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When I was 17,” inter-generationally speaking By Lois Alcosser When grandchildren visit their grandparents at The Greens at Cannondale, in Wilton, CT, something exciting happens. The presence of youngsters does it. Officially, it‘s called “intergenerational.” Unofficially, it’s simply happy and uplifting. The value of intergenerational activities has long been recognized as something that has a visibly beneficial effect. Through the years, many intergenerational programs have become part of The Greens calendar of activities. For the past six years, the holiday card sent out by The Greens and its sister facility, Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, has been designed by a Wilton High School art student, chosen from many entries by the residents. An award-winning annual talent show “Young & Not So Young” has a cast of residents and youngsters. Student photographers and journalists have interviewed residents and shared life stories. There’s a twice- a- month program at The Greens called “Hot Topics.”

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The name of the program was chosen because the basic idea was to encourage residents to talk about subjects that would probably not be discussed at the dinner table, but would permit residents to share their personal opinions about provocative issues. Subjects like interfaith and same-sex marriages. The infidelity of generals and presidents. Whether people should live together before marrying. Changes in parenting and why spanking a child is forbidden. In other words, big talk instead of small talk. Unexpected for an assisted living residence, perhaps, but The Greens believes in the unexpected. To give “Hot Topics” an intergenerational aspect, recently, three 17 year-old high school seniors, about to go to college, joined the group. Three young women whose contact with 80 and 90 year-olds was very limited. After they introduced themselves, the residents introduced themselves and reminisced about what it was like when they were 17. When there were no computers, cell phones, iPads. When television was an unbelievable thrill. The residents talked about their strict parents, how boy/girl friendships were carefully supervised, a time when women were offered a choice between teaching and

nursing as a career. One resident, a man in his late 80’s, a former physicist, told the girls “the most important thing is to choose something you like to do. Women can be anything they want to be nowadays,” he said. The residents were talking a mile a minute. Their shyness, reticence, usual desire to be an observer rather than a participant, was gone. They wanted these young women to know what their lives were like, what mattered to them. The talk included the cost of college nowadays, the burden of student loans, presumably much worse than the good old days. But a 90 year-old piped up: “It was just as hard to afford college when

I was 17. People earned a lot less than they earn now!” The 17 year- olds lapped it up. Their impressions of older people kept changing, almost visibly. Their first impressions of “old people” was all wrong. These men and women had lived productive lives, they were interesting and had opinions about everything. The teenagers listened hard to the wisdom of their life experiences. It was certainly intergenerational in the best sense of the word. And best of all, the residents asked them to be sure and come back and the 17 year-olds asked if they could come back and talk more. “Hot Topics” was really cool.

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During the weeks of January 2 through January 16, the Connecticut Association of Adult Day Centers Expressive Art Show was held at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Six members of Hebrew Health Care’s Adult Day Center had the opportunity to have their artwork displayed at the show. The members participate in A Fresh Canvas: an Alzheimer’s Arts Program funded in part by the Bella and Max Shulman Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, as well as regular art classes that are held at the Adult Day Center. Leonard Litsky, one of the featured artists at the show, had two paintings on display. During a visit of the show on January 9 with other members of the Center, he shared, “I am a man that likes to know what is going on. The Adult Day Center keeps me informed and challenges me to do my very best. They keep my creativity alive.” Hebrew Health Care is a non-profit, non-sectarian health care provider featuring a full spectrum of integrated and seamless in-patient; out-patient and community based geriatric services to meet the needs of older adults in the Greater Hartford community. Hebrew Health Care is committed to providing comprehensive care of the elderly. Not simply saying it, not simply building it, HHC does it – every day, every week, every year, for over 100 years. Hebrew Health Care’s commitment to the elderly in the Greater Hartford area is unparalleled and is the foundation on which our reputation for excellence is based. Hebrew Health Care is comprised of the following service affiliates: The Hospital at Hebrew Health Care Hoffman SummerWood Community Hebrew Health Visiting Nurses Hebrew Health Hospice Hebrew Health Assisted Living Services Hebrew Health Adult Day Services Hebrew Rehabilitation Group Connecticut Geriatric Specialty Group The Gene and Anja Rosenberg Hebrew Home and Rehabilitation Center

New Canaan kindergartener, Chris Corcoran, selected Waveny Care Center –where his great-grandmother (“Mormor”), Elva Girard, is a resident – as the recipient of a charitable donation saved up from his allowance this year. “Mormor gave so much to us when we were growing up,” said his mother, Carrie Deane Corcoran. “She means so much to her family, friends and everyone at Waveny, where she is known for always helping her fellow residents.”

