Fletcher Allen Health Care has made Becker Hospital Review’s first annual list of ‘100 Integrated Health Systems to Know.’The list highlights health systems that focus on the continuum of care ‘ from wellness and prevention to emergency, inpatient, outpatient, and hospice care. In particular, the rankings recognize systems which have embraced care delivery and payment reform initiatives, including accountable care organizations (ACOs). ‘This ranking reinforces Fletcher Allen’s leadership in transforming the delivery of health care in Vermont, from our commitment to providing high quality patient care in the right place at the right time, to our leadership in the OneCare Vermont ACO, to the development of our regional integrated delivery system through Fletcher Allen Partners,’said John R. Brumsted, MD, president and CEO of Fletcher Allen and Fletcher Allen Partners. ‘In reviewing this list, I’m pleased to see we are in very good company.’ Health systems were selected by Becker’s editorial team based on rankings by healthcare analytics company IMS Health, and the overall strength of each system’s financial, clinical and operational activities. Systems do not and cannot pay to be included on the list. See the full listing BELOW or click here, in alphabetical order. Becker’s Hospital Review has named “100 Integrated Health Systems to Know,” a list based on health systems’ range and coordination of healthcare services. The health systems listed here focus on the continuum of care, from wellness and preventive services to urgent care, inpatient care, outpatient care, hospice, health plan offerings and more. Many of these health systems have also demonstrated innovation through their participation in care and payment reform initiatives, such as accountable care organizations.The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected health systems based on rankings by healthcare analytics company IMS Health, as well as health systems’ financial, clinical and operational strength.Note: This list is not an endorsement of included health systems or associated healthcare providers, and organizations cannot pay for inclusion on this list. Health systems are presented in alphabetical order.Adventist Health (Roseville, Calif.). Adventist Health includes 19 hospitals, more than 150 clinics and outpatient centers, 39 rural health clinics, 14 home health agencies, six hospice agencies, four joint-venture retirement centers and 4,500 medical staff physicians. In addition to direct medical care, the system offers TelepharmacyWest ‘telepharmacy services specially designed for rural hospitals to improve pharmacy capabilities ‘and Adventist Health/Clinical Engineering Services, which includes imaging and therapy, clinical engineering, laboratory and medical gas services.Adventist Health System (Altamonte Springs, Fla.). Adventist Health System includes 44 hospital campuses, including its flagship, 2,247-bed Florida Hospital in Orlando. In addition, the health system offers nursing homes, home health, behavioral health, family practices and a range of specialty services. Adventist Health System has an employee wellness program, “Wellness Our Way,” that includes free health assessments and screenings and personal plans for nutrition and exercise. The system also offers medical externships and a healthcare leadership development program for college students.Advocate Health Care (Oak Brook, Ill.). Advocate Health Care is the largest integrated healthcare system in Illinois, with more than 30,000 employees and roughly 6,000 affiliated physicians. The system has more than 250 sites of care, including 10 acute-care hospitals, two children’s hospitals and a variety of outpatient centers. Advocate features a 4,000-member physician group called Advocate Physician Partners, which collaborates with the system’s hospitals through its clinical integration program. Advocate also has an accountable care organization called AdvocateCare ‘a partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois ‘and a Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO.Alegent Creighton Health (Omaha, Neb.). Alegent Health, sponsored by Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives, was formed in 1996. It changed its name to Alegent Creighton Health after it acquired Creighton Medical Associates and Creighton University Medical Center in fall 2012. With nearly 2,000 beds, 1,500 medical staff physicians and nearly 10,500 employees, Alegent Creighton Health is the largest non-profit, faith-based healthcare provider in Nebraska and southwest Iowa. The system includes 11 hospitals, a freestanding inpatient psychiatric facility, a spine hospital, skilled nursing facilities and Alegent Creighton Clinic, a multispecialty network with more than 100 locations.Ascension Health (St. Louis). With more than 1,400 locations in 21 states and the District of Columbia, Ascension Health is the largest Catholic, non-profit health system in the country. The system offers acute-care services, long-term care, community health services, psychiatric care, rehabilitation services and residential care. Ascension Health has a subsidiary, Ascension Health Ventures, which invests in health companies, and a health IT service company, Ascension Health Information Services. In addition, the system partnered with Oak Hill Capital Partners in 2011 to form Ascension Health Care Network, a joint venture that provides an alternate funding source for the acquisition of Catholic hospitals and other healthcare provider entities.Aurora Health Care (Milwaukee). Aurora Health Care offers care at 15 hospitals, 172 clinics, more than 70 pharmacies and the largest home care organization in the state. In fact, two-thirds of Aurora’s care is delivered outside hospitals. As the largest private employer in Wisconsin, Aurora has roughly 30,000 caregivers and more than 1,500 employed physicians. Aurora offers residencies in family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pharmacy and radiology, as well as fellowships in cardiology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, MRI imaging and women’s health.Avera Health (Sioux Falls, S.D.). Avera Health offers a range of acute-care, specialty care and wellness services at more than 300 locations. The health system includes Avera Medical Group, which is comprised of more than 545 physicians and other health professionals, and Avera Rural Health, which was established to support rural healthcare. Avera Health also offers health plans for individuals, employers and Medicare patients.Banner Health (Phoenix). Banner Health delivers care in seven states through 23 acute-care hospitals and healthcare facilities, and offers hospice and home care. The health system participates as a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization and partnered with Cigna in October for an accountable care initiative. Seventeen Banner Health facilities achieved stage 7 under HIMSS Analytics ‘the highest stage of adopting electronic health records.Baptist Health Care (Pensacola, Fla.). Baptist Health Care includes four hospitals, two medical parks, an orthopedic and sports medicine facility, a network of physicians and an affiliated cardiology practice. Baptist Health Care also offers several unique services, including subacute services at Baptist Manor, behavioral healthcare and vocational services at Lakeview Center and patient-centered excellence consulting from the Baptist Leadership Group.Baptist Health South Florida (Coral Gables). Baptist Health South Florida includes approximately 14,000 employees and 2,000 physicians across its seven hospitals and cardiac and vascular institute. The system offers additional services through its outpatient diagnostic facilities, urgent care centers, sleep centers, endoscopy centers, rehabilitation facilities and home care program. Baptist Health South Florida is also partnered with Baptist Health Medical Group, a network of more than 100 physicians. In addition, Baptist Health South Florida includes the Baptist Health International Center of Miami, one of the largest hospital-based international programs in the country.Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. (Memphis, Tenn.). Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. includes 14 hospitals, six home care facilities, six hospice locations and four urgent care centers. Baptist Memorial also includes Baptist Health Services Group, a preferred provider organization with 54 hospitals and 200 ancillary facilities, and a multispecialty group called Baptist Memorial Medical Group. In addition, the system features Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences, a private college for undergraduate healthcare education.Bassett Healthcare Network (Cooperstown, N.Y.). Bassett Healthcare has six hospitals in addition to skilled nursing facilities, community and school-based health centers and the Bassett Physician Group, a multispecialty group of more than 400 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. Its Bassett Regional Network, a group of physicians and other health professionals, offer primary, preventive and outpatient care. Bassett Healthcare Network also features a home care company and medical supply company.BayCare Health System (Clearwater, Fla.). More than 19,000 BayCare Health System employees and 2,800 physicians provide care at more than 200 care locations. The system features 10 hospitals in addition to BayCare Alliant Hospital, a 48-bed long-term acute-care facility on the first floor of one of BayCare’s hospitals. BayCare also has various outpatient facilities, with services such as behavioral health, home care, imaging, laboratory services, orthopedics and wellness services.Baylor Health Care System (Dallas). Baylor Health Care System offers more than 300 access points, including 30 owned, operated, joint ventured or affiliated hospitals, 28 ambulatory surgical/endoscopy centers, 91 satellite outpatient facilities, three senior health centers, six retail pharmacies, three Baylor Research Institute locations and 209 HealthTexas locations. HealthTexas Provider Network is a multispecialty physician group at Baylor that includes more than 590 primary and specialty care physicians. In addition to its care offerings, Baylor offers educational opportunities through the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Clinical Training Program in Dallas.Baystate Health (Springfield, Mass.). Baystate Health has 783 beds and 57 bassinettes across four facilities. In addition to inpatient care, Baystate offers a range of services throughout the continuum of care, including home health, home infusion and respirator and rehabilitation services. The system employs nearly 10,000 people and includes a physician practice, Baystate Medical Practices, which has 580 physicians. Baystate Health also holds a majority interest in Health New England, a health maintenance organization.Beaumont Health System (Royal Oak, Mich.). Beaumont Health System is a three-hospital integrated system with numerous community-based medical centers, extended care centers, outpatient facilities and home medical equipment stores. Beaumont offers education through its Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, which was created in 2011 in partnership with Oakland University, and the system is affiliated with the University of Michigan and Wayne State University schools of medicine. Bon Secours Virginia Health System (Richmond). Bon Secours Virginia Health System is comprised of Bon Secours Richmond and Bon Secours Hampton Roads, which together have seven hospitals, two health centers and several assisted living residencies and skilled nursing facilities, among other care settings. Bon Secours Medical Group, the physician practice of Bon Secours Virginia Health System, participates in an ACO with Cigna. Bon Secours Virginia is part of Marriottsville, Md.-based Bon Secours Health System, a non-profit system with locations in six states.Broward Health (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). Broward Health, a six-hospital safety-net system, includes a multispecialty medical group with more than 60 physicians. It also offers outpatient services and home and hospice services in addition to inpatient care. The health system partners with the community to provide education and free screenings through Broward Health Community Health Services. Broward Health also provides a variety of healthcare and related services to the homeless through its Bernard P. Alicki Health Center.Carilion Clinic (Roanoke, Va.). Carilion Clinic includes 10 hospitals, the medical group Carilion Clinic Physicians and numerous physician offices, urgent care centers and outpatient facilities providing breast, sleep and wound care, in addition to other services. Carilion Clinic has a 50-percent ownership in both Roanoke (Va.) Ambulatory Surgery Center and New River Valley Surgery Center in Christiansburg, Va. The system also participates in Doctors Connected, a Medicare accountable care organization, and offers health plans through Carilion Clinic Medicare Health Plan and MajestaCare.Carolinas HealthCare System (Charlotte, N.C.). Carolinas HealthCare System includes more than 790 care locations, including academic medical centers, hospitals, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies and more. The system has more than 60,000 full- or part-time employees and serves as the Charlotte campus of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.Catholic Health East (Newtown Square, Pa.). Catholic Health East includes 35 acute-care hospitals, four long-term acute-care hospitals, 26 freestanding and hospital-based long-term care facilities, 12 assisted living facilities, four continuing care retirement communities, eight behavioral health and rehabilitation facilities, 31 home health/hospice agencies and multiple ambulatory and community-based health services. CHE is the largest non-profit provider of home health services based on the number of visits, and it also offers the most programs under CMS’ Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly.Catholic Health Initiatives (Englewood, Colo.). Spanning 17 states, Catholic Health Initiatives’ facilities include 78 hospitals, 40 long-term care settings and assisted and residential-living facilities, two community health services organizations, two accredited nursing colleges and home health agencies. CHI also features an Institute for Research and Innovation, which includes centers for healthcare innovation, clinical research and translational research.Catholic Health Partners (Cincinnati). Catholic Health Partners includes 24 hospitals in addition to long-term care facilities, home health agencies and nearly 5,600 affiliated physicians. CHP owns HealthSpan, a preferred provider organization that offers health benefits management, wellness and care management programs, among other services. CHP is currently implementing CarePATH, a comprehensive electronic heath record system, across all of its facilities. Catholic Health System (Buffalo, N.Y.). Catholic Health System includes more than 8,200 full- and part-time associates, 1,200 physicians, four hospitals and numerous primary care, outpatient surgery and imaging centers. The system offers a clinical pastoral education program and the “RN to BSN” program, through which students can earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing. Catholic Health System also provides services through Catholic Medical Partners, a physician group created by a partnership between Catholic Health, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston, N.Y., and a network of associated physicians.Christus Health (Irving, Texas). Christus Health encompasses nearly 350 facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 175 clinics and outpatient centers and other facilities. The health system also includes a continuing care division that provides home care, palliative care, hospice and other post-acute care services, and co-owns a seven-hospital system in Mexico. Christus offers the US Family Health Plan, a TRICARE Prime option for family members of active-duty military members, retirees and their eligible family members.Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic integrates healthcare, education and research through locations in Ohio, Canada, Florida and the United Arab Emirates. Cleveland Clinic offers care at more than 50 buildings on its main campus alone, in addition to family health and surgery centers, specialty centers and other outpatient sites. The system promotes healthcare innovation through several ventures, including CCF Innovations, which commercializes Cleveland Clinic-developed technologies. In February, Cleveland Clinic Florida and Florida Blue signed a letter of intent to create an accountable care program.Community Health Network (Indianapolis). Community Health Network has more than 200 sites of care, including specialty and acute-care hospitals, surgery centers, school-based clinics, nursing homes and patient-centered medical home practices. The system includes Community Physician Network, a primary care and multispecialty physician group, and offers insurance through Community ProHealth. In February, Community Health Network entered into a partnership agreement with Indianapolis-based Wishard-Eskenazi Health to improve access to high-quality healthcare.Covenant Health (Knoxville, Tenn.). Covenant Health has more than 1,000 affiliated physicians and includes seven acute-care hospitals, a psychiatric hospital, a rehabilitation center, a nursing home and a hospice and home care agency. Covenant Health also operates the Fort Sanders Nursing Department, a baccalaureate nursing education program at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens. In addition, the system owns a physician practice management company, Covenant Medical Management, which supports approximately 125 physicians in roughly 45 medical practices.CoxHealth (Springfield, Mo.). CoxHealth is a five-hospital system with more than 70 physician clinics in addition to various outpatient facilities. Cox HealthPlans, an affiliate of CoxHealth, provides insurance for nearly 45,000 enrollees. CoxHealth also includes CoxHealth Network, a company focused on enterprise growth through contracting, sales and business development.Dignity Health (San Francisco). Offering services in 17 states, Dignity Health is one of the largest hospital providers in the country and the largest hospital system in California. The system offers services across the continuum of care, from urgent care to inpatient care to chronic care management, home care and palliative care. Dignity Health also participates in an accountable care organization with