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    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coherus BioSciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHRS), today announced that senior management will present at the 37^th annual J.P. Morgan healthcare conference on Tuesday, January 8, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. PT being held in San Francisco.The audio portion of the presentation will be available on the investors page of the Coherus BioSciences website at http://investors.coherus.com.

    *About Coherus BioSciences, Inc.*

    Coherus is a leading biosimilar company that develops and commercializes high-quality therapeutics for major regulated markets. Biosimilars are intended for use in place of existing, branded biologics to treat a range of chronic and often life-threatening diseases, with the potential to reduce costs and expand patient access. Composed of a team of proven industry veterans with world-class expertise in process science, analytical characterization, protein production, sales and marketing and clinical-regulatory development, Coherus is positioned as a leader in the global biosimilar marketplace. Coherus has received regulatory approval for UDENYCA™ (pegfilgrastim-cbqv) in the U.S. and European Union and is advancing two late-stage clinical products towards commercialization, CHS-1420 (adalimumab biosimilar) and CHS-0214 (etanercept biosimilar), and developing a robust pipeline of future products in ophthalmology (including CHS-3351, a ranibizumab biosimilar, and CHS-2020, an aflibercept biosimilar), as well as CHS-131, a small molecule for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and multiple sclerosis.  For additional information, please visit www.coherus.com.

    CONTACT:

    David S. Arrington
    Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Affairs
    Coherus BioSciences, Inc.
    darrington@coherus.com
    +1 (650) 395-0196  Reported by GlobeNewswire 6 hours ago.

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    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coherus BioSciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHRS), today announced the addition of Darlene Horton, M.D. as Chief Medical and Regulatory Affairs Officer. She assumed her role on January 1, 2019.“We are very pleased that Dr. Horton has joined the executive team at Coherus,” said Denny Lanfear, Chairman, President and CEO of Coherus. “She is a foremost biotechnology leader and clinician with an exceptional track record of delivering value to patients and shareholders.”

    “I believe there is a significant opportunity to accelerate the development and commercialization of biosimilar products. Coherus is leading the way in expanding access to life-changing biologic medicines while also significantly reducing costs to our healthcare system,” said Darlene Horton, M.D. “I am honored to be joining Denny and the team at this exciting time for the company.”

    Dr. Horton recently was Chief Executive Officer of TulangCo, Inc., and Chief Medical Officer at SMC Biotechnology. Previously, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of Nile Therapeutics, Inc., and Vice President and Co-Chair, Joint Steering Committee between Itero and Allergan, and Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Itero Biopharmaceuticals. Prior to that, she was Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Research and Medical Affairs, Senior Vice President, Clinical Research and Member of Corporate Executive Team at Scios, Inc. (a Johnson & Johnson company), where she also was Head, CV Therapeutic Area Center of Excellence.

    Darlene earned her B.S. with Honors in Microbiology, and Doctor of Medicine from University of Florida. She did her internship and residency in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSF, and her Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at the CV Research Institute of UCSF. She worked as a UCSF Clinical Faculty member in Pediatric Cardiology for 20 years, as a Staff Pediatrician at St. Luke’s Hospital and in the Intensive Care Nursery at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco, California.

    *About Coherus BioSciences, Inc.*

    Coherus is a leading biosimilar company that develops and commercializes high-quality therapeutics for major regulated markets. Biosimilars are intended for use in place of existing, branded biologics to treat a range of chronic and often life-threatening diseases, with the potential to reduce costs and expand patient access. Composed of a team of proven industry veterans with world-class expertise in process science, analytical characterization, protein production, sales and marketing and clinical-regulatory development, Coherus is positioned as a leader in the global biosimilar marketplace. Coherus has received regulatory approval for UDENYCA™ (pegfilgrastim-cbqv) in the U.S. and European Union and is advancing two late-stage clinical products towards commercialization, CHS-1420 (adalimumab biosimilar) and CHS-0214 (etanercept biosimilar), and developing a robust pipeline of future products in ophthalmology (including CHS-3351, a ranibizumab biosimilar, and CHS-2020, an aflibercept biosimilar), as well as CHS-131, a small molecule for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and multiple sclerosis. For additional information, please visit www.coherus.com.

    CONTACT:

    David S. Arrington
    Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Affairs
    Coherus BioSciences, Inc.
    darrington@coherus.com
    +1 (650) 395-0196 Reported by GlobeNewswire 6 hours ago.

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    Sen’s death symbolises the quiet passing away of the rigour with which Sen and his comrade-critics, Ray and Ghatak, attacked the society and the labour with which they made films without seeking money or fame. …read more Source:: NEWS 18       

    The post Revisiting the Life and Times of Comrade Mrinal Sen, the Last of the Indian New Wave Veterans appeared first on Bollywood latest news. Reported by Filmy Friday 5 hours ago.

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    Here's what happens to Social Security and disability benefits during a government shutdown **

    · *The federal government is in the second week of a partial government shutdown.*
    · *Social Security and disability checks will still go out for the duration of the shutdown.*
    · *In contrast to previous shutdowns, no Social Security Administration employees will be placed on furlough and all services will remain open.*

    The federal government is now in the 13th day of a partial federal shutdown, as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders have still not been able to come to a deal to reopen the government.

    While parts of the government are still funded, nine of the 15 federal agencies are affected by the shutdown and problems are beginning to pile up. Roughly 800,000 federal employees are also going without pay during the shutdown.

    But while the problems caused by the shutdown are significant, essential services, such as public safety operations and Medicare payments  have continued. 

    Additionally, the shutdown should have little effect on Social Security checks. According to the Social Security Administration's shutdown contingency plan, most core programs and benefits would continue in the event of a shutdown.

    "Funding for the programs under Titles II, XVI, and XVIII of the Social Security Act will continue, even in the event of a lapse in appropriations," the plan says.

    A shutdown only affects funds annually appropriated by Congress, not funding that is sustained long-term. The Social Security trust fund is paid for through a combination of taxes and long-term investments.

    Other core functions like disability claims or appeals over benefits would continue to function.

    For the military and veterans, VA disability payments, Survivor Benefits Plan payments, and retiree payments would all be made because those funds also come from non-annual appropriations.

    While previous shutdowns have led to the furlough of Social Security employees and some services, a full-year funding agreement for the Social Security Administration was reached in September so the agency is not affected this time around.

    Congressional leaders are scheduled to meet with Trump on Wednesday to try and hash out a deal to end the shutdown, but so far there is little progress towards a deal to reopen the government. The shutdown is tied for the fifth-longest in the modern budgeting era.

    *SEE ALSO: Here's what happens if the government shuts down at the end of this week*

    Join the conversation about this story »

    NOW WATCH: Anthony Scaramucci claims Trump isn't a nationalist: 'He likes saying that because it irks these intellectual elitists' Reported by Business Insider 4 hours ago.

