Effective May 1, 2012, the agreements are available to acute care and continuum of care members of Premier.
The Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 81,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains a comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network.
Louisiana Small Business Lending
This week, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released a report showing that Louisiana banks have increased their small business lending by $294.1 million since receiving capital through Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF).
The SBLF, which was established as part of the Small Business Jobs Act that President Obama signed into law, encourages community banks to increase their lending to small businesses to help them grow and create new jobs. Treasury invested more than $4 billion in 332 institutions, located in over 3,000 communities in 48 states, through the SBLF. Nationwide, institutions participating in the SBLF significantly increased small business lending in the last quarter of 2011 by $1.3 billion over the prior quarter—for a total of $4.8 billion over their baseline.
“This report shows that the Small Business Lending Fund is having a powerful impact,” said Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Neal Wolin. “The program is helping spark new lending to local entrepreneurs looking to invest in their businesses and create new jobs.”
Small businesses play a critical role in the U.S. economy and are central to growth and job creation. Small businesses employ roughly one-half of all Americans and account for about 60 percent of gross job creation. But small business owners faced disproportionate challenges in the aftermath of the recession and credit crisis, including difficulty accessing capital.
The SBLF helps small businesses meet this challenge by providing capital to community banks that hold under $10 billion in assets. The dividend rate a community bank pays on SBLF funding is reduced as that bank increases its small business lending, providing a strong incentive for new lending to small businesses so they can expand and create jobs. For more details on the SBLF program, please click here.
Last week, President Obama also signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act into law, which will allow Main Street small businesses and high-growth enterprises to raise capital from investors more efficiently, helping small and young firms across the country to grow and hire faster.
Music and UNO
Atlantic recording artist Jason Mraz has announced plans for a major worldwide tour, dubbed “TOUR IS A FOUR LETTER WORD.” The newly announced dates will celebrate the upcoming release of his hugely anticipated new album, “LOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD.” The album – which features the hit single, “I Won’t Give Up” – arrives in U.S. stores and at all online retailers on April 17th. Jason has worked closely with Ticketmaster to implement their “paperless ticketing” system in most venues, in order to attempt to get the tickets in the hands of “our real fans, without the inflated pricing we’ve seen in so many recent tours. I know we could be charging more for the best seats in the house, but I want all our fans to get an equal chance to afford and buy our tickets.”
Isabel Healthcare announced its partnership to integrate the Isabel diagnosis decision support system with the Better Day™ EHR platform, which combines speech-to-text, mobile devices and web-based technologies in novel ways to streamline clinical documentation.
Isabel Healthcare is the industry leader in diagnosis decision support applications, with thousands of users in North America and Europe. Better Day™ EHR combines natural speech processing with mobile devices and Internet-based technologies to create a new way to document patient encounters -- by making available all of the key clinical data needed for the healthcare providers to make the accurate diagnoses at the point of care. The embedded documentation and coding assistance will increase efficiency while reducing physician practice costs.
“The Better Day™ EHR software will significantly improve the way doctors and other providers review and consider diagnoses while reducing the time these providers spend in front of a computer,” said Don Bauman, chief executive officer, Isabel Healthcare.
French Quarter Festival
TGIF 'Thank Goodness It's Festival!' Kickoff Event
An evening with Jon Cleary and the Philthy Phew and Robin Barnes at the House of Blues New Orleans, sponsored by French Quarter Festival, Wednesday April 11th, 2012 - 6pm to 9 pm, e: House of Blues New Orleans - 225 Decatur Street
Why: TGIF 'Thank Goodness It's Festival!' is the annual fundraiser and kickoff party for French Quarter Festival. Enjoy an evening with Jon Cleary and the Philthy Phew in the Music Hall and Robin Barnes in the Voodoo Garden. Tickets are $65 per person. Admission includes live entertainment, food, and three complementary beverages from the bar. Dress is "Jazzy Casual"! Visit tgif2012.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets online or call the French Quarter Festival office at (504) 522-5730.
