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Seventh-largest U.S. hospital system implements Avaya Fabric Connect networking and communications applications to become a top tech healthcare organization SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - February 20, 2017) - For Erlanger Health System, the path to achieving their strategic vision of becoming a top technology-enabled healthcare organization meant careful consideration of possibilities, alternatives and risks at every step on the way. Selecting Avaya was one of the first decisions the organization made in order to provide the networking foundation to help make their vision a reality and carry it into the future. With an impending installation of an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system, Erlanger needed a network on which it could rely that could meet requirements for speed, bandwidth and security. Since the Chattanooga, TN-based organization uses a number of critical applications and adds devices on a regular basis, the network to needed flexibility and simplicity. The network would also need to enable Erlanger to share its communications system with other sites in the healthcare system. Avaya Fabric Connect networking prepared Erlanger Health System for its EHR implementation and more, providing the flexibility and expandability for the organization to continue moving toward its goal to become one of the Top 100 Most Wired hospitals. The system is easier to maintain than its previous network: certified engineers can make changes at the edge -- such as adding medical devices -- and have them reflected in the core. Erlanger also added Avaya Team and Customer Engagement solutions to provide powerful communications features and conferencing. Configuration and use is much easier; IT staffers with less experience can get the phones up and running quickly when a new one is needed without needing to program a switch. End-users enjoy a number of features, such as receiving their voicemail messages as a file in their email. The organization was able to extend its phone system over the Fabric Connect network to support a new hospital opened at Erlanger East, helping to lower operating cost and provide more efficient communications between locations. "One thing about healthcare is that, between Health Information Management and ensuring we comply with regulations and standards, we have to make sure we're doing the right thing for our patients but also following the rules and guidelines set forth by joint commissions. Avaya did everything they said they'd do and even went above and beyond. The hardware has been spot-on, and we have not had any failures with the network or phone switches. So far, Avaya has been very good for us, and very cost effective -- and in our line of work, those are two things that you need." Eric Hammer, Senior Director of Technical Services, Erlanger Health System Read more about Erlanger Health System and its implementation of Avaya Networking as its foundation for the future here. About Erlanger Health System The Erlanger Health System is a multi-hospital system with five hospitals based in Chattanooga: the Baroness Hospital, Children's Hospital at Erlanger, Erlanger North Hospital, Erlanger East Hospital, and Erlanger Bledsoe Hospital, located in Pikeville, TN. Erlanger is the seventh largest public hospital in the United States and has been recognized as "Chattanooga's number one hospital" by U.S. News and World Report. Erlanger is the tri-state region's only Level I Trauma Center, providing the highest level of trauma care for adults. Erlanger has five LIFE FORCE air ambulances in its fleet, two based in Tennessee, two in North Georgia and one in Winchester, TN. Children's Hospital at Erlanger houses the region's only Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as well as a pediatric trauma team, Emergency Center, and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Erlanger also serves as the region's only academic teaching hospital, affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga Campus. Each year, more than a quarter of a million people are treated by the team of healthcare professionals who are part of Erlanger. About Avaya Avaya enables the mission critical, real-time communication applications of the world's most important operations. As the global leader in delivering superior communications experiences, Avaya provides the most complete portfolio of software and services for contact center and unified communications with integrated, secure networking -- offered on premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid. Today's digital world requires some form of communications enablement, and no other company is better positioned to do this than Avaya. For more information, please visit www.avaya.com. Follow Avaya on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and the Avaya Connected Blog. 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For a list and description of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to Avaya's filings with the SEC that are available at www.sec.gov. Avaya disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


News Article | December 13, 2016
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After Maverick Schiff was born prematurely on Nov. 24, 2016, his parents Jena Trimarki and Matt Schiff spent many hours at West Penn Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), cuddling, feeding and doting on their 4-pound, 13-ounce pocket of joy. And when the Burgettstown couple couldn’t be at the hospital, all they had to do was press a few buttons on their phones or home computers. They quickly enjoyed a real-time view of Maverick in his isolette, and a dose of reassurance that he was doing fine in their absence. Jena and Matt were among the first parents to use the newly installed NicView web cameras at West Penn’s NICU. The small-camera system allows parents, family and friends to view their infants in real time, 24-7, through a secure online portal. “We believe every family should be able to see their baby at any time, and at any location,” said West Penn NICU Medical Director Barbara Clouser, MD. “Not only do the webcams help strengthen parent-child bonds, they allow family members who