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    A CHARITY which has provided help and support to the Armed Forces community and other frontline staff going through medical treatment for the last 75 years is celebrating its first year in partnership with Wye Valley NHS Trust and the 2gether Mental Health Foundation. Reported by Hereford Times 4 hours ago.

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    Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick discuss their new PBS documentary series 'The Vietnam War' and the importance of remembering the war at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
      Reported by USATODAY.com 3 hours ago.

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    Colts veterans provide valuable playoff advice to younger players Young players, the Colts know, tend to be the most vulnerable and Indianapolis (10-6) has one of the league's least-experienced teams. Reported by FOX Sports 20 hours ago.

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    There has not historically been a landmark honoring the contributions of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians who have served in the military. That will change with the National Native American Veterans Memorial. Reported by Christian Science Monitor 18 hours ago.

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    Artist Scott LoBaido on Wednesday said his latest creative endeavor is an installation that seeks to bring attention to suicide rates among veterans. Reported by FOXNews.com 18 hours ago.

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    HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - 3 January 2019 - Sun Life Hong Kong Limited ("Sun Life") has been honoured with six awards at the 9th BENCHMARK Wealth Management Awards, including "Brand of the Year" in recognition of its success in building lasting connections with clients and the public through an effective, robust brand strategy backed by a series of powerful and engaging campaigns. This is the second consecutive year that Sun Life has received the coveted "Brand of the Year" honour.

    The senior management team of Sun Life Hong Kong at the awards presentation ceremony of the 9th BENCHMARK Wealth Management Awards.  

     

    The following is the full list of Sun Life's accolades at the 9th BENCHMARK Wealth Management Awards:

    · Brand of the Year
    · Academy of the Year
    · Whole Life Insurance - Best in Class
    · Retirement Product - Best in Class
    · Outstanding Campaign Award
    · Social Media Engagement - Outstanding Achiever

     

    "The success testifies to our strength in multiple areas including brand & marketing, people training and product development," said *Fabien Jeudy, Chief Executive Officer of Sun Life Hong Kong Limited. *"2018 has proven a very fruitful year for us, as we have launched many new initiatives with the aim of building life-long relationships with our clients and improving client experience. Our great achievements are a result of teamwork, and I would like to thank my team for their dedication. Looking ahead, we will continue focusing on helping our clients achieve lifetime financial security and live healthier lives with our client-centric solutions and services, and community events such as the Sun Life Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships and the Sun Life Resolution Run."

     

    The BENCHMARK Wealth Management Awards is an annual award recognizing Mass Affluent Banking, Insurance and Financial Planning Advisories. The judging panel is formed by a group of independent and high calibre veterans across the region.

                                                                        

    *About Sun Life Financial *
    Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individual and corporate Clients. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of September 30, 2018, Sun Life Financial had total assets under management of CDN $984 billion. For more information please visit www.sunlife.com.

     

    Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF. Reported by Media OutReach 18 hours ago.

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    LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA, Jan. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GTX Corp (OTCQB: GTXO) (“the Company”), a pioneer in the field of wearable GPS human and asset tracking systems and wandering assistive technology, today announced securing a revolving line of credit for production financing, and onboarding two new distributors, one in Canada and the other in the U.S.A private institutional partner will provide inventory and production financing in the form of an interest and royalty based credit line, whereby the Company can draw down on an as needed basis upon product demand and receipt of purchase orders. The initial credit line is for $500,000 and based on payment history and product demand the lender may increase the line to three million dollars. This credit line will provide the Company growth capital without taking on more convertible debt.

    The Company also signed up two new distributors which officially launched SmartSole sales over the Holidays. Senior.com, located in Orange County, CA, is the foremost internet resource exclusively focused on empowering the senior community and offers a one-stop-shop for seniors and their families. They service over 1.7 million users, offer over 500 top brands and sell over 150,000 products aimed at giving seniors a better quality of life in their own homes. Red Dot Alerts, a subsidiary of FCi, an industry leader in security, telecom and wireless, based in Ottawa, Canada, also placed an initial order and has begun selling.

    Patrick Bertagna, GTX Corp CEO, stated, we are excited to add Senior.com and Red Dot Alert to our growing list of distributors and now that we have secured non-dilutive product financing we expect to see continued growth with our Flagship GPS SmartSoles, along from the military, our track my workforce app, other GPS, BLE and NFC products, including our RT15 weapons tracker, Rover Tracker for pets and our line of supply chain management NFC asset tracking solutions.

    GTX Corp is a *For-Profit with Purpose Company* that owns and licenses more than 85 patents, is a U.S. military contractor, manufactures many of its products in the USA, and has multiple consumer products in the marketplace that are all available on the Company’s online store, on Amazon, and through authorized resellers and distributors across the globe.

    Consumer Purchase of GPS SmartSoles

    *About GTX Corp *
    GTX Corp (GTXO) is a pioneer in smart, mobile and wearable GPS tracking and recovery location based products, supported through a proprietary IoT enterprise monitoring platform. GTX offers a global end-to-end solution of hardware, software and connectivity. GTX Corp develops 2 way GPS tracking technologies which seamlessly integrate with consumer products and enterprise applications. GTX Corp utilizes the latest in miniaturized, low power consumption GPS, Cellular, RF and BLE technology enabling subscribers to track in real time the whereabouts of people or high value assets through a complete end to end - customizable transceiver module, wireless connectivity gateway, smart phone Apps, middleware, and IoT portal.  Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, GTX is known for its award-winning patented GPS SmartSole® - Think Dr. Scholl’s meets LoJack, the world’s first invisible wearable technology tracking  device created for those at risk of wandering due to Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism and traumatic brain injury. GTX Corp’s business model is built around technology innovation and holds over 85 patents with many issued patents in the area of GPS tracking. The company has international distributors servicing customers in over 35 countries and is a US Military Government contractor. Other customers include public health authorities and municipalities, emergency and police authorities, private companies, public and private senior care homes, and consumers.

    GTX Corp is an equal opportunity employer with a history of employing a diverse workforce and US veterans; makes many of its products in the USA, is a member of the United Nations Global Compact and Trust 2 Protect partnership. The Company doesn’t just make and sell the best GPS tracking products, they deliver innovative, miniaturized, low power consumption wearable tech that provides safety, security and peace of mind at the touch of a button. GTX puts the *"Where"* in Wearable Tech. 

    *Online:* www.gtxcorp.com                  Track My Workforce | GTX Corp                    www.gpssmartsole.com

    *Social media* - #withyou   #smartsole   #connectedandprotected   #trackwhatyoulove

    GTX Blog http://gtxcorp.com/press/
    https://www.facebook.com/gtxcorpcom
    http://www.twitter.com/gtxcorp
    www.linkedin.com/in/gtxcorp

    http://www.pinterest.com/GTXCorp/
    http://instagram.com/gtxcorp

    *General information, investor relations, wholesale licensing, consumer purchase:*
    213.489.3019
    info@gtxcorp.com
    ir@gtxcorp.com
    http://gtxcorp.com/contact-us/

    GTX Corp United Kingdom
    In the UK, GTX Corp operates from its London office. For more information, please contact:
    Nelson Skip Riddle
    Email: nsriddle@gtxcorp.com
    Tel: +44 7785 364100

    Disclaimer: GTX Corp does not warrant or represent that the unauthorized use of materials drawn from the content of this document will not infringe rights of third parties who are not owned or affiliated by GTX Corp. Further GTX Corp cannot be held responsible or liable for the unauthorized use of this document’s content by third parties unknown to the company.

