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News Article | April 17, 2017
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MCG Health, a leading provider of informed care strategies and part of the Hearst Health network, has named UnitedHealthcare Global a recipient of the 2016 Doyle Award. UnitedHealthcare Global was recognized for its innovative collaboration with physicians around the world to drive evidence-based care delivery, improve patient health outcomes, and generate medical assistance and evacuation cost savings for plan participants traveling or living abroad. Working with its international network of physicians, UnitedHealthcare Global leveraged MCG’s care guideline solutions – augmented by its own data and global clinical expertise – to enhance its inpatient care management support, leading to patients spending 27 percent fewer days in hospital and a 5 percent decrease in international medical evacuations. This resulted in a 35 percent savings in global medical spend and a 24 percent savings in international medical evacuation costs. The evidence-based approach to care management helped UnitedHealthcare Global facilitate appropriate levels of care, and determine alternatives to hospital admission and best possible avenues to patient recovery. If a UnitedHealthcare Global plan participant was in a facility or country that lacked appropriate clinical capabilities to provide optimal recovery, the individual was medically evacuated to the closest country or facility that had the appropriate capabilities – helping ensure optimal patient health outcomes, while mitigating unnecessary expenses for both employer customers and plan participants. “The results achieved by UnitedHealthcare Global are a testament to the power of MCG solutions when applied by a visionary health care organization with the goal of improving patient health worldwide,” said MCG President Jon Shreve. “It is a privilege to work with a partner organization practicing innovation and compassion on a global scale.” “A more mobile global workforce requires access to quality, cost-effective care no matter where they work,” said Dr. Margaret Wilson, UnitedHealthcare Global chief medical officer. “UnitedHealthcare Global’s initiative – anchored by MCG’s care guidelines – drove a shift in focus from solely an access-based global health care model to a quality-focused model. Sharing information and best practices with our international network of physicians has resulted in success stories for our health plan customers, and we are honored to receive this recognition for our efforts.” The Doyle Award will be presented to UnitedHealthcare Global at MCG’s annual Client Forum in Miami, Fla., April 30-May 3, 2017. Conference attendees who attend the award ceremony will be able to earn continuing education credits for selected presentations and network with health care professionals from across the country. Full details and registration for this event can be found here. About UnitedHealthcare Global UnitedHealthcare Global is dedicated to helping people living or traveling abroad live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers a full range of global health insurance, wellness, assistance and security solutions for individuals, families and employers, and access to a global network of more than 90,000 hospitals and clinics, and more than 800,000 physicians and other providers around the world. UnitedHealthcare Global is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare Global at http://www.uhcglobal.com. About MCG MCG, part of the Hearst Health network, helps healthcare organizations implement informed care strategies that proactively and efficiently move patients toward health. MCG’s transparent assessment of the latest research and scholarly articles, along with our own data analysis, gives patients, providers and payers the vetted information they need to feel confident in every care decision, in every moment. For more information visit http://www.mcg.com or follow our Twitter handle, @MCG_Health. About Hearst Health MCG is part of the Hearst Health network, which also includes FDB (First Databank), Zynx Health, Homecare Homebase, MedHOK, Hearst Health International, Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab (http://www.hearsthealth.com). The mission of Hearst Health is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person's health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from the Hearst Health network reaches 84 percent of discharged patients, 177 million insured individuals, 60 million home health visits, and 3.1 billion dispensed prescriptions. About The Richard L. Doyle Award for Innovation and Leadership in Healthcare The Doyle Award was developed to recognize organizations that make innovative use of the care guidelines to help deliver effective healthcare. Dr. Doyle, the care guidelines founding editor, was a hospital chief-of-staff when he began creating clinical guidelines in the 1980s to help improve healthcare efficiency and quality at Mercy Hospital in San Diego. He later joined Milliman & Robertson and in 1990 published the first set of what was to become the care guidelines. Judges for this award are independent healthcare quality experts, not currently associated with MCG. Applicants were judged on how well their projects supported the MCG mission to help drive effective care. Judges looked for evidence of improvements in healthcare quality and patient safety; patient/member satisfaction; staff efficiency, productivity and satisfaction; internal/external communication; and effective use of resources.


