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A Breath of Fresh Air for Child Care Centers

Ontario, CA (PRWEB) January 18, 2010

Janibell announces the all new M400D Diaper Disposal System. This large 15 gallon model is specifically designed to meet the concerns of child care centers. Once soiled diapers are dropped into this container, users never see, smell, or touch the contents again.

Odor control is essential to maintaining a clean and hygienic image and a pleasant workplace. The Janibell container has a double-sealing lid system to contain the odors. It operates hands free, with a foot pedal for quick, easy, step and drop disposal.

Removing trash from the container is easy and completely sanitary. The M400D contains an ingenious continuous flow liner system that eliminates the often messy job of removing and replacing traditional trash liners. To remove trash, simply open the door in front, pull the liner down, cut the disposal bag to the right size using the built-in safety cutter, and tie off new liner above. Done! The bag is removed for disposal while the contents at all times remain safely sealed inside the Janibell liner.

Empty the contents as often as you wish. Only the minimal liner material needed is used. No resources are wasted. The M400D liner cartridge, with over 100 feet of material, is able to dispose of up to 1,000 soiled diapers over several weeks between refills. This system saves your staff several hours per month by not having to locate, open, and install replacement trash bags every day.

To view a brief one minute video of the self-lining trash container system, go to http://www.Janibell.com and click on Watch the Demo.

Additional value features of the M400D include:

100% biodegradable trash liner material protects the environment.

Durable ABS hard plastic construction, attractive, easy to clean and sanitize.

Self-sealing dual lid keeps trash safely out of reach of children.

High/low density plastic liner material is tear and leak resistant.

Janibell containers are backed by a Lifetime Manufacturer Limited Warranty.

Sinclair Worldwide, Inc. is the exclusive distribution and marketing firm for Janibell products in the United States. Based in Ontario, CA, Sinclair has a 20 year history of providing innovative products and excellent customer service to over one million customers nationwide.

For additional information regarding products or commercial accounts, contact:

JANIBELL

PO Box 1910

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91728

Ph: 800-856-0332, Fax: 909-947-1659

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Back to School Sends Some Moms Back to the Bottle, Warns Promises Treatment Centers

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 28, 2011

In the past few weeks, children across the country packed their backpacks, grabbed their lunch pails and headed back to school. While some moms have welcomed the return of the school-year routine, Promises Treatment Centers warns that others are increasingly turning to alcohol to cope with the added stress.

With busy schedules to juggle and the holidays right around the corner, back to school can be a stressful time for parents, explained Dr. David Sack, CEO of Promises addiction treatment centers in Malibu and Los Angeles. For some, a need to escape or numb difficult emotions may lead to or exacerbate alcohol abuse. For those who have struggled with problem drinking in the past, this period of time may put them at increased risk for relapse.

According to the addiction specialists at Promises, it is not uncommon for family members to minimize drinking behavior or dismiss binge drinking as isolated incidents.

Ignoring signs of binge drinking or other drug abuse is potentially very dangerous. Women tend to hide their substance abuse well. And if they binge drink only occasionally, family members will often underestimate the riskiness of this behavior, Dr. Sack said.

Many loved ones dont know how to distinguish between recreational or social drinking and binge drinking that is a life-threatening problem. Unlike the alcoholic whose drinking is interfering with work and relationships, the binge drinker may only be impaired for several hours at a time, out of sight of family and friends. Women tend to be more secretive about their drinking, are more likely to binge drink and are more skilled at hiding their behaviors.

While some families and friends overlook a mothers drinking problem and some vehemently deny that a problem exists the cost of doing so can be steep. Drunk driving rates have been increasing rapidly among women, and women are at higher risk than men for alcohol-related health complications, such as liver, brain and heart damage. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, children of alcoholics are four times more likely to become alcoholics or addicts than other children.

Despite a growing awareness that addiction is a disease, there is still a stigma against alcohol abuse, especially in mothers. For this reason, it is critically important for loved ones to get involved. Few mothers with drinking problems reach out for help on their own, despite having much to lose, including their marriages, their children and their lives.

A healthy diet, exercise, quality sleep and a strong social support network are important protective factors during times of increased stress. Early intervention and treatment are essential for anyone who is struggling with alcohol abuse or addiction relapse.

Mothers are vulnerable to addiction just as they would be to heart disease, diabetes or any other chronic disease, said Dr. Sack. Even though the behavior may be hidden, high-functioning alcoholism endangers lives. Rather than judgment, moms need support and treatment.

