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Capital One Grants

Capital One Bank today launched the ‘Investing for Good Award,’ a new philanthropy program through which Capital One Bank will provide support through volunteerism and grants totaling up to $300,000 to four local nonprofit organizations advancing education, financial literacy, and small business and workforce development in greater New Orleans.

Tags: Louisiana Business, Cardiology Convention, Salazar, Capital One Grants, Offshore, Gulf Coast Leadership Summit

Capital One Bank will accept letters of intent from local nonprofit organizations to participate in the program through May 4, 2011, online at Four local nonprofit recipients will then receive support in the form of grants and volunteerism over a two-year period to bolster their efforts to build strong neighborhoods in greater New Orleans. Award recipients are each eligible for grants totaling up to $75,000 over the two-year period.

“The ‘Investing for Good Award’ is a natural outgrowth of Capital One Bank’s long-standing commitment to foster the economic vitality of greater New Orleans,” said Steve Hemperley, Capital One Bank’s Greater New Orleans Market President. “By investing in effective community partnerships and programs, we are working to deliver solutions that can make a tangible difference for the community and each person we reach.”       

Eligibility is open to organizations serving the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, St. Charles and St. John. The Letter of Intent and complete award guidelines may be found at Letters of intent must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Capital One Bank executives will review all submissions and invite full applications from those organizations selected to receive further consideration. Grants will be awarded in early August 2011.   


For interested nonprofit organizations, Capital One Bank will host two informative conference calls – one on April 13, 2011, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the other on April 14, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. To register, nonprofits should RSVP by April 12 with their organization's name, contact person, email address and preferred conference call date to [email protected]



Tomorrow's Mid-City "Design & Wine" social begins a new series of free spring interior design events.  Tuesday's outdoor event is an opportunity to network with fellow Mid-City neighbors and get free design advice.  Hosted by Floor de Lis Flooring at 3840 Canal Street, the kick-off festivities feature music, prizes, and light hors d'oeuvres.

As scores of new homeowners continue to lead the recovery from the destruction of Katrina by rebuilding and renovating in Mid-City and nearby neighborhoods like Lakeview, many young professionals find themselves needing to become instant experts on home planning and design.  The new "Design & Wine" socials are a gathering place where fellow renovators can trade ideas with each other and have an opportunity to "ask the experts." 

Tuesday, April 5

3-7 PM

"Design & Wine"

Mid-City's First Interior Design Social

Floor de Lis, 3840 Canal Street, 504-488-4880

Gulf Coast Leadership Summit Coming soon—April 18-21

Attend the Gulf Coast Leadership Summit
The Summit  Mary Landrieu. Bob Graham. Billy Nungesser. Ken Feinberg.

Below is a list of Commissioners who will be attending the Gulf Coast Leadership Summit:


*Senator Bob Graham, Co-Chairman, National Oil Spill Commission

* Frances G. Beinecke, Member, National Oil Spill Commission

*Donald Boesch, Member, National Oil Spill Commission

*Terry D. Garcia, Member, National Oil Spill Commission

* Cherry A. Murray, Member, National Oil Spill Commission



Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced he is convening ministers and senior government officials from nations engaged in offshore oil and gas extraction to discuss the development of cutting-edge technologies for containing potential deepwater well blowouts on the outer continental shelves.


Salazar, who is meeting this week with Brazilian and Mexican officials to discuss cooperative efforts on safety in offshore energy development, said the Ministerial Forum on Offshore Drilling Containment will be held in Washington, D.C., on April 14 at the Interior Department.  More information about the forum, including a draft agenda, is available at


Ministers and senior officials from 13 countries and the European Union, along with representatives from industry, academia, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), have been invited to attend the Ministerial Forum.  Confirmed participants include ministers and senior officials from Brazil, Mexico, Australia, the United Kingdom, Norway, Russia, Canada, India, Israel, Netherlands, Angola and the European Union.  Two panels of experts from industry and academia will make presentations on the lessons learned from recent blowouts and offer suggestions for promoting cutting-edge containment capabilities in the future.


Cardiology Convention

GE Healthcare and AirStrip Technologies today announced a secure mobile app empowering clinicians with access to precise, near real-time cardiac information. Data from the GE Healthcare MUSE® Cardiology Information System is now available on iPhones® and iPads,™ via AirStrip Cardiology.™ This enables a continuous flow of electrocardiograph (ECG) data and interactive historical data access, helping mobile clinicians make more informed care decisions. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Texas Health Resources and several other large hospitals and healthcare systems will soon be live with AirStrip Cardiology.

“Traditionally, off-site cardiologists must rely on caregiver descriptions and incomplete information, such as a faxed ECG. Viewing near real-time ECG data from any location, as well as a complete database of prior ECGs, is an incredibly powerful way to increase accuracy of diagnosis.”

Today, remote physicians commonly view ECG data from static scanned images, which require computer access and easily distort upon zooming. ECGs measure electrical cardiac activities, such as ST elevation, an indication of heart attack risk. Remote ECG measurements are challenging because changes as small as 0.5 millimeters can indicate the presence of a serious or emergency heart condition. AirStrip Cardiology’s high resolution can detect such small differences through completely interactive iPad or iPhone views. Unlike traditional remote diagnostics, zooming in on waveforms does not affect visual clarity. With AirStrip Cardiology, clinical information is available from 12- and 15-lead ECGs, supporting high precision levels. Clinicians can view current data and historical tests conducted up to one year ago, in ten-second increments.

Regardless of where remote cardiologists are when a critical decision is needed, they can leverage AirStrip Cardiology to quickly determine the best treatment paths for their patients. This may reduce the need to return to the hospital or access a computer connected to the hospital network. A remote cardiologist can now use AirStrip Cardiology to precisely measure ECG waveforms, helping on-site ED clinicians determine, for example, if a patient requires cath lab intervention.

“When I am on call, I need instant access to clinical data to help make informed treatment decisions,” said Mark Peterman, M.D., an interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, one of Texas Health Resources’ 16 acute-care hospitals. “Traditionally, off-site cardiologists must rely on caregiver descriptions and incomplete information, such as a faxed ECG. Viewing near real-time ECG data from any location, as well as a complete database of prior ECGs, is an incredibly powerful way to increase accuracy of diagnosis.”

Clinicians are early adopters of many wireless devices like smartphones and tablets. According to Spyglass Consulting Group, 94 percent of U.S. physicians are using smartphones to communicate, manage workflows and access medical information.1

“Among physicians, there is incredible demand for enterprise medical information on iPhones and iPads,” said Darren Dworkin, CIO at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. “This new application introduces secure cardiology decision making anywhere and anytime. The interactive functionality is more advanced than anything else available today and pushes the path toward a day when all clinical hospital information will be available on a mobile platform.”

Based on a GE Healthcare and AirStrip global alliance for in-hospital cardiac diagnostics, U.S. hospitals can now purchase AirStrip Cardiology through GE Healthcare. The technology directly links to the GE Healthcare MUSE Cardiology Information System, a central cardiac repository that facilitates ECG analysis, supporting informed clinical decisions. AirStrip Cardiology is an initial step in the collaboration and an important milestone in advancing GE Healthcare’s Clinical Information Logistics vision, which reflects the company’s commitment to deliver actionable clinical intelligence at the right time and place, supporting quality of care and patient safety.

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