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Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc. Celebrates 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, August 23

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ASHEVILLE, N.C., July 25, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc. “Celebrates 50 Years” with a gala Saturday, August 23, from 6:30-10 p.m. Since 1964, Council on Aging’s senior-centered support remains respected for its leadership and commitment to quality of life for aging adults and their care givers. Today, the agency’s services remain relevant and popular, serving a growing number of Buncombe County residents.

“This golden 50th anniversary is certainly worthy of a true celebration,” says Eric Mills, development director.

“Over the years, the agency has changed and grown into a well-kept secret that doesn’t need to be secret anymore,” says Mills. “People need to know about our in-depth programs and services, the magnitude of our reach, the way we help people — we make that phone call, sort out a question, provide a service, or address a problem, whatever that need may be.”

The gala gives Council on Aging the opportunity to thank those who have lent a hand over the years and share success stories of senior adults living independently in their homes while aging successfully, thanks to the resources available through the organization, its staff and volunteers.

“Now, we get the chance to celebrate what we can do for the next 50 years,” says Mills. “This gala is a bit like a standing ovation mixed with an encore presentation.”

The event is co-presented by Parsec Financial Wealth Management.

Entertainment and dancing with the popular Asheville band Citizen Mojo will be a highlight of the evening’s festivities, which will also include a plated dinner, silent auction, and opportunities to support the Council on Aging. Proceeds will go to fund vital programs and services developed to enhance and extend the agency’s mission, such as the popular Senior Dining Sites at five locations community-wide, the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), Medicare open enrollment classes, and more.

“Our 50th anniversary gala will be an event to remember,” says Mills.

“Celebrating 50 Years” golden anniversary gala will be Saturday, August 23, 2014, from 6:30-10 p.m. at Double Tree Hotel, Biltmore Village. Event proceeds will support Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit agency dedicated to assisting and linking senior adults and their families with information, opportunities, and services that promote and enhance the quality of life.

Tickets are $75. Find event details at http://www.coabc.org/ – or contact Eric Mills at (828) 277-8288 for reservations or sponsorship information.

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Asheville National Organization for Women to Hold ‘Bitter Pill’ Rally Saturday, July 26

Bitter Pill Rally

ASHEVILLE, N.C., July 15, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Asheville Chapter of the National Organization for Women today announces a “Bitter Pill Rally” Saturday, July 26, in response to recent Supreme Court decisions limiting women’s rights. Leaders cite the pressing need to direct the attention of North Carolina legislators to the immediate improvement of women’s rights at the state and national levels. The “Bitter Pill Rally” is 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Vance Memorial.

Speakers will focus on an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution to stop codified legislative, legal, and economic discrimination on the basis of gender.

The announcement comes within days of the Supreme Court landmark cases of McCullen v. Coakley and Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby. The former ruling decreases the buffer zones between violent protesters and women exercising their right to safe, legal abortion, and the latter upholding corporation’s rights to make decisions about women’s private health care, including contraception. Under the Hobby Lobby ruling, corporations are granted rights as persons – rights not currently guaranteed to women themselves.

The rulings are a “Bitter Pill” for women to swallow both in western North Carolina and across the nation.

Today, women constitute more than half the U.S. work force and 52 percent of registered voters. One in three women also live and raise their families or retire in abject poverty, reported National Public Radio. In western North Carolina, like the state, 59 percent of women aged 16 and older are either employed or looking for work, according to recent figures from the Institute of Women’s Policy Research. The report for Asheville-Buncombe and Madison counties states that 73 percent of all women with dependent children work, and 25 percent of women in the area are single heads of households with dependent children.

Women in Buncombe and Madison counties earned only 85 cents for every dollar earned by men in 2012, the most recent year for which figures are available.

“That 15 percent difference would go a long way toward creating opportunities and sustainability for women and girls,” says Debbie Metcalf, president of Asheville NOW.

Women Are Not Equal Citizens:

The decision from the all-male majority, all-female dissenting Supreme Court is a blatant illustration of the reality that women are not equal citizens in the United States, say Asheville NOW women’s rights leaders.

“We have to ask who it serves to create circumstances intended to economically disenfranchise women during mid-career by limiting access to health care, including contraception,” Metcalf says.

“The Supreme Court’s decision increases the financial burden of health care on working women everywhere. As a working woman, I am aware we already pay 68 percent more in out of pocket costs than men for our health care,” Metcalf says.

“The court’s ruling will not have the same affect on men’s reproductive health care, as coverage will continue for vasectomies and Viagra,” she notes.

North Carolina’s Anti-Woman Legislation:

In 2013, the state’s openly anti-woman General Assembly packed inflammatory legislation into a motorcycle traffic bill, SB 353, which was signed into law July 29, 2013, in an attempt to legally erode women’s right to bodily autonomy when it comes to reproductive health. Opponents of the measure suggest state legislators have effectively turned back the clock on reproductive rights to pre-1963.

“Contraception is vital to a healthy family,” says Lorrie Cummings, a gynecologist, Asheville NOW officer, and former owner of FemCare. The Asheville women’s health center recently closed its doors amidst unwarranted political controversy covered by regional media syndicates and the national MSNBC Rachel Maddow Show.

“It’s a 21st century family issue which should be as important to men today as it is to women,” Cummings says.

Economic Impact on Working Women, Families:

When contraception is not affordable or available to working women, it negatively impacts the family’s income for years. It also increases the likelihood that children and women over the age of 65 live in poverty, says Cummings.

Studies show women are more likely than men to cut back on employment when they are parents.

“Derailment of earning potential and a lack of adequate health coverage significantly and directly affect women in the present, increasing stress and economic difficulties,” says Cummings.

Therefore, the question of women’s health care, including contraception, is a human rights issue which affects each member of the family – not only women, she says.

Currently, the least expensive birth control alternative for women is about $300 per year for a generic pill, compared with about $1,000 out of pocket to receive newer, better options.

“Until women have the same level of control over their reproductive lives as men do, we are not fully American citizens,” Cummings says.

The “Bitter Pill Rally” of the Asheville Chapter of the National Organization for Women will be 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Vance Memorial.

For more information, email ashevillenow@live.com.

Learn more about the Asheville Chapter of the National Organization for Women: http://ashevillenow.blogspot.com/ .

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Four Seasons Featured in National Hospice ‘Moments of Life’ Campaign

Deneen Fendig

FLAT ROCK, N.C., July 9, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Four Seasons Compassion for Life has been chosen by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization as part of its new “Moments of Life: Made Possible By Hospice” campaign. Through one patient’s personal story, Four Seasons demonstrates the hospice focus on living and enabling special moments and memories at end of life for patients and their loved ones.

The “Moments of Life” campaign debuts in celebration of the 40th anniversary of hospice care in the United States, featuring stories gathered by hospices across the country of patient and family experiences, at http://www.momentsoflife.org/ .

Four Seasons recently celebrated its 35th anniversary as a nationally respected, award-winning non-profit hospice and palliative care organization with a focus on quality of life at end of life.

“We need to break through myths about hospice,” says Anita Brikman, a senior vice president with NHPCO. “The common misconception is that hospice patients are merely lying in bed, waiting for their end to come. For families who have experienced hospice, they see the focus is not on dying – but about living as fully as possible.”

The Four Seasons contribution to the “Moments of Life” campaign focuses on former patient Deneen Fendig’s heart-warming relationship with her son, Jeff Trussell, and her experiences of his wedding day. The ceremony was held at Elizabeth House, an in-patient residence, and officiated by Jane McKown, a Four Seasons chaplain.

The story is prominently featured in the national public service announcement, in national news coverage, and on the “Moments of Life” micro-site at http://www.momentsoflife.org/stories/guest-honor .

The tender interactions of mother and son on camera included the types of personal moments “we haven’t seen anywhere else,” says Brikman. “Her thoughts and his narrative clearly show that hospice not only provides the highest quality care, it affords more moments, memories and opportunities.”

“Ultimately, hospice helps patients obtain the end of life care they prefer at home, free of pain, and surrounded by loved ones,” says Chris Comeaux, CEO of Four Seasons.

“Stories like that of Deneen and Jeff show that even when you’re dying, there is still a lot of living to do,” Comeaux says.

Four Seasons Compassion for Life is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a dedicated team of health care professionals, social workers, spiritual care professionals and volunteers deeply committed to its mission of co-creating the care experience. Nationally known for its leadership in innovative, quality hospice and palliative care services, Four Seasons is a former Circle of Life award recipient from the American Medical Association, and is nationally featured in the 2014 “Moments of Life” campaign of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

For more information, visit http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/ .

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* Photo Caption: Deneen Fendig anticipates the wedding of her son, Jeff Trussell. The bride and groom moved up their wedding date so that Deneen could attend. Four Seasons’ staff made this beautiful moment possible, holding the ceremony in Elizabeth House, a residential hospice care facility.

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Four Seasons to Receive $9.5 million to Pilot Medicare Reform through Innovative Community Palliative Care Model

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FLAT ROCK, N.C., May 22, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Four Seasons Compassion for Life today was notified they are the prospective recipients of a $9,596,123 grant award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, a program of the federal Department of Health and Human Services. The non-profit agency emerges as the sole hospice and palliative care provider nationwide chosen to implement health care reform over a three year period through its innovative community care model designed to deliver better care outcomes and lower costs.

An award-winning, hospice and palliative care industry leader, Four Seasons maintains a consistent track record of reducing costs while improving patient outcomes during serious, life limiting illness. In conjunction with its collaborative partner, Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley, Newton, Four Seasons will test a new model for community-based palliative care across the continuum of care spanning in-patient and outpatient settings.