About Promises Treatment Centers

Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu and West Los Angeles are the premier addiction treatment centers in southern California. Led by some of the countrys leading addiction specialists, Promises has built an international reputation for innovative addiction treatment and exceptional service. Whether an individual requires detox, residential drug rehab, outpatient treatment, extended care or a sober living environment, Promises has been the drug rehabilitation center of choice for more than 20 years. For more information about Promises Treatment Centers, visit http://www.promises.com or call 877-351-7506.

Promises is part of Elements Behavioral Health, a family of behavioral health care programs that includes The Ranch and the Sexual Recovery Institute. Elements offers comprehensive, innovative treatment for substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health disorders. We are committed to delivering clinically sophisticated treatment that promotes permanent lifestyle change, not only for the patient but for the entire family system. For more information about Elements Behavioral Health, visit http://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com.

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For National Poison Prevention Week, American Association of Poison Control Centers Warns That Children Act Fast, and So Do Poisons


Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) March 19, 2012

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) is cautioning parents, grandparents and caregivers that poisonings children act fast, and so do poisons, according to Debbie Carr, AAPCC executive director.

About half of all poison exposures involve children younger than 6, most often occurring when parents are busy preparing meals. Poisonings also occur when the normal routine changes during holidays or while moving, visiting or traveling, Carr said. The 50th anniversary of National Poison Prevention Week is the perfect time to stress the importance of poison-proofing your home to keep your children and grandchildren safe.

Since 1962, the third week in March has been designated National Poison Prevention Week and has focused national attention on the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. Americas 57 poison centers are committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of every American through poison prevention and free, confidential, expert medical services. Poison centers respond to calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to help those who have been exposed to toxic substances.

In 2010, U.S. poison centers answered more than 3.9 million calls, including nearly 2.4 million calls about human exposures to poisons. In children, about 40 percent of poisonings involve medicines; the other 60 percent of poisonings in children involve products such as plants, cleaning supplies, cosmetics, pesticides, paints and solvents. Poisoning is the fourth leading cause of death among children, with peak incidences occurring between ages 1 and 3.

The experts at Americas 57 poison centers urge parents, grandparents and caregivers to take the following steps to keep children safe from poisonings:

Inspect your home and garage to make sure medicines, cleaning products, pesticides and fertilizers are stored up high, away and out of sight of children.
Tell children what medicine is and why you must be the one to give it to them. Never call medicine candy to get them to take it.
Dont leave medicines or vitamins on counters, window sills, bedside tables or the refrigerator top.
Take your medicine where children cant see you; they may try to imitate you.
Teach children to always ask an adult before eating, drinking or touching anything.
Keep cleaning products and household chemicals in their original containers with their original labels intact.
Keep batteries out of a childs reach. Call your local poison center right away if a child swallows a battery.
Keep magnetic toys and other magnetic items away from small children. Call your local poison center right away if you think a child has swallowed a magnet.
Know the name of all household plants in your home; remove any poisonous plants from your house and yard.
Remember that child-resistant is not child-proof. Layer the protection: re-seal and lock up, out of sight and reach.

For more information, the media may contact Loreeta Canton, AAPCC communications manager, at 703.894.1863 or canton@aapcc.org or Brett Schuster, communications assistant, at 703.894.1859 or schuster@aapcc.org.

The AAPCC supports the nations 57 poison centers in their efforts to treat and prevent drug, consumer product, animal, environmental and food poisoning. Members staff the Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222 that provides free, confidential, expert medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year from toxicology specialists, including nurses, pharmacists, physicians and poison information providers. In addition, the AAPCC maintains the only poison information and surveillance database in the United States, providing real-time monitoring of unusual poisoning patterns, chemical exposures and other emerging public health hazards. The AAPCC partners with federal agencies such as EPA, HRSA and the CDC, as well as private industry.

To learn more, visit http://www.aapcc.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or read our blog at aapcc.wordpress.com.

