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News Article | May 15, 2017
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DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 500 upscale hotels with more than 119,000 rooms in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents. DoubleTree by Hilton prides itself on paying attention to the little details that have a big impact, from welcoming guests with its signature warm DoubleTree Cookie to serving the communities around them. DoubleTree by Hilton hotels offer unique, contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities, including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers and meeting and banquet space. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. To make reservations, travelers may visit doubletree.com. Connect with DoubleTree by Hilton on facebook.com/doubletree, twitter.com/doubletree and instagram.com/doubletree. Journalists may visit news.doubletree.com. Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,000 properties with more than 812,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.


News Article | May 11, 2017
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XIAMEN HAICANG, China and MCLEAN, Va., May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) 14 market-leading brands, today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Xiamen-Haicang, the second DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Xiamen, one of the busiest port cities in the world. Owned by Xiamen Zhengyuan Real Estate Company Limited and managed by Hilton, the 301-room DoubleTree by Hilton Xiamen-Haicang is located in the heart of the Haicang District. "Whether in town for an important business meeting or looking for the perfect wedding venue, the new DoubleTree by Hilton Xiamen-Haicang promises to deliver the little things that make a big impact. We look forward to delighting travelers with our unique DoubleTree by Hilton welcome, beginning with the signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie and continuing with our award-winning hospitality throughout their stay," said Dianna Vaughan, global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. In addition to offering gorgeous lake views, DoubleTree by Hilton Xiamen-Haicang is located next to Haicang government building and gymnasium. The hotel is within walking distance of Haicang Culture & Art Center as well as shopping malls, a supermarket, restaurants, entertainment centers and educational institutes. Guests will find easy access to Xiamen Train Station as well as to the Gaoqi Airport, which is within a 30-minute drive. "DoubleTree by Hilton Xiamen-Haicang adds to our rapidly growing portfolio of 100 operating hotels and more than 270 under development in China. That includes two more properties in Xiamen -- Conrad Xiamen and DoubleTree by Hilton Xiamen -- and continues our goal of providing customers greater choice," said Jin Qian, president, Greater China & Mongolia, Hilton. DoubleTree by Hilton Xiamen-Haicang's 301 modern guest rooms and suites are furnished to the highest standards. Each guest room offers the signature Sweet DreamsTM by DoubleTree sleep experience, with a custom-designed mattress, plush pillows and luxurious linens that ensure restful sleep. In-room amenities include the refreshing Crabtree & Evelyn natural skin and body care line, 43-inch LED flat screen televisions with international satellite channels, as well as high-speed broadband and Wi-Fi. Guests can keep up their daily exercise regime at the heated indoor pool and the 24-hour fitness center. Well-equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual facilities, the inspiring grand ballroom and meeting rooms at DoubleTree by Hilton Xiamen-Haicang cater to a variety of conferences and business meeting needs. The 1000-square meter pillar-less ballroom can accommodate approximately 950 guests, while a further six meeting rooms provide the ideal place for all kinds of social events by offering an excellent one-stop service. Aside from the meeting facilities, there is a 300-square meter banquet foyer, bathed in natural light, as well as a highly-acclaimed make-up room. A dedicated wedding service team will ensure guests enjoy a truly memorable romantic celebration on their big day. With an elegant design, OPEN all-day dining restaurant serves a wide array of international fare, including typical specialties from its signature open kitchen. Inspired by Cantonese cuisine, YUXI Chinese restaurant offers signature Cantonese cuisine and has private dining rooms that are perfect for social gatherings and business dinners. NODU serves fresh, vibrant Chinese noodles at an affordable price. The Lobby Bar provides tea and cocktails to embody the essence of gracious hospitality, whether it is for a business discussion or just a leisurely visit. DoubleTree by Hilton Xiamen-Haicang is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton's 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly with Hilton can save time and money and gain instant access to the benefits they care about most, such as an exclusive member discount, free Wi-Fi, the ability to earn and redeem Points for free nights, as well as access to digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (in select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app. To celebrate the hotel's opening, Hilton Honors members will earn an additional 1,000 Hilton Honors Points per night from May 11, 2017 through November 10, 2017, when booking directly with Hilton. In addition, gold members will enjoy free standard Wi-Fi, space available upgrades to the hotel's exclusive Hilton Honors floor as well as a daily continental breakfast or double Points as their MyWay choice. Diamond members will enjoy all these benefits as standard, plus free premium Wi-Fi. DoubleTree by Hilton Xiamen-Haicang is located at No. 208 Binhu 1 Road, Haicang District, Xiamen City, Fujian Province, 361026, China. For more information or to make a reservation, please call the hotel directly at +86 592 6888 111 or visit http://www.xiamenhaicang.doubletreebyhilton.com. Media may access additional information on DoubleTree by Hilton Ningbo-Beilun at news.doubletree.com/xiamenhaicang. Media may access additional information on DoubleTree by Hilton at news.doubletree.com. About DoubleTree by Hilton DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 500 upscale hotels with more than 119,000 rooms in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents. DoubleTree by Hilton prides itself on paying attention to the little details that have a big impact, from welcoming guests with its signature warm DoubleTree Cookie to serving the communities around them. DoubleTree by Hilton hotels offer unique, contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities, including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers and meeting and banquet space. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can't be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. To make reservations, travelers may visit doubletree.com. Connect with DoubleTree by Hilton on facebook.com/doubletree, twitter.com/doubletree and instagram.com/doubletree. Journalists may visit news.doubletree.com. About Hilton                                                                            Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,000 properties with more than 812,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world's most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences - every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can't be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.


