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Thanks to Invacare touchscreen technology has now been encompassed into powerchairs

BASEL, Switzerland, Aug-28-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Global brand leader Invacare brings next generation technology to powerchairs, following extensive trials and consumer-led insights. Touch screen technology is used daily on devices such as smartphones and tablets and thanks to Invacare, this smart technology has now been encompassed into powerchairs.

The innovative REM400 remote has an impressive 3.5” colour touch screen that puts the user in complete control. Its features include:

• Swipe or tap operation
• Direct or menu navigation access to profiles and functions
• Adjustable brightness
• Glove mode setting
• Screen lock out function
• Configured for left or right handed use

And it doesn’t end there. The REM400 has built-in Bluetooth which allows connection to PC’s, laptops and Macs. Its integrated mouse mover with on screen mouse clicks lets users connect to their world through their remote.

One of the great benefits of a touch screen remote is that there are no fixed buttons. This makes the REM400 suitable for those with more complex physical and cognitive needs.

To see the REM400 in action, checkout the new video.

To find out more about Invacare LiNX, please visit www.invacarelinx.com.

Download the REM400 brochure.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Invacare adds a range of specialist controls to its LiNX powerchair range

CARDIFF, United Kingdom, Aug-24-Aug-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Global brand leader Invacare is once again raising the bar in the powerchair market, following on from the successful launch of the LiNX control system last year. Invacare has taken the smart technology a step further with a new touch screen remote, in-built Bluetooth technology, enhanced programming features and a range of specialist controls, all available on the remarkable Invacare LiNX powerchair range.

Touch screen remote
Introducing next generation technology to powerchairs, Invacare is pleased to present the REM400 remote with its 3.5” interactive screen that requires minimal force to operate. Following extensive customer-insight research, this innovative remote can be configured to a users’ physical and cognitive ability, thanks to its extensive functional capabilities. Also available is a REM500, a display only version of the REM400. Both remotes can be used with a wide range of specialist controls.

Bluetooth technology
The REM400 and REM500 controls have built-in Bluetooth technology to allow users to connect to their PC, Mac and compatible Android devices that have built-in HID functionality.

Enhanced programming features
The LiNX system now allows professionals to mix and match the drive, seating and environmental controls in order to customise the display to suit the user’s lifestyle. E.g. The profiles can be customised by names such as Home, Outdoor and Work, with functions specific to each one. Profiles can also be set by user input options i.e. head control.

Another new feature is the ability to adjust the joystick commands. The basic commands on a powerchair are forward, reverse, left and right but there are also other commands such as tilt, recline, lights, horns etc. to consider. The REM400 and REM500 allow these commands to be changed to suit the user, based on frequency or even by accessibility.

Specialist controls
To maximise a user’s control and independence, the REM400 and REM500 allow a selection of specialist user inputs to be used on Invacare’s remarkable powerchairs. They range from head controls, chin controls, Sip ‘n’ puff systems, joystick options, proximity switches and dual controls, allowing Invacare to provide a control solution for many powerchair users. To help professionals select the best control for a powerchair user, Invacare has put together a useful app with five simple steps to assist with the process. Take a look at the app by visiting www.linx4you.com plus it can downloaded from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

TDX SP2 base updates
The above offering is available on all Invacare LiNX powerchairs, with a selection of the specialist controls only compatible with the TDX SP2 Ultra Low Maxx – and it is with this chair that Invacare is now able to fully enter the complex rehab market. For more information on the TDX SP2 Ultra Low Maxx, visit www.invacareULM.com. As well as feature heavy, the TDX SP2 base itself can be customised thanks to the 10 contemporary shroud and rim insert options available which sit nicely on its new black tyres and castors. There is a new single sided fork option on the front and rear castors.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

JobMedic.com Revolutionizing Healthcare Recruiting for Job Seekers and Employers

Houston, Texas, March 18, 2015 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — JobMedic.com is a new Houston-based company with a mission to improve healthcare recruiting. It is a new comprehensive web platform to find healthcare jobs and pair them with qualified candidates. JobMedic.com will serve as a new access point in the Healthcare Industry, providing relevant news summaries and information, career opportunities, company profiles, relevant career discussions, continued education and more.

“The need for a platform of this nature came to our attention when we found out there are currently thousands of unfilled jobs within the Texas Medical Center. We decided to create an evolved job board to better connect job seekers and employers within the Healthcare field for a more useful experience,” says Matt Bertram, Head of Business Development.

Different from other job-search engines, JobMedic.com serves as a talent acquisition platform and is an efficient way for employers to advertise healthcare positions and attract qualified job seekers.

Kyle Johnson, CMO & CTO at JobMedic.com, states, “Other job site platforms fail to cater to the needs of the healthcare industry and/or are extremely broad for recruiters to efficiently maneuver within a timely manner. We want to be the one-stop-shop for job seekers and employers under the healthcare umbrella to locate and place top candidates within the industry.”