The Four Seasons community palliative care model (CPC) removes barriers to patient care due to location, socio-economics, ethnicity or minority status, and fragility of medical condition. The model features interdisciplinary collaboration and the integration of palliative care into the health care system, continuity of care across transitions, and longitudinal, individualized support for patients and families – with the ultimate goals of increased quality of care and decreased hospital readmissions.

An estimated 8,000 Medicare beneficiaries and their families will receive integrated health services in western North Carolina through the project. Of these, 78 percent will receive care through Four Seasons, and 22 percent will receive care through Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley.

Historically, the CPC model has been shown to improve outcomes for patients as well as the experiences of family and professional care providers, says Dot Moyer, chairman of the Four Seasons Board of Directors.

“Four Seasons is being given an opportunity to prove the value of palliative care, and not only to the healthcare industry,” says Moyer. “The patients and families we serve report high satisfaction with their care experiences. Now the high quality of care for which we’re known will become increasingly valued and more widely available, not only in western North Carolina, but nationwide.”

Clinical and financial results of the project will be monitored through partnership with Duke University. The findings will translate into potential finance models to assist Medicare beneficiaries who struggle with advanced, life-limiting illnesses. The data generated will also provide national benchmarks for other palliative care organizations to improve patient outcomes.

The awarded project, formally titled “Increasing Patient and System Value with Community-based Palliative Care,” results from a community-academic partnership between lead investigators Janet Bull, M.D., chief medical officer with Four Seasons, Don Taylor, Ph.D., of the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, and Amy Abernethy, M.D., of the Duke Center for Learning Health Care and the Duke University Medical Center. This project is the latest in a long line of productive collaborations between Four Seasons and Duke University that Bull and Abernethy began nearly a decade ago.

“Our goal is to translate this experience into a new palliative care financing approach to Medicare, one which is sustainable and replicable,” says Bull.

The implementation of the CPC model and the palliative care financing approach are expected to save the federal government more than $29 million in cost of care annually.

Current evidence demonstrates that palliative care yields overall cost savings for Medicare while improving outcomes, says Chris Comeaux, chief executive officer of Four Seasons.

“The top 10 percent of Medicare beneficiaries account for over half of total program spending, and more than one-quarter of that spending is incurred during the last year of life,” he says. “The project is expected to directly reduce costs of care for patients with advanced or life limiting illness.”

The “Triple Aim” of higher quality, better service and lower costs are an achievement to which healthcare providers aspire. With its partners at Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley, Duke University, and other providers across western North Carolina, Four Seasons commits to making that aim a reality for the residents of its communities, says Comeaux.

About Four Seasons:

Four Seasons Compassion for Life is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a dedicated team of health care professionals, social workers, spiritual care professionals and volunteers deeply committed to its mission of co-creating the care experience. Nationally known for its leadership in innovative, quality hospice and palliative care services, Four Seasons is a former Circle of Life award recipient from the American Medical Association. For more information, visit http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/ .

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Triangle Parenting Solutions Now Offering a New Class for Divorced Parents

Jennifer Viemont

RALEIGH, N.C., May 6, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE)) — Triangle Parenting Solutions today announced that it has started a new class that will give divorced parents a way to reduce the negative effects the divorce has on their children.

“Co-parenting after a divorce is not an instinctual skill so when parents separate or divorce children often suffer tremendously,” said Jennifer Viemont, LCSW and president of Triangle Parenting Solutions.

According to a recent study by the National Center for Health Statistics, 60 percent of marriages for couples between the ages of 20 and 25 end in divorce. In addition, 50 percent of all marriages in which the brides are 25 or older result in a failed marriage.

Viemont explained that, though she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, her four-week parenting course entitled: Parenting through Divorce: Reducing the Negative Effects on Your Children is not therapy.

“The class has a skill based and solution focused curriculum. Since the sessions are private, we are able to individualize and apply the content to the parents’ specific situation,” Viemont said.

The availability of the new class for divorced parents to help with co-parenting issues could have perfect timing.

According to the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, teenage children of divorce are three times more likely to need psychological help within a given year.

In addition, the study concluded, children from divorced homes have more psychological problems, than children from which one of the parents has died. This is an indication that the transitions involved with divorce and solving co-parenting issues should not only be a concern, but also addressed with professional help.

Parenting through Divorce: Reducing the Negative Effects on Your Children:

Divorce, Viemont noted, enables parents to develop a completely new skill set for parenting. Viemont added that even when only one parent takes the course the children still benefit, however the most ideal situation involves both parents taking it. As a way to encourage both parents learning these skills, Viemont offers a complimentary fifth session that is complimentary when both parents sign up for the four individual class session.

As to what makes this class different from everything else on the market, Viemont pointed out that there are few if any other resources that are useful to separated parents of varying conflict levels and that is also customized to their individual circumstances.

“Sometimes people can find group classes for co-parenting, but that is not customized like mine is,” Viemont said. “My background in mental health and coaching enable me to help parents focus on the actions they can take to help their children.”

Parents who enroll into the class will become trained on topics, which include: Keeping the kids out of the middle; Handling transitions; Creating two homes; Realigning your relationship; Setting boundaries; Conflict resolution, and Anger management.

Class sessions are held at Triangle Parenting Solutions’ Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, or Cary offices or through video conference. The fee for the course is $375.

About Jennifer Viemont – Triangle Parenting Solutions:

Jennifer Viemont, LCSW, is the president of Triangle Parenting Solutions and serves as a Certified Parenting Coordinator and Parenting Consultant. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago. Viemont has worked with families and children in various mental health settings and also owned a life coaching company, Deliberate Living.

For more information, please contact Jennifer at 919-539-4840, jennifer@triangleparentingsolutions.com, or visit http://www.triangleparentingsolutions.com/ .

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Learn to Protect Assets and Earnings Now by Planning for the Future at Four Seasons Seminar

Cynthia Schirmer

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C., April 8, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — If you’re old enough to earn a living, parent a child, or think about maximizing your assets, then it may be time to consider the choices you need to make right now to protect your net worth in the future. That’s why Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Flat Rock, will sponsor “Estate Planning and Long Term Care Planning 101: Foundations for Informed Choices,” a free seminar, on Tuesday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m.

“Multitudes of options exist regarding how we can pass on an accumulation of a lifetime of property,” says Cynthia Schirmer, an estate planning attorney with Prince, Youngblood, and Massagee, who will be the presenter at the event.

“We may not even be aware of the possible choices we can make,” Schirmer says.

At the event, Schirmer will explain the benefits of estate planning choices for individuals and families now and in the future. The benefits of estate planning make it possible to:
* Make decisions now about health care in the future.
* Decide how to manage your personal assets.
* Protect your business interests.
* Take stock of your portfolio for future generations.
* Invest in the charity of your choice.
* Understand the difference between a will and a trust.
* Designate powers of attorney or file advance directives.
* Appoint a legal guardian for one’s child.
* And more.

The importance of planning documents transcends age, one’s occupation, or circumstances, says Schirmer.

“We want to keep control of our property and assets in our hands,” Schirmer says. “The reality is that if we don’t make these decisions for ourselves in advance, then the legislature will make those decisions for us.”

In North Carolina, state law determines dispensation of assets for those who die without a will, or federal law limits long term care benefits based on the value of one’s estate. Instead of being at the whims of legislatures, planning ahead for estate and care contingencies offers the individual tremendous flexibility and control over their futures, she explains.

“We want to keep control of our assets in our own hands,” Schirmer reiterates. “And we maintain control through the planning process.

“Estate Planning and Long Term Care Planning 101: Foundations for Informed Choices,” a seminar sponsored by the 501(c)3 non-profit Four Seasons Compassion for Life – https://www.fourseasonscfl.org/ – Flat Rock, will be held Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 12:30 p.m., at Hendersonville Public Library, 301 North Washington Street. The public is invited to attend; refreshments will be provided.

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Ron Fisher, M.D., Honored for Commitment to the Growth of Hospice and Palliative Care in Western North Carolina

Ron Fisher, M.D. SYLVA, N.C., Dec. 19, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Respected physician and western North Carolina hospice and palliative care pioneer Ron Fisher, M.D., will be honored by Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Highlands, peers and colleagues as he retires as medical director of Med-West Health Systems, Sylva, after 27 years of distinguished service.

An informal, drop in reception will be Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 4:30-7 p.m., at Mountain Trace Nursing Center. An award presentation is slated for 5:30 p.m. in appreciation of Fisher’s commitment to quality hospice and palliative care.

Individuals who would like to recognize Fisher’s contributions are asked to make a donation in his honor to the Hospice House Foundation, Franklin.

“Throughout his long career, Dr. Fisher has elevated the standard of care for persons with serious illnesses and at end of life through his work and focus in palliative care,” says Steve Mills, director of Four Seasons, Highlands.

“He has brought a tremendous passion and compassion to the care of individuals who are dealing with difficult, chronic illnesses,” he says.

Inspired service

Fresh out of medical school at the University of Florida, Fisher arrived in Sylva in 1980 to begin his residency at Mountain Area Health Education Center, commonly known as MAHEC. There, he was inspired by then-medical director “Dick” Walton, M.D. to treat the whole patient, not the symptoms.

“Dr. Walton taught me respect for the total care of the patient, rather than focusing on one specific point, and that perspective followed me all through my career, first and foremost,” Fisher says.

For about 20 years, he remained in family practice, gradually evolving into geriatric and elder care. By 1989, he increasingly focused on patients who needed long term care. Impressed by the work of Dame Cicely Sanders, known as the “mother of hospice care,” Fisher became certified in palliative care as soon as soon as the option became available.

“The work is rewarding: low tech, without a lot of chemistry or instrumentation. It’s very personal one-on-one care,” he says.

Over the years, his commitment to his patients’ care never waned.

