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Mt. Sinai’s Children’s Trauma Institute Treatment and Service Adaptation Center Receives Video Conferencing Donation From IVCi

Hauppauge, NY (PRWEB) July 25, 2008

IVCi, LLC (http://www.ivci.com ), a leading integrator of enterprise collaboration solutions including high definition video conferencing, telepresence, audio visual integration, and managed conferencing services, announced today that it has donated video conferencing equipment to Mt. Sinai’s Children’s Trauma Institute Treatment and Service Adaptation Center (CTI TSA) as part of its ongoing support of children in need.

The CTI TSA will use video as part of an initiative to develop and adapt effective child traumatic stress interventions in child protective service settings nationwide. Children in child welfare systems have an extraordinary prevalence of traumatic stress disorders, and yet historically have had very poor access to mental health services.

“We would like to thank IVCi for their generosity,” said Claude M. Chemtob, Ph.D., Co-Director, ACS-MSSM Children’s Trauma Institute “Much of our work is oriented toward prevention, and the video conferencing system IVCi donated will be used to facilitate the planning and designing of new protective services for children.”

About IVCi

IVCi, LLC (http://www.ivci.com | http://audiovisual.ivci.com) is a leading integrator of managed enterprise collaboration solutions, including high definition video conferencing, telepresence, audio visual and managed conference services. From our headquarters in Long Island, New York, and branch offices throughout the country, IVCi makes conferencing and audio visual solutions easy to use, easy to manage, and easy to afford.

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Georgia’s Attorney General Thurbert Baker Receives First Annual Barack Obama Political Leadership Award From The National Bar Association

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 14, 2009

The National Bar Association (NBA) presented Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker with its first annual Barack Obama Political Leadership Award at its 84th annual meeting in San Diego, California on Friday. The award recognizes Baker’s pioneering achievements as a public servant and elected official.

Baker, a Democrat from Stone Mountain, is Georgia’s first African-American Attorney General, having served in the office since 1997. During this time, he has been the only elected African-American Attorney General in the nation. He is also the only African American to be elected by his colleagues to serve as the president of the 102 year old National Association of Attorneys General.

As Attorney General, Baker has successfully managed the state’s legal affairs for more than two decades. He has always made protecting families and children a top priority. He promoted tough new laws against sexual predators who target children via the Internet, and has aggressively worked with local prosecutors and police to bring those who target children online to justice. Baker has also been a leading voice against domestic violence. He fought to make it a crime to commit an act of domestic violence in the presence of a child and he’s worked with local law enforcement to fight family violence.

Prior to his service as Attorney General, Baker served for five terms in the Georgia House of Representatives, including several years as the Floor Leader for then-Governor Zell Miller. As Floor Leader, Baker led the fight to pass some of the most significant legislation in modern Georgia history, including the institution of the state lottery and the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship program.

He was the lead sponsor of the largest tax cut in Georgia history -the removal of the state sales tax on groceries. He also led the fight to pass tough new laws against drunk driving, strengthening the state’s notoriously weak, outdated drunk driving laws, and helped bring Georgia to the forefront in the battle against DUI.

“I am humbled and honored to be the first person to receive the National Bar Association’s Barack Obama Award. I hope to live up to the honor by continuing to bring people together to solve the tough problems facing Georgia,” said Attorney General Baker.

The National Bar Association (NBA) was founded in 1925, and is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of predominately African-American lawyers and judges. It has 84 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and affiliations in Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa and the Caribbean. It represents a professional network of over 20,000 lawyers, judges, educators and law students. The objectives of the NBA are “to advance the science of jurisprudence; improve the administration of justice; preserve the independence of the judiciary and to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession; to promote professional and social intercourse among the members of the American and the international bars; to promote legislation that will improve the economic condition of all American citizens, regardless of race, sex or creed in their efforts to secure a free and untrammeled use of the franchise guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States; and to protect the civil and political rights of the citizens and residents of the United States.”

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McCarter Attorney Receives New Jersey State Bar Associations Annual Distinguished Legislative Service Award


Newark, NJ (PRWEB) December 10, 2010

McCarter & English is pleased to announce that the New Jersey State Bar Association has awarded attorney Michael P. Pasquale with the 2010 “Annual Distinguished Legislative Services Award” for his work in drafting and advancing bill S-1963/A-3096. The bill revises the Family Law Act in New Jersey with respect to military child custody issues. As Chairman of the NJSBA Military Law Section, Mr. Pasquale was charged with the responsibility to have the law vetted from a military perspective by the Section, garner State Bar support and approval, as well as legislative approval. Approval of the bill will align the State with existing federal law under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCPA).

The award will be presented today at NJSBAs Board of Trustees holiday luncheon. Attorneys Patricia Apy, Tim McGoughran and Stuart Pachman will also be recognized.

