Saying thank you

first_imgTo the Editor,I want to say thank you to Carepoint Bayonne Medical Center for the wonderful care they gave my mother, Theresa Kochanski recently.She was there for three weeks. Thank you to the ER and ICU staff who took care of her. Thank you to the second floor staff and to the Transition/Physical Therapy staff for their care. All the nurses and therapists were so very kind, and I am very grateful. Thank you so much to Dr. Brooks, who always looks out for my mother. Thank you to him and Dr. Ramasamy for always keeping me updated on her condition. My family and I are truly grateful. SUSAN BIZUKIEWICZlast_img

An option to serve in COVID-19 fight

first_img From envelopes to emails Testing shortfalls could mean that this country already has hundreds of cases, Chan School’s Lipsitch says “Each hospital, and each clinical department, will decide whether and how this would enhance their efforts,” Hundert said. “The hospitals will let HMS and the students know what their needs are.”For many of the graduating students, the next few weeks will be a time of uncertainty.“I know that some residency programs reached out to their future interns inquiring about their willingness to volunteer and join the intern workforce earlier. I will wait and see if my program has such an offering,” said graduating HMS student Ameen Barghi,who was accepted into the orthopedic surgery program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina.  “I have matched at a hospital outside of Massachusetts, so out of this pool of newly minted doctors, I might not be anyone’s first call. This is because hospitals, for on-boarding and other purposes, will likely bring in those who matched at their institutions first. That being said, if one of the HMS hospitals or my new institution asked me to come in and help patients on the front lines, I’d do it in a heartbeat,” said Nora Torres Yordan, who matched to the obstetrics/gynecology program at the University of Chicago Medical Center.According to Sudders, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine is prepared to grant M.D. students who choose to take the early graduation option a special 90-day limited provisional license to practice, after which they would be able to start in a pre-internship COVID-19 service role, according to Hundert.Students also have the option of graduating early and not working in the hospitals immediately, Hundert said, and some hospital programs may not issue a call for them.It is unclear whether the provisional license issued by Massachusetts would be accepted in other states where HMS students have matched. Saldaña and Hundert said medical schools across the U.S. are considering early graduation options, with New York universities leading the way in giving students the choice. Coronavirus likely now ‘gathering steam’ Virtual Match Day captures joy, purpose for HMS 2020 graduates Harvard’s Lipsitch urges public to ramp up social distancing, increase coronavirus tests ‘Worry about 4 weeks from now,’ epidemiologist warnscenter_img Coronavirus screening may miss two-thirds of infected travelers entering U.S. Leaky international cordon may mean equivalent of worst flu season in modern times Related This year’s graduating Harvard Medical School (HMS) students will have the option to receive their diplomas early so that, if they choose, they can quickly be deployed into hospitals where regular staff might soon be overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.Fourth-year HMS students who have completed all their training and degree requirements, as well as graduating M.D. students from Boston University, Tufts University, and the University of Massachusetts, are being given the option to receive their diplomas before their scheduled graduation date in May.The change comes in response to a request to the schools from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, citing an expected escalation in local health care workforce needs.Approximately 700 medical students in the Boston area are slated to graduate this spring.Because Harvard University grants HMS M.D. degrees, there were administrative issues to address before the option can become official for HMS students, including deliberation and voting by the Harvard Corporation and the University’s Board of Overseers.On March 30, the governing boards had approved the proposal, voting “… in view of the extraordinary circumstances posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, to authorize the dean [of the Faculty of Medicine] to approve the early conferral of degrees on students who are currently candidates for Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degrees scheduled to be conferred in May 2020, once such students have been deemed to have completed the requirements for the M.D. degree by the registrar of Harvard Medical School.” The boards said approval must also be granted by University Provost Alan Garber.“Students enter our medical schools aspiring to serve and heal. I have never been more proud of our students, many of whom have already expressed their eagerness to graduate early so they can join our hospitals on the front lines to help treat patients amid this pandemic,” said HMS Dean George Q. Daley. “We need their skill and compassion now more than ever, and many are ready, willing and able to answer the call.”HMS Dean for Medical Education Edward Hundert told graduating students on a teleconference on March 26 that a number of details must be worked out in the coming weeks. He also emphasized that early graduation will be entirely voluntary and that individual hospital programs where students have matched may or may not build this option into their COVID-19 contingency plans. “I feel very lucky that I am on the cusp of completing medical school at this time … because it means I have been trained with skills that might allow me to make a meaningful difference providing clinical care during this pandemic.” — Josephine Fisher, graduating HMS student “This is evolving,” Hundert told the students, “and it will be entirely optional. We want to make this available for those who would like to respond if asked and give our students the option to serve in this way.”Hundert and HMS Dean for Students Fidencio Saldaña told students that those meeting all degree requirements could be allowed to graduate as early as mid-April, more than a month before regularly scheduled Commencement ceremonies and two months before most internships begin.Any student can also choose to wait until May to graduate.Students considering the early graduation option will have to consider how losing student status early might affect their health insurance, their housing and visas, and their student loan deferral status. Hundert and Saldaña said HMS is working to provide answers to all such questions before mid-April.“This decision is a personal one, and no one should feel pressured by it,” said Saldaña.Graduating HMS student Josephine Fisher, who matched last week to Massachusetts General Hospital’s internal medicine/primary care program, said she is excited that HMS will be offering the early graduation option.“One of the hardest parts for me is feeling that, as of right now, we are not able to help on the front lines as much as we would like,” Fisher said. “Though I feel nervous about the risks posed to myself, and even more so to my family, who I risk exposing when I return home from work, I feel very lucky that I am on the cusp of completing medical school at this time … because it means I have been trained with skills that might allow me to make a meaningful difference providing clinical care during this pandemic.”Hundert said educational leaders at HMS teaching affiliates, such as Mass General, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Cambridge Health Alliance, welcomed the news that they might be able to build the possibility of M.D. student reinforcements into their COVID-19 contingency plans,  particularly if current interns and residents become ill and are unable to care for patients.“They all said this was new information for them as it is for us, and that they would assess how this new possibility could potentially enhance their options as they consider workforce needs,” Hundert said, telling the students on the call that it would likely be at least a week before hospitals let HMS know how and when graduating students might be invited to participate as needs evolve over the coming weeks.last_img read more

