The Mohawk Valley Health System Provides Revenue Recovery and Restructuring Plan

We’re all working diligently to keep our patients and employees safe while maintaining a state of readiness for a potential next wave of COVID-19. ”

— Darlene Stromstad, President/CEO

UTICA, NY, UNITED STATES, August 12, 2020 / — The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) today announced to its employees and medical staff members its revenue recovery and restructuring plan for the system. The planning stage of this plan was announced just over two weeks ago. A copy of today’s announcement is below for your information.

Message to MVHS Employees and Medical Staff from President/CEO Darlene Stromstad, FACHE

Today is a very hard day for our organization and our employees. As I have been sharing with you on a regular basis, MVHS is not immune to the economic toll this novel Coronavirus has taken on hospitals and health systems across the nation. We’re all working diligently to keep our patients and employees safe while maintaining a state of readiness for a potential next wave of COVID-19. At the same time, we also are adapting to lower volumes caused by two things: the general public’s discomfort with accessing healthcare and the increased complications, and inefficiencies, of functioning in a post-COVID environment. None of us has been through anything like this before. It has changed our daily lives in ways we could not have envisioned. While it certainly has impacted healthcare, we are committed to doing all that we can to navigate in this new COVID era.

Two weeks ago I outlined the Revenue Recovery and Restructuring plan developed to ensure MVHS continues to meet our patients’ and community’s needs for the present while ensuring that we sustain this health system for generations to come. Today we took action on the most difficult elements of our Revenue Recovery and Restructuring Plan – those affecting our employees. Specifically, we:

o Eliminated a number of positions, effective Thursday, August 13. These positions were primarily clerical, administrative, leadership, business office, medical office support staff, and mixed logistical support. Maintaining frontline positions that directly care for patients, such as nurses and care attendants, was our priority. However, every area of the health system, including those departments represented by one of the five collective bargaining units, have felt the impact of position eliminations.

Our goal is to be as supportive to our employees as possible. This means that we are working with representatives of the labor unions and with individual employees to identify vacant positions employees can move into. We continue to have openings in several areas and will retrain our employees if they desire. MVHS is also providing comprehensive outplacement services for displaced employees. Severance and short-term continuation of health insurance has also been made available for eligible employees.

We’ve eliminated several open positions that didn’t impact people. And, we’ve delayed hiring into some positions to make them available to our impacted employees.

o Extended furloughs, effective August 13 to October 13, for those positions in areas where there is a potential for volume increases within the next two months.

o Consolidated and changed services and schedules, including:
– Closure of Faxton Urgent Care – telehealth services for Urgent Care will be available through Monday, August 31. MVHS is working on extending hours in a couple of the MVHS primary care offices – evening and weekends – where patients can go for services in place of urgent care.
– Established a new Neurosciences Unit and an Intermediate Care Unit by converting the Progressive Care and Special Care units at the St. Luke’s Campus. All of the clinical staff of the PCU and SCU have the skills required for these new units.
– Consolidating pre-admission testing of all services and all campuses and converting it to a patient-centered surgical home program. That is, all services are brought to the patient in one location (the Medical Arts Building in New Hartford) so patients will no longer have to go to multiple sites for pre-admission tests.
– Closed and consolidated medical offices in the region (e.g., consolidated New Hartford offices into one office at Crossroads).
– Extended limiting discretionary spending and freezing nonessential capital expenditures.
– Extended salary cuts and pension elimination through October.

These were very hard decisions to make and implement – they were not made lightly. We recognize and value the contributions and sacrifices our employees have been making to help ensure that this vital healthcare organization will be here long into the future, and we are committed to supporting all employees through this transition.

May you all be mindful of the disruption this causes to those employees impacted and offer your support and respect to them. Thank you all for your dedication to MVHS.

Caitlin McCann
Mohawk Valley Health System
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How an Education in Healthcare will Evolve with the Pandemic, Ezekiel Akande Explores

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Ezekiel Akande

BRENTWOOD, TN, UNITED STATES, August 12, 2020 / — Education as a Whole is Changing, Ezekiel Akande Acknowledges, and Healthcare Students Need to Adapt

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused schools across the globe to close. Many universities were the first to cancel classes, switching to an online forum. It allowed students to finish their courses. While online courses are an option, healthcare students need hands-on labs. Ezekiel Akande, an anesthesiologist and medical director of pain management for Somerset Regional Pain Center in Somerset, Kentucky explores how education in healthcare will be evolving.