For every approved resume that is uploaded, JobMedic.com will donate to the Doctors without Borders organization to support medical actions being conducted throughout 70 countries around the world. JobMedic.com will be running a campaign to raise $10,000 by July 2015.

Job Seeker, meet JobMedic. from JobMedic on Vimeo.

For more information, please visit our website for further details and a brief video that highlights all of the JobMedic.com functions: https://jobmedic.com/.

For all press inquiries please reach out to press@jobmedic.com

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Health Gorilla Releases Mobile Application for Doctors

Digital Health Leader Expands Marketplace Access with Mobility

SUNNYVALE, CA., 2014-8-20 — /EPR Healthcare News/ — Health Gorilla™, Inc., the first online healthcare marketplace to connect doctors and clinicians with over 9,000+ diagnostic labs and 35,000+ radiology centers, has announced today the release of Health Gorilla mobile.  Health Gorilla mobile provides access to the Health Gorilla Marketplace through the Apple® iPhone® and iPad™.

Today over 68% of doctors have standardized on the Apple platform to communicate with peers and patients. Doctors can now use their mobile devices to place electronic orders with Health Gorilla mobile to diagnostic labs, radiology centers, physical therapy, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and durable medical equipment (DME) and other medical providers nationwide with the ability to track and review the results instantly as they arrive.  Physicians can then forward electronic results within their practice or exchange them with peers and patients to streamline the process and improve quality of care.

According to a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine noted that approximately 59.3% of all of a primary care physician’s daily emails were for the interpretation of test results and 21.7% were responses to patients.  The use of email generally increases the risk for doctors and their patients as most email services are not HIPAA compliant.

Another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that researchers from the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston conducted a survey of primary care practitioners and found that a third reported missing alerts about test results from an electronic health record notification system designed to inform them when a patient has abnormal test results.

Doctors are adopting iPad and iPhones as the platform of choice to communicate with peers and patients. Health Gorilla mobile integrated messaging greatly reduces the risk in communication between a doctor and their patients by offering a fully HIPAA compliant environment. Health Gorilla mobile enables a physician to securely and compliantly forward diagnostic test results, radiology images, admission and discharge summaries and other clinical documents to patients and care coordinators through secure messaging.

Benefits of Health Gorilla Mobile Include:

  • HIPAA compliant and ONC modular certified MU2 solution
  • Order in less time than it takes to use fax forms
  • Receive results faster wherever you are
  • Forward results to patients instantly
  • Immediately refer results to another doctor and send messages
  • Eliminate error prone paper processes
  • Mobile solution available at no charge for doctors and their teams

“We believe that the value proposition is clear and compelling for doctors and their teams.” said Steve Yaskin, Chief Executive Office, Health Gorilla, Inc.  “The existing process is heavily dependent on paper, fax and manual processing.  It is slow, cumbersome and prone to error.  Doctors can better manage their time, and the time of their administrative and care coordinating teams, by using the power of the marketplace through the Health Gorilla app.  Now they have one place to order from any diagnostic lab, radiology center, hospital, physical therapy, sleep center, SNF and other healthcare providers in the United States.  A doctor can start with us the first day and begin ordering through the marketplace immediately.  Health Gorilla is the first to deliver this capability.  No other vendor can provide this benefit.”

Health Gorilla mobile is available as an approved Apple® enterprise application and will be distributed to existing Health Gorilla Marketplace users via a secure link for the next month.  In September Health Gorilla mobile app will be available from the Apple® store and will be fully integrated with the Apple® Health app upon its release.

About Health Gorilla
Health Gorilla™ is the first online healthcare marketplace to connect all doctors and clinicians with over 9,000+ diagnostic labs and 35,000+ radiology centers.  Doctors and their teams can instantly place orders, get results, and completely eliminate paper faxes. Uniquely, our HIPAA compliant and ONC modular certified MU2 solution is available immediately at absolutely no charge for doctors and clinicians.

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For additional information contact Joe Austin via jaustin@theventanagroup.com or call 818-332-6166.

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Health Gorilla Releases Mobile Application for Doctors
Health Gorilla Releases Mobile Application for Doctors

Half Of Australian Workers Have Considered A Career Change In The Past Five Years Says carecareers

carecareers is a NSW government-funded initiative launched to help job seekers connect with the thousands of opportunities in the care sector, and to provide career advice, including what transferrable skills are useful and what on-the-job-training is available.

Job opportunities in the disability and community care sector are booming; employers in this sector are looking to recruit up to 10,000 people in the next five years – because the number of people who require some form of paid-care is expected to rise to 380,000.

There is a need to recruit people across a wide range of positions including:physiotherapistsspeech pathologists, frontline support workers, gardeners, drivers and cooks, as well as executive staff and accountants, marketing, human resources professionals.

