Stress Management Seminar Offers Long-Term Stress Relief in the Workplace

Stress Management Seminar Offers Long-Term Stress Relief in the Workplace

An innovative stress management program for workers combines an engaging two-hour stress reduction workshop with ongoing email support to achieve long-term success in coping with stress. More at: http://www. stressholiday. com/stress-workshop

Fairfield, CT (PRWEB) March 14, 2005

If all the stress remedies out there are so effective, why is everyone still stressed out? That's the problem a recently developed stress management program was designed to overcome: the lack of follow-up, the almost inevitable lapsing back into stressful ways.

Created and presented by internationally known author and stress management consultant G. Gaynor McTigue, the innovative program endeavors to rid employees' lives of needless stress, anxiety and clutter in two important phases. The first is a compelling two-hour stress reduction workshop in which McTigue arms participants with a wide array of effective stress management techniques. More than just relieve stress, the strategies are aimed at actually reversing the stressful habits and mindsets workers develop on the job and in other areas of their lives.

Equally important is phase two. To prevent a relapse into stressful habits over time, participants are invited to receive new and refresher stress relief techniques by email each weekday. These daily stress tips, which McTigue currently sends out to thousands of enthusiastic recipients worldwide, provide the needed tools and motivation to stay stress-free.

"Stress in the workplace is at epidemic levels," says McTigue, "and costs in many ways, including poor job performance, mistakes, accidents, absenteeism, higher health insurance premiums, job dissatisfaction, burnout, and high turnover. "My one-two-punch program can be extremely helpful in solving these problems."

This unique stress management approach is based on McTigue's acclaimed book "Why Make Yourself Crazy" — which was featured on the cover of Publishers Weekly, quoted in Woman's Day Magazine and other publications, and discussed on talk shows across America. For more information, or to book your stress workshop, call 203-254-7789. Or visit the website: http://www. stressholiday. com/stress-workshop (http://www. stressholiday. com/stress-workshop)

Contact: Jerry McTigue

Company: Pick Me Up Books

Telephone: 203-254-7789

Email: jerrym321@aol. com

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Free RFID Training Course From Abhisam Software Gets More Popular

Free RFID Training Course From Abhisam Software Gets More Popular

Abhisam Softwares' free RFID technology course gives people a no-cost training program that addresses their needs.

Miami, FL (PRWEB) February 7, 2008

Since its launch about a month ago, Abhisam Softwares' free training course on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology has continued to grow in popularity. Week after week, the site http://www. freerfidcourse. com (http://www. freerfidcourse. com) has been attracting thousands of new visitors who are looking for a learning course on RFID technology that's easy to understand and does not come with any restrictions at all on usage.

Abhisam Softwares' free RFID technology course gives these people a no-cost training program that addresses their needs.

RFID technology continues to grow by leaps and bounds and is much more visible now, than in the past few years. In fact, the year 2008, is said to be the "Year of RFID". This technology, which saw rapid adoption in earlier years due to mandates by large organizations like Wal-Mart, Tesco, the US Department of Defense and others, has now finally come into the mainstream on its own. In fact, RFID technology is no longer restricted to only Supply Chain Management, but has also found eager users in many other diverse areas like Health care, Manufacturing, Inventory management, Food traceability, Animal tagging, Libraries, Transportation and even Waste Management. In the year 2008, it is estimated that about $4 billion worth of RFID tags, readers, hardware & software would be bought by various user organizations, to tag trillions of dollars worth of items.

This huge growth, however, is not matched at all by the availability of information to educate interested end users, system implementers and other stakeholders in the RFID area. Most training courses available are either having restricted enrollment, are too expensive or simply require spending time and effort attending classes in out-of town locations. Free courses are rare and if they are found, are mostly text-based periodic e-mails or rehashed vendor presentations.

This is where a free, vendor-neutral, technology focused and easy to learn course on RFID could really help and Abhisam Software seems to be bang on target with the free RFID course. This course is made up of text, rich graphics, Flash animations and interactive exercises that make learning about RFID fun and easy. It introduces the learner to the basics of RFID technology without either being boring or over the top. The learner gets a balanced knowledge related to tags, frequencies, application areas and even issues such as privacy. Unlike some free courses made by other providers, Abhisam Softwares RFID course can be downloaded to the learners PC without any restrictions at all. The course runs in its own player which is provided in the same download package.

The course is really good, with rich graphics and Flash animation videos to explain the concepts. "I really loved it and found it extremely useful to teach my potential customers about RFID technology," says an RFID industry veteran of many years, who has downloaded the course.

Abhisam Software also has a regular learning course on RFID that is much more detailed and comprehensive, as compared to the free RFID course. More information is available at: http://www. abhisam. com (http://www. abhisam. com)

About Abhisam Software: Abhisam Software is a young knowledge based company engaged in providing e-learning courses on various technical subjects, including RFID. In addition to the free course on RFID Basics, Abhisam Software also provides a comprehensive e-learning course on RFID that can be taken online.

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FindaDoc. com is a Leader in Innovation in the Health Care Lead Generation Space

FindaDoc. com is a Leader in Innovation in the Health Care Lead Generation Space

FindaDoc. com spins off NEW "FindaDoc International" in response to the Globalization of Health care

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 10, 2009

Findadoc. com Inc. continues to lead the competition in the number of innovations that it brings to the lead generation space within the global health care industry.

FindaDoc. com has a number of firsts:

It was established in 1992 as the first website to provide a portal for patients to physicians and dentists. Before there was WebMD. com, or RevolutionHealth. com or CNN. com, there was FindaDoc. com. FindaDoc was also first in developing a system for rating doctors and their office practice. Using a proprietary algorithm, FindaDoc allots 725,000 physicians a score that helps patients decide on a choice of doctors - 'Rated doctors, Informed choices'. Approximately 100,000 dentists have also been added to the website.

NEW - FindaDoc International: Medical Tourism is a rapidly expanding multi-billion dollar growth Area. In India, Thailand or Singapore, the cost of surgery can be one-tenth that in the US. Over 270,000 medical tourists visited Singapore alone in 2004. The medical tourism industry is currently valued at over $20 billion annually. More than 500,000 US citizens were medical tourists last year. Over 1 million medical tourists visited Hungary and Thailand alone. Cost savings as high as 90% is forcing thousands of US, UK and Canadian patients to seek health care overseas. Thus, there are several thousand reasons to advertise on FindaDoc if you are based overseas. And of course, with the globalization of Health care, FindaDoc offers US hospitals a global reach. FindaDoc is now launching a brand new feature - FindaDoc International - in response to this globalization of Health care.

Soon, FindaDoc will initiate a Healthy Score rating system for Patients. This rating score will be based on simple life-style measures. Also proprietary, it will help to generate visitors to the site.

FindaDoc recently announced yet another feature: FindaDoc Stand-By - this Stand-By Appointments feature helps Dentists and Doctors fill up their cancelled appointment slots by offering discounted rates to patients who accept last minute cancellations. Dentists and doctors are often faced with last minute cancellations and have slots they cannot fill. They can offer these slots at discounted rates in real time, to patients that are willing to go on 'stand-by'. The service is offered free to subscribing dentists and doctors.

Forever on the move - FindaDoc is developing an 'app' for the iPhone. The Detect-a-Doc on Find-a - Doc app, is based on the GPS or zip code location of the search. It will provide the location of all doctors and dentists within a few miles radius, complete with Google maps.

FindaDoc offers a comprehensive healthcare website to physicians, dentists, hospitals and patients with outstanding features for all visitors - the FindaDoc Doctor-Patient Community brings Healthcare providers and Patients together.

About FindaDoc. com:

We are a team of doctors and programmers that created FindaDoc, to make the daunting and sometimes frustrating process of finding the best doctor as simple as possible.

FindaDoc has devised a unique proprietary rating system that helps patients choose from among the 725,000 practicing physicians in the U. S. By rating Doctors on their Training, Expertise, and Patient Opinion, we offer patients a tool that combines verbal recommendations with numerical ratings.

The system is unique - because no other website has it. It is transparent - because the scoring system is based on rules that are fair and openly available. It is also interactive - it allows YOU, the patient, to provide information on details about your doctor that are important to other patients - Bedside Manner, Expertise, Office Staffing, etc. - that directly, and in real time affects the doctor's rating.

Safe Harbor Statement:

All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the private securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements, including statements about the Company's future expectations, including future revenues and earnings, and all other forward-looking statements (i. e., future operational results and sales) are subject to assumptions and beliefs based on current information known to the company and factors that are subject to uncertainties, risk and other influences, which are outside the company's control, and may yield results differing materially from those anticipated.

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Donor Dialogue Announces Appointments of Two Industry Veterans

Donor Dialogue Announces Appointments of Two Industry Veterans

Donor Dialogue is proud to announce the hiring of Sharon Perkins and John Robertson to its leadership team, as they will help to revolutionize blood centers' recruitment operations.

Auburn Hills, MI (PRWEB) August 6, 2008

Donor Dialogue has announced the appointments of Sharon C. Perkins to Vice President of Business Development and John Robertson to Senior Director of Operations.