Gary Neville names the best goalkeeper in the Premier League

first_imgGary Neville names the best goalkeeper in the Premier League De Gea has been off the boil (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)While City remain a point ahead of Liverpool at the summit of the table, United’s top-four hopes took another blow.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have lost three of their last four league games and are three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with a significantly worse goal difference.With three games to go, however, there is just three points separating Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United so the race for Champions League qualification promises to be just as exciting as the battle for the title.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Is Ederson the best in the league? (Picture: Getty Images)And Neville believes he has earned the right to be called the best goalkeeper in the Premier League this season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘There’s one goalkeeper at one end [De Gea] who is a great goalkeeper who’s struggling,’ Neville told Sky Sports.‘And there’s one goalkeeper [Ederson] at the other end who, for me, is the goalkeeper of the season in this league.‘He’s been absolutely outstanding. He’s so quick off his line.’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Apr 2019 7:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link317Shares Commentcenter_img Neville gave his verdict (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)There’s plenty of goalkeeping talent in the Premier League but Gary Neville believes one has been head and shoulders above the rest this season.England’s top flight boasts the likes of David de Gea, Alisson Becker and the world’s most expensive stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga, however, it is Manchester City’s glovesman Ederson who Manchester United legend Neville rates as the most impressive in the division this season.Ederson’s City got one over De Gea’s United on Wednesday night to strengthen their grip on the Premier League trophy and once again it was an impressive night for the Brazilian. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Wellington school board officially objects to state bill moving local elections to fall; city council contemplates bill next