    *Forward Looking Statements*

    This news release contains forward-looking statements. The terms and phrases “expects,” “would,” “will,” “believes,” and similar terms and phrases are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by GTX in light of its experience and its perception of current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that GTX believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause GTX’s actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Certain risk factors that may cause actual results to differ are set forth in GTX’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (which may be obtained on the SEC Website). These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on GTX’s forward-looking statements. GTX has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

    *Corporate Communications Contact: *
    NetworkNewsWire (NNW)
    New York, New York
    www.NetworkNewsWire.com
    212.418.1217 Office
    Editor@NetworkNewsWire.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 7 hours ago.

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    FREEHOLD, N.J., Jan. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avalon GloboCare Corp. (NASDAQ: AVCO), a leading global developer of cell-based technologies, announced today that the Company and its wholly owned subsidiary, Avactis Biosciences, have entered into a joint venture and exclusive license agreement with Arbele Limited to co-develop next generation, transposon-based Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR)-T and CAR-Natural Killer (NK) cellular therapies.  These unique CAR vector constructs are non-virally engineered, possessing multiple therapeutic targets as well as unique “safety-switch" mechanisms.  Based on Avalon’s extensive hospital network for cellular therapy, together with the Company’s established GMP bio-production facility in China (Epicon Biotech, Nanjing), this joint venture allows Avalon to accelerate the clinical development of more efficacious and safer CAR-T/CAR-NK therapies, such as those developed by Arbele.“We are very excited to establish this joint venture with Arbele Limited to accelerate our clinical programs in cellular therapy,” stated David Jin, M.D., Ph.D., CEO and President of Avalon GloboCare Corp.  “Arbele’s strong proprietary technology platform in designing and production of non-viral, transposon-engineered, multi-targeted CAR will allow us to generate next-generation, better and safer CAR-T and CAR-NK cellular therapeutics.  This joint venture will strengthen our core technological capabilities, enrich our intellectual properties, as well as further establish our leadership in the field of cellular immunotherapy,” added Dr. Jin.

    *About Arbele Limited*

    Arbele Limited, founded by industry veterans from Roche, Johnson & Johnson and ICOS Corporation, is a biopharmaceutical company focusing on acceleration and expansion of immunotherapy technology and product development to treat advanced stages of cancers, including those most prevalent in the USA, Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.  Arbele Limited has headquarters located in the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, with its state-of-the-art research hub, Arbele Corp., located in Seattle, WA. Arbele Limited currently holds multiple promising “first-in-class” immuno-oncology candidates (including monoclonal and bi-specific antibodies) within its pipeline. Notably, Arbele’s unique non-viral, transposon-based T cell engineering technology is an exceptional system for rapid delivery of CAR-T cell therapeutics. Later in 2019, phase I clinical studies will be conducted in Australia for refractory or advanced gastrointestinal cancers (including colon, stomach and pancreatic), as well as via joint venture with Avalon GloboCare Corp. for clinical development of CAR-T cellular therapy in China.

    *About Avalon GloboCare Corp.*

    Avalon GloboCare Corp. (NASDAQ: AVCO) is a global intelligent biotech developer and healthcare service provider dedicated to promoting and empowering high impact, transformative cell-based technologies and their clinical applications, as well as healthcare facility management through its core platforms, namely "Avalon Cell" and "Avalon Rehab." In addition, Avalon provides strategic advisory and outsourcing services to facilitate and enhance their clients' growth, development, as well as competitiveness in both domestic and global healthcare markets. Avalon also engages in the management of stem cell banks and specialty clinical laboratories. Through its U.S. subsidiaries, namely GenExosome Technologies Inc. and Avactis Biosciences Inc., Avalon will further establish our leading roles in the fields of cellular immunotherapy (including CAR-T/CAR-NK), liquid biopsy, precision medicine and regenerative medicine.

    *Forward-Looking Statements*

    Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements." Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors as disclosed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission located at their website (http://www.sec.gov). In addition to these factors, actual future performance, outcomes, and results may differ materially because of more general factors including (without limitation) general industry and market conditions and growth rates, economic conditions, and governmental and public policy changes. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release and these views could change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's views as of any date subsequent to the date of the press release.

    *Contact Information:* 
    Avalon GloboCare Corp.
    4400 Route 9, Suite 3100
    Freehold, NJ 07728
    PR@Avalon-GloboCare.com

    *Investor Relations:
    *Crescendo Communications, LLC
    Tel: (212) 671-1020
    avco@crescendo-ir.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 7 hours ago.

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    Liverpool alerted to availability of top striker, Arsenal target N'Koulou, Rangers set to sign two veterans Transfer news and rumours from the Premier League and Scotland Reported by Exeter Express and Echo 6 hours ago.

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    Since 2004, Woodcraft store owners, employees and volunteers have collectively supported more than 175,000 service men and women with handmade wood pens from home.

    PARKERSBURG, W.V. (PRWEB) January 03, 2019

    For the 15th year in a row, volunteer woodturners gathered at Woodcraft stores nationwide over Veterans Day weekend to make pens during the Turn for Troops National Turn-a-Thon. This year’s event produced 17,097 one-of-a-kind wood pens which will be sent to active duty or recovering military personnel across the globe. That total is the second highest in the event’s 15-year history, with the record year being 2009 with 17,228 pens. Since the first event in 2004, 175,224 pens have been crafted for the troops.

    Dedicated Volunteers
    Though many volunteers are practiced turners, for a lot of folks woodturning is a first-time experience. Anyone with a desire to say “thank you” to the troops can come in and make pens during a Turn for Troops event. Youth, college students, Veterans and senior citizens have all given their time to turn pens, with an opportunity to include a personalized note with each pen made.

    The San Diego State University Gamma Phi Beta sorority and Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) fraternity have participated in Turn for Troops by making more than 400 pens over the last three years.

    Sorority member Gianna McCrystal’s father Eric, who owns the San Carlos Woodcraft store, has assisted the college students in their volunteer efforts as well as hosting events at the store. After submitting a total of 727 pens in 2018, a happy Eric said, “We joined the 10,000 pen club this year!”

    Store Milestones
    Four other Woodcraft stores have exceeded the 10k mark since the program began: Tucson (19,308), Nashville (18,921), Boise (16,154) and Grand Rapids (15,682). The top four contributing stores for 2018 are Grand Rapids (2,981), Tucson (1,764), Nashville (1,390) and Boise (1,086). The Boise location has been a Top 4 contributor all 15 years.