Research commissioned by carecareers shows:

More than half of Australian workers (52%) have considered changing careers in the past five years. (57% women, 49% men)

Almost two-thirds of people aged 18-34 have considered a career change in the past five years.

More than half of Australian workers consider the disability and community care sector provides rewarding work. Of the industries surveyed, disability and community care also ranked highest for its respect for workers (35%).

Overview of career changers attracted to work in the sector:

The most common reason given by people looking for a change of career is that they are “looking for a more satisfying and fulfilling career”.

Career changers come from a wide variety of industry sectors with the three largest being retail/sales (23%), administration (12%) and hospitality (14%) industries.

The majority of career changers are women, with an average age of 34.

What has carecareers achieved in the past 12 months?

More than 10,000 job applications for positions have been made through the carecareers service in the past 12 months, an increase of 50% on the previous year.

More than 300 employers across NSW have registered to use carecareers to attract a range of workers in the sector since it launched (January 2010).

The carecareers advisory-service team have spoken personally with thousands of people considering a career in the sector.

What are the benefits of a ‘carecareer’?

There has never been a better time to explore a career in the disability and community care sector. Employment is booming, with 10,000 more people needed to fill a wide variety of roles over the next five years.

Work within the disability and community care sector offers employees flexible working hours, on-the-job training, and employment security, with the demand for staff increasing as the sector booms.

One area of significant job growth in the sector will involve allied health professionals, especially in rural and regional communities. Increasing specialisation of allied health professionals, combined with sector-wide increases in demand for services and a greater focus on recruitment and retention are fuelling demand for these professionals.

Recent research found more than half of respondents recognised the disability and community care sector as providing rewarding work, far ahead of major industry sectors including retail, mining and manufacturing. [Source: Essential Poll, April 2012]

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Jobs Boom In Illawarras Disability And Community Care Sector

The increasing demands of an ageing population and a rise in the numbers of individuals accessing disability services are driving a jobs boom in the disability and community care workforce, with up to an estimated 400 new workers needed in the Illawarra region by 2017.

The Health Care and Social Assistance sector became the biggest employer in both the Wollongong and wider Illawarra region in the year ending August 2011, overtaking Manufacturing, Retail, Public Administration and Education for local employment.

Mike Field, Project Manager, Workforce Recruitment at National Disability Services recently launched a television commercial aimed at promoting the benefits of a career in the sector. The commercial features the experiences of Talia Low, who has cerebral palsy, and the inspiring professionals who have helped support her journey to start high school.

“There has never been a better time to explore a career in the disability and community care sector. Employment is booming, with up to 10,000 new workers needed in NSW to fill a wide variety of roles providing support for more than 380,000 people by 2017,” Mr Field said.

“Recent research found that more than half the number of respondents recognised the disability and community care sector as providing rewarding work, far ahead of other major industry sectors including retail, mining and manufacturing.

“The sector offers a broad range of career choices, from speech pathologists and occupational therapists to drivers, gardeners and IT professionals. Students and young people, return-to-work parents and career changers will play a vital role in filling job vacancies and providing high-quality support services in the future.

“You can go online and take a quick picture-based career quiz to find out what type of job in the sector would suit you best,” he said.

Greenacres Disability Services CEO Stephen Beard said his organisation had supported carecareers since it began in 2009 and recruits staff through the website.

“The carecareers website and online tools are an asset to Greenacres Disability Serviceswhen it comes to recruiting new staff” Mr Beard said.

“A career with a disability or community care provider like Greenacres offers not only a rewarding career, but job security, flexibility and good opportunities for training and career advancement.”

“Greenacres currently supports more than 900 people in Wollongong, Shellharbour, Nowra and surrounding areas each week. We look forward to the challenge of attracting new workers and offering greater career opportunities in years to come.”

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Still Growing: Comfort Medical Opens Retail Outlet

Comfort Medical Supply, LLC located in Ormond Beach, FL since 2005, has been ranked – despite economic pressures – has been ranked on the Inc 500 and Inc 5000 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in the U.S. for two years in a row and is now offering a retail outlet open to the public. The store is located in the Ormond Oaks Plaza in Ormond Beach at 619 S. Yonge St.

Comfort Medical Supply is a national supplier of home medical equipment and is accredited by the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA). An approved Medicare supplier, Comfort supplies to all lower 48 states with 7 locations in the Southeast specializing in complex rehab power chairs, power mobility, drug-free pain therapy and orthotic support devices. Comfort was founded in 2005 and acquired Southeast Mobility Group, LLC in January 2007. The company has continued to grow despite the many obstacles the home medical equipment industry has endured over past years due to legislation affecting Medicare and health care.