live in other states, or are stationed with the military overseas, to enjoy the new addition to the family.” Jena and Matt agree the cameras are a godsend for family members that live about an hour from Pittsburgh. “My mother was watching every second,” Matt said. “And my grandmother got to see the baby up close without having to drive here.” More than a convenience, the web cameras can help reduce parents’ and families’ stress, ultimately benefiting the babies, said Gretchen Kimmel, DO, Associate Director of the West Penn NICU. Dr. Krimmel and Cynthia Mueller, BSN, RNC-NIC, Supervisor, NICU, worked together for many months to make the webcams a reality. “When parents feel deeply involved with their babies’ progress, when they feel reassured that the baby is doing fine, their stress levels begin to wind down,” Dr. Krimmel said. “For mothers, decreased stress translates into improved breastfeeding rates and duration, which in turn tends to decrease babies’ length of stay in the NICU and their risks of infection.” For Mueller, a longtime NICU caregiver, seeing parents’ joy when they are told they’ll be able to see their babies at any time of the day is a delight. “The response we’ve gotten from parents has been overwhelming” Mueller said. “Some have been so happy and thankful that they’re in tears.” The cameras were paid for in part by the NICU’s Patient Enhancement Fund, which is funded by a yearly benefit golf tournament designed and hosted by NICU staff. The 43-bed Level III NICU at West Penn Hospital, part of the Allegheny Health Network, has been a major regional referral center for critically ill infants for many years. Highly skilled nurses, neonatal nurse practitioners, physician assistants, neonatal respiratory therapists, and a physician staff of board-certified neonatologists provide in-house care for sick newborns 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Family members, including both parents and siblings, are encouraged to visit the babies at any time and participate in their care. Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their babies, and the staff advocates soothing skin-to-skin contact between premature babies and their parents to promote healing, growth and bonding. About the Allegheny Health Network: Allegheny Health Network (AHN.ORG), part of Highmark Health, is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving the Western Pennsylvania region. The Network is comprised of eight hospitals, including its flagship academic medical center Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Valley Hospital, Canonsburg Hospital, Forbes Hospital, Jefferson Hospital, Saint Vincent Hospital, Westfield Memorial Hospital and West Penn Hospital; an employed physician organization, a research institute, health + wellness pavilions, home and community-based health services and a group purchasing organization. The Network employs approximately 17,500 people, and has more than 2,100 physicians on its medical staff. The Network also serves as a clinical campus for Temple University School of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.


ORLANDO, FL / ACCESSWIRE / December 22, 2016 / Military and first responders will be presented with complimentary admission* to the Diamond Resorts Invitational benefiting Florida Hospital for Children, now a PGA TOUR Champions Challenge Season Event, and second annual golf tournament at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, FL, January 13-15, 2017. Diamond Resorts International®, owner and creator of the event, will provide two complimentary 3-day grounds passes to the January 10-15 tournament for all active and retired military. The same offer is extended to active and retired police, fire and emergency medical technician (EMT) personnel. This offer is only valid with online registration at DiamondResortsInvitational.com. All service men and women and first responders can enter the promo code "SALUTE2017" on the website to locate the designated registration page. The ticket voucher (printed out at home or reserved for pickup at the event) will need to be exchanged at the onsite will call/ticket station before entering the event. Participants must show photo ID and official military or first responder identification to receive their complimentary admission. The tournament will feature up to 30 PGA TOUR Champions players and up to 50 top-tier sports and entertainment celebrities in two distinct competitions, utilizing a Modified Stableford scoring format which awards points as opposed to strokes – similar to the PGA TOUR's Barracuda Championship. The Diamond Resorts Invitational is a competition for celebrity golfers in a professional tournament format over three days and 54 holes. Celebrity commitments thus far for the 2017 event include Marcus Allen, Roger Clemens, Josh Donaldson, Colt Ford, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Brian McCann, Kevin Millar, Mark Mulder, Blair O'Neal, Jake Owen, Alfonso Ribeiro, Jeremy Roenick, Mark Rypien, John Smoltz, Brian Urlacher, Justin Verlander, Larry the Cable Guy and defending champion Mardy Fish. Retired United States Army Corporal Chad Pfeifer, an Iraqi War Veteran and amputee whose golf-centered rehabilitation has turned him into a top-tier tournament player, will join the field of 48 sports and entertainment celebrities. While serving in Iraq in 2007, Pfeifer's life changed when a bomb exploded under the patrol vehicle he was driving and he lost his left leg above the knee. A three-time winner of the George W. Bush Presidential Center's Warrior Open and the 2011 National Amputee Tournament champion, the 34-year-old Pfeifer is a Diamond Resorts International® Ambassador and continues to follow his dream, currently working as a PGA Club Professional in Texas. PGA TOUR Champions players will compete for $750,000 over the 54-hole tournament, while the celebrities will play for a $500,000 purse. Threesomes will include one Champions Tour professional and two celebrities. Tournament week will begin Thursday, January 12 with the fourth-annual Brian Gay Pro-Am presented by Diamond Resorts International®. Gay, a four-time PGA TOUR winner and longtime Orlando resident, will serve as host of the 18-hole celebrity-amateur competition, which will feature foursomes