Day: January 4, 2018

Hackensack Meridian Health, JFK Health officially combine in merger of two IT standouts – Healthcare IT News

[Also: How post-merger Hackensack Meridian made one IT team out of many]

JFK Health includes the 499-bed JFK Medical Center in Edison, as well as inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers, nursing facilities and other services like JFK’s Neuroscience Institute, which offers advanced treatment for adult and pediatric neurological conditions.

The system’s said that merging makes them the biggest system in New Jersey, outgrowing Robert Wood Johnson University Health and Barnabas Health, which merged into RWJ Barnabas in 2016.

In its profile this year, Joseph Mannion, MD, Hackensack Meridian’s CIO, noted that since that merger the Hackensack Meridian IT team exists in “essentially three different locations.” This past summer, those 400-plus employees gathered on a Jersey Shore beach: “It was a great time – some people hadn’t even met face-to-face yet,” he said. “There’s essentially a good 65 miles between the furthest northern office and furthest southern office.”

The newly-expanded network also touts two children’s hospitals: Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, as well as nine community hospitals: Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood. Two rehabilitation hospitals, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison, and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick, also help make up the network.

Click here to learn more about how we chose this year’s winners.

Hackensack and JFK first announced the deal last November. Then in May, the plans were confirmed pending regulatory approval.

With the addition of JFK, Hackensack Meridian Health now employs nearly 33,000 team members, 6,500 staff physicians and 4,520 beds. In total, the network now boasts more than 160 patient care locations that also include ambulatory surgery centers, home care, long-term care, assisted living facilities and other sites.

Christopher Plummer Is the Reason to See All the Money in the World – The Atlantic

The film begins with Paul’s kidnapping. A flaxen-haired 16-year-old living in Rome, Paul was the son of John Paul Getty Jr. (Andrew Buchan), an erstwhile heir to the Getty Oil empire who struggled with substance abuse and had divorced Paul’s mother Gail (Michelle Williams). So when Gail gets the ransom call, demanding $17 million for her son’s safe return, she has to petition her former father-in-law for help, not having a fortune of her own to tap. The only problem being that J. Paul Getty was not known for his generosity.

For much of the movie’s action, Getty is shut up inside a sumptuous English estate, with fine art crowding the walls and a stock ticker spitting out ceaseless information about just how rich he is. It’s here that he turns down Gail’s request for money and tells the press he wouldn’t pay a cent in ransom, his ostensible reason being that it would put his other family members at risk of being kidnapped in hopes of similar payouts. But Scott’s clear distaste for Getty’s kingdom of avarice is obvious: The tycoon’s mansion is a dark, gloomy place filmed with gray and green filters lorded over by an imperious grump.

That’s the question underlying this quasi-biopic, quasi-thriller, which touches on how Getty got his riches and his miserly nature, as well as on the broad beats of the kidnapping story. This is a fable about the poisonous quality of wealth, one that attempts to burrow into the mind of a man who’d publicly announce his disinterest in rescuing his own grandson. But the film spends too much time in the gummy details of Paul’s kidnapping, a disturbingly farcical series of events that saw him passed around by Italian gangsters like a faded trophy, when all of its best material involves the elder Getty’s recalcitrance.

It’s when Scott shifts his focus to the rescue attempts that things become more snooze-worthy. In the scenes in Getty’s manse, the film feels alive with energy, giving viewers a peek behind the curtain at a world most people couldn’t begin to fathom. The rest of the movie (written by David Scarpa) has all the drama of a long Wikipedia entry, shuffling from event to event with dull functionality. Unwilling to pay the ransom, Getty assigns his adviser Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg), a former CIA operative, to work with Gail and retrieve his grandson.

Plummer is so good in his role that it’s genuinely hard to imagine a whole other movie exists with a whole other performance (one audiences will never see). He plays Getty with a soft touch, aware that his gruff inaction is horrifying enough and weirdly thrilling to behold without additional theatrics. As a tearful Gail demands Getty’s help, he waves her off, saying the markets are too volatile for him to put up $17 million at the moment, even though that’s the kind of money his company makes in a day.