GALWAY, Ireland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Neuravi, a company dedicated to improving clinical outcomes for stroke patients, today announced completion of enrollment in the company’s international clinical trial assessing the safety and effectiveness of the EmboTrap®II Revascularization Device, an advanced stent retriever platform for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke. Data from the pivotal study, called ARISE II (Analysis of Revascularization in Ischemic Stroke with EmboTrap), will be submitted as part of an application to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for market clearance of the device in the United States. The ARISE II study enrolled 228 patients in 19 enrolling sites across the United States and Europe. Sam Zaidat, M.D., Stroke and Neuroscience Medical Director of St. Vincent Mercy Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, is the study’s principal investigator. Professor Tommy Andersson, M.D., Ph.D., of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, is the European principal investigator of the study. “The value of stent retrievers has been demonstrated by multiple positive trials. Now our focus has moved on to further refinements of mechanical thrombectomy that will yield better patient outcomes,” said Dr. Zaidat. “International cooperation has been excellent. I’m excited to be a part of the process to provide physicians and patients in the United States with access to the latest technology.” The study enrolled ahead of schedule, with enrollment led by Dr. Hormozd Bozorgchami’s team at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland and Dr. Marc Ribo’s team at Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona. “Evaluating new technology is an important part of advancing stroke treatment and we are enthusiastic about our experience in the ARISE II trial,” said Raul Nogueira, M.D., director of Neuroendovascular Service at Grady Memorial Hospital at Emory University in Atlanta, where the final U.S. patient was enrolled. “As we continue to learn more about the clots that cause stroke, it is important that we have the best tools available to treat those occlusions.” The EmboTrap platform is designed to restore blood flow to the brain by retrieving and retaining clot with a proprietary dual-layer stent-like structure. “We’d like to thank the stroke center teams in the United States and Europe for their dedication and commitment to the ARISE II trial. In fully enrolling the ARISE II clinical trial, we are building a strong data set in support of our EmboTrap device as well as adding to the broader pool of stent retriever thrombectomy data for stroke treatment,” said Eamon Brady, Neuravi CEO. “Our vision is to be the therapy leader in acute ischemic stroke intervention and we will to continue to develop innovative therapy solutions to advance patient care.” Ischemic strokes, caused by blockages in vessels supplying blood to the brain, account for 87% of all strokes and are a leading cause of death and disability. Approximately one million Europeans and 700,000 Americans suffer ischemic strokes each year. Based in Galway, Ireland, Neuravi is dedicated to improving clinical outcomes for stroke patients. The company’s stroke therapy platform, the EmboTrap®II Revascularization Device, is CE marked and commercially available in Europe. The device has been available for investigational use only in the United States. Through its investment in the Neuravi Thromboembolic Initiative (NTI), Neuravi supports collaboration between engineers, clinicians and researchers to deepen the understanding of clot and occlusion dynamics, in order to improve patient outcomes in stroke. Neuravi is led by a team experienced in endovascular device development and global commercialization. More information can be found at www.neuravi.com.


News Article | February 20, 2017
Site: phys.org

He spent four years fighting, bombed from the skies and blasting away on guns almost too heavy to hold against an enemy sometimes less than a kilometre away. "I think, 'If I killed that one it's a human being like me,' but you are forced," he said. One day the inevitable happened: Nhial (not his real name) was injured, treading on a mine while on early-morning patrol with two other soldiers in a patch of Upper Nile state surrounded by their enemies. "I stepped on it and it exploded," he recalled. "It threw me up and down again – and then I was looking around for my foot. I tried to look for my leg and found that there was no foot. When I saw there's no foot I feel shock. I was really confused. If I was not with the two others I would kill myself because I thought there was no use for me now, so I decide to die." His comrades carried him back to base camp, but there was hardly any medical care there. It took 25 days before he received proper treatment, during which time he developed tetanus on one side of his body. Finally Nhial was put on a flight to the Kenyan border, his life saved when he was handed over to a Red Cross health team. Now, a decade later, he lives in a Juba refugee camp, having suffered further troubles in the whirlwind of conflict that has engulfed the struggling new nation of South Sudan. During one outbreak of violence he was rounded up with other Nuer – the country's second-largest ethnic group – and taken to an army barracks. His life was only spared when he was dismissed as "useless" because of his disability. Today he plays wheelchair basketball for his country, although he relies on a prosthetic lower leg to struggle his way round the muddy, sprawling camp that entails long walks to reach the most basic services. It can be difficult to get to training. But