Perkins has been a leader in the blood donor industry for over three decades. Prior to joining Donor Dialogue, she held multiple leadership positions with the American Red Cross, Virginia Blood Services, and Inova Blood Services. Most recently she was the Director, DRD for the American Red Cross, Appalachian Blood Services division in Roanoke, Virginia. Sharon is an ADRP past president and the recipient of the ADRP Ron Franzmeier Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, Sharon received the 1992 AABB Chapman Franzmeier Memorial Award for leadership and outstanding contributions to the field of donor recruitment. She served as editor of the 2005 AABB/ADRP book entitled Donor Recruitment: Tips, Techniques and Tales (http://www. adrp. org/publications-and-media/donor-recruitment-book/).

Robertson is a Quality and Customer Service Professional with more than 20 years of experience. He has held numerous senior leadership positions in the health care, human resource services, finance and software development industries. In addition, Robertson is an industry thought leader and frequent speaker on customer relationship management and workforce management best practices. Mr. Robertson has developed award winning contact centers throughout his career including; Teleservices Agencies Top 50 Award, TMC CRM Excellence Award, MVP Gold Quality Award, Gartner Group 2002 Best CRM Solution - Runner Up and many others.

"Assuming a leadership position at Donor Dialogue is a phenomenal opportunity for any industry veteran. Donor Dialogue has been at the forefront of the blood industry and is breaking ground for the next phase of its evolution," noted Perkins. Robertson added, "In the blood industry, this is the place to be. Donor Dialogue is taking the best of technology and customer support services to provide sophisticated, much-needed solutions to one of this country's most important industries."

"We are extremely pleased to have Ms. Perkins and Mr. Robertson as integral parts of our team," said Pat Bezjak, Donor Dialogue's President. "Their wealth of experience and proven leadership abilities will help us continue to provide cutting edge solutions and efficiencies for blood donor centers across the country," she added.

About Donor Dialogue:

Donor Dialogue does more than just help recruit blood donors - it helps Recruit Donors for Life. The company delivers innovative, cutting edge Donor Relationship Management software (http://www. donordialogue. com/drm. html), Online Scheduling systems, Donor Reward Programs (http://www. donordialogue. com/donor-reward-programs. html), and Telerecruiting services (http://www. donordialogue. com/telerecruiting. html) that revolutionize blood center's recruitment operations. This industry-leading suite of products and services make blood centers more efficient, productive, and profitable. With a large team of available donor recruitment professionals, Donor Dialogue has helped generate more than 3.5 million blood donations. The company also is actively involved in national organizations supporting the blood collection industry including AABB, ADRP, ABC, BCA, SCABB, and FABB. To learn more about Donor Dialogue please visit www. DonorDialogue. com.


Lauren Ziskie, Marketing Director

Donor Dialogue


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Central Washington Hospital Selects PerfectDisk to Save IT Staff Time And Boost Server Performance

Central Washington Hospital Selects PerfectDisk to Save IT Staff Time And Boost Server Performance

Award-winning disk defragmenter beats out competition

Gaithersburg, MD (Vocus) June 19, 2008 -

Raxco Software, the leader in disk defragmentation software (http://www. raxco. com/), announced today that Central Washington Hospital, the major medical facility and referral center for North Central Washington, has selected PerfectDisk® 2008 (http://www. raxco. com/small_medium/small_perfectdisk_professional. cfm) for its disk defragmentation needs on its servers. PerfectDisk was chosen after extensive testing concluded that PerfectDisk performed better in a single pass, had a smaller footprint, and used fewer resources than Diskeeper®.

Prior to deploying PerfectDisk 2008, Central Washington Hospital (http://www. cwhs. com/) only rarely defragmented its servers’ drives due to the fact that it took several days to complete the task with the Windows® built-in defragger. With PerfectDisk 2008, defragmentation is now done automatically, with no staff intervention or time required. With regular defragmentation, the hospital’s database, file and application servers run much more efficiently.

“Now that our servers are being defragmented regularly and automatically with PerfectDisk 2008, they are all performing consistently better,” said Christopher Jones, system administrator at Central Washington Hospital. “All our testing showed that PerfectDisk gave us the best defragmentation results, and importantly, also used fewer resources.”

“We’re extremely pleased that Central Washington Hospital has chosen PerfectDisk 2008 as its disk defragmenter of choice,” said Joe Abusamra, vice president of operations at Raxco Software. “Raxco has a long history of serving the health care community, and Central Washington Hospital’s commitment to quality health care makes it a customer we are very proud of.”

About Raxco Software

Raxco Software has been helping large enterprises, small businesses, and consumers with their computer resource management needs for thirty years. Its PerfectDisk 2008 is Windows® Certified by Microsoft® for Vista and Windows Server® 2008, and optimized for Windows XP. The PerfectDisk line has a long award-winning history, most notably its perfect 5-star review from CNET Download, winner of the Windows IT Pro Readers’ Choice Awards for Defragmentation Utility and Storage Management Tool, Redmond Magazine’s Best of the Best Award, and PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice award. Raxco also produces optimization software, for HP’s OpenVMS operating system. Raxco Software can be found on the Web at www. raxco. com.


Sherry Murray

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EH&E Launches Affordable Web-based Compliance Support to Help Companies with Laboratories Reduce Risk and Improve Safety

EH&E Launches Affordable Web-based Compliance Support to Help Companies with Laboratories Reduce Risk and Improve Safety

EH&E (www. eheinc. com/labaudit. htm), a leading provider of health and safety and engineering consulting services, has introduced an environmental health and safety compliance support site specifically designed for companies containing laboratory space. The site helps reduce risk through better compliance management and direct access to industry experts.

NEWTON, MA (PRWEB) April 24, 2006

EH&E, a leading provider of health and safety and engineering consulting services, has introduced an environmental health and safety compliance support site specifically designed for companies containing laboratory space. The site helps reduce risk through better compliance management and direct access to industry experts.

The affordable knowledge-based solution, “eH&E–LabSupport," enables companies to successfully manage the complex environmental health and safety (EH&S) compliance programs, involving federal, state, and local regulations, without a large safety staff.

“When laboratories are a part of a company’s operations, the environmental health and safety program requirements are necessarily complex, and come from a variety of governing sources. Large firms often employ full-time professional staff to manage the program and its requirements. Small and mid-size firms face the same regulatory requirements, but cannot afford the dedicated staff,” said Jack McCarthy, President and co-founder of EH&E.

EH&E–LabSupport provides much of EH&E’s compliance expertise to these smaller organizations through a web-based portal, and in a very affordable way. The solution provides a complete outline of a comprehensive compliance management program, and includes tools, databases and document templates to facilitate easy program development and maintenance. Lab-focused web training programs are available to minimize classroom training requirements. And eH&E–LabSupport additionally provides direct access to EH&E’s experienced team of EH&S professionals and engineers.

A free whitepaper detailing the solution, Environmental Health and Safety Compliance in Laboratory Operations: Common Deficiencies Encountered During Audits, is available for download from: http://www. eheinc. com/labaudit. htm (http://www. eheinc. com/labaudit. htm)

For Masha Ushomirsky, Safety Officer for Peptimmune, a biotech company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, eH&E–LabSupport acts as a virtual assistant.

“The eH&E–LabSupport site is a perfect blend of support functions for my health and safety compliance program,” Ushomirsky said. “It provides a single, easy to use interface for my entire program that is accessible to the company. It is also completely customizable and not rigid like other software programs. I can adapt the templates, data displays and tools to fit my company’s very specialized needs. And perhaps the most valuable aspect to me is the peer support I receive from EH&E. It’s just great to be able to get all my questions answered, no matter how technical, by a single source.”

Microsoft-based, Web-enabled

EH&E–LabSupport is built upon Microsoft® Windows® SharePoint®, a powerful web-based project collaboration tool, thus allowing users to easily customize and integrate the eH&E–LabSupport application with all their Microsoft Office products, including Outlook.

EH&E–Biotech Features:

  Document templates for virtually all required documentation, including a Chemical Hygiene Plan, Emergency Action Plan, Biosafety Manual, EH&S Policies Manual and Lockout/Tagout Program and Procedures.  Over 15 databases that can be easily customized, including Chemical Inventory (with 5,000 chemical library), Permit Tracking, Fume Hood and Biosafety Cabinet certifications, Hazardous Waste Manifest Tracking, and Employee Safety Training.  Compliance Calendar pre-populated with a customizable compliance plan.  Auto-notification via email of upcoming deadlines such as permit expirations, and refresher training.  Access via email or phone to expert advice on a wide variety of compliance and health and safety issues.

Options include web-based training modules covering a variety of topics. Each module includes a self-test and completed training is automatically logged in the Training Database.

Additional Information

For more information or to download the free whitepaper, Environmental Health and Safety Compliance in Laboratory Operations: Common Deficiencies Encountered During Audits, visit http://www. eheinc. com/labaudit. htm (http://www. eheinc. com/labaudit. htm)

About EH&E

EH&E has provided an extensive range of environmental and engineering consulting services for over 18 years. Our team consists of more than 60 experts with an outstanding record of providing business-focused solutions for issues that affect the built environment. EH&E has a depth of knowledge and credibility unmatched in the industry and our wealth of readily-accessible information has become a powerful resource for our clients. Our new series of eH&E web compliance solutions is just the latest example of our continuing effort to provide this knowledge and information to a wider range of companies.

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QuickMedical Launches Medical Equipment Lease Program With Providence Capital

QuickMedical Launches Medical Equipment Lease Program With Providence Capital

The demand for new medical equipment continues to increase among heath care facilities. QuickMedical has recognized the need to offer hospitals, medical clinics, and other health care facilities the option of leasing new medical equipment versus paying cash or long-term high interest rate financing.