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Take Saving to Heart with a Comprehensive CRM Strategy As this month’s Hospital Newspaper focuses on heart care, it seems appropriate to revisit cardiac rhythm management (CRM), a major challenge for supply chain leaders. With the high cost of CRM devices and fixed diagnosis-related group (DRG) reimbursements, hospitals are losing money—thousands of dollars per implantation—on CRM procedures. Expensive, life-saving CRM devices, which include pacemakers and cardiac resynchronization therapy devices (CRTs), can account for more than half of hospital inpatient supply costs. The CRM service line typifies the complex device expense issues that hospital leaders face on a regular basis. But it also represents a key opportunity for hospitals to reduce expenses while maintaining the quality of service and delivering favorable outcomes. Physician-driven device selection—when unsupported by evidence-based data—drives CRM costs significantly. To control CRM spend, hospitals can employ a wide-ranging strategy that includes new goal setting, physician engagement and alignment, and increased, proactive attention to contracts and supplier relationships. To be clear, CRM can be a profitable service line, but it takes stakeholder (clinical and business) collaboration to achieve optimal pricing and product selection balanced with patient safety and quality considerations. Device cost (the principal factor, as it affects both cost and quality of care), device placement (existing device “changeout” is often not profitable), the procedure setting (inpatient or outpatient), and the length of stay for the procedure all need to be taken into account. A GPO with a comprehensive approach should be equipped to partner with your hospital to implement all aspects of a CRM strategy. At GNYHA Services, our members have seen millions of dollars in savings through a full-service strategy that addresses organization-wide objectives using our business solutions—from new technology to contract management— tailored to member objectives and supported through collaborative implementation and results management. Case in point: a large academic medical center based in New York City met with the GNYHA Services team to align supply chain goals with CRM savings. Our team performed a free clinical savings opportunity analysis, and, using these results, the medical center selected the right types of contracts to fit its needs (i.e., "all-play," committed, or both), reached better than average pricing agreements (including price reductions and rebates), and developed more beneficial supplier arrangements (post-GNYHA Services tracking volume, market share, and price trends). The result? More than $3 million in savings. The value of CRM as a clinical service and the significant role it plays in total hospital supply spend coupled with the new reimbursement environment should make it a vital part of every hospital’s cost-saving plan. A comprehensive strategy that addresses the multifaceted components of CRM, including clinical and business, with the expertise and resources of the right GPO maximizes the value of these life-saving procedures while minimizing the cost. Christopher J. O’Connor is Executive Vice President of GNYHA Ventures, Inc., the for-profit arm of the Greater New York Hospital Association, and President of two GNYHA Ventures companies: GNYHA Services, Inc., an acute care group purchasing organization, and Nexera, Inc., a healthcare consulting firm. Mr. O’Connor is Chair-Elect of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM).

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Sun Home Loans helps Emergency Physician obtains best mortgage rate possible and outstanding customer service! David Feldman first purchased a mortgage from Steve Testa almost seven years ago. The transaction went smoothly and – as Feldman will tell you – Testa was a pleasure to work with. Most importantly, Testa provided Feldman with the best rate he could find anywhere. So when Feldman was looking for another mortgage to buy a home last year, he dialed up one person: Steve Testa. This time, Testa had an even better mortgage opportunity for Feldman – the Sun Homes Loans Hospital Employee Loan Program (H.E.L.P). Sun Home Loans and Hospital Newspaper came together to bring the emergency services community a special mortgage opportunity. Whether purchasing a new home or refinancing an existing one, the Sun Home Loans H.E.L.P. program is offered to members of the hospital community and their families. The H.E.L.P. program provides discounted mortgage rates designed for hospital employees and prequalifications to shop for your next home. “Steve is just great at explaining the nuances of the mortgage process,” said Feldman, an emergency room physician at Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center. “At the end of the day, Steve’s rates are the most competitive, and the process is simple. I don’t have a ton of time to fax papers back and forth. Steve and his staff help you with all of that and the process is not intrusive as it is with other mortgage companies.” In addition to great rates, there are many more benefits available to the emergency services community through this program – including a complimentary evaluation of your particular financial situation, and credit repair if needed. You may take advantage of these other products and services, though they are offered separately from the H.E.L.P. Sun Home Loans, a division of Sun National Bank, and Hospital Newspaper are both proud to serve the hospital community, who dedicate their lives serving the rest of us. Clients enjoy unmatched customer service and attentiveness throughout the process – from their initial inquiry – to closing. However, after closing, the staff is there to address other financial needs. Working with its own resources and Federal government programs, Sun National Bank develops solutions that open the path to home ownership. Sun National Bank provides a full-range of banking products and services, delivered by experienced bankers. Personal attention merges with world-class service and competitive products that meet the needs of today’s consumers and businesses. Sun National Bank believes that doing business in the community means being a part of it. “It’s always great to hear from a client you have helped in the past,” said Testa, Vice President Regional Sales Manager of Sun Home Loans. “We were glad to work with Dr. Feldman again and are always determined to provide top-notch customer service and the best available rates. Once again, I think we succeeded. It’s just an honor to work with Dr. Feldman, someone who we all count on to help people every day.” To receive more information about the program and its benefits, Sun Home Loans has established a direct telephone number exclusively for members of the hospital community call 1-973-805-4156. When you call you will speak to a live program specialist who will discuss your needs and explain how the Sun Home Loans Hospital Employee Loan Program can H.E.L.P. you. To receive more information about the program and its benefits, contact Steven Testa at or call 973-615-9745. Sun National Bank Home Loans and Hospital Newspaper are not affiliated. All loans subject to approval. Certain conditions and fees may apply. Mortgage financing provided by Sun National Bank Loans, Equal Housing Lender.

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education & careers Griffin Hospital now offers the Newborn Channel to help provide baby care and postpartum education to new parents The Newborn Channel is now available at The Childbirth Center at Griffin Hospital in Derby. The Newborn Channel delivers essential newborn and parenting information to help prepare new moms when they need it most. New parents and their families can enjoy easy access to highly trusted, professionally endorsed content on topics such as infant and mom care, siblings and family living, work-life balance and more. The Newborn Channel provides engaging and accessible programming on many topics, including:

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The educational content on the Newborn Channel is overseen and reviewed by a Medical Advisory Board which works diligently to ensure all content is up-to-date and presented in a clear and understandable way for patients and their families.