at least his hands are free to carry things such as food and water, unlike those on crutches. Mary Lam (not her real name), 34, who caught polio as a child and today works as a restaurant supervisor in the capital, Juba, explained what it was like growing up reliant on bamboo sticks to haul herself around with a bad leg. She would get up much earlier than her siblings, since it took an hour to get to the classroom and they could rush there much quicker. "It was hard to go with my exercise book to school unless I tie it on my back like a baby," she said. And it limited her use of her arms too. "When two hands are using the bamboos you are not able to do domestic work in the house." Stories of lives devastated by conflict or disease are all too common across low-income countries. Lack of an arm or leg can be tough anywhere, but for people in poorer parts of the planet, with so much less support and more rickety infrastructure, it is especially challenging. Some are victims of conflict, others were born with congenital conditions. Many more are injured on roads, the casualty toll soaring in low-income nations even as it plummets in wealthier ones. Every minute, 20 people are seriously injured worldwide in road crashes. In Kenya, half the patients on surgical wards have road injuries. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there are about 30 million people like Nhial and Lam who require prosthetic limbs, braces or other mobility devices. These can be simple to make and inexpensive. As one veteran prosthetist told me, his specialism is among the most instantly gratifying areas of medicine. "A patient comes in on Monday on crutches that leave them unable to carry anything. By Wednesday they are walking on a new leg and on Friday they leave with their life transformed." Yet more than eight in ten of those people needing mobility devices do not have them. They take a lot of work and expertise to produce and fit, and the WHO says there is a shortage of 40,000 trained prosthetists in poorer countries. There is also the time and cost to patients, who may have to travel long distances for treatment that can take five days – to assess need, produce a prosthesis and fit it to the residual limb. The result is that unglamorous items such as braces and artificial limbs are among the most-needed devices to assist lives. Yet, as in so many other areas, technology may be hurtling to the rescue, this time in the shape of 3-D printing. Slowly but surely, 3-D printing – otherwise known as additive manufacturing – has been revolutionising aspects of medicine since the start of the century, just as it has impacted on so many other industries, from cars to clothing. Perhaps this is not surprising, given that its key benefit is to enable rapid and cost-efficient creation of bespoke products. There are, after all, few commercial products that need to suit a wider variety of shapes and sizes than medical devices made for human beings. Experts have developed 3-D-printed skin for burn victims, airway splints for infants, facial reconstruction parts for cancer patients, orthopaedic implants for pensioners. The fast-developing technology has churned out more than 60 million customised hearing-aid shells and ear moulds, while it is daily producing thousands of dental crowns and bridges from digital scans of teeth, disrupting the traditional wax modelling methods used for centuries. Jaw surgeries and knee replacement operations are also routinely carried out using surgical guides printed on the machines. So it is unsurprising the technology began to stir interest in the field of prosthetics – even if sometimes by accident. Ivan Owen is an American artist who likes to make "weird, nerdy gadgets" for use in puppetry and budget horror movies. In 2011 he created a simple metal mechanical hand for a steampunk convention, the spiky fingers pulled by loops through his own. He posted a video that – as is the way in our interconnected world – was seen by a carpenter in South Africa who had just lost four fingers in a circular saw accident. They began discussing plans for a prototype prosthetic hand, and soon that came to the attention of the mother of a five-year-old boy called Liam, born without fingers on his right hand. She wanted a tiny version of their hand. But Owen realised the child would rapidly grow out of anything they made, so he looked at the idea of using 3-D printing. "If we could develop a design that was printable, it would be possible to rescale and reprint that design as Liam grew, essentially making it possible for his device to grow with him," he said. So the artist persuaded a printer manufacturer to donate two machines and developed what has been claimed to be the first 3-D-printed mechanical hand. And crucially, rather than patent this work, Owen published the files as open source for anybody to access, allowing others to collaborate, to use and improve the designs. This has grown into Enabling the Future, a community with 7,000 members in dozens of countries and access to 2,000 printers, who help make arms and hands for those in need. One school student in California even printed a new hand for a local teacher. Often they are aimed at children, since many dislike the weight, look and hassle of modern prosthetics, which can involve inserting the arm in a silicone sleeve and using straps across the back to hold the device in place. These body-powered hands cost thousands of pounds, yet must be replaced every couple of years as a child grows. The 3-D-printed versions cost about £40, come in any colour and look like a cheery toy, so are often more appealing despite being less sophisticated. Jorge Zuniga, a research scientist in the