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University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital Receives $12.7 million Health Care Innovation Award from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation


Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) May 08, 2012

University Hospitals Case Medical Centers Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital (UH Rainbow) will receive $ 12.7 million of $ 122.6 million awarded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) this week for sustainable plans to improve care, lower costs and improve the overall health and wellness of children. UH Rainbow is among 26 other preliminary awardees announced today to receive a federal Health Care Innovation Award from more than 3,000 applicants nationwide.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) opened a grant competition late December of 2011 for ideas that can deliver quick benefits to the Medicare and Medicaid program in terms of cost savings and higher-quality care. The competition called the Health Care Innovation Award, funded by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will provide three-year grants of $ 1 million to $ 30 million to health care providers, payers, local government entities, and public-private partnerships, including collaborative efforts among multiple payers.

UH Rainbow submitted a proposal to deliver CMMIs three goals — better health, improved care, and lower costs — through the implementation of a multidisciplinary workforce that the childrens hospital calls the Physician Extension Team (PET). The PET model is designed to create collaborations with primary care providers, hospitals and managed care and health educators in order to provide children with the highest quality of care at significantly reduced costs to the health care system.

We are changing the health care delivery system for all pediatric patients and improving child health overall, said Leona Cuttler, MD, UH Rainbows Director of the Center for Child Health and Policy, Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Our goal with the PET model is develop a sustainable coordinated system that improves the quality of outpatient care for children, increases their access to physicians, improves pediatric behavioral health services, decreases unnecessary emergency visits and hospitalizations and advances the health and functionality of children with complex chronic conditions.

UH Rainbows PET model will target over 68,000 children with Medicaid insurance as well as include children with other insurance in several counties across northeastern Ohio.

The PET Model includes three core programs:

— Practice-tailored Facilitation: Health care professionals will provide customized education, training, and enrollment in quality improvement initiatives to primary care offices. PET will collaborate with primary care physicians to improve access.

–Telehealth: The PET program will provide 24/7 access to nurses and physicians who provide advice, referrals, and care coordination through an extensive system of telephone triage, community-based telehealth facilities and instant alert devices that connect homes to on-call personnel.

–Support Services: Multidisciplinary teams including health care professional advocates will assist primary care physicians in providing their patients with medical evaluations and home-based assessments, mental health support as well as align social services.

We believe this new model will provide better health care at a more appropriate level, said Andrew Hertz, MD, Medical Director for the UH Rainbow Care Network and Assistant Clinical Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The PET model represents an innovative way to deliver integrated care and we believe it can be easily replicated nationally with high impact savings to the Medicaid and other insurance systems, added Dr. Hertz All children receive a greater level of care and their primary care physician maintains overarching care coordination.

The PET model will be implemented in stages during the course of six months. More than 50 health professionals will be either hired or trained to implement the PET model.

The preliminary awardees announced today expect to reduce health spending by $ 254 million over the next three years.

We cant wait to support innovative projects that will save money and make our health care system stronger, said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Its yet another way we are supporting local communities now in their efforts to provide better care and lower cost.

Preliminary awardees were chosen not only for their innovative solutions to the health care challenges facing their communities, but also for their focus on creating a well-trained health care workforce that is equipped to meet the need for new jobs in the 21st century health system.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the health care and social assistance sector will gain the most jobs between now and 2020.

About University Hospitals Case Medical Centers Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital

For 120 years, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital has been dedicated solely to the care of children. As one of the most renowned pediatric medical centers and a principal referral center for Ohio and the region, UH Rainbow physicians will receive more than 200,000 patient visits annually. The 244-bed hospital is home to 850 pediatric specialists and 40 special care centers including Centers of Excellence in oncology, neonatology, pulmonology, cardiology, neurology and endocrinology. There is a full complement of pediatric surgical specialists who focus on minimally invasive techniques as well as an outstanding program in bloodless surgery. As the primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, UH Rainbow trains more than 100 pediatricians each year and consistently ranks among the top childrens hospitals in research funding from the National Institutes of Health.







NextVault Raises the Grade at Next Generation Children’s Centers


Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 25, 2012

NextVault, Inc., a leading cloud online data backup company, raises the grade of data protection at Next Generation Children’s Centers.

“We are delighted to have Next Generation Children’s Centers join our growing list of customers,” said Kevin B. Harris, President and CEO of NextVault. “As NGCC continues to grow and open new schools, they can remain focused on their core goals of quality childcare and early child education knowing that their systems are well protected by NextVault.”

“NextVault has taken our data protection to the next level”, said Kathleen DelPrete, COO of Next Generation Children’s Centers. “With 10 schools and our corporate headquarters located in various towns throughout Eastern Massachusetts, it was difficult for us to ensure we were properly protecting everyone’s data.