Ezekiel Akande explains that medical students depend heavily on labs and clinics. They need to physically see what’s happening. They need to be able to pick up instruments and perform various procedures. Without being able to gather in a classroom, it can make it harder for students to get an education in healthcare.

While technology is evolving, Ezekiel Akande fears that it won’t be enough. Technology is already allowing students to watch videos. Students can collaborate using whiteboards. There are even some sites that allow for gamification. It involves the ability to turn learning activities into games.

What about using microscopes? Dissecting cadavers? This is where Ezekiel Akande fears that education in healthcare will be difficult. These are necessary for medical students as it provides them with a firm understanding of how the body works.

Virtual dissection labs are already being created. It allows students to use a computer mouse or a tablet to trace what needs to be cut. They can zoom in to see nerves, organs, and other critical information. However, it doesn’t allow them to hold a scalpel in their hands. They aren’t able to move organs with their gloved hands in order to “feel” their way around – and that’s where Ezekiel Akande wonders how virtual labs will translate when medical students find themselves face to face with a real patient.

The answers aren’t completely known yet, Ezekiel Akande admits. Some colleges and universities are planning on opening in the fall with no changes to the classroom or curriculum. Others are requiring masks. Others are reducing the number of students in the classrooms to allow for social distancing.

There’s already a physician shortage occurring in the United States, Ezekiel Akande states. Some of this has to do with the student debt involved. Many students simply don’t want to go to school for eight to ten years and end up with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. Combine this with the pandemic and limited educational opportunities and Ezekiel Akande wonders what education in healthcare is going to look like.

Getting an education in healthcare will be more important than ever. It’s not just for those who want to become doctors, however. Education in basic healthcare should start in grade school. Virtual lessons are not enough. Ezekiel Akande warns that there has to be hands-on learning, which will involve taking a new approach now that the pandemic has changed the way that education happens.

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JSI Awarded Several Significant USAID Global Public Health Programs

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Immunization in India

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Health information in Ethiopia

Health information in Ethiopia

JSI to find innovative solutions to complex public health problems across range of program areas

CRYSTAL CITY, VA, UNITED STATES, August 12, 2020 / — JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., has been awarded four significant new programs from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that will strengthen critical public health systems around the world. JSI will accelerate the reduction of preventable child and maternal deaths by identifying and removing persistent bottlenecks and barriers to immunization services; bolstering health and resilience in fragile settings; and strengthening health information systems and data use.

Three of the new awards are part of USAID’s MOMENTUM suite of projects, which aims to increase the capacity of host-country institutions and local organizations to introduce, deliver, scale-up, and sustain the use of evidence-based, high-quality maternal, newborn, and child health care, voluntary family planning, and reproductive health care. The fourth is the global Country Health Information Systems and Data Use (CHISU) program.

CHISU will strengthen host-country capacity and leadership to manage high-quality health information systems and use data for decision-making. The five-year agreement has a budget ceiling of $200 million. JSI leads the project, with partners RTI International, Vital Strategies, Jembi Health Systems, and Global Evaluation and Monitoring Network for Health.

MOMENTUM Immunization is designed to strengthen routine immunization programs over the lifecourse; overcome barriers responsible for stagnation and decline in immunization rates; and mitigate disruption of immunization services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also help countries prepare for the introduction and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines. JSI leads MOMENTUM Immunization in collaboration with six partners: PATH, Accenture Development Partnerships, CORE Group, Results for Development, The Manoff Group, and Gobee Group.

The MOMENTUM Integrated Health Resilience project will strengthen maternal, reproductive, newborn, and child health care, and voluntary family planning, bridging the humanitarian and development divide by helping countries and communities absorb shocks without collapsing when emergency strikes. It will build capacity among host-government institutions and local nongovernmental organizations to provide high-quality, integrated health care services in fragile and conflict-affected settings, so that, after a shock, they can resume progress as soon as possible toward their recovery and long-term health goals. JSI implements the project in conjunction with lead agency IMA World Health and partners CARE, GOAL USA, and Pathfinder International.

MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator [] focuses on monitoring and evaluation, innovation and adaptive learning, knowledge management and strategic communications. The Population Reference Bureau will lead a team that includes JSI and Ariadne Labs, the innovation center at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“These new awards demonstrate JSI’s legacy in partnering to design and implement programs that create significant and lasting health improvements globally, something we’ve been doing for years. But they also speak to our fresh ideas about how to do that in a world challenged by pandemics, fragility, resource constraints, and persistent inequities,” commented Carolyn Hart, JSI vice president for international programs. “Through these new programs, we will contribute to stronger country-led, sustainable health systems, especially focused on the health of women and children.”

