Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:38

Sad Louisiana, water conference in N.O., West Jeff Med, Covalent Logic

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Optimized-new-orleans-sky Louisiana business shorts for today:

Water conference in New Orleans,  kind-of-sad Louisiana (39th in happy state), West Jefferson Hospital has heart, Covalent Logic…here are the media releases



If it’s about water, it will be at WEFTEC. As the largest annual water quality conference and exhibition in the world, WEFTEC continues to offer the best educational, business and networking opportunities in the water profession today. This year’s world-class technical program will feature more than 140 technical sessions, 35 workshops, seven local facility tours and a full suite of New Orleans- and Louisiana-focused content. The 2014 focus areas include: Collection Systems; Disinfection and Public Health; Facility Operations and Maintenance; Energy Efficiency and Resource Recovery; Future Insights, Global Issues and Sustainability; Government Affairs; Industrial Issues and Treatment Technologies; Research and Innovation; Municipal Wastewater Treatment Process and Design; Residuals and Biosolids Management; Stormwater Management; Utility Management; Water Reclamation and Reuse; and Watershed Resources Management and Sustainability.

As a complement to the technical program, WEFTEC’s exhibition will provide access to 1,000 exhibiting companies, equipment demonstrations and leading technical experts showing the latest developments, research, solutions and cutting-edge technologies in the field. The Innovation Showcase and Innovation Pavilion will feature products and programming to encourage ideas and creativity in the water sector. Also featured on the show floor will be a 10,000 square foot Stormwater Pavilion that will showcase the latest in stormwater technologies, from CSO treatment and nutrient removal to UV disinfection of stormwater runoff.

The Stormwater Pavilion is part of the larger Stormwater Congress, a conference-within-a-conference that is co-located with WEFTEC 2014. Featuring 17 sessions and more than 70 world-class speakers, the program encompasses all pressing aspects of stormwater management including regulations and policies; flood impacts and mitigation; stormwater and transportation systems; green infrastructure benefits; financing challenges and more.

On Monday, September 29, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will welcome attendees to a special water leaders session,“Great Water Cities: Paths to Livability, Prosperity and Resilience.”The administrator’s keynote will help frame a discussion of global thought leaders who will distill lessons about sustainable water management from the world’s leading water cities.

On Wednesday, October 1, Senator Landrieu, Mayor Landrieu and Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) Executive Director Cedric Grant will headline an exclusive press event that will examine the link between job creation and resilient water infrastructure. “Water Works: Investing Together for a Stronger New Orleans” will focus on the findings of a recently released national report that profiled 30 U.S. communities, including New Orleans. The report,The Economic and Labor Impact of the Water Sector,finds that these communities will be investing $254 billion into infrastructure projects over the next decade, which is expected to result into $52 billion in annual economic output that will support 289,000 jobs nationwide. This special event will focus specifically on the direct impacts and expected outcomes for the city, including potential links with the New Orleans Economic Opportunity Strategy.

Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization composed of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated member associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, member associations, and staff proudly work to achieve a mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide.

The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, MCCNO and the Executive Director of the Sewage and Water Board Cedric Grant have confirmed that WEFTEC will meet in New Orleans every other year from now until 2024. This year’s WEFTEC is expected to generate an estimated $21.1 million in economic impact.



How happy is Louisiana? How about 39th? So, sad.

The latest from WalletHub:

With research proving that money can buy happiness up to a certain dollar amount, the leading personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of2014’s Most & Least Happy States in America.

To identify which states are home to the happiest Americans, WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 26 key metrics. They range from emotional health to income levels to sports participation rates. 


Happiest States


Least Happy States















North Dakota









Rhode Island



























South Dakota









West Virginia

Key Stats

$1·  Thedepression ratein Kentucky is 2 times higher than in Hawaii.

$1·  Thesuicide rate per capitain Wyoming is 4 times higher than in the District of Columbia.

$1·  Thelong-term unemployment ratein Nevada is 8 times higher than in North Dakota.

$1·  Theinadequate sleep rateis 2 times higher in Kentucky than in South Dakota.

$1·  Thevolunteerism ratein Utah is 2 times higher than in Louisiana.

$1·  Thepercentage of children in married familiesin Utah is 2 times higher than in the District of Columbia.

$1·  Thedivorce ratein District of Columbia is 2 times higher than in Utah.

For the full report and to see where your state ranks, please visit: 


Adaptive communications agency Covalent Logic recently added three experienced staff members to its roster to support its growing client base and expand its public relations division.

Covalent Logic’s co-founder Stafford Wood said, “These staff additions will improve the work we provide to our current clients while also allowing us to expand our offerings, particularly as it relates to Public Relations, which is becoming a bigger part of our business. It’s an exciting time for our Covalent Logic team as we continue to grow entering our tenth year this November.”

Christina Stephens is a seasoned crisis communicator who joins Covalent Logic in the newly created position of Senior Public Relations Manager, bringing nearly a decade of experience in media relations and government communications.  Stephens has served as both the Press Secretary and Communications Director for the Louisiana Recovery Authority and Office of Community Development, which coordinated the state’s long-term recovery from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike and as the Communications Director for both the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals. As Director of the state’s Joint Information Center, Stephens directed all state agency public and media relations during hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008, the BP oil spill in 2010, the Mississippi River high water event in 2011 and Hurricane Isaac in 2012.

Daniel Duvic has more than 10 years of design experience and joins Covalent Logic as Art Director. Duvic worked for several Baton Rouge-based companies, serving as Art Director at Diane Allen and Associates from 2006 to 2013. He most recently served as Creative Director of Marucci Sports. Duvic is a talented graphic designer and holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Kishia Grayson is a skilled communications professional who joins Covalent Logic as Senior Account Manager. Grayson has as a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Southern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University. Grayson spent more than seven years working as an Account Executive for various Chicago-based communications firms, where she supported national brands as an ethnic marketing specialist. She most recently served as Public Relations Manager for AlwaysCare Benefits/Starmount Life Insurance in Baton Rouge. She has extensive experience in account management, advertising, event management, marketing and public relations.

The staff additions come as the company continues to grow its client base and reorganize to meet the needs of its expanding workload. Three senior Covalent Logic staff members now lead its forty two employees, with Margaret Abrahams serving as Director of Accounts, Brett Troxler serving as Director of Production and Stacey Vincent serving as Creative Director.


West Jefferson Medical Center(WJMC) has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2014.West Jefferson is one ofONLY256 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

The award recognizes WJMC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that it has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, West Jefferson Medical Center consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

“The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association commend West Jefferson for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols. The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients,” said James Jollis, MD, FACC, ACTION Registry-GWTG Chair and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Duke University Hospital. 

The Center for Disease Control estimates that more than 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.

“This award is a proud achievement for West Jefferson Medical Center. It reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff who care for some of our most seriously ill patients and their families,” said Nancy R. Cassagne, CEO of West Jefferson. “The implementation of these guidelines requires successful coordination of the cardiovascular team and emergency personnel and is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients.”

ACTION Registry–GWTG is a partnership between the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association with partnering support from the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. ACTION Registry-GWTG empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients.

The American College of Cardiology is a 47,000-member medical society that serves as the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care. It also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more information, visitcardiosource.org/ACC.

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