SVMC unites with local quilters to bring comfort to cancer patients

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Members of the Cancer Center Community Crusaders (known as the 4Cs) and the Quiet Valley Quilters have joined forces to support patients at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in Bennington. In October, the three organizations worked together to provide 14 handmade quilts to cancer patients whose treatment had ended who had transitioned to hospice care. The quilters are preparing quilts for six additional patients now. Cancer patients and staff build deep relationships throughout their appointments, sometimes over many years. Once a patient has transitioned to hospice care, they no longer come to the Cancer Center. Both patients and staff feel that separation.Quilters Nelle Knapp, Wendy Sharkey, Gloria Boutin, Pat LaFontaine, Sharon Shorey, and Daraine Niegoda present pieces from quilts they are assembling for cancer patients at SVMC. “Giving one of these beautiful quilts to a patient is a way of recognizing the significance of their journey and to continue to be there with them. It communicates that they are not alone,” said Charlene Ives, MD, a medical oncologist at the Cancer Center.The idea to give quilts arose more than a year ago. The staff had been giving personal gifts to patients to acknowledge their last treatment. These special gifts were meant to mark the transition between the end of treatment and the start of hospice care.  Honoring this transition seemed to help both patients and staff cope with the separation.  Ives became aware of other cancer treatment centers providing transition kits, which included quilts. She brought the idea to the Breast Care Program Leadership Team for consideration.  This group includes physicians, nurses, volunteers and others.Avis Hayden, a former SVHC employee, was part of this group and a member of the Quiet Valley Quilters Guild. She felt the Guild might be interested in providing quilts for these transition kits. She researched similar programs around the country, including Peace Health in Oregon. The staff there provided the details necessary to launch a program here in Bennington. Hayden introduced the idea to the Quiet Valley Quilters Guild — to date more than a dozen quilters have worked to sew blocks for the quilts.Hayden worked with the Cancer Center Community Crusaders to help fund the project. When approached with the project, Hayden said, “The 4Cs were very receptive. We couldn’t do this without their financial support. The Guild members provide a substantial amount of the fabric and certainly the time in design and sewing — but the larger pieces of fabric necessary for the quilt backs would have been a financial burden for Guild members had the Four C’s not stepped in.”“Most of our committee members are survivors or caregivers. So when Avis came to us with the idea of supporting patients with handmade quilts, it really resonated with us,” said Joanne Holden, a member of the Cancer Center Community Crusaders.Hayden also worked with the Quiet Valley Quilter’s Guild to organize quilters. More than a dozen quilters sew blocks for the quilts. The Group holds workshops a few times a year to assemble the blocks and finish the quilts, said Wendy Sharkey, the guild’s spokesperson.The staff at the Cancer Center will choose a quilt for each patient transitioning to hospice care, just as they have chosen special gifts in the past.“We will do this as a team. We hold each other up,” Ives said. “The quilts stay with the patients’ families after the patient passes away. It is a way of remembering this time in their loved one’s life.”About:Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the SVHC Foundation; the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit is external).last_img read more