comprised of three amateurs and one celebrity or PGA TOUR Champions player. An evening gala and headliner concert at Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club, a Diamond Resorts flagship resort in Orlando, will complement the day's events. The Champions Gala is a highlight of the event with its gourmet dinner and headliner concerts that have featured Huey Lewis and the News, Darius Rucker, Colt Ford and Jake Owen. The accompanying live and silent auctions have raised more than $1.7 million for Florida Hospital for Children the past three years. The tournament site, Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Orlando is unique to Central Florida for its varying elevation, abundant wildlife and protected wetlands. Originally built in 1992 and designed by Tom Fazio as Osprey Ridge, Fazio enhanced the Orlando golf course for its October 2014 launch as Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando. The course is a par 71 and plays to 6,901 yards. All three rounds will be televised live by the Golf Channel culminating with the final round on Sunday, Jan. 15. The Diamond Resorts Invitational is also conducting a Golf Sweepstakes awarding a winner a five day/four night vacation for four to Orlando including accommodations at Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club and the opportunity to play with PGA Champions Pro, John Cook. To enter visit DiamondResorts.com/golf-sweepstakes. For more information about the tournament, visit DiamondResortsInvitational.com *Tickets will be available to the first 1,000 entrants. Diamond Resorts International, with its network of more than 370 vacation destinations located in 35 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa, provides guests with choice and flexibility to let them create their dream vacation, whether traveling an hour away or around the world. Our relaxing vacations have the power to give guests an increased sense of happiness and satisfaction in their lives, while feeling healthier and more fulfilled in their relationships by enjoying memorable and meaningful experiences that let them "Stay Vacationed.™" Diamond Resorts International® manages vacation ownership resorts and sells vacation ownership points that provide members and owners with Vacations for Life® at over 370 managed and affiliated properties and cruise itineraries. Florida Hospital for Children is a seven-story, 201-bed state-of-the-art facility designed with the help of Walt Disney Imagineers, families and clinicians. Our team of over 135 highly skilled pediatric specialists delivers extraordinary care across more than 35 pediatric subspecialties, including a Children's Emergency Department, the Level IV Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center, a world-renowned Pediatric Heart Center and our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With more than 23 pediatric specialty surgeons performing complex operations in a safe and child friendly environment, Florida Hospital for Children is a destination for health and healing. Learn more at www.FloridaHospitalforChildren.com. PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golfers age 50 and older, with the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game - including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, which compete regularly in its events. PGA TOUR Champions is where Legends play, and is home to The Ultimate Clubhouse. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The primary purpose of PGA TOUR Champions is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour's leading player via a season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. The PGA TOUR's website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions and on Twitter @ChampionsTour. ORLANDO, FL / ACCESSWIRE / December 22, 2016 / Military and first responders will be presented with complimentary admission* to the Diamond Resorts Invitational benefiting Florida Hospital for Children, now a PGA TOUR Champions Challenge Season Event, and second annual golf tournament at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, FL, January 13-15, 2017. Diamond Resorts International®, owner and creator of the event, will provide two complimentary 3-day grounds passes to the January 10-15 tournament for all active and retired military. The same offer is extended to active and retired police, fire and emergency medical technician (EMT) personnel. This offer is only valid with online registration at DiamondResortsInvitational.com. All service men and women and first responders can enter the promo code "SALUTE2017" on the website to locate the designated registration page. The ticket voucher (printed out at home or reserved for pickup at the event) will need to be exchanged at the onsite will call/ticket station before entering the event. Participants must show photo ID and official military or first responder identification to receive their complimentary admission. The tournament will feature up to 30 PGA TOUR Champions players and up to 50 top-tier sports and entertainment celebrities in two distinct competitions, utilizing a Modified Stableford scoring format which awards points as opposed to strokes – similar to the PGA TOUR's Barracuda Championship. The Diamond Resorts Invitational is a competition for celebrity golfers in a professional tournament format over three days and 54 holes. Celebrity commitments thus far for the 2017 event include Marcus Allen, Roger Clemens, Josh Donaldson, Colt Ford, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Brian McCann, Kevin Millar, Mark Mulder, Blair O'Neal, Jake Owen, Alfonso Ribeiro, Jeremy Roenick, Mark Rypien, John Smoltz, Brian Urlacher, Justin Verlander, Larry the Cable Guy and defending champion Mardy Fish. Retired United States Army Corporal Chad Pfeifer, an Iraqi War Veteran and amputee whose golf-centered rehabilitation has turned him into a top-tier tournament player, will join the field of 48 sports and entertainment celebrities. While serving in Iraq in 2007, Pfeifer's life changed when a bomb exploded under the patrol vehicle he was driving and he lost his left leg above the knee. A three-time winner of the George W. Bush Presidential Center's Warrior Open and the 2011 National Amputee Tournament