Porter Medical Center, Inc,The nurses of the Porter Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (PFNHP) voted to ratify their first contract with an overwhelming majority on Monday. The group had reached a tentative agreement with the Porter Medical Center (PMC) in Middlebury last week. This contract is their first, after the nurses voted to form their union a year ago. The contract took effect upon ratification (December 23, 2014) and will continue through September 30, 2017.Reflecting on the vote to ratify the contract, AFT Vermont President Ben Johnson said, “We welcome Porter nurses into AFT Vermont and we congratulate them on their historic win.”Janet Mosurick, RN, celebrated the vote, saying, “Two years of planning dreaming and hard work ended up to be a great accomplishment that led to the reality a first nursing contract for the hospital where I am proud to work.””The delivery of healthcare is better for a community when workers and management can bargain over issues affecting patients, and that’s what happened here. The issues addressed in this first contract were the catalyst for the RNs to form a union so they would have an avenue to discuss ways to improve patient and working conditions.Ensuring patient safety is a top priority for all nurses, including those at Porter Medical Center. Forced overtime and chaotic schedules put patients and nurses at risk. The agreement ratified on Monday will minimize that risk, ensuring that nurses work under safe and sane working conditions and patients get the high-quality care they deserve,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten, upon hearing of the contract approval.The nurses of PFNHP prioritized safe patient care in their bargaining platform. They will now have six staffing committees to address staffing recommendations and safe staffing issues. There are serious limits in the use of mandatory overtime. The nurses won guarantees that they will be consulted and fully trained on all new equipment before it is put into use.The nurses also bargained a wage scale that will, over time, correct the vast inequities in wages at Porter Medical Center. Another key win is guaranteed paid certifications for continuing education. PFNHP is confident these wins will improve patient care at PMC as well as improve recruitment and retention.The Porter Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals is a professional union representing the Registered Nurses at Porter Medical Center. PFNHP is committed to advancing quality patient care & our nursing practice.Source: American Federation of Teachers 12.23.2014
March 15, 2013 Regular News The good news is that going on 12 years now, The Florida Bar has had no increase in its annual membership fees. The better news is it looks like it will be several more years before any raise is needed. Budget Committee Chair Lanse Scriven reported to the Board of Governors on February 1 that the committee was working on the Bar’s 2013-14 budget, which will be presented to the board at its April 19 meeting.He gave no details, but said, from figures presented to the committee, it appears that no membership fee increase will be needed before 2019 or 2020.Scriven also reported that the current 2012-13 budget had been projected to run a slight deficit, but now looks as though it will run slightly in the black, an overall improvement of more than $300,000.He also presented and the board approved four amendments for the 2012-13 budget: $29,150 in starting expenses for the Leadership Academy, $10,982 for the Attorney Consumer Assistance Program, $1,859 for Fee Arbitration Program mailing expenses, and $2,500 for meetings expenses. Projections have Bar fees remaining stable for years Projections have Bar fees remaining stable for years
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning clinicians and public health officials of emerging strains of Shigella bacteria with reduced susceptibility to ciprofloxacin, one of the main antibiotics used to treat shigellosis.In a health advisory issued yesterday, the CDC said it has identified an increase in Shigella isolates in the United States with minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values of 0.12 to 1.0 microgram per milliliter (mcg/mL) for ciprofloxacin, a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, and that preliminary data suggest that all Shigella isolates with ciprofloxacin MICs in this range harbor at least one quinolone resistance gene. Shigella isolates without a quinolone resistance gene typically have a ciprofloxacin MIC of 0.015 (mcg/mL) or less, the CDC says.MIC values are used to determine the resistance of an organism to an antimicrobial agent. Antibiotics with lower MIC scores are considered more effective, because the lower MIC value means less of the drug is required to inhibit growth of the organism. Clinicians in turn use MIC values as a guide for choosing which antibiotic to use to treat an infection. But the advisory notes that under the current interpretive criteria of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI), Shigella isolates with a ciprofloxacin MIC of 1.0 (mcg/mL) or less are considered susceptible to ciprofloxacin.While the agency does not yet know whether using fluoroquinolones to treat a Shigella infection with a ciprofloxacin MIC of 0.12 to 1.0 mcg/mL is associated with worse outcomes or increases the risk of transmission, it’s recommending that clinicians consider other antibiotics out of concern that fluoroquinolone