Dambuster Duathlon kick-starts 2014 GB Age-Group Team Qualification

first_imgThe qualification races for the Great Britain Age-Group Team gets underway as the Dambuster Duathlon, on Saturday 8 March, provides the first opportunity of the 2014 season to qualify for the team.The Dambuster Duathlon is the first qualification event for the 2014 Pontevedra ITU Standard Distance Duathlon World Championships and the 2015 ETU Standard Distance Duathlon European Championship. This weekend will see duathletes race in the picturesque setting of Rutland Water in Leicestershire.The opening 10K run around the lake and across the dam allows duathletes to follow their competition closely. However, duathletes shouldn’t push the pace too much as the 42K bike incorporates the infamous Rutland Ripple – a rolling row of hills – before a final 5K out-and-back burst for the line.The Great Britain Age-Group Team presents the opportunity for Home Nation members to qualify and compete at an international level. Great Britain has a history of success at every international championship in which the team competes – with 108 gold medals won in 2013.For duathletes who miss the chance to qualify at Dambuster Duathlon, the Clumber Classic Duathlon (22 March) and Stockton Duathlon Festival (27 April) provide two further opportunities to make the team for the 2014 ITU World Championships.The 2015 European Championships also has two additional qualification events at Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon (5 October) and Althorp Duathlon (18 October).Malcolm Westwood, British Triathlon Director for Age-Group Teams said “I am delighted to get the qualification season started this weekend at Dambuster. Dambuster is a well-known event and will have a top field ensuring those looking to gain qualification to the team will have to be at their best.”The deadline to register an intent to qualify at Dambuster Duathlon on is 17:00 GMT on 7 March 2014.British Triathlon can also confirm that registration is now open for the 2014 Cologne ETU Aquathlon European Championships in Germany on 31 Relatedlast_img read more

Gophers finish Michigan road trip by downing the Michigan State Spartans

first_imgYoung hopes that the success that Minnesota had on Sunday carries over throughout the week and into the team’s final regular season matches next weekend.“The guys will know that we have two really tough matches and good opponents next weekend, so I’m sure we will be playing good tennis,” Young said.On Saturday, the Gophers opened their road trip in Ann Arbor, Michigan, facing off against the conference-rival Wolverines in a battle over the ‘Little Brown Jug’ in tennis.Michigan was overwhelming early on in the match and was too much for the Gophers to handle. The Wolverines started off the match with a quick six points.The lone bright spot for the Gophers on Saturday was Milicevic in the No. 2 singles spot. He put Minnesota on the board in the final game of the afternoon, upsetting No. 53 Mattias Siimar in three back-and-forth sets: 7-6 (7), 6-7 (6) and 1-0 (9).“He’s doing well, particularly [against Michigan]; I thought he played really good tennis at the end of the match,” Young said. “It’s good practice for him for this upcoming weekend.”The Gophers will be back in action Saturday as they host the University of Illinois at Baseline Tennis Center. Gophers finish Michigan road trip by downing the Michigan State SpartansOver the weekend the Gophers lost to Michigan but ended the weekend on a high note beating Michigan State.Courtney DeutzSenior Josip Krstanovic returns the ball on Friday, March 22 at the Baseline Tennis Center.  David MullenApril 15, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers hit the road this weekend and made two stops in Michigan. On Sunday, Minnesota was in East Lansing, Michigan, to take on Michigan State a day after falling to the University of Michigan. This time however, the Gophers dominated their opponents as they came out ahead 6-1 over the Spartans. “Anytime you’re on the road, its definitely tough and, after a lackluster start in doubles, I thought we did a really good job in singles,” head coach Geoff Young said. Although the Spartans took the doubles point, Minnesota was not stopped and won each of the singles matches. Five of the six single matches took only two sets to get an end result.No. 78 Josip Krstanovic rebounded after dropping his match on Saturday by topping No. 101 Jack Winkler in two sets: 6-3 and 6-4. Krstanovic is now 15-10 this season season at the No. 1 singles spot for Minnesota.Stefan Milicevic finished the weekend undefeated and got a victory for the second straight day and quickly finished his match winning in two: 6-2 and 6-2.“His game is coming together at the right time,” Young said.Freshman Sebastian Vile filled in for the Gophers in the No. 6 singles spot, replacing sophomore Vlad Lobak who returned Saturday from illness after missing more than a week. Vile won his match on Sunday, battling to win 7-6 and 6-3. last_img read more