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Spurs’ Son Heung-min matches Pedro Obiang’s strike in draw with West Ham – The Guardian

What happened next sent the travelling supporters into raptures and represented another step in the right direction for the club’s relegation battle. From fully 25 yards, Obiang fizzed a shot at Hugo Lloris’s top corner and the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper had no answer.

Christian Eriksen fizzed a low one past the post, which Adrián looked to have covered, before he extended him fully on 45 minutes. Dele Alli teed up the chance with a nutmeg on Obiang and, when Eriksen unloaded, the shot flicked off Angelo Ogbonna and flew towards the top of the net. Adrián showed his agility to tip over.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team probed for space and they got nothing for free. The first half was characterised by claret-and-blue shirts swarming all over their opponents whenever the ball entered West Ham’s defensive third and, especially, their penalty box. Moyes has made no apologies for his approach in this type of game and, with the imbalanced squad he has inherited, he need not. Harry Kane was back in the Tottenham starting line-up and he had five flickers in or around the West Ham box in the first half without ever truly threatening. The moment that threatened to quicken the pulses of the home support stemmed from a raking Jan Vertonghen ball. Serge Aurier had raced up the right and he headed square for Kane but, when he stretched, he could not meet it. Kane also curled a 20 yard shot towards the bottom corner on 28 minutes. Adrián saved comfortably.

Tottenham continued to press. West Ham continued to throw bodies in front of them. Eriksen had a volley blocked by Winston Reid and another shot easily saved by Adrián. Kane turned Reid but Pablo Zabaleta stepped across to make the saving tackle. Then it happened. Obiang does not score many. This was only his third for the club. It is one he will remember for an awfully long time.

A feature of Moyes’s tenure has been a cagey approach against Big Six opposition and, when he set up his team here, he could feel it had worked previously. West Ham were decent in defeat at Manchester City; they beat Chelsea at home and held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw.

West Ham were under no pressure to come out and they did not. They made it into the Tottenham penalty area only once during the first half, through Javier Hernández and, when the striker cut the ball back, there was nobody there. Moyes started with four midfielders in front of his back five, with Manuel Lanzini, who worked off the left, sometimes pushing forward. The onus was on Tottenham to find a way through.

Son Heung-min scores Tottenham’s equaliser from distance against West Ham.

Son Heung-min scores Tottenham’s equaliser from distance against West Ham.
Photograph: Alex James/JMP/Rex/Shutterstock

Spurs’ Son Heung-min matches Pedro Obiang’s strike in draw with West Ham

There was little on for Pedro Obiang. Just as there had been little on for West Ham United, which had been no great surprise given David Moyes’s emphasis on being difficult to beat. And so the West Ham midfielder edged forward a little and decided to have a pop.

It was a test of patience for Tottenham. Could Eriksen or Alli summon a moment of magic to unpick West Ham’s tightly compressed lines? It did not feel as if they had anything to worry about at the other end.

Perhaps, Lloris was unhinged by the surprise factor. It was not only West Ham’s first shot of the evening but their first opening of any description. The smash and grab was on.

Michael Gove outlines plans to change ‘unjust’ £3 billion EU farm subsidies after Brexit – ITV News

Michael Gove said he hoped the post-Brexit payments would be “broadly” the same as the current £3 billion subsidies.

The plans also include building “natural capital” – the value nature provides to society – into the approach to land management to establish a sustainable future for the countryside.

Speaking to the Oxford conference, Mr Gove added: “Building on previous countryside stewardship and agri-environment schemes, we will design a scheme accessible to almost any land owner or manager who wishes to enhance the natural environment by planting woodland, providing new habitats for wildlife, increasing biodiversity, contributing to improved water quality and returning cultivated land to wildflower meadows or other more natural states.