Historically, the company ‘s revenues were derived almost exclusively from insurance coverage. However, due to reimbursement cuts in Medicare and other private insurance over the past 2 years, the company has ventured into the retail segment, where products often aren’t covered by insurance. “We recognized that to continue our growth, we had to offer additional products that are sold on a cash basis”, said Craig Daley, President & CEO. “Retail products such as home lifts, vehicle carriers, bathroom safety and daily aids to living are in high demand. When our customers receive a device that is covered by insurance, they soon discover that there a number of other items available that they also need to meet their living needs on a daily basis. Our retail segment is now available to meet those needs at competitive pricing.”

The retail store is open Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Special appointments are available by calling (386) 673-6902.

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Fostering People Ireland Announces Recruitment Events

Fostering People Ireland, the non-statutory Dublin-based fostering agency, has announced two upcoming events aimed at recruiting more carers to help the growing number of children in need of care in the capital and the surrounding area. Fostering People Ireland has grown its reputation since its launch in September 2011, but remains in need of qualified, enthusiastic carers.

The first event will be held at Maudlin House Hotel in Naas, County Kildare on 23 May 2012 from 4pm – 8pm. The second event will be held on 6 June 2012 at the Premier Inn, Airparks in Swords, County Dublin from 4pm – 8pm. Refreshments will be provided at both events.

The fostering agency based in Dublin is encouraging people from all walks of life to come and talk to their advisors about all things fostering, from qualities needed to become a foster carer to fees and allowances. The events are an ideal opportunity for people to have an informal chat with the agency’s foster care experts in order to see if caring would be a good fit for them.

Whilst Foster Care Fortnight is in full swing in the UK, Fostering People Ireland is determined to keep the spotlight firmly on addressing the growing need for carers in the Dublin area.

Lesley Dale, Service Manager at Fostering People Ireland, said: “Events like these are crucial in helping people find out whether fostering is right for them. Whether they are able to drop by for a quick chat or stay for a drink to discuss fostering, we can provide the information that can help them make the decision that has the potential to change the lives of children in need.

“Fostering People have really made a name for themselves in Ireland as an independent fostering agency with a great network of support for its foster carers. We hope that these events will help us get that message across and convince people that deciding to become a foster carer is life changing.”

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NSW Minister For Disability Services Launches TV Ad As Care Sector Jobs Boom

The NSW Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, has launched a new television commercial aimed at promoting the benefits of a career in the sector and the online job listing and portal www.carecareers.com.au.

carecareers, developed by the state’s peak body for disability service providers National Disability Services (NDS) NSW, provides resources, advice and job opportunities to anyone thinking about a career in the sector.

Minister Andrew Constance said carecareers reflects the NSW Government’s commitment to providing training and skilled opportunities for individuals to enter and pursue meaningful careers in the disability and community care sector.

“It is about changing people’s perceptions about the breadth of activities and challenges in the sector, showing the human face and rewarding nature of the work available,” Mr Constance said.

The commercial features the experiences of Talia Low, who has cerebral palsy, and the inspiring professionals who have helped support her journey to start high school.

“There has never been a better time to explore a career in the disability and community care sector. Employment is booming, with up to 10,000 new workers needed to fill a wide variety of roles providing support for more than 380,000 people by 2015,” said Mike Field, Project Manager, Workforce Recruitment at National Disability Services.

“Recent research found that more than half the number of respondents recognised the disability and community care sector as providing rewarding work, far ahead of other major industry sectors including retail, mining and manufacturing. The sector offers a broad range of career choices, from speech pathologists and occupational therapists to drivers, gardeners and IT professionals.”

“Students and young people, return-to-work parents and career changers will play a vital role in filling job vacancies and providing high-quality support services in the future. You can go online and take a quick picture-based career quiz to find out what type of job in the sector would suit you best,” he said.

To view the new carecareers television commercial please visit www.carecareers.com.au/videos/talias-story

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Nightingales’ UK Ltd Staff Awarded Dementia Awareness Certificate

Senior team members at leading UK home care specialist Nightingales have undergone an intensive training course aimed at equipping them with the skills necessary to understand dementia and care techniques associated with the condition.

Alison Emery Managing Director at the Warrington-based care firm and Neil Fitzpatrick, the business’ development and operations manager, both completed the Level Two Award in Awareness of Dementia last month.

Along with developing a greater understanding of dementia, including the different types and causes, the training course covered topics such as the role carers can play, understanding the various needs of dementia sufferers, referrals to specialists and how to improve communication with sufferers.

Mr Fitzpatrick said the knowledge and best practice techniques learnt through the Continuing Professional Development course will be passed on to other staff members at Nightingales to allow as many people as possible to benefit from the training.

He said: “The main reason Alison and I decided to undergo this training was to ensure we continue to develop the business in order to meet the needs of the increasing number of dementia sufferers in the UK.

“Dementia is a common condition. There are currently around 570,000 sufferers in Britain and it is estimated that number could double over the next 30 years. Everyone at Nightingales UK ltd is committed to providing the best possible standard of care and so as a business we see it as essential that all members of our staff have the right training to allow them to meet that aspiration.”