Biomechanics Research Building at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, heard about this project on his car radio. He was only half-listening, but arriving home he started playing baseball with his four-year-old son and observed how important the grabbing of an object was to his own child's development. He spent the next month carefully building a prosthetic model that mimicked the human hand, only for his work to be dismissed instantly by his son. "He told me children wanted a hand that looked like a robot." From this conversation and the open-source designs available emerged Cyborg Beast, a project being heavily backed by his department to develop futuristic-looking, low-cost prosthetic hands. "You can do anything with 3-D printing," said Zuniga, who now heads a seven-strong team. "We believe it will revolutionise the prosthetics field. It will lower the costs worldwide and gives engineers, patients and doctors the chance to modify prosthetic hands as they want. And they can be any colour." When I told Zuniga slightly hesitantly that his design looked like a toy, he was delighted. "That's great – we want children to see it as a toy," he said. "This is a transitional device. Many children do not like prosthetics, however good they are these days, because they might have a hook for a hand and the harness needs help to put on, which children dislike. So this is to bridge the gap, helping them get used to the idea as they grow up. "We have even had a child missing a shoulder. So we developed a device that weighs the same as the missing arm. This meant he not only got a new arm that helped daily life but it also improved his posture and balance, therefore was much better for his spine. This sort of thing can be done much easier with 3-D technology. But of course the difference between a toy and a prosthetic arm is that you need professional involvement to enhance use of the devices and ensure they are fitting properly." It is remarkable that people who do not even own a printer can obtain a functional child's hand for the price of a theatre ticket within 24 hours. Zuniga says at least 500 Cyborg Beasts are in use worldwide, and the design has been downloaded almost 50,000 times. He has taken it to his native Chile, where he runs a paediatric orthopaedic 3-D-printing laboratory, and has had recent requests for the plans from Nigeria. "My concern at this stage is that some of the materials can melt in higher temperatures. It is not working well there yet, but this sort of prosthetic has huge potential to be used with better materials in the developing world. We are still in the infancy stage at this moment." Another place that has experimented with this technology is in the cruel, forgotten war cursing the Nuba mountains of Sudan, where an amazing American named Tom Catena has been working as the only permanent doctor for half a million people around his Mother of Mercy Hospital. Fuelled by his religious faith, for almost a decade this brave medic has ignored bombings, lack of electricity and water shortages to do everything from delivering babies to amputating limbs. "It's demoralising for us to amputate an arm knowing that there is no good solution," Catena told me by email. "We have many arm amputees – both above and below the elbow as a result of the war here and general lack of medical care. This in an agricultural society, where nearly everyone is a subsistence farmer. If one is missing an arm, he is not very functional in this society. They become totally dependent on the family and they have a difficult time getting married (also very important in this society)." The idea of using 3-D printing to help arose when Mick Ebeling, an American film producer and philanthropist, learned about this work at the same time as he was hearing about the emerging work on low-cost prosthetic hands. Searching for information on Catena, Ebeling read about one of his patients: Daniel Omar, a 12-year-old boy who had wrapped his arms around a tree to protect himself during an aerial attack. His face and body were protected when a bomb exploded nearby – but both the boy's arms were blown off. Ebeling travelled out with printers and, working with hospital staff, fitted about a dozen people with new arms. "Unfortunately, as time went on, none of the amputees were using the prostheses as they felt they were too cumbersome," said Catena. The doctor concluded that "the 3-D model was good, fairly easy to make and inexpensive… although it hasn't worked out so well here, perhaps with some tweaking, the 3-D printers can be of great use for arm amputees." Yet for all the agonies and difficulties associated with arm loss, the bigger problem in low-income countries is when lower limb disability leads to loss of mobility. Wheelchairs are expensive and can be difficult to use when roads are pot-holed, streets are muddy and pavements are non-existent. Without a prosthetic limb, people struggle to fetch water, to prepare food and, above all, to work. This throws them back on their families and communities, intensifying any hardship and poverty. One group that has spent almost three decades trying to tackle such issues is Exceed, a British charity set up by diplomats and academics at the request of Cambodia's government to help thousands of landmine survivors. It works in five Asian countries, training people at schools of prosthetics and orthotics. In Cambodia, there are still almost 9,000 landmine survivors in need of artificial limbs, although these days traffic accidents are a more likely cause of disability, while children also need braces for a range of common conditions such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy and polio. "If you