“The Newborn Channel helps supplement our nurse’s patient education efforts. Because it is always available, our nursing and education staff is able to recommend quality, up-to-date education for new parents in their time of need,” said Luanne Miller, BSN, R.N., director of the Childbirth Center. “The Newborn Channel's baby care and postpartum programming is available in over 1000 U.S. hospitals” said Dave Ross, COO of The Wellness Network. “Having a baby, especially the first time, can be a little scary for new parents. Our videos are meant to help demystify diapering, feeding, and caring for both mom and baby. Moms and Dads can view programs and talk to the hospital’s educators with their questions before they are back home on their own with their new baby.” For more information about The Newborn Channel, visit The Childbirth Center at Griffin Hospital offers family-centered maternity care in an environment that will best meet individual and family needs. The Childbirth Center follows the patient-centered Planetree philosophy that focuses providing a warm, caring atmosphere for the patient and loved ones, including childbirth and child care education, and support groups. For more information, call 203.732.7252 or visit

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Running from Renin February is not only full of red for Valentine's Day, but also signifies heart health awareness month. The American Heart Association is painting the town red this month with its campaign “Go Red for Women� in an effort to help women lower their risk of heart disease. Reflecting on your own health and making simple changes can greatly reduce your risk factors for cardiovascular disease. As nurses, putting your heart health first is important so that you can practice what you preach. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a problem that plagues many of our patients in the hospital. One cause can be the activation of the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone mechanism in our bodies. When renin is released in our bodies it leads to the production of angiotensin II, a potent vasoconstrictor. Constricting the arteries makes it harder for the blood to travel making the heart strains to do its job. Aldosterone is another substance that gets activated, which tells the body to hold onto salt and water, creating extra fluid build-up in the body over time. Preventing renin, a signaling hormone, from being activated can be done through simple everyday practices. One way to run from renin is to do just that- run! Doing physical activity is beneficial, but before you commit to an expensive gym that costs more than liposuction, see if they have a 7-day free trial. You can see if you like the gym and will actually be interested in attending their classes or if the location is convenient. Even just taking your dog out for a walk each day for 30 minutes can be relaxing and beneficial to your heart. Call an old friend while you walk and you can catch up and exercise simultaneously. We hear it on the radio and television and see it on magazines and store shelves...ways to diet and lose weight. How can we expect patients to believe and trust in nursing care if we are not examples of what we are teaching? Nursing is a busy job with crazy hours, leaving little time for our own health. However, packing lunches the night before to avoid getting a soda and candy at the vending machine certainly has its benefits. Swapping caffeinated drinks for ice water with lemon or bringing a midmorning (or midnight) snack like yogurt with fruit can give you energy without a sugar crash. Feeling and looking healthy makes you a positive role model for patients to emulate. Nursing heavily focuses on teaching and health promotion for optimum patient care. This February, rather than simply handing out information to patients about heart health, take a moment to reflect on your own health. They say nurses make the worst patients. Maybe that is because we do not take our own advice. In nursing school we learn all about proper nutrition and cardiac care. Take what you have learned and incorporate it into your own life. Whether that translates into picking up a pedometer, drinking more water, watching your salt intake, or trying a new exercise class, do something this month to improve your own health.

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education & careers Bridgeport Hospital CEO William Jennings appointed to American College of Healthcare Executives’ Council of Regents William M. Jennings, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bridgeport Hospital and Executive Vice President of Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS), has been appointed to the Council of Regents, the legislative body of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The Council of Regents serves as the vital link between ACHE and members by approving governance and membership regulations as well as promoting ACHE programs, services and activities within their respective areas. Jennings will take office at the Council of Regents meeting March 9, 2013, during ACHE’s 56th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago. As a Regent, Jennings will represent ACHE’s membership in Connecticut. Jennings has served as President and CEO of Bridgeport Hospital and Executive Vice President of Yale New Haven Health System since 2010. Under his leadership, Bridgeport Hospital has made significant strides in patient safety and quality improvement.

The hospital was recognized by U.S. News & World Report in 2012 as best in Fairfield County in Geriatrics, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology. In addition, a number of transformational facility enhancements have taken place under Jennings’ leadership, including a complete remodeling of the hospital’s main lobby, the extensive modernization of The Connecticut Burn Center, the only dedicated burn care facility in the state, and the opening of the Trumbull Radiation Oncology Center, the first component of a planned comprehensive outpatient cancer center. “As a key member of the Yale New Haven Health System senior leadership team, Bill has done an exceptional job of advancing our strategic focus on patient care quality and safety,” said Marna P. Borgstrom, President and CEO of YNHHS. “Bill is commited to developing and mentoring the next generation of healthcare executives and his leadership at ACHE will help to advance that.”

American College of Healthcare Executives The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 35,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE offers its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management. ACHE's established network of more than 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. In addition, ACHE is known for its magazine, Healthcare Executive, and its career development and public policy programs. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery. The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives was established to further advance healthcare management excellence through education and research.


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education & careers Ann Minor named as an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Award Winner for 2012 ELNEC-Geriatric Train-the-Trainer Program and then initiated a multidisciplinary ELNEC-Geriatric training. As a result, 25 health care professionals attended her training and several nurses and CNAs became board certified in hospice and palliative care. Ann continually shares her passion of holistic nursing and end-of-life care by educating others. Frequently, she and her Pet

Partners therapy dog Jake, provide lectures and seminars in the community. “To be with, and to care for, someone who is dying requires knowledge, strength, courage and compassion. ELNEC provides the tools to help caregivers do this sacred work” stated Ann. If you would like to contact Ann Minor, she can be reached at

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In 2005, after completing the ELNEC Core Train-the-Trainer program in Rhode Island, she became the catalyst for the development of Southington Care Center’s “Tranquill Passages” palliative care program. This unique program is specifically designed to meet the needs of residents and their families in the longterm care setting. In 2006 Ann became nationally board certified as a Hospice and Palliative Nurse and she then developed a comprehensive

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education & careers Hospital for Special Care appoints Pediatrician Specialist for Complex Unit Litsky currently resides in North Haven, Conn. with her husband and daughter. About Hospital for Special Care Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is one of the 10 largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospitals in the United States and the nation’s only long-term acutecare hospital serving adults and children. HSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders (including ALS research), spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure as well as diagnostic, assessment and consulting services for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Located in New Britain and Hartford, CT, HSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England on a not-for-profit basis. For the latest news and information, please visit, and follow us on Twitter @HospSpecialCare.