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Nightingales Care Coordinator Named as Finalist in 2011 Care Awards

A senior team member at specialist Home Care Warrington-based Nightingales has been selected as a finalist in the Great North West Care Awards 2011.

Janet Scarisbrick, who works as a care co-ordinator at Nightingales, has been selected as one of five finalists in The Home Coordinator Award category. Janet attended a judging day earlier this year at the Barceló Imperial Hotel in Blackpool where she was interviewed by a panel of judges and will now attend the regional awards night on Friday, October 8.

The awards, now in their third year, are designed to promote social care and the importance of supporting old and vulnerable people in society. At the same time the event serves to celebrate the successes of those individuals, teams and businesses which work so hard to make a positive impact in communities across the UK.

Janet said: “I was honoured to have been selected in the first place and now to have made it through to the final five is just amazing. I’m really looking forward to the awards ceremony – it will be a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people and share ideas.”

Janet will join the other North West finalists for a champagne reception at Blackpool Tower this Saturday night. Guests will then enjoy a gourmet dinner before Coronation Street actress Sally Lindsay takes to the stage to present the evening’s winners with their awards.

Neil Fitzpatrick, business development and operations manager at Nightingales, added: “I am delighted for Janet that she has been shortlisted for this award, having dedicated her life to caring for others.”

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E HealthPoint is One of 15 Innovators From Around the World Recognized for Applying Technology to Benefit Humanity

E-HealthPoint, was today named as a laureate of The Tech Awards 2011, amongst one of 15 global innovators ecognized each year for applying technology to benefit humanity and spark global change. The Tech Awards, a signature program of The Tech Museum, and presented by Applied Materials, Inc., selected E HealthPoint from among more than one thousand nominations representing 54 countries.

“The Tech Awards is an incredible honor, recognizing individuals and organizations whose ideas and execution of those ideas are changing the world, hence this award for E-HealthPoint’s pioneering and futuristic social business model catering to the low-income communities is very gratifying for the community of social entrepreneurs like us ” said Amit Jain, Co- Founder & President, E-HealthPoint. “We are proud to be among those recognized for their contributions, and will continue to develop solutions in healthcare and safe drinking water sectors that improve the overall well being of people worldwide.” added Dr. Allen Hammond Co Founder and Executive Chairman, E HealthPoint

“The global challenges of the day have become increasingly strident, more deeply rooted,” said David Whitman, Vice President of Signature Programs at The Tech Museum. “Still, there is hope. These incredibly impressive Laureates have all proven to be equal to, or better than, the challenge to make the world a better place. By celebrating their accomplishments today, we are encouraging future innovators to work toward solutions to make the world healthier, safer and more sustainable.” This year, the laureates represent the truly global vision of the program, spanning countries such as India, Honduras and Ethiopia. Their work impacts people in many more countries worldwide.

About E-HealthPoint
E HealthPoint, cofounded in 2009 by Al Hammond, Amit Jain & Chris Dickey, is a pioneering and futuristic social enterprise that operates rural clinics that provide safe drinking water, affordable telemedical video consultations by qualified doctors, a wide range of diagnostic tests, and a licensed pharmacy on site in a highly affordable manner for low income communities. During past 18 months in India, E HealthPoint has successfully conducted more than 15,000 diagnostic investigations, 28,000 medical consultations, 33,000 filled-in-prescriptions, and serves more than 4,00,000 people daily with safe drinking water. E HealthPoint has helped such communities (mostly rural) cut down on treatment costs towards water-related diseases and travel costs to urban centres for seeking healthcare as also created hundreds of job opportunities across such villages. E HealthPoint is planning to expand this pioneering healthcare model to other few other countries in near future. Ashoka Innovators for the Public helped in incubating E HealthPoint in 2009.

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Joe Jedlowski Announces New Website Launch

Joe Jedlowski, former regional Vice President, Mid-Atlantic at Atria Senior Group, is proud to announce the launch of his new website, www.joejedlowski.com. On the website, people can read about Joe Jedlowski’s educational background. They’ll learn where he went to school, what he studied and what he planned to do as a result of his study. They’ll learn where Joe Jedlowski has worked, and what he learned as a result of his extensive work experience. They’ll learn a little about Joe Jedlowski’s hobbies and personal life. And finally, they may be inspired to read about what Joe Jedlowski plans to do with his career as he moves forward.

The website, www.joejedlowski.com, is easy to navigate. The site’s path is completely understandable, and graphics are kept to a minimum, so people who are unfamiliar with the Web should still be able to work through the website with a minimum amount of irritation. Graphic elements are also kept to a minimum, so the site will be easy to load, even on computers with slow Internet connection speeds. Joe Jedlowski made sure the site functioned in this way as he knows many of his greatest fans are seniors. He wanted to make sure all of his former clients could keep up with his activities with ease.

www.joejedlowski.com is up and running now. Content will be added regularly, so people are encouraged to check back often to stay up-to-date on what Joe Jedlowski is doing with his life and his career.