Issaquah, WA (PRWEB) March 10, 2010

With the continued fluctuations in interest rates, slowing of the economy, and competition for new patients, a number of hospitals, dental and medical clinics are struggling with reduced cash flow and the dilemma of how to purchase new medical equipment to meet the needs and requests of their patients.

"The healthcare industry continues to remain strong with the increased need for new and updated medical equipment," said Freddy Jalilvand, Sr. Account Executive for Providence Capital Funding. "For many health care facilities, profit margins and cash flow are lower and the cost of providing newer medical equipment is higher. At the request of their customers, QuickMedical made the decision to offer a medical lease program (http://www. quickmedical. com/lease-medical-equipment. html) designed specifically for hospitals, medical clinics and other health care facilities."

One of the fastest growing and most popular ways to finance medical equipment (http://www. quickmedical. com/brewer_company/assist/7500-power-procedure-table. html) is through a lease program. Current data suggests that of the majority of medical equipment sold to a medical practice; at least 50% was leased. Why pay cash for a piece of medical equipment when the business can pay little or nothing down and have the revenue generated by the medical equipment pay for itself?

"A number of medical practices could possibly afford to pay cash for new medical equipment (http://www. quickmedical. com/tower_medical_systems/power_exam_table/md250.html), but the question is why?" said Scott Hanna, CEO of QuickMedical. "A growing hospital, start-up medical clinic, a medical practice with little cash flow, or a practice that has experienced exceptional growth may not have the cash or the desire to tie up money in a large down payment or long-term financial obligation. Leasing is a way to leverage money and invest it in other revenue generating ideas that cannot be financed; or the money can be saved to cover expenses during an economic slowdown."

As a national distributor of medical supplies and equipment since 1993, QuickMedical has been experiencing strong sales and customer growth. By adding new product lines and a new leasing program, QuickMedical can provide additional value to their existing services while meeting ongoing customer requests for new products that will increase distribution channels and help to reduce overall customer cost.

"Our objective with our new lease program is to reach our existing QuickMedical customers who wish to purchase new medical equipment (http://www. quickmedical. com/tuttnauer-large-capacity-manual-medical-autoclave-sterilizer-3870m. html), but do not have the cash and/or the desire to make a large up-front down payment", said Mr. Hanna. "Now that we have added a new line of Gendron Bariatric medical equipment, (http://www. quickmedical. com/gendron-bariatric-equipment. html) a lease program makes perfect sense."

"We believe that with our new lease program a medical practice or health care facility can now obtain the latest in medical equipment and technology (http://www. quickmedical. com/olympicmedical/bili/bassinet. html); lease payments are often lower than payments available through conventional financing. Leasing offers tax benefits and has real cash flow advantages by eliminating the large down payments or cash outlays necessary with other forms of financing or purchase," said Warren Strasen, Vice-President of Sales at QuickMedical.

About QuickMedical:

QuickMedical is a Medical Supply Store offering a large selection of medical equipment and supplies. Established in 1993, they offer over fifteen thousand medical products, many with lease options and free shipping. In addition, they are an authorized distributor for Detecto, Health O Meter, Brewer Medical, Gendron, Clinton Industries, Burton Medical Lighting, Tower Exam Tables, and many others. QuickMedical has a large selection of health and fitness products, medical furniture, medical cabinets, medical casework, medical exam tables, medical lighting, x-ray equipment, and physical therapy products.

About Providence Capital:

Providence Capital, LLC is an independent Equipment Leasing company providing creative financing solutions to meet the demanding needs of today's growing companies. We recognize the variety of financing options available in today's marketplace and are confident that our programs, pricing and experience collectively represent a superior financing alternative. We work closely with related banks and various funding partners enabling us to offer you the best financing options to help your business grow. We strive to offer our customer the best possible rates, the most flexible terms and ongoing personalized service.

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'DishyMix' Podcast Reveals the Personal Side of Today's Media, Internet and Advertising Titans

'DishyMix' Podcast Reveals the Personal Side of Today's Media, Internet and Advertising Titans

Personal Life Media re-launches weekly show and has gained two new sponsors.

Los Altos, CA (PRWEB) July 16, 2007

Personal Life MediaTM, Inc., a publisher of lifestyle content in the form of 16 weekly audio programs, podcasts and blogs for people on the leading edge of culture, introduces "DishyMix: Juicy Interviews with Famous Internet and Media People," hosted by industry super-connector Susan Bratton, who "dishes" with the influencers of the Internet and media world. As part of the move to Personal Life Media, DishyMix also receives sponsorship from Isobar US, http://isobar. net (http://isobar. net), the world's largest digital marketing network, servicing clients in 40 countries worldwide, and Blue Lithium http://www. bluelithium. com (http://www. bluelithium. com), a leading data-driven direct marketing company.

"On DishyMix, I dialog with the most multifarious personalities in the business to give listeners an insight into what drives these VIPs from a personal perspective," said Susan Bratton, CEO of Personal Life Media and DishyMix Host. "My first podcast, launched on Webmasterradio. fm in 2005, germinated my enthusiasm for this medium. The intimacy of podcasting lends itself to revealing the unique qualities that personify these superstars in our industry and, after launching my own podcast network, it was a natural move to bring the show over to Personal Life Media."

Susan artfully engages with titans of industry to divulge not just their business acumen but, more importantly, what inspires them -- their personal stories, quirks and motivations. Learn what drives the biggest names and most fascinating characters in media and marketing -- what they're into, how they got where they are and what they want next in their lives.

With her background in innovative digital advertising, Susan has developed an integrated package of online and audio podcast advertising that includes 'Surround Session' audio ads in pre-, mid - and post-roll as well as audio advertorials and custom brand integration into the 16 weekly shows. These ad formats weave together a story better than a single ad insertion. The online component consists of banners, skyscrapers and text links on the podcast site, as well as the companion blogs for the shows. Charter Advertising Programs include online and audio campaign reporting.

"Isobar US is focused on creating an organization that best delivers creativity, innovation and agility, the keys to success in a digital environment," said Sarah Fay, President, Isobar US. "DishyMix appeals to a senior-level decision-maker who is just the right person to hear the Isobar message in our audio advertising."

"BlueLithium is known for innovating the ad network," says Dakota Sullivan, CMO, BlueLithium. "Podcast advertising is a natural for us. It's a new medium, and DishyMix listeners are our target audience -- the movers and shakers of digital marketing."

Upcoming DishyMix weekly episodes can be found in iTunes or at

Http://www. personallifemedia. com/podcasts/dishy-mix/dishy-mix-show. html (http://www. personallifemedia. com/podcasts/dishy-mix/dishy-mix-show. html) and feature:

Tobi Elkin, recently Editor-at-Large, Media Post - important industry editor on a new social networking mission http://www. personallifemedia. com/podcasts/dishy-mix/episode001-tobi-elkin-digital-marketing-industry-editor. html (http://www. personallifemedia. com/podcasts/dishy-mix/episode001-tobi-elkin-digital-marketing-industry-editor. html) Jack Myers, MediaVillage. com, Jack Myers Publishing, Author "Virtual Worlds" a ground-breaking book on cultural impact of virtual worlds on next generation of consumers http://www. personallifemedia. com/podcasts/dishy-mix/episode002-jack-myers-fantasy-marketing. html (http://www. personallifemedia. com/podcasts/dishy-mix/episode002-jack-myers-fantasy-marketing. html) Chris Fralic, Partner, First Round Capital - innovative early stage VC former eBay and del. icio. us exec http://personallifemedia. com/podcasts/dishy-mix/episode003-chris-fralic-buddylube. html (http://personallifemedia. com/podcasts/dishy-mix/episode003-chris-fralic-buddylube. html) Meredith Medland, Founder, 3Outcomes, Podcast Host, Living Green - discussing her program for "getting exactly what you want" David Cowan, Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners - Forbes "Midas Touch" VC and critical thinker Sir Ken Robinson, Innovation and Creativity Expert - consultant to heads of state including Tony Blair Kevin Wassong, President, Minyanville Media - interactive agency founder turned publisher blends Disney with Wall Street Rex Briggs, Founder, Marketing Evolution, Author "What Sticks" - continuously invents new forms of online brand measurement to lead industry forward

Recent guests and classic DishyMix interviews can be found in iTunes at

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Pete Blackshaw, CMO, Nielsen Buzz Metrics, Jeremy Allaire, CEO and Founder, BrightCove; Esther Dyson, Chairman, EDventure Holdings Jim Spanfeller, Publisher, Forbes. com, Guy Kawasaki, Founder, Garage. com, David Scott Carlick, Managing Director, Vantage Point Venture Partners, Rishad Tobaccawala, CEO, Denuo, Rich LeFurgy, Principal, Archer Martin just to name a few of the more than 40 interviews archived on iTunes and Webmasterradio. fm.

The DishyMix blog can be found at: http://www. dishymix. com (http://www. dishymix. com)

Subscribe to "DishyMix" in iTunes at:

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All Personal Life Media shows can be found in iTunes at:

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About DishyMix

"DishyMix: Juicy Interviews with Famous Internet and Media People" peeks into the personal lives of industry thought leaders to hear what really turns them on. Part MTV Cribs, part People magazine, Susan Bratton combines her bold approach and playful persona in this edgy talk show that dives deep into the lives of famous names and fascinating individuals from the Internet, global Web 2.0 and digital marketing world.

