Kaiser Permanente Northwest Rated Among Top Heart Surgery Programs Nationwide for Key Heart Procedures

PORTLAND, Ore. — Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center has earned a distinguished three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for its patient care and outcomes in aortic valve replacement (AVR), coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and mitral valve repair/replacement (MVRR). The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places KSMC among the elite for these surgeries in the United States and Canada.

“The bar for achieving a three-star rating is exceptionally high, and to earn it nine years in a row, as our program has, requires that every one of our doctors, nurses and staff is vigilant about providing the highest levels of quality, safety and compassionate care — for every patient, every time,” said Yong Shin, MD, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at KSMC. “The STS three-star rating is widely considered the most prestigious in our field, because the STS database is largest of its kind with rigorous statistical analysis that is peer-reviewed.”

Historically, approximately 6-10 percent of participants receive the three-star rating for isolated CABG surgery, and approximately 4-8 percent of participants receive the three-star rating for isolated AVR surgery. This is the first time STS has published a rating for MVRR surgery.

The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs in the United States and Canada. The star rating is calculated using a combination of quality measures for specific procedures performed by an STS Adult Cardiac Surgery Database participant.

The latest analysis of data for surgery covers a three-year period, from July 2015 to June 2018 and includes nearly 2,300 participants.

“The Society of Thoracic Surgeons congratulates STS National Database participants who have received three-star ratings,” said David M. Shahian, MD, chair of the STS Council on Quality, Research, and Patient Safety. “Participation in the database and public reporting demonstrates a commitment to quality improvement in health care delivery and provides patients and their families with meaningful information to help them make informed decisions about health care.”

The STS National Database was established in 1989 as an initiative for quality improvement and patient safety among cardiothoracic surgeons. The database comprises: the Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), the Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), the General Thoracic Surgery Database (GTSD), and the mechanical circulatory support database (Intermacs). The STS ACSD houses approximately 6.6 million surgical records and gathers information from more than 3,800 participating physicians, including surgeons and anesthesiologists from more than 90 percent of hospitals that perform heart surgery in the United States. STS public reporting online enables STS ACSD participants to voluntarily report to each other and the public their heart surgery scores and star ratings.

Learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s approach to cardiac care.

About STS
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a not-for-profit organization that represents more than 7,600 surgeons, researchers, and allied health care professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lung, and esophagus, as well as other surgical procedures within the chest. The Society’s mission is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy.

*User note: An STS National Database “participant” is a cardiothoracic surgeon or group of cardiothoracic surgeons who agree to submit case records for analysis and comparison with benchmarking data for quality improvement initiatives. At the option of the surgeon or surgical group, the Participant can include a hospital and/or associated anesthesiologists (ACSD and CHSD).

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to kp.org/share.

 

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Two Black Enterprise Editors Named Among Top 10 Journalists Covering Black Interests

Two legendary BLACK ENTERPRISE editors, Derek T. Dingle and Alfred Edmond Jr., have been named among the top ten most influential U.S. print journalists covering black interests, business, and culture.

The listing was compiled by Cision Media Research which maintains a database of more than 1.6 million records, including social influencers, traditional media contacts, outlets and opportunities.

Dingle is currently the senior vice president and Chief Content Officer of BE. He is responsible for the strategic planning and editorial direction of the content teams. His bio is featured in The HistoryMakers: 

He graduated from Norfolk State University with a B.A. in journalism and also completed the Magazine Management Program at New York University.

Dingle joined Black Enterprise magazine in 1983 as an assistant editor and was promoted six months later to associate editor. After he completed the New York University magazine management program in 1985, he was made a senior editor. In 1987, Dingle was promoted once again to managing editor, a position he held until 1990. He then joined the staff of Money magazine, where he wrote articles about mutual fund investment and served as senior writer and a member of the planning team for Money Special on Small Business. In 1991, Dingle co-founded Milestone Media Inc., the nation’s largest black-owned comic book company, with childhood friends Denys Cowan, Dwayne McDuffue, Michael Davis and Christopher Priest. After resigning from Money magazine in 1992, he was named Milestone’s president and CEO. One Milestone character, Static Shock, was developed into an animated series that ran from 2000 to 2005 on the WB Network and the Cartoon Network. In December of 1999, Dingle returned to Black Enterprise magazine as editor-at-large. Within a year, he was promoted to vice president and executive editor, serving until July of 2008. That year, Dingle was appointed as the senior vice president and editor-in-chief of Black Enterprise magazine, where he was responsible for the strategic planning and editorial direction of the magazine. In 2014, Dingle was named a Chief Content Officer of Black Enterprise. 