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Sizewise Launches First-of-its-Kind Automated Chair-to-Stretcher Device for Safe Patient Handling and Hospital Transport

Sizewise, a growing and diversified medical equipment manufacturer, today announced the newest in its Shuttle Series of products — the industry’s most advanced and secure means for mobilizing patients in a hospital setting. The Shuttle A Series™ is built on the strength and design of its predecessor The Shuttle B Series, which serves as a bariatric transport device.

“We’ve dominated the market with the Shuttle B Series, the only product of its kind to support up to 1,000 lbs, and now we’re pleased to deliver on the demand we’ve heard to create the same Shuttle for more average-sized patients,” said Trever Frickey, chief operating officer at Sizewise.

The Shuttle A Series is the ultimate transitional medical device designed for use in rehabilitation, examination and transportation. The Sizewise Shuttle Series of products are designed to help caregivers with safe patient handling so both the patient and healthcare professional do not suffer costly or life-threatening injuries.

“The Shuttle A Series transforms with the touch of a button from stretcher to chair position and is perfect for use with a lateral transfer device to assist with ambulating a patient,” said Frickey. “The seat assist function is complete with ambulation poles for the safety and confidence of the patient and caregiver.”

Uniquely, the Shuttle A Series has a tilt and recline function, along with an escalating height up or down. The seat has a three-layer foam insert for further comfort and weight distribution and leg supports elevate independently with retractable foot rests. The Shuttle A Series supports a weight capacity of 650 lbs and is the third in a line of Shuttle products – The Shuttle B Series™ and B Series LTC™ (a more economical model) are designed for the bariatric patient up to 1,000 lbs.

With an optional Power Drive, The Shuttle A Series can safely navigate smooth floors, thick carpet and uneven terrain in both the chair and stretcher position. With the ease of a feather-touch hand control, caregivers can propel patients at variable speeds up ramps and over door jambs. A unique center wheel design allows for easy maneuvering.

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Georgia Senior Communities Launch Mission for Haiti

As aid drives continue for Haiti, Dogwood Forest Assisted Living communities are partnering to launch “Hands on Haiti: Family to Family,” an ongoing aid mission to lend support towards the restoration efforts in Haiti and to support Dogwood Forest employees that were personally affected by the earthquake.

Georgia Senior Communities Launch Mission for Haiti

“The months ahead are going to be tough,” said Tami Tucker, life enrichment director at Dogwood Forest of Fayetteville.” “After the media leaves, they will still be there needing our help. Our residents, family members and employees are all pitching in.”

Dogwood Forest aid drives range from collecting packed large zip-closed bags containing cloths, undergarments and toiletries to collecting water, tents and baby formula.

Communities are teaming up with local organizations that are such as Hosea Feed the Homeless the Red Cross and local church ministries to transport items to Haiti.

Kathy Pittman, life enrichment director for Dogwood Forest of Gainesville, said the Haiti mission has spiritual significance for her. “The Spirit of the Lord reminded me of the miracle that Jesus did with two loaves of bread and five fish,” Pittman said. “I believe God will do the same for this ministry if we give. He will bless it and give it back multiplied for the people of Haiti.”

To assist Dogwood Forest communities with Haiti relief efforts, please visit Dogwood Forest at www.trinitylifestyles.com, or contact Trinity at (678)566-0034.

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Health Care Industry Leader Joins Health by Design Executive Team

Health by Design of San Antonio, TX, a leading provider of health care services to businesses and individuals, has recently appointed Omar Rodríguez as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategic Planning. With nearly 30 years in the health care arena, Rodríguez assumes a newly created role to help Health by Design reach more companies with its unique approach to medical care. His first area of concentration will be to further develop the Texas market.

“Omar is an outstanding individual with a wealth of experience and knowledge both in managing companies as President and CEO and administering health care benefits for self-insured companies. As we look to expand our role in helping companies provide quality medical care to their employees through prevention, knowledge and personal care, Omar will be able to bring valuable industry insight to better serve our clients and mission,” said Health by Design CEO and Medical Director Dr. James Ogletree. Health by Design Management President Barney Randol also noted that through fiscal responsibility and client growth and retention Health by Design has had solid year over year revenue growth.

About Health by Design
Founded in 1982 by Dr. David Player in San Antonio, TX, Health by Design successfully blends medical care, physician knowledge and personalized care to provide quality health care for corporations, small businesses and individuals. Utilizing a long practiced unique approach to medical care, Health by Design physicians share a common philosophy of prevention, education and wellness. They perform comprehensive evaluations of a patient’s current physical condition and then develop a program that maximizes their health and lifestyle, while helping employers reduce health care costs and increase productivity. For more information, visit: www.hbdus.com.

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Online Sexual Partners Calculator

According to new research released by Lloydspharmacy, the typical British adult has slept indirectly with 2,811,024 people.

