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Sumner Newscow report â€” Independence, Kansas Mercy hospital announced Thursday it will be closing next month.In a news release, the hospital said it has decidedÂ to close its doors on October 10 after looking at multiple options over the past year and a half. Â The closure will include all in-patient services, the emergency department and ambulatory surgery.â€œThis was not the outcome we had sought or expected at the beginning of the discernment process, and our hearts are heavy,â€ said Lynn Britton, Mercy president and chief executive officer.â€œHowever, like many other rural health care providers today, we have struggled to remain viable in the face of a changing environment and economy.â€Â In the release, Britton cited declining population and the challenges of recruiting and retaining physicians, increasing capital improvement needs and shrinking reimbursement as factors in theÂ decision to close.Last year, the hospital formed a task force to consider an affiliation with the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, but those discussions were stopped last monthÂ after both hospitals were unable to reach an agreement assuring continuation of health services in Independence.â€œWe worked tirelessly to find a solution that would preserve key health services in Independence, with tremendous support from city officials, our state legislator and the community at large,â€ said Kim Day, interim leader for Mercy Independence.â€œUnfortunately, despite the best efforts of many, we were not able to achieve that goal.â€The hospital is working with 190 employees in Independence and some may be able to transfer to other Mercy facilities.â€œOur co-workers have been resilient throughout this extended period of discernment, always focused on providing exceptional care and service,â€ said KimÂ Day.â€œWe are so grateful for their professionalism, patience and grace, and we are indebted to each and every one of them.â€The Independence hospital is also working with local Mercy Clinic physicians to determine their future plans.With its closure, Montgomery County will have only one hospital, which is located in Coffeyville.Follow us on Twitter. 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Thank you Democrats for passing Obamacare Report Reply 0 replies · active 257 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Guest · 257 weeks ago Thank you, Gov. Brownback, for refusing to expand Medicaid to low-income Kansans, which would have brought over $725 million in federal funds since Jan., 2014 to Kansas hospitals to help pay for patients unable to afford health insurance and meet poverty guidelines. As is his governing style, Gov. Brownback’s refusal is based on purely political reasons. This refusal to help Kansas residents and hospitals has cost our local hospital approximately $300,000 – $400,000 per year in revenue. See article in Sept. 9 Business Section of Wichita Eagle. Report Reply 1 reply · active 256 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down WellDone · 256 weeks ago Thank the democRATS for obamacare first. Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down JIM · 257 weeks ago Put the blame where it belongs on the DEMOCRATS. They are 100% at fault for the healthcare crises. Report Reply 0 replies · active 257 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down SMH · 257 weeks ago The next Headline may be “SRMC to close” Guess combining Wellington hospital with st Lukes wasn’t such a good idea after all. Sure miss that small little hospital on the south end of town Report Reply 0 replies · active 257 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Guest · 256 weeks ago This will be a shame if that is the next headline. This hospital may have its issues but you don’t want to live in a town without one. In an emergency it’s nice to have quick access to healthcare. Report Reply 0 replies · active 256 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Humboldt State softball team enters 2017 season confident that another run to nationals could be in the cards
Arcata >> The memories, both good and bad, of nearly winning the Humboldt State softball team’s third national title in softball are still fresh in their minds.For those who were a part of the 2016 roster — be it now-sophomores, juniors or seniors — they experienced both the highs and the lows that took the Jacks on a postseason run from their home field in Arcata where they won the West Region title to national tournament in Denver.One win. That is all that separated HSU from ending the …
Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Trends IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… steven walling It’s become fashionable among a certain set to declare that RSS is no longer the foremost pipeline for news and information on the Web. Steve Gillmor and innumerable others have said they’ve abandoned their RSS readers in favor of Twitter. Twitter hiring Feedburner’s CEO seemed to compound this trend towards dismissing RSS as old hat (though headlines shouldn’t always be taken literally).The usual suspects, such as Dave Winer and our own RSS geek, quickly jumped to the defense of really simple syndication. But where was the data to back them up? And what do businesses think about RSS? The McKinsey Global Survey on Web 2.0 in business came out yesterday, and out of the almost 1,700 executives they talked to, 42% said they see a measurable benefit from RSS. That’s 24% more than those who see any benefit from microblogging (i.e. Twitter).A big part of the disillusionment techies are feeling with RSS may be misdirected. Gillmor and the boys over at CNETZDnet both spent a lot of time talking about the failures of Google Reader to deliver news that matters in a timely fashion. Many of the complaints are problems with Google Reader, not with RSS. Entire businesses have been built on improving the creaky interface of Reader. Gillmor isn’t the only one to confuse RSS with the apps that deliver it. The definition McKinsey provided to execs was “RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an application that allows people to subscribe to online distributions of news, blogs, podcasts, or other online information.” As Winer puts it so well, RSS is how the news flows. But both the public Web and enterprises are using RSS, which is embedded in numerous applications, to do more than just news gathering on items that would be Twitter-worthy. McKinsey Quarterly’s survey was conducted online in June of this year, and garnered 1,695 responses from executives working in a wide range of regions and verticals. The aim of the survey was to ask “about the value they have realized from their Web 2.0 deployments in three main areas: within their organizations; externally, in their relations with customers; and in their dealings with suppliers, partners, and outside experts.” The specific technologies McKinsey asked about included everything from wikis to mashups and prediction markets. 69% of respondents said they’re seeing measurable gains from these types of technologies both internally and externally. RSS racked up quite a bit of support from the executives, coming in third after blogs and video sharing sites. While Steve Gillmor and others may have kicked RSS to the curb in favor of Twitter and other tools, people outside the sphere of early adopters are getting a lot of rewards from RSS still. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now
dan rowinski Tags:#Samsung Samsung can teach us a lot of lessons. Sometimes, you just need to change everything you are doing. In 1995, Samsung chairman Lee Kun Hee piled 2,000 inoperable cellphones on the pavement at the company’s manufacturing plant in Gumi, South Korea. He then burnt them all to the ground. What was left was ground to dust by bulldozers.According to an in-depth report on the internal processes of Samsung by Sam Grobart at Bloomberg Businessweek, Chairman Lee had given the cellphones to employees as Christmas gifts. They turned out not to work and the bonfire that ensued has been a defining moment in the way Samsung approaches its business ever since.Chairman Lee, as he affectionately known, took over Samsung in the late 1980’s after the death of the company’s founder, his father. He then set out to build his own global empire. That included completely rethinking everything that the company had ever done. Lee assembled his executives in Frankfurt, Germany in the early 1990s and delivered a three-day speech, known now as the Frankfurt Declaration.“Change everything but your wife and children,” was the main message, according to Grobart. In a way, this was the real bonfire that spurred Samsung to the heights of global manufacturing and the leader in the smartphone wars years later.This is a lesson that Samsung’s competitors can learn from.Burn Your Crappy Smartphones To The GroundThe competitive landscape in the smartphone business is … well, it’s not good. There is Samsung. There is Apple. Then there are a bunch of has-beens and wannabes. That list includes former powerhouses of the gadget world, companies that nobody ever thought would be in decline. Nokia, BlackBerry, Motorola, HTC and Sony are the headliner has-beens, while Huawei, LG and ZTE are among the wannabes. Media gets its hands on the Samsung Galaxy S4What is the lesson that each can learn from Samsung? Each should take its mediocre and middling smartphones and burn them to the ground. Then get that bulldozer and grind them to dust. Anybody who has ever lived with an HTC Thunderbolt would probably be extremely happy to see a pile of them in flames. Or maybe a group of Motorola Razrs or Atrix smartphones. Or anything running BlackBerry OS 7. These companies got complacent and made mediocre products aimed at the top of the market. Samsung ate their lunch. And now they need to completely rethink their products to compete. In the end, that should lead consumers to better choices of smartphones and, hopefully, cheaper prices. Already BurningSome burning