champion, the 34-year-old Pfeifer is a Diamond Resorts International® Ambassador and continues to follow his dream, currently working as a PGA Club Professional in Texas. PGA TOUR Champions players will compete for $750,000 over the 54-hole tournament, while the celebrities will play for a $500,000 purse. Threesomes will include one Champions Tour professional and two celebrities. Tournament week will begin Thursday, January 12 with the fourth-annual Brian Gay Pro-Am presented by Diamond Resorts International®. Gay, a four-time PGA TOUR winner and longtime Orlando resident, will serve as host of the 18-hole celebrity-amateur competition, which will feature foursomes comprised of three amateurs and one celebrity or PGA TOUR Champions player. An evening gala and headliner concert at Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club, a Diamond Resorts flagship resort in Orlando, will complement the day's events. The Champions Gala is a highlight of the event with its gourmet dinner and headliner concerts that have featured Huey Lewis and the News, Darius Rucker, Colt Ford and Jake Owen. The accompanying live and silent auctions have raised more than $1.7 million for Florida Hospital for Children the past three years. The tournament site, Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Orlando is unique to Central Florida for its varying elevation, abundant wildlife and protected wetlands. Originally built in 1992 and designed by Tom Fazio as Osprey Ridge, Fazio enhanced the Orlando golf course for its October 2014 launch as Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando. The course is a par 71 and plays to 6,901 yards. All three rounds will be televised live by the Golf Channel culminating with the final round on Sunday, Jan. 15. The Diamond Resorts Invitational is also conducting a Golf Sweepstakes awarding a winner a five day/four night vacation for four to Orlando including accommodations at Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club and the opportunity to play with PGA Champions Pro, John Cook. To enter visit DiamondResorts.com/golf-sweepstakes. For more information about the tournament, visit DiamondResortsInvitational.com *Tickets will be available to the first 1,000 entrants. Diamond Resorts International, with its network of more than 370 vacation destinations located in 35 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa, provides guests with choice and flexibility to let them create their dream vacation, whether traveling an hour away or around the world. Our relaxing vacations have the power to give guests an increased sense of happiness and satisfaction in their lives, while feeling healthier and more fulfilled in their relationships by enjoying memorable and meaningful experiences that let them "Stay Vacationed.™" Diamond Resorts International® manages vacation ownership resorts and sells vacation ownership points that provide members and owners with Vacations for Life® at over 370 managed and affiliated properties and cruise itineraries. Florida Hospital for Children is a seven-story, 201-bed state-of-the-art facility designed with the help of Walt Disney Imagineers, families and clinicians. Our team of over 135 highly skilled pediatric specialists delivers extraordinary care across more than 35 pediatric subspecialties, including a Children's Emergency Department, the Level IV Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center, a world-renowned Pediatric Heart Center and our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With more than 23 pediatric specialty surgeons performing complex operations in a safe and child friendly environment, Florida Hospital for Children is a destination for health and healing. Learn more at www.FloridaHospitalforChildren.com. PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golfers age 50 and older, with the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game - including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, which compete regularly in its events. PGA TOUR Champions is where Legends play, and is home to The Ultimate Clubhouse. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The primary purpose of PGA TOUR Champions is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour's leading player via a season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. The PGA TOUR's website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.


News Article | December 28, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

LONG BEACH, CA--(Marketwired - December 28, 2016) - On Wednesday, Dec. 21, hundreds of teddy bears and plush toys made their way into the arms of pediatric patients at Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach. The donation was part of the "Bear Hugs Toy Drive" launched by Liset Meruelo, wife of prominent Cuban-American businessman Alex Meruelo, of the Meruelo Group. During the holiday season, Meruelo Group employees, families and friends across Southern California collect bears and stuffed animals to comfort hospitalized children. To help deliver the toys and spread a holiday joy, Liset Meruelo brought along a few surprise guests including costumed characters from Party Princess Productions dressed as "Frozen's" Elsa and Anna, and "Star Wars'" Darth Vader, Jedi and a Stormtrooper. This is the 19th year teddy bears and stuffed animals were collected for the "Bear Hugs Toy Drive," but this year came with an extra special delivery. During the visit, Liset and Alex Meruelo made a donation of $20,000 to support the Music Therapy Program -- part of the Child Life Program -- at Miller Children's. Studies have shown that patients who receive music therapy in conjunction with traditional therapies may need less pain medication, go home earlier, and have decreased levels of anxiety compared to patients who do not receive music therapy. "From our tiniest patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to our teen patients, our Music Therapy Program is instrumental in helping our patients heal," says Laurel Terreri, MA, MT-BC, board-certified music therapist, Miller Children's. Through their generous donation, the Music Therapy Program will expand to the Infusion Center at Miller Children's. The majority of the patients who use the Infusion Center