“Particularly, I found a place, a kind of calling for end of life care,” he recalls. “I began focusing more and more of my attention toward hospice care, which was then a sub-specialty of palliative care.”

Eventually, Fisher’s practice became fully focused on patients with serious, life limiting illnesses or at end of life.

Legacy of service:

“I really learned and received more from my patients than I ever gave,” Fisher says. “I found I was providing a true service in relieving the patient from suffering, that was very rewarding to me as well as the patient.”

In the field of hospice and palliative care, it’s widely agreed that Dr. Fisher’s early and extensive contributions will have long-lasting impact in WNC.

“Dr. Fisher leaves a lasting legacy because of his commitment to his patients and the care he has provided,” says Mills.

In terms of a legacy for the future, Fisher looks toward the continuation, growth and expansion of palliative care in WNC.

“There’s room for a lot more growth, we’ve barely scratched the surface of the needs for care. If I leave a legacy, it’s my hope to see palliative and hospice care grow,” he says. “If I get a little credit for that, I’ll take it.”

Refocused Priorities:

At 62, Fisher is retiring after facing his own health challenges in the previous year.

“I actually kind-of looked at life from a different perspective as a patient with a serious illness,” he says, citing less energy to put into his practice, and increased fatigue.

The recovery has been long, and he’s still not back to normal.

“Life is short, and I chose to refocus my priorities a little bit, spend more time with family and grandchildren.”

All in all, he’s enjoyed 34 years of professional practice, including his former role as medical director at Skyland Care Center. He feels he’s done well, but that it’s time to “let younger, healthier people take the bull by the horns.”

In the future, Fisher plans to fulfill community roles, practicing in Sylva’s free Good Samaritan Clinic, and remaining in his part-time position as medical director for the Jackson County Department of Public Health.

To date, Fisher also remains active on the board of directors for the Hospice House Foundation of WNC, Franklin. Currently, he is committed to a capital campaign to match a $1 million grant from North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union by fall 2014. Individuals who would like to recognize Fisher’s contributions to palliative care are asked donate in his name to the Hospice House Foundation, Franklin.

For more information about the reception honoring Ron Fisher, M.D., contact Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Highlands, http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/ .

The event is Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, 4:30-7 p.m., at Mountain Trace Nursing Center, 417 Mountain Trace Road, with the award presentation at 5:30 p.m. To donate to the Hospice House Foundation, Franklin, in Fisher’s honor, visit http://hhfwnc.org/ .

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Four Seasons Chaplain and Grief Counselor Michael Lee Shares 10 Ways to Cope with Loss During the Holidays

Michael Lee HIGHLANDS, N.C., Nov. 26, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Individuals who have recently lost a loved one may find Thursday’s ritual of Thanksgiving and the onslaught of the holiday season to be constant reminders of their loss. “In order to cope, it’s important to meet grief where it is,” says expert Michael Lee, a chaplain and grief counselor with the western North Carolina offices of Four Seasons Compassion for Life.

Grief occurs as the natural response to the loss of relationship when a person’s hopes for the future are taken away. When something or someone about which one has hopes is taken away, grief results.

“When you have an ongoing practice of thanksgiving, not a one-time ritual, it feeds your soul and gratitude comes,” he says.

Lee knows first-hand the power of grief. A former New York stock trader, he watched in disbelief from his vantage point in Battery Park City as the first plane hit tower one on Sept. 11, 2001. In the aftermath, he suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, endured the grief and loss of a primary relationship, and attended seminary instead of working on Wall Street.

What he found is that everything is a trigger: music, commercials, photographs, and more.

“Essentially, you’re an open target. When it’s new and fresh…you’re just vulnerable and it hurts.”

Lee recommends the active cultivation of the habit of gratitude in the midst of grief as a way to cope. Here is his personal list of how-to strategies designed to help navigate the holiday season:
1. Seek perspective. The mind may play tricks, so gratitude offers perspective – and an exit from the prison of self-condemnation resulting from wondering if different choices could change the outcome.

2. Allow yourself to move on. “One of the interesting things about grief is that the loss can cause a person to feel numb. Sometimes, they become afraid to move on from grief, from the last intense feeling or connection,” he says.

3. Express gratitude for the person you’ve lost. “Gratefulness or gratitude keeps the relationship alive. You’ll no longer have the relationship you did, but gratitude will assuage feelings of guilt or abandonment, help you see them in a new way, and hold them in a place of life-giving emotion – not oppressive emotion.”

4. Choose comfort wisely. “Everyone will go to their place of comfort,” he says. An alcoholic, for example, may choose alcohol. “We may need to find new types of comfort.”

5. Do nothing. “If you don’t want to cook, then don’t. If you don’t want to celebrate, then don’t. If it is your time to sit down or walk and grieve, then it is. Don’t do a single thing.”

6. Replace remembrance with honoring. “This is powerful because it means you’re honoring that relationship consistently. You can only honor a person.” Lee honors the memory of his Dad by treating his daughter the way his father treated him. “Honor you have to bring forward,” he says. “I’m embodying who he was with me.”

7. Keep memories alive. When one remarks upon how much Mom loved the corn pudding or Dad’s enjoyment of football, it places their memory and spirit there with you.

8. Seek and lend support. With support, healing occurs and broken hearts mend. “One of the most powerful things is when people dig down deep into their strength to help someone else. It’s absolutely beautiful.”

9. Find what helps, and ignore what doesn’t. “I ask people to notice if they’re in a place they don’t want to be in their grieving process, and encourage them to find a place that could help them.”

10. Ignore harmful advice. “We may have poor, imprisoning or toxic behaviors or philosophies regarding how to engage and reflect on grieving. It is best not to repress emotions,” says Lee.

Eventually, the tide of grief will turn, and the days will seem brighter once again.

“Souls at times of grief feel as though they’re at the bottom of the ocean where there is no sun, no sound, and a sense of heaviness. If one can shift thanksgiving to a practice, then eventually there will be a day when they will rise above the water,” he says.

Michael Lee is a grief counselor and chaplain with the Highlands office of Four Seasons Compassion for Life – http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/ – Flat Rock, N.C., serving patients in Henderson, Buncombe, Macon, Jackson, Swain and Transylvania counties and surrounding areas.

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Tomorrow is Treasure Island Day: Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale shares common thread with Spanish warship buried on Assateague Island

La Galga Spanish Galleon KITTY HAWK, N.C., Nov. 12, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — New Maritima Press’ John Amrhein, author of the award winning book “Treasure Island: The Untold Story” (ISBN 978-0983084303), reminds everyone that November 13 is “Treasure Island Day,” and among the many locations which played a role in a true story of buried treasure that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson is Assateague Island.

Assateague Island, famous for wild ponies and a legendary Spanish galleon, is now linked to a tale of buried treasure. In fact, that treasure is the most famous treasure in the world thanks to Robert Louis Stevenson.

On August 18, 1750, seven Spanish ships cleared Havana Cuba for Spain. A week out they encountered a hurricane forcing the disable fleet into the north bound Gulf Stream wrecking the fleet along the North Carolina and Virginia coast.

The galleon, Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, arrived at Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina, dismasted with no rudder. She was towed to safety inside the inlet and anchored in Teach’s Hole where Blackbeard had been killed in 1718. Captain Juan Manual Bonilla made the fatal mistake of hiring Owen Lloyd and his one-legged brother from Hampton Roads to rescue his million dollar cargo. On October 20, they sailed away with over a hundred chests of silver. John Lloyd was captured immediately but Owen made it to Norman Island in the British Virgin Islands where he buried most of his booty on November 13, 1750. Exactly one hundred years later, Robert Louis Stevenson was born on November 13, 1850. He would write his classic tale of fiction about returning to that island.

The 1750 fleet inspired another children’s literary classic. At Assateague Island, the escorting galleon, La Galga, ran ashore on September 5, 1750. Her captain and crew made it safely to shore from the wreck on a raft and with help from the local Indians. Unfortunately, two chests of silver were lost off the raft, but the real treasure that was left was not gold or silver but a pervasive legend.

In 1946, Marguerite Henry heard the story of the wild ponies on Assateague and that they had come from a wrecked Spanish galleon. The shipwreck she had heard about was La Galga although the popular legend did not recall a name of the ship or date of the wreck. The event had been remembered for centuries by the locals of Chincoteague and the surrounding area. Some locals even recalled the exact location of the forgotten inlet which contains the buried shipwreck. That knowledge aided maritime historian, John Amrhein, Jr., in his search and discovery of the remains of La Galga in 1983 within the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Marguerite Henry’s book, Misty of Chincoteague, published in 1947, made the horses world famous and today they are an integral part of the economy and culture of the Eastern Shore.

The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge will soon issue its long overdue Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) which establishes a fifteen year preservation plan for not only wildlife but cultural resources and public use. It has been indicated that La Galga will be included in the conservation plan, an important step towards her inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

November 13 is Treasure Island Day. This event promotes the many places involved in the story of the real Treasure Island and recognizes their role in the making of this true life drama. From Ocracoke, North Carolina, and Hampton Roads, Virginia, down to the Caribbean Islands of Tortola, Norman Island, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Eustatius, Anguilla, cross the Atlantic to Cadiz, Spain, Greenwich, England, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Flintshire, Wales, back again to Scituate, Massachusetts, and Carmel, California, each played a unique role. And last, but far from the least, is Assateague Island, which holds the last remnant of this truly historic fleet. Two classics in children’s literature are tied to the former warship buried beneath Assateague. For more, visit Treasure-Island-Day.com and read John Amrhein’s award winning book “Treasure Island: The Untold Story.”