a physician group and payor to serve members of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.Fairview Health Services (Minneapolis). Fairview Health Services is an academic health system affiliated with the University of Minnesota, and includes seven hospitals and more than 40 primary care clinics, among other sites of care. Fairview’s physician network includes an integrated medical practice of more than 700 employed physicians and more than 700 affiliated academic physicians within University of Minnesota Physicians. The system also works with Fairview Physician Associates, a group of 630 independent physicians, and operates a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization.Fletcher Allen Health Care (Burlington, Vt.). Fletcher Allen Health Care is partnered with the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, creating Vermont’s University Medical Center. Fletcher Allen offers primary care and is creating patient-centered medical homes. In addition, Fletcher Allen co-founded an accountable care organization, OneCare Vermont, with Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system.Franciscan Health System (Tacoma, Wash.). Franciscan Health System, an affiliate of Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives, includes five hospitals in addition to surgery centers, dialysis centers and occupational health and physical therapy clinics, among other facilities. The system’s physician-led Franciscan Medical Group provides primary and specialty care at more than 100 clinics. Franciscan Health System also has a scholarship program that supports full-time study in selected healthcare-related fields in college or vocational school programs. Geisinger Health System (Danville, Pa.). Geisinger Health System serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania at hospitals, outpatient clinics and other care facilities. In addition to providing medical care, the system provides tools to other organizations through the Geisinger Consulting Group. For example, the group offers ProvenHealth Navigator, Geisinger’s advanced medical home model, and ProvenCare, a methodology for implementing evidence-based care. Geisinger also offers insurance through its Geisinger Health Plan.Genesis Health System (Davenport, Iowa). Genesis Health System includes four hospitals, a medical education foundation, a visiting nurse association and numerous specialty centers and outpatient facilities. The system also operates Genesis Health Group, a network of physicians, and Genesis Psychology Associates, a behavioral health services practice. Genesis Health System offers home care, hospice and HealthQuest, a free membership program for people ages 50 and older that includes community discounts, educational opportunities and meal programs.Greenville (S.C.) Health System. Greenville Health System, an academic healthcare delivery system, has four acute-care hospitals across five medical campuses, two specialty hospitals, three long-term facilities, a variety of outpatient facilities and approximately 1,270 affiliated and employed medical staff members. Greenville Health System also includes University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville and a simulation center.Gundersen Health System (La Crosse, Wis.). Physician-led Gundersen Health System, formerly Gundersen Lutheran Health System, consists of three hospitals, four nursing homes, 24 medical clinics and a variety of other health clinics. The system is undergoing a “campus renewal” project that will result in all private rooms, new operating rooms, a trauma and emergency center and enhanced behavioral health services. The health system also offers the Gundersen Lutheran Health Plan.HCA Midwest Health System (Kansas City, Mo.). HCA Midwest Health System, part of Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA, is comprised of nine hospitals, six surgery centers and one psychiatric care facility. Its physician network, Midwest Physicians, includes more than 280 physicians at more than 130 locations.Health First (Rockledge, Fla.). Health First includes four hospitals, multiple outpatient and wellness services, trauma and heart centers and four fitness centers. In February, Health First launched Health First Medical Group, a collaboration of Health First’s existing physician group and physicians of Melbourne Internal Medicine Associates, certain assets of which Health First recently acquired. With 246 physicians and more than 1,040 associates, the combined group is the largest multispecialty physician group in Brevard County, Fla. Health First also offers commercial and Medicare health plans.Henry Ford Health System (Detroit). In addition to providing acute care at five hospitals, Henry Ford Health System provides primary care, preventive services and specialty services along with its educational and research offerings. The system includes Henry Ford Medical Group, one of the country’s largest group practices with more than 1,200 physicians, and Henry Ford Physician Network, a physician-led subsidiary of the system focused on clinical integration. The system also offers health insurance through its Health Alliance Plan, which covers more than 648,000 members and companies.Indiana University Health (Indianapolis). Indiana University Health is partnered with Indiana University School of Medicine and offers care at 19 hospitals, numerous outpatient centers and homes. IU Health includes IU Health Physicians, a group of more than 900 physicians and 1,500 staff members, and IU Health Quality Partners, a physician-led clinical integration program. In addition, the system offers Medicare Advantage health plans and business solutions, such as occupational health and pharmacy benefit management. Inova Health System (Falls Church, Va.). Inova Health System is a network of six hospitals, numerous outpatient facilities, primary and specialty care physician practices, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, emergency and urgent care centers and more. The health system conducts research through its Inova Translational Medicine Institute and research programs on neuroscience and liver and obesity issues. In addition, Inova offers educational opportunities for undergraduates and provides residencies and fellowships for graduates.Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City). Intermountain Healthcare is comprised of 22 hospitals, including an orthopedic specialty hospital, more than 185 physician clinics and Intermountain Medical Group, which has more than 900 physicians and clinicians. Intermountain is home to the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, which supports clinical research and process management, and an Invention Management Office, which translates physicians’ and employees’ ideas into products and services. Intermountain also has an affiliated health insurance company, called SelectHealth.Jackson Health System (Miami). Jackson Health System offers care at six hospitals, including a rehabilitation hospital, behavioral health hospital and children’s hospital. The county-owned system also includes long-term, primary and specialty care centers and school-based clinics, among other sites of care. The system has primary academic affiliations with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Jackson Health System also includes Jackson Health Plans, which offers HMO and special needs HMO plans.Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.). Kaiser Permanente is comprised of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and subsidiaries, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and The Permanente Medical Groups, a physician-owned and -operated practice. As of 2011, Kaiser had 37 hospitals, 611 medical offices, more than 16,600 physicians and roughly 173,000 employees. Kaiser Permanente also has an advanced health information system, Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect, which connects all the system’s medical facilities. KP HealthConnect is the largest private deployment of an electronic health record in the world, according to the system. KentuckyOne Health (Louisville). KentuckyOne Health was created in 2012 through the partnership of Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare in Louisville, Ky., and Saint Joseph Health System in Lexington, Ky. The system later partnered with the University of Louisville (Ky.) Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center in Louisville. KentuckyOne delivers care in nearly 200 locations, including hospitals, physician groups, specialty institutes and more. In addition to inpatient and specialty services, KentuckyOne offers home and palliative care.Lancaster (Pa.) General Health. Lancaster General Health consists of Lancaster General Hospital, Women & Babies Hospital, a range of outpatient centers, VNA Community Care Services, co-owned Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital and Lancaster General Medical Group, which includes more than 100 family physicians and specialists. The health system also offers patient portal MyLGHealth, which allows patients to manage their health online. Legacy Health (Portland, Ore.). Legacy Health provides care at six hospitals, two affiliated ambulatory surgery centers, numerous medical office buildings and specialty care and primary care clinics. All of Legacy’s primary care clinics are transitioning to patient-centered medical homes. Legacy includes Legacy Medical Group, which consists of more than 300 employed physicians and other providers. Legacy Health also has a research institute and the Legacy Institute for Surgical Education and Innovation.Lehigh Valley Health Network (Allentown, Pa.). Lehigh Valley Health Network has two full-service hospitals at three hospital campuses; community clinics, including 40 primary and specialty clinics; and a variety of other care facilities. The health system is partnered with the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa. The health system and medical school created a program called SELECT to prepare medical students for leadership roles in medicine. LVHN also offers Valley Preferred ‘a preferred provider organization.MaineHealth (Portland). In addition to several health systems and hospitals, MaineHealth includes Maine Mental Health Partners, a network of mental health providers; HomeHealth Visiting Nurses; Maine Physician Hospital Organization; NorDx, a laboratory services company; and Synernet, an outsourced provider of administrative services to healthcare providers. MaineHealth also has an accountable care organization that participates in CMS’ Medicare Shared Savings Program.Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.). Mayo Clinic has hospitals at its three healthcare campuses in Scottsdale, Ariz., Jackson, Fla., and Rochester, Minn. Mayo Clinic also includes Mayo Clinic Health System, which is a group of clinics, hospitals and other facilities serving more than 70 communities in Iowa, Georgia, Wisconsin and Minnesota. In addition, Mayo Clinic offers the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which connects member healthcare organizations with Mayo Clinic expertise through online tools and other resources. Besides direct healthcare services, Mayo Clinic offers an array of educational and research opportunities.McLaren Health Care (Flint, Mich.). McLaren Health Care includes 10 hospitals as well as ambulatory surgery centers, a regional network of cancer centers, assisted living facilities and more. McLaren Medical Group manages McLaren Health Care’s ambulatory network and employs more than 150 primary care physicians and specialists. MHC offers commercial and Medicaid HMOs and point-of-service and preferred provider organization products through McLaren Health Plan. In addition, MHC owns a medical malpractice insurance company called McLaren Insurance Company. MedStar Health (Columbia, Md.). MedStar Health is comprised of 10 hospitals as well as nursing homes, ambulatory care centers and other facilities. The system also has 20 health-related businesses, including a visiting nurse association, a managed care organization and an orthotics and prosthetics company. MedStar Health includes MedStar Physician Partners, a network of more than 100 physicians across nearly 30 offices. In addition, MedStar Health has a health business diversity program called MedStar Partners. The program connects MedStar Health with local small businesses and minority- and woman-owned businesses.Memorial Hermann Healthcare System (Houston). With 12 hospitals, numerous specialty services and 5,500 affiliated physicians, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System is the largest non-profit health system in southeast Texas. Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is the primary teaching hospital for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. The Memorial Hermann Physician Network includes physicians from Memorial Hermann Medical Group and UTHealth, as well as private physicians and specialists. In addition, the system includes MHealth and MHealth Insurance Company.MemorialCare Health System (Fountain Valley, Calif.). MemorialCare Health System includes six hospitals, two medical groups, an independent practice association, retail clinics and various outpatient health centers. The system offers residency and fellowship programs at two of its hospitals. MemorialCare also features myMemorialCare, an ambulatory electronic medical record system, and MemorialCare Link, a web-based application connecting providers to information in the health system’s EMR.Mercy (Chesterfield, Mo.). Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic healthcare system in the country, with 32 hospitals, 300 outpatient locations and 1,700 integrated physicians across four states. Mercy also has outreach ministries, including a behavioral health clinic and a health advocacy program, in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition to having an integrated electronic health record system throughout the organization, Mercy offers its patients an online portal called MyMercy to access their records, schedule appointments and communicate with providers. Mercy Health System (Janesville, Wis.). Mercy Health System has 68 facilities, including three hospitals, in 26 communities across Wisconsin and Illinois. The health system has four core service areas: hospital-based services; clinic-based services; post-acute care and retail services; and insurance products. MercyCare Insurance Company offers several insurance products, including an HMO, Medicare supplement and Medicaid HMO.Mercy Springfield (Mo.) Communities. Mercy Springfield Communities, formerly known as St. John’s Health System, is part of Chesterfield, Mo.-based Mercy and includes approximately 85 facilities and more than 500 integrated physicians. In addition to inpatient care, the health system offers home and hospice care, palliative care, pastoral care and research and development, among other services. In January, Mercy Hospital Springfield (Mo.) and Mercy Clinic Springfield Communities were selected to participate in CMS’ Medicare Shared Savings Program as an accountable care organization. Methodist Healthcare (Memphis, Tenn.). Methodist Healthcare features seven hospitals, home health services, outpatient surgery centers, urgent care centers, diagnostic centers, sleep centers and a hospice residence. The health system has primary teaching partnerships with the University of Tennessee and the University of Memphis. Methodist Healthcare and the University of Memphis created the Maurice Elliott Leadership Institute for Methodist managers and directors, the Center for Health Care Economics and the Center for Health Care Technology.Mountain States Health Alliance (Johnson City, Tenn.). Mountain States Health Alliance encompasses 13 hospitals, 21 primary and preventive care centers, multiple outpatient care sites and a medical group with more than 250 providers. The system also includes Mountain States Healthcare Network, a group of more than 50 acute-care and long-term care providers with access to MSHA services, such as group purchasing, home health management and strategic planning support. MSHA also participates in an accountable care organization called AnewCare Collaborative.MultiCare Health System (Tacoma, Wash.). MultiCare Health System includes five hospitals, as well as numerous outpatient specialty centers, primary and urgent care clinics and other services and community outreach programs. In addition to health services, MultiCare offers revenue cycle assessment, strategy and optimization assistance for healthcare providers through MultiCare Consulting Services. The system connects inpatient and outpatient physicians with patients’ medical records through MultiCare Connect, an electronic health record system. Patients can contact providers and schedule appointments via the online service MyChart.NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System (New York City). NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System consists of a host of acute-care hospitals ‘including its flagship, 2,409-bed NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital ‘specialty facilities, continuing care facilities and ambulatory care centers across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Most members of the health system are academic affiliates of either Weill Cornell Medical College or Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City.North Mississippi Health Services (Tupelo). North Mississippi Health Services includes a medical center, a community hospital system, a regional network of more than 30 primary and specialty clinics and nursing homes. The health system offers managed care programs to industry and business employers through HealthLink, its preferred provider organization, and third party administrator services through Acclaim.North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (Great Neck, N.Y.). North Shore-LIJ Health System offers care at 16 hospitals, three skilled nursing facilities and nearly 400 ambulatory physician practices. In addition, the system includes North Shore-LIJ Medical Group, which has more than 2,400 full-time physicians, the Center for Learning and Innovation and the Patient Safety Institute. North Shore-LIJ has nursing school affiliations with 15 colleges and universities, and is preparing to offer health plans.NorthShore University HealthSystem (Evanston, Ill.). Four-hospital NorthShore University HealthSystem has approximately 2,100 affiliated physicians, more than 800 of whom are part of the multispecialty group practice NorthShore Medical Group. The health system is also the principal teaching affiliate for the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and offers a range of educational programs. In 2003, NorthShore became one of the first healthcare organizations in the country to successfully launch a system-wide electronic medical record, which is called NorthShoreConnect.Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (Chicago). Northwestern Memorial HealthCare has two hospitals and a physician group, Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group. The system’s flagship hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, has approximately 1,600 affiliated physicians and is the primary teaching hospital for Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Northwestern Memorial HealthCare also includes an insurance company that provides professional and general liability coverage to the health system and professional liability coverage to the physician group Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation.Novant Health (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Novant Health, which includes 13 acute-care facilities, more than 100 outpatient facilities and more than 350 physician practice facilities across four states, recently launched a branding campaign to more visibly unite its facilities. In March, Novant Health began a collaborative accountable care initiative with Cigna that will affect more than 60,000 Cigna health plan members who receive care from a Novant Health physician. The health system also offers Novant Health Shared Services, a company that provides shared services and management models with partnered healthcare organizations.Ochsner Health System (New Orleans). Ochsner Health System has eight hospitals and more than 38 health centers. As one of the largest non-university-based physician training centers in the nation, Ochsner hosts more than 200 Ochsner-sponsored medical residents, more than 300 medical residents from affiliated residency programs, more than 600 medical students and 400 allied health students annually. In addition to inpatient, primary and specialty care, Ochsner also offers pharmacy services.OhioHealth (Columbus). OhioHealth includes seven hospitals and multiple outpatient facilities, such as imaging centers, mammography centers and urgent care centers. OhioHealth also offers occupational health services, home health, hospice and clinical trials. In addition, OhioHealth features a Research and Innovation Institute. In June 2011, OhioHealth partnered with health insurer Medical Mutual and the Medical Group of Ohio to form an accountable care organization called Health4.OSF HealthCare (Peoria, Ill.). OSF HealthCare includes OSF Healthcare System, OSF Medical Group, OSF Home Care Services, OSF Saint Francis ‘which includes healthcare-related businesses ‘and OSF Healthcare Foundation. OSF Healthcare System consists of eight hospitals and medical centers, one long-term care facility and two colleges of nursing. In addition, OSF Healthcare participates in CMS’ Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program.Palmetto Health (Columbia, S.C.). Palmetto Health offers care at four hospitals, a facility featuring an ambulatory surgery center, diagnostic center and medical office building, facilities designed for elderly patients and other sites of care. In addition, Palmetto Health operates Baptist Easley (S.C.) Hospital through a joint venture with Greenville (S.C.) Health System. Palmetto Health also has a simulation center and 12 medical residency and eight fellowship programs.Partners HealthCare (Boston). Founded by Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in 1994, Partners HealthCare now includes more than 20 health centers in addition to community and specialty hospitals, a physician network, a home care agency and a health plan, among other entities. As a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, the health system focuses on medical research and education. Partners HealthCare also participates in CMS’ Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program.Presbyterian Healthcare Services (Albuquerque, N.M.). Eight-hospital Presbyterian Healthcare Services is a non-profit health system, the largest managed care organization in New Mexico and a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization. The health system includes Presbyterian Medical Group, which has more than 500 physicians and practitioners at more than 30 locations, as well as women’s, children’s, heart and cancer centers.ProMedica (Toledo, Ohio). ProMedica has 11 member and affiliate hospitals and a medical practice, ProMedica Physicians, which includes more than 300 physicians and midlevel providers. In addition to clinical care services, ProMedica includes Paramount, a regional maintenance organization in northwest Ohio, and the Academic Health Center, an academic collaboration with The University of Toledo. ProMedica also formed ProMedica Physicians Accountable Care Organization, which is part of the Medicare Shared Savings Program.Providence Health & Services (Renton, Wash.). Providence Health & Services has 27 hospitals, 250 physician clinics and numerous assisted living facilities, long-term care facilities and hospice and home health agencies across five states. Providence offers insurance for commercial groups, Medicare and Medicaid members and individuals and families through Providence Health Plans. In addition, an affiliation between Providence and Seattle-based Swedish Health Services aims to improve quality, increase access to care and lower costs.Riverside Health System (Newport News, Va.). Riverside Health System includes five hospitals, a long-term acute-care hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, a behavioral health center, medical group practices, retirement communities and outpatient facilities, including diagnostic and surgery centers. The health system also offers several home care services, including hospice, medical equipment, pharmacy and in-home private care. Riverside Health System is also part owner of Virginia Health Network, a preferred provider organization.Rochester (N.Y.) General Health System. Rochester General Health System is comprised of eight integrated affiliates: two hospitals, including its flagship Rochester General Hospital, an assisted living and nursing rehabilitation center, a short- and long-term care living center, a medical group with more than 40 practices, a behavioral health network, an independent living program for seniors and an ambulatory services division. Through Rochester General Hospital Research Institute and partnerships with institutions like the Cleveland Clinic, the health system also includes clinical and translational research programs.Roper St. Francis Healthcare (Charleston, S.C.). Roper St. Francis Healthcare has more than 90 facilities and physician offices, including three hospitals and plans to build another. The system also includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery centers and urgent care centers. The health system has nearly 800 physicians on staff in addition to more than 180 physicians who are part of the network Roper St. Francis Physician Partners.Saint Francis Health System (Tulsa, Okla.). Saint Francis Health System is comprised of five hospitals, including two acute-care hospitals, a children’s hospital, a heart hospital and a psychiatric hospital. The health system also includes Warren Clinic, a physician group with more than 350 physicians and providers in more than 70 locations. In addition, Saint Francis Health System offers home care and hospice services.Sanford Health (Sioux Falls, S.D., and Fargo, N.D.). Sanford Health is the largest rural non-profit healthcare system in the country, with 126 locations across eight states. Sanford Health includes 35 medical centers, 140 clinic locations and 1,360 physicians, and is developing international clinics in Ghana, Israel and Mexico. Sanford Health also offers its own health plan for individuals and Medicare members.Scripps Health (San Diego). Scripps Health includes four acute-care hospitals on five campuses, a network of outpatient facilities and home care. In addition, the system offers Scripps Coastal Medical Center, a group of more than 100 primary care and specialty physicians, and Scripps Clinic, a network of more than 500 physicians covering 50 medical and surgical specialties. Scripps Health also offers residency and fellowship programs.Sentara Healthcare (Norfolk, Va.). Sentara Healthcare has more than 100 care sites, including 10 acute-care hospitals, a variety of outpatient centers, home care and hospice services and nursing and assisted living centers. The health system has 3,680 providers on its medical staff and three medical groups with nearly 620 providers combined. In addition, Sentara Healthcare offers its own health plan called Optima Health.Sharp HealthCare (San Diego). Sharp HealthCare includes four acute-care hospitals, three specialty hospitals and two affiliated medical groups with more than 1,000 physicians, among other healthcare facilities and services. The system offers the Sharp Health Plan, the only San Diego-based commercial health plan. Sharp HealthCare is also one of CMS’ Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations.Spectrum Health (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Spectrum Health includes nine hospitals, 130 ambulatory sites, two physician groups totaling more than 750 providers and a health plan. Spectrum Health’s continuing care division offers home care, hospice, palliative care, rehabilitation services and infusion pharmacy services, among others. The system also features Spectrum Health Physician Alliance, which is a network of physician groups and includes physician-hospital organizations and independent practice organizations.SSM Health Care (St. Louis). SSM Health Care owns 18 hospitals, has a minority interest in five hospitals, manages one hospital, has affiliations with several rural hospitals and owns two nursing homes. The system also has more than 7,000 employed and affiliated physicians. In April, SSM Health Care and Madison, Wis.