treatment may be less effective and may increase the risk of secondary cases.”Clinicians treating patients with multidrug-resistant shigellosis for whom antibiotic treatment is indicated should avoid prescribing fluoroquinolones if the ciprofloxacin MIC is 0.12 mcg/mL or higher even if the laboratory report identifies the isolate as susceptible, and should work closely with their clinical microbiology laboratory and infectious disease specialists to determine appropriate antimicrobial therapy,” the CDC advised.Growing resistanceShigella bacteria, mainly S sonnei and S flexneri, cause about 500,000 cases of diarrhea in the United States each year and are highly contagious. Exposure to even the smallest amount of contaminated fecal matter can cause illness. Shigella infection most commonly occurs from eating food contaminated by people who have shigellosis, but it is also associated with travel to disease-endemic areas, crowding, poverty, and attendance at daycare centers.While diarrhea caused by Shigella usually resolves without the need for antibiotics, antibiotic treatment can shorten the duration of symptoms in more severe cases. Yet antibiotic resistance in Shigella is a growing problem, with resistance to traditional first-line antibiotics like ampicillin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole now common and resistance to azithromycin and ciprofloxacin—the two drugs most commonly used to treat shigellosis—on the rise.The CDC, which declared antibiotic-resistant Shigella an urgent threat in the United States in 2013, estimates that 27,000 US Shigella infections annually are resistant to one or both of these antibiotics.In its health advisory, the CDC said rising resistance to fluoroquinolones in Shigella isolates could be related to the emergence of plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance (PMQR) genes in Shigella species in the United States. PMQR genes are a concern because of their ability to spread fluoroquinolone resistance to Shigella bacteria that have never been exposed to the drugs; they can also spread resistance to other types of bacteria. While high prevalence of PMQR genes in Shigella bacteria has been reported in countries such as China and India, prevalence in US Shigella is currently unknown, the CDC said.Guidance for clinicians, health officialsThe agency recommends that clinicians order stool culture for patients suspected of having a Shigella infection, and order antimicrobial susceptibility testing for isolates. In patients for whom antibiotic treatment is indicated, clinicians are advised to use the susceptibility testing results to guide antibiotic choice, with special attention given to MIC values for fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Because shigellosis is a nationally notifiable condition, all cases have to be reported to local health department. The CDC says clinicians should include the identification of isolates with a MIC value of 0.12 mcg/mL or higher in their reports. In addition, public health officials are urged to submit those isolates to the state public health laboratory for whole-genome sequencing, which can identify quinolone resistance genes.The CDC says it will continue to monitor trends in antimicrobial susceptibility of Shigella isolates. The agency added that it is working with clinical and public health partners to determine if ciprofloxacin is associated with worse outcomes in patients infected with Shigella strains carrying quinolone resistance genes.See also:Apr 18 CDC health advisory
Medical staff perform a CT scan of a Covid-19 patient at Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan, China. STR/AFP/Getty ImagesHSNW News:A series of studies, starting as a steady drip and quickening to a deluge, has reported the same core finding amid the global spread of COVID-19: Artificial intelligence could analyze chest images to accurately detect the disease in legions of untested patients.Casey Ross writes in STAT that the results promised a ready solution to the shortage of diagnostic testing in the U.S. and some other countries and triggered splashy press releases and a cascade of hopeful headlines. But in recent days, the initial burst of optimism has given way to an intensifying debate over the plausibility of building AI systems during an unprecedented public health emergency.Source: homelandsecuritynewswire.com
Tom Wolf, CREF board of trustees chair and PPG Automotive Refinish director of business development noted, “PPG is proud to continue supporting CREF’s efforts to help collision programs, students, and instructors and this is a creative way to get not only the industry, but general public supporting their local schools. While we are limited on the number of golfers that attend our annual CREF summer golf fundraiser, this virtual event allows for thousands to participate, knowing that their registration fee will be reinvested back into their local schools.” CAWA Chair of the Board, Ward Myers of Worldpac, has appointed Herb Lieberman of LKQ Corp. to the CAWA’s Board of Directors.