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How do patient blood management and new physician orientation intersect? Pathologist Justin Kreuter, MD, medical director, Blood Donor Center, Mayo Clinic will lead the discussion on AABB's July 24 Twitter chat.  Learn more AABB is hosting a series of Twitter chats for professionals in the fields of transfusion medicine, cellular therapies and patient blood management. Sponsored by the AABB Professional Engagement Program, each Twitter chat features an AABB member leading a lively discussion on current topics. These Twitter chats provide a unique opportunity to connect with an expert in the field. Follow  @AABB   and use the hashtag #AABBPEPtalk to ...
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The member experience is more than just speakers and merchandise.  You also need sustainable, behind the scenes management processess and tools to hep you pull off a seamless event every time. 5 Expert Tips to Revamp Your Event Management Strategy
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The most poignant and significant of Mission Measurement’s findings was that, through the success of the Surge Fellowship,  the Surge Institute achieves its mission. We produce diverse, effective, and authentic representation in executive leadership positions and dense, supportive, influential networks of diverse leaders
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ABOUT ACA

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Across this country, small and rural markets participate in the digital revolution by receiving video, broadband, and phone services from nearly 800 small and medium-sized independent operators represented by the American Cable Association. ACA's members -- cable, phone, and fiber-to-the-home operators and municipalities -- deliver affordable basic and advanced services to nearly 7 million households and businesses. ACA members operate in every state, offering high-definition television, next generation Internet access, and digital phone service. Access to advanced communications is not a luxury but a critical necessity for consumers and companies, schools ...
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While Realtors® from across the country convened in Washington, D.C., last week to attend the Realtor® Party Convention & Trade Expo, members from the San Francisco Association of Realtors® met with U.S. Senators and congressional staff on Capitol Hill to advocate policies that protect and advance investment in residential and commercial property and that are critical to buyers, sellers and investors in the San Francisco Bay Area community. "Attending the Realtor® Party Convention & Trade Expo is an excellent opportunity for Realtors® to influence the public policy decisions that will directly affect consumers' ability to buy, sell and own real estate," ...
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The Welcome Home Project

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Moving into a new home is challenging for everyone, especially for previously homeless adults, families and children. The Welcome Home Project is a collaboration of nonprofit, real estate, and government organizations seeking to provide previously homeless families with basic necessities for their new households.  If you are a member of SFAR and would like information on how you can help, click "I'm a member of SFAR". If you are a member of an organization that provides services where the foundation can help, click " I'm a service provider "
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It all started in the mid-‘90s when, as a signatory to the Montreal Protocol, Canada had to develop a plan to manage ozone-depleting substances still being used.  Instead of waiting for the government to regulate a solution for our industry, HRAI decided to lead the charge.  It immediately took steps to develop an HVACR industry-made solution. That solution was Refrigerant Management Canada.  The program was specifically developed to safely collect and dispose of ozone-depleting refrigerants used in stationary refrigeration and air conditioning in Canada.  It launched in 2000, and has been safely destroying surplus refrigerants ever since.  RMC the first ...
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WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) joined thirty-two other major pro-life, religious, and health care organizations on September 6 urging the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 644/S. 301). Signatories include numerous medical groups representing tens of thousands of health care professionals who object to abortion and are seeking legal protection to serve their patients in good conscience. “Federal laws protecting conscientious objection to abortion have been approved for decades by Congresses and Presidents of both parties. Even many ‘pro-choice’ Americans realize that the ...
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This issue of   Ripple Effect   features a look back at our PMI Board of Directors presidents (and one chairman) from the date of PMI’s re-birth in 1998. Each one left his/her own unique imprint on the organization. Some led from the front with innovative ideas and fanfare. Others moved quietly behind the scenes and affected changes in a more subtle but equally effective way. Much has been written about individuals like   Abraham Lincoln , who history seems to have put in place to achieve a particular goal. The same can be said about our PMI board leadership, starting with   Bill O’Keeffe (Symmons) who was the last to carry the title of “Chairman of the ...
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Healthcare has dominated much of the political and public debate in the last twelve months.  Repeal, replace, subsidies, CSRs, who’s in and who’s out of the Marketplace, how many insurers are in a given county.  With the introduction of the Graham-Cassidy bill last week, there is one more attempt to fundamentally change how healthcare is paid for and delivered.  However, there is a critical part of the healthcare debate that is receiving little attention – and time is running out. For over 50 years, Federally Qualified Health Centers, or community health centers, have provided comprehensive, community based, medical, dental and behavioral health care to everyone, ...
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Disaster and Humanitarian