    According to Boise Woodcraft owner Monte Eldfrick, their store looks forward to the Turn for Troops event each year. “It brings a community of woodworkers together for the benefit of people they may never meet. We get a chance to honor, pray and spend time thinking about our service men and women across the world,” he said. Though it makes for a long, hard day, “everyone leaves our shop with huge smiles on their faces knowing their day and craft counted for something beyond themselves.”

    Other stores submitting 1,000+ pens in 2018 are Seattle (1,054) and Milwaukee (1,050). The single highest contribution overall was Grand Rapids with 4,004 in 2016.

    Expressing Thanks
    Woodcraft President Jack Bigger extends his own heartfelt thanks for another successful year of Turn for Troops. “On behalf of Woodcraft, thank you to the many store owners, employees and volunteers for their wonderful contributions of time and talent, which have collectively allowed us to support more than 175,000 service men and women over the last 15 years,” he said. “Most importantly, our brothers and sisters in uniform who serve for all of us will benefit by knowing someone else cares about the sacrifices they make.”

    For more information about Woodcraft, please contact the Woodcraft store nearest you, visit Woodcraft or call (800) 535-4482. Click here to learn more about Woodcraft franchise opportunities or email woodcraftfranchise(at)woodcraft.com. Reported by PRWeb 6 hours ago.

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    Boxwood Partners Advises Advantaclean on its Acquisition by Home Franchise Concepts *Boxwood continues to build upon its track record in the franchising industry within the middle market*

    *RICHMOND, VA / ACCESSWIRE / January 3, 2019 / *Boxwood Partners, LLC is pleased to announce the sale of AdvantaClean Systems, Inc. (the "Company" or "AdvantaClean") to Home Franchise Concepts ("HFC").

    Boxwood Partners acted as the exclusive advisor to AdvantaClean with respect to this transaction. The transaction was led by Managing Partner J. Patrick Galleher and Director Brian Alas. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Founded in 1994, AdvantaClean specializes in mold remediation, water damage restoration, moisture control, radon mitigation and air duct cleaning. The Huntersville, N.C. based company operates more than 230 franchised territories in 37 states.

    "AdvantaClean is a perfect fit with the HFC family and expands our mission of being a whole-home-solution provider with a growing suite of best-in-class home products and services," said Shirin Behzadi, CEO of Irvine, Calif.-based Home Franchise Concepts. "Just like local Budget Blinds, Tailored Living and Concrete Craft business owners, AdvantaClean franchisees are trusted, local experts in their communities, offering innovative solutions to help turn their customers' houses into a home." Behzadi also noted that AdvantaClean shares a number of similarities with HFC and its brand family, including common core values, a focus on giving back, and a high profile among veterans and the military.

    AdvantaClean becomes the fourth Home Franchise Concepts home-related brand, joining *Budget Blinds^®*, *Tailored Living^®^* and *Concrete Craft^®**^** *as the top-rated franchised brand in its category.

    AdvantaClean was founded by Jeff Dudan in Florida to help homeowners impacted by Hurricane Andrew. President Matt Phillips is a U.S. Army veteran and serves on the board of VetFran, a veteran franchising initiative of the International Franchise Association. "We are delighted to join forces with the experts at HFC to expand our collective ability to positively impact homeowners across North America,"said Phillips.

    Jeff Dudan and team were pleased with the transaction as they commented, "HFC has been extremely professional, timely, and empathetic to the various obstacles that can hinder the later stages of a transaction." Dudan continued, "I would also like to thank the Boxwood team for their crucial role in helping us identify the right partner for AdvantaClean going forward and I commend them for their help throughout every step of the process."

    *About Boxwood Partners*

    Boxwood Partners, LLC (www.boxwoodpartnersllc.com), is a boutique investment bank based in Richmond, Virginia. Boxwood Partners combines a unique blend of senior-level transaction advisory, business operating experience, and proven process execution skills to give its clients a distinct advantage in the market. The firm's extensive relationships within the global capital and buyer communities (including U.S. and international private equity groups, corporations, and lenders) and other important transaction-related service providers such as consultants, attorneys, and accountants, ensure that the firm's clients receive the attention, service, and results they deserve.

    *About AdvantaClean:*

    Headquartered in Huntersville, N.C., AdvantaClean is the leading national franchised provider of light environmental services in the country. Founded in 1994, the Company began as a contracting business handling cleanup and repairs in Florida before eventually evolving the franchise business model based in North Carolina. The Company currently ranks 85^th on Entrepreneur Magazine's fastest-growing-franchises list, and is among Franchise Business Review's Top 50 in franchisee-satisfaction ratings. In 2013-14, USA Today and the International Franchise Association recognized AdvantaClean as a Top Franchise for Military Veterans. Today, more than 230 AdvantaClean franchised territories operate in 37 states.

    *About Home Franchise Concepts:*

    Home Franchise Concepts (HFC) is the top-selling family of direct-to-consumer brands in the home-related goods and services space, one of the world’s largest franchise businesses and a recognized leader in franchisee-franchisor relationships. HFC's three brands including Budget Blinds, Tailored Living and Concrete Craft are consistently rated at the top of their categories and supported by nearly 1,500 franchise territories in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

    Contact: J. Patrick Galleher
    Phone: (804) 343-3441
    Email: pgalleher@boxwoodpartnersllc.com

    *SOURCE: *Boxwood Partners, LLC
    View source version on accesswire.com:
    https://www.accesswire.com/531779/Boxwood-Partners-Advises-Advantaclean-on-its-Acquisition-by-Home-Franchise-Concepts Reported by Accesswire 4 hours ago.

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    Women are more likely to support trans troops. The post 61 percent of military personnel and veterans back Trump trans troops ban appeared first on PinkNews. Reported by PinkNews 3 hours ago.

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    Spring Hope, NC, Jan. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NEWMEDIAWIRE -- Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK:HEMP), a global leader in the industrial hemp industry with bi-coastal processing centers including the largest multipurpose industrial hemp processing facility in the western hemisphere (in Spring Hope, North Carolina), announced today that the company’s operation in Medford, Oregon, was featured on local NBC 5 station, KOBI-TV, following passage of the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp.In the segment, “Hemp: the burgeoning industry of southern Oregon,” NBC goes behind the scenes of Hemp, Inc.’s operation in Medford that provides an infrastructure to process and manufacture hemp, and discusses the company’s plans for rapid growth.

    “Things have just blossomed from there with the concept of a local processing center which we opened up in about 90 days,” Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp Inc., tells NBC. “Employed 205 people and it’s up and running now.”

    The feature also includes commentary from eighth generation farmer Nicolaas Vanderwey. Hemp, Inc. announced in September that the company had entered into a majority ownership agreement with JNV Farms LLC for Local Processing Center (LPC), its Oregon hemp cultivation and processing company in Medford. Vanderwey serves as the President and CEO of LPC.