I am truly honored to be presented with this award, said Mr. Pasquale, who is a member of the firm’s Business & Financial Litigation Group. I also must thank Patricia for bringing me on board with this project. Her vision and determination has been the foundation for our work, which I believe to be the most important project that the NJSBA Military Law Section has pushed forward. It is another vital tool to address the various challenges facing soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. These changes we propose are in the best interests of the parents and, most importantly, the children.

Thousands of servicemembers nationwide must place their children with temporary custodial figures when deployed. This bill will allow them to maintain their primary custodial rights and avoid contested family litigation once theyve returned home. New Jersey will be joining 40 other states that have approved similar amendments, if the bill is passed.

Specifically, the bill ensures that 1) no permanent orders can be entered to change custody in the deployed servicemember’s absence, 2) time spent deployed is never a reason in and of itself to take away custody of a servicemembers child, and 3) the non-custodial parent, and not the servicemember, has the burden of filing an application to change custody upon the servicemembers return. This last measure serves to shift the burden of hiring an attorney from the returning soldier.

“The NJSBA is committed to advancing this legislation which we believe will balance the interests of New Jersey children in having a secure and stable environment against the need for soldiers defending our country to participate in training and multiple deployments,” said Susan A. Feeney, a partner at McCarter and President-Elect of the NJSBA. “I congratulate Mike, Patricia and the rest of the team on a job well done.”

“With more than 9,000 servicemembers from New Jersey, this legislation has the opportunity to provide comfort to many families within our State,” said William S. Greenberg, a partner at McCarter who established NJSBA’s Military Legal Assistance Program which helps New Jersey’s military reservists gain the services and benefits to which they are entitled. “I commend Mike for the work that he has done to help support the families of the brave men and women protecting us.”

The Legislative Services Award is one of the most prestigious honors bestowed upon members of NJSBA. Its purpose is to highlight those who have diligently worked to further advance the Associations legislative efforts.

The bill is expected to be voted on by the State in the first quarter of 2011.

To learn more, please visit http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/S2000/1963_I1.HTM and http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/A3500/3096_I1.HTM.

About McCarter & English

McCarter & English, LLP, established more than 160 years ago, represents Fortune 500 and middle-market companies in their national, regional and local litigation and on important transactions. Its 400 attorneys are based in offices in Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Stamford and Wilmington. http://www.mccarter.com

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SofterWare Inc. Receives A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau


Horsham, PA (PRWEB) October 18, 2011

SofterWare today announced that it has been accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and has become a BBB Accredited Business with an A+ rating, the highest rating possible.

Dr. Nathan Relles, SofterWares President and Co-Founder, stated The BBB accreditation and the A+ rating are a reflection of our long standing commitment to integrity, excellent service, and good business practices. Prospective clients can feel secure knowing that in our 30 year history, we have always conducted business in the highest, most ethical manner. We consider the good name of our company, its products and all our associates to be one of our most valuable assets.

According to the accreditation, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has determined that SofterWare, Inc., the makers of management software for nonprofits, schools, childcare centers and summer camps, meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. As for the A+ rating, the BBB stated the following:

Factors that raised the rating for SofterWare, Inc. include:


Length of time business has been operating (30 years).
No complaints filed with BBB.
BBB has sufficient background information on SofterWare.

Douglas Schoenberg, SofterWares CEO and Co-Founder, added The Better Business Bureau has a long-history of protecting consumers and encouraging good business practices, and were delighted to now be an accredited Better Business Bureau member.

About SofterWare, Inc.

SofterWare Inc., provides software for several vertical markets and the companys client base includes thousands of organizations throughout North America and the world. SofterWare currently offers DonorPerfect Fundraising Software and Donor Management, EZ-CARE2 and EZCare Online Child Care Management Software for Daycare Center Management and School-Age Child Care Management; EZ-CAMP2 Camp Management Software and Camp Online Registration; and MMS for Schools: Student Information Systems. For more information on SofterWare and its products, please visit http://www.softerware.com.

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Identity Theft 911 Chief Executive Officer Receives Communitas Award for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility


(PRWEB) January 11, 2012

Identity Theft 911, the nations premier identity management and data risk management services provider, today announced that chief executive officer, Matt Cullina, has been named winner of a Communitas award for his work in helping to protect foster teens from becoming victims of identity theft. Cullina is fully entrenched in foster youth identity theft issues through his professional experience with a leading provider of identity management services, as well as his personal experience as a foster parent and adoptive parent. An ongoing effort among subject matter experts at Identity Theft 911, the win demonstrates the companys commitment to working together to create an impactful and rewarding philanthropy program.

Communitas Awards recognize exceptional businesses, organizations and individuals for excellence in community service and corporate social responsibility. The Award is an international effort to recognize the spirit of communitas people helping people. Communitas winners generously give of themselves and their resources, and are changing the way they do business to benefit their communities.

Matt and his team exemplify the true meaning of the Communitas Award; they unselfishly give of themselves and they are forever-changing their surrounding community, said Ed Dalheim, executive director, Communitas Awards. Matts involvement and passion for protecting and helping foster youth is shown through his teams commitment to foster youth issues and demonstrated through Identity Theft 911s pledge to corporate social responsibility.