JSI has been focused on helping public health systems overcome challenges for more than 40 years. We have led significant health information system strengthening and capacity-enhancing activities in more than 100 countries, including the United States.

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AONN+ Collaborates with The American Cancer Society to Launch Navigation Metrics Toolkit

New Resource Will Be Invaluable in Helping the Oncology Care Team Transform Patient Care

CRANBURY, NJ, USA, August 12, 2020 / — The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+), in collaboration with the American Cancer Society (ACS), is proud to announce the launch of the Navigation Metrics Toolkit. This strategically designed toolkit provides navigators guidance on how to select, implement, report, and utilize navigation metrics to help improve patient care and foster navigation program development and growth.

This new resource is the result of an extensive 3-year project focused on researching and designing the AONN+ Evidence-Based Navigation Metrics, a national standardized tool to measure the elements crucial to coordinating high-quality, team-based care and demonstrating the success and sustainability of navigation programs. The toolkit will help navigators, executives, and administrators understand, support, and track vital metrics such as patient experience, clinical outcomes, and return on investment.

“This toolkit will serve as an invaluable asset to all navigation programs because it can be seamlessly applied to daily care,” said Danelle Johnston, MSN, RN, HON-ONN-CG, OCN, Chief Nursing Officer, AONN+. “Currently only 50% of navigators track any navigation metrics. Together with ACS we have designed a practical resource that not only measures the key areas of navigation but is simple for navigators to implement and integrate into their programs.”

“This evidence-based tool will make it easier for navigators to create best practices when starting an implementation of a navigation program, or to help boost a program that is well on the way to maturity, with validated measures to demonstrate the impact of oncology navigation on quality cancer care. The toolkit helps to show measurable, value-based insights that ensure support and sustainability of navigator programs,” said Sharon Gentry, RN, MSN, CBCN, AOCN, HON-ONN-CG, Program Director, AONN+. “This method of navigation validation is critical to this growing group of diverse professionals and instrumental in moving forward the profession of patient navigation.”

The development of this toolkit was a true collaboration between AONN+ and ACS. “The opportunity to work with ACS on such an important asset was an honor, and we look forward to further collaborative opportunities,” said Johnston.

“This toolkit was designed to provide the user with real-world case studies and examples of metric implementation, including suggestions for overcoming barriers and identifying facilitators for success,” said Dawn Wiatrek, PhD, Strategic Director, Cancer Treatment Access, The American Cancer Society.
The Navigation Metrics Toolkit can be found at

About the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators® (
The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators, Inc. (AONN+) is the largest national specialty organization dedicated to improving patient care and quality of life by defining, enhancing, and promoting the role of oncology nurse and patient navigators. The organization, which has nearly 8,900 members, was founded in 2009 to provide a network for all professionals involved and interested in patient navigation and survivorship care services in order to better manage the complexities of the cancer treatment process.

The Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship® ( is the official publication of AONN+. JONS seeks to strengthen the role of nurse and patient navigators in cancer care by serving as a platform for these professionals to disseminate original research findings, exchange best practices, and find support for their growing community.

CONQUER: the patient voice™ magazine ( is the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) premier forum for patients with cancer. CONQUER features articles written by and for patients with cancer, survivors, nurse navigators, and other oncology team members. This magazine addresses the issues that patients, their family members, and caregivers face every day in an easy-to-read format. Issues include interviews with patients with cancer, information on access to care, and articles on lifestyle topics such as nutrition, stress management, personal finance, and legal and employer issues.

About The American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is the only organization attacking cancer from every angle. For more information, go to

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Accepting the “Simple Solution” to Our Problem

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Sometimes we go through difficult times even though we seem to know the solution to our problem. What keeps us stuck and how do we accept what we need to do?

NEWPORT BEACH, CA, USA, August 12, 2020 / — Do you have a problem? Maybe it’s a large, vexing problem that causes you to suffer, or maybe it’s a smaller dilemma that nevertheless causes discomfort in your life. My guess is that something isn’t 100 percent the way that you would have it be, or if you’re fortunate enough to be problem free, you remember a time when you had to make a hard choice.

That’s what dilemmas are, after all. The word “dilemma” comes to us from the Greek. The prefix “di-” means “two” and the root “lemma” means “premise” or “assumption.” When we have a dilemma, we literally have two choices. (I’ve never heard of anyone using a word like “multilemma,” which would acknowledge the multiple choices we feel we could make, and maybe that’s appropriate. Often, the real choice comes down to two options: stay or go, give or don’t give, live or die.)