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Four Seasons Illuminates the Holiday Season with 23rd annual ‘Tree of Lights’ and ‘Songs for the Seasons’ Celebrations

Tree of Lights FLAT ROCK, N.C., Nov. 7, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Illuminate the joys of the holiday season with Four Seasons Compassion for Life’s community celebrations, the 23rd annual “Tree of Lights,” Friday, Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m., and “Songs for the Seasons,” Sunday, Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m.

Lights, luminaries surround the Dec. 6 “Tree of Lights” with the glow of family and community, while the informal Dec. 15 “Songs for the Seasons” extends the inspiration and remembrances to a joyful gathering on the historic Henderson County Courthouse steps.

23rd Annual “Tree of Lights:”

During “Tree of Lights,” hundreds of luminaries and thousands of lights will set the landscape aglow with remembrance. Lights and personalized luminaries may be purchased in advance at http://www.treeoflights.com/ or at the event on Four Seasons’ campus, 571 South Allen Road. Shuttle services will be from Blue Ridge College.

“Remembering, honoring and celebrating the lives of those we love or have lost lend a special sweetness to the holiday season,” says Dot Moyer, chairman of the Four Seasons Board of Directors.

“Songs for the Seasons” Debut:

The remembrance continues with the invitation to lift your voice in the joy of song during “Songs for the Seasons,” a holiday sing-along also hosted by Four Seasons. The non-denominational event will be on the steps of the historic Henderson County courthouse, Main Street, Hendersonville, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 2-4 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the event will be inside the courthouse.

“The ‘Songs for the Seasons’ debut extends the joy of the 23rd annual ‘Tree of Lights’ December 6 celebration to the wider community,” says Moyer.

“We sincerely hope the community will join us for these inspiring celebrations of light, hope and peace,” she says.

As a state leader in hospice and palliative care, Four Seasons Compassion for Life assists thousands of individuals and their families ensure quality experiences during times of serious illness or at end of life. Learn more at www.fourseasonscfl.org .

The 23rd annual “Tree of Lights” celebration is Friday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m., at Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 South Allen Road. “Songs for the Seasons” is Sunday, Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m., on the steps of the historic Henderson County courthouse, Hendersonville. Refreshments served at each event. For information, visit http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/ .

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Four Seasons Efforts to Improve Palliative Care in Zambia Featured in Documentary

A Unified Presence ASHEVILLE, N.C., Sept. 26, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A premiere screening of “A Unified Presence,” a short documentary film featuring Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Flat Rock, and its cross-continental partnership with the Palliative Care Association of Zambia is slated for Tuesday, October 15, at Asheville Community Theater, 6:30-9 p.m.

The Zambian partnership formed in 2011 to provide support to a country with limited access to this compassionate form of medical care. Then, in 2013, Four Seasons sent a medical mission team to Zambia to assist with care, develop strategy, and create a mutual vision to increase the reach of the Palliative Care Association of Zambia. For more information, visit http://www.fourseasonscfl.org .

Zambia is in the sub-Saharan, southern region of Africa.

Four Seasons partners with PCAZ because their missions align, according to Janet Bull, M.D., chief medical officer, who helped formulate the partnership.

“The partnership focuses on improving access to quality palliative life care throughout Zambia,” says Bull, who donated a 2012 Cunniff Dixon Foundation award of $25,000 to train and educate Zambian nurses and physicians to this end.

On average, Zambians have a life expectancy of 48 years, about half that of North Carolinians, and high incidences of HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and cancer. With fewer than 800 doctors nationwide, expert consensus is that the country’s medical system remains ill-equipped to take care of the needs of the seriously ill and dying.

Filmed on location in Zambia and North Carolina by Emmy award-winning Asheville filmmakers Dylan and Melanie Trivette, “A Unified Presence” highlights the collaborative effort of the two agencies to improve access to quality palliative care during serious, life-limiting illness or at end of life for individuals throughout Zambia.

For more information about Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Flat Rock, and its work in Zambia, visit http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/ .

“A Unified Presence” premieres Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Asheville Community Theater, from 6:30-9 p.m. The event includes the screening, a reception and discussion with filmmakers and members of the Four Seasons-Zambia partnership team. Tickets are available online, http://www.zambiafundraiser.com/ or at the door, $25.

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Four Seasons Receives HRSA Grant Expanding Hospice and Palliative Care in Eight WNC Counties

Palliative Care FLAT ROCK, N.C., Sept. 26, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Rural and medically underserved populations of eight western North Carolina counties will now have improved end of life care, thanks to a model education and training program of Four Seasons Compassion for Life.

The program is funded by Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Buncombe, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Polk, Rutherford, Swain and Transylvania counties fall within the medically underserved areas which will receive improved hospice and palliative care services from Four Seasons. Six of the eight counties are also designated as primary health care professional shortage areas, making the grant’s emphasis on professional practice particularly relevant.

For those with life-limiting or advanced illness, “the program will improve patient outcomes and quality of life, and reduce costs for all parties involved,” according to Rebekah Reeves, a registered nurse and program director.

“The patient and family remains at the center of everything we do,” says Renee Barnwell, a registered nurse who serves on the program team with Reeves as project manager.

Led by specially trained nurse leaders, patient-centered teams will share information across disciplines, creating and expanding opportunities for professional collaborations at all levels.

The program is fully funded by a $1,419,046 federal grant disbursed in installments by HRSA over three years, with a substantive focus on nurse leadership through education, practice, quality, and retention. In order to fully benefit rural and medically underserved populations in western N.C., the program involves co-operation and collaboration with local hospitals, area universities, and community-based non-profits, among others.

“We don’t want to keep this program to ourselves,” says Barnwell. “This way of practicing nursing is a way to develop, implement, and achieve very high patient outcomes, reduce costs related to health care, and increase patient and family satisfaction.”

The overarching goal is to enhance Four Seasons’ existing team model into a robust, sustainable collaborative practice model which can be shared with other hospice and palliative care providers at the regional, state and national levels.

“Rural Americans suffer a heavier disease burden than those living in urban areas,” says Chris Comeaux, chief executive officer of Four Seasons. “Rural counties tend to be poorer by comparison, and individuals in rural counties in western North Carolina are more likely to live below the poverty line.”

In western North Carolina, the poverty level ranges from 12.4 percent to 20.5 percent of the population, compared with 16.2 percent for the state.

Additionally, in 2013, in Buncombe County alone, the numbers of individuals aged 60 and over is expected to nearly double, he says. By some estimates, 42.8 percent of Buncombe County residents are already either baby boomers or older. In neighboring Henderson County, the number of persons aged 65 and older is 23 percent, compared with the state average of 13 percent.

“The disparity in social and economic status in rural areas throughout the region is underscored by needs of an aging population,” says Comeaux. “We are very excited that this program will directly address those needs and have a direct impact on the future of palliative and end of life care.”

Four Seasons Compassion for Life – http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/ – is a state leader in hospice and palliative care, serving individuals across western North Carolina.

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Heart Imaging Technologies Announces the Release of its Web-Based Cardiac Echo Reporting Module

WebPAX DURHAM, N.C., Sept. 10, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Heart IT, the global leader that pioneered the first FDA approved zero-footprint medical imaging workstation, announced today the release of the WebPAX(R) cardiac echo reporting module.

The WebPAX(R) product line offers leading edge medical image management and distribution platforms that enable the viewing of all medical images, including Radiology and Cardiology images, on the web, on a zero-footprint basis, and 100 percent diagnostic quality. The newest addition to the WebPAX(R) line-up is the web-based cardiac echo reporting tool.

Hiram Perez, VP of Sales & Marketing stated: “Cardiologists who read cardiac echoes have long struggled with the fact that they have to be physically at the hospital in order to read an echo. Often times they have to make long drives at night or on holidays to have access to the images and reporting tools. Some solutions have tried to provide remote reading capabilities but they require cumbersome client software that is difficult to install/maintain and it seldom works well.”

Perez added, “The WebPAX system is 100 percent web-based and ‘zero-footprint,’ meaning it does not require any client software or plug-ins. By combining the ability to view diagnostic quality images with the ability to report on those images, we are giving cardiologists the capability to read echo’s from any location on the globe.”

The WebPAX(R) cardiac echo reporting module is part of the overall WebPAX(R) CVIS Solution, which includes a listener for enterprise hospital order and ADT feeds that automatically prepopulate patient demographics and billing codes into the echo reports. After the images have been acquired, the DICOM structured report (SR) interface automatically imports the quantitative measurements made by echo technicians, thereby protecting physicians’ time for making the actual diagnosis. Cardiologists can then quickly complete the report using predefined templates and pick-lists, combined with a WYSIWYG user interface (what-you-see-is-what-you-get).

Once the report is finalized, WebPAX(R) CVIS transmits billing information electronically, and then distributes the report to the EMR via an HL7 message. The report can also be automatically sent to referring physicians via fax. Moreover, the entire diagnostic-quality image dataset can be embedded into the EMR via a secure web browser link, thereby satisfying Federal Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements. WebPAX(R) CVIS significantly improves the cardiologist’s workflow and the ability to deliver quick, effective, medical care to patients. Now cardiologists have the freedom to read echo’s from home, a remote clinic, or anywhere else, yet remain fully integrated into their hospital’s overall enterprise IT environment.

About Heart IT:

Founded in 2000 and headquartered near North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, Heart IT is a global leader in the medical image web enablement field. Their flagship product, WebPAX(R) is the first FDA approved zero foot-print medical image workstation. It provides web-based medical image management technology and services to health care systems, large hospitals and private clinics as well as drug and device companies sponsoring multi-center clinical trials. Worldwide, WebPAX(R) systems currently provide secure web browser access to over one billion medical images.

For more information visit our website at http://www.heartit.com/ .