    “Hemp Inc. is one of the largest companies in the hemp industry,” reports NBC. “While producing a variety of products, the recent plant set up in Medford focuses on turning biomass, the ground up product of hemp, into pharmaceuticals and cosmetic products.”

    Hemp, Inc. has been at the center of news coverage regarding the 2018 Farm Bill to discuss the impact legal hemp will have on the U.S. economy and farmers nationwide. Some expect the global industrial hemp industry to hit $20 billion by 2022. Until recently, the U.S. has imported on average $100 million worth of hemp products each year, according to Congressional Research Service. Legalization allows American farmers and companies to tap into the market. 

    In addition to the company’s industrial hemp processing facility in Spring Hope, North Carolina (its largest), Hemp, Inc. also has one the most sophisticated hemp local processing centers in Medford, Oregon, and a 4,500-acre hemp growing eco-village in Golden Valley, Arizona, and is continuing to scout new locations for local processing centers nationwide. The company’s local processing center in Medford, Oregon is one of the most sophisticated hemp harvesting and post processing centers in the state of Oregon, and its operations in Arizona consists of a 4,500-acre hemp growing eco-village which they are actively building out 300 acres for hemp cultivation. Hemp, Inc. aims to boost the economies of these towns by offering affordable hemp processing services, which incentivizes local growers to add hemp to their crop rotation. 

    Hemp, Inc. also has entered into an agreement with 2 Manifest Studio, LLC, a Wyoming, Limited Liability Company (VED), to create a documentary and subsequent docuseries over the course of an estimated five years. Per the terms of the agreement, VED will create a feature-length film, docuseries, and other video materials about the history of hemp with a strong focus on Hemp, Inc. and other pioneers and companies that are leaders in the modern-day history of industrial hemp.

    To see 1 minute videos of Hemp, Inc.’s current activities, go to Bruce Perlowin’s personal Facebook page where he posts daily on all of Hemp, Inc.’s activities around the country. (No other public company has this level of transparency than Hemp, Inc.)  

    To view the NBC 5 news segment, click here.

    *ABOUT LOCAL PROCESSING CENTER INC.*

    Hemp, Inc. entered into a majority ownership agreement with JNV Farms LLC for the hemp cultivation and processing company in Medford, Oregon.  As the majority owner of the, now fully functional, hemp cultivation and processing company, Local Processing Center, Inc. (LPC), Hemp, Inc. will be able to create a pipeline of industrial hemp and hemp products in states, where legal, on the West Coast. This makes Hemp, Inc. a bi-coastal hemp processing center in America with many more Hemp Local Processing Centers planned for other areas where Hemp is being grown.  Thus far, the company has created about 50 jobs in its LPC and also helps create even more jobs for the local farmer.  “A to Z” services for the farmers are available - from harvesting to drying, bagging, curing, storing, nitrogen sparging, machine trimming, hand trimming, extracting and selling creating a “one stop shop” for the small to large family farm. Daily updates on LPC can be found on Bruce Perlowin’s personal *Facebook* page. 

    *DAILY UPDATES ON FACEBOOK*

    Hemp, Inc. strives to be one of the most transparent companies in the public sector. To adhere to this company policy of transparency, CEO Bruce Perlowin posts 1-minute video updates daily on his personal *Facebook* page to give an inside look and behind-the-scenes footage of what Hemp, Inc. is doing on a daily basis. “We want them to know how the company is performing and what it is doing to reach its goals,” says Perlowin. To see 1 minute videos of everything Hemp, Inc.’s current activities, go to Bruce Perlowin’s personal *Facebook* page where he posts daily on all the activity Hemp, Inc. is doing around the country. (No other public company has this level of transparency than Hemp, Inc.) 

    *THE UPCOMING DOCUSERIES*

    Hemp, Inc. *entered into an agreement* with *2 Manifest Studio, LLC*, a Wyoming, Limited Liability Company (VED), to create a documentary and subsequent docuseries over the course of an estimated five years.  Per the terms of the agreement, VED will create a feature length film and corresponding docuseries and other video materials about the history of hemp with a strong focus on Hemp, Inc. and other pioneers and companies that are leaders in the modern-day history of industrial hemp. The content will be wholly-owned by Hemp, Inc. 2 Manifest Studio Director Joseph Trivigno and his team have been tracking Hemp, Inc.’s progress, as executives meet with farmers throughout the country to document the company’s expansion into new markets.  The documentary is expected to be released by 2020. The docuseries is expected to follow the film’s release. The film crew will also capture hemp developments in markets around the globe.

    *VETERAN VILLAGE KINS COMMUNITIES*

    The company’s 500-acre strategic growing partner Veteran Village Kins Community in Golden Valley, Arizona, is also designed to grow hemp and produce CBD products to benefit veterans as well as generate revenue for Hemp, Inc., the Veteran Village and individual veterans living in the community. Hemp, Inc. executives are also continuing to scout new locations nationwide to open additional hemp processing centers in legal markets. 

    For a more complete description on the Veteran Village Kins Community (as mentioned above), read the following October 24, 2017 press release, “Hemp, Inc. Announces Strategic Hemp Growing Partner ‘Veteran Village Kins Community Arizona, Inc.’ Completes Final Site Plan Blueprints”, below: 

    *Hemp, Inc.* has announced that its strategic growing partner, "Veteran Village Kins Community Arizona, Inc.", has completed its final site plan blueprints for its 500-acre site in Golden Valley, Arizona (20 miles north of Kingman, AZ and 90 minutes from Las Vegas, NV). The site plan was submitted to the Mohave County Building Department for final review. The Company is also in the final stages of completing the necessary infrastructure to support an off-grid, renewable, energy system. With the solar equipment in place, the site's solar power operation will be completed in the next days.

    As soon as the live streaming video cameras are up and operational, the world can actually see the way the Veteran Village Kins Community is designed and watch it being built. According to Perlowin, the basic framework or overall plan of the Veteran Village Kins Communities is to create a holistic healing and learning center that is designed to educate and heal veterans with PSTD, alcoholism, meth addiction, opioid addiction, and other psychological conditions while at the same time training them on the numerous aspects of being part of the emerging multi-billion dollar hemp industry.  

     We will also be building hemp-growing communities for other groups such as "Abused" Women & Children Village Kins Communities, the "Orphaned" Children Village Kins Communities, "Homeless" Village Kins Communities and the "Healers" Village Kins Communities (the healers are professionals who are knowledgeable in the modalities to treat these traumatized groups).  These particular communities are all synergistically aligned to work simultaneously supporting each other. 

    For example, the "Healers" heal the traumatized veterans and women & children; the women support orphan children, and orphan children want to see people living in homes and not homeless. Thus, a portion of the hemp grown in each community goes to create and support another community, giving everybody a sense of giving back and helping others as they help themselves. This circles back to the healers who also work to heal the veterans and the other traumatized groups. This is the economic foundation on how the sale of the hemp products operates as a "quantum economic matrix" or an example of "symbiotic economics" which is more complex than this brief description allows.