When we face a dilemma, we find ourselves on the horns of a choice, but the thing about choices is that they often mark a point where we could keep doing what we’re doing, on the one hand, or we could stop ourselves and pursue another path, on the other.

Continuing along the route we have chosen for ourselves (or perhaps that we have veered into unintentionally) — well, that’s the easy thing, or so it seems. A new route requires a decision, a break, and an introduction to the new path. That can seem a lot more difficult. Is it any wonder we sometimes keep on keepin’ on, rather than bringing our lives to a halt to make a change?

In the early eighteenth century, mathematician, astronomer, and general polyglot Isaac Newton offered his famous three laws of motion, the first of which is the most familiar. It states, basically, that a body in motion wishes to remain in motion, and a body at rest wishes to remain at rest, and either body will contentedly do so unless an outside force acts upon it.

The body Newton was referring to is any basic thing — a book on the edge of a shelf, an apple in a tree. But that body can sound a little personal sometimes when we think about our own tendency to move or stand still.

It’s called inertia, that tendency of something to move or stand still unless another force acts upon it. When we are traveling in a vehicle, our bodies are moving along with the car, and if the car stops suddenly, whether it hits the brakes or slams into a tree, our bodies inside keep moving forward, as bodies want to do. That’s what causes injuries; our bodies keep moving forward, and we can slam right into the seat belt (if we’re lucky) or the dashboard (if we’re not).

We understand inertia as a basic concept of physics, but if we have ever been in a predicament, we probably understand it as a way of thinking as well. The word is often used in this metaphorical sense. We blame our own inertia when we stay in a job, a relationship, or a setting that no longer serves us well.

I once had a person I was working with, and she was just too busy. Her business was causing her suffering in her relationships and her emotional life, and it was even causing her physical pain. My advice to her was not something brand new that she had never heard before; her friends had been telling her the same thing for a long time. Anyone could see that she was too busy and she needed to slow down.

It’s this way for many people. We keep going, going, going, and in doing so, we often fail to stop and smell the roses and enjoy the beauty that life has to offer.

She left our session with her typical response: “Yeah, yeah, yeah.” She wanted a different answer, a different option, but deep down I think she knew that slowing down was the right choice. She just wasn’t willing to accept it yet.

The next week she came to me and she had a harrowing story to tell. She had left my office and been driving down the freeway at a high rate of speed because she was in a hurry, as usual. All at once, the semi beside her blew out a tire. It very suddenly swerved into her lane, and she slammed on her brakes just in time. That truck came within mere inches of killing her.

Because the universe sometimes likes to offer messages that are far from subtle, when she looked up at the side of the truck’s trailer, she saw written in big, bold letters the words, “Slow down.” It was the same message that I and other people had been sharing with her, but now she was ready to receive it. She had come to a dead stop, almost literally so, and she didn’t have a lot of choice in the matter.

That woman’s life got a lot better after that point. She received the message, and she found ways to get out of both the literal and figurative fast lanes.

Not everyone is quite so lucky. I know of another woman who sought counseling because she was in a dysfunctional relationship. The man she was dating had beaten her many times. The man was in jail but was getting out soon. My colleague told her that she absolutely needed to stay away from her for her own safely. This was a situation that could end poorly, perhaps with injury or even death.

The woman didn’t like that answer, though she had heard it many times from many sources. This beautiful woman had been told by many people to stay away from her boyfriend, but she didn’t like that answer, and she decided not to follow it.

It turns out that the man she was in a relationship with was released from jail, and this woman picked him up and took him home with her. That same day, he ended up killing her.

When we have struggles, we want answers. Often, however, the answer is very clear. It’s inside of us, and we might even see it — but we choose not to acknowledge it, because that’s not an answer we’re ready to accept yet.

The answer to our problems can be obvious to everyone around us and even to ourselves, but we still reject it. We want a different answer.

Sometimes we suffer horribly for our refusal to acknowledge the clear answer to our problems. Occasionally, as with my colleague’s client, our refusal can cost us our lives. Sometimes it can cause unhappiness, but aren’t we here to have a good life? Happiness is our purpose and our birthright. We deserve it.

One of my favorite family members moved to a retirement community a few years back, and shortly after she did, her husband died. This woman understood that she needed to move forward if she was to embrace the happy life she deserved. I visited her a few months later, and she was doing so well. She was actively involved with other people and participating in a support group for grieving spouses.

This dear family member told me that she knew many people didn’t do well when a spouse died. They might isolate themselves, or even drink too much, and they ran the risk of never coming out of it. “I had so many beautiful years with him and I miss him,” she confessed to me, “but I have a lot of years left, and I want to live them.”