News Article | May 10, 2017
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MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to the Family Travel Association*, affordability and choosing the right accommodations are among the top travel challenges for families. That’s why the All Suites brands by Hilton (NYSE: HLT) – Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton – are declaring “suites for all” as part of their first-ever joint campaign, “BRING IT.” The integrated effort is designed to reinforce that when choosing an all-suites hotel, every traveler will enjoy the space they need along with great value-added and convenience-focused amenities. Celebrity and mom of two, Busy Philipps, will kick off the conversation on social media about travel hurdles and overcoming them with a “BRING IT” attitude. She will continue this dialogue throughout the year, joined by fellow parents and other influencers who will share how they tackle challenges and seek to travel without limitations. “Every parent shares the constant desire to make things perfect. But let’s get real. When you travel, ‘stuff’ is going to happen, so anything that allows my kids and I to be OK with whatever life brings, is a win,” said Busy Philipps. “Whether a quiet extra room to nap, having snacks on the ready or just a friendly face at the door, a reliable home-base where I can bring my family is always a relief.” The All Suites brands by Hilton are also partnering with popular online shopping destination zulily. Starting May 8 and running through June 21, parents will have the opportunity to win one of three memorable weekend trips to either Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites or Home2 Suites by Hilton, and a $2,000 gift card to book travel and plan activities. The “BRING IT” campaign will be geared to a variety of travelers and the reasons they are away from home. Each brand will be featured as part of an online video series that illustrates the “BRING IT” approach: When every room is an affordable suite, there’s room for that – “BRING IT.” No matter what type of baggage a traveler brings, whether literal or figurative, Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton are ready to make the experience that much better. Through the end of the year, these three brands will be surprising people with themed activations, trip giveaways and more. “We want people to remember that travel should not be a contest of who can hack it best or give up the most, especially space,” said Christian Kuhn, vice president, marketing, All Suites Brands. “Whatever their travel needs and challenges are, Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites and Home2 Suites by Hilton invite guests to focus on what really matters – their adventure – while we make travel easier for them.” To learn more about the All Suites brands by Hilton and the advantages of choosing an all-suites hotel, travelers should visit, HiltonBringIt.com, and follow Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites, and Home2 Suites on Facebook to join the conversation. Embassy Suites by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands, is dedicated to delivering what matters most to travelers. The full service, upscale brand offers two-room suites, free made-to-order breakfast and a nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks and snacks. Both leisure and business travelers looking for a relaxed, yet sophisticated experience will feel right at home with brand-standard amenities like inviting atriums and complimentary 24-hour business and fitness centers. Embassy Suites by Hilton has more than 230 hotels with 49 in the pipeline. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations) available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. For more information, visit embassysuites.com or news.embassysuites.com. Connect online with Embassy Suites by Hilton at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton’s upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand with more than 420 locations in the United States, Mexico and Canada, is an award-winning leader. The first choice for guests seeking comfortable accommodations when traveling for an extended or quick overnight stay, Homewood Suites offers inviting, generous suites, featuring separate living and sleeping areas, and fully-equipped kitchens with full-size refrigerators. Additional value-driven essentials include: complimentary Internet, a daily full-hot breakfast and complimentary evening social every Monday-Thursday. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations) available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Homewood Suites is focused on guest satisfaction and stands behind each stay with its 100% Suite Assurance® guarantee. For more information on the extended-stay advantage, visit www.homewoodsuites.com or news.homewoodsuites.com. Home2 Suites by Hilton, one of the fastest-growing brands in the history of Hilton, is a mid-tier, all-suite award-winning extended-stay hotel concept designed to offer stylish accommodations with flexible guest room configurations and inspired amenities for the cost-conscious guest. With a commitment to environmentally friendly products and hotel operations, Home2 Suites offers complimentary breakfast selections with hundreds of combinations; innovative and customizable guest room design; laundry and fitness area; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access; multiple outdoor spaces; 24-hour business center; expansive community spaces; and a pet-friendly environment. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Visit www.home2suites.com for additional information or www.home2franchise.com for franchising opportunities. Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,000 properties with more than 812,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.


