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Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health announces significant expansion of education division

Villanova, PA – Oct. 30, 2019 – As part of its organizational redesign initiative led by new President and CEO, Carl E. Clark II, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health – one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare – announced a major expansion of its historic education division to enhance the provision of specialized education services across the nonprofit’s geographic footprint and beyond.

The expansion will center around the creation of new programs and content delivery modalities, diversifying Devereux’s current educational service offerings to both public and approved private schools across the country, as well as within Devereux-operated educational programs nationwide.

Evan Butler | President and CEO | Etiometry

In 2010, two aerospace engineers and a physician turned biomedical engineer realized that the
way hospitals handle the deluge of physiologic patient data is inefficient and does not provide
for the best patient care. This is especially true in critical care, where clinicians are often
confronted with a volume and complexity of data that is above the ability of a single human to
realistically process in its entirety, which when combined with the high stress/high stakes
environment of intensive care leads to patient harm and clinicians’ burnout.

Etiometry was founded to apply aerospace based predictive analytics methodology to
physiologic data, thus harvesting the power of technology to optimize clinical decisions and
improve patient outcomes. The Etiometry Platform is an FDA cleared next-generation patient
monitoring Software Platform that provides intensive care units with actionable timely
information. By synthesizing all physiologic data into specific patient risks, the platform raises
the situational awareness of the whole clinical team, thus allowing them to intervene early and
avoid patient harm.

Etiometry has 7 of the 10 best pediatric hospitals in the world as clients, which provides a
partnership with the leading thought leaders in the pediatric world. The platform has been
already associated with a 25% reduction of patient length of stay, demonstrating a tremendous
potential impact on the $120B per year ICU expenditures. Moreover, unlike the Electronic
Medical Record with which the majority of clinicians are dissatisfied, the Etiometry Platform is
well embraced among more than 90% of its users.

The company current expansion plans include transitioning to the adult market and exploring
the benefits of the platform through more hospital settings.

April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –April, 2018 – The month of April is dedicated to raising awareness of esophageal cancer; a cancer that is considered the fastest-growing cancer in the U.S., according to the National Cancer Institute. Incidence of esophageal cancer has increased over 600% in the past three decades.

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation, a Rhode Island-based nonprofit, has been working to raise awareness, encourage early detection and to fund research of esophageal cancer since 2010.

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In addition to the alarming increase, esophageal cancer has also become one of the deadliest cancers, as patients are typically diagnosed in later stages once the cancer has progressed. In fact, patients diagnosed with Stage IV esophageal cancer are faced with a survival rate of less than 4%.

The following four factors have contributed to the great increase and poor survival rate:

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  • Lack of awareness of risk factors and symptoms;
  • No routine/standard screening;
  • Late occurrence of symptoms, leading to late diagnosis and
  • Lack of research funding for improved detection techniques and treatment options.

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Major risk factors associated with esophageal cancer include, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), obesity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, heavy drinking and Barrett’s esophagus. GERD. which is also known as acid reflux disease, is the primary known risk factor for esophageal cancer (adenocarcinoma) of which chronic heartburn and indigestion are the most common symptoms of the disease.

Millions of Americans experience heartburn and as many as one out of five Americans has GERD (including former President Barack Obama), unfortunately, many are unaware that chronic reflux could increase the risk of esophageal cancer.

Possible symptoms of esophageal cancer include: difficulty swallowing, sensation of food getting stuck, chronic cough, chronic heartburn, pain in chest and/or back. Again, these warning symptoms typically arise once the cancer has spread to lymph nodes and other organs and becomes difficult, if not impossible, to treat.

The estimates for esophageal cancer in the United States for 2018 are about 17,290 new esophageal cancer cases diagnosed and about 15,850 deaths from esophageal cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. With over a 600% increase in the past decades, the overall five-year survival rate is only 18.8%.

The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation awarded it’s first-ever grant to esophageal cancer research in July, 2015. Since then, over 20 medical researchers have inquired about funding. The charity hopes to fund esophageal research again in the near future.