Under the current EU method, farmers are paid part of a £3 billion subsidy based on how much land they own, which makes up between 50% and 60% of their income.

The Environment Secretary has outlined plans to make radical changes to farming subsidies after Brexit.

Alexa will soon help you make popcorn with voice-controlled microwaves – Digital Trends

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Meet the cast of Death in Paradise: Ardal O’Hanlon stars as Jack Mooney – Radio Times

It’s time to take a trip back to the idyllic island of Saint Marie – a slice of paradise, and also one of the most dangerous places to be in the Caribbean. Series seven will bring a new collection of unlikely murders for Humphrey Goodman’s replacement DI Jack Mooney and his team to solve.

Who does she play? Florence Cassell may be young, but she is an incredibly capable Detective Sergeant. She is absolutely dedicated to the job and is totally focused on each case. Having grown up in a house full of men (with five older brothers), Florence has learnt to be assertive and strong-minded. She is very easy to get along with and has a good sense of humour.

As Death in Paradise returns to BBC1 on Thursdays at 9pm, here are the main characters who will be entertaining us this winter:

Where have I seen him before? Londoner Tobi Bakare has appeared as Jamal in Kingsman: The Secret Service and its sequel The Golden Circle. Before that he showed up in The Smoke, Silent Witness and The Tunnel, but he’s also a stage actor with theatre credits including Reflection, Greenland and Utopia.

Who does he play? At the end of series six, a new detective arrived on the island of Saint Marie: an Irish widower named Jack Mooney. He took over from Kris Marshall’s DI Humphrey Goodman, who moved to London in the pursuit of love – leaving the shack on the beach empty for its new inhabitant. Jack’s style is a little different from Humphrey’s. For one thing, he wears short-sleeved shirts with zany ties (gasp). For another, he tends to disarm people: he tells long stories and acts things out, but beneath it all lurks the mind of a genius detective.

Thankfully he wasn’t killed off like his predecessor. DI Humphrey Goodman managed to fall in love with his holiday fling Martha, and was devastated when she moved back to London – but after some advice from his team he threw caution to the wind and pursued her across the globe to declare his feelings. The actor himself decided to leave the show to spend more time with his family.

Where have I seen her before? Elizabeth Bourgine will be a familiar face for French Death in Paradise fans. Originally a dancer and model, she went on to star in Nesta Burma, Shock Detective, and then Private Lessons, A Heart in Winter and My Best Friend.

Storm Eleanor: Abandoned Danske Bank Premiership games to be re-played in full – Belfast Telegraph

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The decision has been taken by the Premiership Management Committee to replay all three games from Tuesday January 2.

All three Danske Bank Premiership fixtures that were abandoned due to Storm Eleanor will be re-played in full.

The three Danske Bank Premiership fixtures are:

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Are these Boston’s highest tides in history? – The Boston Globe

On Cape Cod, Thursday morning’s rain is slowly changing to frozen precipitation as the cold air moves south. This will continue Thursday afternoon, creating a flash freeze of sorts in areas that were previously above the freezing point. That will, of course, create an additional hazard.

The snow too is playing a substantial role in parts of the state, particularly as it rotates westward from the ocean. Heavy snow bands are created as the air rapidly rises in one area. When the air comes back down, you see areas of much lighter snow. That’s why you might see certain pockets that receive a foot or more of snow, while other spots close by might receive much less.

Thus far, most of the power outages have been concentrated in Southeastern Mass., Cape Cod and the islands. That should continue to be the case Thursday afternoon, though you can also expect scattered power outages around the rest of the state, as well.

At this point, there are areas approaching well over six inches of snow, with those numbers expected to increase throughout the afternoon.

Tide predictions are somewhat difficult and because the storm grew so large, so fast, I suspect that this was underpredicted. This means you can expect to see lots more images of flooded shore roads up and down the coast as many locations continue to experience major flooding.