Next Generation Children’s Centers was founded in 1993 by Donna Kelleher and currently has 10 schools located throughout Eastern Massachusetts.

“NextVault provides the ultimate solution that allows us to centrally monitor and manage all of our data backups to ensure they are complete,” DelPrete added. We are well positioned knowing that whether we need a single file or entire system restored, the data is just a mouse click away.”

“It’s extremely rewarding when we can help a thriving organization stay focused on their mission,” Harris added. To know that they don’t have to worry about protecting their data because we are doing it for them means that the next generation of families everywhere get the full attention they need and deserve.”

NextVault was formed in early 2010 by online data backup pioneers Kevin Harris and Bud Stoddard with the goal of delivering Value Based Data Protection to its customers.

About NextVault

NextVault is a leading provider of data backup, recovery, file and email archiving solutions. As an innovative service provider we offer comprehensive and affordable solutions to small, medium, and large sized businesses. Through our network of partners, resellers and data centers, NextVault promises secure online backup and fast access to data in the event of loss or disaster, tailored to the needs of any business in todays uncertain world.

About Next Generation Children’s Centers

Next Generation Children’s Centers is a leading childcare and early childhood education organization with schools throughout Eastern Massachusetts. Founded in 1993, NGCC offers young children a familiar and engaging place to grow and develop. Through a developmentally appropriate curriculum and specially designed classrooms, we instill in your child a love of learning.







USA Business Insurance Announces New Online Insurance Program for Child Care and Day Care Centers


Burbank, CA (PRWEB) November 27, 2012

Beginning this month, USA Business Insurance has announced the development of a new program made with the needs of child care and day care centers in mind. Providing specialized insurance for small business owners is the core goal of the company. This new program tailored to the needs of day care business will allow owners to make sure they are getting the right insurance protection for their company.

A business owners policy, or BOP, can now extend beyond the basic coverage of liability insurance for child care services to provide greater security. Day care business insurance will add protection and coverage for buildings and structures as well as business personal property coverage for items located inside the buildings that are essential to business. A BOP also can offer protection for the loss of income with business income and expense coverage in the event of a loss.

Today, professional liability for child care businesses can also begin to protect more aspects of the day care business. Professional liability will protect the business owner in the event an employee makes a mistake that causes harm to one of the children in care, such as a mistaken dose of medication, or unknowingly providing food that causes an allergic reaction.

This tailored program can also offer protection and coverage in the event of child abuse or molestation charges.

USA Business Insurance is pleased to extend this newly developed business insurance program for child care and day care centers.

For more information, visit http://www.businessinsuranceusa.com







Microsoft selects Avocent’s KVM OVER IP’s switching technology to manage disaster recovery for Xbox Live Data Centers worldwide

Huntsville, AL (PRWEB) August 6, 2003

Avocent Corporation (NASDAQ: AVCT), the leading global provider of KVM switching and network connectivity appliances, today announced Microsoft has selected its KVM OVER IP switching system to centrally manage its worldwide network of online gaming servers that host the new Xbox™ Live experience. Avocent’s DSR4160, CPS1600 and its Equinox LAN-to-serial solutions were installed in data center sites to manage multiple servers in Japan, the U.S. and the U.K to assist in performing and maintaining up time for mission critical servers.

Xbox Live required a solution that allowed multiple simultaneous system administrators located in Redmond, Washington, to easily manage all of the gaming servers at any site world wide right from their desktops. Additionally, Xbox Live chose Avocent’s KVM OVER IP switching solutions for its ability to leverage existing network infrastructure that require minimal rack space.

Within the Xbox data centers, Avocent’s DSR4160s connect directly to existing LAN cabling to create a parallel, in-band service network so administrators can access and manage every server from a remote console. CPS1600s and Equinox LAN-to-serial solutions add serial connectivity so administrators can continue to manage the network if it goes down or a server powers-off. Using the DSView software on a management console in the Redmond Xbox Management Center or on a PC from another location, administrators can view, check status, reconfigure, and even hard reboot servers.

“The winners in the Internet gaming business will clearly be those companies that can provide reliable, fast server access to gamers,” said Gary Johnson, Avocent’s senior vice president of global branded sales. “We are confident our digital KVM OVER IP switching solutions will give Microsoft the ability to manage mission critical servers.”