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The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation: Established in Rhode Island on November 21, 2011, thefoundation’s mission is to raise awareness, encourage early detection and to fund research of esophageal cancer…in hopes of a cureTM. The Salgi Esophageal Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization, as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. For more information, visit: SALGI.ORG

CharterCARE offers to invest $10M in Memorial, plans revival starting with ER, CNE downplays plan

PAWTUCKET — CharterCare Health Partners CEO John J. Holiver and Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien announced Thursday that the hospital system plans to buy the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island building and has committed $10 million for capital improvements, returning medical services there in stages, starting with emergency care.

A spokesman for CharterCare said the company’s total offer to Care New England, which shut down Memorial Nov. 11, has not been sent to CNE yet.

Holiver said the $10 million would cover both outfitting the emergency center as well as the anticipated medical staff. He said he couldn’t estimate the company’s possible offer on the entire former Memorial Hospital campus.

“It’s too early to tell,” Holiver said.

Eventually, CharterCare plans to restore all medical services at the building. Efforts to draft the plan to restore services at the Memorial Hospital building began at the request of Grebien.

CharterCare jointly owns Roger Williams Medical Center, Fatima Hospital, St. Joseph Health Center and Elmhurst Extended Care with Prospect Medical Holdings Inc. of California through a joint venture, Prospect CharterCARE LLC.

In January, Prospect and Brown University announced their competing bid to purchase Care New England as an alternative to the absorption of the health care system by Boston-based Partners HealthCare of Massachusetts. CNE and Partners have a standing exclusive agreement to pursue a merger, but the deal hinges on state approval.

Thursday morning, Holiver said their plan for Memorial Hospital is a separate issue from the Brown University-Prospect proposal.

Originally CNE planned to sell off Memorial to Prime Healthcare as part of the Partners deal, but continuing losses at the Pawtucket institution led the local hospital system to close it. The closure affected approximately 700 employees, limited access to hospital care in the Blackstone Valley and caused an emergency room crisis when other local hospital emergency rooms were inundated with an overflow of patients during the winter flu season, one that was described by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “intense.”

FROM LEFT, Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee, CharterCARE Health Partners Chairman of the Board Edward Santos and CharterCARE CEO John J. Holliver confer following the press conference announcing the company's plans to purchase Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island from Care New England. / PBN PHOTO/ROB BORKOWSKI
FROM LEFT, Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee, CharterCARE Health Partners Chairman of the Board Edward Santos and CharterCARE CEO John J. Holliver confer at the press conference in Pawtucket City Hall announcing the company’s plans to purchase Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island from Care New England. / PBN PHOTO/ROB BORKOWSKI

Care New England had a quick reaction to the news. Jim Beardsworth, spokesman for the health care system said in a statement: “We made the difficult decision more than six months ago to close Memorial Hospital and begin transitioning the facility into an outpatient center. In the process, we preserved 200 local jobs and positioned community-based health care for a solid future. Today’s announcement by Prospect Health/CharterCare certainly comes as a surprise, as there has been no previous discussion or formal proposal submitted to Care New England.

“Any plan to reopen the closed facility, as suggested today, is simply unfeasible, especially since we previously had conversations with CharterCare about buying Memorial and those proved fruitless. Today’s announcement represents nothing more than an opportunity to muddy the health care landscape with an ill-conceived plan with no true thought for serving the community need.”

When the R.I. Department of Health approved Care New England’s reverse certificate of need application to close Memorial Hospital’s emergency department in December 2017, it set a number of conditions related to the loss of emergency room services:

  • CNE will provide $300,000 to Pawtucket and $200,000 to Central Falls each year for two years to offset emergency medical services costs associated with transporting patients to other hospitals
  • CNE will establish a transportation plan for patients and patients’ families so that individuals with nonemergency chronic conditions won’t have to incur additional costs associated with traveling to receive services that are only offered at another hospital
  • CNE must maintain Memorial Hospital’s Family Care and Internal Medicine Centers in Pawtucket at their current hours and staffing levels
  • CNE will invest $100,000 annually in the Pawtucket and Central Falls Health Equity Zones. Rhode Island’s HEZs are nine distinct areas throughout the state where organizations are coming together to put health programs and policies in place to prevent chronic diseases, improve birth outcomes, and improve the socioeconomic and environmental conditions of their neighborhoods
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