News Article | May 18, 2017
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Newly elected to three-year terms on the MIB Board of Directors are Dr. Gina Guzman, Vice President and Chief Medical Director, Munich Re, U.S. (Life) who began her first term in September 2016; James E. Hohmann, Chief Executive Officer and President, Members Mutual and Vericity Holdings and Chief Executive Officer for subsidiaries Efinancial and Fidelity Life Association; Jeffrey D. Holley, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc. and affiliates; and Harold B. Rojas, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, The Baltimore Life Companies. "I'm honored to work alongside these talented, visionary industry leaders who volunteer their time to be on the MIB Board," said Lee B. Oliphant, President and CEO of MIB Group, Inc.  "MIB Board members provide sharp insights into the life and health insurance industries and invaluable strategic guidance on the evolving needs of our 430 members," said Oliphant.  "I would also like to thank our outgoing Chairman Dave Wheeler for his leadership and passion for excellence during his tenure.  I am pleased that he will remain on the MIB Board as Immediate Past Chair." Mr. Roberts joined the MIB Board in 2012 and will serve as its new Chairman, 2017-2018.  As Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Ohio National Life Insurance Company he is responsible for rating agency relationships, treasury management, and finance operations for the enterprise.  He began his career with Ohio National in 1994 and was appointed an officer in 1996.  In 1999, he was elected Vice President, Financial Reporting, and has held his most recent title of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2008.  Mr. Roberts is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Life Underwriter and a Fellow of the Life Management Institute.  He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Ohio Society of CPAs and Financial Executives International.  In addition, he serves on the Finance Committee of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and is a trustee for the Bethesda North Hospital Foundation. Mr. Acselrod joined the MIB Board in 2016 and will serve as its new Vice Chairman, 2017-2018.  As Head of Premier Client Group integration and Department of Labor implementation for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), he has overall accountability for success of the MetLife Premier Client group acquisition.  Prior to this role, he led New Business and Underwriting where he had accountability for underwriting operations and strategy including oversight of the Life, Disability Income and LTC Underwriting and New Business departments.  Prior to joining MassMutual, Mr. Acselrod held various positions with the U.S. and international businesses of MetLife, Inc. where he served as Small Market Leader, Group Insurance, with P&L accountability for the segment nationally.  Mr. Acselrod led MetLife's Long Term Care and Critical Illness business and also held several other positions in Retail Business, Sales Compensation, Business Architecture, MetLife Japan, and Corporate Planning. Dr. Gina Guzman began serving her first term on the MIB Board in September 2016.  Dr. Guzman is Vice President and Chief Medical Director at Munich Re, U.S. (Life) with oversight responsibilities for Munich Re U.S. (Life) medical and underwriting functions.  Dr. Guzman leads the medical team's content updates to the EDGE underwriting manual, and manages the company's mortality research on impairments.  She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Insurance Medicine.  An in-demand presenter at local, regional and national underwriting meetings in North America, she was an invited speaker for the 2016 ICLAM meeting in the Netherlands.  Dr. Guzman was the 2013 president of the American Academy of Insurance Medicine (AAIM) and remains actively involved on their Executive Council.  She currently serves on the Board of Insurance Medicine, the Board of Managers of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) Medical Section, the ACLI Genetics Task Force, and the ACLI Medical Issues Committee.  She served as President of the Midwestern Medical Directors Association in both 2007 and 2016 and Dr. Guzman is a Fellow of both the Life Management Institute and Academy of Life Underwriting. Mr. James E. Hohmann will be joining the MIB Board in May 2017.  Mr. Hohmann is Chief Executive Officer and President of Members Mutual and Vericity Holdings.  He is also CEO of subsidiary companies Efinancial and Fidelity Life Association.  Previously, he served as President of Conseco (now CNO Financial), President and CEO of Allstate Financial, and most recently was President and CEO of FBL Financial.  In that role he delivered industry leading stock performance and the Company was recognized by Fortune Magazine on its list of the "100 Fastest Growing Companies" based upon growth in revenue, EPS and total return to shareholders. Mr. Jeffrey D. Holley will be joining the MIB Board in May 2017.  Mr. Holley is Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc. and its affiliated companies: American United Life Insurance, State Life Insurance and the Pioneer Mutual Life Insurance Company.  He is responsible for all treasury and tax functions, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets.  In 2015, he was named CFO of the Year by the Indianapolis Business Journal, in part for leading the acquisition of BMO's U.S.-based retirement services business.  The acquisition increased assets under administration by $26 billion to more than $70 billion, doubling in just under two years.  Mr. Holley served as President and Chief Executive Officer of HLT Partners, Inc. before joining the OneAmerica companies in 2011.  Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CUNA Mutual Group from 2000 to 2009.  He also served as acting President and Chief Executive Officer in 2004 and 2005.  Mr. Holley's 28-year career in the insurance industry began at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.  He is a Board member of Noble of Indiana, and a former Board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Harold B. Rojas will be joining the MIB Board in May 2017.  