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Bear Buddies Offer Comfort to Grieving Buncombe County Children, Teens

Bear BuddyASHEVILLE, N.C., May 29, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — If helping a grieving child makes one’s heart sing, then tune into this opportunity to help children and teens. Join the Heart Songs program of Four Seasons Compassion for Life as its Asheville Checkpoint kicks off its first Bear Buddy drive to benefit Buncombe families June 1-30.

“Every child who comes through our program gets to choose a teddy bear,” says Susan Bumgarner, a child and teen bereavement counselor and coordinator of Heart Songs. “Every child needs something to hold when someone in their lives faces end of life.”

The Bear Buddy program anticipates an increase of requests for support for grieving Buncombe County children and families, and Bumgarner wants to be ready. Heart Songs volunteers hope to gather 100 bears. Though this will be the first year the program extends into Buncombe County, last year 200 children in Henderson County received bears.

“Children feel loss deeply,” says Bumgarner, “but may not have the words to express it.”

Teddy bears offer comfort at a time of deeply heart-felt crisis. Law enforcement and fire departments have long utilized bears as a means to give children something to hold during times of crisis. The Bear Buddies program extends this use to children who expect the loss of a loved one, or who have experienced that loss.

“Too often, children are the forgotten mourners,” Bumgarner says.

Additionally, Teddy Bears may communicate important American ideals about compassionate leadership. Believed to be named for the 26th United States president Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the Teddy Bear commemorates a legend of the youngest president who demanded members of his hunting party release a bear captured and tied for sport.

Donations of new bears are welcome. To donate a new Bear Buddy for a child, Asheville-Buncombe County residents may visit the following locations from June 1-30:

Four Seasons-Checkpoint, 373 Biltmore Avenue; Appalachian Vintner; Diamond Brand; Mast General Store; Fresh Market; Audubon Apartments; OP Taylor, Biltmore Park; Ingles, Skyland and Fairview; Fire House Subs, Long Shoals Road; and Weirbridge Village Apartments.

For information on volunteering with Heart Songs or to donate a bear, visit an area drop off location or contact Susan Bumgarner at sbumgarner@fourseasonscfl.org. Learn more about Four Seasons Compassion for Life hospice or palliative care in western North Carolina, or bereavement services for Buncombe County children, teens and families at http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/

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The National Inclusion Project celebrates 10 years at upcoming Champions Gala

Champions GalaCHARLOTTE, N.C., May 29, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The National Inclusion Project and Co-founders Clay Aiken and Diane Bubel are proud to announce the 10th Anniversary Champions Gala celebrating the Power of Inclusion on October 12.

The Gala honors organizations and individuals for their outstanding commitment to inclusion in their families, communities and society. The 2013 honorees will include Habitat International, Inc and Conner and Cayden Long of Team Long Brothers.

“We are very excited to celebrate our 10th anniversary with these Champions of Inclusion. We hope they will inspire everyone to join us in making inclusion the expectation, NOT the exception,” says Jerry Aiken, Executive Director.

Along with a performance by entertainer Clay Aiken, the attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a live auction and learn how the Power of Inclusion can help kids with and without disabilities experience lifelong benefits. The funds raised from the event will be used to open doors for all kids to be included together and experience all that life has to offer. No child should be left on the sidelines!

The 10th Anniversary Champions Gala will be held at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square at 345 North College Street in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday, October 12, 2013. A VIP reception will be held for Gold and Platinum ticket holders on October 11 at the Charlotte Marriott City Center with a special performance by Clay Aiken.

Tickets go on sale starting June 12. Visit the event website at www.inclusionproject.org/gala for more information.

About the National Inclusion Project:
The National Inclusion Project serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. They partner with communities and programs to teach others how to be inclusive so that kids with and without disabilities can experience lifelong benefits. By driving the movement for social inclusion in after school programs, summer camps, and in the classroom, children of all abilities learn, play and serve together. To date, the Project has partnered with over 200 programs nationally and has impacted over 50,000 children.

For more information on the National Inclusion Project and to help ensure no child sits on the sidelines visit the website at http://www.inclusionproject.org/ .

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Park Ridge Health presents 8th Annual Seasons of Life Soiree to Benefit Four Seasons’ Non-Profit Services for Western North Carolina Families

Seasons of Life SoireeASHEVILLE, N.C., April 17, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Snazzy sparkles and well-worn blue jeans are the attire of choice for the 8th annual Seasons of Life Soiree 2013, an event to benefit vital non-profit patient services at Four Seasons Compassion For Life. The event is presented by Park Ridge Health at the Crown Plaza Asheville.

Four Seasons Compassion For Life is a top-ranking hospice and palliative care provider serving 10 counties in western North Carolina from its Flat Rock base of operations.

As attendees enjoy the talents of local jazz musicians Carol Duermit and Brad Curtioff and dine on a Tuscan-themed buffet dinner, their presences support the vital non-profit services provided patients and families in western North Carolina as Four Seasons Compassion For Life continues Co-Creating the Care Experience and celebrates the lives of those individuals they’ve loved and nurtured through quality end of life care.

Attendees will have the opportunity to directly impact vital programs at Four Seasons through an exciting, live Fund-a-Need Auction. A video featuring the agency’s services through staff experience shares the impact individual, tax deductible direct giving has on its programs and mission.

To add to the evening’s effervescence, five hidden treasure items will be featured in a silent auction. The bidders will not know what the item is for which they are bargaining, but will make their bids based on mysterious clues. At the end of the night, the winners open the hidden treasures to see if they and the curious onlookers guessed correctly what lay inside!

At the end of the evening, all donations go directly to families and patients to offset the costs for care of those in need, often in the absence of medical insurance. Currently, hospice patient services are estimated at $150 per diem, while palliative care during an extended illness is estimated at $1000 per annum. Last year, Four Seasons provided about $450,000 in indigent care to western North Carolina families to help them care for their loved ones at end of life.

The benefit for Four Seasons Compassion For Life’s vital non-profit patient services is Saturday, April 27, at Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center, 1 Resort Drive, Asheville 28806, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cost is $75 with advance confirmation. Visit the event registration page for reservations online at: http://goo.gl/Ea4Z3 . For more information about Four Seasons Compassion For Life visit: http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/ .

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Cooperative purchasing speeds up public sector projects, North American Roofing Expands National Presence

ezIQCASHEVILLE, N.C., April 11, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Meeting strict compliance standards and competitive bidding requirements, North American Roofing strengthens its national position as one of the largest commercial roofing companies in the U.S. with the award to participate in the National Joint Powers Alliance® (NJPA), through their premier construction program with ezIQC®, which helps municipalities find sources for construction and repair facilitating the competitive bid process on behalf of their members.

North American Roofing can now offer its services to the public sector with what are known as “job order contracts” or indefinite quantity construction contracts in which contractors bid based on a catalog of pre-priced tasks. The first phase of the rollout is for 14 states, with all 50 states included by the end of the year.

For many municipalities, cooperative purchasing has long been used to lower costs for office supplies such as paper, staples and paper clips. The ezIQC construction procurement system has been in place for state governments, school systems and other public sector entities for over twenty years, according to the company’s website and the Gordian Group who administers the system, and brings that same power of group buying and helps shed the red tape of traditional procurement for often high priced on-call facility repair and construction.

National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) is a public agency and member-driven service cooperative that serves over 50,000 members, according to their company information. NJPA offers a multitude of contracted products, equipment and service opportunities to education, government and non-profit entities.

“North American Roofing is a great addition to NJPA/ezIQC: Their experience and longevity in the marketplace, awards for quality and workmanship and their prominence in the industry – coupled with the full range of vendors they bring with them – can go a long way toward streamlining the procurement process for municipalities on tight budgets and timelines,” according to Clint Owings, National Program Manager, The Gordian Group.

“Much like food cooperatives that most people know of, NJPA works in the same way, establishing business and service alliances between member ‘buyers’ and contracted ‘suppliers’ through competitively bid contracts,” Brian Verble, President and CEO of North American Roofing said.

Communities benefit in many ways. The projects are started and completed faster, and the cost of the projects is already within the scope of the budget, since NJPA and ezIQC have already vetted the competitive bid process.

North American Roofing has been involved with public sector projects for schools and county projects in the past, but nothing on this scale. Verble added, “Though we’ve been nationally known for our quality and workmanship, which is how we’ve become the third largest and respected commercial roofing company in the U.S., we’re excited to be adding the public sector to our portfolio through this new NJPA/ezIQC relationship.”

About North American Roofing:
A pioneer in the commercial single-ply roofing industry since 1979, North American Roofing specializes in commercial and industrial low-slope roof systems and is the 3rd largest commercial and industrial roofing company in the U.S. In addition to installation, repair and preventative maintenance, the company continues to expand its operation, which now includes the North American Roofing’s Energy Services Group specializing in integrated solar roofing and energy systems by designing and installing high caliber solar arrays.

Employee-owned and in continuous operation for three generations, North American Roofing has installed and serviced more than 900 million square feet of roofing on more than 19,500 facilities across the United States.

More information: http://www.naroofing.com/ .

North American Roofing, 41 Dogwood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806; (800) 551-5602.

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Mountain Home Care’s Lana Wilde Shares Lessons Learned After a Decade of Helping Families with Home Care and Aging Concerns

senior careARDEN, N.C., March 19, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Ten years ago, dynamic female entrepreneur Lana Wilde started her business in the basement of the family home with one client, one caregiver, and a commitment to meet the needs of families who take care of their loved ones in times of extended illness.

Today, Wilde’s family-to-family service based business celebrates a decade of excellence. Mountain Home Care is a recognized leader in private home care and geriatric care management throughout western North Carolina.

Wilde’s journey to overcome the challenges of understanding and meeting the challenges of an increasingly aging population suggests a hard truth: doctors and medical professionals truly may not understand what to do with individuals with an extended life expectancy. A 100 year active life expectancy is no longer uncommon. Keeping persons safe and at home as they age is a quality of life concern.