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Hospital for Special Care (HSC) has hired Michelle Litsky, D.O., FAAP, as Staff Pediatrician for its Complex Pediatric Care Program, a 29-bed unit designed to meet a variety long-term healthcare and developmental needs of children up to age 18. Many of the children in the program are technology-dependent and require specialized care. In her new position, Litsky will be responsible for the management and care of patients in the pediatric unit. “Care in this unit goes far beyond the medical; it encompasses physical, emotional and intellectual development that is so much a part of a child’s formative years,� said John Votto, DO, FCCP, president and CEO, HSC. “With her extensive expertise in pediatrics and keen knowledge in the importance educating parents and family members, Dr. Litsky will be a tremendous asset and advocate for our youngest patients.� Prior to joining HSC, Litsky was a Pediatric Hospitalist and Emergency Room Physician at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Philadelphia. She graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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education & careers Recognizing Mental Health Disorders in Youth National Council Introduces Youth Mental Health First Aid on Lady Gaga’s Born Brave Bus Tour The National Council for Behavioral Health is offering an evidence-based training program to help citizens identify mental health problems in young people, intervene in mental health crises, and connect youth with care. The program, Youth Mental Health First Aid, focused on youth 12 to 25 years, is being rolled out across the country after a year-long pilot. The adult Mental Health First Aid program has been delivered to more than 80,000 Americans through a network of 2,500+ instructors. The youth version provides an ideal forum to engage communities in discussing the signs and symptoms of mental illness, the prevalence of mental health disorders, the effectiveness of treatment and how to engage troubled young people in services. The launch of Youth Mental Health First Aid coincides with the Born Brave Bus Tour hosted by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta’s Born This Way Foundation. The National Council is a partner on the bus tour which is comprised of interactive “tailgate” events in the 27 U.S. cities of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball tour, during which young people will meet to share stories of bravery and empowerment. Mental health professionals will be onsite to raise awareness of mental health and connect young people in need of support to local resources. Following the bus tour, the National Council

and the Born This Way Foundation will offer Mental Health First Aid trainings in communities across the U.S. “Similar to CPR, lives can be saved if more Americans know the warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents and understand the importance of early intervention,” said Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO of the National Council.

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Rosenberg noted that after tragedies like Sandy Hook, people ask themselves what they could have done. No one knows what, if anything, could have changed the course of events, but public education can only be helpful. “We, of course, understand that no amount of training can guarantee horrific acts won’t occur, but being comfortable with openly talking about mental illness and engaging young adults, and their families, can increase the likelihood we may be able to help and intervene early,” said Rosenberg. “It’s critical that people who spend a lot of time observing the behavior of adolescents intervene early, before a mental health situation becomes a crisis,” said Bryan Gibb, a Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer. “Research shows that the sooner people get help for mental health disorders, the more likely they are to have positive outcomes.” The launch coincides with growing support in the US Congress for widespread adult and youth Mental Health First Aid training. This week, Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Jack Reed (D-RI) and Reps. Ron Barber (D-AZ) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) sent letters to Vice President Biden asking his task force on gun control legislation to consider programs like Mental Health First Aid which focus long overdue attention on the mental health needs of Americans.

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education & careers AMA announces $10 Million initiative to change the way future physicians are trained Invites medical schools to submit proposals for bold, innovative projects to transform medical education The American Medical Association (AMA) recently announced a $10 million competitive grant initiative to attract bold, innovative projects to transform the way medical schools train future physicians. To showcase the major new initiative, the AMA joined with medical students, medical school administrators and faculty on six campuses across the nation. “Rapid changes in health care require a transformation in the way we train future physicians,” said AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D. “The AMA is deeply committed to redesigning undergraduate medical education to prepare the medical students of today for the health care of tomorrow.” Across the continuum of medical education, the gap between how physicians are trained and the future needs of health care continues to widen. The AMA is seeking to attract and support bold, rigorously evaluated innovations that align medical student training with the evolving needs of patients, communities and the changing health care environment. As part of the “Accelerating Change in Medical Education” initiative, the AMA will provide $10 million over the next five years to fund 8-10 projects that support a significant redesign of undergraduate medical education. Interested medical schools must submit brief proposal ideas by February 15. Specifically, funding will be awarded to medical schools for: Developing new methods for teaching and/or assessing key competencies for medical students and fostering methods to create more flexible, individualized learning plans. Promoting exemplary methods to achieve patient safety, performance improvement and patient-centered team based care, and improving understanding of the health care system and health care financing in medical training. Enhancing development of professionalism throughout the medical education learning environment. “In keeping with the AMA’s historic leadership in all levels of physician education, we are excited to continue our work to improve medical education for patients and physicians,” said Dr. Lazarus. “We hope to find and support proposals to develop innovative new education models that can be duplicated in medical schools across the country.” From the initial pool of proposals, the AMA will invite a select group of medical schools to submit a full proposal by May 15 and will conduct a thorough review of all materials before announcing the selected schools at its Annual meeting in June 2013. For more information about the initiative and to view a short video, visit

BIA-MA launches advocacy campaign to raise awareness of brain injury - requests participation from community Every 18.5 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a brain injury. Have you suffered a brain injury or do you know someone who has? Whether you are a survivor of brain injury, family member, friend, healthcare provider, caregiver, neighbor or professional who works with the brain injury population, chances are you have been affected by brain injury in some way. To raise awareness of the incidence and impact of brain injury in Massachusetts, BIA-MA has launched a unique social media and advocacy campaign called “#BrainInjuryAffects.” During Brain Injury Awareness Month in March, BIA-MA will feature stories and photos of those affected by brain injury through social media outlets, including Facebook and Twitter. The stories and photos will also be used to help BIAMA advocate for increased funding for services survivors and their family members need. How do you participate? If you have been affected by brain injury, we are asking you to photograph yourself holding up the sign you will find on The sign should describe your relationship to brain injury in one word (e.g., survivor, mother, friend, sister, psychologist, provider, caregiver). You can submit your photo electronically by attaching it to the form on our website, sending it to or posting it to our Facebook page or on Twitter using #BrainInjuryAffects in your Tweet.