wear a prosthesis you are disabled for about ten minutes in the morning while you have a shower, then you put your leg on and go to work. If you do not have one, then your hands are out of use with crutches so you can't even take drinks to the table," said Carson Harte, a 59-year-old prosthetist and chief executive of Exceed. "Without a prosthesis there are no expectations. You just go back and rely on the goodwill of your family." It is not really cash shortages that deny people these devices, since simplified forms cost little and generic Chinese models are improving fast. The components can cost just £30. The big hurdle is the lack of trained technicians to fit the artificial limbs. In the Philippines, there are estimated to be 2 million people needing prosthetics or orthotics. Yet there are only nine fully trained experts, each able to assist at most 400 patients a year with the time-consuming process of creating and fitting a customised limb, although more are being trained on a new four-year course. Traditionally, a prosthetist would wrap a stump with plaster of Paris bandages to make a reverse mould and let it dry, then fill it with more plaster that must harden. From this a socket can be forged that fits, with more modifications for precision, to the bone on the stump. Great care must be taken to avoid nerves and tender areas that are not tolerant of pressure. The key for the technician is to understand the pathology of a stump, which differs for each person. This is a cumbersome process that can take a week, especially with gait training for new patients that lasts three days. It can also be messy work, mixing up and moulding the plaster, while a prosthetist visiting a rural area must cart around 20-kilo packs of plaster. But with a 3-D scanner, a digital image can be made in half an hour and sent by email, and there is no mess. Exceed has begun a seven-month trial of 3-D-printed devices in Cambodia with Nia Technologies, an innovative Canadian not-for-profit organisation. "This technology has the potential to increase the productivity of every technician," said Harte. "It is not about printing off legs, nor does it replace the skills of a well-trained professional, but it has potential to produce a better, faster, more easily repeatable way of doing one key part of the chain. There are no magic bullets, but this may be an important incremental change. "The key to success so far has been cross-fertilisation: putting engineers and prosthetist orthotists together. Engineers make broad assumptions that are not always right, prosthetist orthotists do not always know what engineers can do. Together we have made more advances in a few months than have been achieved in years, sorting our real problems in real time through collaboration." Nia is also trialling its 3-D PrintAbility technology in Tanzania and Uganda, where there are only 12 prosthetists to serve a population of about 40 million people – and at the time of writing all six state clinics have run out of materials. Doctors there often deal with children who have lost limbs after falling in open cooking fires, while other youngsters need braces after suffering post-injection paralysis caused by badly administered jabs that damage nerves. In Uganda their team is working with CoRSU hospital in Kisubi, a specialist rehabilitation centre for children with disabilities. Orthopaedic technician Moses Kaweesa said they found the technology lighter and faster to use, as well as easier for people in remote rural areas. "It used to take five days to have a limb manufactured, with lots of hanging around for the patient. Now it is barely two days, so they spend much less time in the hospital. There is also less waste of material, so for a country like ours this can help so much by cutting down the costs." The first person to test out a 3-D-printed mobility device was a four-year-old girl who until then had dragged herself across floors and had to be carried around by her family. "When she was born her leg was missing the right foot," said her older brother. "It was very difficult for her to walk, to play with other children. She can be lonely. But when she was given a leg she was able to run with others, play with others." Matt Ratto, Nia's chief science officer, who led the project's development, admitted that it was only when he saw the serious-looking child in her red dress start to walk that he realised his technology actually worked. But, like Harte, he urges caution. "We are surrounded by the hype of 3-D printing with crazy, ridiculous claims being made," he said. "We must be cautious. A lot of these technologies fail not for engineering reasons but because they are not designed for the developing world. You can't just smash in these new technologies. "A lot of what we are doing is social innovation. People think you are threatening to replace prosthetists, which is a problem since they can be hesitant to embrace it just like in the developing world. We are trying to develop a bridge between the North and South but we have to work with the people on the ground to build their capacity. They are the experts – and they are deeply interested in doing whatever they can to get the children walking." Ratto's aim is to use their technology to fit 8,000 people with 3-D-printed mobility devices within five years, across some 20 sites in low-income countries. "My sense if we get this right is that the growth can be exponential. If we iron out the kinks and work out the best way to help clinicians I think we will see something of a hockey-stick curve on the graph. But we must not get it wrong, move too fast nor over-hype the potential." One person who shares Ratto's belief in this technology