Mr. Rojas is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for The Baltimore Life Companies and has served in that role since 2005.  Before joining Baltimore Life, Mr. Rojas was Assistant Vice President and Assistant General Counsel with Old Mutual Financial Network, and he held various compliance and legal counsel positions with Conseco, Inc., Jackson National Life and Columbian Mutual Life.  He holds a law degree from Syracuse University College of Law. MIB is the life and health insurance industry's most trusted and secure resource for data-driven risk management services that protect the financial integrity of its members and address their evolving needs. Owned by its members, MIB is uniquely positioned to securely collect and analyze confidential data. MIB services help to detect fraud, errors and omissions on insurance applications; to analyze industry data needed to manage a variety of financial risks; and to make regulatory reporting compliance less onerous and more efficient. As the life insurance industry's first statistical agent, our MIB Solutions, Inc. subsidiary cost-effectively performs annual data calls for those insurers subject to principles-based reserving. MIB Group, Inc., a membership corporation, provides services through its wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, MIB, Inc. and MIB Solutions, Inc.  For more information, visit www.mibgroup.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mib-elects-a-new-chairman-vice-chairman-and-four-new-directors-to-its-board-300459802.html


News Article | May 17, 2017
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PARIS & EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ACIST Medical Systems Inc., a Bracco Group Company, today announced results from the ACIST-FFR Study (Assessment of Catheter-based Interrogation and Standard Techniques for Fractional Flow Reserve measurement) demonstrating the consistent and correlative performance of the Navvus® MicroCatheter compared to standard pressure wire systems. ACIST-FFR is the largest, multi-center study to compare microcatheter FFR to pressure wire FFR, as well as the only study to include multiple pressure wire comparators. The study was presented for the first time at EuroPCR 2017, in Paris, France. “As the use of FFR in clinical practice continues to grow, it becomes increasingly important to understand the benefits and limitations of each type of FFR technology in regards to delivering consistent measurements and making coronary intervention procedures as efficient as possible,” said ACIST-FFR co-principal investigator William F. Fearon, M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute at Stanford University. This prospective, multi-center study evaluated 245 patients with stable coronary artery disease at 11 U.S. centers, assessing the differences in fractional flow reserve values obtained using the Navvus MicroCatheter, to those using standard pressure wire systems. Patients’ FFR measurement was obtained by a pressure wire alone and with the microcatheter FFR over the pressure wire. All waveforms and measures were reviewed by an independent FFR core laboratory based upon pre-specified criteria for quality measurements. Of the patients enrolled in the study, 169 had complete data meeting FFR core laboratory criteria. In these patients, an angiographic core lab used quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) to determine a mean reference vessel diameter (RVD) of 2.8mm, a mean lesion length of 15.3mm, and a mean diameter stenosis of 47 percent. Unique to this study, 30 percent of cases included a RVD <2.5 mm — prior microcatheter FFR clinical studies had only included vessels with RVD ≥2.5mm. The FFR data showed that microcatheter FFR technology offered consistent and modestly lower FFR measurements when compared to a pressure wire, with an average difference of -0.022 (95% CI: -0.029, -0.015). In nearly all of the cases (97 percent), the differences in FFR measurements did not impact clinical decision-making. “The difference found between FFR measurements with a pressure wire and microcatheter tended to be influenced by RVD and lesion length; however, from a practical perspective, the clinician can just look at the microcatheter FFR itself,” said ACIST-FFR co-principal investigator and presenter Matthew Price, M.D., director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Scripps Clinic. “The lower the Navvus FFR, the greater the bias. Since the bias is less at FFR values within the gray zone and higher, on average the clinical impact of the difference will be minimal.” While the mean pressure drift was not different between the pressure wire and the microcatheter (0.015 vs. 0.015, p=0.44), the rate of clinically significant pressure drift was numerically higher with the pressure wire (7.4% vs. 3.5%, p=0.10). “This study confirms and expands upon previous findings in a much more robust manner,” said Dr. Price. “It is encouraging to see these data further validate the diagnostic capabilities and technical merit of microcatheter FFR technology.” Unlike standard pressure wires, the ACIST RXi® Rapid Exchange FFR System and Navvus® Rapid Exchange FFR MicroCatheter, allows physicians to use their 0.014” guide wire of choice throughout the procedure, addressing challenges of pressure wires, including accessibility in challenging anatomies, maintaining wire position, pressure‐measurement drift and ease of obtaining post‐intervention FFR. “We are excited that the results of this direct comparison study add to the growing body of evidence supporting microcatheter FFR technology,” said Tom Morizio, President and CEO, ACIST Medical Systems, Inc. “This robust study and its findings reflect our commitment to proving out the technologies that simplify procedures and help physicians improve patient care.” FFR measurement is a technique used in cardiology to determine the effect of narrowing, or stenosis, in the coronary arteries on blood flow. It allows for a more effective assessment of coronary lesions than when only using angiography, the gold-standard imaging technique. By identifying which stenoses are causing ischemia by significantly restricting the blood flow to the heart muscle and causing the patient’s symptoms, FFR can help avoid unnecessary stenting to reopen the blood vessels, leading to improved patient outcomes.1,2 ACIST Medical Systems, Inc. is a pioneering interventional and diagnostic technology company with a portfolio of advanced products, including the world’s first Rapid Exchange FFR and High Definition IVUS systems. It is also a global market leader in advanced contrast imaging systems for cardiovascular angiography and radiology imaging. Through these products, ACIST is demonstrating its commitment to bringing unique and innovative technologies that simplify cardiovascular procedures and empower clinicians to treat patients with superior care. As part of the Bracco Group, ACIST benefits from the resources of a multinational conglomerate with broad expertise in cath lab technology and a dedication to continuous advancement. Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA, ACIST has worldwide presence with over 300 direct employees and facilities in Silicon Valley, Heerlen, and Tokyo. To learn more about ACIST, visit www.acist.com. Bracco has headquarters in Milan, Italy, and was founded in 1927. It is active in the healthcare sector through Bracco Imaging (diagnostic imaging), ACIST Medical Systems and HLT (cardiology) and the Centro Diagnostico Italiano diagnostic clinic. It has around 3,400 employees and annual total consolidated revenues of over 1.3 billion Euro. Bracco operates in more than 100 countries worldwide. To learn more about Bracco Group, visit www.bracco.com. 1 Tonino PA et al. New Engl J Med 2009;360:213-24 2 De Bruyne B et al. New Engl J Med 2012;367:991-1001


News Article | April 24, 2017
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JIUZHAIGOU, China and MCLEAN, Va., April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 22,  Hilton (NYSE: HLT) announced the opening of Hilton Jiuzhaigou Resort, marking Hilton's debut in Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan Province. Home to a UNESCO World Heritage national park famed for its natural beauty and biodiversity, Jiuzhaigou offers travelers a stunning getaway on the edge of the Tibetan plateau. Hilton Jiuzhaigou Resort features 426 rooms, suites and villas set on the lush hillside of the Min Mountains. Hilton Jiuzhaigou Resort has a prime location situated at the entrance of Zhongcha Valley, just 14-kilometers from the Jiuzhai Valley National Park and just five kilometers from Jiuzhai Songcheng Romance Park, a popular theme park featuring cultural entertainment. The resort is served by Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport and provides a convenient base for guests to explore major attractions including the limestone ponds of Goddess Lake and the glaciers and snowcapped mountains of Huanglong. Hilton Jiuzhaigou Resort is a luxurious blend of nature, modern design and Tibetan architectural accents. Spacious guest rooms span at least 46 square meters, while the 10 villas are between 320 and 460 square meters each. All rooms have 49-inch LED televisions, high-speed internet access, generous work spaces and rain showers. Guests who stay in executive rooms have a private balcony, as well as access to an Executive Lounge that serves complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments and evening cocktails. Recreational facilities at the resort include a spa, 24-hour fitness center, and kid's club. The resort also features a replica of a typical ancient Tibetan street, where guests can get acquainted with local culture. Hilton Jiuzhaigou Resort offers 1,522 square meters of flexible meeting and event space, including 7 function rooms, a pre-function foyer and a pillar-less, 910-square-meter Grand Ballroom that can accommodate up to 1,300 people. The ballroom features a 55-square meter LED display and is equipped with the latest conferencing technology. Hilton Jiuzhaigou Resort offers a business center ensuring that guests can stay productive alongside a dedicated hotel team positioned to provide comprehensive support for seamless events and meetings.


Sarasota, FL, May 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zion Market Research has published a new report titled “Prosthetic Heart Valve Market by Type (Transcatheter, Tissue and Mechanical): Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2015 – 2021”. According to the report, global prosthetic heart valve market was valued at USD 3,138.4 million in 2015, is expected to reach USD 5,302.1 million in 2021 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 9.10% between 2016 and 2021. Heart valves play an important role in proper and one-directional blood flow. The heart consists of four main types of valves that are tricuspid, pulmonary, mitral, and aortic valves. Prosthetic heart valves are artificial valves implanted in the patients suffering from the valvular heart disorder. There are 3 types of prosthetic heart valve such as mechanical heart valve, tissue heart valve, and transcatheter heart valve. Previously, mechanical heart valves were used extensively; however, they lack anticoagulation property. Browse through 18 Market Tables and 13 Figures spread through 110 Pages and in-depth TOC on “Global Prosthetic Heart Valve Market: By Type, Application, Geography, Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Segment and Forecast 2015-2021”. The surging incidence of heart disorders drives the prosthetic heart valve market. Increasing technological advancement and rising aging population fuel the growth of the market. Factors such as intense completion among the key player result into high R&D for innovated products and government funds and support for improvement of healthcare sector foster the demand for prosthetic valve market. However, the high cost of valve replacement therapy and regulations posed by the government in particular regions for tissue valve may hamper the growth of this market. Nevertheless, growing demand for minimal invasion techniques for heart valve replacement along with untapped opportunities in the emerging economies is likely to open new avenues for the prosthetic heart valve market in the near future. Tissue valve held the largest market share in 2015. Types of tissue heart valves include stented tissue heart valves and stentless tissue heart valves. Tissue valve is obtained from the pig and cow and further neutralized and