We are also asking the general public to tell us how brain injury affects them by going to our website and filling out the short form, which asks how your life has been impacted by brain injury and what services you or other survivors need to have a better quality of life. Stories and photos can also be mailed to: Marketing and Communications Re: Brain Injury Affects BIA-MA 30 Lyman Street, Suite 10 Westborough, MA 01581 Your input will aid in advocacy efforts to gain services and support for survivors of brain injury. Throughout the budget season, BIA-MA will use various outlets, including e-mails, Facebook and Twitter, to send language the general public should use when communicating with legislators. The current script can be downloaded on If brain injury has affected you or someone you know, you can make a difference by getting involved in the campaign, telling your story today and calling your legislator. Interact with the campaign on Twitter by using #BrainInjuryAffects and on Facebook by going to BrainInjuryMA.


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education & careers American Lawyer Media names Hospital for Special Care’s DeDominicis among Top Rated Lawyers in Health Care Leading provider of news and information to the legal industry recognizes DeDominicis as high-ranking among peers Hospital for Special Care (HSC) recently announced that its Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and Chief Legal Officer Felicia DeDominicis has been named a 2013 “Top Rated Lawyer in Health Care” by American Lawyer Media, publishers of The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel magazine. “This designation is an honor and a testament due to the fact that Felicia was selected by her professional peers, ranking her at the highest level of legal excellence,” said John Votto, DO, FCCP, president and CEO, HSC. “We are proud to be her associate at HSC as she embodies professionalism, ethics and diligence each day.” DeDominicis will be recognized in the “Top Rated Lawyers” section in the February issue of The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel magazine. This prestigious honor features lawyers who have achieved AV Preeminent® Peer

Review Rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards, by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™. The rating system reflects a combination of achieving a very high Legal Ability numerical rating and General Ethical Standards rating. It helps buyers of legal services to identify, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyer for a specific task at hand. DeDominicis joined HSC in 2005 with extensive business and health care lawyer experience in complex transactions, corporate governance of tax exempt and for profit entities, health care regulatory matters and finance. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and Connecticut Bar Association, Business Law Section and Health Law Section.

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Spaulding Hospital Cambridge unveils new germ-zapping “robot” to enhance patient safety As the public health crisis of the 2013 Flu season demonstrates, the most critical step to ensure infection control begins with a clean environment. Spaulding Hospital Cambridge recently became the first hospital in the Boston area to implement Xenex’s innovative germ-zapping technology to further increase patient safety. The new portable room disinfection device uses pulse xenon to deliver ultraviolet (UV) light throughout patient rooms to quickly destroy viruses, bacteria and bacterial spores. The Xenex device has been shown to kill the influenza virus in less than 2 minutes. “The clinicians and staff at Spaulding Hospital Cambridge have always ensured we have infection rates well below national rates as we care for a medically complex patient population who are often most at risk,” said Joanne Fucile, Vice President of Operations and Director of Nursing, Spaulding Hospital Cambridge. “Implementing this new technology enables us to go even further above and beyond to ensure the safety of our patients and their families.” Spaulding Hospital Cambridge also serves the distinction of being the first post acute care hospital in

the U.S. to implement the Xenex system. As a long term acute care hospital, Spaulding’s patients run the spectrum of complexity from minimally conscious and vegetative states to patients dependent on ventilators. Often their hospital stay is anywhere from a month to several months to stabilize and recover after a major injury or illness. Limiting exposure to the flu or other hospital acquired infections (HAI) for these populations is a critical issue that caregivers have been grappling with for years. "At Xenex we take pride in partnering with our customers to create a safer patient environment. Spaulding is a great example of this because they've been able to tailor the use of our technology to meet their specific needs, such as the disinfection of equipment rooms and fitness areas in addition to their patient rooms," said Dr. Mark Stibich, Chief Scientific Officer of Xenex. "We applaud Spaulding for being the first facility in Boston to implement the Xenex room disinfection system, and especially for their innovation and focus on patient safety." The implementation began as a pilot in early December but since gone hospital wide allowing for an

increased ability by the Spaulding Hospital Cambridge staff to cover more areas. “Ben”, as the staff have affectionately named the robot not only disinfects patient rooms but has also been utilized to disinfect therapy gyms as well as common areas to add another layer of patient safety. Studies show that the Xenex system is consistently 20 times more effective than standard chemical cleaning practices and effective against a variety of the most dangerous superbugs, including Clostridium difficile endospores (C. diff), MRSA, VRE, and Acinetobacter. As the first post acute care hospital in the country to use the device, Spaulding Hospital Cambridge and Xenex will be collaborating on a research study to examine approaches and best practices that other post acute providers can utilize. About Spaulding Hospital Cambridge Spaulding Hospital Cambridge is a Medicare-certified Long Term Care Hospital (LTCH) with 180 beds. A member of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, it is a regional leader in health and