-based Dean Health Systems, a multispecialty physician group, signed an agreement to integrate Dean into SSM Health Care.Steward Health Care System (Boston). In addition to 11 hospitals, Steward Health Care System features a medical group, a home care company, a college offering nursing degrees, a charitable medical service organization and a physician network. This network, called Steward Health Care Network, provides physicians with medical management services and financial expertise, among other services. Steward operates a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization called Steward Promise.Sutter Health (Sacramento, Calif.). Sutter Health includes 24 hospitals, 27 ambulatory surgery centers, behavioral health centers, long-term care facilities and research institutes. The health system has nearly 5,000 affiliated physicians in its Sutter Medical Network, which includes multiple medical foundations and medical groups. Sutter Health is also affiliated with Sutter Physician Services, which provides healthcare management services to providers, facilities and payors.Texas Health Resources (Arlington). Texas Health Resources includes 25 owned, operated, joint ventured or affiliated acute-care and short-stay hospitals. The system also includes 18 outpatient facilities, more than 250 additional community access points and a physician group with more than 500 physicians and more than 200 physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Its Texas Health Research & Education Institute offers research, continuing education and training.TriHealth (Cincinnati). TriHealth offers care at more than 80 locations, including its four hospitals, three ambulatory centers and five specialty institutes, in addition to numerous physician offices. Many primary care physician practices owned by TriHealth have been accredited as patient-centered medical homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The health system also offers a research institute and is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.Trinity Health (Novi, Mich.). Trinity Health includes 47 acute-care hospitals, 432 outpatient facilities, 33 long-term care facilities, multiple home health offices and hospice programs and 3,400 employed physicians and residents. The system also includes Trinity Health International, which provides aid to healthcare organizations across the world, and Mount Carmel Health Plan, an operator of a Medicare Advantage program in Ohio.Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics (Tyler, Texas). Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics has five hospitals, including a rehabilitation hospital and a long-term acute-care facility, several urgent care locations and a multispecialty medical group with more than 350 physicians and mid-level providers at 36 clinic locations. The health system also offers Senior Insurance Services, a program to help senior citizens understand Medicare supplemental insurance plans.UC Davis Health System (Sacramento, Calif.). UC Davis Health System includes UC Davis Medical Center, UC Davis School of Medicine, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and UC Davis Medical Group, a 1,000-member physician group. The health system also has specialty clinical and research centers, including the Institute for Population Health Improvement, the Center for Health and Technology and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.UnityPoint Health (Des Moines). UnityPoint Health, formerly called Iowa Health System, offers care in eight large regions across Illinois and Iowa. The health system includes 15 owned and 14 affiliated hospitals, 280 physician clinics and home care and hospice locations. UnityPoint Health offers MyUnityPoint, a patient portal for health management, and HealthNet, a private network connecting healthcare facilities throughout the Midwest.University Hospitals (Cleveland). University Hospitals encompasses the tertiary medical center University Hospitals, a children’s hospital, a women’s hospital, a cancer center, a large network of primary care physicians and outpatient centers, and more than 24,000 physicians and employees. The system’s flagship hospital, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, is an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University. The health system also operates the independent UH Accountable Care Organization and a Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO called UH Coordinated Care Organization.University of Michigan Health System (Ann Arbor). University of Michigan Health System includes three hospitals, six specialty centers and more than 120 clinic locations in addition to a medical school, a school of nursing and a faculty group practice. The system’s U-M Faculty Group Practice participated in CMS’ five-year Physician Group Practice Demonstration ‘a precursor to accountable care organizations. The health system also has a Pioneer ACO and participates in a separate Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO.University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center integrates medical, insurance and international services through its three major operating units. The system offers patient care at more than 20 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient locations, and employs more than 3,200 physicians. UPMC’s Insurance Services Division offers health plans to employers and their employees, individuals and Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program members. Through its International and Commercial Services Division, UPMC extends its expertise to markets around the world, including Ireland, Kazakhstan and Japan.WellSpan Health (York, Pa.). WellSpan offers care at three hospitals, including a surgery and a rehabilitation hospital, and 35 outpatient locations. The health system also includes WellSpan Medical Group, which has more than 500 members, WellSpan VNA Home Care and business services. WellSpan’s healthcare management company, South Central Preferred, offers preferred provider organization services, third party administrator services and worksite wellness services.WellStar Health System (Marietta, Ga.). WellStar Health System has five hospitals, 14 satellite diagnostic imaging centers, a skilled nursing facility, an inpatient hospice facility, a skilled nursing facility and more than 100 outpatient locations. The health system’s physician group, WellStar Medical Group, has more than 500 primary care providers, specialists and advanced practitioners.Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare (Glendale, Wis.). Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is comprised of seven acute-care and specialty hospitals, two outpatient centers, three long-term care facilities and hospice and home health agencies. The system’s Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group and Metro Physicians includes more than 360 physicians. Wheaton Franciscan is also affiliated with more than 1,300 local physicians.Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health System. Yale New Haven Health System encompasses four delivery networks: Bridgeport, Greenwich, Yale-New Haven and the Northeast Medical Group. Together, these delivery networks include five hospitals, rehabilitation centers, a visiting nurse association, a hospice provider, an ambulatory services corporation, a physician-hospital organization, an independent physicians association, a real estate management company and a system-wide physician group. The system also offers graduate medical education programs through its affiliation with the Yale School of Medicine, managed care services and Yale New Haven Health Senior Assurance, a Medicare supplemental insurance program. © Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2012.About Fletcher AllenFletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont’s academic medical center. Fletcher Allen, along with Central Vermont Medical Center, CVPH Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital, are members of Fletcher Allen Partners, established to develop a more coordinated system of care throughout the region. Fletcher Allen’s mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment. Fletcher Allen also serves as a regional referral center — providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York — and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. For more information about Fletcher Allen, find us online at http://www.fletcherallen.org(link is external) or on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites at www.fletcherallen.org/socialmedia(link is external).
