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News Article | November 7, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

Two nursing-driven programs that provide home and community-based care for vulnerable populations with advanced illness receive $600,000 to expand and sustain efforts NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - November 07, 2016) - The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation has announced the 2016 recipients of the Hillman Innovations in Care Program, a multi-year initiative funding leading edge, nursing-driven programs that address the healthcare needs of vulnerable populations. The winning projects -- a telehospice program serving rural western North Carolina, and an advanced illness care program supporting the communities served by African-American churches in Alameda County, CA -- were selected from a diverse field of over 160 applicants. The Foundation's Advisory Committee praised the grant recipients for their creative approaches to addressing some of healthcare's most intractable challenges, and for their efforts to meet the triple aim goals of improving health, reducing costs, and improving the patient and caregiver experience. "This year's grant recipients are potential game changers," said Ahrin Mishan, Executive Director of the Hillman Foundation. "Each person-centered, community-focused program is uniquely positioned to make a national impact on the care of underserved populations with advanced illnesses." The grantees, who will each receive a $600,000 three-year grant, are: Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Flat Rock, North Carolina (Principal Investigator: Michelle Webb, MSN, RN, CHPCA) The grant will leverage Four Season's federally funded telepalliative care model to develop a program providing remote, in-home hospice services to people in western North Carolina. Four Seasons serves a number of rural, low-income counties in a geography and climate that does not allow for consistent, coordinated health care and poses numerous challenges for nurses charged with regular hospice care home visits. Hillman funds will be used to improve patient and family satisfaction and health outcomes by implementing a care management portal to be used in conjunction with the telehospice program. Specially trained nurses will seek to efficiently and cost effectively provide hospice care by remotely addressing symptom and pain management, medication adherence, advance care planning, and spiritual and psychosocial needs. Visits will be conducted using TapCloud, a HIPAA-compliant app, and a web-based video conferencing service. Patients or their caregivers (including long-distance caregivers) will enter information on symptoms and medication use via patient portal software, and nurses, together with the hospice team, will use this information, along with online vital sign measurement, to monitor progress, adjust treatments, and determine when in-person visits are needed. "Telehospice is a promising care delivery innovation that can enhance communication among caregivers and the care team, and improve the hospice experience for those most in need," said Bobbie Berkowitz, RN, PhD, FAAN, Dean of the Columbia University School of Nursing and chair of the Foundation's Advisory Committee. "With over 35 years of award-winning experience in hospice care, Four Seasons is well equipped to implement and lead this effort." University of California, Davis - Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing (Principal Investigators: Janice Bell, RN, MN, MPH, PhD, UC Davis and Rev. Cynthia Carter-Perrilliat, MPA, Alameda County Care Alliance) Hillman funding will be used to expand, evaluate, and sustain the Advanced Illness Care Program (AICP), a faith-based, nursing-driven intervention developed in partnership with the Alameda County Care Alliance and the Public Health Institute. Since its inception in 2013, the program has trained and placed care navigators in five African-American church communities in Oakland, California. The care navigators provide referrals and care not only to congregants and their caregivers, but to persons with advanced illness in the community. Care navigators offer support with basic needs such as food, housing, or transportation, and help people access social services, spiritual support, respite care, palliative care and hospice care, and complete advance care plans. The intervention includes a baseline home visit and assessment, follow-up visits, and additional telephone support. "People often turn to their faith community for support in times of need, and the AICP has been successful in filling the gaps in conventional healthcare by utilizing the inherent trust, support, and resources offered by these innovative and influential hub churches," said Rachael Watman, Vice President of Programs at the Hillman Foundation. "This program capitalizes on the strengths of three partners: UC Davis (evaluation), Alameda County Care Alliance (for their work in the African-American church community), and the Public Health Institute (for their expertise in program development and implementation) to increase the alignment between end-of-life goals and the care received. Looking forward, the data collected to date and ongoing evaluation will be used to engage payers, providers, and policy makers to develop a blueprint to scale and sustain the model across the U.S." The team will use the funding to double the impact of the program, expanding the program to three additional church communities, and enrolling an additional 500 congregants, community members, and family caregivers. Funding will also be used to train additional care navigators and volunteer care ministers, to promote the program through community outreach, and to continue to support ongoing data collection that has provided evidence of the program's success. Partnerships with Kaiser Permanente and the Washington DC-based C-TAC (Coalition to Transform Advanced Care) will contribute to the spread and scale of the model. About the Hillman Innovations in Care Program The goal of the Hillman Innovations in Care Program is to advance leading edge, nursing-driven models of care that improve the health and health care of vulnerable populations, including the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBQT, the homeless, rural populations, and other groups that encounter barriers to accessing healthcare services. The foundation is specifically interested in proposals that address maternal and child health, care of the older adult, and chronic illness management. The Foundation will accept submissions for the next round of proposals in March 2017, and will award grants again in late 2017. For more information on the Hillman Innovations in Care Program or to access the RFP, please visit http://www.rahf.org/grant-programs/hillman-innovations-in-care-program/. ABOUT THE RITA & ALEX HILLMAN FOUNDATION The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation's mission is to improve the lives of patients and their families through nursing-driven innovation. To this end, the Foundation cultivates nurse leaders, supports nursing research, and disseminates new models of care that are critical to making the U.S. healthcare system more patient-centered, accessible, equitable, and affordable. The foundation's goal is to leverage the power of nursing's unique knowledge to ensure that the healthcare system can deliver the high-quality care patients need and deserve.