Cullina has been an active contributor on the legislative front by working with U.S. Representative Jim Langevin of Rhode Island on a bill to protect foster youth from financial abuse. The bill was signed into law on October 11, 2011, and contains provisions that shield foster youth from identity theft, as well as provide resolution and support services should identity theft occur. On July 11, Cullina donated his time to serve as a panelist at the FTC forum Stolen Futures for child identity theft, which highlighted issues in the foster care system.

Matt has been a tremendous partner in efforts to give foster youth the opportunities they deserve, providing invaluable leadership to help address the unique challenges faced by an underserved community, said Langevin. This recognition for corporate social responsibility is certainly well-earned.

As one of Cullinas main efforts, Identity Theft 911 united with First Star, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of America’s abused and neglected children. First Star Founder Peter Samuelson and Cullina delivered a series of educational seminars to ninth grade foster children in Los Angeles County in a program called the First Star UCLA Bruin Academy. Cullinas team of fraud specialists donated their time and training during the five week course. Identity Theft 911 and First Star will replicate this academy at universities and colleges throughout the country in 2012.

We are in a unique position to create a positive impact on the lives of foster youth, especially in helping them achieve financial stability and start with a clean identity profile, said Matt Cullina. It is tremendously rewarding to have my teams efforts recognized by the Communitas Awards committee.

About Identity Theft 911

Founded in 2003, Identity Theft 911 is the nations premier consultative provider of identity and data risk management, resolution and education services. The company serves 13 million households across the country and provides fraud solutions for a range of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, the countrys largest insurance companies, corporate benefit providers, banks and credit unions and membership organizations. Since 2005, the company has helped more than 150,000 businesses manage data breaches. For more information, please visit http://www.idt911.com.

About Communitas Awards

Communitas Awards is an outgrowth of the pro bono recognition program of the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (http://www.amcpros.com), a several thousand member group that honors creative achievement and fosters partnerships with charities and community organizations. As part of its mission, AMCP gives grants to community organizations and underwrites a large portion of Communitas expenses.

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Online PHR Provider ZweenaHealth.com Receives Mention in the February 2012 Edition of Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine


Skillman, NJ (PRWEB) February 17, 2012

Personal health record (PHR) provider ZweenaHealth.com recently received mention in the Health and Wellness section of the February 2012 edition of Scholastic Parent & Child magazine. The article in the Click this! column of the editorial highlighted Zweena as an online PHR service that helps families by collecting medical records from various providers and assembling them in one safe place for easy access. Zweena LLC is a provider of online PHR and health information technology services that assembles patient medical records directly from doctor’s offices, organizes and digitizes them to create an electronic health record that provides updated health information that is safe, actionable, and easy to understand, manage and share.

Published by Scholastic, Parent & Child Magazine highlights family-oriented topics such as activities and crafts, children’s health and wellness, development, family recipes, daycare, nursery, preschool, and elementary school, reading, testing, and others. Zweena is a provider of online PHR solutions for families, and was featured in the “Click this!” column of the health and wellness editorial of the February 2012 edition of the magazine.

The column focused on how the Zweena service helps families by collecting family members’ medical histories from medications to tests, lab results, and surgeries, and assembling them into a digital health record. The article also explained that families can go on to access the files from their home computer and share the information with family doctors and pharmacists as they choose.

The article concluded by explaining how Zweena also benefits families by keeping all the information in one secure place to save precious time during medical emergencies and also by helping to protect against medication mistakes.

The reference to Zweena can be found on page 50 of the February 2012 print edition of Scholastic Parent & Child.

Zweena continues to be recognized as a trusted and people-centered online PHR solution that is poised to revolutionize the way people see PHRs and how they use them on a day-to-day basis, says CEO John Phelan.

Zweena’s online PHR and service provides patients and providers with a secure, private and easy-to-access platform that offers a truly comprehensive accurate online personal health record. By minimizing stress and error and presenting useful health information in a clear and actionable way, Zweena allows patients to really be in control of their health information, and makes it possible for providers to access updated and accurate information that saves human life, critical time and unnecessary costs.

The Zweena service can be accessed at ZweenaHealth.com, and is available as a 60-day free trial. To learn more or get started, please visit zweenahealth.com/free-trial/, send an email to info@zweenahealth.com or call the Zweena help line on 877-848-4248 for more information.

About Zweena

Zweena empowers patients, their families and healthcare providers to get the best care and make the best health decisions proactively. Zweena achieves this by collecting patient medical records, assembling and storing them with Microsoft HealthVault, and delivering an online personal health record that is safe, private, and easy to access and share at any time, and from any place. Zweena provides you with an easy and structured way to access and store your personal health record, helping you to make sense of it all and always keeping your vital health information within reach during those critical moments in life.

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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.