The Science of Illusion

first_imgThe New York Times:PINCH a coin at its edge between the thumb and first fingers of your right hand and begin to place it in your left palm, without letting go. Begin to close the fingers of the left hand. The instant the coin is out of sight, extend the last three digits of your right hand and secretly retract the coin. Make a fist with your left — as if holding the coin — as your right hand palms the coin and drops to the side.You’ve just performed what magicians call a retention vanish: a false transfer that exploits a lag in the brain’s perception of motion, called persistence of vision. When done right, the spectator will actually see the coin in the left palm for a split second after the hands separate.This bizarre afterimage results from the fact that visual neurons don’t stop firing once a given stimulus (here, the coin) is no longer present. As a result, our perception of reality lags behind reality by about one one-hundredth of a second.Magicians have long used such cognitive biases to their advantage, and in recent years scientists have been following in their footsteps, borrowing techniques from the conjurer’s playbook in an effort not to mystify people but to study them. Magic may seem an unlikely tool, but it’s already yielded several widely cited results. Consider the work on choice blindness — people’s lack of awareness when evaluating the results of their decisions.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

It’s time to wake up to the impact of AI

first_imgThe disruption of the ‘traditional’ steam engine by electrical power did not happen overnight: it took education and time. Even though electricity increased efficiency by more than 200%, change wasn’t implemented until the ways in which we worked were reinvented.We are now arguably in a data revolution, moving on from the advancements of the internet, with new technologies able to revolutionise how we work. This is something that will have a direct impact on the property industry.Much like the impact of electricity on the future of factory working, change will be slow until companies learn to adapt to new ways of thinking, a new set of processes and a new structure.After the industrial revolution, it took the retirement of existing management – a generation – for industries to adapt.Source: Shutterstock/Willyam BradberryMcKinsey estimates technologies could replace 45% of paid employmentIn my opinion, the data revolution will herald one of the biggest advances: artificial intelligence (AI). The use of AI to automate various tasks will disrupt any data-led or process-driven industry, whether that be law, finance or property.We are already seeing the application of AI seep into work streams – JP Morgan recently created software called COIN for contract intelligence, which does in seconds something that in combination takes lawyers 360,000 hours annually.Hubble recently announced its intention to use its new investment to create an AI element for its platform – a great example of one of the many companies looking to change the status quo of how we address data and process in property.Increasing efficiencyUltimately it comes down to increasing efficiency and providing the best possible tools to make effective decisions. Just look at the investment world and the performance of quant funds to see the benefits and successes of a data-led approach.What we are effectively seeing is creative destruction: successful new innovation destroying old and outdated methods. This threat of disruption and competition also prevents stagnation and in turn keeps an industry alive.With the property sector, perhaps we will need a division of labour between mind and machine. The data revolution is here. Resistance will merely slow it down rather than prevent it, but by combining it with our specialist industry expertise we can jump to a more efficient, more productive and more profitable way of working.The data revolution is here at RESI! Find out about the next steps with our new proptech stream. Book your place for RESI 2017 – now with discounts for bookings of three or more peopleAI’s ability to increase productivity and change workflow has significant implications for our future. It’s greater than any other form of automation we’ve seen in recent years. For example, the stellar rise of the Uber driver will in turn be replaced by driverless cars.As with the industrial revolution, there will also be similar change implications for the workforce and, if not addressed early on, many may lose their jobs. So we must learn from the mistakes of the past and take human value into account. New technology such as AI is introduced ostensibly to increase human efficiency and it must not come at the expense of human jobs.Now is the time to start addressing regulation and contingency plans before Uber drivers, factory workers or even property agents find themselves without income or relevant skillsets.Just as effectively harnessing the data revolution will require the restructuring of business, we must also look to reskill and reorganise the fabric of society. At the moment, we are ahead of the revolution but without action we will soon find ourselves losing out to the machines.James Morris-Manuel is EMEA director at Matterportlast_img read more