treated before implanting in the human heart. The mechanical heart valve is made up of pyrolytic carbon. Transcatheter heart valve replacement is the advanced technique which either repairs the damaged valve by minimal invasion or replaces it using transcatheter heart valve. Browse the full "Prosthetic Heart Valve Market by Type (Transcatheter, Tissue, and Mechanical): Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Segment, Trends and Forecast, 2015 – 2021" report at https://www.zionmarketresearch.com/report/prosthetic-heart-valve-market North America dominated the prosthetic heart valve market in 2015 owing to high technological advancement, and rising prevalence of heart disorders. Factors contributing to the growth of prosthetic heart valve market are improved and expanding healthcare sector, and the presence of major players in this region. High R&D expenditure from the key players for the innovated products triggers the growth of the market. Moreover, increasing the incidence of heart disorders in U.S with majority population shifting towards heart valve replacement therapy fuels the prosthetic heart valve market in this region. The Recent launch of transcatheter heart valves in U.S. will lead to further sizeable growth in the region. Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing market for prosthetic heart valve due to rising disposable income along with escalating demand for valve replacement, particularly in India and China. In India, around 10,000 people undergo valve replacement therapy every year. Rising disposable income, growing awareness for prosthetic valve stimulate the growth of the market in this region. Support from the government to improve the healthcare sector drives the prosthetic heart valve market in this region. Transcatheter valve replacement is new technique introduced in Japan and is gaining huge traction. This is expected to flourish the market in near future. However, tissue valve is likely to experience sluggish growth, particularly in India due to stringent rules and regulations. Inquire more about this report before purchase @ https://www.zionmarketresearch.com/inquiry/prosthetic-heart-valve-market Latin America is anticipated to experience sustainable growth in the coming years owing to unexploited market and rising healthcare sector. The Middle East and Africa is estimated to grow at a moderate pace due to growing awareness. The presence of a large number of players for the prosthetic heart valve creates intense competition. The companies adopt strategies such as product innovation and expansion. Some of the key players in the prosthetic heart valve market are Colibri Heart Valve, LLC, Cytograft Tissue Engineering, Inc. (CTE), Direct Flow Medical, Inc., Edwards Lifesciences LLC, Heart Leaflet Technologies (HLT), Perouse Medical, St. Jude Medical Inc., and Sorin Group. This report segments the prosthetic heart valve market as follows: Prosthetic Heart Valve Market: Type Segment Analysis Zion Market Research is an obligated company. 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News Article | April 25, 2017
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Opening of Hilton Quanzhou Riverside Underscores Hilton's Continued Growth and Marks the Debut of the Flagship Hilton Brand in Fujian Province QUANZHOU, China and MCLEAN, Va., April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced the opening of Hilton Quanzhou Riverside, Hilton's 100th hotel in Greater China. Hilton Quanzhou Riverside is also the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Fujian and the brand's 40th in Greater China. The 25-story, 296-room riverfront hotel is located in the heart of Quanzhou, Fujian Province's largest metropolitan area and an important economic center in southeastern China that continues to support the corporate, MICE and leisure travel segments. Hilton Quanzhou Riverside   Hilton Quanzhou Riverside opening "Hilton has proudly welcomed the world's travelers for nearly 100 years, continuously innovating and redefining what hospitality means," said Sean Wooden, vice president, brand management, Asia Pacific, Hilton. "With the opening of our first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Fujian, we are delivering unparalleled hospitality to both leisure and business travelers. Hilton Quanzhou Riverside will delight everyone with our spacious rooms, state-of-the-art facilities, tantalizing culinary options, and impeccable service." Hilton Quanzhou Riverside has a prime location in Jinjiang's Central Business District, amongst the upscale headquarters of global enterprises. The hotel is only 8 kilometers from Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport and 12 kilometers from Quanzhou Railway Station. Guests of Hilton Quanzhou Riverside will enjoy the hotel's proximity to nearby attractions including Kaiyuan Temple, Qingyuan Mountain, as well as the shopping destinations of Wanda Plaza and Live Show Creative Park, all of which are less than 10 kilometers from the hotel. "Hilton is strengthening its footprint across China in locations that attract business and leisure travelers," said Bruce McKenzie, senior vice president, operations, Greater China & Mongolia, Hilton. "We celebrate a great milestone today with the opening our 100th hotel in China. And we are continuing to grow. With more than 230 hotels in the pipeline, we will provide guests with more choice and more opportunities to experience our best-in-class service, wherever they travel to." Hilton Quanzhou Riverside's 296 guest rooms each span at least 40 square meters, making them the largest in the district. Guests can expect views of the river and the city skyline, modern decor, and in-room amenities such as Wi-Fi and 49-60 inch LCD televisions. Guests who stay in executive rooms and suites will also enjoy access to the Executive Lounge, which offers 180-degree views, complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, and happy hour drinks. The hotel's heated indoor pool on level six affords river views, while an underwater sound system enables guests to enjoy music while they do their laps. Hilton Quanzhou Riverside's guests can also relax in the hotel's steam rooms, or they can work out on the Italian-made Technogym equipment at the 24-hour fitness center. The