has already begun, of course. Google is clearing the Motorola pipeline and working on a so-called “X” smartphone that has had some wild rumors attached to it, such as personally customizable hardware and a 4000 mAh battery. (For comparison, Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 will sport a 2600 mAh battery.)Similarly, after the debacle that was 2011 — see: Thunderbolt and its ilk — HTC redesigned its products and came out with the critically acclaimed HTC One X in 2012 and now the HTC One 2013. Great phones in hand, HTC just now needs to burn everything else down about its approach, from its marketing to distribution. The company has started this approach with aggressive marketing efforts aimed against Samsung’s newest Galaxy S4 smartphones. BlackBerry basically set fire to its entire smartphone lineup and is coming fresh with BlackBerry 10, which has shown early signs of success. Samsung Electronics president and head of mobile JK Shin introduces Galaxy S4Nokia may be in a tough spot. Its “burning” metaphor has already come and passed when CEO Stephen Elop wrote the infamous “burning platform” memo, ditched the company’s MeeGo and Symbian operating systems and went all-in with Microsoft’s Windows Phone mobile operating system. As yet that bet has not really paid off for Nokia and it’s hard to envision a future where it will.The smartphone industry is a fickle beast. Nokia’s example shows that, even when you do pile up your old strategy into a rhetorical pile and set it on fire, that does not guarantee you will succeed on the other end.There is more to Samsung’s ascendancy than Chairman Lee’s pile of burning plastic and metal, of course. Samsung succeeds because it is hyper-focused, controls most of its own component processing and spends a ton of money on marketing. It can iterate on ideas faster than its rivals and spread its distribution further. Its rivals, HTC in particular, just don’t have the bandwidth to match it. Top image courtesy Shutterstock Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
In anticipation of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, the Tokyo Organizing Committee recently unveiled the official dance and theme song of the biggest sporting competition in the world.ADVERTISEMENT According to a report on Japan Times, a meeting attended by Mori was held later in the day, where he urged organizers to speed up preparations for the games and meet the tight schedule.Meanwhile, the preparations for the 2020 Olympics has not gone smoothly as hoped and has encountered several delays. This includes a scandal caused by a construction worker who committed suicide while working on the National Stadium, the report said.The opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympic Games kicks off on July 24, 2020. KI/rgaRELATED STORIES:Olympics: Kids to choose Tokyo 2020 mascotsFaster, higher, rustier: Medals from Rio Olympics damagedEvaluating LA bid for 2024 Olympics requires imaginationADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Revolving around the concept of “HAPPY＆PEACE,” the theme song of the spirited event is dubbed as “Tokyo Olympic Ondo-Ondo 2020,” a remake of the original song from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics titled “Tokyo Gorinto Ondo.”The dance, which was first shown at an event held at the Toranomon Hills complex in Minato ward, was first introduced by Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori on stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWith the event being streamed live on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Facebook account, the dance that accompanied the theme song was later demonstrated on stage. The performers were joined by several Olympians, including 2012 London Games gold medalist Homare Sawa.The esteemed athlete donned the “yukata”, or summer kimono, printed with the Olympic logo. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cavaliers name Koby Altman full-time general manager FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’
ESPNWhich college football programs are in the best shape to maintain success moving forward? ESPN attempted to answer that question this week, using an interesting methodology. A panel of the network’s analysts – Heather Dinich, Brad Edwards, Travis Haney, Sharon Katz, Tom Luginbill, Ted Miller, Adam Rittenberg and Mark Schlabach – used five different metrics to answer the question.Their top 25 – which is based on coaching, current talent, recruiting, title path and program foundation – was released Tuesday afternoon. Alabama, unsurprisingly, came out on top.Future Power Rankings: Alabama reclaims the top spot https://t.co/mLaOh8znKZ— ESPN SEC (@ESPN_SEC) July 6, 2016Ohio State followed at No. 2. Here’s the rest of the top 10. If you want to see the full top 25, head over to ESPN.1. Alabama 2. Ohio State 3. Florida State 4. Clemson 5. Michigan 6. LSU 7. Stanford 8. Oklahoma 9. Notre Dame 10. Michigan StateDo you agree with the list? Or are they off base on a few of the programs?
