Patrick Flood leaves state government, takes position as rural nonprofit health care center CEO

first_imgNorthern Counties Health Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center based in St Johnsbury with six locations serving Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom region, recently announced the hiring of Patrick Flood as its new Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director.Flood had formerly served as Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and, prior to that, Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Human Services (AHS).After twenty-nine years of working as a devoted public servant in various levels of state government, Flood reported that he will be retiring from employment with the State of Vermont at the end of July 2013.NCHC Board President Kathy Hemmens said in a statement, ‘We had a very extensive search and we had many well qualified candidates. We wanted someone who had very good knowledge of Vermont and of the Northeast Kingdom, which is the area we serve. Patrick Flood has high level experience and is particularly knowledgeable about health care and services to the elderly, which NCHC provides. He is also very knowledgeable about current health care developments in Vermont. We believe he is the best person to lead the agency in this very challenging and exciting health care environment. He is s person who has dedicated himself in his career to enhancing service and health care for all Vermonters.’According to the history page found on its Website, NCHC “was established in 1976 by community residents concerned about their poor access to health care. NCHC provides health care services in the medically-underserved, three-county region of northeastern Vermont known as the Northeast Kingdom. It does so through a rural network of six community health centers, two dental practices, a comprehensive AIDS/HIV+ care clinic, and a Medicare-certified home care and hospice division, and is in partnership with three different hospitals. Currently, Northern Counties provides care to over 18,000 individuals, over one-third of the 47,000 residents of the region. Over 75,000 visits are made each year.”The announcement issued by NCHC late last week stated that Flood will officially begin his duties on Monday, August 5th.Reached for comment by e-mail and asked about his new career leading a small health care center serving one of the most rural regions within the state, Flood said, ‘NCHC is very well positioned to do great things for its constituents, in the coming arena of health care reform. With five (5) primary care practices, home health and hospice, dental services, pharmacy and other services it is an integrated, person-centered organization that can provide the kind of preventive and comprehensive services people want. It is organizations like NCHC that will make health care reform a reality.’On what NCHC might have in the way of plans in these regards, he said, ‘hopefully we can expand services to more people. We can also improve integration of all health care services including hospital, home care, elder care and mental health services to get better outcomes for the people we serve.’Since leaving his position as DMH Commissioner late last year, Flood had taken a position as an Operations Director in the Economic Services Division, overseeing four ESD offices (Barre, Morrisville, Hartford and Springfield). ESD is one of the divisions within the Department of Children and Families (DCF) of AHS.A 2010 bio mentioned the following about him and his career (via 2010 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference Web page):Patrick Flood â ¦ began his career in state government in 1984 as State Long-Term Care Ombudsman and in 1988 became the first Director of the Office of Public Guardian. In 1989 he was appointed Director of the Division of Licensing and Protection, which certifies Medicare and Medicaid providers, licenses nursing homes and board and care homes, and houses the unit that investigates abuse and neglect of elderly and disabled adults. In 1994 he assumed the position of Director of Advocacy and Independent Living, which manages all the home care and independent living services for Vermont. In 1999 he became Commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living.Prior to coming to state government he worked for a year as a caseworker with an Area Agency on Aging. He began his career in human services as a nurse’s aide and worked for seven years as a Licensed Practical Nurse in a variety of health care settings in different states including hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, private duty home care and several nursing homes.Reflecting upon his career working within the field of humans services, including during his years in state government, Flood said, ‘I have been privileged to work on some very important changes. One is the reform of the long term care system so that people can live as independently as possible. The second is the reform of the mental health system so that it is more community based and consumer directed. In both cases, Vermont leads the nation. In both cases, creating the change required all parties to work together: providers, peers, advocates and the state system to create truly systemic change.’When asked about what his fondest memories were from those previous years, Flood stated he has ‘met and worked with a lot of very talented and committed people. Some worked for the state; some worked for providers, some were people who needed services. I have many great memories of working with them to make a difference for Vermonters.’In response to a question concerning what his other interests and pursuits were, he said, ‘I enjoy living in a rural place where I can have a garden and cut my own firewood. I also am involved in efforts to combat climate change, working with 350VT and other organizations.’Source: Vermont Watch: http://vermontwatch.blogspot.com(link is external) 7.1.2013last_img read more