are children and adolescents with cancer and other serious blood disorders, who need to come back to the hospital on a regular basis for chemotherapy treatment or blood transfusions. "Treatments and procedures done in the Infusion Center can take anywhere from one to eight hours," says Terreri. "Music therapy can be used as a distraction for patients that may be experiencing anxiety or pain during prolonged treatments." Liset and Alex Meruelo are longtime supporters of Miller Children's. This is their second donation to the Music Therapy Program. Liset Meruelo also volunteered as a NICU cuddler, where she supports the development and growth of premature babies by interacting with them during times when their parents can't be with them. "Music heals the soul and when these kids are going through transfusions or chemotherapy, we want to be able to provide them with the support, hope and reassurance that they need to heal," says Liset Meruelo, philanthropist and friend of Miller Children's. Documents and/or Photos available for this release: Liset Meruelo presents a check for $20,000 to expand the Music Therapy Program at Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach. Costumed characters from "Frozen" and "Star Wars" surprise young Jedi in training, Adan, with a Chewbacca plush toy during the "Bear Hugs Toy Drive" donation at Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach. Costumed characters, Elsa and Anna from Frozen, spread holiday joy and deliver a plush toy to Miller Children's patient, Kayla. To view supporting documents and/or photos, go to www.enr-corp.com/pressroom and enter Release ID: 407351


News Article | February 16, 2017
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When we think about safety net hospitals, the narrative often turns into one of facilities struggling to make use of limited resources to serve some of the most complex and challenging patient populations. Rarely do we align safety net hospitals with leading edge cognitive technology. But that is exactly what is happening at Grady Health System in Atlanta. Grady Health System (Grady) comprises a network of providers, clinics, and inpatient services that combine to deliver care for metro Atlanta. The system has served the community since 1892 and acted as a healthcare safety net for a diverse and growing population. As of last year, Grady treated almost 41,000 adult and newborn patients admitted to the main hospital and conducted close to 500,000 outpatient visits. Caring for such a large population requires innovation and focus. In 2016, system leadership wanted to find a way to better target resources and identify patients at risk of returning to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. These readmissions pose a real threat to patient health and provider viability. Government mandates focused on reducing preventable readmissions impose hefty fines for performance that doesn’t meet established thresholds. “We landed on Jvion’s Cognitive Clinical Success Machine,” explained Ben McKeeby, Grady’s Chief Information Officer. Cognitive Clinical Success Machine Technology leverages the same power as well know and established search engines and cognitive technologies that understand, reason, and learn. What makes Jvion’s Cognitive Clinical Success Machine unique is its ability to drive patient-specific prioritizations, predictions, recommendations, and interventions that are precise, integrated directly into the clinical workflow, and delivered in a matter of weeks. “The Cognitive Clinical Success Machine that Grady is using leverages self-learning Eigen sphere technology to deliver an ultra-high definition view into the future state of the patient. This view accounts for the tens of thousands of exogenous factors that impact a patient’s risk along with the clinical context provided during the episode of care,” explained Todd Schlesinger, Vice President at Jvion. The machine is making a significant impact on a hard to reach and treat population. In addition to targeting readmissions broadly, the Grady team is using the cognitive science solution to specifically identify those patients with Congestive Heart Failure. Teams across the facility—from inpatient nursing staff to case managers and EMTs—use recommendations from Jvion’s Cognitive Clinical Success Machine to most effectively lower a patient’s risk. “With Jvion’s solution we have a remarkable cognitive appliance that works as seamlessly as any diagnostic test to deliver the most precise and actionable interventions for our patient population,” said McKeeby. “This kind of technology is the future. And with Jvion, cognitive power is finally within reach for healthcare providers.” About Grady Health System Grady Health System is one of the largest safety net health systems in the United States. Grady consists of the 953-bed Grady Memorial Hospital, six neighborhood health centers, Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, which is operated as a Children's affiliate. With its nationally acclaimed emergency medical services, Grady has the premier level I trauma center in the Metro Atlanta region and serves as the 911 ambulance provider for the city of Atlanta. Grady’s American Burn Association/American College of Surgeons verified Burn Center is one of only two in the state. And the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center is a Joint Commission designated Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center. Other key services include Grady’s Regional Perinatal Center with its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Georgia’s first Cancer Center for Excellence, The Avon Comprehensive Breast Center, the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, and the Ponce de Leon Center - one of the top three HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the country. About Jvion Jvion delivers a Cognitive Clinical Success Machine that serves as a high-performance appliance for providers and the healthcare community. It activates recommendations that help healthcare providers who need ultra-definition patient-level predictions, prioritizations, interventions, and suggestions produced with unmatched speed, clinical applicability, and verity. The machine delivers the action-level recommendations