About Susan Bratton

Susan, the co-founder and CEO of Personal Life Media, Inc. is known for her "power Rolodex" of decision-makers in Internet marketing and media and for her success launching online advertising products for @Home Network, Excite, Mailblocks and Maven Networks. Susan handles the content, talent and advertising and sponsorship relationships at Personal Life Media.

She sits on the board of directors of Intelevision and ZEDO, Inc. and the advisory boards of 1 (800) FREE-411, Collarity, Inc., Maven Networks, Inc., mbuzzy, Inc., MerchantCircle. com, OurStory. com, Powered, Inc., and BlueEgg. com and the Silicon Valley American Marketing Association. Susan is a founding board member of the Internet Advertising Bureau and the Bay Area Interactive Group SFBIG. She is Chair Emeritus and sits on the board of advisors for ad:tech Expositions and is a sought-after speaker and emcee at industry events.

About Personal Life Media

Personal Life Media (http://www. personallifemedia. com (http://www. personallifemedia. com)) is a multimedia lifestyle brand providing entertaining and authentic personal content to socially conscious adults, and is the first podcast and blog advertising network for advertisers to reach the "cultural creatives" market segment. Expert hosts deliver talk shows, reality-audio programming, interviews, advanced techniques and guided exercises in blogs, web audio and podcasting formats.

The network offers 16 free weekly audio programs, podcasts and companion blogs that provide lifestyle content on issues central to our lives: relationships, dating, marriage, intimacy, life purpose, wealth creation, healthy aging and longevity. Additional areas of interest including life coaching, ecology, sustainable living, new music, beauty innovation and cosmetic surgery, passion at work and play, ethical sales and business practices, spirituality, personal and global transformation. Access it free from a browser or subscribe via RSS or iTunes and listen on an iPod or MP3 player. Personal Life Media is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California.

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Dr. John Gottman to Present on GoodTherapy. org Therapist Directory

Dr. John Gottman to Present on GoodTherapy. org Therapist Directory

The world-renowned relationship therapy expert, co-developer of the popular Gottman Method and the Gottman Institute, Dr. John Gottman, will meet via teleconference with GoodTherapy. org members May 10th, 2010. The early announcement has been made in anticipation of the high interest and turnout for the event, which will doubtless provide key insights for mental health professionals working within the context of human relationships and marriages. The teleconference will also stand to assist couples struggling with their relationship dynamics, an issue which confronts a large percentage of marriages in the United States and around the world.

Anchorage, Alaska (PRWEB) October 23, 2009

Dr. Gottman's status as one of Psychotherapy Networker's Top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past twenty five years has been earned over the course of a career devoted to investigating the underlying thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in love-based relationships. With his Gottman Institute co-founder and wife Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, Dr. John Gottman (http://www. goodtherapy. org/john-gottman-workshop. html) has forged many paths through the wilderness of modern understanding about how marriage counseling (http://www. goodtherapy. org/Marriage-Counseling. html) can make relationships thrive and tick - and what can cause relationships to decay and ultimately fail, as well.

The University of Washington emeritus professor of psychology has long been noted for his prolific work, and he has written and co-authored forty books, including a national bestseller, along with authoring over one hundred ninety academic studies. He has made appearances and given interviews in a wide variety of mainstream and special interest media publications, including Oprah and The New York Times.

GoodTherapy. org is thrilled to announce its planned hosting of Dr. Gottman's teleconference, which will operate as part of the site's ongoing continuing education program for therapists and counselors. Members are able to receive continuing education units, or CEUs, to help satisfy local licensing requirements and to bolster their knowledge on topics relevant to modern practice.

The GoodTherapy. org therapist (http://www. goodtherapy. org) directory has maintained a strong commitment to offering teleconferences and other online events aimed at helping therapists and others in the field polish their knowledge of the latest developing concepts in psychology. Through exploring crucial concepts in providing meaningful, conscientious mental health care to clients, GoodTherapy. org helps its members achieve a greater level of service, which in turn improves the profession itself and helps to further advocacy and awareness efforts.

Registration for the teleconference with Dr. John Gottman will open on the 1st of December, with additional details and information to be made available at that date. Due to the high demand of Dr. Gottman's lectures, and his widespread appeal to much of the GoodTherapy. org audience, high attendance is expected, and registration should be completed well in advance.

With many months ahead in anticipation of the teleconference event, GoodTherapy. org will continue to provide a full schedule of valuable teleconference events featuring other respected and seasoned mental health professionals.

About GoodTherapy. org

Created in 2007 by Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Noah Rubinstein and supported by a network of caring, collaborative, and non-pathologically based mental health professionals, GoodTherapy. org is an online hub for clients, therapists, and anyone interested in positive, effective, and meaningful mental health care. The site has recently achieved a monthly visitor yield of over 120,000.


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Employee Performance and Talent Management Technology a Sound Investment in Uncertain Economic Times

Employee Performance and Talent Management Technology a Sound Investment in Uncertain Economic Times

New research study finds numerous management benefits from investments in HR software

Ottawa, ON (PRWEB) May 1, 2008

A new study by Creelman Research asserts that companies who use employee performance and talent management technology can achieve numerous benefits that are especially important during an economic downturn. These include better decision making about their workforce, an improved ability to manage and align organizational and employee goals, and tighter management control. Authored by human capital analyst David Creelman, the report identifies examples of this type of skillful management among customers of Halogen Software, a leading provider of web-based employee performance and talent management software (http://halogensoftware. com/products/).

When a down cycle hits, C-level executives need to recast their thinking from growth to conserving strength. As the economy changes direction, executives want to groom their top performers and drive changed goals throughout their organizations quickly. Traditional, paper-based employee performance and talent management has not been an effective steering tool because it is too slow, but technology has changed this. With technology, executive teams can take a company-wide view of talent, run short performance management cycles or even implement “as needed” changes, driving new goals through the system quickly.

“Infrastructure that helps organizations get the most out of their existing talent is a good investment even in a downturn because of the short payback time,” said David Creelman. “The time it takes to get a solution in place is just one to three months. Real world experience shows over and over how a system can begin providing a return after just two quarters, based on better agility and control.”

Engineering and architecture firm WHPacific uses Halogen technology as a key development process. “It is a tough time in our industry. We have to be careful to provide honest and accurate feedback to the individuals who work for us so we can assess their value to the company,” said Juliana Cobb, corporate counsel at WHPacific. “We don’t use the Halogen system to hammer people down. We use it mostly as a tool to help them climb up the ladder and find how they can become more valuable. It is one of our most important investments.”

“In uncertain times, employee and talent management programs should not be switched off, but how you use your systems may change,” added Creelman. “Your system ought to focus less on reward and more on control. Solutions like those from Halogen can help with decision making about talent, provide a mechanism to quickly drive changes through the company and tighten the reins to more closely manage the company.”

For more information on managing employee performance and talent in a down cycle download the Creelman Research white paper (http://www. halogensoftware. com/resources/white-papers/whitepapers_download. php? WhichWhitepaper=13).

About Halogen Software

A recognized industry leader with over 1000 customers worldwide, Halogen Software makes powerful, simple-to-use and affordable employee performance and talent management applications. The company offers a complete suite of web-based products that automate, simplify and integrate employee performance management (http://halogensoftware. com/products/halogen-eappraisal/), 360/multi-rater feedback (http://halogensoftware. com/products/halogen-e360/), compensation management (http://halogensoftware. com/products/halogen-ecompensation/), succession planning (http://halogensoftware. com/products/halogen-esuccession/) and learning management (http://halogensoftware. com/products/halogen-elms/). Halogen’s offering makes HR best-practices accessible to companies of all sizes and its healthcare, financial services and professional services specific suites meet the unique needs of these industries. Halogen is consistently recognized

By the industry and its customers for its exceptional implementation and support services, and has won multiple awards for its corporate leadership and product innovation, including HR Technology Product of the Year. For more information, visit www. halogensoftware. com.

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Advance Advenger with EcoFlex System Wins 2009 Top Product Award

Advance Advenger with EcoFlex System Wins 2009 Top Product Award

FacilityCare magazine recognizes Nilfisk-Advance for meeting the cleaning equipment needs of the healthcare industry

Minneapolis (Vocus) March 2, 2010

Nilfisk-Advance, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of professional cleaning equipment, is pleased to announce that its Advance Advenger® with EcoFlex System has won FacilityCare magazine’s 2009 Top Product Award for Maintenance Management.

FacilityCare magazine’s seventh annual Top Product Awards program recognizes innovative new products that contribute to the enrichment of healthcare facilities through their design, operation or maintenance support. Every year, an expert panel of healthcare industry professionals judge the entries, and the winning products are chosen for their outstanding ability to contribute to a safe, healing and effective environment.

Karen Gaspers editor of FacilityCare, said, “The Top Product Awards is an outstanding way to recognize and reward new healthcare products that meet the needs of the healthcare industry. I am pleased to present this year’s Top Product Awards to the manufacturers of these deserving products.”

Nilfisk-Advance, Inc. has won four out of the past five Top Product Awards for Maintenance Management, with previous awards won for its Advance Adphibian™ extractor / scrubber, Advance Adhancer™ one-pass hard floor maintenance system and Advance Convertamatic® AXP™ automatic scrubber.