According to the organisers of Ironman 70.3 Ireland, the 2011 event generated over €10 million for the local economy in Galway. For the inaugural 2011 Ironman 70.3 Ireland, 2164 athletes registered to participate in the race and 82.1% were from outside Galway county:Overall, 19.8% of athletes were from outside of Ireland.Non-local athletes stayed an average of 3.15 nights in Galway city and yielded a cumulative spend of €1,405,962. Of this figure, €552,034 can be attributed to overseas athletes.Calculations show that the economic impact to Galway city from athletes’, supporters’ and spectators’ spend, was just under €6.3 million.Added to this was direct expenditure by the local organisers into the local economy and additional income derived by local retailers. With a multiplier used to map the knock-on effect of each Euro spent, the organisers note that the event generated – directly and indirectly – an impact of €10,020,013.The Ironman 70.3 Ireland event saw people compete from over 40 different countries around the world and €60,000 was collected for Croí and Irish Autism Action.Ronan Gilligan of local race organiser E&R Events said ,“We are over the moon that in these difficult times we were able to bring this type of boost to the region. The boost does not take into consideration the indirect benefit to Galway and Ireland from the events being broadcast all around the world in key markets such as the North America, the UK and continental Europe.”The event is returning to Galway for its second year on Sunday 2 September 2012. Kevin Stewart, Managing Director of Ironman UK and Ireland said “We are excited about returning to Galway with Ironman 70.3 Ireland in 2012 and are confident that the event will only exceed expectations of athletes and supporters.“This year we welcomed a wide range of athletes, from those doing their first 70.3 race to internationally renowned competitors. This is a great chance to get involved in a scenic and challenging race towards the end of the 2012 season.”www.ironmanireland.com Related
Extron just introduced the SoundField XD model SF 26CT LP, a low profile 6.5” two-way ceiling speaker featuring a 4.2” (107-millimeter) deep composite back can for use in restricted height plenum environments. The driver complement includes a 6.5” (165-mm) woofer coupled to a 3/4” (19 mm) ferrofluid-cooled dome tweeter. The SF 26CT LP offers both direct 8-ohm and 70/100 volt operation with a behind-the-grille, six-position power selector switch. With high impedance taps at 8, 16, 32 and 64 watts, the SF 26CT LP is ideal for applications that require a high power distributed speaker system in plenum spaces that will not accommodate a taller back can.The SF 26CT LP continues the new paradigm in speaker technology for ProAV applications that began with the Extron SF 26CT.
Daily Postcard: Summertime flowers and plants adorn the entryway to this home in Pinon Trails in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock musical returns to Leeds Grand Theatre from Monday 19th August, with Blue and Hollyoaks star Duncan James as Dr Frank-n-Furter.Since first opening in London in June 1973, The Rocky Horror Show has become the world’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll musical – having been performed in more than 30 countries and translated into over 20 languages.Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the musical extravaganza features Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne Clifton as Janet, James Darch as Brad, and writer, comedian and actor Steve Punt as The Narrator.Rocky Horror Show cast. Photographer: Richard Davenport.The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank-n-Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house whilst on their way to visit their favourite college professor. It’s an adventure they’ll never forget.“Frank is such an iconic role,” says Duncan James. “It’s an honour to be able to play him and a role that I have always wanted to do. I’m so excited to be touring with such a fun and vibrant show, and to be working with this fantastic cast.”Musical numbers include Sweet Transvestite, Science Fiction/Double Feature, Dammit Janet and, of course, the timeless floor-filler, The Time Warp.The Rocky Horror Show is at Leeds Grand Theatre from Monday 19th to Saturday 24th August 2019. Book online at leedsgrandtheatre.com or call Box Office on 0844 848 2700.Read our review of The Rocky Horror Show, when it visited Leeds Grand in 2013.
Tweet NewsSports Dominica advances to ECVA finals by: Kairann George – December 7, 2014 Sharing is caring! Share Share 314 Views one comment Share The real team iRep767 finally showed up on Saturday at the ECVA Senior Men’s championships in Antigua. All the training and sacrificed came together for what would be an epic day of volleyball.First off on Saturday morning, our team started with vigor and excitement to dismantle the St Vincent team 3-1. Dominica was pretty much dominant for most of the match imposing their will on a flustered Vincentian team.Saturday night featured an exhilirating showdown between team iRep767 and hosts Antigua. The stands filled early as the crowd expected another victory from their already 2 and 0 team. The Dominicans had other plans. The game plan focused on taking Antigua’s two high flying outside hitters out of the game. Photo courtesy: OrisphotographyWhile it wasnt perfect it was indeed effective as the Antiguans were left shocked and visibly confused at the array of hits by rising star Lincoln Riviere and former team captain David Toussaint. Two rookie centers Ronelle Joseph and Yahn Florent have definitely carved a name for themselves being front runners for both best blocker and server. Team spirit and “vibes” was at its peak as even other teams an few supporters in the crowd joined in Dominica’s chants. The game ended 3-1 and the Antigua supporters were silenced but not disappointed by the beautiful display of volleyball they had just witnessed.This win sets up a grand finale with regional rivals St Lucia at 9pm on Sunday evening. The Lucians defeated Dominica early in the tournament but our guys seemed to have found their rhythm and it will definitely be a clash of the titans.
