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, diarrhea, and yellow skin and eyes. Longs Drugs pharmacists can provide the Hepatitis A vaccine to people ages 18 and up. At MinuteClinic, the Hepatitis A vaccine can be provided to children 24 months and older and to adults. It is administered in one primary dose and a second booster dose, usually administered 6 months later. Vaccine supplies will be replenished at these locations as needed. Patients should check with their insurance plans for coverage details prior to their Longs Drugs or MinuteClinic visit. While vaccination provides the best protection from Hepatitis A, frequent hand-washing with soap and water after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, and before preparing food can help prevent the spread of the illness. Appropriately cooking foods can also help to prevent infection. About CVS Health CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its nearly 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cvs-health-offering-hepatitis-a-vaccine-to-hawaii-residents-following-recall-of-contaminated-fish-300451219.html


Dr. Yehia is leading the VA in its transformational journey to provide Veterans with easy access to personalized care from a robust network of federal and private providers. "Partnerships between VA and private providers are essential to delivering care in the diverse geographies where Veterans live," he said. This sentiment is echoed by TriWest, one of VA's partners in administering the Veterans Choice Program. President and Chief Executive Officer of TriWest, David J. McIntyre, Jr. states, "TriWest values greatly the partnership with community providers who share our commitment to providing Veterans timely, high quality, and convenient health care." "This new public-private collaboration between CVS, TriWest and the VA is an important step forward in enhancing choice and flexibility in Veterans' health care," said Senator John McCain. "I've long believed that Veterans in need of routine health care services should not have to wait in line for weeks to get an appointment when they can visit community health centers like MinuteClinic to receive timely and convenient care. Thanks to the leadership of CVS Health and the VA, Phoenix's nearly 120,000 Veterans will now be served at 24 different area MinuteClinic locations for minor health care services." This innovative program provides Veterans with more options and access points for receiving care for a wide array of minor illnesses and injuries. "We are thrilled to have this new partnership for Phoenix area Veterans. Increasing access and availability of care is crucial. In sending Veterans out into the community, however, we are always conscious of providing the best care coordination we can. We are working to leverage technology to share important clinical information and ensure care continuity," said Dr. Maureen McCarthy, PVAHCS Chief of Staff. To facilitate care coordination, the partnership will share electronic health information in the same manner that proved successful in a similar program launched in 2016 with the Palo Alto VA Health Care System. MinuteClinic visit summaries will be sent to a Veteran's VA primary care physician. This ensures the VA physician has the clinical information necessary for follow-up services in the VA, if appropriate. Veterans who call the Phoenix VA Health Care System Help Line at 602-222-6550 or 800-574-7174 (toll free) can be referred to one of the 24 MinuteClinic locations in the Phoenix area for treatment of common acute illnesses. "We believe in the MinuteClinic model of care and are excited to offer our health care services as one potential solution for the Phoenix VA Health Care System and its patients with minor illnesses and injuries," said CVS MinuteClinic Chief Medical Officer, Tobias Barker, M.D. "We're looking forward to working with the Phoenix VA Health Care System team to ensure that their patients have additional options for high-quality acute care at times and locations that are convenient for them." To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/phoenix-va-health-care-system-triwest-and-cvs-health-partner-to-increase-veteran-access-to-health-care-services-300440626.html