is Claudine Humure, a 24-year-old Rwandan with big ambitions whom I met on a chilly November day at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. She lost her parents in the genocide, and then at the age of 12, while living in an orphanage, developed a dreadful pain in her right leg that turned out to be bone cancer. "I thought I was going to die when the doctors told me, because that was all I knew about cancer. I thought that was my fate," she said. "Then they said they had to amputate my leg the next day. I was crying so hard. I hated the doctors who were telling me the news since everything was happening so fast." After the operation, Humure was flown by a US charity to Boston for further treatment, including chemotherapy and surgery to prepare the leg for a prosthetic. She spent almost a year recovering before returning to Rwanda with an artificial leg. But when it broke, she struggled to find a new one and saw the deficiencies of what was available in low-income countries. "I had seen what was possible. A good prosthesis fits well and feels comfortable. You can do anything with it, you feel normal." Now this affable woman is back in the US, studying biology and business at a prestigious university. She wrote her high-school project on the design of prosthetic limbs and has volunteered at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, where she spent time with injured victims of the 2013 marathon bombing. "They were very new to the idea of missing a limb, so it was very traumatic for them. You could see they were terrified since it was so sudden. I hope I was a positive influence, an inspiration not to give up hope." Most significantly, Humure won a biomechatronics research internship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab. Here she met Hugh Herr, a pioneering figure in prosthetics. He lost both legs after being trapped for three nights in a freezing blizzard while climbing, then designed titanium-tipped artificial feet to let him return to his beloved mountains. She also came across 3-D printing for the first time. "This was life-changing," she said. "My eyes opened. I saw all this cutting-edge research when we had such bad prostheses in Rwanda. I looked at my own prosthetic leg and started thinking." Now she dreams of opening specialist clinics, first in Rwanda, then across the rest of Africa. And she is designing a socket for prosthetic limbs to be used by people who have had leg amputations above the knee, aimed at low-income nations. "I am making the socket lighter, easier to use and cheaper to manufacture. But what makes the design special is that the user can adjust it to make it more comfortable. In developing countries, people just do not have the time to keep travelling to clinics." Humure believes such advances can change the world for millions of people like her. "You can have a disability and still be successful. I know I have been lucky in many ways because I met the right people, but I am a positive person and this is the attitude I want to instil in other amputees and people with disabilities, especially the millions of us in developing countries. A good prosthesis does not just help your mobility. It gives you confidence and can change your life. Above all, you forget you are an amputee."


The International Association of HealthCare Professionals is pleased to welcome James A. Slough, MD, FAAOS, Orthopedic Surgeon, to their prestigious organization with his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. Dr. James A. Slough is a highly trained and qualified orthopedic surgeon with an extensive expertise in all facets of his work, especially arthroscopic and minimally invasive shoulder, knee, and hip surgery, as well as sports medicine. Dr. Slough has been in practice for more than 30 years and is currently serving patients within Excelsior Orthopaedics in Amherst, New York. He is also affiliated with the Buffalo Surgery Center and Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Dr. Slough attended the University of Michigan Medical School, graduating with his Medical Degree. He subsequently completed his General Surgery internship at the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, before undertaking his Orthopaedic training at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and has earned the coveted title of Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. For his wealth of experience and knowledge, Dr. Slough is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including a Navy Achievement Medal, a Franklin Dickson Outstanding Orthopaedic Resident Award, First Place for The Children’s Mercy Hospital Resident Presentation, and he is a past President of the Clinical Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Slough maintains professional memberships with the Clinical Orthopaedic Society, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, Catholic Medical Partners, the AAOS, and has been a member of the AAOS Board of Councilors. Furthermore, Dr. Slough serves as Team Physician for the AAA Buffalo Bisons. He attributes his success to his loving and supportive family, his love of the field, and improving function and mobility in his patients. When he is not assisting his patients and taking care of the Buffalo Bisons, Dr. Slough enjoys fishing, skiing, and biking Learn more about Dr. Slough here: http://www.excelsiorortho.com/ and be sure to read his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. FindaTopDoc.com is a hub for all things medicine, featuring detailed descriptions of medical professionals across all areas of expertise, and information on thousands of healthcare topics.  Each month, millions of patients use FindaTopDoc to find a doctor nearby and instantly book an appointment online or create a review.  FindaTopDoc.com features each doctor’s full professional biography highlighting their achievements, experience, patient reviews and areas of expertise.  A leading provider of valuable health information that helps empower patient and doctor alike, FindaTopDoc enables readers to live a happier and healthier life.  For more information about FindaTopDoc, visit http://www.findatopdoc.com