News Article | November 7, 2016
Site: www.prweb.com

Earlier this year, leading school music retailer, Music & Arts, opened nominations for its annual "Music Educator of the Year" award. Applications poured in from across the country, but after an extensive review, only 25 nominees were selected as semi-finalists for the 2016 honor. “The applications we reviewed included recommendation letters from educators’ colleagues, mentors, and peers, but what really warmed our hearts were the letters from their students. Reading each students letter filled with appreciation and gratitude and stories of how music has impacted their lives quickly confirmed why it’s important to recognize music educators,” said Renier Fee, director of marketing, Music & Arts. The 2016 Music Educator of the Year semi-finalists are: 1. Alexander Scott, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Catonsville, MD 2. Amy Delorge, Biddeford MS, Biddeford, ME 3. Andrew Hordichok, Taft HS, Gleneden Beach, OR 4. Angela Stefanini, Charlotte Prepatory School, Charlotte, NC 5. Braeden Kershner, Black Tie Music Academy, Summerville, SC 6. Brian Querry, Burrell School District, North Apollo, PA 7. Christine Cumberledge, Central Junior HS, Hurst, TX 8. Dan Trahey, BSO Orch Kids, Baltimore, MD 9. Dana Lamb, Flat Rock MS, Fayetteville, GA 10. Daniel Zeigner, Faith Lutheran HS, Las Vegas, NV 11. David Puckett, Indian Springs MS, Keller, TX 12. Diane Bacon, Mary Munford ES, Richmond, VA 13. Dorothy Riepenhoff, St. Peter and Paul School, Wellston, OH 14. Dustin O'Neil, Wedgewood MS, Columbus, OH 15. Edward Downs, Camden Academy Charter, Camden, NJ 16. Erin Stroup, Lower Moreland Township School District, Huntingdon, PA 17. George Hattendorf, Mountain Ridge HS, Glendale, AZ 18. Gloria Ramirez, Langham Creek HS, Houston, TX 19. Jeff Phillips, Hendersonville HS, Hendersonville, TN 20. Joseph Pompili, Cosgrove MS, Spencerport, NY 21. Joseph Santanello, Strayer MS, Quakertown, PA 22. Lucy Pascasio, Kennemer MS, Fort Worth, TX 23. Luis Piccinelli, Coral Springs MS, Coral Springs, FL 24. Melinda Wharton, Auburn Riverside HS, Auburn, WA 25. Steve Stevens, Union Academy, Charlotte, NC Three finalists will be chosen from the list of 25 semi-finalists. The winner will be announced at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago on December 15. The prize includes $1,000 to help support the winner’s music program. There will be a second and third place award package. For more information and to learn more about the semi-finalists, visit MusicArts.com/EducatoroftheYear. ### About Music & Arts The first Music & Arts was founded in 1952 by Benjamin O’Brien; it was located in a small house in Bethesda, MD. Today, Music & Arts is the largest school music retailer in the country with more than 500 retail and affiliate store locations and 120 educational representatives nationwide. Additionally, the company is the largest private and group music lesson network in the U.S. teaching more than 1 million lessons a year. Headquartered in Frederick, MD, the company, made up of skilled musicians, offers friendly service for everything musical in your life including: instruments, lessons, rentals, and repairs. For more information, visit MusicArts.com.