hotel offers full meetings support to ensure seamless events. Hilton Quanzhou Riverside has a total of 2,940 square meters of meeting and banquet space that can be configured for events of any size. Equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, these flexible spaces include a 1,368-square meter pillar-less Grand Ballroom, a 600-square meter banquet foyer with a view of the river, a VIP room, a boardroom, two Bridal Rooms, and seven meeting rooms. The innovative food and beverage concepts at Hilton Quanzhou Riverside include: KITCHENCRAFT, an all-day dining restaurant that features an open kitchen, and Western and Asian cuisines. Buffet or a la carte, the sumptuous fare includes healthy choices and incorporates locally-sourced ingredients. GU XIANG is a Chinese restaurant that takes inspiration from its name, which means 'hometown'. Drawing on age-old culinary traditions, GU XIANG offers authentic Minnan and Cantonese specialties. Ideal for business occasions and social gatherings, the restaurant has 14 private dining rooms, including three with outdoor seating areas and river views. THE HORIZON is the place to unwind or conduct informal meetings over afternoon tea, featuring local snacks and a wide variety of premium Chinese teas. Hilton Quanzhou Riverside is part of Hilton HHonors®, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton's 14 distinct hotel brands. Hilton HHonors members who book directly with Hilton save time and money and gain instant access to the benefits they care about most, such as an exclusive member discount, free Wi-Fi, the ability to earn and redeem Points for free nights, as well as access to digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (in select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors mobile app. To celebrate the hotel's opening, Hilton HHonors members can earn 1,000 Bonus Points per night on the best available rate through stays completed between December 25, 2016 and June 24, 2017. Hilton Quanzhou Riverside is owned by Quanzhou Quanshang Real Estate Co, Ltd. and managed by Hilton. It is located at No.999 Binjiang Road, Jinjiang, Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, P.R. China. For more information or to make reservations, please call +86 595 8516 6666 or visit the hotel's website at quanzhouriverside.hilton.com. Media may learn more about the hotel and download high-resolution images at news.hilton.com/quanzhouriverside. More information on recent and upcoming Hilton Hotels & Resorts openings is available at news.hilton.com/openings. To view an interactive map featuring the Hilton Hotels & Resorts development pipeline, visit news.hilton.com/map. About Hilton Hotels & Resorts For nearly a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been proudly welcoming the world's travelers. With more than 570 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts provides the foundation for memorable travel experiences and values every guest who walks through its doors. As the flagship brand of Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard for hospitality, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests' evolving needs. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a part of the award-winning Hilton HHonors program. Hilton HHonors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels receive instant benefits, including an exclusive member discount that can't be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app.  Begin your journey at www.hilton.com and learn more about the brand by visiting news.hilton.com or following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. About Hilton Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 4,900 properties with over 800,000 rooms in 104 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world's most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with cash, an exclusive member discount that can't be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.  Photo - http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20170424/1832266-1Photo - https://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20170425/1832266-1-b


The RADIANT trial is a prospective, non-randomized, single-arm, multicenter study that will enroll up to 20 high-risk patients with severe aortic valve stenosis. The endpoint will evaluate all-cause mortality at 30 days. Patient follow-up will occur at one, six and 12 months and annually to five years. "The first U.S. implants of our Meridian valve marks a significant milestone in our drive to advance TAVR therapy to meet the needs of patients facing valve replacement who are at high risk for open-heart surgery," said Kevin Bassett, HLT general manager. "We are extremely pleased to work with Dr. Williams and the entire NYU team at their progressive transcatheter valve center." Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a less invasive treatment option as compared to surgical valve replacement for these patients. During a TAVR procedure, a compressed replacement valve is advanced, via a catheter (hollow tube) placed in a blood vessel in the upper leg, to the beating heart. "The HLT TAVR design enables us to fully assess valve function prior to releasing the valve in the heart, reposition it to achieve optimal performance prior to final release or retrieve it if necessary," said NYU's Dr. Williams. "As a result, our first procedure with the Meridian valve could be performed quickly and easily. In addition, the level of control that the system provides enabled us to perform the procedure under conscious sedation rather than general anesthesia." Precise positioning of the new valve is critical to ensure good hemodynamics (blood flow and pressure), avoid leakage around the valve's base and deliver optimal patient outcomes. However, HLT data reveals in up to 25 percent of cases, physicians settle for less-than-ideal positioning because of challenging patient anatomy and disease. "The Meridian Valve is also uniquely designed with a flexible wire frame to support the leaflets and a shorter height with minimal extension into the left ventricle," said Robert Wilson, M.D., HLT chief scientific and innovation officer and founder. For more information on the HLT TAVR system, including a video animation, please visit