The International Association of HealthCare Professionals is pleased to welcome James A. Slough, MD, FAAOS, Orthopedic Surgeon, to their prestigious organization with his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. Dr. James A. Slough is a highly trained and qualified orthopedic surgeon with an extensive expertise in all facets of his work, especially arthroscopic and minimally invasive shoulder, knee, and hip surgery, as well as sports medicine. Dr. Slough has been in practice for more than 30 years and is currently serving patients within Excelsior Orthopaedics in Amherst, New York. He is also affiliated with the Buffalo Surgery Center and Kenmore-Mercy Hospital. Dr. Slough attended the University of Michigan Medical School, graduating with his Medical Degree. He subsequently completed his General Surgery internship at the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, before undertaking his Orthopaedic training at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and has earned the coveted title of Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. For his wealth of experience and knowledge, Dr. Slough is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including a Navy Achievement Medal, a Franklin Dickson Outstanding Orthopaedic Resident Award, First Place for The Children’s Mercy Hospital Resident Presentation, and he is a past President of the Clinical Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Slough maintains professional memberships with the AAOS Board of Councilors, the Clinical Orthopaedic Society, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, and the Catholic Medical Partners. Furthermore, Dr. Slough serves as Team Physician for the AAA Buffalo Bisons. He attributes his success to his loving and supportive family, his love of the field, and improving function and mobility in his patients. When he is not assisting his patients and taking care of the Buffalo Bisons, Dr. Slough enjoys fishing, skiing, and biking Learn more about Dr. Slough here: http://www.excelsiorortho.com/ and be sure to read his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. FindaTopDoc.com is a hub for all things medicine, featuring detailed descriptions of medical professionals across all areas of expertise, and information on thousands of healthcare topics.  Each month, millions of patients use FindaTopDoc to find a doctor nearby and instantly book an appointment online or create a review.  FindaTopDoc.com features each doctor’s full professional biography highlighting their achievements, experience, patient reviews and areas of expertise.  A leading provider of valuable health information that helps empower patient and doctor alike, FindaTopDoc enables readers to live a happier and healthier life.  For more information about FindaTopDoc, visit http://www.findatopdoc.com


News Article | February 17, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb. 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- February 17, 2017 – Representatives from Farmland, a brand of Smithfield Foods, presented a check for $25,000 to Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City, MO, yesterday afternoon. This donation was made in honor of former Smithfield Foods Pork Group President, George H. Richter, and will support the hospital’s nationally recognized pediatric care services. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/bb6401bb-0c79-4eab-986a-ca4995349f29 Richter, a 43-year veteran of the meat industry, began his career with Farmland in 1971, and was appointed to company President in 1988. When Farmland was purchased by Smithfield Foods in 2003, Richter served as President of the organization’s Pork Group, until his retirement in 2014. For more than 12 years, Richter and his family have been ongoing donors to the hospital and supporters of its mission. The Richter family has given special financial support to the expansion of the Northland Clinic, which has served over 500,000 patients since it opened its doors in 2003. “As a parent, nothing is more important than one’s children. By providing compassionate and high-quality pediatric care to the children in our community, including to my own family, Children’s Mercy Hospital has become an essential cornerstone of where we live and has a special place in my heart,” said Richter. “This donation from Farmland will help the hospital continue to provide comprehensive care for our children, and I am honored to be a part of it.” Since 1959, Farmland has been passionate about supporting communities throughout the Midwest. “Farmland was founded and built on the values of family and quality by leaders like Mr. Richter,” said Megan Thomas, senior brand manager for Smithfield Foods. “We are proud to honor him, and the entire Farmland family today, by supporting the Children’s Mercy Hospital.”  