Related jerry2313/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Federal prosecutors found insufficient evidence to charge either police officer involved in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, shooting death of Alton Sterling, the U.S. Justice Department announced today, as it laid out in a detailed statement how the department came to that decision.This federal investigation came after Sterling, an armed black man, was shot and killed on July 5, 2016, during an altercation with white police officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II outside Baton Rouge’s Triple S Convenience Store. Parts of the shooting were captured on video and Sterling’s death sparked protests nationwide.The confrontation began when a 911 caller said a man wearing a red T-shirt selling CDs was armed. When the two responding officers approached Sterling in the parking lot of the convenience store, an altercation ensued, the Justice Department said in a statement today explaining its decision. As officers tried to subdue Sterling, Salamoni shouted that he saw a gun in Sterling’s pocket. Salamoni first fired at Sterling after he allegedly saw him reaching for the weapon, the Justice Department said. Sterling then continued to move, prompting Salamoni to fire again, into Sterling’s back.U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana Corey Amundson said at a news conference this afternoon that the “exhaustive, almost year-long” federal investigation focused on whether either officer violated federal criminal civil rights laws or any other federal criminal law.The Justice Department pointed to a number of questions it sought to answer in its investigation to reach its ultimate decision.Did Sterling reach for his weapon?In the statement today, the Justice Department said that while the videos “do not show Sterling’s right hand at the time those shots were fired,” they do “show that Sterling’s right hand was not under Officer Salamoni’s control.”The statement added: “The evidence also cannot establish that Sterling was not reaching for a gun when Officer Salamoni yelled that Sterling was doing so.”Also, the Justice Department said that while two witnesses said they could see Sterling’s right hand and said his hand wasn’t in his pocket, the department found that the witness statements were inconsistent and that some of their statements didn’t coincide with the videos.Were the actions taken by the officers reasonable?Two independent use-of-force experts “concluded that the officers’ actions were reasonable under the circumstances and thus met constitutional standards,” the Justice Department said. “The experts emphasized that the officers were responding to a call that someone matching Sterling’s description had brandished a weapon and threatened another person; that Sterling was large and strong; and that Sterling was failing to follow orders and was struggling with the officers,” the statement explained.“The experts noted that the officers also attempted to control Sterling through multiple less-than-lethal techniques before ultimately using lethal force in response to Officer Salamoni’s perception that Sterling was attempting to use a gun.”Was the second series of shots a violation of the Fourth Amendment?Federal investigators also considered whether the second series of shots Salamoni fired was a prosecutable Fourth Amendment violation. The Fourth Amendment outlines what constitutes an illegal search and seizure.“Although the videos show that Sterling’s right hand was not in or near his right pocket, Sterling was continuing to move, even after being shot three times and being told again not to move by Officer Lake,” the Justice Department said.“Meanwhile, the officers were behind Sterling, and Officer Salamoni was lying on the ground, facing Sterling’s back. Given these circumstances, the evidence cannot establish beyond a reasonable doubt that it did not appear to Officer Salamoni that Sterling was reaching for his pocket. Nor could the Department prove that the officer’s conduct was willful.”The investigation’s conclusionThe Justice Department ultimately decided that it did not have enough evidence to pursue charges against either officer.“Given the totality of the circumstances – that the officers had been fighting with Sterling and had attempted less-than-lethal methods of control; that they knew Sterling had a weapon; that Sterling had reportedly brandished a gun at another person; and that Sterling was much larger and stronger than either officer — the Department cannot prove either that the shots were unconstitutional or that they were willful,” the Justice Department said in its statement.“Moreover, two different, independent experts opined that this shooting was not unreasonable given the circumstances,” the statement continued. “With respect to the first series of shots, the experts assessed that it was not unreasonable for Officer Salamoni to use lethal force, in light of all of the circumstances referenced above. With respect to the second series of shots, both experts emphasized that officers are trained to eliminate a threat, and that Sterling appeared to pose a threat because he was still moving and his right hand was not visible to Officer Salamoni.”Sterling’s family and officials reactSterling’s aunt, Sandra Sterling, said Tuesday night of the Justice Department’s then-reported decision, “It’s crazy. It’s like we waited all this time for nothing.”“It just hurts so bad,” she said. “It’s a horrible pain. … It’s like going back to the first day all over again.”Amundson, the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, said this afternoon, “There are no winners here, and there are no victories for anybody. A man has died, a father, a nephew has died. My heart goes out to the family. … There simply isn’t enough evidence to proceed with the federal charge.”Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome said today that she was appalled that news of the DOJ’s decision was “leaked” on Tuesday through the press before Sterling’s family was notified.Multiple news outlets, including ABC News, reported on Tuesday that the DOJ was expected to announce that it would not be filing charges against the officers. Michael Adams, an attorney for Andricka Williams, mother of three of Sterling’s children, told ABC News today that Williams is disappointed that the DOJ isn’t bringing charges, adding that Williams learned of the DOJ’s decision from the media on Tuesday even though the family was allegedly promised it would be told first.Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards echoed the mayor’s sentiments, saying it was “disrespectful to tell the family that they could expect to know first,” adding, “I do hope there is an investigation into how that leak occurred.”What’s nextThe federal investigation has now been closed, although a state investigation will follow, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.Edwards said, “It is now up to the Louisiana Department of Justice … to determine whether any state charges will be brought.”“While we await that decision,” Edwards said, “and as I’ve said many times … we still have too many people in our community who are afraid of the police and too many police officers afraid of members of our community.”“We all have a role to play to make things better,” Edwards saidMichael Adams, an attorney representing Williams, told ABC News this morning that while Williams is “disappointed that the federal government could not bring civil rights charges … we are hopeful that their report will be sufficient enough, when it’s turned over to the appropriate state officials, that state charges will be filed against these two officers for the unjustified killing of Mr. Sterling.”ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2017, ABC Radio. 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By Justin RobertsonSTANDING at the Garfield Football Club bar, four mates are deep in conversation. The clubrooms are empty, chairs…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.
This program was established in 2018 as a new initiative to attract and retain women and girls in squash. Clubs were encouraged to identify and nominate a female ambassador who is committed to promoting the sport to girls and women at their respective clubs. Eligibility for the grant program was open to the 22 participating clubs in the annual September Women’s Squash Week. Through an online nomination process, participating clubs nominated a female champion who best aligned with program criteria: going over and beyond to promote and identify opportunities to participate as well as encourage overall enjoyment of the sport. Vassilakakis stood out in all criteria.The grant will be used by the club to promote and deliver squash programs for girls and women through the calendar year (2019).“We realized that one way to increase participation was to encourage the clubs to identify a female champion to work with the pros in promoting Women’s Squash Week. The result was tremendous, with a 66% increase in participation in 2018,” said Sue Griffin, Chair Women’s Squash Week.Over the past 20 years in Canada, female participation in sport in Canada has continued to decline and Squash BC has also been impacted by this downward trend. “Reversing this decline is a major priority for our organization and growth initiatives such as the Emerging Female Leader in Squash and strategic partnerships with organizations such as ProMOTION Plus and Buntain Insurance directly align with our sport association’s mission and strategic direction” said Natasha Doucas, President of Squash BC. Nelson woman has been recognized as a Champion of women’s squash in the province. Castlegar’s Rebecca Vassilakakis, of the Nelson Squash Club, was one of the two emerging female leaders in the sport of squash. The award will provide the Nelson Squash Club with a $500 grant from the Squash BC Emerging Female in Squash program.
The Mayo Association Galway in conjunction with Cairde Mhaigh Eo have teamed up, and are holding an Official Fundraiser titled:“A Night at the Dogs Buster Fundraiser”It will be held in the Galway Greyhound track, College Road, Galway on Friday, 9th September @ 6.30pm. It promises to be a great evening’s entertainment and we are hoping to make this the largest gathering of red and green in the City, so please come along and wear our county colourson the evening and show your support for the Mayo Senior Football Team.Tickets for the event can be purchased from those listed in the attached flyer or from any of the following outlets:· Elverys Sports, Headford Road Retail Park & Edward Square, Galway· Staunton’s All Care Pharmacy, Salthill· Ward’s Hotel, Salthill· Tuam Heating & Plumbing Ltd. Abbey Trinity, Tuam· Oliver Walsh Motors, KilcolganThere will be All-Ireland tickets up for grabs, so please spread the word via friends, colleagues and also like and share on Facebook