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“LKQ Corp. has been a longtime member and supporter of CAWA and we are pleased that Mr. Lieberman as their representative will be involved in the association’s leadership,” said Myers.Currently, Lieberman is LKQ Corp.’s representative to the inter- and intra-trade association and has held various positions. He has been involved in many of the corporation’s internal functions including operating group participant, administrator of the JM Holsten Scholarship Program, liaison to the government affairs department and as an editorial contributor to the international publication, Auto Recyclers Toolbox. Prior to his time at LKQ Corp., he was a partner in Lakenor Auto Salvage in Santa Fe Springs and since then has served on many association related committees and boards.,To raise additional support for high school and college collision school programs, the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) will be collaborating with 90 I-CAR volunteer committee groups nationwide on a winter virtual golf fundraiser, exclusively sponsored by PPG Automotive. This event will be a private tournament within TopGolf’s online game, which will be held from Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 20. Golfers will be able to play an unlimited number of rounds of virtual golf during those 30 days, while viewing an in-game leaderboard to see how they are doing compared to others golfing from around the country. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement CREF Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode noted, “We are excited about how this one event will bring together 90 I-CAR volunteer committees nationwide and through their local promotion of the event, the more support can be raised for collision schools. As collision instructors and students need the industry’s support now more than ever, we didn’t want the fact that in-person fundraisers not being possible to stop us from coming together for the future professionals of the industry.” Advertisement The 90 I-CAR volunteer committees will be promoting this fundraiser not only to their local industry members, but also the general public as the more local virtual golfers that participate, the more funding will be raised for their local collision school programs. Also, with the event being virtual, zero golfing skill is required, and golfers can play from the comfort of their home.Advertisement I-CAR CEO & President John Van Alstyne said, “What a fantastic way to support an important cause. A couple I-CAR committees worked with CREF to innovate their normal golf outing fundraisers in the face of COVID earlier this year with great success, and the same can be expected here. I-CAR committees across the U.S. are increasingly focused on supporting career technical schools as our industry seeks more qualified and capable talent. This event will be a fun and easy way to support that goal.” Ford Performance Racing School has donated two passes, a $4,000 value, that will be awarded to the virtual gofer with the best score at the end of the tournament. Registration is now open online. Industry members not located near one of the participating I-CAR Volunteer Committees can select “CREF General Fund” when registering and their registration fee will help CREF collision school programs, instructors and students nationwide. Registrants can download the free TopGolf online game to their phone, tablet, or desktop and start practicing their virtual golf swing prior to the Nov. 20 tee-off, when registered players will be given instructions on how to access the private in-game tournament. Questions regarding the fundraiser can be directed to CREF director of development Brandon Eckenrode. To help raise additional funds for local collision school programs, when paying their $25 registration fee online, golfers will be able to select one of the 90 participating I-CAR volunteer committees and $20 of their registration fee will be reinvested into collision schools in that specific market.
Rugby League Representing Papua New Guinea in the Melanesian Cup early next year is going to be an honour for the 2018 Digicel Cup premiers, says Goroka Lahanis captain Gonzella Urakusie. The 29-year old, who is also working as a game development representative for PNG National Rugby League in Goroka said in an interview that he was looking forward to the upcoming challenge. The Lahanis will be playing against the Vodafone Cup champions Rovarova Rabbitohs next February. The Bintagor sponsored side qualified for this after they beat Enga Mioks 10-6 in the Digicel Cup grand final in Port Moresby in September. “I feel so good about representing the country and Eastern Highlands with the Goroka Lahanis to go to the Melanesian Cup next year,” Urakusie said. “In our preparations to the Melanesian Cup, we have expert trainers helping us out and the boys are doing very well at the moment especially in terms of maintaining fitness. “All Lahanis players are communicating well and are committed to training because I think they’re all looking forward to go to Fiji. The former PNG Hunter also mentioned that the trip to Fiji will be a first of its kind experience for most of the Lahanis boys who have never travelled out of the country. “Most of our boys do not have more than five years experience of semi-professional rugby league in the Digicel Cup but I hope that winning the Digicel Cup has opened up their eyes and raised their spirits. “I am confident as the captain that we can do well, we played very well this year in the Digicel Cup having an unbeaten run with 11 straight wins to the grand-final to win it and, hopefully that will be the boost for us going to the Melanesian Cup. Apart from looking forward to the Melanesian Cup, Urakusie plans to continue to play in the Digicel Cup with the Lahanis for at least two more years before he retires.
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