Farmland has donated to Children’s Mercy for over 45 years, dating all the way back to 1970. A pillar in the Kansas City community for the past 120 years, Children’s Mercy Hospital is recognized as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country and known as a leader in pediatric specialties. “Children’s Mercy proudly helps all children and their families who walk through our doors,” said Lyndsay Bruns, philanthropic corporate giving manager of Children’s Mercy Hospital. “We’re humbled by the community-minded example set by Mr. Richter, and this generous donation from Farmland will help us continue to fight for better treatment for children and new frontiers in pediatric medicine.” To learn how you can contribute or volunteer with the Children’s Mercy Hospital, please visit www.childrensmercy.org. About Farmland Founded in 1959, Farmland is a maker of high-quality, popular consumer goods such as bacon and sausage, and serves retail and foodservice customers. To learn more about Farmland, please visit www.FarmlandFoods.com. Farmland is a brand of Smithfield Foods. About Smithfield Foods Smithfield Foods is a $14 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Kretschmar®, Gwaltney®, Curly's®, Margherita®, Carando®, Healthy Ones®, Krakus®, Morliny®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com. About Children’s Mercy Hospital About Children’s Mercy Kansas City Founded in 1897, Children’s Mercy is one of the nation’s top pediatric medical centers. With not-for-profit hospitals in Missouri and Kansas, and numerous specialty clinics in both states, Children’s Mercy provides the highest level of care for children from birth through the age of 21. U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly ranked Children’s Mercy as one of “America's Best Children's Hospitals.” For the fourth time in a row, Children’s Mercy has achieved Magnet nursing designation, awarded to fewer than seven percent of all hospitals nationally, for excellence in quality care. Its faculty of more than 700 pediatric subspecialists and researchers across more than 40 subspecialties are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. Thanks to generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s Mercy provides medical care to every child who passes through its doors, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. For more information about Children’s Mercy and its research, visit childrensmercy.org. For breaking news and videos, follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Allina Health and HealthPartners are extending a partnership called the Northwest Metro Alliance. The alliance serves more than 300,000 patients in Anoka County and southern Sherburne County. The patients have HealthPartners or Medicaid insurance and receive care at the five Allina Health Clinics and four HealthPartners clinics in the community and at Mercy Hospital with its affiliated specialists. This extension carries the partnership through 2019. “The Northwest Metro Alliance has been a success for patients, and for the partners because it created a framework for collaboration that allows us to address the health challenges of the community. The Northwest Metro Alliance is a learning lab for a new and unique care model – and we truly need new care models – that focus on delivering care of the highest quality and value,” said Penny Wheeler M.D., president and CEO of Allina Health. When it began in 2010, the Northwest Metro Alliance was one of the first demonstrations of an accountable care organization in the region. It was formed by HealthPartners and Allina Health as an innovative, local solution to address health concerns and have a positive impact on the cost of care in the community. From prevention to end of life care, numerous programs have been implemented that are proving to make a difference, including costs, which are now equal to or lower than the metro average. Some examples include: More details are included in this executive summary. “This partnership was the first of its kind in our region to coordinate the resources of two organizations to achieve the Triple Aim,” said Mary Brainerd, president and CEO of HealthPartners. “We’re pleased to be able to build on the work of the past seven years to improve care, provide an outstanding experience and make care more affordable for the patients we serve.” About Allina Health Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 15 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide home care, home oxygen and medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Learn more at allinahealth.org. About HealthPartners Founded in 1957, HealthPartners is the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation. The organization is dedicated to improving health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community, and provides a full-range of health care delivery and health plan services including insurance, administration and health and well-being programs. HealthPartners serves more than 1.8 million medical and dental health plan members nationwide. The care system includes more than 1,700 physicians, seven hospitals, 55 primary care clinics, 22 urgent care locations and numerous specialty practices in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. HealthPartners Clinic, Park Nicollet Clinic, Lakeview Health, Physicians Neck & Back Center, TRIA Orthopaedic Center and virtuwell.com are all part of HealthPartners. In addition, HealthPartners Dental Group has more than 60 dentists and 23 dental clinics. HealthPartners also provides medical education and conducts research through HealthPartners Institute. For more information, visit healthpartners.com.


BETHESDA, Md. and KANSAS CITY, Mo., Mar. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- GetWellNetwork®, Inc., the leader in Interactive Patient Care™ (IPC) solutions, today announced that Children's Mercy Kansas City successfully completed phase one of IPC implementation at Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas in...

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