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New England Rehabilitation Hospital opens new, state-of-the-art rehab gym The Center for Advanced Technology offers unique therapeutic setting among most progressive in Massachusetts to aid neurologic recoveries New England Rehabilitation Hospital (NERH), a world-class rehabilitative care provider, announced that it will open a new, on-site 1,800 sq. ft. state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym February 1, 2013. The Center for Advanced Technology will offer a unique therapeutic setting among the most progressive in Massachusetts to improve and speed recoveries for those who have sustained a stroke, acquired brain injury, or other neurologic disorder. The Center for Advanced Technology at NERH represents a $500,000 investment in building renovations and new equipment, including two cutting edge devices not found elsewhere in the state: Motorika’s ReoGO and Bioness’s Dynavision 2. The ReoGO is a robotic system for upper limb therapy to improve arm and hand movements. The Dynavision 2 is a vision skill technology that helps improve hand-eye coordination, reaction times, and reaction speeds. “Our new facility will provide access to the latest, proven technologies for those who live north of Boston and want to recover close to home,� said Deniz Ozel, M.D., Medical Director, NERH. “Under the supervision of qualified therapists, these devices help speed recoveries through more proscribed movements with higher repetitions, often with real-time feedback.� Located on NERH’s third floor between the stroke and brain injury units, The Center for Advanced Technology will offer a dedicated setting for neurologic inpatient and outpatient populations during physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech / language pathology sessions. Others who may benefit from this new facility include those with orthopedic, vestibular (dizziness) and balance issues, as well as individuals with prostheses. NERH is accredited by The Joint Commission and – with its sister rehabilitation facility, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital (BRH) – has the distinction of being the only two hospitals in New England and New York to have been awarded Disease-Specific Care Certification in its Stroke Rehabilitation and Acquired Brain Injury Programs. The hospital is located at 2 Rehabilitation Way in Woburn, Massachusetts. For more information visit, or call (781) 935-5050.

Facility highlights will include: • A motivational atmosphere for acute rehab patients just starting out on the road to recovery, as they exercise alongside outpatients who have already progressed • The latest technology to improve walking, including the Biodex FreeStep SAS, an overhead track and harness system extending 32-feet to support body weight; and the Biodex Gait Trainer 3, a treadmill with audio and visual biofeedback to prompt correct walking patterns that includes a body weight-supported system • Functional electrical stimulation (FES) for upper and lower extremities with the RT 300 bike. Weakened leg and arm muscles are stimulated with electrodes while the patient exercises, increasing range of motion, endurance, and strength • Balance testing and training technology, the Biosway, which emphasizes specific movement patterns, encourages proprioception and motor control, and is ideal for vestibular training. The Biosway challenges patients to shift and control their center of gravity through an interactive balance game and other rehabilitative training strategies • Augmentative and adaptive communication technology, the Tobii C Eye Control Module along with the Tobii Assistive and Augmentative Communication Device, which gives individuals with communications disabilities, such as aphasia following stroke, a “voiceâ€? photos provided

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2013 Higher Limits for HSA Contributions The 2013 limits on contribution and out-of-pocket spending amounts for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and for the High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) were increased again this year by the IRS. In Revenue Procedure 2012-26, issued on April 27, 2012, the IRS provided the inflationadjusted HSA contribution and HDHP minimum deductible and out-of-pocket limits for 2013. The higher rates reflect the cost-of-living adjustment and rounding rules of Internal Revenue Code section 223. A comparison of the 2012 and 2013 limits is shown below:

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Contribution and Out-of-Pocket Limits for Health Savings Accounts and for High-Deductible Health Plans For 2012

For 2013

Individual: $3,100 Family: $6,250

Individual: $3,250 Family: $6,450



HDHP minimum deductible amounts

Individual: $1,200 Family: $2,400

Individual: $1,250 Family: $2,500

HDHP maximum out-of-pocket amounts (deductibles, co-payments and other amounts, but not premiums)

Individual: $6,050 Family: $12,100

Individual: $6,250 Family: $12,500

HSA contribution limit (employer and/or employee)

HSA catch-up contributions (age 55 or older)*

* Catch-up contributions can be made any time during the year in which the HSA participant turns 55.

Here are some important points regarding HSAs and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: HSA penalties for nonqualified expenses Effective Jan. 1, 2011, the penalty for using HSA funds for nonqualified medical expenses for those under the age of 65 (unless totally and permanently disabled) increased from 10 percent to 20 percent of the funds used for nonqualified expenses. Funds spent for nonqualified purposes also are subject to income tax. HSAs and coverage of adult children under age 26 While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) allows parents to add their adult children (up to age 26) to their health plans, the IRS has not changed its definition of a dependent for health savings accounts. This means that an employee whose 24-year-old child is covered on their HSA-qualified high-deductible health plan is not eligible to use HSA funds to pay for medical bills for that 24-year-old. If account holders can't claim a child as a dependent on their tax returns, then they can't spend HSA dollars on services provided to that child. According to the IRS definition, a dependent is a qualifying child who: • Has same principal place of abode as the covered employee for more than one-half of the taxable year. • Has not provided over one-half of their own support during the taxable year. • Is not yet age 19 (or not yet age 24 if a student) at the end of the tax year • Is permanently and totally disabled. For more information about Health Savings Accounts, please call Andrew J. Cavaliere, CLTC at 914-682-2190 or toll free at 877-676-9900. Andrew is certified in Long-Term Care (CLTC) from the Corporation for Long-Term Care Certification, Inc. Andrew is a member in good standing of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), which is the premier Association of financial professionals nationally. Andrew’s offices are located at 50 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10606 and at 500 West Putnam Ave, Greenwich CT 06831.