The leading community pharmacy chain has developed an online calculator which allows people to work out the number of indirect sexual partners they have had.

The sexual partners calculator has been developed to help people understand the risks of unprotected sex. According to the Health Protection Agency, cases of sexually transmitted infections rose last year by 0.5%, to 399,738 and cases of Chlamydia increased by eight per cent between 2006 and 2008.

The average British man claims to have had nine sexual partners while the average women claims 6.3 partners, giving an overall average of 7.65. However, as the new calculator demonstrates, they are potentially exposed to the sexually transmitted diseases of hundreds of thousands of others.

The calculator, which uses data collected from more than 6,000 UK adults, is called Sex Degrees of Separation, a reference to the famous theory first proposed by Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy which states that no one person is more than six steps removed from another.

When people enter the age range of each partner, the calculator raids its database to work out how many previous sexual partners people within that age range have had on average. It then repeats this process for five further ‘generations’ of partner. This is added together to give a Sex Degrees of Separation total.

The launch of the calculator coincides with the introduction of Lloydspharmacy’s Relationship Screen, an online postal service which allows people and their partners to have a Chlamydia test – the most common STI in the UK – Gonorrhoea test and HIV test before committing to full intimacy.

Clare Kerr, head of sexual health at Lloydspharmacy said: “When we sleep with someone, we are, in effect, not only sleeping with them, but also their previous partners and their partners’ previous partners, and so on. It’s important that people understand how exposed they are to STIs and take appropriate precautions including using condoms and getting themselves checked out where appropriate.

“A simple sexual health test will give both partners in a relationship peace of mind. The majority of STIs are easy to rectify, but if left untreated, the long term implications can be very serious.”

The Sex Degrees of Separation calculator, and more information about Lloydpharmacy’s sexual health services, can be found at online.

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Nursing Shortfall In The UK, According To Hays, Specialist Recruitment

According to Hays, specialist recruitment, the acute shortage of qualified workers, which continues to plague the nursing sector, is particularly apparent for A&E, critical care (ITU), theatre, intensive care (ICU) and emergency medicine nurses.

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The magnitude of the shortage has however now also spilt over into other areas of nursing jobs such as obstetrician, orthopaedic, anaesthetic and gynaecologist nurses are also highly sought after by the health service. Additionally there is currently a shortage of accident and emergency expertise and a growing requirement for nurses from an emergency medicine background.

“Without a doubt, there is a shortage of nurses in the UK. The available talent from abroad throws an important lifeline given the pressing need for skilled nurses. Around 10% of nurses working in the UK have trained abroad and it is important that skills shortages in the healthcare sector continue to be addressed where possible, using labour from overseas where necessary,” added Simon Hudson, the new Director of Hays Global Resourcing.

The UK has been able to benefit from the global mobility of the nursing sector and tap into the worldwide nursing talent pool to fill its vacancies, however, “The shortage of nurses is not just limited to the UK. Demand exceeds supply across the world, which in turn fuels this cyclical international movement of labour in the nursing profession,” continued Simon.

Many UK nurses are leaving to go and work abroad to destinations such as Canada, Australia, the Middle East and the United States. There are several reasons why nurses from the UK are attracted to overseas destinations, but clearly it is more a case of lifestyle and financial reasons rather than an inability to find a job in the UK.

Nursing in the UK not only offers excellent and varied opportunities to learn valuable skills but also enables individuals to make a positive difference to the lives of others. The NHS encourages applications from people with a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications.

“Going on a work placement or volunteering are excellent routes into the nursing sector and a great way to get a feel for the industry,” said John Faraguna, the newly appointed Managing Director of Hays Health and Social Care. Other ways of entering the industry include cadet schemes and apprenticeships, especially for those with previous NHS experience, for example, clinical support workers and healthcare assistants.

According to recent statistics from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), one in three community nurses are over 50 and over a fifth of practice nurses are over 55, which adds up to around 200,000 nurses who are due to retire over the next decade.

This represents almost 50% of the worker population and this will leave a massive skills shortfall if these problems are not addressed. This is a worrying prospect at a time when the size of the UK’s elderly population looks set to continue to increase over the coming years, meaning the demand for specialist nurses will continue to grow with it.

“The best solution to this issue is a combination of more effective utilisation and retention of skilled nurses, increased emphasis on training new nurses and, in the short term, increased international recruitment” concluded John,

 

About Hays Healthcare:
Hays Healthcare is part of Hays plc, the leading global specialist recruitment group. It is market leader in the UK and Australia, and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe. As at 30 June 2008, the Group employed 8,294 staff operating from 380 offices in 28 countries across 17 specialisms.

For the year ended 30 June 2008:
– the Group had revenues of £2.5 billion, net fees of £786.8 million and operating profit before exceptional items of £253.8 million; 
– the Group placed around 80,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 300,000 people into temporary assignments; 
– the temporary placement business represented 49% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 51% of net fees. 