When we face a problem, we need to take a moment to define it. What exactly are we struggling with? Whether it’s a relationship issue, a career issue, a psychological or spiritual issue, or something else entirely, we need to take stock of it as soon as we recognize that it exists. Time is of the essence if we are to get back to the important work of cultivating happiness in our lives.

After we define it, we must start gathering information about it. What is the potential solution? What can we do to solve our problem and move on from it?

There are many steps we can take to pinpoint a solution. Here are some that I have found success with:

• Talking to friends. Often, our loved ones see our situation more clearly than we do, and they can have advice that we haven’t considered. We must be careful, however; friends’ perspectives are valuable to a point, but we are living our own one and only life, and we should take others’ perspectives with a grain of salt.
• Talking to professionals. A counselor, a minister, a life coach — there are people whose job it is to listen to what it is we are saying and then help us to see aspects of our problem that we may not have recognized otherwise. It can be tremendously helpful to see someone who can offer an objective viewpoint.
• Reading books. Walk into a large bookstore, and you are very likely to find a whole section of books related to your specific problem, whether that is living a fast-paced life, engaging in a negative relationship, losing a spouse, or any number of other problems. Others have found a way through; you don’t need to reinvent the wheel to discover a solution that works for you.
• Journaling. It’s amazing to me, what wisdom comes out when we have a pen in hand and we move it across the page. If we come to a journaling experience with no expectations and no preconceived notions, we might find that we are writing ourselves a very wise set of instructions, almost by magic. I sometimes feel as though someone is guiding my pen from the other side of the page. Wisdom emerges, and it’s hard to tell where it came from. I think it must have come from deep inside, where answers live.
• Making a pro-con list. With any big decision in life, it’s helpful to make a list of pros and cons of a potential decision. The pros can be obvious; if we slow down, we’re likely to be healthier and happier. But the cons can seem pretty big. My client felt that if she slowed down, she would miss opportunities, lose revenue, and miss out on chances that were available to her. My colleague’s client must have felt that if she broke up with her abusive boyfriend, she would miss out on the good parts of the relationship — the companionship, the help, the support, and more. But putting the pros and cons down in columns can show us that there is both good and bad to any decision, and this allows us to be clear minded in our decision-making.
• Looking into our own mind. There’s a funny thing I’ve noticed about finding the right solution to a problem. It never seems foreign or unexpected. The fact is, you usually know the right thing to do, and if you listen to your own still, small voice, the answer will be right there waiting for you. The solution is almost always readily available inside of us.

That last bullet point is worth some further reflection, because it’s at the crux of the issue we’re exploring. The fact is that the simple solution to any problem has always been there, and when our hearts are ready, we will do what we need to do. But while the solution may be simple, choosing it doesn’t feel so very simple. It takes time, effort, energy, and the support of loved ones.

It is so easy for inertia to take hold of us. Living without intention, we can continue on the same track, in the same direction, at the same speed, with no sense of gravity or friction to slow us down. But we do need to slow down, assess the situation, and listen to the loving voice inside of us that cherishes us and wants us to be healed and happy. Maybe it’s a message from the universe — and maybe God will write it on the side of a truck, if we need the universe to be so literal. But with self-reflection and self-trust, we can hear that whisper. We can begin to sense what we need to do to live the lives we deserve.

If we make the decision our heart is advising us to make, we will find that our lives keep getting better and better. We’ll keep finding ways to make our lives more beautiful, more happy, and more peaceful, every single day.

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CBD Emporium Retailer Expands to Tucson Mall

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CBD Emporium is bringing its knowledge and expertise of CBD products to Tucson with an 1,800-square-foot retail location at the Tucson Mall.

As a CBD market leader, CBD Emporium is thrilled to be expanding into the Tucson area.”

— John Flanders, CEO

TUCSON, ARIZONA, US, August 12, 2020 / — CBD Emporium is bringing its knowledge and expertise of CBD products to Tucson residents with the opening of an 1,800-square-foot retail location at the Tucson Mall. Based in Phoenix, with 25 locations throughout Arizona and Nevada, CBD Emporium is dedicated to the health and wellness of the communities it serves. The well-educated sales staff delights in sharing the many benefits of CBD with local customers.

CBD Emporium carries 40 different CBD brands, ensuring that staff members have an array of products to fit customers’ individual needs. Whether people have issues with pain, anxiety or mood or need CBD products for their pets, CBD Emporium is ready to align them with the best CBD products. Offerings include tinctures, consumables such as gummies and tea, vapes, bath and body products, capsules and pet products. All the CBD products CBD Emporium sells are infused with hemp that is grown and extracted in the United States.