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Kathryn B. Nicodemus, LICSW, named Director of AdCare Outpatient Services-Warwick, RI Kathryn B. Nicodemus, LICSW, has joined AdCare Hospital as Director of AdCare Outpatient Services in Warwick, RI. Ms. Nicodemus brings to AdCare over 40 years of experience, most recently gained as Executive Director of Caritas, Inc., a residential substance abuse services provider located in her hometown of Pawtucket, RI. She has also served as Vice President of Community Services for Child and Family, a social and human service agency in Newport, RI, and as President/CEO of CEDARR Family Center in Pawtucket, RI, a state-certified assessment, service planning and referral center for families of children with special health care needs. A Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Nicodemus earned her master’s degree in social work from Boston University and her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Rhode Island. New England’s most comprehensive provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment, AdCare Hospital offers inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation treatment in Worcester, Massachusetts; outpatient services throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island; and offender treatment programs through AdCare Criminal Justice Services (ACJS) headquartered in Taunton, MA. For more information about AdCare’s full continuum of alcohol and drug abuse treatment, visit or for 24-hour admission and referral, call 800-ALCOHOL.

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Masonicare names Steven J. Angelo, MD, VP of Medical Affairs Masonicare is pleased to announce that Dr. Steven J. Angelo has joined the organization as Vice President of Medical Affairs. He will be responsible for overseeing the full spectrum of Masonicare’s physician services, providing clinical leadership and medical direction throughout the entire continuum to maintain a well-integrated and high quality medical staff. In making the announcement, Stephen B. McPherson, Masonicare’s President and CEO, said, “Given the medical model at Masonicare’s skilled nursing facilities, our growing medical presence in area nursing homes, and the rising aging population, the time was right to establish a Vice President of Medical Affairs. We welcome Dr. Angelo’s many years of experience and expertise. He’s a valuable addition to our Executive Management Team.” Dr. Angelo is a summa cum laude graduate of Fairfield University. He earned his medical degree from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey and completed his residency at YaleNew Haven Hospital. Prior to joining Masonicare, Dr. Angelo was the Director of Hospitalist Services for the St. Raphael Campus of YaleNew Haven Hospital and also an assistant clinical professor at Yale University School of Medicine. In 2008, ACP-Hospitalist placed him on their Honor Roll of Top Hospitalists nationally. He has authored or co-authored a number of healthcare-related publications. Dr. Angelo lives in Branford with his wife and daughters.

Hebrew SeniorLife names Gregory P. Toot as VP, Post-Acute and Professional Services for Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Hebrew SeniorLife, the largest provider of senior health care and communities in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, recently announced the appointment of Gregory P. Toot to Vice President for Post-Acute Care and Professional Services for the organization’s Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, located in Boston and Dedham. Toot has relocated from Pennsylvania where he served as Vice President for Rehabilitation Services at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading, Pa. “Greg brings 15 years of progressively responsible health care experience to his new role and is highly regarded for his solid history of success in leading strategic growth and operational efficiencies,” said Mary Moscato, President of Hebrew SeniorLife Health Care Services and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. At Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC), Toot will oversee key operations, including the Medical Acute Care Unit (MACU), Recuperative Services Units (RSU), Rehabilitation, as well a number of professional services, such as the clinical laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, and respiratory therapy. Additionally, Toot will manage the departments responsible for referral services, clinical marketing, and discharge planning. “I am excited to be part of the nationally recognized Hebrew SeniorLife and the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center team of health care professionals dedicated to improving the lives of seniors,” Toot said.

Katie Mauriello joins the Cedar Mountain Commons team as Retirement Counselor Katie Mauriello has been hired as the new Retirement Counselor for Cedar Mountain Commons, an independent and assisted living community located on the campus of Jefferson House . She will be responsible for growing and maintaining apartment rentals through building strong relationships with residents and families in the senior community. Mauriello will also be responsible for the marketing efforts in professional and community events. This includes educating the area health care providers of the multi-level care that Cedar Mountain Commons provides for seniors and their families. For more information, please call 860-665-7901.

Bill Kowalewski joins the Southington Care Center Team as Executive Director Bill Kowalewski has been hired as the new Executive Director of Southington Care Center, a skilled nursing and outpatient rehabilitation community. He will be responsible for the day-to-day functions of the facility and assure that the highest degree of quality care can be provided to the residents at all times. Bill joins Southington Care Center from his most recent position with The Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield, CT, where he was the Senior Vice President/Administrator for four years. For more information, please call 860-621-9559 or visit

Coverys hires Susan Boisvert as Risk Management Consultant Coverys, a leading provider of medical professional liability insurance, has hired Susan Boisvert as a risk management consultant for member companies Medical Professional Mutual Insurance Company and ProSelect Insurance Company. Boisvert’s primary responsibilities will include providing on-site assessments and risk management services to insured physicians, hospitals and facilities in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Boisvert is experienced not only in the field of risk management but also in the insurance industry. She also has experience in the field of quality and hospital risk management. She was most recently a senior risk management consultant at Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine. Prior to that, she was the vice president of clinical services and chief nursing officer for Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick, Maine. Boisvert is a registered nurse with a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from St. Joseph’s College in Maine. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Connecticut and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management. Boisvert is a member of the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management and is the current communication committee chair for the Northern New England Healthcare Risk Management Association. She has presented at numerous national risk management conferences and contributed to several healthcare and risk management journals. For more information about Coverys visit

Masonicare’s Jon-Paul Venoit named Chairman of the Connecticut Assisted Living Association Wallingford resident Jon-Paul (JP) Venoit, Senior Vice President of Residential and CommunityBased Services for Masonicare, has been appointed Chairman of the Connecticut Assisted Living Association (CALA). Formed in 1995, CALA promotes and supports assisted living providers and associated members through educational programs, legislative and public policy advocacy, and other initiatives. The announcement was made at the organization’s annual dinner earlier this month. Mr. Venoit began his career with Masonicare at Ashlar Village, Masonicare’s continuing care retirement community in Wallingford, as a waiter while still in high school. After graduating from the University of Hartford with a B.S. degree in Finance, he moved into positions of increasing responsibility, including his tenure as chief administrator for Masonicare at Ashlar Village for several years and recent promotion to Sr. VP of Residential and Community-Based Services. In 2003, through the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA – now LeadingAge), Mr. Venoit earned his Certified Aging Services Professional license from the University of Texas and, in 2007, his AAHSA Fellow certificate. Mr. Venoit is a past recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Wallingford Education Foundation. He was recognized in 2005 as one of the “Forty Under 40” by New Haven Business Times. Mr. Venoit and his wife, Chris, and their two sons live in Wallingford.