To celebrate National Women’s Lung Health Week (May 7-May 13), the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE will work with partners to turn famous landmarks including Southern Nevada’s own Hoover Dam, with support of the Bureau of Reclamation and Total Show Technology, across the country turquoise as part of the LUNG FORCE Turquoise Takeover. Joining the Hoover Dam, the Downtown Summerlin and the High Roller at the LINQ on the Las Vegas Strip will also turn turquoise to demonstrate support for LUNG FORCE, a national initiative to fight lung cancer, the leading cancer killer of women and men in the U.S., affecting hundreds of thousands of American women each year. The Hoover Dam will be illuminated May 8th, at approximately 8:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time, 30 minutes after sunset. The general public may view the illumination from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm at the Hoover Dam’s observation bridge on May 9th and 11th, 2017. A special press event will take place at a private, secure location (not open to the public) at the Hoover Dam May 8th, from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm. “Lung cancer is the no. 1 cancer killer of women, and yet only two percent of women note lung cancer as a top-of-mind health concern,” said Kristina Crawford, executive director of the American Lung Association in Nevada. “National Women’s Lung Health Week is a great opportunity for us to spread awareness about lung cancer and show support for those whose lives have been affected by the disease. We are thrilled to partner with Hoover Dam and Total Show Technology in lighting the dam for the LUNG FORCE Turquoise Takeover and joining the force to end lung cancer.” “As one of many cancer survivors across the country, I am honored that the American Lung Association chose Reclamation’s iconic Hoover Dam as the site for Lung Force turquoise takeover. We are all pleased to host this event to support and raise awareness of the importance of early detection and prevention of lung disease.” Said Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Regional Deputy Director, Jennifer McCloskey. “We are proud to support lung and cancer awareness for our local community and Nevada. There is nothing better than seeing the gifts we have been blessed with at work for a good cause,” said Rick Pollock, President of Total Show Technology. Both the High Roller and Downtown Summerlin will be lit up on the evening of Tuesday, May 9, only. Use #ShowYourLUNGFORCE when posting LUNG FORCE Turquoise Takeover photos on social media channels. About the American Lung Association The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. About LUNG FORCE LUNG FORCE is a national initiative led by the American Lung Association to unite women against lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women. LUNG FORCE has three priorities: 1) Make lung cancer a cause that people care about – and act on; 2) Educate and empower patients and healthcare providers and 3) Raise critical funds for lung cancer research. The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE is nationally presented by CVS Health. Find out more: LUNGFORCE.org. About the Bureau of Reclamation and Hoover Dam Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier in the United States, and the nation's second largest producer of hydroelectric power. Hoover Dam was constructed in 1935 for flood control on the lower Colorado River and to provide a stable, year-round water supply for the desert lands of the Southwest. The Dam provides water for irrigation of more than 2.5 million acres, domestic use of over 23 million people in southern Nevada, California, central Arizona and Mexico, and a thriving habitat and species conservation program. Today, Hoover Dam ranks 20th in the world in height (2nd highest in the U.S.), and 12th in hydropower production (2nd in the U.S.). Its reservoir, Lake Mead, is the largest man-made reservoir in the United States, and is a popular recreation site. Each year, nearly 1 million people take a guided tour of Hoover Dam, and many thousands more visit the site to explore the area. In 2017, Hoover Dam greeted its 50 millionth visitor. Visit our website at https://www.usbr.gov and follow us on Twitter @USBR. About Total Show Technology     Total Show Technology is a premier Audio Video Production Company headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. Since 1996, Total Show Technology has grown to become one of the most dependable event partners nationwide, delivering audio, video, lighting, projection, LED video walls, LCD video walls, computers, staging and total show production needs for conventions, trade shows, events and special events nationwide. For 26 years Total Show Technology has serviced thousands of brand leading customers. Visit http://www.totalshowtech.com to learn more.


"After much deliberation, the awards committee is pleased to recognize these four finalists for the Leadership Award," said George Westerman, Award co-chair. "These individuals show that managing IT is no longer enough for CIOs.  Great CIOs play a critical role in driving digital transformation for their companies." Carlo Bozzoli Carlo Bozzoli is the Head of Global Information and Communications Technology at Enel, an Italian multinational manufacturer and distributor of electricity and gas. He also sits on the advisory boards of several major international vendors, EuroCIO associations and the Management Academy for ICT Executives at the School of Management of the Polytechnic University of Milan. Prior to his current role, Mr. Bozzoli was Head of Network Commercial Services for the Infrastructure & Networks Division in Italy, where he was responsible for metering, energy balance, energy traders management, grid connection, billing and credit management, service quality and customer care. "Digitalization is not an ambition, it is a necessity," said Mr. Bozzoli. "We are deeply convinced that it's not only a matter of technology, but a widespread digital culture is needed to be fostered all over the company." Julia Davis Julia Davis is a Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Aflac, an insurance company and the largest provider of supplemental insurance in the U.S. Ms. Davis oversees the day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives of Aflac's Information Technology (IT) Division. She has cultivated a strong IT Division by leading Aflac's IT Apprenticeship program and an innovative "reverse mentoring" program that pairs millennials with senior team members. "I am both humbled and proud to be among the 2017 MIT CIO Leadership Award finalists, each of whom represent the leading visionaries in the United States," said Ms. Davis. "Aflac has such a strong commitment to finding innovative ways to serve our customers who, when injured or ill, need their benefits fast. It is very rewarding to be part of the team that carries out this crucial mission." Dave Gledhill David Gledhill is Group Chief Information Officer and Head of Group Technology & Operations at DBS Bank, a leading Asian bank and "World's Best Digital Bank." In his roles, Mr. Gledhill is focused on strengthening the bank's technology and infrastructure platform to drive greater resilience, organizational flexibility and innovation. Mr. Gledhill also plays a lead role in driving the bank's innovation agenda, which encompasses design thinking, agile methodology, data analytics, and more. Mr. Gledhill's portfolio also includes responsibility for the group's operations, which is focused on reimagining customer journeys and the way business is supported, so as to make banking simpler and more effortless for customers. "I am truly honored to be acknowledged by MIT, an organization that has always been at the forefront of driving innovation and supporting leaders in generating business value through technology," said Mr. Gledhill. "We at DBS have also recognized the importance of building a strong innovation led mindset to reimagine banking. In fact, one of the core facets of this journey has been how each and every person at DBS has been involved in driving and adopting these transformational changes. I'd therefore like to share this honor with all at DBS who have been a part of our success." Stephen Gold Stephen Gold is the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for CVS Health, a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Mr. Gold is the company's senior technology executive and has responsibility for all information systems and technology operations, including information technology strategy, application development, technology infrastructure, and business and technology operations. "On behalf of my colleagues who embrace innovation as a core value and deliver products and services that help people on their path to better health, I am deeply honored to be selected as a finalist for this prestigious award," said Mr. Gold. After two rounds of extensive review, a panel of judges that includes CIOs, academic researchers and IT professionals selected the award finalists who exhibit the key traits of a CIO leader in the following areas: These criteria are adapted from the award-winning book The Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value, which draws extensively upon research conducted at MIT Sloan. For more details and to view the full agenda for the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, please visit www.mitcio.com. About the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is the premier global conference for CIOs and digital business executives to become more effective leaders. In one day, CIOs and senior IT executives explore enterprise technology innovations, business practices and receive actionable information that enables them to meet the challenges of today and the future. The Symposium offers a unique learning environment by bringing together the academic thought leadership of MIT with the in-the-trenches experience of leading, global CIOs and industry experts. The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is organized and developed by the MIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association, the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), and the MIT Sloan Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). For more information and to register for this year's Symposium, visit www.mitcio.com. Editor's Note: Journalists interested in press credentials should contact Caroline Legg (caroline@warnerpr.com or 978-255-4488), Warner Communications. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mit-sloan-cio-symposium-names-leading-chief-information-officers-as-finalists-for-2017-leadership-award-300442881.html