that will best reduce the likelihood of an adverse event. This capability is enabled by a cognitive engine driven by horsepower that is based on more than a quadrillion clinical and non-clinical considerations and thousands of data elements. The machine’s thousands of self-learning Eigen spheres are applied to this data for each patient in real time to help hundreds of hospitals across the nation reduce target illnesses and diseases. Jvion’s Cognitive Clinical Success Machine includes broad clinical application vectors that, when applied to specific patients, deliver individualized prioritizations, interventions, and suggestions within two weeks. One of the reasons Jvion’s solution is independently ranked number one in clinical predictive science is because the machine is more than accurate, it is effective. Our approach mitigates the “accuracy fallacy” perpetuated within the industry by delivering a true picture of individual patient risk along with the actions that will lead to better health outcomes. Because Jvion’s machine works as a cognitive appliance, it plugs in directly to the existing Electronic Medical Record/clinical systems to deliver recommendations seamlessly into the organic workflow. Clinician and caregiver adoption of Jvion’s recommendations is accelerated because of the “on-demand” nature of the information. The machine outperforms and outsmarts even the highest performing predictive solutions/approaches available. And this performance hasn’t gone unnoticed; Jvion’s solution has won numerous external awards including designation as the #1 Predictive Provider in Healthcare by Black Book Market Research. http://www.jvion.com ###


ORLANDO, FL / ACCESSWIRE / December 22, 2016 / Military and first responders will be presented with complimentary admission* to the Diamond Resorts Invitational benefiting Florida Hospital for Children, now a PGA TOUR Champions Challenge Season Event, and second annual golf tournament at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, FL, January 13-15, 2017. Diamond Resorts International®, owner and creator of the event, will provide two complimentary 3-day grounds passes to the January 10-15 tournament for all active and retired military. The same offer is extended to active and retired police, fire and emergency medical technician (EMT) personnel. This offer is only valid with online registration at DiamondResortsInvitational.com. All service men and women and first responders can enter the promo code "SALUTE2017" on the website to locate the designated registration page. The ticket voucher (printed out at home or reserved for pickup at the event) will need to be exchanged at the onsite will call/ticket station before entering the event. Participants must show photo ID and official military or first responder identification to receive their complimentary admission. The tournament will feature up to 30 PGA TOUR Champions players and up to 50 top-tier sports and entertainment celebrities in two distinct competitions, utilizing a Modified Stableford scoring format which awards points as opposed to strokes – similar to the PGA TOUR's Barracuda Championship. The Diamond Resorts Invitational is a competition for celebrity golfers in a professional tournament format over three days and 54 holes. Celebrity commitments thus far for the 2017 event include Marcus Allen, Roger Clemens, Josh Donaldson, Colt Ford, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Brian McCann, Kevin Millar, Mark Mulder, Blair O'Neal, Jake Owen, Alfonso Ribeiro, Jeremy Roenick, Mark Rypien, John Smoltz, Brian Urlacher, Justin Verlander, Larry the Cable Guy and defending champion Mardy Fish. Retired United States Army Corporal Chad Pfeifer, an Iraqi War Veteran and amputee whose golf-centered rehabilitation has turned him into a top-tier tournament player, will join the field of 48 sports and entertainment celebrities. While serving in Iraq in 2007, Pfeifer's life changed when a bomb exploded under the patrol vehicle he was driving and he lost his left leg above the knee. A three-time winner of the George W. Bush Presidential Center's Warrior Open and the 2011 National Amputee Tournament champion, the 34-year-old Pfeifer is a Diamond Resorts International® Ambassador and continues to follow his dream, currently working as a PGA Club Professional in Texas. PGA TOUR Champions players will compete for $750,000 over the 54-hole tournament, while the celebrities will play for a $500,000 purse. Threesomes will include one Champions Tour professional and two celebrities. Tournament week will begin Thursday, January 12 with the fourth-annual Brian Gay Pro-Am presented by Diamond Resorts International®. Gay, a four-time PGA TOUR winner and longtime Orlando resident, will serve as host of the 18-hole celebrity-amateur competition, which will feature foursomes comprised of three amateurs and one celebrity or PGA TOUR Champions player. An evening gala and headliner concert at Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club, a Diamond Resorts flagship resort in Orlando, will complement the day's events. The Champions Gala is a highlight of the event with its gourmet dinner and headliner concerts that have featured Huey Lewis and the News, Darius Rucker, Colt Ford and Jake Owen. The accompanying live and silent auctions have raised more than $1.7 million for Florida Hospital for Children the past three years. The tournament site, Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Orlando is unique to Central Florida for its varying elevation, abundant wildlife and protected wetlands. Originally built in 1992 and designed by Tom Fazio as Osprey Ridge, Fazio enhanced the Orlando golf course for its October 2014 launch as Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons Resort Orlando. The course is a par 71 and plays to 6,901 yards. All three rounds will be televised live by the Golf Channel culminating with the final round on Sunday, Jan. 15. The Diamond Resorts Invitational is also conducting a Golf Sweepstakes awarding a winner a five day/four night vacation for four to Orlando including accommodations at Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club and the opportunity to play with PGA Champions Pro, John Cook. To enter visit DiamondResorts.com/golf-sweepstakes. For more information about the tournament, visit DiamondResortsInvitational.com *Tickets will be available to the first 1,000 entrants. Diamond Resorts International, with its network of more than 370 vacation destinations located in 35 countries throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa, provides guests with choice and flexibility to let them create their dream vacation, whether traveling an hour away or around the world. Our relaxing vacations have the power to give guests an increased sense of happiness and satisfaction in their lives, while feeling healthier and more fulfilled in their relationships by enjoying memorable and meaningful experiences that let them "Stay Vacationed.