“As a CBD market leader, CBD Emporium is thrilled to be expanding in the Tucson area,” said John Flanders, Chief Executive Officer of CBD Emporium. “We have every product for every person, and we can’t wait to share our top-of-the-line products with Tucson residents.” The retailer also has a location on North Oracle Road in Tucson.

Top CBD brands available at CBD Emporium include KOI Naturals CBD, Holistapet, Kurativ CBD, Sun God Medicinals, Sky Wellness, Science of Life Alchemy, H-Hemp, Ananda, Performance Tea, Colorado Hemp Honey, Tranquini Wowie CBD-infused beverages, and many more.

Stop by the new retail center at 5870 E. Broadway Boulevard in Tucson, AZ 85711. The store is open seven days a week. If you have any questions and wish to contact the CBD Emporium in Tucson, please email, or call 520-574-4420.


Established in 2018, CBD Emporium is a privately held company with 25 retail locations throughout the United States. The retailer is the premier source of quality, trusted CBD products, and offers a diverse selection of more than 50 best-of-industry brands and its own brand labeled products derived from medical grade organic hemp plants. CBD Emporium’s knowledgeable staff is dedicated to providing the best information, education and products to improve health and wellness. For information, visit

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Flotation Therapy available for the first time in the Issaquah area

Issaquah Family Chiropractic in Washington State brings flotation therapy to the area, a first of its kind

ISSAQUAH, WA, USA, August 12, 2020 / — The Issaquah Family Chiropractic clinic, WA, has recently announced a new addition to their already robust service offering. The new flotation therapy treatment practice, a first of its kind in the area has been met with great enthusiasm, as locals and frequent patients are ready to experience the wellness benefits flotation therapy offers them in the clinic’s updated and expanded location.

Although the clinic has relocated and expanded its offering and services, moving into a larger facility in February earlier this year, personnel are now ready to offer flotation therapy for future patients. The new treatment has already seen many interested patients quickly fill available spaces, as the company is eager to meet the increasing patient demand. “We moved into our new location earlier this year, unfortunately, a lot of our planning had to be put on hold, but now we’re back with a bigger and even better facility, offering the first-ever flotation therapy treatment in the Issaquah area,” shared a spokesperson for the company.

The Issaquah Family Chiropractic team ensures patients and clients who make use of flotation therapy will experience a reduction of anxiety, as it promotes relaxation in the body and mind. Although it has some great benefits, many have still been left with a question mark on their face, wondering what flotation therapy is?

“Imagine floating on a cloud, even more realistic, floating on water. Flotation therapy involves the use of approximately 1000 pounds of dissolved pharmaceutical-grade Epsom salt, which we dilute in water kept at 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit, around the same temperature as your skin. The high salt content promotes buoyancy, and the Epsom salt relaxes muscles and eases inflammation,” tells the spokesperson.

The new facility, which is over three times the size of their previous location, has meant that the business can expand its wellness services. With this, they managed to bring in better and more improved wellness services, the two most important being flotation therapy and functional training.

The clinic has reviewed patient satisfaction and experience, ensuring they meet above industry standards. Although very new and somewhat foreign to locals and regular patients, many have already shared the great benefits flotation therapy can hold. Flotation therapy has proven to be crucial for those suffering from increased stress levels and those who tend to be more anxious than average. Clinical professionals and recent research have shown that flotation therapy may carry the same, and in some cases better benefits than that of prescribed anxiety medication. Flotation therapy helps to completely relax the whole body, strained and stiff muscles, and most importantly an overactive and stressed brain.

While wellness treatments are available at many day spas, or perhaps in bigger wellness clinics, Issaquah Family Chiropractic has managed to bring a better and more hygienic experience to its patients. The current surge of coronavirus cases has placed a great deal of stress on businesses, especially those involving human-to-human interaction. Flotation therapy is a perfect “contactless” service in the current environment.

“All our doctors are aware of the benefits flotation therapy can have. We’ve seen patients enjoy an improvement in their daily active lifestyles, but also, it’s good to mention that recent studies show that the treatment works extremely well for those suffering from PTSD,” she concluded.

Issaquah Family Chiropractic has been servicing the community since 1992, but with this, it is quite noticeable that their updated and expanded facility will mean an increase of services with wellness professionals ready to help and assist new patients.