“Avocent’s KVM OVER IP technology provided the only 24/7 solution that met the requirements for manageability, security, scalability and flexibility of design for the hundreds of servers we have deployed around the world,” said Nicky Pike, Operations Program Manager for Xbox Live, Microsoft. “Avocent’s DSR4160 exceeded all of our expectations. Its use of KVM switching over the network meets our crucial need for issues management for the Xbox Live online gaming service.”

About Avocent Corporation

Avocent (NASDAQ: AVCT) is the leading worldwide supplier of KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) switching, remote access and serial connectivity solutions that provide IT managers with access and control of multiple servers and network data center devices. Avocent¡¦s KVM solutions are distributed by the world¡¦s largest server manufacturers and installed in Fortune 100 companies around the world. For more details, visit http://www.avocent.com.

About Xbox Live

Xbox Live is the first comprehensive, online gaming arena fully dedicated to fast-action broadband gaming experiences. Xbox Live will allow gamers to play multiplayer Xbox games with other gamers everywhere via a high-speed Internet connection. With a built-in hard drive and Ethernet port, the Xbox console was built from the ground up to be an online gaming system.

Xbox Live will enable all gamers to find and play with their friends easily, talk to other players during game play through the Xbox Communicator headset, and download current statistics, new levels and characters to their Xbox hard drive.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements as defined within the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include statements regarding market opportunity, product development, engineering and design activities, and product availability and operability. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made, including the risks associated with the introduction and operation of new products and technologies, risks associated with product design efforts, and risks associated with reliance on a limited number of component suppliers and single source components. Other factors that could cause operating and financial results to differ are described in Avocent’s annual report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Avocent and KVM OVER IP are trademarks or registered trademarks of Avocent Corporation or its affiliates. Xbox is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks or company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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Celebree Toy Drive In Full Swing All 20 Centers in Central Maryland and Delaware Accepting Toy Donations

(PRWEB) December 13, 2012

Celebree Toy Drive In Full Swing All 20 Centers in Central Maryland and Delaware Accepting Toy Donations

Bel Air, MD: Celebree Learning Centers, a leading provider of childcare in Maryland and Delaware, is pleased to announce that its annual toy drive is in full swing. Celebree has partnered again with WMAR-TV to sponsor the annual Its Kindertime Toy Drive. The toy drive collects toys for Maryland families in need and for children of Marylands fallen firefighters and police officers. To date the drive has helped distribute more than 350,000 toys to area children.

Celebree Learning Centers founder Richard Huffman, a father of five, says there are several reasons Celebree finds the toy drive such a worthwhile cause.

The main goal is certainly to help children who are in need, Mr. Huffman said. Its a wonderful feeling to know that our staff, families and children are able to make the holidays a little more enjoyable for so many.

Mr. Huffman explains that another goal of Celebrees participation in the toy drive is to teach our children the importance of helping others.

At our 20 childcare centers in Maryland and Delaware, we make the toy drive an integrated part of our educational based curriculum, explained Mr. Huffman. Children learn what it means to extend a helping hand to those in need particularly to children who dont always have the good fortune of others.

The Its Kindertime Toy Drive benefits needy and disadvantaged children through the help of charities including Kennedy Krieger, Salvation Army, Volunteers of America, various social services agencies church groups and more.

Mr. Huffman and his teachers want to nurture a generation of socially engaged individuals.

Even at a young age our students can learn that they can have a major impact on real people’s lives, Mr. Huffman said. Children will have many other opportunities to give, beyond charitable organizations.

Birthdays and winter holidays are obvious occasions. Smaller ones may include helping an elderly neighbor or visiting someone in the hospital.

When children feel loved and learn to appreciate what they have, the next step is to share that love with others, Mr. Huffman said. When they do, parents can talk about how it makes them feel to have given and families can share the good feelings together.

Getting Involved in the Celebree Kindertime Toy Drive

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any of the 20 Celebree Learning Centers locations in Central Maryland and Delaware. Celebrees childcare centers are open weekdays to accept donations between 6:30 AM and 6:30 PM. Donations are also being accepted at the WMAR studios located on 6400 York Road in Baltimore.

Donations

Donations will be accepted until Wednesday, December 19th. Our big distribution day will take place on Thursday, December 20th between 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. as a caravan of emergency vehicles will leave the television station with sirens blaring, lights flashing and toys in tow.