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +10 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 286 weeks ago “must declare either as a Democrat or Republican.” What if their affiliation is 3rd party or independent? Report Reply 0 replies · active 286 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. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply 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. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington school board has passed a resolution expressing its opposition to Senate Bill 171 – which would move all municipal and school board elections to November and make them partisan. The Wellington City Council will discuss whether or not to do the same Tuesday night.If S.B. 171 becomes law, primary elections for city councils and school boards would be held in August with winners advancing to the November general election. The local candidates would become partisan and must declare either as a Democrat or Republican.At present, school board and municipal elections are decided in non-partisan contests with March primaries and April runoffs. The City of Wellington does not hold primaries. State and Federal elections are held in the fall.The USD 353 school board had little trouble passing a resolution condemning the bill at its Thursday’s meeting. It passed 7-0. Local school boards and municipal government boards across the state have expressed their displeasure for the proposal and have passed resolutions condemning the bill. It is being opposed by the Kansas Association of School Boards and the League of Kansas Municipalities.Wellington School Superintendent Rick Weiss told the board that he sees this as an attempt to give the ruling party more power at local elections.“It’s a horrible idea,” said David Peck, Wellington School Board member. “I can’t even begin to think what kind of mess this will make.”Wellington Assistant Superintendent Larry Roth said he sees it as an attempt to take local control away from the local people.Board member Carol Hadorn said she objected to a statement made by committee chairman Mitch Holmes, who stated that teachers have too much influence in school board elections.“I just don’t see it,” Hadorn said.The City Council takes the matter up at its regular meeting Tuesday night at the council chambers.At a work session last week, Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert said “it is a disaster waiting to happen.”He said the potential is there to wipe out every elected local official in one day and then all the knowledge base is gone. He said this occurred in Alabama after local elections were combined with state and national races.The bill was heard on Feb. 12 by the Kansas Senate Ethics and Elections Committee hearing Wednesday. Seven bill proponents testified for more than 50 minutes and two opponents were allowed to testify in the final 15 minutes of the meeting according to media reports.Clay Barker, executive director of the Kansas Republican Party, said SB 171 would encourage more people to vote in city and school board elections.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Wellington Council makes financial moves for revenue bonds; delays bulldozer purchase