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WeInterpret.Net and University of Maryland Medical System Expand Contract

WeInterpret.Net has signed a contract with the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and has been providing sign language interpreting services to both the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University Specialty Hospital, both in Baltimore. The additional seven member hospitals have now been added to the contract. Located in Baltimore City and Glen Burnie, along with Cambridge, Easton, and Chestertown on the eastern shore, the list of participating hospitals includes Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Memorial Hospital at Easton, Chester River Hospital Center, Dorchester General Hospital, and the James Lawrence Kernan Hospital. As one of the largest hospital networks and related clinic services in Maryland, hundreds of patients each year require interpreting services to communicate successfully with hospital staff and medical personnel. WeInterpret.Net, providing interpreting services throughout the state of Maryland and in many locations across the country, is pleased to have been chosen by the University Medical System to provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Nationally Certified and Qualified Interpreters provided by WeInterpret.Net assure that the hospital is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. which requires equal access through appropriate methods of communication.

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Appropriate communication methods vary by individual and We Interpret.Net can provide interpreters skilled in American Sign Language, Signed English, The Rochester Method, Cued Speech and Oral Interpretation. In areas such as the Washington / Baltimore metro area, interpreters are in high demand and short supply. “Full-time staff interpreters along with managers who are also certified interpreters, allows the agency to respond to every request with qualified interpreters even on the busiest of days or during the overnight and weekend hours,” stated Tauna Faries, Vice President of Operations for WeInterpret.Net.

About WeInterpret.Net
Maryland Interpreting Services, a Maryland corporation doing business as WeInterpret.Net and WeInterpretLinked was established in 1996. Owner and President, David Stephenson is a nationally certified interpreter. Since its establishment, it has provided some 6 million hours of interpreting services to some 900 customers through offices in Utah, Virginia, Maryland and New Mexico. Staff Interpreters and Independent Sub-Contractors numbering over 1000 provide On-Site (www.WeInterpret.Net) and Video Remote Interpreting. (www.WeInterpretLinked.com)

About University of Maryland Medical System
The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) was created in 1984 when the state-owned University Hospital became a private, nonprofit organization. It has evolved into a multi-hospital system with academic, community and specialty service missions reaching every part of the state and beyond. (www.umm.edu) UMMS is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women’s and children’s health and physical rehabilitation. It also has one of the world’s largest kidney transplant programs, as well as scores of other programs that improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people daily.

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WeInterpret.Net Signs With The University Of Maryland Medical System To Provide Sign Language Interpreting

WeInterpret.Net a Sign Language Interpreting agency in Maryland has a contract with the University of Maryland Medical System and is providing Interpreting services currently to the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University Specialty Hospital, both in Baltimore. This contract is for the provision of services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing patients when communicating with their medical providers. As one of the largest hospitals in the area, the contract for interpreting services is one of the largest outside of the federal government entities in the state of Maryland. This contract allows the hospital to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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WeInterpret.Net has signed a contract with the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and is currently providing signed language interpreting services to both the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University Specialty Hospital, both in Baltimore. As one of the largest hospital networks and related clinic services in Baltimore, hundreds of patients require interpreting services to communicate successfully with hospital staff and medical personnel. WeInterpret.Net, providing interpreting services throughout the state of Maryland and to many locations across the country, is pleased to have been chosen by the University Medical System to provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Nationally Certified and Qualified Interpreters provided by WeInterpret.Net assure that the hospital is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 which requires equal access through appropriate methods of communication

Appropriate communication methods vary by individual and We Interpret.Net can provide interpreters skilled in American Sign Language, Signed English, The Rochester Method, Cued Speech and Oral Interpretation. In areas such as the Washington / Baltimore metro area, interpreters are in high demand and short supply. “Full-time staff interpreters along with managers who are also certified interpreters, allows the agency to respond to every request with qualified interpreters even on the busiest of days or during the overnight and weekend hours,” stated Tauna Faries, Vice President of Operations for WeInterpret.Net.

About WeInterpret.Net
Maryland Interpreting Services, a Maryland corporation doing business as WeInterpret.Net and WeInterpretLinked was established in 1996. Owner and President, David Stephenson is a nationally certified interpreter. Since its establishment, it has provided some 6 million hours of interpreting services to some 900 customers through offices in Utah, Virginia, Maryland and New Mexico. Staff Interpreters and Independent Sub-Contractors numbering over 1000 provide On-Site (www.WeInterpret.Net) and Video Remote Interpreting. (www.WeInterpretLinked.com)

About University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) was created in 1984 when the state-owned University Hospital became a private, nonprofit organization. It has evolved into a multi-hospital system with academic, community and specialty service missions reaching every part of the state and beyond. (www.umm.edu)

UMMS is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women’s and children’s health and physical rehabilitation. It also has one of the world’s largest kidney transplant programs, as well as scores of other programs that improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people daily.

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