The Advance Advenger with EcoFlex™ System is the first automatic rider scrubber that provides the operator a flexible cleaning solution that meets the entire floor cleaning needs of a facility, from green to clean. Operators can clean with plain tap water wherever and whenever possible, while an ultra-low detergent ratio can be used for normal, routine cleaning. With the push of a button, the operator can temporarily increase the cleaning power of the machine with a 60-second burst of power in order to tackle a problem area before returning to the original green cleaning mode. When tackling the dirtiest of floors, the operator can easily adjust solution ratio and flow rate to obtain maximum cleaning results. The Advenger with EcoFlex System provides the power and flexibility to have clean floors while still cleaning to green cleaning requirements. For more information on the Advance Advenger with EcoFlex System, visit http://www. advance-us. com.


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South Dakota Company to Change the Way Wheelchair Users and Their Caregivers Live Each Day

South Dakota Company to Change the Way Wheelchair Users and Their Caregivers Live Each Day

Dignity Medical Device's first product release is a growing line of wheelchairs that allow the occupants of the chair to toilet throughout the day without the need for bodily transfer.

Sioux Falls, SD (PRWEB) September 29, 2009

A South Dakota company is on course to change the way many wheelchair users live each day. Dignity Medical Devices first product release is a growing line of wheelchairs that allow the occupants of the chair to toilet throughout the day without the need for bodily transfer.

"There is perhaps no greater daily infringement on the dignity of a person confined to a wheelchair than requiring assistance in going to the bathroom" says Greg Johnson, co-inventor of the new Dignity Mobility Chair. "Submitting to being bodily transferred from one's wheelchair onto a toilet and then back again is a persistent psychological burden to the disabled and a sometimes crippling physical burden for the user of a wheelchair and the caregiver charged with performing the transfer - whether family member or professional medical staff."

Johnson tells the story: "This all begins with my mother, whose multiple sclerosis had advanced to the point where she needed day-long care to be able to transfer from her wheelchair to the toilet and back again. So, this story quickly became a story about my father as well.

"The simple truth is, as a direct result from her utilizing a Dignity chair, my mom is still living at home and my father has regained valuable freedom to go about his day. The dangers of toilet transfer for my mother and my father have been eliminated with the Dignity chair." With emphasis Johnson adds, "A Dignity chair is not a shower chair. It's not a commode chair. It's a custom built mobility chair that allows the occupant to roll to the bathroom, drop the interior seat, adjust their clothing, back all the way over the toilet, use the facility, roll away from the stool and return to comfortable, day-long living within this chair. There is absolutely nothing like it out there or we wouldn't have gone to these lengths to make this product happen. People can live at home longer. Wheelchair users will fall less. Caregivers will, on the average, be injured less as they work more efficiently and safely. The dollars and cents of it is that in every setting that we've studied, the Dignity mobility chair pays for itself in short order."

South Dakota ingenuity and investors are driving the start of this new company into what they see as a multi-tiered market. Earl Jacobson, current project manager notes, "Our custom built and adjustable wheelchairs allow a wide variety of users -- individuals like Greg's mom wanting to stay longer in their own home, but also residents in assisted living and skilled care facilities, workers wishing to be able to work independently on the job site, wheelchair bound students at school -- to be able to live their lives with greatly increased measures of independence and safety."

While the focus of the company creators was certainly on the safety and dignity issues of the users of wheelchairs, they are quickly realizing that the growing need to provide devices that promote injury prevention is an equally powerful reason to purchase Dignity mobility chairs. "Studies by the American Health Care Association as well as the internationally respected Good Samaritan Society document that back injuries are the number one cause for workman's compensation claims across the care giving spectrum," says Jacobson. "Our mobility chairs cut the number of dangerous lifts in a day to less than half," he adds.

Dignity founders point out that the health care industry is waking up to the staggering personal cost of performing these kinds of daily transfers. Johnson notes, "The new reality is that institutions are going to be increasingly responsible for paying both for the injuries of those who fall during a toilet transfer and the workman's compensation costs associated with caregiver injuries sustained while assisting residents. As the risk to the occupant of the wheelchair and the caregiver is lessened, our confidence grows in knowing that we are contributing to our nation's conversations pertaining to the changes in the quality and delivery of health care."

This September 2009, Dignity mobility chairs have been chosen to be a part of a risk prevention study overseen by the University of South Dakota medical school in partnership with the Good Samaritan Society. The Dignity mobility chair has been cleared for sale by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Visit dignitymedicaldevices. com (http://www. dignitymedicaldevices. com) for video, e-mail forms and more information.


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American Psychiatric Association Slammed by Disease Mongering Parody Featuring Instant Disease Generation Engine

American Psychiatric Association Slammed by Disease Mongering Parody Featuring Instant Disease Generation Engine

Medical specialty frequently associated with over diagnosing and over medicating the American public is the target of a new medical parody website that instantly generates fictional disease names and acronyms.

Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) March 7, 2007

TUCSON, AZ PRWeb) March 7, 2007 -- The American Psychiatric Association is under fire today by an independent health news site's launch of the "Disease Mongering Engine" - an online tool that allows users to instantly generate disorders, dysfunctions and syndromes that sound real, but aren't.

Available at www. NewsTarget. com, the Disease Mongering Engine was created by Mike Adams, a vocal critic of modern psychiatric medicine and its practice of labeling healthy people with fictitious diseases, then over-medicating them with patented pharmaceuticals.

"Modern psychiatry has lost its way and has now become a marketing branch of Big Pharma," Adams said. "Convincing healthy people that they're diseased, then harming them with unsafe chemical medications, is not a legitimate approach to health and healing." Diseases ranging from ADHD to Social Anxiety Disorder were "invented" by drug companies and psychiatrists, Adams says, as a way to generate billions of dollars in profits by selling treatment drugs and services to people who don't need them.

The Disease Mongering Engine is capable of generating more than 73,000 unique disease names. Disease definitions are also generated using advanced linguistic modeling that results in real-sounding disease explanations using words and phrases found in the American Psychiatric Association's DSM-IV, the "bible" of psychiatric disorders.

In initial testing, the engine randomly generated more than 25 disorders that are actually listed in the DSM-IV and used by psychiatrists to diagnose children and adults.

Humorous disease names generated by the Disease Mongering Engine include Repetitive Erectile Sleepwalking Dysfunction (RESD), Repetitive Manic Identity Syndrome With Anxiety (RMISWA) and Intermittent Dysmorphic Eating Dysfunction With Indigestion (IDEDWI). Users can generate more fictitious diseases at:

Http://www. newstarget. com/disease-mongering-engine. asp (http://www. newstarget. com/disease-mongering-engine. asp)

About the source: NewsTarget. com (http://www. NewsTarget. com (http://www. NewsTarget. com)) is one of the most popular independent natural health news sources on the web. It features more than 21,000 free articles, downloadable reports, interviews, product reviews, videos and cartoons on topics that impact the health and happiness of consumers around the world.


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Baseball Players Susceptible to Foot Problems

Baseball Players Susceptible to Foot Problems

Like other athletes, baseball players place a lot of demands on their feet. Xenna Corporation CEO C. J. Buck says proper care of feet is critical to both agility and concentration. Whether professional or amateur, athletes no longer need to put up with unsightly toenails or rough, dry hands and feet.

Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) May 24, 2005

Baseball has been "America's Favorite Pastime" since the 1800's, when New Yorker Alexander Cartwright invented the modern baseball field, and members of his New York Knickerbocker Base Ball Club devised the first rules and regulations for the modern game. But it's a demanding, vigorous sport, and players from Little Leaguers to senior citizens need to be cautious about injuries that can result from improper preparation and technique, poorly fitted shoes and other factors such as unseen holes, sticks or stones on the playing field.

Because baseball involves quick starts and stops, even children need to do some stretching and warm-up before getting into the game. In an interview with Foot. com, Oakland A's pitcher Barry Zito said, "I do a lot of stretching, yoga, I ride the bike a lot, even before I pitch to get warmed up."

Parents should be aware of the fact that many adult foot problems have their origin in childhood as the result of a sports injury, and that children often won't complain about pain associated with their sport of choice. Those older than 40, who are diabetic, smoke or have any type of physical disability should see a physician before picking up the sport again. People who already know they have foot problems should see a podiatrist, who can assess the risks involved.

Like other athletes, baseball players place a lot of demands on their feet. In baseball, foot injuries often occur as the result of sliding into base, when the foot or ankle gets caught. Thickened, rough areas or dry, cracked heels another common problem.

Xenna Corporation, based in Princeton, New Jersey (www. xenna. com) distributes podiatrist-recommended foot care products. CEO C. J. Buck says, "In order to perform at their peak, athletes must start with hands and feet that are in great shape and keep them that way. However, because of the demands placed on them, it's common for athletes and those with active lifestyles to develop rough, cracked heels. Xenna's CalleX® Dry Heel Ointment is acid-free and uses natural enzymes to exfoliate, thin and soften thick areas while it moisturizes dry, cracked heels."

The exfoliating enzymes in CalleX Dry Heel Ointment are selective to areas of skin that are thick or flaky. According to podiatrist David Tsui, "CalleX Ointment works very well. I have used it on my patients and on myself. You see a real difference in one week." A gentle rubbing action with a wet, soapy washcloth is sufficient to gradually exfoliate and thin thick, flaky areas of skin.