The program aims to provide nurses with the best training possible to help care for patients as they undergo new and innovative cancer treatment therapies. The program consists of three SU2C-Boston College Immunotherapy CNE modules to address the specific challenges of providing care for cancer patients receiving immunotherapy, including education on immunology and related pathophysiology, symptom management, and nursing interventions to reduce symptom distress and promote wellness. These modules meet CNE standards and each module provides 3.5 - 5 contact hours from the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing. The curriculum includes: The modules are available now and eligible participants can register for the program by visiting www.su2c.org/nurseCNE. "The Connell School of Nursing is proud to partner with Stand Up to Cancer to offer this suite of complimentary online continuing education courses. Boston College promotes life-long learning and we are committed to equipping nurses throughout their career with the skills necessary to treat all patients with the utmost care. We are excited by the great enthusiasm for the oncology immunotherapy courses since their launch in January and look forward to their continued growth and success," stated Dean of the William F. Connell School of Nursing, Susan Gennaro, RN PhD. Cancer immunotherapy harnesses the body's own immune system to attack cancers, and represents a new frontier in cancer research and treatment. Immunotherapy drugs are promising new options in treating some of the most challenging cancers including bladder, brain, breast, cervical, colorectal, head and neck, kidney, pancreatic, prostate and stomach cancers, and lymphomas. As these therapies continue to develop, support from well trained nurses is necessary to continue to push the research forward. "Immunotherapies are quickly becoming an important part of oncology care for many patients, but these therapies can be complex requiring additional patient support to help ensure appropriate use, and oncology nurses are often on the front lines of care for patients undergoing immunotherapies," said Alan Lotvin, MD, Executive Vice President of CVS Specialty, the specialty pharmacy of CVS Health. "We're pleased to help support the SU2C-Boston College Immunotherapy CNE courses, which will help provide oncology nurses with practical information and tools to help them better support and care for their oncology patients." SU2C's investment in patient and professional education is made possible by the donations of generous individual and corporate collaborators, including CVS Health, whose specialty pharmacy provides services for patients requiring treatment for rare and complex conditions, such as cancer. Development of these CNE modules expands the collaboration between CVS Health and SU2C, which also includes a multi-year commitment by CVS Health to support the SU2C research and awareness portfolio. Since 2014, CVS Health has donated more than $15 million to help SU2C's cancer research efforts. About Stand Up To Cancer Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry's resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C's scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress. Current members of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) include Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela Oas Williams, Ellen Ziffren, and Kathleen Lobb. The late Laura Ziskin and the late Noreen Fraser are also co-founders. Sung Poblete, PhD, RN, has served as SU2C's president since 2011. For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit www.standup2cancer.org. About Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing Boston College's William F. Connell School of Nursing has educated nurse leaders in the Jesuit tradition since 1947. The school provides comprehensive education in the art and science of nursing to prepare professionals for compassionate and ethical practice. Approximately 675 students enroll undergraduate, master's and PhD programs; with advanced practice specialties offered in anesthesia, adult/gero, pediatrics, psych/mental health, women's health and family practice. The school is comprised of 53 full-time faculty members, and 26 staff members. About CVS Health CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/stand-up-to-cancer-releases-training-modules-for-immuno-oncology-nurses-administering-new-cancer-therapies-300451554.html

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