National Life celebrates ‘Do Good’ culture in annual report

first_imgVermont Business Magazine National Life celebrated its “Do Good” culture in its annual report(link is external), marking records set both in the business and in the company’s commitment to the communities it serves. An interactive version of the 2016 annual report was posted online in advance of National Life’s annual meeting in mid-May. “We had another outstanding year and this report reflects that success,” said Mehran Assadi, National Life President and CEO. “We believe strongly in our cause to Do Good. We’re proud to say that’s good for business and good for our neighbors.”Among the accomplishments noted in the report:$2 billion paid to policy owners in benefits.More than 5,400 hours of employee volunteer hours on company time.Financial rating was upgraded to A+ by Standard and Poor’s. 1Reached $100 billion in the face value of our life insurance.Achieved record life insurance sales of $194 million and annuity sales of $132 million.All of the details of the year can be found in the animated, electronic version(link is external) of the report.At National Life, our story is simple: For more than 168 years we’ve worked hard to deliver on our promises to millions of people with our vision of providing peace of mind in times of need. It’s our cause, stemming from a deep passion to live our values to do good, be good and make good, every day.Source: Montpelier, Vermont – 5.26.2017. NationalLife.com(link is external).1 Financial strength rating from S&P of A+ (Strong) for National Life Insurance Company and Life Insurance Company of the Southwest is the 5th highest of 21 ratings, and is subject to change.last_img read more

2XU gets busy with Fit Health Insurance

first_imgLeading sports apparel and compression specialist, 2XU Australia has confirmed an alliance with health insurance company Fit Health Insurance. This sees benefits for 2XU consumers in Australia via the FIT Health Insurance scheme, which offers ‘Australia’s first behaviour based rewards program.’FIT is a new type of health insurance that rewards consumers for keeping active and looking after themselves. Developed with leading medical and sporting organisations including the AFL, Netball Australia, Kinect Australia and the AFL Medical Officers Association, FIT is the first health fund in Australia designed for an active lifestyle.2XU in Australia has now become an official FIT partner, which means that 2XU consumers can earn points for participating in 2XU Run Groups, 2XU Free Performance Sessions and 2XU sponsored events. Consumers can then use FIT Rewards points to redeem on 2XU Compression and other garments.As Australia’s first behaviour based rewards program, FIT Rewards give the user points for doing what comes naturally – being fit and active. These points can then be redeemed for retail offers, sports tickets and ‘amazing money can’t buy’ experiences in conjunction with Australia’s leading sporting and fitness organisations.www.fithealthinsurance.com.au www.2xu.com Relatedlast_img read more

Curiosity Makes for Better Students

first_imgU.S. News & World Report:Curiosity may be dangerous for cats but it’s great if you’re a student, a new study suggests.Researchers analyzed data from some 50,000 students who took part in about 200 studies and found that curiosity was as strong as conscientiousness in influencing academic performance. Together, curiosity and conscientiousness are as important as intelligence in getting good grades, the researchers concluded.The study appears in the journal Perspectives in Psychological Science.Read the full story: U.S. News & World Report More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Viewing violent news on social media can cause trauma