Alfred Edmond Jr. is SVP/editor-at-large of BE. He is a content leader, brand representative and expert resource for all media platforms under the BE brand, including the web site, social media, and live networking events. From 2008 through 2010, Edmond was SVP/editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, helping to lead the transition of BE from single-magazine publisher to digital-first multimedia company. From 1995 through 2008, Edmond was chief editor of BE magazine. He has also hosted the Urban Business Roundtable on WVON-AM in Chicago and  Money Matters, a syndicated radio feature of American Urban Radio Networks. Edmond is also an entrepreneur, speaker, author, and amateur natural bodybuilding competitor. Edmond also heads the content for the BE Modern Man franchise and spearheads the anchor team of the Black Men Xcel Summit. He co-authored Loving in the Grown Zone(Balboa Press; 28.95) with his spouse Zara Green.

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Juman Malouf and Marie-Ange Casta Among Guests at Bonpoint

WITH CHILD: Among the guests who entered Bonpoint’s whimsical world Wednesday afternoon was illustrator Juman Malouf, Wes Anderson’s partner, who brought along three-year-old daughter Freya for her first fashion show. “She looks pretty,” piped up the youngster at one of the mini-models on the runway.
Jean-Benoît Dunckel, one half of band Air, and Sarah Andelman were also in attendance with their kids at the high-end children’s label’s cute runway show, and were seen bopping to the lively soundtrack.
Marie-Ange Casta came along without her daughter in tow. “She’s at her dance class,” said the actress and model, currently working on a documentary about women who go through pregnancy alone. “I don’t think we don’t talk about this subject enough, it’s a bit of a taboo,” she said. “We’re conditioned to have an image of the perfect family, and life isn’t always a fairy tale. It’s important to highlight that.” Casta also has two movies due out this year.

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Trump’s dismal popularity among foreigners may be costing the US billions in exports

President Trump's unpopularity overseas may have cut American exports by at least $ 3 billion, according to a UC, Berkeley study.
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HPV vaccination rates remain critically low among younger adolescents in the U.S.

Only about 16 percent of U.S. adolescents have been fully vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) by the time they turn 13, despite national recommendations that call for vaccination at 11 to 12 years of age. The new findings highlight the need for stronger efforts to encourage HPV vaccination and to improve immunization rates in this key age group.
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Health care companies and tech companies are working together these days to combat the threat from Amazon.
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Christopher Bailey, Twiggy Among Fashion Names in Queen’s New Year Honors List

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Queen Elizabeth II has handed honors to a clutch of names in the arts and fashion worlds as part of her New Year’s Honors List 2019. Honorees will receive their awards at Buckingham Palace at various times over the next few months.
Christopher Bailey is among this year’s honorees. Bailey, who served as Burberry’s president and chief creative officer until March, and who had previously been chief executive officer, will receive a CBE, or Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for his work at the British brand.
This is Bailey’s second royal accolade: He already holds an MBE, or Master of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, which he received in 2009.
Twiggy has also been recognized by the British monarch. The model and Andy Warhol muse whose pixie cut defined the fashion of the Sixties, will be named Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

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Daphne Selfe, Britain’s oldest working model at 90 years old, is being honored for creating opportunities for older women in the modeling industry. She will receive a British

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Juul's 1,500 employees are receiving a $ 2 billion bonus from Altria, averaging about $ 1.3 million each, as part of the tobacco giant's $ 12.8 billion investment in the e-cigarette maker, people familiar with the matter say.
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Former Bloomberg LP exec among dozens indicted in fraud scheme

More than a dozen executives, including Bloomberg L.P.’s head of global facilities, were busted in a multimillion-dollar bribery and fraud scheme tied to construction projects, sources told The Post. Since-axed Anthony Guzzone and fellow former staffers at Turner Construction, which oversaw the building of interior office space at Bloomberg L.P., are accused of conspiring to…
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A. Barry Rand, Among the First Black CEOs of a Publicly Traded Company, Dies at 73

Addison Barry Rand, known fondly as “Barry,” passed away on Thursday. Rand was an influential business leader who held many high-profile corporate positions. In fact, Rand rose to become Chairman and CEO of Avis Rent A Car Inc. in 1999, the third African American to assume the helm of one of the nation’s 500 largest publicly traded corporations.