    Dwight Jory, the Project Manager for the "Veteran Village Kins Community Arizona, Inc.”, said, "We are very happy with the progress. Our Kins Community is really beginning to come together." In anticipation of planting to begin during the spring, 300 acres have been fenced, 16 overnight trailer park sites are under construction, and six 40x40-ft organic vegetable gardens have been planted and are currently producing food and kenaf, according to Jory. These organic gardens double as experimental growing modules using an entire array of different growing technologies to see which modalities grow the best in a desert environment. As for the 6 geodesic domes mentioned in an earlier press release, 1 is structurally complete with only the electrical and plumbing to be completed. The rest are on site awaiting final site plan approval.

    "We are now accepting volunteers who have expressed an interest in helping to build the first Kins Community for our veterans," said Jory. Those interested in making the first hemp growing CBD-producing "Veteran Village Kins Community" become a reality should contact Ms. Sandra Williams via email (swilliams@hempinc.com).

    One thousand trees, on 36 of the 500-acres, have also been planted, with an additional 1,000 trees on order. The "Veteran Village Kins Community" will include a 100,000-square foot GMP compliant, central processing plant, a state-of-the-art testing laboratory, and various health and wellness centers to support veterans who may have psychological, emotional or health issues.

    "As Hemp, Inc. positions itself on the forefront of America's industrial hemp revolution, we see our partnership with 'Veteran Village Kins Community Arizona, Inc.' being paramount in supporting the small family farm movement that we are confident will reshape the American landscape," said Perlowin. "As we work toward getting our eco-village up and running in Arizona, we are also aggressively scouting strategic locations in other states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. Giving veterans and other Americans a place to learn new skills and take part in this multi-billion-dollar hemp CBD market is very exciting. It's a big part of our mission to give back.  Recently we have expanded our Kins Community concept internationally focusing, but not limited to, Israel, New Zealand, Canada, Africa, and Uruguay." 

    According to Perlowin, we hope to have 50 "master hemp growers" working on their first Veteran Village Kins Community in Arizona. To date, we have growers from Oregon, Colorado, California, Kentucky, North Carolina, Nevada and, Arizona who have expressed an interest in pursuing a joint venture with Hemp, Inc. to each grow industrial hemp on 5 of the 300 fenced acres in Arizona. Perlowin says he'll call this "The Great United American Hemp Grow-Off."  Any grower having an interest in pursuing a joint venture on 5 of the 300 fenced in acres in Arizona should contact Project Manager Dwight Jory. Or, anyone interested in attending the 2-7-day hands-on hempcrete house building should contact Dwight Jory as well. (Dates to be determined.) 

    *WHAT IS HEMP?*

    Hemp is a durable natural fiber that is grown as a renewable source for raw materials that can be incorporated into thousands of products. It's one of the oldest domesticated crops known to man. Hemp is used in nutritional food products such as hemp seeds, hemp hearts and hemp proteins, for humans. It is also used in building materials, paper, textiles, cordage, organic body care and other nutraceuticals, just to name a few. It has thousands of other known uses. A hemp crop requires half the water alfalfa uses and can be grown without the heavy use of pesticides. Farmers worldwide grow hemp commercially for fiber, seed, and oil for use in a variety of industrial and consumer products. The United States is the only developed nation that fails to cultivate industrial hemp as an economic crop on a large scale, according to the Congressional Resource Service. However, with rapidly changing laws and more states gravitating towards industrial hemp and passing an industrial hemp bill, that could change. Currently, the majority of hemp sold in the United States is imported from China and Canada, the world's largest exporters of the industrial hemp crop.

    To see Hemp, Inc.'s video just posted entitled, "The Largest Hemp Mill in the Western Hemisphere is Now Online - It's Alive", click *here*. To see the Hemp, Inc. mill in operation and processing product, visit Bruce Perlowin's personal *Facebook page* and scroll down to August 1, 2017.

    *THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEMP AND MARIJUANA*

    Hemp is completely different from marijuana in its function, cultivation and application. In cultivating marijuana, the plants are spaced far apart, and the male plants are destroyed to assure that they cannot seed the female plants, which would result in undesirable, less potent and less marketable, seeded marijuana buds. Hemp, on the other hand, is planted close together and commonly hermaphrodites, which creates an abundance of seeds, the main component of Hemp foods and supplements. The Hemp stalks are processed and used for fiber, composite, and other hemp based end products.

    Hemp is used in variety of other applications that marijuana couldn’t possibly be used in. These include healthy dietary supplements, skin products, clothing, and accessories. Overall, hemp is known to have over *25,000 possible applications*. Hemp products such as Hemp Milk, Hemp Cereal, and Hemp Oil are used by consumers every day.

    For an excellent read on the difference between hemp and marijuana, visit the *Ministry of Hemp*. 

    *9 GREAT REASONS TO INCLUDE HEMP AS PART OF A HEALTHY DIET* (*Source*)

    Although hemp seeds come from the Cannabis sativa plant, they do not produce a mind-altering effect.  These small, brown seeds are rich in protein, fiber, and healthful fatty acids, including omega-3s and omega-6s. They have antioxidant effects and may reduce symptoms of numerous ailments, improving the health of the heart, skin, and joints. Read all the reasons to include hemp as part of a healthy diet *here*.

    *HOW HEMP CAN CHANGE THE WORLD*

    Fiber* **– *Hemp fiber can be used to make fabrics and textiles, rope and paper. The word ‘canvas’ actually derives from the word cannabis.

    Fuel - While the industrial, medicinal and commercial properties of hemp have been known to mankind for a very long time, its benefits to the environment have just been realized in recent years. One of the compelling things hemp offers is fuel. With reserves of petroleum being depleted, it would be nice if we could have a fuel source which was reusable and which we could grow right here, making us completely energy independent.

    Food – Hemp seeds are very nutritious and were first thought to be eaten by the Ancient Chinese and Indians. Hemp seeds have a nutty taste and can be eaten raw, ground up, sprouted, or made into dried sprout powder. Hemp seeds also contain a very beneficial oil that is high in unsaturated fatty acids, including an optimal 1:4 ratio of omega-3 to 6.

    Building Material - Hemp can be made into a variety of building materials. These include concrete-like blocks called ‘hempcrete’, biodegradable plastics, and wood replacements. These materials have been used in the manufacture of many things, including electronics, cars and houses. In fact, the first American home made of hemp-based materials was completed in August 2010 in Asheville, North Carolina.

    Biofuel - Remarkably, the oil from hemp seeds and stalks can also be made into biofuels such as Biodiesel — sometimes known as ‘hempoline’. While this biofuel can be used to power engines, it does take quite a lot of raw material to produce a substantial amount.