first_imgViewing violent news events via social media can cause people to experience symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).This is one of the findings by Dr Pam Ramsden from the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Bradford that will be presented today, Thursday 7 May 2015, at the Annual Conference of the British Psychology Society being held in Liverpool.Dr Ramsden explained: “The negative effects of exposure to other people’s suffering have long been recognised in roles such as professional healthcare workers. Various studies have documented the negative psychological reactions following indirect exposure to traumatised people called vicarious traumatisation.” Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Pinterest Emailcenter_img “Social media has enabled violent stories and graphic images to be watched by the public in unedited horrific detail. Watching these events and feeling the anguish of those directly experiencing them may impact on our daily lives. In this study we wanted to see if people would experience longer lasting effects such as stress and anxiety, and in some cases post-traumatic stress disorders from viewing these images.”Some 189 participants (participant’s mean age was 37 years old with an almost even gender split) completed clinical assessments for PTSD, a personality questionnaire, a vicarious trauma assessment and a questionnaire concerning different violent news events on social media or the internet. These included the 9/11 Twin Tower attacks, school shootings and suicide bombings.Analysis indicated that 22 per cent of participants were significantly affected by the media events. These individuals scored high on clinical measures of PTSD even though none had previous trauma, were not present at the traumatic events and had only watched them via social media. Those who reported viewing the events more often were most affected.Dr Ramsden said: “It is quite worrying that nearly a quarter of those who viewed the images scored high on clinical measures of PTSD. There was also an increased risk for those with outgoing, extroverted personalities. With increased access to social media and the internet via tablets and smartphones, we need to ensure that people are aware of the risks of viewing these images and that appropriate support is available for those who need it.” Share LinkedInlast_img read more

Study: Teen cannabis use alters development of brain areas linked to planning and self-control

first_imgShare on Facebook Adolescent marijuana use may alter how neurons function in brain areas engaged in decision-making, planning and self-control, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.The findings, which were presented at Neuroscience 2018, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, are the result of an animal model study focused on the structural development of the prefrontal cortex, or PFC, which controls high-level cognitive functions.Within the PFC, a support structure called the perineuronal net forms a lattice of proteins around inhibitory cells, helping to secure their connections with excitatory neurons and regulate PFC activity. Perineuronal net formation is sensitive to drug use, but the effects of marijuana are not known. Share on Twitter Email LinkedIncenter_img Pinterest To investigate how adolescent marijuana use affects perineuronal nets in the PFC, the UIC researchers gave adolescent rats a synthetic cannabinoid which was similar to THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, for one day, 10 days, or 10 days followed by a period of abstinence. They then compared perineuronal net structure in these rats to those in drug-free animals.Animals exposed to the cannabinoid showed a reduction in net development around inhibitory cells during adolescence, and this reduction was more common in male animals.“Our evidence suggests that exposure to cannabinoids during adolescence alters brain maturation in the prefrontal cortex,” said Eliza Jacobs-Brichford, study lead author and UIC Ph.D. candidate in psychology. “These results may offer a mechanistic explanation for functional and behavioral changes caused by adolescent cannabinoid exposure.”Recreational use of marijuana is among the risky choices often made by adolescents, and likely to become more prevalent with greater availability due to its shifting legal status in some states and Canada.These impulsive choices are taking place during a key period of brain development and could have costs later in life, according to the researchers.“Adolescence is a crucial time for fine-tuning the balance of excitatory and inhibitory neurons in the brain, which combine to control precise patterns of brain activity,” said Jamie Roitman, UIC associate professor of psychology and study co-author. “Substance use as a teenager thus has the potential to disrupt the normal developmental trajectory of the PFC, with potentially long-term consequences for decision-making.”Hu Chen, UIC research assistant professor of psychiatry, and Amy Lasek, UIC associate professor of psychiatry, are co-authors on the paper. Sharelast_img read more