Rand had a 31-year career at Xerox at one point heading the company’s then-$ 5-billion marketing group. During his tenure at Xerox, he went on to manage $ 18 billion in revenue and 70,000 employees in over 150 countries.

Rand was highly regarded for his business and marketing acumen. In 1968 he earned his B.S. in Marketing from American University. He first joined Xerox as a sales trainee, citing the company’s “contagious freedom of expression” where he could be “Barry Rand and not somebody’s idea of what I should be.”

He rose from sales representative to executive vice president for worldwide operations. While at Xerox, he was instrumental in ensuring minorities and women had every opportunity for advancement at the company. Under his leadership, Xerox became the most diverse company in the Fortune 50.

He left Xerox in 1999. ”Barry was one of the most loved and respected leaders here, and not just because he succeeded against the odds as an African American,” said Anne M. Mulcahy, a-then Xerox executive vice president told The New York Times in 1999.

When Rand left Xerox to head Avis, he became one of the first African Americans to achieve such a position at a Fortune 500 company and one of the first to lead a publicly-traded company. According to The New York Times, another business icon, Ken Chenault, recommended Rand to Avis.

“Avis offers a great opportunity,” Rand said at the time in a January 2000 interview with Black Enterprise magazine. “It is a Fortune 500 company. It has an international dimension. It is a company that fits my skill set…”

In 2009, AARP tapped Rand as its new chief executive. He was attracted to AARP’s dedication to fighting for the rights of older Americans. He said back then, “AARP’s resources are immense, but so are the goals that it seeks to achieve. The fight will not be easy, but if I’ve learned one thing in my career, it’s that nothing worthwhile ever is.”

The business leader also served as the volunteer chairman of Howard University’s board of trustees. At Howard University, he established the Helen Matthews Rand Endowed Scholarship. Named for his mother, a teacher and principal, the scholarship provides full tuition and a laptop to students pursuing a degree in teacher education. Recipients must make a two-year commitment to teaching in an inner-city or urban environment upon completing their degrees.

Rand is survived by a wife, daughter, and son.

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Mental health diagnoses among US children, youth continue to rise at alarming rate

The number of children and adolescents visiting the nation’s emergency departments due to mental health concerns continued to rise at an alarming rate from 2012 through 2016, with mental health diagnoses for non-Latino blacks outpacing such diagnoses among youth of other racial/ethnic groups, according to a retrospective cross-sectional study.
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The Wolf Among the Borderlands: Remembering Telltale Games

The doors to Telltale Games have started to close, but considering their treatment of employees, it’s for the best. As this company’s story comes to an end, it’s important to remember all the memorable adventures they created. Two games in particular, The Wolf Among Us and Tales from the Borderlands, stand out from the rest and have more in common than one might think. These stories left a lasting impression in many ways.

Flawed Heroes



One of the cornerstones of a Telltale title is a relatable and down-to-earth protagonist. From fantasy settings to the real world, these characters have a degree of realism that allows the player to identify with them.

In The Wolf Among Us, the player takes the role of Bigby Wolf, the infamous Big Bad Wolf archetype prevalent in many classic stories such as Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. This story takes Bigby’s established role and flips it on its head by placing this recognizable villain in the position of protector. The player joins Bigby as he attempts to fulfill his duties while trying to earn the trust of the citizens and struggling with his own personal demons.

Tough Choices



Earning a reputation as a company that produces dialogue-heavy character-driven stories, Telltale put the reins of the story in the hands of the player. Throughout the game, the player has to make various choices throughout the game to shape how the plot unfolds. These choices ranged from something as small as deciding to pay someone a compliment to choosing whether to let a character live or die.

Throughout Tales from the Borderlands, the player alternates between the different characters Rhys and Fiona who grow to share the same goal. The player guides them both along their respective paths and forces them to make choices in hopes of achieving that go, with as many or as few bridges burned as possible.

Compelling Villains



Alongside grounded heroes, Telltale was able to compliment them with interesting and engaging villains. While players are able to identify with heroic characters, they could also sympathize with if not understand the villainous ones no matter how evil they seemed. The main antagonists of both Wolf and Tales — The Crooked Man and Handsome Jack’s AI — embody greed while also acting under the delusion of working towards the greater good.