Ford has introduced the full-sized luxury sedan Lincoln Continental, which is aimed at American and Chinese markets. Lincoln stopped making the Continental in 2002 to focus on other models. However, Continental's concept car attracted many car lovers at auto shows in China and New York in 2014. And on Tuesday, the new 2017 Continental has been unveiled at the Detroit auto show. "The Continental name has long been associated with the ultimate in Lincoln beauty and luxury," says Kumar Galhotra, president of Lincoln. "With the all-new model, we are focusing on creating more human, personally tailored experiences for our clients – providing what we call quiet luxury." The new Continental is shorter and lower in comparison to the Lincoln MKS. Although, the wheelbase of the 2017 Lincoln is longer. Sedan demand has been relatively low in the U.S., but Lincoln is expecting the Continental to do better compared to the MKS, which did not even touch total sales of 100,000 units in the U.S. in the last eight years. However, the Continental is mainly targeted at the Chinese market, which is expected to appreciate the spaciousness of the car and the rear seats that can also recline. Owners of the Continental will get heated rear seats as standard. The massaging and cooling options are also available. The controls on the car's right rear door moves the front passenger seat forward, which creates more room at the back. Customers who use chauffeur driven cars will understand the benefit of the feature. "Re-establishing Lincoln as a world-class luxury nameplate won't happen overnight, though it will happen if Ford continues to invest in the brand with stunning results like this new Continental," says Karl Brauer, senior analyst with Kelley Blue Book, a vehicle valuation and automotive research firm. "Even in the face of rising SUV demand, a serious luxury division needs a serious luxury sedan." Galhotra says that the company is expecting 60 percent of Continental's sales to come from China. Customers in China also can choose from different engine calibration and select from different grain patterns for the interior panels, which brings a firmer look to its leather. The new Continental includes a 3.0 liter V6 engine with twin turbochargers, which produces up to 400 hp and 400 pound-feet of torque. The all-wheel-drive system of the Continental is paired with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, which transfers torque whenever required to the appropriate rear wheel when driving through corners – offering confident stability and handling. Customers can choose from three drive settings: sport, normal and comfort; which adapts suspension and steering settings to tailor handling and ride. The adaptive steering of the Continental assists drivers in optimizing steering response and enables the car to react more precisely and smoothly to driver input. Lincoln has designed the Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection to enhance the safety of its occupants. Sensors and cameras detect potential collision and then apply the brakes automatically, bringing the car to a halt and helps in reducing the collision impact. The Lincoln Continental will be produced at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. The 2017 Lincoln Continental will have a starting price tag of $50,000 and will go on sale this fall.


The present invention is directed to a method of coating metal articles with a flexible, chemical-resistant, corrosion-resistant, and abrasion-resistant coating that can be optionally formed and optionally electroplated. In some examples, the articles are metal motor vehicle bumpers.


News Article | March 26, 2016
Site: www.techtimes.com

Residents near the Torrey Pines State Beach in San Diego, California woke up to very interesting news on March 24. There is a juvenile whale carcass washed ashore, and it is stinking. Rangers of California State Park learned of the 28-foot dead gray whale when one of the visitors happened to see it at 6:30 a.m. It was lying dead for an unknown duration on the northern side of Flat Rock Beach, near the beach trail and a parking lot. A necropsy performed by San Diego's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) led by biologist Kerri Danil revealed that based on the whale's length, It is about 2 years old. It is also a female. NOAA has not yet provided an official cause of death, but it has noted propeller marks, which may suggest the whale may have been struck by a ship. More tests are necessary to determine whether these marks occurred before or after the whale's death. A team has also been tasked to collect samples NOAA can use to study more of the whale, including genetics. The San Diego Natural Museum wants to keep the skeletal remains while the rest of the body may be hauled to a landfill. That, however, may have to wait until Friday morning. The whale, now lying close to the entrance of the park after having been forklifted, has become an instant attraction to visitors and hikers who are amazed of the discovery but "disgusted" by the smell. "It shocked me when I looked I thought 'oh my gosh, I have never seen this before,'" said April Russano, one of the morning hikers. The assault on the senses is further worsened as the whale begins decomposing. "That stuff is coming out of it so that of course is going to stink, so it really smells bad," admitted Madison Erikson, a visitor. Gray whales are a common sight in the beaches of San Diego between the months of October and May when they take a long trip from Alaska. At least 20,000 of them migrate from the frigid waters of the Arctic to the warm temperatures of Baja California where female whales give birth to their young. Although these whales may travel alone, they normally migrate in pods or groups.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.techtimes.com