www.hltmedical.com Editor's note: To download an image of the Meridian Valve, go to http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hlt-announces-first-patient-enrollments-in-a-feasibility-study-of-a-new-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-system-300433920.html About HLT HLT, Inc., is a clinical phase medical device company focused on transcatheter aortic valve replacement therapy that will provide physicians increased procedure confidence, control during the implant procedure and improved patient outcomes. HLT's Meridian® Transcatheter Aortic Valve is designed to conform to the natural structure of the heart, and its Pathfinder® II Delivery System provides physicians control over valve placement in a beating heart, as well as flexibility to reposition or fully retrieve the valve before release. HLT is headquartered in Maple Grove, Minn. Its team of 90 employees works alongside its sister company ACIST Medical Systems, a pioneer and market leader of advanced contrast delivery and imaging systems for interventional cardiology. The privately held companies are part of the Bracco Group, an international leader in diagnostic imaging based in Milan, Italy. For more about HLT, visit www.hltmedical.com. Bracco has headquarters in Milan, Italy, and was founded in 1927. It is active in the healthcare sector through Bracco Imaging (diagnostic imaging), ACIST Medical Systems and HLT (cardiology) and the Centro Diagnostico Italiano diagnostic clinic. It has around 3,400 employees and annual total consolidated revenues of over $1.38 billion USD (1.3 billion Euro). Bracco operates in more than 100 countries worldwide. To learn more about Bracco Group, visit www.bracco.com. For Investigational Use Only. Not Available for Sale in Any Geography. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/first-us-patients-enrolled-in-an-early-feasibility-study-of-hlts-new-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-system-300467640.html


The implant procedures were completed at New York University's Langone Medical Center by Mathew R. Williams, M.D., associate professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery; director, Heart Valve Center; chief, Adult Cardiac Surgery; director, Interventional Cardiology; and U.S. principal investigator of HLT's RADIANT clinical study. The RADIANT trial is a prospective, non-randomized, single-arm, multicenter study that will enroll up to 20 high-risk patients with severe aortic valve stenosis. The endpoint will evaluate all-cause mortality at 30 days. Patient follow-up will occur at one, six and 12 months and annually to five years. "The first U.S. implants of our Meridian valve marks a significant milestone in our drive to advance TAVR therapy to meet the needs of patients facing valve replacement who are at high risk for open-heart surgery," said Kevin Bassett, HLT general manager. "We are extremely pleased to work with Dr. Williams and the entire NYU team at their progressive transcatheter valve center." Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a less invasive treatment option as compared to surgical valve replacement for these patients. During a TAVR procedure, a compressed replacement valve is advanced, via a catheter (hollow tube) placed in a blood vessel in the upper leg, to the beating heart. "The HLT TAVR design enables us to fully assess valve function prior to releasing the valve in the heart, reposition it to achieve optimal performance prior to final release or retrieve it if necessary," said NYU's Dr. Williams. "As a result, our first procedure with the Meridian valve could be performed quickly and easily. In addition, the level of control that the system provides enabled us to perform the procedure under conscious sedation rather than general anesthesia." Precise positioning of the new valve is critical to ensure good hemodynamics (blood flow and pressure), avoid leakage around the valve's base and deliver optimal patient outcomes. However, HLT data reveals in up to 25 percent of cases, physicians settle for less-than-ideal positioning because of challenging patient anatomy and disease. "The Meridian Valve is also uniquely designed with a flexible wire frame to support the leaflets and a shorter height with minimal extension into the left ventricle," said Robert Wilson, M.D., HLT chief scientific and innovation officer and founder. For more information on the HLT TAVR system, including a video animation, please visit www.hltmedical.com Editor's note: To download an image of the Meridian Valve, go to http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hlt-announces-first-patient-enrollments-in-a-feasibility-study-of-a-new-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-system-300433920.html About HLT HLT, Inc., is a clinical phase medical device company focused on transcatheter aortic valve replacement therapy that will provide physicians increased procedure confidence, control during the implant procedure and improved patient outcomes. HLT's Meridian® Transcatheter Aortic Valve is designed to conform to the natural structure of the heart, and its Pathfinder® II Delivery System provides physicians control over valve placement in a beating heart, as well as flexibility to reposition or fully retrieve the valve before release. HLT is headquartered in Maple Grove, Minn. Its team of 90 employees works alongside its sister company ACIST Medical Systems, a pioneer and market leader of advanced contrast delivery and imaging systems for interventional cardiology. The privately held companies are part of the Bracco Group, an international leader in diagnostic imaging based in Milan, Italy. For more about HLT, visit www.hltmedical.com. Bracco has headquarters in Milan, Italy, and was founded in 1927. It is active in the healthcare sector through Bracco Imaging (diagnostic imaging), ACIST Medical Systems and HLT (cardiology) and the Centro Diagnostico Italiano diagnostic clinic. It has around 3,400 employees and annual total consolidated revenues of over $1.38 billion USD (1.3 billion Euro). Bracco operates in more than 100 countries worldwide. To learn more about Bracco Group, visit www.bracco.com. For Investigational Use Only. Not Available for Sale in Any Geography.

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