Toenails also take a beating from sports like baseball. Older players often have toenails that look yellow and brown. According to Buck, "It's common for athletes and those with active lifestyles to see their once clear, healthy-looking nails become yellow, dark or discolored over time."

Xenna's patented NonyX® Nail Gel for yellow, dark or discolored nails is recommended by many podiatrists, and is being used by professional and amateur athletes alike. Buck says, "NonyX Nail Gel is a topical, easy-to-use gel that softens, breaks down and removes yellow, discolored or thick keratin debris buildup under nails - the actual source of nail discoloration. Once keratin debris is removed, NonyX Gel keeps nails looking clear and attractive with regular use."

A recent clinical study confirmed NonyX Nail Gel significantly improves toenail color and clarity by exfoliating yellowing keratin debris from under the nail. To view a recent TV news release on use of NonyX Gel featuring podiatrist Dr. Bret Ribotsky's comments, go to http://easylink. playstream. com/networknewssource/nonyx/nonyx. wvx (http://easylink. playstream. com/networknewssource/nonyx/nonyx. wvx)

Buck says, "Baseball players depend on their hand/eye coordination and jack-rabbit speed to score and catch, and proper care of their feet is critical to both agility and concentration. Whether professional or recreational, athletes no longer need to put up with unsightly toenails or dry, cracked heels and feet."

NonyX Nail Gel can be purchased in the foot care section of Walgreen's, Rite Aid, Longs, Drug Emporium, Brooks and most Medicine Shoppe drugstores. It is also available from podiatric physicians, independent pharmacies and online at www. drugstore. com and www. xenna. com. CalleX Dry Heel Ointment is now available in the foot care section at Longs Drugs, from podiatric physicians and online at www. drugstore. com and www. xenna. com.

Xenna Corporation is a privately-held company which develops and distributes natural personal care products for skin, hair and nails.


C. J. Buck


Xenna Corporation

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MedTouch Appoints Lee Reynolds Crouch as VP, Business Development

MedTouch Appoints Lee Reynolds Crouch as VP, Business Development

MedTouch, a leading provider of interactive, web-based solutions for healthcare organizations, adds Lee Reynolds Crouch, APR, as new Vice President to head Business Development.

Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) August 13, 2010

MedTouch today announced the appointment of Lee Reynolds Crouch as Vice President of Business Development for the company. Leveraging more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Ms. Crouch is responsible for leading a sales organization and adding to the overall strategic growth of MedTouch (http://www. medtouch. com).

An accomplished and highly regarded sales and business development professional, Ms. Crouch has led consultative business development teams, lending her insight and expertise to major hospitals and healthcare companies. She is known for her dedication to building both meaningful client relationships and creating community among her healthcare marketing and public relations peers and colleagues. Her leadership in the industry is evidenced by her professional involvement, including serving as incoming President of the New England Society for Healthcare Communications (NESHCo (http://www. neshco. org/)), as Membership Chairman and Board member for the Carolinas Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society (CHPRMS (http://www. chprms. com/)) group and serving on the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD (http://www. shsmd. org/)) Membership Experience Committee.

“I have known and respected Lee for many years, and it is a great pleasure to call her a colleague,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO and Founding Partner of MedTouch. “She brings a wealth of knowledge, contacts, and goodwill in the healthcare industry to MedTouch. She has an excellent understanding of what solutions hospital marketers are looking for and the ability to build long-lasting and strong client relationships. At MedTouch, we are building the best team possible and Lee is the latest example of the investment we are making to serve our clients for the next 30 years.”

“I am energized and excited with the opportunity I have as part of the MedTouch team to transition from print to the future of healthcare communications which is online,” said Ms. Crouch, who is an accredited public relations professional by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). “Being part of a progressive and innovative company will enable me to deliver effective solutions to healthcare marketers, a group that I am happy to be able to continue to serve through MedTouch.”

Beyond her healthcare marketing volunteer activities, Lee also is an elected official in her hometown of Monroe, Connecticut. She is serving her seventh year as a member of the Monroe Board of Education and is a member of the Centennial Anniversary Committee for the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, a celebration that will occur in 2011. Before joining MedTouch, Ms. Crouch was with Dowden Custom Media for over a dozen years and also worked in the advertising industry.


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Kids Party Plan Web Page offers Free Download

Kids Party Plan Web Page offers Free Download

50 party games package for preschool children. Free Party Snacks Recipes as part of promotion. Bonus publication on "How to avoid tears and tantrums during parties."

Miami, FL (PRWEB) December 29, 2006

A Newly built Website has just gone on-line at http://www. preschoolparties. com (http://www. preschoolparties. com)

A free publication of "Mouth-Watering Quick and Healthy Snack Recipes" for Parties helps promote this Preschool Kids Party Games Package.

This recently released publication presents 50 time-proven party games chosen with particular attention for preschool children of 1 to 5 years. Tried and tested, safe & secure games with fun in mind.

Included is valued advice to help parents and other party organisers, from an educationalist with 50 years experience.

This is a complete solution for toddler's party games.

Many of these games have educational benefits, as well as the controlled teaching of the young mind to learn how to socialise and communicate successfully with other children and adults.

The idea is that the re-instatement of traditional kids games can help to induce disciplines at an early age to help to overcome Child Problems

These supervised body & mind exercises require teamwork & collaboration with old and new playmates and can help to teach toddlers how to avoid aggression developing within them. It can also help in their future; to overcome adult problems of not being able to harmonise in mixed over - populated communities.

Parents and other party organizers will feel confident and safe when using these established and proven games and toddlers will experience results, achieve satisfaction and gain confidence.

Birthdays can be a major turning point in children's lives.

The overall end result is fun & enjoyment for everyone involved

There is another Bonus; a further publication:- a free copy of

"How to discover the secrets of avoiding tears and tantrums during family celebrations.

This complete Package will be delivered to your home digitally.

My name is Richard, and I trade in eBay under the title of smiley1wine.

I have been selling ebooks through eBay for a couple of years now

I have a website www. ebookroom. org and an ebook store both well worth a visit.

I have always loved books, books of any sort, I have 5 bookcases full of books. So when I was looking for a new business after I retired, ebooks seemed to be the answer.

My research has shown that children of an early age need to be guided through meeting, socialising, communicating and competing with other human beings.

They need to have FUN; to smile openly and to express themselves with laughter; this helps to overcome any inhibitions they may have.

The development of parents of the future is our responsibility today.


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Fitness Expert Sheds Light on Why Weight Loss Wishes Rarely Come True

Fitness Expert Sheds Light on Why Weight Loss Wishes Rarely Come True

Personal trainer and sports nutritionist Lynn VanDyke explains why a failed New Years resolution is often the result of wanting too much and doing too little.

Wagontown, PA (PRWEB) January 10, 2006

The New Year’s holiday has come and gone. Weight loss resolutions were made in good faith as the world looked forward to a healthy and fit 2006. Sadly the majority of these weight loss seekers have already abandoned their goal to become thinner and happier.

“It’s true that by the middle or end of January most people have returned to their old habits. They simply feel as though they have failed with their weight loss goals and will do little about their health until it’s time to make next year’s resolutions,” says Lynn VanDyke, personal trainer and creator of the Melt the Fat interactive guide. “Gyms are packed for the first two weeks of January. But the only people in the gym come February 1st are those that were there on October 14th.”

This year can be different for weight loss seekers. Personal trainers agree that stating your New Year’s resolution is a step towards a better body, but there must be more planning and action than most realize. There needs to be a definitive end goal that is both measurable and realistic. Too often weight loss seekers plan their fitness and nutrition program poorly and expect dramatic results to appear quickly.

Weight loss seekers should write down their specific goals. The goals should include completion dates and as many details as possible. The more specific the goal is the better. Once a goal is set weight loss seekers can begin to formulate their plan of action.

“The plan of action is where most of us end up throwing in the towel,” says VanDyke. “Most people do not know the best way to eat or exercise. There is so much information out there that people run in circles trying to figure it all out. The best fitness and nutrition program will be built for each individual. It should be tailored to whatever the specific goal is.”

It is natural for weight loss seekers to find a simple and easy way to achieve fat loss. The problem is most diets are temporary and lead to hunger, fatigue, frustration and eventually the end of the weight loss journey. Following a safe and effective workout and nutrition plan is sensible and will create lasting results.

“We do not have to fall for these scams or fad diets,” says VanDyke. “Talk with your local personal trainer to develop a fitness routine specifically for your goals. If you cannot afford a personal trainer then look into the Melt the Fat Interactive Guide available at http://melt-the-fat. com (http://melt-the-fat. com). The guide helps anyone lose fat by making a complete and total fitness and nutrition program around tangible and finite goals. The point is to start today and not wait for next year’s resolutions.”

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New Clinical Data Shows Chromium Picolinate Improves Cognitive Function

New Clinical Data Shows Chromium Picolinate Improves Cognitive Function

Nutrition 21, a leading developer and marketer of chromium-based and omega-3 fish oil-based nutritional supplements, announced the results of a clinical study that showed daily supplementation with 1000 mcg of chromium as chromium picolinate improved cognitive function in older adults experiencing early memory decline. The results of the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study were recently presented to the medical community at a neurological meeting.