    (Source/Credit: *A Medium Corporation*)

    *SOCIAL NETWORKS*

    *http://www.facebook.com/hempinc*  (Facebook)

    *https://www.facebook.com/KingOfPot*  (Bruce Perlowin's Facebook Page)

    *https://www.hempincpresents.com* (Hemp, Inc.’s YouTube Channel)

    *SUBSCRIBE TO HEMP, INC.'S VIDEO UPDATES*

    "Hemp, Inc. Presents" is capturing the historic, monumental re-creation of the hemp decorticator today as America begins to evolve into a cleaner, green, eco-friendly sustainable environment. What many see as the next American Industrial Revolution is actually the Industrial Hemp Revolution. Watch as Hemp, Inc., the No. 1 leader in the industrial hemp industry, engages its shareholders and the public through each step in bringing back the hemp decorticator as described in the "Freedom Leaf Magazine" article "*The Return of the Hemp Decorticator*" by Steve Bloom.

    "*Hemp, Inc. Presents*" is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by visiting* **www.hempinc.com*. To subscribe to the "*Hemp, Inc. Presents*" YouTube channel, be sure to click the subscribe button. 

    *UPCOMING INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC EVENTS*

    Across the globe, the hemp industry is rising to astronomical levels. In the wake of the hemp industry projected to grow 700% and hit $1.8 billion by 2020, there has been more education and networking within the industry. That means more events and conferences, thus, Hemp, Inc. has started compiling an ongoing list of upcoming hemp events around the world.  Check out the listing of international and domestic events* **here*. 

    *ABOUT HEMP, INC.*

    With a deep-rooted social and environmental mission at its core, Hemp, Inc. seeks to build a business constituency for the American small farmer, the American veteran, and other groups experiencing the ever-increasing disparity between tapering income and soaring expenses. As a leader in the industrial hemp industry with ownership of the largest commercial multi-purpose industrial hemp processing facility in North America, Hemp, Inc. believes there can be tangible benefits reaped from adhering to a corporate social responsibility plan.

    *FORWARD-LOOKING DISCLAIMER AND DISCLOSURES*

    This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements and information, as defined within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the Safe Harbor created by those sections. To clarify the issue of OTC placing a stop sign next to Hemp, Inc.'s stock trading symbol, that symbol indicates Hemp, Inc. does not report their financials. As a non-reporting pink sheet company, Hemp, Inc. is not required to report. The company does, however, choose to publicly report its quarterly and yearly financials on its *website*. According to the company's CEO, the OTC stop sign is a misrepresentation of that reporting fact. This material contains statements about expected future events and/or financial results that are forward-looking in nature and subject to risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements by definition involve risks, uncertainties.

    CONTACT: Hemp, Inc.

    855-436-7688

    ir@hempinc.com

    https://investorshangout.com/Hemp-Inc-HEMP-87248/ (HEMP Stock Message Board Investors Hangout) Reported by GlobeNewswire 3 hours ago.

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    AccentCare, Inc., a nationwide leader in post-acute healthcare, acquired Steward Home Care and Hospice, effective December 31, 2018.

    DALLAS (PRWEB) January 03, 2019

    AccentCare, Inc., a nationwide leader in post-acute healthcare, acquired Steward Home Care and Hospice, effective December 31, 2018.

    Steward Home Care and Hospice is one of the largest post-acute care providers in its region, serving more than 14,000 patients annually across eight counties in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. While under new ownership, Steward Home Care and Hospice will continue to serve as the exclusive preferred post-acute provider in Steward Health’s care services network and will also participate in Steward Health Choice’s accountable care organization (ACO), which covers over one million lives.

    “AccentCare brings clinical and operational expertise and resources to Steward Home Care and Hospice that will benefit our patients and members in the communities we serve,” said Ruben Jose King-Shaw Jr., Chief Strategy Officer and President of Steward Health Care Network.

    Acquiring Steward Home Care and Hospice expands AccentCare’s footprint to a 16-state reach and its delivery to over 110,000 patients and clients annually.

    “I am excited for Steward Home Care and Hospice to join the AccentCare family and honored to serve the Steward Health Care system,” said AccentCare CEO Steve Rodgers. “We are impressed with the dedication of Steward’s employees, and I am confident the uniting of our two companies will deliver our collective best for patients and community healthcare partners.”

    “Steward Health Care is proud of its services across the care continuum, including our home health and hospice divisions that provide valuable in-home care,” said Brian Swartz, President, Steward Home Care and Hospice. “We are delighted to join a post-acute care company of AccentCare’s caliber in quality and customer service.”

    About AccentCare
    AccentCare, Inc. is a nationwide leader in post-acute healthcare as well as specialized care management prior to acute episodes. Its wide variety of innovative services ranges from personal, non-medical care to skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, hospice, private duty, care management, and healthcare management services. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, AccentCare has over 24,000 compassionate professionals in more than 190 locations, serving over 17,000 physicians and 2,000 facilities, regionally branded as AccentCare, AccentCare of New York, Accolade, Alliance For Health, Doctors’ Choice, Guardian Home Health & Hospice, Nurses Unlimited, Sta-Home, Steward Home Care and Hospice, and Texas Home Health.

    In addition, the company has over 30 regional strategic partnerships with insurance companies, physician groups, and major health systems, including joint ventures branded as AccentCare Asante Home Health, AccentCare UCLA Health, AccentCare UC San Diego Health at Home, and Texas Home Health Group, a home healthcare affiliation with Baylor Scott & White Health.

    AccentCare is committed to improving the quality of living for approximately 112,000 individuals each year. Its approach to care, including proprietary RightPath disease-specific programs, consistently exceeds the industry in avoidance of unplanned re-hospitalizations, faster starts of care, and quality performance. Among its distinctions, AccentCare has a 4.4-star quality rating for legacy home health agencies, many of which have earned the HomeCare Elite distinction. All legacy hospice locations are CHAP-accredited, many with advanced designations from the We Honor Veterans program.

    About Steward Home Care and Hospice
    Steward Home Care and Hospice was previously owned by Steward Health Care, the largest private for profit physician led health care network in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward operates 36 hospitals in the United States and the country of Malta that regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The company employs approximately 40,000 healthcare professionals. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,900 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services.

    The Steward Health Care Network includes five thousand physicians across 800 communities who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters per year. Steward Medical Group, the company's employed physician group, provides more than six million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta and nine states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah. Reported by PRWeb 3 hours ago.

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    MyWay Mobile Storage of Pittsburgh was pleased to join with Cintas First Aid and Safety and Fire Divisions to host the 5th Annual Cornhole Classic that raised an amazing $25,000 for the Veteran’s Place of Washington Boulevard.

    PITTSBURGH (PRWEB) January 03, 2019

    MyWay Mobile Storage of Pittsburgh was pleased to join with Cintas First Aid and Safety and Fire Divisions to host the 5th Annual Cornhole Classic that raised an amazing $25,000 for the Veteran’s Place of Washington Boulevard. The September 2018 event was held at the dome at the RMU Island Sports Center. Jeff Hancher, Global Account Manager at Cintas, created the event in 2014 as a way to give back to veterans returning home. Ed Sickmund, MyWay Mobile Storage Market Owner and former Cintas General Manager, loved the idea and immediately joined on as co-host.