Paul Robichaux, Port of South Louisiana commission
Governor Bobby Jindal Announces the Appointment of Paul Robichaux to the Port of South Louisiana Commission
On Tuesday, Governor Bobby Jindal announced the appointment of Paul Robichaux to the Port of South Louisiana Commission.
The commission serves to regulate the commerce and traffic using the public facilities administered by the port within the port area which includes St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, and St. James Parishes.
NICHOLLS POLICE CHIEF NAMED NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
THIBODAUX – Campus Safety magazine has named Craig Jaccuzzo, director of Nicholls State University Police, Director of the Year for higher education.
The honor recognizes hospital, school and university directors of public safety as well as security, police chiefs and emergency managers who go above and beyond the call of duty, demonstrating outstanding leadership skills, ingenuity, selflessness and overall achievement.
Jaccuzzo’s recognized accomplishments include overhauling the campus police department by building a new facility with an updated communications system, uniform patrol fleet and standardized equipment; securing more grant money than anyone in the history of the department; and authoring legislation (now law) requiring all sex offenders to register with campus police when they become university students, volunteers or employees.
“The university community is very proud of the accomplishments of our police department, under the leadership of Craig Jaccuzzo,” Dr. Eugene Dial Jr., vice president for student affairs and enrollment services, said. “This outstanding recognition is well-deserved.”
Young Leadership Council, Wednesday at the Square--today
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk + Brass-A-Holics "Gogo Brass Funk" Band
With eight performances still remaining in New Orleans, Disney’s THE LION KING is already celebrating a record-breaking engagement at The Mahalia Jackson Theater. By the time the triumphant, five-week Louisiana premiere engagement concludes on Sunday, April 15, it will have entertained nearly 85,000 people and grossed over $6.5 million at the box office, making it the highest-grossing theatrical production in New Orleans history.
It is estimated that by the conclusion of the New Orleans engagement, THE LION KING will generate a $22 million economic benefit to the city from travel, hotels, restaurants, parking and other businesses patronized by both theatergoers and production staff. This figure is based upon a Touring Broadway League report which states that on average, Broadway tours contribute to the local metropolitan area’s economy an economic impact 3.5 times the gross ticket sales.
“Theater fans surpassed our expectations and consistently packed the house during THE LION KING’s five-week engagement. It was an honor to present THE LION KING North American tour, and to provide an enthusiastic, engaged audience for every show,” said David Skinner, general manager of Arts Center Enterprises, which manages the Mahalia Jackson Theater. “The support from across the Gulf Coast region is a testament to New Orleans’ strength as a destination for theater and cultural arts, and paves the way for future megahit shows to tour our city.”
“We are so proud to share the experience of this groundbreaking production with audiences in New Orleans, and to entertain so many first-time and regular theatergoers,” said Jack Eldon, Vice President, Domestic, Disney Theatrical Productions. “We are overwhelmed by the enduring response to the show and thank all of New Orleans for welcoming THE LION KING into your vibrant community.”
The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from "Rhythm of the Pride Lands," an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer. The resulting sound of THE LION KING is a fusion of Western popular music and the distinctive sounds and rhythms of Africa, ranging from the Academy Award®-winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” to the haunting ballad “Shadowland.”
For more information worldwide, visit LionKing.com.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR SCHEDULE THROUGH OCTOBER 2012:
New Orleans – Mahalia Jackson Theatre
March 14 – April 15, 2012
Orlando – Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
April 17 – May 13, 2012
Miami – Adrienne Arsht Center
May 17 – June 10, 2012
Greenville – Peace Center for Performing Arts
June 12 – July 8, 2012
Houston – Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
July 10 – August 12, 2012
St. Louis – Fox Theatre
August 15 – September 2, 2012
Wichita – Century II Concert Hall
September 4 – 30, 2012
Albuquerque – Popejoy Hall
October 2 – 28, 2012
BGR Breakfast Briefing
New Orleans' State of Mind
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Chateau Bourbon Hotel
800 Iberville Street
Dr. Richard Dalton, Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Professor and Training Director, Tulane University School of Medicine
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Health Commissioner, City of New Orleans
Discussion: the state of mental health issues in New Orleans.
Thanks to the Chateau Bourbon, the Breakfast Briefing is free to the public.