™" Diamond Resorts International® manages vacation ownership resorts and sells vacation ownership points that provide members and owners with Vacations for Life® at over 370 managed and affiliated properties and cruise itineraries. Florida Hospital for Children is a seven-story, 201-bed state-of-the-art facility designed with the help of Walt Disney Imagineers, families and clinicians. Our team of over 135 highly skilled pediatric specialists delivers extraordinary care across more than 35 pediatric subspecialties, including a Children's Emergency Department, the Level IV Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Center, a world-renowned Pediatric Heart Center and our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With more than 23 pediatric specialty surgeons performing complex operations in a safe and child friendly environment, Florida Hospital for Children is a destination for health and healing. Learn more at www.FloridaHospitalforChildren.com. PGA TOUR Champions is a membership organization of golfers age 50 and older, with the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game - including 34 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, which compete regularly in its events. PGA TOUR Champions is where Legends play, and is home to The Ultimate Clubhouse. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The primary purpose of PGA TOUR Champions is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2016, the newly-introduced Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs will identify and recognize the Tour's leading player via a season-long race for the Charles Schwab Cup. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Greg McLaughlin is President of PGA TOUR Champions. The PGA TOUR's website is pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Follow PGA TOUR Champions at facebook.com/PGATOURChampions and on Twitter @ChampionsTour.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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The Hearing and Speech Agency (HASA) is pleased to welcome new executive director Erin Stauder. She succeeds Susan Glasgow, who served as director for 22 years. Ms. Stauder takes the lead of an organization with a strong history in the Baltimore community. Founded in 1926 as a meeting place for the hard of hearing, HASA has evolved to serve the interpreting, educational and therapeutic needs of children and adults through CIRS Interpreting, Gateway School and a clinical services program. Erin Stauder, MS, CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist who is currently pursuing a PhD in educational public policy, allowing her to use evidence from the fields of economics, sociology, education, and political science to serve HASA. Erin received both her master's and bachelor's degrees in speech-language pathology from Loyola College in Maryland. While serving as a clinical faculty member at her alma mater, Erin managed inter-professional teams, coordinated programs, and established relationships with community partners and charitable foundations. Erin worked in special education schools, early intervention settings, and in acute care pediatric settings (including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). She was a clinical faculty member at both Loyola University Maryland and Towson University. While working as a university clinical faculty member, she supervised a diverse caseload that included non-verbal toddlers with autism and middle school students with language and literacy challenges. She was recruited to write articles for the ASHA Leader and the ASHA Leader Blog. She has also published articles in scholarly journals. Erin taught 400-600 level coursework related to speech and language typical and atypical/delayed development. Erin was a previous member of Executive Committee for the the State Interagency Coordinating Counsel for Infants and Toddlers in Maryland and is a current member of the Advisory Board for North Bend Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City. Erin is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In January 2017, she became a Professional Member of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) of speech-language pathology which recognized her as a leader in inter-professional healthcare. The NAP works as an "interdisciplinary force to influence national health policy, legislation, and promote quality healthcare through cooperative advocacy, practice, education and research." Since 2006, Erin has been a member of the clinical faculty at Loyola University Maryland. There she managed the clinical internship program for speech-language graduate clinicians at multiple locations in Baltimore City. Prior positions include serving as an Advanced Therapist with the University of Maryland Medical Center and also managing and providing a variety of services to young children through Easter Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania. ABOUT THE HEARING AND SPEECH AGENCY The Hearing and Speech Agency (HASA) is a private, non-profit organization that provides hearing and speech services, offers an information resource center and advocates for people of all ages with communication challenges. Services include hearing tests, hearing aids, special education, speech-language evaluations and therapy, listening and spoken language services, pre- and post-cochlear implant services, occupational and physical therapy, sign language interpreting, sign-language classes, Deaf awareness seminars, social work, and parent support groups.