As a first of its kind in the Issaquah area, clinic employees have mentioned that those interested in experiencing flotation therapy or functional training should schedule an appointment in advance to avoid disappointment. Their new clinic comes fully equipped with expanded wellness services to help previous and future patients, Put More JOY in Your ENJOY™.

Interested persons, can find more information about the Issaquah Family Chiropractic wellness clinic online, or book an appointment on their website at or visit

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Former Hospital Behavioral Health Director and Immediate Action Group President Files Suit Against RMCHCS

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Former Chief Engineer/Plant Director Destroys Truck, Fired For Drunken Behavior

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GALLUP, NEW MEXICO, UNITED STATES, August 12, 2020 / — Former Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services’ (RMCHCS) Behavioral Health Director William Camarota has filed a three-count lawsuit against RMCHCS charging Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Felicia Adams and her husband Dean Adams, former director of plant operations, with breach of confidentiality/invasion of privacy, retaliatory discharge and defamation of character. Dean Adams was fired by the hospital in May for destroying a company truck while drunk.

The charges have been filed in McKinley County District Court by the plaintiff’s Attorney David Jordan, P.C. who is planning a jury trial against the defendants. This is the second lawsuit filed against RMCHCS for retaliation firings which stemmed from hospital protests led by Board Chair Laura Hammons, Chief Medical Officer Valory Wangler and CNO Felicia Adams amidst the raging COVID-19 pandemic. Wagner and Adams are also defendants in a six count lawsuit filed recently by Luis Robles, a partner in Robles, Rael and Any of Albuquerque who is representing plaintiff David Conejo, the hospital’s former CEO.

“William Camarota unfortunately contracted COVID-19 while employed at RMCH,” said Jordan. “Like every other employee and patient, the HIPAA law is supposed to provide him with medical information confidentiality. However, that law was violated by the Adams’ who spread details of his illness across the hospital staff causing him embarrassment and robbing his right to privacy. We will show the jury our evidence of how this was done purposely to retaliate against him for his close relationship with former CEO Conejo.”
Jordan explained that Camarota specifically did not want the fact that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 released so his substance abuse clients would not be afraid to counsel with him when his 14 day quarantine was ended. He also didn’t want the community to fear that the WellSpring Recovery Center was a COVID-19 hot zone.

Welcome to The Club Nobody Wants To Join
However, on April 26 Jordan explained that Camarota learned he tested positive for COVID-19. He contacted his director to inform her, but could not reach her and contacted Conejo to advise him of his virus condition and requested confidentiality. Despite his HIPAA request, CNO Adam’s sent him a text welcoming Camarota to the club “nobody wanted to join”. He again requested confidentiality, but shortly afterward he called people who needed to know to advise them and he reiterated his request for non-disclosure.

“To confirm my client’s suspicions, by April 28, he received a call from an employee of Dean Adams inquiring about Bill’s infection,” said Jordan. “This guy heard about it from Adams, who heard about it from his wife Felicia who was not allowed to disclose it.”

A plant operations maintenance man who worked for Dean Adams, called Camarota to advise him that Adams disclosed to him that Camarota had COVID-19. He also noted that he overheard Dean Adams say ‘Who does [RMCH CEO] David [Conejo] think he is. He thinks he can do whatever he wants around here, that's why the board doesn't like him and that's why [RMCH Board Member] David Dallago doesn't like him.’ This comment was made by Adams to him, proving that this leak was intentional and motivated by retaliation.

Camarota then filed a HIPAA complaint against RMCHCS and an investigation was conducted by the hospital’s privacy/HIPAA officer Dr. Phyllis Miller Ph.D., RHIA, RHIT, CHPS, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer and an independent panel of credentialed hospital employees. The investigation concluded that Dean Adams should be fired for a Level 4 violation.

Miller presented the case to the hospital board’s attorney and RMCHCS’s attorney who also concluded that Dean Adams overheard a private conversation that Felicia Adams had with RMCHCS officials and did not violate HIPAA laws, but Dean Adams did maliciously spread word about Camarota’s illness and both investigations recommended he be terminated for it.

However, the hospital’s board conducted yet a third investigation with and found there were grounds for termination. Dean Adams even admitted to violating Camarota HIPAA rights but was never fired for it. “Despite two investigations that concluded Dean Adams be fired, a third investigation by the board agreed he should be fired, but wasn’t. Furthermore, the board never provided my client with any results of the investigation to this day,” said Jordan.