“We’ve now come to the point that we have to figure out what we’re going to do,” she says.

Family Matters:

The first questions families have to answer is ‘what is aging all about?’ says Wilde. Multiple factors come into play when formulating an answer: social factors, health, family, insurance, and others.

“I have a working knowledge of all those areas so I can help my clients figure out what is needed,” she says. “Families often don’t have a clue because they haven’t been there before, they live across the country. They ask, ‘what do we do about it?’”

During past generations, family members lived in close proximity to one another, and multiple generations cared for one another, but that’s not true today.

“Our niche is trying to safely help folks stay where they want to be, which is usually at home,” she says.

Wilde tries to be a one-stop resource to families who reach out to her for help. If Mountain Home Care is not the right fit, she refers them to someone who can better assist them and get them the help they need.

Her investment is in people, and people make up families a lot like her own.

Invest in People:

“The Wilde family is a bunch of ‘wild’ entrepreneurs,” she says, making a pun of the family surname. For entrepreneurs who would like to be in service to others through their business, she offers a few guiding principles that have served her in good stead since 2003.

“We are just regular people. We always work hard, but we like being our own bosses,” Wilde says.

Here are six lessons learned over a decade of trial and error:

1. Research, Research, Research.
“Try to understand what you’re getting into,” Wilde suggests for would-be entrepreneurs. “While the business sounds so exciting and fun, it can be a lot of work and there’s potential for a lot of disappointment. Things don’t always work out, and sometimes, I can’t fix them.”

2. Be willing to invest in people.
Wilde loves mentoring and helping others find themselves. One young woman, she says, has an amazing work ethic and is sometimes overly conscientious. “I just wrap my arms around her and make sure she has the support she needs.” In this case, Wilde shifted the employee’s work schedule to accommodate her university education, then encouraged her when a perfect career opportunity arose elsewhere. “I hated to let her go, but have kept that relationship, and that’s a success story for us. We love doing that kind of thing.”

3. Delegate responsibility to good people.
Mountain Home Care likes to employ “go-to” people in the industry, those who are respected professionals with a caring manner. “I’ve never based anything I do on numbers. It’s on service, reputation, and employing the go-to people in the industry.” She sees her professional staff of clinicians as leaders who help her know how to lead.

4. Interface with existing services to complement your distinctive business.
Home care and geriatric care management work well with hospice and palliative care, and often round out a patient’s care team. “We don’t do what they do,” she says.

5. Show up for the work.
“We owe our success to hard work, blood, sweat, and tears,” says Wilde. “People like doing business with a company that’s locally owned and operated, and where family is involved on a daily basis. We’re not absentee owners.”

6. Be clear about your mission.

As always, the Mountain Home Care goal is to be top of mind as the preferred in home care and geriatric care agency in all of western North Carolina, Wilde says. “To do that, we plan to stay fair and honest, continue growing, providing employment, and servicing a population who needs and appreciates what we do.”

Mountain Home Care – www.mountainhomecare.com – is located in Arden, N.C., and serves home and geriatric care clients throughout western North Carolina.

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Janet Bull, Award-winning Chief Medical Officer of Four Seasons Hospice, Shares Quality of Life Concerns, Answers

Four Seasons HospiceFLAT ROCK, N.C., March 5, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — When Janet Bull, Ph.D., the award-winning chief medical officer of Four Seasons Hospice goes to work, it’s more than showing up for a job. She helps people find meaning.

Palliative care, which occurs before end of life is at hand, comes at the vulnerable time when a person who may have chronic multiple illnesses admits they need support to maintain their quality of life. Patients and their families need help and guidance finding their way through the maze of a complicated medical system, and reconciling their hopes for recovery with the reality of the limitations of treatments.

“My team and I guide people, collaborate to ensure their quality of life. We provide psychological and spiritual support in a way not normally seen in the medical field. Good palliative care addresses the mind, the body and the spirit,” says Bull.

The search for meaning starts with an individual’s life review.

“Who the person is, what is meaningful to them now, what has been meaningful to them in their lives is important. We put it into perspective for them, help them realize the impact they’ve had in this world.”

Understanding Quality of Life:
When patients really understand treatment options, says Bull, they tend to choose approaches which stress comfort. When one considers that 90 percent of people would prefer to die at home, but more than 50 percent die in hospitals and nursing homes, with other people taking care of them, the disparity may seem disheartening. But when they have palliative and hospice care, their life expectancy and quality of life is increased with certain diseases.

Physicians like Bull apply research which strives to understand the benefits to people at end of life, and works to improve symptoms. Sometimes, patients who previously felt powerless may choose to give back to others who share their illness, or create a legacy, through participating in clinical trials.

What should someone do if they or a family member begins to have issues with quality of life?

Bull shares six strategies for getting the support you need:

1. Reach out for support.
Palliative care is a service individuals need to reach out to receive, says Bull. They should be proactive and ask for the services, as their personal physician may or may not suggest it.

2. Make sure there’s a social worker on the team.
A social worker can counsel the family and individual as they cope with an impending loss, navigate insurance and Medicaid benefits, arrange for services like Meals on Wheels, and help get advance directives in place.

3. Palliative care involves a team of support.
Often, the social worker joins a chaplain, counselors, or other team members who address an array of patient issues from spirituality, care-giver support, alignment with available resources, or other needs. A physician, physician’s assistant, a nurse practitioner, and other non-physician providers may also be part of the team. CNAs are a critical part of the team, along with volunteers and music therapists.

4. Understand the difference between hospice and palliative care.
Palliative care can be offered to any patient with a serious illness, regardless of life expectancy. Concurrent medical care is given at the same time symptoms are aggressively managed. With hospice care one needs to have a life expectancy of 6 months or less. Both provide team based patient centered care with the focus on improving quality of life

5. Expect good communication as the norm.
Good communication with the team is a must. Family meetings or conferences with everyone invited are a positive signal that the team is working well on behalf of the patient. Questions should be encouraged, along with talk about what’s likely to come.

6. Trust the team.
Well-managed, aggressive symptom management along with good collaboration between medical professionals are hallmarks of a trustworthy team. As it’s not uncommon for some patients to have five or more specialists, the team approach makes certain the information is collated and presented to the family across care settings, and that different specialists are on the same page with medications and treatment options.

Too often, says Bull, when patients return home after a visit to the hospital, problems can occur. Medical reconciliation is a huge problem – patients often don’t understand instructions on medication changes or have difficulty obtaining new meds. Often there is no primary care physician to follow up with, or a host of other issues such as transportation, clear follow up instructions, or difficulty getting in to see their physician.

“When you’re very sick, you often don’t remember what you’re told,” says Bull. “Mistakes happen for lots of reasons when people go home.”

As a result, many people end up back in the hospital after a very short period of time. For those that get discharged to other settings, there is often a misunderstanding of goals of care.

At Four Seasons, the palliative team follows patients wherever they go. Many will be discharged to a nursing home, or assisted living facility. Having a team that provides continuity across patient settings is of great value in making sure patients get excellent care, consistent with their goals.

For more information, visit: http://www.fourseasonscfl.org/ .

About Janet Bull, M.D.:
Janet Bull, M.D., is chief medical officer at Four Seasons Hospice Compassion for Life, which is a state leader in hospice and palliative care, serving individuals across western North Carolina. She is the 2013 recipient of the Josefina B. Magno Distinguished Hospice Physician Award by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, which recognize quality services and innovative programs and exemplary dedication to the practice of palliative medicine in a hospice setting.

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Mountain Home Care Celebrates 10-Year Record of Service, Commitment to Home and Geriatric Care

senior citizens home careARDEN, N.C., Feb. 26, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — When self-described “worker bee” Lana Wilde became an empty nester, she turned her open heart and gift for volunteer care giving into a one-of-a-kind family business. Ten years later, Mountain Home Care celebrates a decade of quality care offered in service to other western North Carolina families who need a helping hand during an extended illness.

Mountain Home Care remains a recognized leader in private home care and geriatric care management since it was founded in 2003.

Wilde still remembers the phone call from her husband Jim Wilde, then an executive with long-time Weaverville corporation SonaPress, now Arvado. Traveling on business, he read an article about the fastest growing home businesses. One of those growth areas, non-medical senior home care, described his wife “to a T.”

“It had Lana written all over it,” she recalls him saying excitedly.

That moment seemed a really long way from 1999 and that empty nest “and nothing that’s mine to do,” recalls Wilde. Always a person who takes care of folks, she would reach out to older, infirm individuals, making them chicken soup or taking them to the doctor. As her parents were aging, they began to have major issues. By 2000 she was caring for her father, and in 2001, she became his advocate in his medical care. After he passed away, leaving her mother by herself in Charleston, road trips became increasingly frequent – sometimes just to have a prescription refilled.

She began to think about hiring someone to help with her mother’s care. Not the important things, but the everyday routines. When the family couldn’t find what they needed, her mother went to live with her sister. That was 2003. At the same time, Jim’s mother came to live in their home. Her brother also had his mother in law living in his home.

“We have it in our blood,” she says.

Convinced her family was not alone, Lana left her job as a corporate recruiter and started her business in the basement of the family home with one client and one caregiver, and “grandma” in the mother-in-law suite. She invested in training from The Senior’s Choice, a turnkey business model, which offered her the foundation and infrastructure she knew she would need, a decision she’s never had reason to regret. The Articles of Incorporation were filed on April 17, 2003.

From there, she and her son, Jeremy, who left his corporate job in sales and marketing to help build the business, worked every aspect from the ground up. They did visits, intake, and payroll. They sat with clients in the middle of the night, replaced absent employees. They asked a lot of questions, and learned by doing. By 2009, their efforts were rewarded when Mountain Home Care became one of the first companies to acquire licensure in the home care field from the state of North Carolina following a two-year moratorium.