Purchase, NY (PRWEB) December 13, 2007

Nutrition 21 Inc. (http://www., a leading developer and marketer of chromium-based and omega-3 fish oil-based nutritional supplements, today announced the results of a clinical study that showed daily supplementation with 1000 mcg of chromium as chromium picolinate improved cognitive function in older adults experiencing early memory decline. The results of the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study were presented to the medical community at a neurological meeting.

Blood circulation and nutrient flow to the brain decrease as a result of aging, which can affect cognition. Previous studies have shown that chromium picolinate improves insulin sensitivity, which allows glucose, the brain's main "fuel", to be processed more efficiently.

"Impaired glucose metabolism and insulin resistance have been linked to age-related cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer's disease. These findings suggest that improving glucose metabolism with chromium picolinate supplementation may enhance cognition," said Robert Krikorian, Ph. D., lead investigator and associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. "These results are encouraging and indicate that further study of this intervention is warranted. Ultimately, we may find that chromium supplementation offers benefit to patients, given the prevalence of metabolic disorders and associated cognitive decline in the aging population."

In this study, investigators used Nutrition 21's proprietary chromium picolinate found in Core4Life™ Advanced Memory Formula™, a nutritional supplement specifically formulated to improve brain health. Core4Life Advanced Memory Formula contains a unique combination of chromium picolinate, phosphatidylserine (PS) and DHA. These ingredients all play an important role in helping improve memory and maintain brain health. PS and DHA are major components of healthy brain cell membranes and increase communication between brain cells while chromium picolinate increases glucose metabolism.

"The results of this clinical study support emerging research that shows chromium has direct effects on cognitive function," said James Komorowski, M. S., Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Nutrition 21. "PS and DHA already have established associations with improved cognitive function and we are pleased to see the current findings substantiate the inclusion of chromium picolinate as a key ingredient in Core4Life Advanced Memory Formula."

About the Study

The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study measured whether supplementation with chromium picolinate over a 12-week period might improve cognitive function in 21 adults aged 65 years and older with early memory decline. Study participants were asked to learn a list of words presented over several learning trials and, after a delay, were asked to remember the words. Those receiving the chromium picolinate supplement showed a trend for reduced interference from irrelevant words on the memory task (p = 0.12). In addition, on another task assessing fine motor control and speed, the subjects receiving chromium picolinate exhibited enhanced motor speed relative to those receiving placebo (p = 0.16).

Another component of the study measured brain activity. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans were performed while subjects were working on a demanding cognitive task that involved holding in mind and manipulating information. Preliminary results from the fMRI scans of individuals from the chromium picolinate group and from the placebo group showed that the subjects receiving the active supplement exhibited greater activity in left frontal and left parietal cortices, areas of the brain associated with working memory. The subjects receiving placebo showed no such change.

At the completion of the study, chromium to creatinine ratios were significantly elevated in the chromium picolinate group (p = .008) indicating increased levels of chromium in the blood. The groups did not differ significantly with respect to age (73 versus 69 years), educational level (15.7 versus 15 years), stage and extent of memory impairment (Clinical Dementia Rating sum boxes score, 1.0 versus 0.85) or level of mood disturbance (Profile of Mood States total score, 18.4 versus 16.9).

About Core4Life Advanced Memory Formula

Core4Life Advanced Memory Formula, available in soft gel form, contains a proprietary blend of chromium picolinate, PS and DHA. These ingredients have been scientifically tested for their ability to improve cognitive function:

Chromium picolinate is an essential trace mineral that promotes healthy blood sugar, which is important because glucose helps fuel the brain. PS is a naturally occurring phospholipid nutrient essential to the functioning of all cells of the body, but is most concentrated in the brain. PS supports communication between brain cells and promotes improved memory. DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid, most commonly found in fish oil, which maintains brain fluidity and may help in the maintenance of cognitive function.

Core4Life Advanced Memory Formula is manufactured according to strict Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines. This product can be taken safely alone or with medication, with optimal results seen in 30 to 90 days. Core4Life Advanced Memory Formula is available at major retailers nationwide in the vitamin section. For more information visit www. core4life-amf. com.

About Nutrition 21

Nutrition 21, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXXI), headquartered in Purchase, NY, is a nutritional bioscience company and the maker of chromium picolinate-based and omega-3 fish oil-based supplements with health benefits substantiated by clinical research. Nutrition 21 holds more than 30 patents for nutrition products and uses. Nutrition 21's portfolio of health and wellness brands include: Chromax®, Core4Life™ Advanced Memory Formula™, Diabetes Essentials™, Iceland Health® Maximum Strength Omega-3 and Iceland Health® Joint Relief. The company also manufactures private label supplements and ingredients for third parties. Nutrition 21 distributes its products nationally through more than 29,000 major food, drug and super center retailers as well as internationally. For more information please visit Nutrition 21 (http://www.

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2008 Collaborative Communications Summit Health Technology Investment Forum Hosts Agile Equity Pre-conference Healthcare IT Webinar

2008 Collaborative Communications Summit Health Technology Investment Forum Hosts Agile Equity Pre-conference Healthcare IT Webinar

The Collaborative Communications Summit (CCS), Health Technology Investment Forum, announces an exclusive pre-conference webinar addressing the future of health IT M&A. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, September 24th at 2:00pm EST. It will be hosted by Dave Cummings, Managing Partner of Agile Equity.

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 31, 2008

The Collaborative Communications Summit (CCS), Health Technology Investment Forum, announces an exclusive pre-conference webinar addressing the future of health IT M&A. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, September 24th at 2:00pm EST. It will be hosted by Dave Cummings, Managing Partner of Agile Equity.

The session entitled 'The Next Wave of Healthcare M&A' will highlight the key considerations when evaluating a strategic transaction. For firms considering a possible divestment or acquisition strategy this highly informative webinar will shed light on current market conditions, competitive landscape, buy/sell side issues and the transaction process. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during this engaging and informative presentation. 

"Middle Market Healthcare transactions continue to dominate the industry given the limited large transaction activity from the tight credit markets. Healthcare M&A deals will remain steady through the second half of the year, since strategic acquirers and private equity firms are still willing buyers with plenty of capital to allocate," said Dave Cummings, Managing Director of Agile Equity. "Foreign buyers will continue to play an increasing role in healthcare transactions, boosted by overall global growth and a weak dollar."

What: A webinar addressing the 'Next Wave of Healthcare IT M&A'

Who: Agile Equity Managing Director, Dave Cummings

When: Wednesday, September, 24th 2008, at 2:00p. m. Eastern Standard Time

How: To register for this free event, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting. com/register/228301326 (https://www1.gotomeeting. com/register/228301326)

The Forum's attendees will include - private equity firms, venture capital groups, corporate development teams, institutional investors and CEO's from health care technology companies. The Forum will afford the industry's leadership a rare opportunity to gather in one place cultivating M&A transactions and strategic partnerships. 

Participants include: Agile Equity, Minerva Advisory Group, Welch Allyn, Sensiotec, Access Granted, Leerink Swann & Co, Paquin Healthcare Companies, Goldman Sachs, Equities Magazine, Fierce Markets, HedgeCo. Net, HedgeFundTools. com, HedgeFundEmployment. com, HedgeFundLounge. com, Private Equity Insider, Pharma Company Insight and World Pharmaceutical Markets. 

About Agile Equity:

Agile Equity is a leading M&A advisory firm established in 1996. Agile serves a wide range of domestic and international clients in healthcare services and medical technology, including revenue cycle management, software, medical imaging and devices. The firm has grown to become one of the nation's preeminent M&A advisory firms with offices in New York and Washington, DC. www. agileequity. com

About Health Technology Investment Forum:

The 2008 CCS Health Technology Investment Forum is a one day conference that will provide an opportunity for investors and healthcare leaders to discover the latest trends and investment opportunities. The Health Technology Investment Forum is designed to bring together leading investors, market leaders, and high growth companies focused on healthcare technology. While other industries have embraced information technology as a cornerstone of their business process healthcare has traditionally remained a laggard. In recent years this trend has reversed and there now exists a myriad of investment opportunities in the healthcare technology sector. http://www. ccsexpo. com/healthtechforum. html (http://www. ccsexpo. com/healthtechforum. html)

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Consona Corporation Attains Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program

Consona Corporation Attains Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program

Consona Renews Microsoft Competency in Networking Infrastructure Solutions

Indianapolis, IN (Vocus) July 22, 2008

Consona Corporation (Consona), a leading provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and customer relationship management (CRM) software and services for the enterprise, today announced that it has re-attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in Networking Infrastructure Solutions. As a Gold Certified Partner, Consona has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and a proven ability to meet customers' needs. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the channel.

"We are proud to be recognized by Microsoft in its elite Gold Certified Partner Program, as our work with Microsoft's products and support network have demonstrated to us the exceptional quality of their market-leading platform and development tools," said Steve Bailey, chief technology officer of Consona Corporation. "This distinction attests to Consona's dedication to providing top-of-the-line CRM and ERP solutions to our customers in diverse industries. The accomplishment further accelerates our efforts to help our customers improve processes and customer relationships and become more competitive in their respective markets."

"Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities," said Allison Watson, corporate vice president of the Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. "They need to trust in a company that can act as an expert adviser for their long-term strategic technology plans. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, which have certified expertise and direct training and support from Microsoft, can build a positive customer experience with our technologies. Today, Microsoft recognizes Consona as a Gold Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise in providing customer satisfaction using Microsoft products and technology."