The Crooked Man carries himself as someone who is working in his community’s best interests by loaning money to citizens who need it to survive. However, he also keeps them in a state a fear by threatening death to those who can’t pay back.

Handsome Jack’s AI, while behaving in typical megalomaniacal fashion, suffers from a personal crisis in realizing that he is only a digital recreation of the real Jack, who was killed in Borderlands 2. The AI then feels compelled to act how he would and do whatever it takes to keep the spirit of Jack alive.

Complex Stories



Telltale lives up to their namesake: they tell tales and good ones at that. From comical adventures to gritty dramas, they’ve done it all. The best part of a Telltale story is the journey that the player gets to embark on. More often than not, the game keeps them guessing how things are going to turn out. There’s nothing better than when a story leads the player to think a certain way to surprise them later.

While both Wolf and Tales share a lot of similarities, they are in fact at the opposite ends of storytelling spectrum. Wolf is a murder-mystery detective story inspired by the noir genre of fiction, taking place in the Fables universe. In contrast, Tales is a comedic sci-fi adventure that stays true to its source material. Despite their conflicting genres, both stories have no shortage of difficult decisions or emotional moments.

Diverse Worlds



The mark of a good story is one that can develop and flesh out its setting and background as much as it does for its characters. While both Wolf and Tales are set in worlds established by different creators, each Telltale-designed game does a fantastic job of staying true to its source while giving its own unique perspective.

The neighborhood of Fabletown, set against the backdrop of New York City, captures the sense of gloom and struggle experienced by almost every character living in it. It also has a degree of irony by having a fantastical name while representing the harshness of life in the big city. In Tales, the player returns to the Borderlands world of Pandora but experiences it from two different perspectives: as an off-world corporate executive and as a native of Pandora. Each world has its own life and mysteries which the player feels encouraged to explore.

Telltale may be closing its doors, but players can take comfort in revisiting their released titles. Most importantly, one hopes that the company’s former employees will move on to better working conditions and, of course, games that will impress us.

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Say What Now? Mother Among Four Arrested for Trying to Sell Babies on Instagram

Indonesian authorities busted a child trafficking operation that involved buying and selling babies on Instagram.

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Four people were arrested, including a 22-year-old mother and 29-year-old suspected broker in Indonesia’s second largest city Surabaya, police said in a press conference Sunday.

A midwife and a suspected buyer were also arrested on the resort island of Bali.

Authorities were alerted to an account on the popular photo-sharing site with the handle “Konsultasi Hati Privat,” or Private Heart Consultation, that presents itself as offering pregnancy consultations and adoption services.

However, police said they have found evidence that monetary transactions were being carried out.

The head of criminal investigation unit in Surabaya’s police force , AKBP Sudamiran, said Tuesday that his team foiled an attempt by a 22-year-old mother, identified as LA, to sell her 11-month-old baby to a buyer in Bali, known as NS, using the messaging service WhatsApp. The baby was allegedly being offered for 15 million rupiah (about $ 987).

The Instagram account was still active early Friday and had more than 700 followers, having been running for about a year. It has since been taken down.

Images featured on the page included black and white photos of ultrasounds, pregnant mothers and babies with their faces blurred.

In one image posted on September 15, a baby, referred to as C86, was featured alongside information such as age, gender and religion. A contact number is provided with a message urging those who want to adopt or who want to leave a child for adoption to get in touch.

The account also featured screenshots from WhatsApp conversations between the account owner and pregnant women or mothers. In one conversation, a woman who is seven months pregnant says she is unmarried and wants to find someone to adopt her child and to hide her until she gives birth so that her family doesn’t find out.

The head of Indonesia’s National Commission for Child Protection (KPAI), Sustano, who like many Indonesians has one name, said social media has changed the way traffickers conduct business.

“In the old days, the transaction happened in person and it was usually arranged through a middleman,” he said. “But now, they are using new and more advance methods, through social media like Instagram and Facebook. The cyber world has become a tool for promotion and transaction.”

Sustano says traffickers are drawn to social media because “it is considered more effective, the deal happens directly between seller and buyer, and it is not easy to be detected by law enforcement.

“If the use of Instagram is proven in this case then it shows how traffickers constantly adapt to new methods for their trade,” added Amanda Bissex, Chief of Child Protection at UNICEF. She believes it’s now important that authorities “adapt their policy and legislative response to prevent such crimes, particularly against children, young girls and women.”