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William C. Piper has been named Chief Executive Officer of Waveny Care Network in New Canaan, Connecticut. In his new position, Piper will be responsible for managing the strategic growth, operations, development and future direction of Waveny’s comprehensive continuum of healthcare, which includes 76 skilled nursing beds at Waveny Care Center, 53 assisted living apartments for people with memory loss at The Village, 41 independent living apartments at New Canaan Inn, a new Home Healthcare Agency, an active Adult Day Program, the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a team of Geri-

atric Care Managers, and a state-ofthe-art outpatient rehabilitation facility. His appointment concludes a nationwide search launched this summer after Heather Neff, CEO for the previous five years, departed to pursue a new opportunity. In announcing the appointment, Jay Twombly, chairman of Waveny Care Network’s board of directors, noted Piper’s distinguished career in eldercare with the Masonicare organization. “Bill Piper joins Waveny with more than 25 years of experience in long-term care operations, management and administration across an extensive continuum of services and programs,” said Twombly.

“In the midst of a rapidly changing healthcare environment, Bill’s depth and breadth of expertise will be invaluable in charting the course for Waveny, now and in the future.” “We are confident that Bill has the vision, ability and experience necessary to lead Waveny and position its programs to best serve the growing needs of older adults,” said Julianne Grace, chair of Waveny’s search committee. “After several months during which we reviewed the credentials of many fine candidates in a nationwide search, our Committee was unanimous in supporting Bill for the CEO position. All who are touched by our organization will benefit from his experience in managing a Connecticut-based not-for-profit continuum of care very similar in mission to Waveny.” Piper’s work with Masonicare spans nearly three decades and demonstrates progressive growth in scope and responsibility within the statewide organization. Most recently, he served as the organization’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. While spearheading key initiatives in customer service relations, information technology and business development, he was responsible for the direction of a team of 20 executives, 2,400 employees and more than $170 million in revenue. Prior to assuming this role, Piper served as Senior Vice President of Continuum Services, a unique position responsible for the oversight of Masonicare’s five operating affiliates throughout the State. In addition to improving the overall financial performance of the organization, his leadership notably led to increased patient satisfaction in all areas throughout the continuum.

It is my honor and pleasure to join Waveny Care Network. I am extremely grateful for the trust and confidence Waveny’s board of directors has placed in me by selecting me to lead this progressive continuum of care and its outstanding staff. I am impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of everyone I’ve met thus far and look forward to getting to know our patients, residents, their families, our board and committee members, volunteers and the entire Waveny community. William C. Piper

“It is my honor and pleasure to join Waveny Care Network,” said Piper. “I am extremely grateful for the trust and confidence Waveny’s board of directors has placed in me by selecting me to lead this progressive continuum of care and its outstanding staff. I am impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of everyone I’ve met thus far and look forward to getting to know our

patients, residents, their families, our board and committee members, volunteers and the entire Waveny community.” Piper received his undergraduate degree from Western Connecticut State University of Danbury, Connecticut, and holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Quinnipiac University of Hamden, Connecticut.

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Coverys receives A (Excellent) financial strength rating from A.M. Best Upgraded rating for member companies ProMutual, ProSelect, Coverys RRG Coverys is pleased to announce it has received an A (Excellent) financial strength rating with a stable outlook from A.M. Best Company for member companies Medical Professional Mutual Insurance Company (“ProMutual”) and ProSelect Insurance Company (“ProSelect”), and on behalf of Coverys RRG, Inc. (“Coverys RRG”). A.M. Best also upgraded these companies’ issuer credit ratings to “a.” Prior to this upgrade, ProMutual and ProSelect had received 16 consecutive A- (Excellent) financial strength ratings and Coverys RRG had received an A- (Excellent) rating. Kenneth A. Heisler, M.D., FACS, Chairman of the Board said, “We are delighted to receive the A rating from A.M. Best. It is a testament to the dedication to our guiding principles by our Board and management and the steadfastness of our policyholders, whom we support throughout their professional careers.” “We are very proud to receive this highly regarded sign of financial stability,” said Gregg L. Hanson, president and CEO of Coverys. “Our financial strength continues to be one of our top priorities and an A rating from A.M. Best has always been a goal of ours. I thank our employees, agents and policyholders for their hard work and loyalty. We will continue to hold our organization to the highest standards and work to protect the practice of excellent medicine.” A.M. Best, the nation’s most recognized insurance rating organization, based its independent opinion in part on Coverys’ excellent capitalization, strong underwriting results and favorable historical investment income. Additional contributing factors cited include the breadth and depth of the organization’s risk management services, the organization’s geographic reach and leading market position in most of the territories in which it operates, and its history of favorable reserve development. A.M. Best expects Coverys to experience continued excellent operating performance across multiple facets of the organization. The full A.M. Best report is available on the A.M. Best website at For more information about Coverys, visit, or contact Katharine Gould, public relations specialist, at (617) 946-8665 or

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ONE IN 88 CHILDREN ARE AFFECTED BY AUTISM. Research now suggests that children as young as one-year-old can show signs of Autism. The most important thing you can do as a parent or caregiver, is to learn the early signs of Autism and understand the typical developmental milestones your child should be reaching at different ages. Signs and symptoms to look for:

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