Ford intends to build a new vehicle aerodynamics research center, which will be located on 13 acres of land, next to the carmaker's current Drivability Test Facility in Dearborn. The current testing center is situated in Allen Park. The upcoming wind tunnel complex will be constructed close to the company's assembly plant, called Flat Rock. For the impending complex, Ford has confirmed it will be spending about $200 million. This will provide the automaker with a new testing facility, which will in turn facilitate the design of more competent cars and trucks. The complex will also include a new wind tunnel for better aerodynamic data and an advanced climate chamber. "This investment in new world-class test facilities underpins Ford's ongoing commitment to advance our capabilities to continue to provide our customers with high-quality vehicles," said Raj Nair, the company's EVP and CTO. The $200 million investment by Ford is in addition to the $1.2 billion it set aside in 2016 for renovating some of the company's buildings, including its R&D centers and headquarters in Dearborn. The company is aiming to improve the vehicle efficiency, the task which will be carried out in the research centre. The complex will feature some significant capabilities, such as a "rolling road" aerodynamic tunnel. The wind tunnel will have offer environmental simulation. It will enable the automaker to simulate airflow up to 200 mph. Therefore, it will be used to test the aerodynamics of vehicles like cars or trucks. Moreover, the real-world simulations for driving will aid in improving fuel economy of the vehicles in the near future. The tunnel will also include a new five-belt conveyer system, which will able to mimic of real-world drag over a rolling road. This will enable experts to precisely observe the motion of the vehicles. These conveyors are capable of revolving at a rate of 200 mph. In addition to this, a cutting-edge climate chamber will also be present in the tunnel and support temperature extremes. This chamber will be able to simulate temperatures lower than those in the Arctic, as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. It would allow technicians to expose the vehicle to the highest temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. These extremities will facilitate Ford in providing customers with high-quality vehicles. The construction of the wind tunnel complex is slated to start by spring and it is expected to be operative by the end of 2019. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


News Article | October 26, 2016
Site: www.cnet.com

Ford loves issuing multiple recalls at once. The automaker has already sent out three whole batches of recalls this year, covering up to five different vehicles at once. That trend continues Tuesday, when the automaker issued three more. Like before, these recalls have nothing tying them together, thematically speaking. The problems span multiple vehicle lineups that are completely separate, from sports cars to heavy-duty trucks. The problems themselves are radically different, as well. But there is one thing that all three recalls have in common -- there are no accidents or injuries related to any of them. That's a good thing. The first recall of the day covers roughly 8,000 examples of the 2015-2017 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and GT350R, Ford's most hardcore sports cars currently on sale. All affected vehicles were built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant between 24 February 2015 and 30 August 2016. Ford's recall relates to potential oil leaks. An engine oil cooler tube assembly may not have been crimped sufficiently. A hose might separate as a result, which could leak oil all over the place. An engine without oil will promptly destroy itself, and the spilled oil could cause a fire. The automaker will replace the cooler tube assembly, which should solve the problem. Ford's second recall covers nearly 400,000 examples of the 2010-2012 Ford Escape and 2010-2011 Mercury Mariner crossovers, all of which are equipped with the 3.0-liter, flex-fuel V6 engine. Both cars were built as the Kansas City Assembly Plant. This recall points to a faulty flange assembly. A supply port in the fuel delivery module might develop a crack. A crack leads to a leak, which leads to a big ol' fire hazard. Bear in mind, this is only for the 3.0-liter engine. Fixing this will require Ford dealerships to replace the fuel delivery module flange assembly with a new unit. That should remove any risk of fuel leaks. Ford's third recall of the day covers 180 examples of the 2017 Super Duty 6.7-liter diesel Chassis Cab truck. All 180 of these trucks were built at the Kentucky Truck Plant between 21 March 2016 and 28 August 2016. This time around, a protective shield is to blame. The shield, which covers the fuel-conditioning module, might have been assembled with inadequate adhesive. Road debris or water spray could dislodge the shield, which could lead to an accidental drain-valve opening, which can put air in the fuel system or create a massive fuel leak. Since fire hazards aren't very fun, Ford will replace the module's bottom cover with a metallic protective shield, which should prevent any part from becoming dislodged.