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Mission: To effectively, efficiently, and expertly educate and prepare WMS members to better respond to, manage, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises in order to minimize loss of life, health, property, and community and to protect the sanctity of the wilderness and the environment. Objectives: - To engage WMS members to participate in the governance of an active Disaster and Humanitarian community, which includes planning of educational opportunities, volunteering for disaster and humanitarian organizations, and facilitating communication/collaboration with other WMS committees. - To engage and collaborate with various WMS Committees ...
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AXPC hosted its 2016 Policymaker Field Trip on August 1-3. Congressional and Agency staffers were able to see all phases of upstream oil and gas operations in the Marcellus Shale Play in Northeast Pennsylvania. Our guests were able to tour these operations courtesy of AXPC member company Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. In addition to an extensive first-hand look at all phases of field operations, the group received a briefing on the comprehensive regulatory regime for oil and gas operations as well as learning about the intricacies of measuring and transporting oil and gas from the field to markets. The photos above and below show members of our group ...
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10/11/2017 Study Supports Lasting Harms of Exposure to Chemical Weapons Gulf War veterans with low-level exposure to chemical weapons show lasting adverse effects on brain structure and memory function, reports a study in the October   Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine . In previous research, Linda Chao, PhD, and colleagues of San Francisco VA Medical Center reported decreased volume of the hippocampus—a brain area involved in memory processing—in Gulf War veterans exposed to the Khamisiyah plume. In that 1991 event, demolition of an Iraqi munitions depot caused US soldiers to be exposed to low levels of nerve agents, carried downwind ...
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Attains Highest Quality Resident-Centered Care Measure   Fort Wayne, IN – Byron Health Center continues to excel in resident-centered care as shown by retaining an overall 5-Star community rating as determined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  CMS created the 5-Star Quality Rating System, which gives each nursing home a rating of between 1 and 5 stars, to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily.  Nursing homes with 5 stars are considered to have much above average quality and nursing homes with 1 star are considered to have quality much below average.  There is one overall rating for each ...
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KUSA - A strange pest has killed billions of dollars of trees in 30 states. Since 2013 with its detection in Boulder, Colorado’s trees are now on the hit list. If you have ash trees, they are at risk from a small insect called the Emerald Ash Borer. This pest brings another scenario like the pine beetle that came to the Colorado mountains and destroyed millions of pines several years ago. It’s a bug that’s hard to fight – and in this case, if you own ash trees, it’s not a matter of IF the bug arrives in your yard, but WHEN it shows up. Since ash trees are one of the most common trees in our state, we need to pay attention. The Emerald Ash Borer hopped ...
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Your clients may be able to shave up to 30 percent off their energy bills this fall by conducting appropriate preparation measures on their home. For example, stripping and caulking the home to prevent drafts could be a major money saver, according to WIN Home Inspection. WIN President Steve Wadlington offers the following five tips to share with your clients on how to clean and update the home to get it cold weather-ready: Check the roof.  Sun exposure can cause warping, fading, chipping, and other deformities to roofs and siding materials. Inspect the roof for cracks or other damages, and repair any issues before winter. Sweep the chimney.  If ...
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Snow Safety Week is back

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Snow Safety Week is back 'In early 2017, SIMA conducted a survey related to injuries in the industry, and the results reinforced the need for us to continue to provide safety training and information for those fighting winter weather each season.' Since 2013, the SIMA Education Committee has made safety a primary focus for educating the industry. SIMA’s Snow Safety Week, an annual week-long event with articles, videos, webinars and more, has played a significant role in bringing that safety focus to the forefront. The amount of snow management-specific safety information ...
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Florida REALTORS® alerted its 164,000 members to an apparent phishing scam in their state after receiving inquiries from several members about “invoices” they’d received from the “Florida Board of Realtors,” an organization that does not exist. Read more :   Security Firm Issues Fraud Warning to Agents REALTORS® have reported receiving a “final notice” bill from the fictitious entity seeking payment of $225 and stating that their real estate licenses are in jeopardy for failure to comply. “It’s a scam,” says Margy Grant, general counsel for Florida REALTORS®. “And it’s not a simple scam. High-tech criminals put a great deal of work and planning ...
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SILVER SPRING, MD   – The   American Nurses Association   (ANA) is outraged that a registered nurse was handcuffed and arrested by a police officer for following her hospital’s policy and the law, and is calling for the Salt Lake City Police Department to conduct a full investigation, make amends to the nurse, and take action to prevent future abuses. The incident occurred July 26 at University Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and video footage of the incident was recently released. Registered nurse Alex Wubbels was arrested after refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient who had been injured in a collision and was a patient on the burn unit. ...
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Network with over 3,800 Detroit Economic Club members Attend all luncheon meetings at the member rate (spouses also receive the member rate) and invite guests at a special rate Create new business relationships and connect with members and guests at the DEC Network Cafe - held 30 minutes before each luncheon - where you can meet, greet and network Attend Speaker Reception (Gold Members only) Receive priority seating at all meetings Navigate the DEC with a current member via the DEC Buddy Program (for new members) Membership dues are 100% tax-deduct
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