News Article | February 11, 2017
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Huggies now has diapers for prematurely born babies. Called Huggies Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diapers, the diapers are specially designed for babies weighing less than 2 pounds, particularly made to protect delicate skin while promoting healthy development and growth in preemies. Diapers for babies are numerous, but with fewer than 1.4 percent of babies born as preemies weighing below 2 pounds, there is a severe lack of options for the fragile population. Huggies responded to this need by working with Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurses and neonatal therapists, using input from experts to develop the Little Snugglers diapers. "We're passionate about helping all babies thrive, especially the smallest and most fragile," said Eleonora Daireaux, Huggies North America vice president, adding the new diaper reflects the brand's ongoing commitment of delivering innovative NICU solutions. From concept to launch, the Huggies Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diapers only took six months, as the brand's research, skin science, manufacturing, and product safety experts strove to address the need at the soonest time possible. Huggies' new diaper features a narrow absorbent pad and is fitted with gentle, specially sized fasteners to offer a flexible fit that will offer comfort when preemies are in a fetal tuck position where their legs and arms are placed close to their bodies. Gentle leg gathers and a soft, smooth liner were also added for leak protection that doesn't irritate fragile and underdeveloped skin. According to infant development specialist Anjanette Lee from Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, one of nine NICUs where Huggies' new diaper was tested, the Little Snugglers conformed to babies' bottoms without gaps and limiting movement in the babies' legs. She added that less material at the waist and thinner fasteners used were effective in providing a good fit while also protecting the babies' fragile skin. To ensure quality, Huggies has every diaper go through a rigorous inspection process that includes a 40-point hand inspection before being individually folded and then hand-packed for distribution. The Little Snugglers Nano Preemie Diaper is part of Huggies' No Baby Unhugged program established to make sure that all babies receive the hugs they require to thrive. According to research, hugs don't only ease stress but can also help improve sleep, keep heart beats at a normal rate, and promote healthy weight gain in babies. For every signup Huggies receives under the No Baby Unhugged program, the brand donates $5 to volunteer hugging efforts. By funding volunteer hugging programs in hospitals, Huggies is helping ensure that the 380,000 preemies born in the United States every year, alongside all other newborns, get enough human contact for their well-being. "When babies have a longer stay in the NICU and parents unfortunately can't be there all of the time, our NICU volunteers are able to step in and help provide this crucial interaction," said Rebecca Meyers, Lurie Children's Hospital child life manager. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago was the first hospital to receive a grant from Huggies under the No Baby Unhugged program. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


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The incidence of psychotic disorders during the postpartum period is higher than at any other time during a women's life and coincides with the time when breastfeeding is most recommended. As a result, safety data on use of antipsychotic drugs during lactation is essential. Our aim was to analyze the medical literature for information on antipsychotic drug use during breastfeeding and to determine the safety of their use for the exposed infant. Medline (U.S. National Library of Medicine), LactMed (U.S. National Library of Medicine) and Reprotox (Reproductive Toxicology Center) databases were searched to identify all relevant medical literature on antipsychotic medications and lactation. The database search, updated to March, 2012, used the generic name of each antipsychotic drug in combination with the terms breastfeeding or lactation or breast-milk. 4 prospective studies, 12 case series, 28 case reports and 1 pharmaceutical registry were included. Infant outcomes focusing on long-term outcome were summarized from all reports of breastfeeding mothers taking antipsychotic medications. Recommendations for drug use during breastfeeding were based on safety data and on pharmaco kinetic drug properties. Recommendatins were categorized as acceptable, possible under medical supervision, or, not recommended. Among 21 antipsychotic drugs used in clinical practice, for 7 there are no data at all regarding breastfeeding and for 6 others the data are based only on few infant exposures. Only few prospective studies assessing'use of haloperidol, chlorpromazine and olanzapine during breastfeeding were identified. Olanzapine and quetiapine were categorized as acceptable for breastfeeding. Chlorpromazine, haloperidol, risperidone and zuclopenthixol were categorized as possible for breastfeeding under medical supervision. Breastfeeding cannot be currently recommended for the following medications: aripiprazole, asenapine, chlorprothixene, clozapine, droperidol, fluphenazine, flupenthixol, iloperidone, lurasidone, paliperidone, perphenazine, pimozide, trifluoperazine, thiothixene and ziprasidone. With a limited number of infants exposed to antipsychotic drugs during breastfeeding, for most drugs a firm and evidence-based conclusion cannot be reached. Counseling of breastfeeding mothers should be carefully assessed. Pharmacokinetic drug characteristics, disease severity, behavioral or psychosocial alternatives, preventative interventions and possible impact of discontinuing breastfeeding on the maternal-infant relationship should all be considered.


News Article | March 2, 2017
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ATLANTA, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Grady Health System is making it easy for premature infants and their parents to stay connected as they are cared for in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The hospital just launched NicView, a video streaming system which allows families...

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