Ten years later, Wilde misses the daily client contact, just being there, holding hands, providing a soothing presence. But she’s grateful for the success that’s the product of hard work, blood, sweat and tears. Hers is truly a family business, where family reaches out to family on a daily basis, and clients get what they need. Often, the Mountain Home Care team supplements palliative or hospice care, providing a heightened level of personal assistance on the client’s team.

“We are what you get,” she says, “we take care of the things other care providers don’t.”

Mountain Home Care – www.mountainhomecare.com – is located in Arden, N.C., and serves home and geriatric care clients throughout western North Carolina.

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Massey Consulting Webcast Series Features ’5 Ways to Get More Likes on Your Facebook Page’ Presented by Randy Vaughn

RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 15, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Accounting software specialist, Massey Consulting (www.masseyconsulting.net) continues its educational webcast series with the session “5 Ways to Get More Likes on Your Facebook Page” presented by Randy Vaughn, principal of Marketing Twins.

The webcast will be Thursday, January 24 from 2 – 4 p.m. EST and will help attendees:
* Understand a long-term vision for using Facebook;
* Master the 3 most important things organization should be posting every day;
* Discover 5 creative ways to increase the number of Facebook Likes (without having to pay for them);
* Find out how Facebook ads can actually work (and when and when not to use them);
* Learn about a powerful way that Facebook can help you showcase the stories and visions of your organization.

The session is appropriate for all audiences: CPAs, nonprofit organizations and commercial business and CPE credit will be available for CPAs attending the session.

There is no charge for the webcast but registration is required. Those interested in attending can register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/818165098 .

The webcast presenter will be Randy Vaughn of Marketing Twins ( http://www.marketingtwins.com/ ). Randy Vaughn is currently Dallas-Fort Worth’s only Certified Duct Tape Marketing Consultant. The Marketing Twins help develop and install strategic marketing systems for Christian small businesses and nonprofits. Also they implement creative solutions, performing a variety of graphic design, web, and social media marketing projects for churches, ministries, and private Christian schools.

“We pleased to have Randy as part of our webcast series,” said Massey Consulting Founder Philip Massey, CPA. “Organizations have an opportunity to expand the reach of their awareness and Randy will provide a proven and pragmatic approach to getting more from Facebook.”

About Massey Consulting:
Massey Consulting, based in Raleigh, N.C., specializes in accounting software consulting, selection, implementation, integration and support for Intacct Financial Accounting and Microsoft Dynamics GP. Massey Consulting’s team of consultants provides customers a wealth of practical field experience gained as controllers, accountants, and information systems professionals in a wide range of business environments. Learn more at: http://www.masseyconsulting.net/ .

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Write Away, Inc. Benefits from Local Outsourcing

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Patience pays off. After several months of business development and research, Write Away, Inc. announces that its pavement-pounding techniques have paid off. “While business has been steady, we’ve been focused on bringing the business to the next level. Planted seeds are finally beginning to take root,” Bryan Sullivan, co-owner says.

New clients come from varied backgrounds and include the finance, healthcare, food and beverage and business services’ sectors.

So, why is business booming? It seems that more and more, busy operations are taking advantage of outsourcing to local companies, especially when it comes to content writing.

“Content writing for U.S.-based businesses is difficult to outsource to countries outside of the U.S. because a clear understanding of specific terms and language are needed. So, local outsourcing is the answer,” Sullivan says.

The benefits of local outsourcing are many – the top two are saving time and money.

Additionally, different content types require different skill sets, so even if a company has a fabulous writer on staff, he or she may not be right for all projects. Having different writers for different content types is similar to assembling a baseball team; player strengths are matched to their positions. For example, your in-house writer may be great at writing press releases, but has limited knowledge about writing sales copy or for the web.

So, if a team doesn’t have time to write targeted and effective content, local outsourcing may be the key. It will allow in-house employees to focus more on business development and client retention.

About Write Away, Inc.:
Write Away, Inc. is a full-service editorial company that handles writing, proofing and editing needs for all forms of media – print and digital. It’s the “go-to” content creation resource.

For more information, visit: www.writeawayplus.com .

Media Contact:
Liisa Sullivan
of Write Away, Inc.
+1-828-645-6447
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Massey Consulting Launches Webcast Series for CPAs with ‘CPAs and Social Media’

RALEIGH, N.C., Dec. 4, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Accounting software specialist, Massey Consulting (www.masseyconsulting.net) will be launching its educational webcast series for CPAs with the session “CPAs and Social Media” presented by marketing strategist Dawn Westerberg.

Massey Consulting provides accounting software products and services and works with CPAs in assisting their clients with software selection, implementation and services.

“We do not compete with CPAs, but rather compliment the services they provide their clients,” said Massey Consulting Principal Philip Massey, CPA. “In sponsoring these educational sessions, we want to help CPAs become more familiar with the latest technological tools and platforms.”

The session, which is eligible for CPE credit, will take place on Thursday, December 20 at 2 p.m. EST. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Those interested in attending may register at this link http://socialcpa.eventbrite.com/ .

In the session, Westerberg will show how Social Media can benefit CPA firms and solo practitioners in much the same way (and with the same skills) that networking and word of mouth referrals can benefit business development. The session will provide advice on how to enhance online presence with clients, prospective clients and professional associates using social media sites such as Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

About Massey Consulting:
Massey Consulting, based in Raleigh, N.C., specializes in accounting software consulting, selection, implementation, integration and support for Intacct Financial Accounting and Microsoft Dynamics GP. Massey Consulting’s team of consultants provides customers a wealth of practical field experience gained as controllers, accountants, and information systems professionals in a wide range of business environments.

About Dawn Westerberg Consulting:
Dawn Westerberg – http://dawnwesterberg.com/ – invites business owners to ‘fall in love with your business again’ through a sound marketing strategy that drives results and profits. Dawn Westerberg Consulting LLC assists companies in developing marketing plans that take full advantage of online and traditional marketing to create lead demand from ideal prospects. A Certified Duct Tape Marketing Consultant, Dawn is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the country on the topics of marketing, social media, online presence, and blogging. With headquarters in Austin, Texas, she serves customers in the United States and Canada.

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Bob Moog Foundation’s Educational Initiative Ignites Rare Collaboration Between Asheville City School and Buncombe County Schools

ASHEVILLE, N.C., Nov. 30, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool (DBSS), the Bob Moog Foundation’s hallmark educational project, is expanding to serve two school districts in Western North Carolina. Twenty-five teachers from Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools will be teaching the 10-week curriculum to over 500 second grade students beginning in January. This marks the first time that the two school districts have collaborated on a teaching program.

Through Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, children learn the science of sound through the magic of music using electronic musical instruments, oscilloscopes, custom materials and acoustic instruments. DBSS teachers receive instruction on the curriculum for four months prior to beginning teaching.

Kay McLeod, the Science Instructional Coach for Buncombe County Schools, says, “There is something very special about our two groups of second grade teachers training and planning together for teaching the Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool lessons. Sharing the materials, training, and anticipation of how students will react to the quality of these science experiences and materials has been phenomenal. It is perfectly aligned with our combined vision for science, STEAM not just STEM. It is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in its finest form, yet adds the joy of the Arts, its creativity and sheer fun, to make it a totally riveting experience to share.”

McLeod continues, “We are so fortunate to have this historic opportunity, linking the innovation, character, and perseverance of our area’s famous Bob Moog, his foundation. and our school systems in this common goal. There is a growing vision of Sound School expanding across our area, state, and country and I hope that in some small way our two systems joining hands and working together can provide the beginning steps that help bring that vision to reality. The level of this training and experience is very unique and can be attributed directly to the Bob Moog Foundation, its quality, vision, and leadership.”

Donalyn Small, Science Instructional Coach for Asheville City Schools comments, “It is both an honor and a privilege for our school districts to have this opportunity to work together in an effort to provide our students with hands-on, investigatory learning experiences that lead to a conceptual understanding of the science of sound. The lessons are authentic, with real world relevancy that truly leave a lasting impact on our students. I would love to see Dr. Bob’s Sound School continue to grow so that students all over our country can learn the science of sound through this progressive curriculum!”

The final teacher training session takes place on December 3, 2012 at Jones Elementary School. Marc Doty, BMF Education Specialist, will lead the trainings, accompanied by other members of the BMF educational team. The students will begin DBSS in mid-January, 2013. The teacher training is open to members of the press.

More information: http://www.moogfoundation.org/ .

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Four Seasons Named A Top North Carolina Hospice Provider

FLAT ROCK, N.C., Nov. 27, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Four Seasons, Compassion for Life (www.fourseasonscfl.org) has received recognition as a top hospice care provider in the state for its significant percentage of patients served for almost a decade.

The organization ranks second of 157 hospice care providers in North Carolina, according to figures in the annual statewide Death Service Ratio (DSR) report released last month. The Death Service Ratio is a simple, practical measure for monitoring hospice utilization.

“This death service ratio is one of the best indicators of how well a hospice organization is serving those who needs its services,” says Chris Comeaux, president and chief executive officer of Four Seasons.

In 2010, the most recent year for which figures are available, national hospice utilization was up by seven percent, with a national average of 41.1 percent. North Carolina ranked 26 in hospice utilization, with an average rate of 40.6 percent. Within Henderson County, Four Seasons served almost 75 percent of patients at their end of life through its hospice and palliative care programs, and was recognized as the leading provider of hospice services in North Carolina. For more information on Four Seasons’ services, visit http://www.fourseasonscfl.org .