Hack Ayers is a linchpin in WLAF history

first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitter An energetic Hack Ayers holding one of his famous auctions on the tailgate of his International Harvester Travelall.LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – There was a time on 1450 WLAF that the call letters could just have easily been 1450 HACK.  Haskell “Hack” Ayers had been with WLAF from its very beginnings nearly 67-years ago.   In the spring of 1953, a 17-year old Hack Ayers plowed the trench to lay the cables from the WLAF tower to the studio and transmitter in the Fleet Building.  Ever since, he’d been on the air in some form or fashion; advertising, promoting an event, sharing a story, giving a plug for WLAF.  You name it.Ayers hosted his very own daily radio show live on WLAF, over the telephone at noon, from his world famous Hack’s Bargain Barn on South Indiana Avenue.  He told the story that he and Tommie won a trip to Japan from the Gibson Appliance Company.  Even though Tokyo is literally a world away from La Follette, Ayers still called in doing his radio show live.  The only downside is that when his showed aired back at home at noon, he was placing the call at 2 am Tokyo time.Hack said when he and Tommie returned home from the Tokyo trip a lot of folks didn’t think they’d actually gone.  People said, “We heard you on WLAF everyday you were supposed to be away.”“I would break my neck to get from the Bargain Barn everyday to be on the air at the station.  After about two weeks, I found out I could just call from the store,” Ayers said.Longtime WLAF owner Bill Waddell said, “He was always a WLAF supporter.  He’d make it a point to come out to any event we hosted.”“Anytime Hack had an auction, he’d call and say “I’ll be right on up.  I need to record some spots,” added Waddell.  On his way out, he’d say, “Run these; a bunch of ’em through Saturday morning,” he recalled.  “He’d trust us to take care of him with loading him up with spots and just sending him an invoice,” Waddell said.Waddell noted, “Hack started with nothing.  He bought that little tractor and went to work.  It was the same tractor he used to dig the trench for WLAF.”  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/09/2020-6AM)last_img read more

LFP president Tebas hopes for 15th August Liga BBVA start

first_img Tebas, while at the presention of the ‘LFP World Challenge’, declared that he hoped that the disagreements between La Liga, the RFEF and the AFE could be solved “briefly.” EFE Upd. at 18:56 Tebas and president of the organisation Miguel Cardenal, this Thursday at the Consejo Superior de Deportes, presented the agreement that La Liga had reached with Mahou for the sponsorship of the “LFP World Challenge” for the end of 2016. CEST 03/07/2015 The LFP have confirmed that “the sale of the TV rights for the 2015-2016 season” is guaranteed, despite “the fact that Real Madrid are not in agreement with the figures.” Javier Tebas, president of La Liga, has reiterated his desire for the new Liga BBVA season to begin on the 15th of August, which is “better for TV rights”. The “LFP World Challenge” aims to promote the international stature of Spanish football and has since 2014 sent different teams from the Liga BBVA to play around all of the world.last_img read more

Napoli reject the bid of £90M for Koulibaly from Real Madrid

first_imgAdvertisement 39naNBA Finals | Brooklyn VshvnuWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ehfnt( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9btWould you ever consider trying this?😱t64Can your students do this? 🌚cooRoller skating! Powered by Firework Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is going to be hot property in the transfer market in the upcoming summer transfer window. Accoding to the sources, many top European clubs are eyeing to make a move for Kaldiou Koulibaly for the next season.Advertisement There is one certain advantage that will go in his favour. He is still young and the defender can become a World class centre back within next few seasons. That’s why his current club Napoli is still negotiating with many clubs. According to the sources in Italy, Napoli will not let the young centre back go to a new club with a transfer fees less than £100 million in this summer transfer window.Advertisement Real Madrid are trying to rebuild their squad with a new set of players. They were having the worst season of recent times in the previous year. Sergio Ramos might also leave Bernabeu by the end of next season. He is also ageing; so the Los Blancos badly need a centre back who can lead the side from back.Kalidou Koulibaly might just be the ideal choice for the Los Blancos in this circumstances. However, their bid of £80 million has been rejected by the club management of Napoli at this moment.Advertisement Romelu Lukaku’s brace enough for Manchester United to secure a win against Crystal Palace  Advertisementlast_img read more

10 goals… 10 years erased

first_imgBy DAVID NAGEL CASEY CARDINIA FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE GRAND FINAL REVIEW – SENIORS BEACONSFIELD – the irresistible force of the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Noisy neighbours? No problem

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