As one of the requirements for attaining Gold Certified Partner status, Consona had to declare a Microsoft competency. Microsoft competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner's capabilities with specific Microsoft technologies to customers looking for a particular type of solution. Each competency has a unique set of requirements and benefits, formulated to accurately represent the specific skills and services that partners bring to the technology industry. Within select competencies, there are specializations that focus on specific solution areas that recognize deeper expertise within that competency. Serving as a specialized path to earning those competencies, specializations give direct access to the tools and resources that support that specific area of focus.

Microsoft Gold Certified Partners enrolled in the Networking Infrastructure Solutions competency have proved their expertise in implementing technology solutions based on either the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server operating system, with a particular focus on Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 and Windows Small Business Server 2003. These implementations may include crafting solutions that connect Windows-based servers, PC locations and the Internet; installing a server farm; or building a small-business Windows Server stand-alone solution that includes file and print capabilities.

"We place tremendous value on our partners, which help us deliver solutions and applications to customers," said Watson. "Solutions competencies provide an integrated partnering framework that recognizes an enterprise's expertise and rewards it for the effect it has in the technology marketplace. It also allows companies to demonstrate for customers their knowledge of building solutions based on Microsoft technologies, such as setting up networks using Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Small Business Server 2003."

The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in Oct. 2003 and represents Microsoft's ongoing commitment to the success of partners worldwide. The program offers a single, integrated partnering framework that recognizes partner expertise, rewards the total impact that partners have in the technology marketplace, and delivers more value to help partners' businesses be successful.

About Consona Corporation

Consona Corporation (Consona, formerly known as M2M Holdings Inc.) is a worldwide leader in providing customer relationship management (CRM) (http://www. consona. com/consona/default. aspx? pagename=CRM-Solutions) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) (http://www. consona. com/consona/default. aspx? pagename=Cross-Industry-ERP) software and services for the enterprise. Consona is dedicated to becoming a valued business partner by helping each and every customer continuously improve business processes over time. Toward this mission (http://www. consona. com/consona/default. aspx? pagename=Vision)], Consona invests in the people, processes, technology and tools needed to provide its customers with a unique combination of customer care; product fit; a broad range of consulting, IT and business services; and industry expertise. Consona serves more than 4,500 customers worldwide and across a variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, financial services, health care, high tech, and local government. Battery Ventures and Thoma Cressey Bravo jointly own Consona. For further information, visit www. consona. com, e-mail info @ consona. com, or call (888) 8 CONSONA.

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Mitch Briggs 

Consona Corporation

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LifeSharers Preaches “Golden Rule” During National Donor Sabbath

LifeSharers Preaches “Golden Rule” During National Donor Sabbath

As faith communities throughout the country prepare to observe National Donor Sabbath on November 14-16, an organ donation network called LifeSharers says the “Golden Rule” is the key to increasing the number of organ donors and saving lives.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (PRWEB) November 13, 2003 -

16, an organ donation network called LifeSharers says the “Golden Rule” is the key to increasing the number of organ donors and saving lives.

“When it comes to organ donation, we should all treat others as we want them to treat us. That means anyone who would be willing to accept an organ transplant if they ever needed one should sign an organ donor card,” says David J. Undis, Executive Director of LifeSharers.

LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors that was launched last year to help alleviate the shortage of human organs and tissue needed for transplant operations. That shortage kills over 6,000 Americans every year, and gets larger every day. More than half the people who need an organ transplant in America die before they get one.

LifeSharers members agree to donate their organs and tissue when they die. They direct their donation first to other members of the LifeSharers network (unless no member is a suitable match). By giving fellow members first access to their organs, LifeSharers members reward organ donors and create an incentive for others to become donors.

“Almost everybody agrees that donating your organs when you die is the right thing to do, and almost nobody would refuse an organ transplant if they needed one,” adds Mr. Undis. “But only half of the organs that could be transplanted are actually donated. Most Americans haven’t gotten around to signing a donor card and talking to their family about it. We give people a good reason to take those steps – a better chance to live if you ever need an organ in the future.”

There has been a shortage of organs ever since the first transplant operations, and the shortage is getting worse every year. According to statistics compiled by the United Network for Organ Sharing, over 83,000 Americans are now on a waiting list for an organ transplant, and another name gets added to the list about every 14 minutes. Somebody on the waiting list dies about every 90 minutes.

“LifeSharers members will give our organs to anyone who is willing to do the same for us. We’ll give them to others, too, if no member can use them. We walk and talk the Golden Rule,” says Mr. Undis.

LifeSharers membership is free and open to all at http://www. lifesharers. com (http://www. lifesharers. com). LifeSharers does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical handicap, health status, marital status, or economic status.


November 14-16 is the eighth annual National Donor Sabbath. The event was started by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Transplantation to get churches and faith-based organizations involved in activities to increase awareness of the critical need for organs and tissues and the miracle of transplantation. Most religions in the United States support organ and tissue donation as an honored and compassionate expression of generosity and love. More information about the National Donor Sabbath is available at http://www. organdonor. gov/natldonorsabbath2002.htm (http://www. organdonor. gov/natldonorsabbath2002.htm)


LifeSharers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit network of organ donors. Membership in LifeSharers is free and open to all. Since its launch on May 22, 2002, LifeSharers has attracted 1,672 members in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The LifeSharers web site is at http://www. lifesharers. com (http://www. lifesharers. com).


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Thistle Named First Hotel Group to Achieve Full Hospitality Assured Accreditation

Thistle Named First Hotel Group to Achieve Full Hospitality Assured Accreditation

Thistle has been named as the first hotel group to achieve full Hospitality Assured accreditation, with a quarter of the group's UK hotels achieving 'world class' status.

Uxbridge, London (PRWEB) August 29, 2010

Thistle has announced it is the first hotel group to be acknowledged with full Hospitality Assured accreditation throughout its entire portfolio having surpassed the strict assessment criteria within all of its hotels across the UK, a quarter of which achieving the highly-regarded 'world class' status.

Measuring the quality and service of customer facing businesses specifically within the leisure and tourism industry, the Hospitality Assured accreditation is recognition of the group's high standards across its portfolio of excellently-located properties.

Created by the industry's professional body, the Institute of Hospitality, the Hospitality Assured mark of approval takes into account the unique characteristics of the industry. It is measured by independent, experienced quality assessors who critically analysed each of Thistle's individual properties against ten customer-related steps, including: customer research, operational planning, standards of performance, training, development and customer satisfaction improvement.

These ten steps are broken down into 49 criteria that explored how Thistle's customer experience is devised, implemented, delivered and improved upon. In order to achieve accreditation, each of Thistle's hotels had to score at least 60% overall and a minimum of 50% for each step. The group greatly exceeded this standard, with a quarter of its properties marked with the Institute's exceptional 'world class' grading by achieving a score of 70% or higher.

Ann Corrigan, Managing Director of Hospitality Assured commented: "The Hospitality Assured standard demands high quality standards and strong evidence of customer satisfaction, making it no mean feat for businesses across the industry. Thistle has demonstrated that it's a serious competitor within the hotel sector - setting its sights high, developing its teams accordingly and putting its entire portfolio of hotels completely to the test. The group achieved resounding success and we're delighted to be confidently marking them as a hotel group that offers excellent customer care as standard.

Heiko Figge, Managing Director, Guoman & Thistle Hotels added: "This is an outstanding achievement for Thistle and we are delighted to become the first hotel group to be wholly awarded the Hospitality Assured accreditation.

"As our dedication to our guests is integral to all we do, this is such valuable industry recognition for the group. The accreditation provides us with a great tool to ensure our guests are in very safe hands when they stay with us; they can rely on our consistently high standards. The Institute's approval in this way guarantees our customer-service and care is exceptional every time, throughout all of our UK hotels."

Thistle is currently well underway with its significant refurbishment project, investing £100million to transform its portfolio into modernised, individual properties with a fresh, contemporary look and feel.

About Thistle

Thistle Hotels is part of Guoman Hotel Management (UK) Limited which operates hotels throughout the UK. Thistle has 33 hotels across the country including Exeter hotels (http://www. thistle. com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/exeter/the_rougemont_hotel/index. html (http://www. thistle. com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/exeter/the_rougemont_hotel/index. html)), Poole hotels (http://www. thistle. com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/poole/thistle_poole/index. html (http://www. thistle. com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/poole/thistle_poole/index. html)) and Inverness hotels (http://www. thistle. com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/inverness/thistle_inverness/index. html (http://www. thistle. com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/inverness/thistle_inverness/index. html)). Thistle also offers a number of hotels in superb city centre locations, including eleven in central London such as Westminster Hotels (http://www. thistle. com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/london/thistle_westminster/index. html (http://www. thistle. com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/london/thistle_westminster/index. html)) and hotels near Marble Arch (http://www. thistle. com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/london/thistle_marble_arch/index. html (http://www. thistle. com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/london/thistle_marble_arch/index. html)). With a selection of restaurants and a choice of excellent health and leisure facilities, Thistle has something to offer everyone.

Thistle Hotels is the first hotel group to achieve Hospitality Assured accreditation, across its entire UK portfolio. Created by the Institute of Hospitality, the Hospitality Assured standard measures the quality within customer facing businesses across the hospitality, tourism and leisure industry.

PR Contact:

Kymberly Hill

Head of Public Relations

Guoman Hotel Management (UK) Limited

Corporate Office

PO Box 909

Bath Road



020 78686 322

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