With a national upward hospice utilization trend of 1.5 – 2 percent each year since 2006, and a 2.2 percent increase in North Carolina in 2009-2010, the region demonstrates an increase in the number of patients who receive hospice care.

“The vision of Four Seasons is to provide the best end-of-life care to all those who need it in western North Carolina,” says Comeaux.

More than 1.58 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in the U.S., according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Four Seasons serves more than 1,000 patients in western North Carolina each day.

Four Seasons is a non-profit organization with a dedicated team of health care professionals, social workers, spiritual care professionals and volunteers. A Circle of Life award recipient from the American Medical Association for innovative, quality hospice services, Four Seasons currently serves patients in Henderson, Buncombe, Macon, Jackson, Swain and Transylvania counties and surrounding areas. For more information, visit http://www.fourseasonscfl.org .

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Legendary Synthesist Roger Powell Donates a Piece of Music History to the Bob Moog Foundation

Roger Powell and Bob Moog 1974ASHEVILLE, N.C. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In celebration of its recent six-year anniversary, the non-profit Bob Moog Foundation is pleased to announce a generous donation from American synthesist Roger Powell: a dual-manual keyboard that Moog Music custom built for him in 1974. The keyboard, which Powell acquired shortly after joining Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, was part of a synthesizer comprising two Moog System 55 cabinets housing a host of modules.

“The keyboard was designed to my specifications,” says Powell. “Bob himself worked on the mixer circuit design.” Powell had been doing clinics for Moog Music in the U.S. and Europe, sometimes with Bob Moog when the system was assembled for touring with Utopia.

Like a lot of Moog gear, Powell’s keyboard comes with a fascinating story:

“After the first evening of a two-night booking in Cleveland, the custom keyboard was stolen from the stage. Strangely, the modular system cabinets were left untouched. My guess is that the thief believed the keyboard itself to be playable, as it resembled a two-manual organ. A few years later, the System 55s were destroyed in a warehouse fire, thus removing all remnants of the original system.

“In 2002, much to my surprise, the missing keyboard was listed on eBay. The person offering the keyboard had no idea it had been stolen and was not the thief. (He was younger than the age of the keyboard.) I was able to negotiate its return and have held onto it since, hoping to refurbish it but never completing that project.

“After Bob’s demise and the creation of the Bob Moog Foundation, it occurred to me that the custom keyboard deserved to be in a place where it can serve as my personal tribute to my dear friend Bob Moog. Bob and I spent some very happy times together; I will always remember laughing a lot with him, as we both shared an acerbic, wisecracking sense of humor.”

The Bob Moog Foundation is honored to accept Powell’s donation, and we look forward to restoring the keyboard to its original condition. Our goal is to display it publicly so that, in Powell’s words, “People can enjoy seeing it and hearing about its interesting past.”

The Bob Moog Foundation is quick becoming a repository for a variety of donated artifacts from music and synthesizer enthusiasts from all over the world. The foundation is stewarding the preservation of donated items including: synthesizers, controllers, photos, schematics, correspondence, equipment, literature and more. Interested donors can contact the foundation at info@moogfoundation.org.

Visit online: http://moogfoundation.org .

MEDIA CONTACT:
Bob Moog Foundation
Michelle Moog-Koussa
828-215-8414

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Military Spouses Will Walk the Stage in Fayetteville/Fort Bragg!

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C., Oct. 12, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Lakewood College, headquartered in Lakewood, Ohio, is pleased to announce that they will be hosting this year’s graduation ceremony in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 at the new Embassy Suites Fayetteville/Fort Bragg.

“When I founded the institution, I had one objective in mind and that was to ‘improve the quality of life of our students by providing excellent and affordable educational programs,’” states Tanya Haggins, President of Lakewood College.

“As we prepare to gather in Fayetteville, to celebrate our students’ accomplishments, I can say that we are all very proud of how far our students have come and what they have achieved. We are looking forward to meeting everyone in the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg area, where many of our military spouses and their families are stationed and also the location where our students voted for this year’s commencement ceremony,” said Haggins.

Lakewood College was recently added to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Lakewood College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows, we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” said Collins.

A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools was highlighted in the annual “G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools,” in early October.

Lakewood College provides diploma and degree programs for top careers in business, medical and legal fields. Every year, thousands of active duty members, veterans and military spouses receive a quality, excellent education with no out of pocket expenses. To find out more, please visit http://www.lakewoodcollege.edu/ .

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Heart IT Announces Record Sales for 1st Half of 2012

DURHAM, N.C., July 31, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Heart IT, the global leader that pioneered the first FDA approved zero footprint medical imaging workstation, today announced record sales for the first half of 2012. Revenue for the first half of 2012 was two and one half times the revenue for the same period last year, and nearly exceeded total revenue for all of 2011.

Fiscal year 2011 itself set an all-time company record for revenue generated by sales to health care providers and clinical trials organizations. Record sales were attributed to its flagship product: WebPAX®.

Hospitals in the U.S. and around the globe are purchasing WebPAX® for the unique features, abilities and economic price it offers. WebPAX® provides the capability to acquire medical images from any DICOM compliant scanner and then make those images readily available on any computer through any web-browser without the need for clients or plug-ins (zero footprint imaging), essentially turning any computer into a medical image viewing workstation. This feature gives hospitals the ability to easily share medical images and reports with referring physicians via e-mail and the internet.

Even though web based, WebPAX is diagnostic capable and has received FDA 510k clearance. WebPAX® also provides the capability to upload medical images remotely which alleviates the need to send images manually via CDs. These and other key features are driving hospitals to make the decision to acquire WebPAX® in order to effectively manage and distribute medical images across their enterprise.

About Heart IT:
Founded in 2000 and headquartered near North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, Heart IT is a global leader in the medical image web enablement field. Their flagship product, WebPAX® is the first FDA approved zero foot-print medical image workstation. It provides web-based medical image management technology and services to health care systems, large hospitals and private clinics as well as drug and device companies sponsoring multi-center clinical trials. Worldwide, WebPAX® systems currently provide secure web browser access to over one billion medical images. For more information visit our website at http://www.heartit.com/ .

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Heart IT Announces election to acquire WebPAX(R) system to Manage Medical Images

DURHAM, N.C., July 24, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Heart IT, the global leader that pioneered the first FDA approved zero footprint medical imaging workstation, has announced that WebPAX® has been purchased by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in order to help manage and distribute medical images from their Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Lab.

There are several key features and capabilities that are made available through the use of the WebPAX® image management system. Customers are able to acquire medical images from any DICOM compliant scanner and then make those images readily available on any computer with any web-browser without the need for clients or plug-ins (zero footprint imaging). WebPAX® also provides the unique capability to create web-based reports from any computer. This gives the physicians great flexibility as they will be able to view medical images and finalize reports from virtually anywhere that they have web access.

Despite being web-based, WebPAX® is diagnostic capable and has received FDA 510k clearance. Hospitals are also able to easily share medical images and reports with referring physicians. Once the image has been read, it can be securely shared with the referring physician via e-mail and the web. This ability directly supports our customers’ commitment to exceptional patient care and enables a great outreach effort to their referring physician community.

About Heart IT:
Founded in 2000 and headquartered near North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, Heart IT is a global leader in the medical image web enablement field. Their flagship product, WebPAX® is the first FDA approved zero foot-print medical image workstation. It provides web-based medical image management technology and services to health care systems, large hospitals and private clinics as well as drug and device companies sponsoring multi-center clinical trials. Worldwide, WebPAX® systems currently provide secure web browser access to over one billion medical images. For more information visit our website at http://www.heartit.com/ .

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Heart IT Announces that SIAT has elected to acquire WebPAX(R) to Manage Medical Images in Multi-Hospital Setting

DURHAM, N.C., July 17, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Heart IT, the global leader that pioneered the first FDA approved zero footprint medical imaging workstation announced today that the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT), a branch of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), has elected to acquire WebPAX® in order to receive and share medical images across multiple hospitals.

SIAT is engaged in comprehensive and multi-disciplinary medical research. They required an effective system to allow them to readily receive and manage medical images from a number of hospitals (across a large geographical area) participating in medical research activities. SIAT also needed a way to make those images available to multiple scientists in different locations without having to purchase several, costly licenses for specialized viewing stations.

WebPAX® provided the perfect solution and helped SIAT create a Medical Image Network. WebPAX® offers the capability to easily upload medical images via the web from any location in the globe. Once the images have been acquired and stored in the database, SIAT scientists can view them from any computer with a browser without any specialized client software. The unlimited license (standard with all WebPAX® systems) meant significant savings for SIAT since they could use their existing computer infrastructure without additional license purchases. WebPAX® delivered the necessary technology to provide SIAT with a Medical Image Network easily and affordably.

About Heart IT:
Founded in 2000 and headquartered near North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, Heart IT is a global leader in the medical image web enablement field. Their flagship product, WebPAX® is the first FDA approved zero footprint medical image workstation. It provides web-based medical image management technology and services to health care systems, large hospitals and private clinics as well as drug and device companies sponsoring multi-center clinical trials. Worldwide, WebPAX® systems currently provide secure web browser access to over one billion medical images. For more information visit our website at http://www.heartit.com/ .

About SIAT:
As a branch of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) in Southern China, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT) was jointly established by Chinese Academy of Science, Shenzhen municipal government and Chinese University of Hong Kong in Feb, 2006. SIAT is an innovative national research institute committed to medical research, internationalization and industrialization. SIAT engages in comprehensive and multi-disciplinary researches in several divisions: “Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Integration Technology” (SIIT); “Institute of Biomedical and Health Engineering” (IBHE); “Institute of Advanced Computing and Digital Engineering” (IACDE); “Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology(IBB).”

For more information, visit http://english.siat.cas.cn/ .

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