TORONTO – The family of an 11-year-old Toronto girl has reportedly apologized for the “pain and anger” they caused, after the girl’s claim that a man cut her hijab turned out not to be true.“This has been a very painful experience for our family,” said the statement, first reported by the Toronto Star.“We want to thank everyone who has shown us support at this difficult time. Again, we are deeply sorry for this and want to express our sincere apologies to every Canadian.”Toronto police began investigating the alleged incident as a hate crime last Friday, after the girl said she was attacked twice on the way to school by a man who cut her hijab with scissors.The alleged incident made international headlines and drew swift public condemnation from the prime minister, Ontario’s premier and Toronto’s mayor.On Monday, police announced that their investigation was complete and the alleged incident did not happen.They said no charges would be laid.Spokesman Mark Pugash said in an interview that police weren’t prepared to discuss how the situation escalated.He stressed that it’s “very unusual” for someone to make such false allegations, and he hopes it will not discourage others from coming forward.Canadian Muslim organizations expressed similar concerns, saying they feared others who experience hate crimes may be reluctant to report them out of worry that they will not be believed.In their statement Wednesday, the girl’s family said when they heard her story, they “assumed it to be true, just like everyone else.”They added, “We only went public because we were horrified that there was such a perpetrator who may try to harm someone else.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story to clarify a comment attributed to police spokesman Mark Pugash
APTN National NewsOttawa police are looking for an Inuk woman and her five-week-old son. The two have been missing since Friday and police say her family is concerned for their well-being.Madeline Atagootak, 20, and her son Elijah were reported missing Friday evening. She was last seen in the area of Somerset Street East around noon.Atagootak is described as 5’2″ (157 cm), 115lbs (52 kg) with brown hair past her shoulders. There was no clothing description available.If you know where Madeline and Elijah currently are, please immediately contact Ottawa police dispatch at 613-230-6211.If you have information that could assist investigators, but do not know where he is currently, please contact the Missing Persons Unit 613-236-1222, ext. 2355 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, daily.Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.
Kolkata: The driver of a private car was killed and its four female occupants injured when it collided head on with a private bus on Dufferin Road in Esplanade area on Sunday afternoon.The injured, who are MA students of distance education at Rabindra Bharati University (RBU), have been admitted to SSKM hospital. The condition of one Rakhi Manna of Gazipur, Howrah, is stated to be critical. According to police sources, the bus of route no 12D was headed towards Howrah station, while the private vehicle with the four students was travelling in the opposite direction towards Second Hooghly Bridge when the accident occurred at around 2.10 pm. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Prima facie it appears that the private car somehow went to the wrong lane either in a bid to overtake another vehicle or due to loss of control because of wet road and rammed into the bus. The bus tried to take left to avoid the collision and lost control and went on to the footpath. We are checking CCTV footages and gathering circumstantial evidences for further leads,” an officer of Maidan police station said.The accident spot near the crossing of Mayo Road and Dufferin Road comes under the jurisdiction of Maidan Police station. The bus and the mangled private vehicle have been seized and search is on for the bus driver who managed to flee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe driver of the vehicle identified as Pappu (25). who was rushed to SSKM hospital by the police, was declared brought dead.The four others, who have suffered injuries, include Sunita Jana of village Binala under Joypur police station in Howrah, Sanchita Karmakar of village Thalia, Joypur, Howrah, Rajashree Manna and Jagatballavpur Howrah and Rakhi Manna of Gazipur, Howrah. All of them were returning home from Joypuria College, which was the centre for their MA examination under distance mode. They were all headed towards their residences at different places in Howrah district.Among the four students, Rakhi has suffered severe injuries on her head and mouth, while the condition of other three are stated to be stable.