News Scan for Sep 27, 2019

first_imgSeveral more polio cases recorded in 3 countriesThe Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in its latest weekly update today noted new cases of polio in Pakistan, Angola, and Myanmar—all countries battling ongoing outbreaks of wild or vaccine-derived poliovirus.In Pakistan, four wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in three provinces, with symptom-onset dates ranging from Aug 2 through Aug 28. The new cases raise Pakistan’s year-to-date total to 66, dwarfing last year’s total of 12 WPV1 cases.Angola reported four cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2). “The onsets of paralysis were between 31 July and 15 August 2019. There is a total of 19 cVDPV2 cases from six outbreaks reported in 2019,” GPEI said.Finally, Myanmar recorded two cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) from Papun district in Kayin province. The onsets of paralysis were Aug 8 and 29, and they raise Myanmar’s 2019 cVDPV total to six.In other polio news, Taliban leaders in Afghanistan announced they will now allow World Health Organization (WHO) workers to resume vaccinating children in that country, Asia News reported today. Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan are the two countries remaining in the world with endemic polio transmission.In April, the Taliban banned WHO health workers, at the time saying the vaccination efforts were a way for Western powers to sterilize Afghani children. Sep 27 GPEI update Sep 27 Asia News report  Third MERS case this month confirmed by Saudi health ministrySaudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) today reported another MERS-CoV case, the second this week, this time in a man from Afif. It is the third case reported in September.The new MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) case involves a 41-year-old man with unknown camel exposure. Health officials said his exposure to the virus is primary, meaning it’s unlikely he contracted the virus from another MERS patient.As of Sep 19, the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean regional office said that, since 2012 there have been 2,468 MERS cases, at least 850 of them fatal. The vast majority of cases have been in Saudi Araba. Sep 27 Saudi MOH statement BioFactura announces contract to develop smallpox countermeasureBioFactura, a biotechnology company based in Frederick, Maryland, announced yesterday that it has received a contract worth up to $67.4 million from the federal government’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to develop a medical countermeasure for smallpox.In a news release yesterday, the company said the goal is to boost the country’s preparedness by having a second antiviral against smallpox with a different mechanism of action to guard against possible host resistance.The base phase of the contract is about $9.5 million, with three option phases over 5 years. The base period will cover development of a manufacturing process for drug components, final product formulation, analytical method development, stability studies, and regulatory activities to engage with the Food and Drug Administration.The candidate drug from BioFactura is a monoclonal antibody, said Darryl Sampey, the company’s president and chief executive officer, in the release, “This advanced research and development contract award marks the culmination of decades of discovery and development work performed by our team, our partners at the National Institutes of Health, and our principal government collaborator, Dr. Jay Hooper at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.” BARDA is part of the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the US Department of Health and Human Services.Sep 26 BioFactura press releaselast_img read more

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Nicholls Transport opens LNG station with Gasrec

first_imgOpened together with Gasrec, the station will be used to support an initial order for 10 Stralis NP 460 6×2 tractor units from local dealer Haynes Trucks.Nicholls follows a steady line of major own-account and 3PL fleets in embracing a cleaner and lower cost fuel.The LNG station is the first of its kind in Kent and perfectly situated for freight traffic bound for the continent, being less than five miles from Junction 5 of the M2 – with Nicholls making the site available to third parties by arrangement.Paul Nicholls, Managing Director of Nicholls Transport, says, “Moving to alternative fuels has been high on our agenda – but gas is currently the only technology that’s ready for 44-tonne operation.”“Gasrec has been hugely proactive and gave us the confidence to switch fuels, following experiences with demonstrators organised through IVECO and Haynes.”Commenting on the benefits of LNG, he adds, “Moving to natural gas shows how much we care about our planet.”“It’s our collective responsibility as an industry to do something to tackle climate change and make road transport more sustainable, and by opening this LNG station and investing in the Stralis NP fleet, we’re showing our customers and competitors that’s possible to do today.”“We very much hope other local businesses in North Kent share our vision for a sustainable future and buy in to LNG in the same way.”“As an industry, we really need to make this happen.”last_img read more

Singapore: Dredging at Senoko Jetty Scheduled for Next Month

first_imgMaritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has informed the shipping, harbour craft and pleasure craft communities in Singapore’s waters that the Senoko Jetty dredging program will be underway from April 1 until May 15 2014.Dredging works will be undertaken by a grab dredger which will be held by 3 spuds as anchors. This dredging vessel, with hopper barges in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50 m.The dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by the hopper barges assisted by pusher tugs.[mappress]Source: mpa.gov, March 19, 2014last_img read more