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council made some financial moves with revenue bonds designed to save money on interest payments, and put off the purchase of a bulldozer for the landfill at its meeting Tuesday. The simplest was the refinancing of general obligation bonds from 2008 and 2009, rolling them into a new single bond issue. The city should save around $52,000 in interest, financial consultant, said Wellington City Financial advisor John Haas. The second one was a proposal to get bids for a $4.8 million utility bond issue to help pay for the electric substation north of the city. This has been talked about for more than a year, and would make electricity more reliable for the city. It would also prevent short term outages that cause problems for industries like GKN on the north end of town. When creating the substation was first considered in 2013 the price tag was around $5.5 million. Haas was proposing the city allow him to take bids for the financing of the bonds. The city still has the option of either accepting the bids or doing nothing. The money to actually pay off this project will come from the utilities, and some from the recent rate increases. The recent rate increase was to replenish reserves as well. Haas said he would return at a meeting in January to recommend an underwriter for the bonds. At that point the city council will make the official decision of whether to proceed. This station was part of the rate increase talks that went on for more than a year. Councilman Jim Valentine questioned the project because of the city’s financial condition. Haas and other councilmen said the city had spent a lot of time talking about that while they talked about rates over the past year. Council member Kelly Green said the project “is an expansion that is a huge improvement to our infrastructure. This will benefit everyone in the city,” she said. “We have discussed this for hours and hours. We already have a lot invested in this.” Council member Vince Wetta said when GKN has a glitch out there with a power outage, it costs them $100,000. He wants to prevent that, and he believes it will make power more reliable throughout the city. “We have talked about this a lot,” he said. “This will close the loop. We have come this far and it is in the budget. We thought it was a good idea when we started it in 2013 and this is one more step.” The council then took up considering a bulldozer for the landfill at a cost of $374,000. Public Works Director Jeremy Jones explained that the current bulldozer was not made for the landfill type environment which is too rough for the terrain. The engine has major problems. They have spent more than $35,000 on repairs this year, and it is not running now. To get it running they will have to spend at least another $50,000. Vendors from Caterpillar and John Deere were at the meeting and talked about their products. They said a lease type arrangement might be a possibility, but it is hard to do because this is a very specialized application even for a bulldozer. Both of them said they were not interested in offering any trade for the machine the city has now, and one of them said it was not even worth towing to Wichita because of all its problems. It could be auctioned, and perhaps a farmer could use it on a farm to move dirt for a long time, but it is not fit for other types of work, Jones said. Currently, the city is renting a dozer and based on hours of use, costs $8,000 to $12,000 per month. Valentine questioned whether it might be better to just try to fix the old machine to save money. Councilman Kip Etter liked the lease idea, and wanted to hear more from the dealers about options in that area. Wetta said the dozer has become a money pit for the city and was interested in moving on to a new piece of machinery. “What we have to decide is whether to spend $100,000 to fix an old machine until something else goes wrong, or spend our own money and pay off the rest of it,” he said. Council members said they wanted to hear more about leasing options and to have more solid numbers before making a decision. That could happen at the next meeting this month.In other matters: •Wellington citizen Dianna Paige asked about a work session where a comment was unbecoming to a city employee. She also said private financial information on council members should be available to the public. We will have more information available on the story. •The council announced a work session for 5:30 p.m next Monday to talk about the golf course. The course has a fungus on the greens an the city needs to help the golf course figure out what to do about the problem and how to pay for it. The bulldozer may also be discussed. •There will be another work session at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 23 with members of the Kansas Power Pool. The KPP is having its convention in the next week or so, and some council members will attend. Officials of the KPP will come to the work session to give the city a presentation on how power rates are set, and other electrical issues. •The city also passed a resolution continuing an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad for the use of the land at Century Park. It was just a renewing of an old agreement at no cost to the city. •Mayor Shelley Hansel read a proclamation for Veterans Day which is Nov. 11. Also on that day the VFW and American Legion will have a program at the high school starting at 10 a.m.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -5 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 249 weeks ago I know this won’t be popular, but how long can Jim Valentine keep up his “bury our head in the sand” approach? He is so focused on not spending any money today, that he’s completely satisfied risking the cost of increasing expenses down the road. Kicking the can is exactly what has left us in such dire straight throughout the City infrastructure. These project simply don’t get less expensive the longer you wait, that’s been proven time and time again. With his mindset, the City will never escape this cycle. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down Anne · 249 weeks ago My hope is that he will keep it up until our council stops spending money on projects like paving a parking lot at a seasonally used facility that you have to travel on a dirt road to access and filling unnecessary positions at the City of Wellington. Yes, kicking the can is what has gotten us in this mess. However, we as a city have got to be smarter about prioritizing the items that money is spent on or we will never dig out. You can’t ask for more money and keep spending as we currently are. There have got to be cuts made. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 249 weeks ago You’re right Anne, those projects absolutely need to be questioned and scrutinized. What I see from him though is simply a No attitude that is getting in the way of progress. Items like the dozer and electric facilities are part of that progress, and to simply dismiss them without the appearance of much thought does us all a disservice. Spending $50k on a dying piece of equipment is a bad decision. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Sue · 249 weeks ago Arkansas city commission approved a used dozer at the cost of $129,000. What was the cost of the dozer the city wanted to buy? Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down no name · 248 weeks ago Jim wants to be the Martyr and make the appearance that he is the city do gooder. Most fail to realize that Jim was on the council when all this spending occurred. Mist of the time voting yes along with the others. Most of these voted have been discussed in work sessions so the outcome is usy not a surprise. Easy to be a martyr when you already know the outcome d. What is sad is we have a council member proclaiming or comparing city employees to the BTK and a mayor that needs to learn that less is more. God blessed her with two ears and one mouth for a reason. Report Reply 0 replies · active 248 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. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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