About Celebree Learning Centers

At Celebree, our promise to our parents and children is to Protect, Educate and Nurture from every aspect of your childs daily experience. The goal of our program is to provide your child with a safe and nurturing learning environment that will benefit you, your child and our community. We understand both the concerns of parents and the needs of young children. Both are the foundation of our program. Learn more at Celebree at celebree.com. To schedule a tour please call 410-515-8750.







Business Insurance USA Expands Online Insurance Program for Martial Arts Studios and Fitness Centers

Burbank, CA (PRWEB) February 28, 2013

Starting this March, Business Insurance USA will start to offer insurance programs designed for the unique needs of martial arts studios and fitness centers. The company is known to be one of the leading online business insurance service providers in the US and specializes in tailoring custom programs for small business owners. Newly developed Martial Arts Studio Insurance will cover exposures such as commercial liability, abuse and molestation and professional liability. Optional property coverage is also available for business personal property and buildings.

Liability portion of the martial arts studio insurance will cover bodily injury and property damage as a result of the business operations whereas professional liability is geared towards the financial responsibility of business owner. Abuse and molestation insurance coverage is also a part of the policy free of charge and protects the business owners regardless of the fact if there is a child sitting area on the premises. Slips and falls are among the most frequent causes of loss and martial arts studio insurance is there to address this loss as well.

The new package program is also unique in terms of the affordability factor. Today many gyms and fitness centers are struggling with their revenues. The new program offers easy monthly payments and reasonable down payment options. Fitness Center Insurance program has been tailored to insure that every aspect of the business is properly covered and that the business owner can rest assure losses will not impact day to day operations.

As with every commercial insurance policy, it is imperative for the business owner to relay accurate operation details to the insurance company rep, so that appropriate endorsements and coverage needs are addressed.

For more information about the new insurance program visit: http://www.businessinsuranceusa.com







Members of University Services Sleep Diagnostic & Treatment Centers Wake Up Industries and Communities to the Importance of Sleep for Sleep Awareness Week

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) March 04, 2013

University Services Sleep Diagnostic & Treatment Centers employees discussed Sleep Awareness Week to members of the Pennsylvania State Congress as well as industry professionals at the National Sleep Foundations Sleep Health & Safety Conference in Washington, DC. Dr. Benjamin Gerson, University Services CEO, was the chair of this years Sleep Health & Safety Conferences Public Health & Safety Track which focused on protecting Americans from the consequences of fatigue and untreated sleep disorders. Dr. Gerson himself spoke about the importance of identifying sleep apnea in the workplace as well as coordinated speakers from the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Railroad Administration, transit authorities, and major corporations like ExxonMobil and CSX to share their findings on fatigue and sleep disorders in their place of business with hundreds of attendees. Dr. Burton Mark, Medical Director of University Services, also spoke during the Public Health & Safety Track about the various methods commercial operators may use to self-medicate alertness to fight off sleep.

We are committed to educating people, physicians, and industries on the significance of sleep, commented Dr. Gerson, people simply do not realize how truly important sleep is to the human body and this is something we seek to educate to multiple audiences.

Dr. Gerson is also an officer of the Pennsylvania Sleep Society, and along with Brian Kraft, Center Manager of University Services and President-Elect of the Pennsylvania Sleep Society, successfully petitioned the State Senate to draft a Resolution declaring March 3-10th Sleep Awareness Week in Pennsylvania, culminating with daylight saving time on Sunday March 10th. According to a 2008 study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the number of heart attacks, on average, increase about 5% during the first week after daylight saving time. Another study published in Child Development states the loss of one hours sleep is equivalent to a slightly sleepy fifth grader performing in class at a third grade level. During Sleep Awareness Week, University Services Sleep Diagnostic & Treatment Centers will be using these statistics regarding daylight saving time to raise awareness among physicians as well as post facts and studies on its Facebook page each day.

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About University Services

University Services, a physician owned and operated Pennsylvania Corporation, was organized in 1967 as a supplier of multi-specialty medical services. The companys main activities are related to sleep medicine and toxicology services. The sleep medicine division provides sleep diagnostic and treatment services through American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited sleep centers as well as nationwide sleep scoring and interpretation services for home sleep testing devices. The toxicology services division designs & implements substance abuse testing programs, provides Medical Review Officer Services, orders and reviews biometric screening data, and reviews chronic pain management drug screens.

If youd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Gerson, please call Crystal Bayawa at 800-624-3784 or e-mail Crystal at cbayawa(at)uservices(dot)com.