Indonesia is a major source, transit, and destination country for human trafficking. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that 100,000 children are trafficked each year in Indonesia, with the majority being forced into the sex trade.

In its 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report, the US government rated Indonesia as Tier 2, saying that the country “did not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.” Indonesia was however, “making significant efforts to do so.”

All four of the arrested individuals face up to 15 years in prison for violating child protection laws.

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Newlyweds Among 20 Killed in Most Deadly U.S. Transportation Accident in 9 Years: Reports

Authorities are shedding some light on the deadly limousine crash that occurred in Upstate New York on Saturday, resulting in 20 deaths.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which is conducting a separate investigation into the crash in Schoharie, said this has been the “most deadly transportation accident” in the U.S. since February 2009, when 50 people lost their lives during the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in Buffalo.

On Sunday afternoon, the New York State Police held a press conference where they confirmed that “18 of the victims were in the limousine, including the driver,” and that “two pedestrians standing nearby were also struck and killed.” All of the victims were adults.

Lester Andrews, who lives nearby in Rochester, told the New York Times that two of his stepsons, Axel Steenburg, 29, and Rich Steenburg, 34, as well as Rich’s wife Amy, were riding in the limousine at the time of the crash. While he said that Amy and Rich, who were married in June, had rented the limousine, he was not certain why they had done so.

“They rented the limo with some families and I don’t know exactly what they were doing,” Andrews told the newspaper. “There’s just a lot of confusion, so many people died.”

Rich is survived by a 10-year-old daughter, a 14-year-old stepson and his wife, who wasn’t in the vehicle on Saturday because she wasn’t feeling well, a relative told the Times.

Local reports claimed a wedding party was inside the limousine at the time of the crash, the New York Times previously reported, but the aunt of one of the limo victims told the Associated Press that the vehicle was en route to a birthday celebration.

“Our lives have been changed forever,” said Valerie Abeling, whose daughter was invited but unable to attend the party.

Abeling also told the AP that two of the victims were newlyweds Erin Vertucci, 34, and Shane McGowan, 30.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement on Sunday, sharing that his “heart breaks for the 20 people who lost their lives.

“State police are working with federal and local authorities to investigate the crash, and I have directed State agencies to provide every resource necessary to aid in this investigation and determine what led to this tragedy,” he wrote. “I join all New Yorkers in mourning these deaths and share in the unspeakable sorrow experienced by their families and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.”

Additionally, the New York State Police have created a phone line dedicated to assisting family members of the crash victims. Family members are encouraged to call 1-877-672-4911.

The crash, which involved two vehicles, occurred at approximately 1:55 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, according to police. Their preliminary investigation revealed that the accident occurred at the intersection of State Route 30 and State Route 30A.

All of the passengers inside the limousine had been killed in the crash, authorities stated later in the conference.

Though police said they were in the early stages of an investigation, authorities determined that the incident occurred after the limousine, a 2011 Ford Excursion, “failed to stop at the intersection of State Route 30A.” The limousine then “traveled across the intersection into a parking lot and struck a 2015 Toyota Highlander that was unoccupied and parked.”

The Highlander then struck and killed two pedestrians.

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The New York State Police went on to state that the scene of the crash has been cleared “and the victims have been transported to Albany Medical Center where autopsies are now being conducted.”

While the police will not be releasing any information about the victims until all of the families have been notified, they did confirm that the license plate on the limousine was from the state of New York. All other information, such as where the limousine was coming from and where it was headed to, have yet to be announced.

Jessica Kirby, the manager of the Apple Barrel Country Store, told the Times that the crash occurred in the parking lot of the store, where multiple pedestrians were struck.

“That limo was coming down that hill probably over 60 miles per hour,” she told the newspaper.

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Addressing the crash in an emotional Facebook post on Saturday, the Apple Barrel Country Store and Cafe wrote, “As you may be aware, there was a horrific accident in front of our business today.”

“First, we want to thank all of the emergency services that responded. We are so thankful for all of you,” the store wrote, adding that they “will be open for business” on Sunday. Encouraging patrons to come by on Sunday, the store added, “we hope you will come and share your smiles, love, friendship and hugs with us.”

In response to the message, a woman commented that her family was “affected by three of the deaths” in the crash.


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