    Hancher, commented, “The event has really grown. The number of teams has more than tripled. More importantly, the money we raise has more than tripled. That first year, I think it was about $6,000. Including the $25,000 we raised this year, all together we’ve raised more than $85,000 to support our veterans who sacrifice so much for our country.”

    Cintas Fire Protection Sales Director, Rochelle Jedinak, who helped organize the event said, “I can’t say enough about our beneficiary, Veterans Place. They are terrific to work with and bring so much energy to the event.”
    There were more than 60 cornhole teams competing for bragging rights and the $300 first place prize. Cornhole boards were built for the event by the Carpenters Joint Apprentice Training Committee (JATC) with lumber donated by 84 Lumber.

    “I’m so glad we could do something to help veterans in our community,” says event organizer, Ed Sickmund. “These brave individuals need our support now more than ever.” Sickmund continued, “Veteran’s Place has the vision to develop strong community partnerships, bringing collective networks and expertise to help Veterans grow and thrive. We applaud that vision, and love that that the money raised by Pittsburghers at this event will be put to good use helping Pittsburghers.”

    “We were thrilled to be a part of this terrific event,” said Rob Hamilton, Veterans Place Director of Operations. “People don’t realize that veterans are more than twice as likely as civilians to become homeless during their lifetimes. We have found that about 1 in 5 homeless adults is a veteran. This event gives us a chance to raise awareness of the issue and the money raised will help us help veterans transition from Homeless to Home.”

    “Fundraisers like this cornhole tournament help the Veteran’s Place expand and improve our programs for veterans in the Pittsburgh area,” said Marlon Ferguson, of Veteran’s Place. “Every dollar raised helps us continue uniquely structured programs to transition to employment and housing. We try to help every Veteran and their circumstances. We help them find a program that fits them and their needs,” Ferguson continued, “We want veterans to remember, you are not alone in this journey. We are here to support you as you progress.”

    About Veteran’s Place:
    Veteran’s Place of Washington Boulevard is dedicated to ending homelessness among veterans in the Pittsburgh region. They offer homeless veterans a safe, supportive and regenerative environment as they gain the necessary skills to face real-life challenges, secure permanent housing, and lead productive and self-sufficient lives. Learn more at http://veteransplaceusa.org/ or follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/veteransplace/.

    About MyWay Mobile Storage:
    MyWay Mobile Storage is the leading provider of moving and storage solutions and located in a spacious 25,000 square foot facility in West Mifflin, PA. They provide quick and easy do it yourself moving containers that can be delivered right to your door and stored in their climate controlled secure storage facilities. To learn more about MyWay Mobile Storage, visit https://www.mywaystorage.com or call 888-336-9929 to speak with a Moving & Storage Consultant. Reported by PRWeb 3 hours ago.

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    Study appears in January 2019 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety

    OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., Jan. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Depression is the leading cause of disability and often goes unaddressed, particularly for minorities, immigrants and refugees.^1^–[2] While evidence-based guidelines recommend screening for the adequate diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of depression, only seven states report depression screening and follow-up.A new study in the January 2019 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, “Not Missing the Opportunity: Improving Depression Screening and Follow-Up in a Multicultural Community,” by Ann M. Schaeffer, DNP, CNM, and Diana Jolles, PhD, CNM, details the work of Harrisonburg Community Health Center (HCHC), Virginia, to improve the efficacy of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for depression — an evidence-based approach to identify and treat disorders related to substance abuse.

    Researchers implemented four core interventions at HCHC, a rural Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with three clinic sites:

    · Use of written standardized Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) screening tools in six languages
    · The Option Grid™, a standardized tool to help clients who screen positive for depression to share what matters most to them
    · A “right care” tracking log to assist providers in documenting follow-up phone calls and visits for clients who screen positive for depression
    · Team meetings and in-services to support capacity building

    Surveys, charts and registry data were used to analyze and evaluate the population health impact of the interventions. Results showed provision of evidence-based care increased to 71.4 percent and adherence to follow-up increased from 33.3 percent to 60 percent. Screening in the client’s preferred language also increased to 85.2 percent, identifying a positive PHQ incidence of 45.5 percent.

    “The project demonstrated the feasibility of using rapid-cycle improvement to improve depression screening and follow-up within a multicultural community health center,” the authors noted. “This project also brought attention to a chronic condition with long-standing implications for individual and community health that too often go unidentified and therefore unaddressed.”

    The January 2019 issue is available online free to the public until the end of 2019. Also featured in the issue:

    · “A Health System-Wide Initiative to Decrease Opioid-Related Morbidity and Mortality” (Brigham Health, Boston)
    · “Variations in the Delivery of Emergency General Surgery Care in the Era of Acute Care Surgery” (A study based on 2,811 acute care surgery hospitals)
    · “Maternal Obstetric Complication Rates Remain High in Illinois: A Retrospective Study, 2010-2015” (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago)
    · “Building the Driver Diagram: A Mixed-Methods Approach to Identify Causes of Unplanned Extubations in a Large Neonatal ICU” (Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital/Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee)
    · “A Comprehensive Approach to Eliciting, Documenting, and Honoring Patient Wishes for Care Near the End of Life: The Veterans Health Administration’s Life-Sustaining Treatment Decisions Initiative” (Veterans Health Administration, Washington, D.C.)
    · “Impact of Real-Time Clinical Decision Support on Blood Utilization and Outcomes in Hospitalized Patients with Solid Tumor Cancer” (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago)
    · “How Well Do Incident Reporting Systems Work on Inpatient Psychiatric Units?” (Veterans Health Administration, Washington, D.C.)

    For more information, visit The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety website. 

    *Note for editors*
    The article is “Not Missing the Opportunity: Improving Depression Screening and Follow-Up in a Multicultural Community,” by Ann M. Schaeffer, DNP, CNM; and Diana Jolles, PhD, CNM. The article appears in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, volume 45, number 1 (January 2019), published by Elsevier.

    *The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety*
    The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety (JQPS) is a peer-reviewed journal providing health care professionals with innovative thinking, strategies and practices in improving quality and safety in health care. JQPS is the official journal of The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources, Inc. Original case studies, program or project reports, reports of new methodologies or the new application of methodologies, research studies, and commentaries on issues and practices are all considered.

    ^1 World Health Organization. Depression. 2018. Mar 22 Accessed Jul 20, 2018. http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression

    ^2 Tarricone I , et al. Ethnic variation in the prevalence of depression and anxiety in primary care: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychiatry Res. 2012 Feb 28;195:91–106.

    *Media Contact:       *

    Katie Bronk
    Corporate Communications
    (630) 792-5175
    kbronk@jointcommission.org

    View the multimedia news release

      Reported by GlobeNewswire 3 hours ago.

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