Community Accolades
Camarota received RMCHCS’s Dragon Slayer Award in 2018 for overcoming a life of substance abuse in his early years. He is also president of the Immediate Action Group (IAG) that serves the homeless of Gallup and McKinley County. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Gallup’s Community Food Pantry and is a core leader in pastoral mentoring at the Lighthouse International Ministries Church in Gallup, and the DUI Planning Council for McKinley County.
Camarota was honored with the “Housing For All” award bestowed by the New Mexican Coalition to End Homelessness last year. He was named “Volunteer of the Year” by the New Mexican Coalition to End Homelessness in a ceremony at the organization’s headquarters in Santa Fe New Mexico. The award was bestowed upon Camarota by NMCEH Executive Director Hank Hughes.

He also received a Certificate of Appreciation citation by the City of Gallup for his efforts in removing debris around the St. Joseph’s Shelter and Soup Kitchen in partnership with District 1 Councilor Linda Garcia. “Bill and his crew did an excellent job. It took them 3 days, but they endured and got the job done,” Garcia noted.

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Research America Inc. and the Natural Marketing Institute – Announce Merger

Research America Inc.(RAI) has merged the Natural Marketing Institute (the Institute) into its family of companies.

CLARKSTON, MI, UNITED STATES, August 12, 2020 / — Amy Benner, Vice President of Research America Inc. announced “We are happy to welcome the Institute into the Research America Inc. family. Our shared vision for the health and sustainability consumer makes this merger an exciting opportunity for us and our clients. We are even better positioned to help our B2B and CPG marketers acquire, grow and retain customers.”

“Our Institute team members will further complement RAI’s capabilities with additional strategic consulting services, proprietary custom methodologies, syndicated databases, and much more,” Benner said.

Steve French, Natural Marketing Institute Managing Partner, said the Institute will continue to operate independently. “The merger will expand our toolkit including access to web panel, telephone and web-based data collection, qualitative facilities and sensory and new product testing labs.”

“These additional client solutions will add tremendous value to the Institute’s syndicated databases that include over one million consumer interviews in over 30 countries, trended for the past 20+ years. RAI capabilities will also add unique synergies to the Institute’s custom qualitative and quantitative consumer and B2B research. We at the Institute are truly excited about future opportunities to serve our clients,” French added.

Research America, with personnel in multiple markets and states including Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Rochester, N.Y., Cincinnati, Detroit, Orlando, Chicago, Sacramento, Lincoln, Neb., and Charleston, W.Va. In 2019, RAI was named one of the Top 50 market research firms in the United States based on annual revenue by the GreenBook Research Industry Trends Report (GRIT). The company has also been named by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America. The company’s growth has been organically and through acquisition of 14 boutique research firms in specialized verticals during the past six years.

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Mademoiselle Lash Partners with Afterpay

One of the best false eyelash brands in the industry has formed a partnership with a leading payment innovator.

COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA, US, August 12, 2020 / — Representatives with Mademoiselle Lash announced today that it has partnered with Afterpay to offer more affordable options for its customers.

"We are very excited to partner with Afterpay, which will directly benefit our customers," Annie Le, owner and Creative Director of Mademoiselle Lash said. "We are featured on their beauty directory as well and will be taking part in the official AfterPay Day offering a big discount – 25 percent off all orders plus free US Shipping on all orders and free shipping to Canada with orders over $50.”

Based in Orange County, California, Mademoiselle Lash, Le said, is one of the best false eyelash brands in the industry. Its mission is to design faux eyelashes that are so good that individuals will consider them a must-have accessory in their beauty cabinet.

"We were created with a philosophy to spread the love of beauty to all," Le stressed, before adding, "From premium-quality materials and construction to a range that includes a lash style to suit every eye shape, we won't be satisfied until everyone who wears false eyelashes calls us their favorite."

As to how the Afterpay partnership will benefit customers, Le explained that Afterpay, founded in 2014, is a leading retail payments innovator that offers a 'buy now, receive now, pay later' service with no upfront fees or interest. Afterpay has over 1.3 million customers and 10,000 retail merchants.

"The best way to decide for yourself if we're the best eyelashes brand is, of course, to slip on a set of Mademoiselle Lashes and witness the transformation for yourself," Le said.

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We may be biased, but we genuinely believe it when we say that Mademoiselle Lash is one of the best false eyelash brands in the industry. Perhaps even the best. Based in Orange County, CA, it’s our mission to design faux eyelashes that are so good; you’ll consider them a must-have accessory in your beauty cabinet.

We were created with a philosophy to spread the love of beauty to all. From premium-quality materials and construction to a range that includes a lash style to suit every eye shape, we won’t be satisfied until everyone who wears false eyelashes calls us their favorite.

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