News Article | December 5, 2016
Site: globenewswire.com

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., Dec. 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Conifer Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNFR) today announced that its insurance carrier subsidiary “Conifer Insurance Company” has received the endorsement of the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association (ILBA) for its members’ commercial insurance needs. Conifer Director and Executive Vice President Nicholas J. Petcoff stated, “In keeping with our corporate focus as a leading underwriter and service company for the hospitality industry, we are honored to receive this endorsement from the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association. We look forward to servicing the association’s members.” Conifer’s commercial insurance products encompass all major lines of business including general liability, property, liquor liability, equipment breakdown, and umbrella. “Conifer is dedicated to addressing the insurance needs of neighborhood bars and restaurants,” commented Mike Repay, ILBA President and owner of the Flat Rock Tap in Hammond, Indiana. “Additionally, Conifer is very experienced in operating successful association insurance programs, and we are pleased to have their company as our trade group’s insurance partner.” Conifer Insurance Company’s other association endorsements include the Associated Food & Petroleum Dealers, the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, and the Bowling Centers Association of Michigan. The ILBA is managed by Capitol Assets, LLC of Indianapolis, which can be reached at (317) 638-5663 for further information. Conifer Holdings, Inc. is a Michigan-based insurance holding company formed in 2009. Through its subsidiaries, Conifer offers insurance coverage in both specialty commercial and specialty personal product lines marketing through independent agents in all 50 states. The Company completed its initial public offering in August 2015 and is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market (Nasdaq:CNFR). Additional information is available on the Company’s website at www.CNFRH.com.


News Article | December 5, 2016
Site: globenewswire.com

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., Dec. 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Conifer Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNFR) today announced that its insurance carrier subsidiary “Conifer Insurance Company” has received the endorsement of the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association (ILBA) for its members’ commercial insurance needs. Conifer Director and Executive Vice President Nicholas J. Petcoff stated, “In keeping with our corporate focus as a leading underwriter and service company for the hospitality industry, we are honored to receive this endorsement from the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association. We look forward to servicing the association’s members.” Conifer’s commercial insurance products encompass all major lines of business including general liability, property, liquor liability, equipment breakdown, and umbrella. “Conifer is dedicated to addressing the insurance needs of neighborhood bars and restaurants,” commented Mike Repay, ILBA President and owner of the Flat Rock Tap in Hammond, Indiana. “Additionally, Conifer is very experienced in operating successful association insurance programs, and we are pleased to have their company as our trade group’s insurance partner.” Conifer Insurance Company’s other association endorsements include the Associated Food & Petroleum Dealers, the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, and the Bowling Centers Association of Michigan. The ILBA is managed by Capitol Assets, LLC of Indianapolis, which can be reached at (317) 638-5663 for further information. Conifer Holdings, Inc. is a Michigan-based insurance holding company formed in 2009. Through its subsidiaries, Conifer offers insurance coverage in both specialty commercial and specialty personal product lines marketing through independent agents in all 50 states. The Company completed its initial public offering in August 2015 and is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market (Nasdaq:CNFR). Additional information is available on the Company’s website at www.CNFRH.com.


News Article | December 5, 2016
Site: globenewswire.com

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., Dec. 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Conifer Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNFR) today announced that its insurance carrier subsidiary “Conifer Insurance Company” has received the endorsement of the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association (ILBA) for its members’ commercial insurance needs. Conifer Director and Executive Vice President Nicholas J. Petcoff stated, “In keeping with our corporate focus as a leading underwriter and service company for the hospitality industry, we are honored to receive this endorsement from the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association. We look forward to servicing the association’s members.” Conifer’s commercial insurance products encompass all major lines of business including general liability, property, liquor liability, equipment breakdown, and umbrella. “Conifer is dedicated to addressing the insurance needs of neighborhood bars and restaurants,” commented Mike Repay, ILBA President and owner of the Flat Rock Tap in Hammond, Indiana. “Additionally, Conifer is very experienced in operating successful association insurance programs, and we are pleased to have their company as our trade group’s insurance partner.” Conifer Insurance Company’s other association endorsements include the Associated Food & Petroleum Dealers, the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, and the Bowling Centers Association of Michigan. The ILBA is managed by Capitol Assets, LLC of Indianapolis, which can be reached at (317) 638-5663 for further information. Conifer Holdings, Inc. is a Michigan-based insurance holding company formed in 2009. Through its subsidiaries, Conifer offers insurance coverage in both specialty commercial and specialty personal product lines marketing through independent agents in all 50 states. The Company completed its initial public offering in August 2015 and is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market (Nasdaq:CNFR). Additional information is available on the Company’s website at www.CNFRH.com.

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