Hospitals in L.A. County could absorb some patients if King-Harbor closes

first_imgIf not, local hospitals could find it difficult to give the type of care that emergency rooms must provide, he said. “We can make the county’s plan work if everyone acknowledges that the capacity needs to increase,” said Jim Lott, the association’s executive vice president. LOS ANGELES Hospitals in Los Angeles County could absorb patients from Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital if the facility closed, but only if more emergency room and critical care beds were added nearby, according to a report released Monday. “That means that an ambulance will bypass a hospital that is open only because it took the last patient,” Lott said. “It will increase waiting times and treatment times.” Dr. Bruce Chernof, county director of health services, said in the contingency plan that closing King-Harbor would have “an adverse impact on the [emergency care] system and on this medically underserved community.” But Lott cautioned that the county cannot plan for whether walk-in emergency patients near King-Harbor would travel on their own to other hospitals or whether specialized emergency physicians at those hospitals would be willing to treat an influx of indigent patients. The Hospital Assn. of Southern California measured the emergency capacity near King-Harbor and determined that an additional 20 emergency room beds and four critical care beds were needed at hospitals within a 3-mile radius of the facility in Willowbrook, south of Watts. The association issued its report after last week’s release of the county’s contingency plans in case the public hospital is closed. The number of emergency room visits to be absorbed is less than first thought, Lott said. The report found that since the downsizing of King-Harbor last year, the number of emergency room visits to the facility is expected to fall from 47,000 in 2006 to 25,000 this year. Lott agreed. He said that even with the extra beds, patients could face delays in getting to hospitals. He noted that if King-Harbor were shut immediately, the county plans to send ambulances to different hospitals on a rotating basis.last_img read more

Watch live: Trackside live from Charlotte this weekend

first_imgRELATED: Bookmark the live stream hereThe destination for a fun, exciting and informative pre-race experience, NASCAR Trackside Live is back for a second consecutive weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.The stage show from the fan midway at Charlotte takes place twice this weekend, at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday — and you can catch all the action from the comfort of your own screen if you’re unable to join the fun live. NASCAR.com will live stream the entire show here: https://www.nascar.com/tracksidelive.Fans, of course, are the center focus here and also will participate in games and have the chance to win some great prizes.last_img read more

Kyle Busch hopes to rediscover magic touch at Richmond

first_imgRICHMOND, Va. — For a driver with a two-race winning streak, Kyle Busch wasn’t exuding confidence when he took questions from reporters Friday afternoon at Richmond Raceway.Busch used to own the spring race at Richmond. He won it four straight years from 2009 through 2012. In each of those years, the race fell on or near his May 2 birthday, and Busch was unabashed about gifting himself with the Richmond trophy.MORE: Kyle Busch aiming for triple | Richmond scheduleBut times have changed, and so have NASCAR rules. In recent years, Busch hasn’t been able to find the edge he enjoyed during his heyday at the .75-mile short track. And with six dry years in the interim, Busch can hardly remember what it feels like to celebrate in Richmond’s Victory Lane.“The success is almost forgotten it’s been so long ago,” he said. “So we certainly want to get back to our winning ways and doing a better job of being up front and winning here at Richmond. We’re just kind of missing a little bit.“There were some rule changes years ago that had some things kind of taken away from our camp and things that we were doing that made us a little bit better than our competition.”Not surprisingly, Busch eyes Kevin Harvick, a three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner this season, as his foremost competition so far this season. In Friday’s opening practice for the Toyota Owners 400 on Saturday (6:30 p.m. ET,FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), Harvick posted the best consecutive 10-lap average speed. Busch was fourth.“Man, I think we’re pretty equal honestly,” Busch said of comparisons between his No. 18 Toyota and Harvick’s No. 4 Ford. “I think I’ve got to give them the notch a little bit. I think they’re a little bit better than we are. I think (Kyle) Larson’s right there as well, too.”Point taken. Harvick is a three-time winner at Richmond, but he hasn’t been first to the checkered flag since 2013. Larson, on the other hand, won last year’s fall race at Richmond and posted the fastest lap in Friday’s final practice.last_img read more

Amputees Gather for Festival of Scuba, Climbing and Sailing (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis year’s “No Barriers Festival” in Florida includes eighteen disabled veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who are gathering along with hundreds of other amputees for four days of classes in sailing, scuba diving and rock climbing.Video below may take a moment to load…See also www.NoBarriersUSA.orgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Bright Star’s Carmen Cusack Gives Us Life with ‘If You Knew My Story’ Music Video

first_img View Comments Broadway delivered one of the most memorable musicals of the year when Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star arrived at the Cort Theatre in 2016. In addition to the show’s delightful banjo-laden score, Bright Star presented a breakthrough performance from Carmen Cusack in the central role of Alice Murphy. While the Tony-nominated musical closed too soon, Bright Star is currently back onstage at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Cusack is reprising her acclaimed performance alongside fellow original cast members including A.J. Shively as Billy Cane and Jeff Blumenkrantz as Daryl in the run set to play through November 19, which will be followed by an engagement at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre from November 28 through December 17. Filmmaker Ezra Hurwitz captured a music video of Bright Star’s infectious opening number, “If You Knew My Story,” featuring Cusack alongside Shively, Blumenkrantz and their fellow cast. Give it a watch below and make your way out west to catch the gorgeous musical live.last_img read more

Let the Storm Rage On! Disney Sets Dates for West End Premiere of Frozen

first_img The Tony-nominated musical Frozen is getting ready to let it go in London’s West End! Disney Theatrical has announced production dates for the previously reported London transfer, with previews set to begin on October 30 and an opening night slated for November 11. Samantha Barks has been rumored to star as Elsa. Star Files Samantha Barks View Comments Adapted by the film’s screenwriter and co-director Jennifer Lee and featuring a score by the film’s Oscar-winning music makers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Frozen centers on two sisters who are pulled apart by a mysterious secret. As one of them, Elsa, struggles to find her voice and harness her powers within, the other, Anna, embarks on an epic adventure to bring her family together once and for all.The Broadway premiere of Frozen began previews on February 22, 2018 and opened on March 22 at the St. James Theatre, where it continues to play. The production is directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford, with musical supervision/arrangements by Stephen Oremus.Confirmed casting for the London production is expected soon. Samantha Barks(Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) (Production art provided by Kate Morley PR)last_img read more

Construction phase of Brooks House redevelopment set to begin

first_imgBob Stevens, Drew Richards, Ben Taggard, Peter Richards, and Craig Miskovich announced Tuesday that they have completed the closing process and are set to move forward with the next phase of the Brooks House redevelopment. Construction on the landmark building in downtown Brattleboro will begin before the end of July and should take approximately one year. ‘It was a long, difficult process to put together the financing for this project and here we are, nearly a year and a half later, and we’re finally ready for construction,’said Miskovich.  To finance the $24 million project, the investment group put together a complex package that includes common equity, senior and subordinated debt, private loans, preferred equity, a Community Development Block Grant, a town loan, and Historic and New Market tax credits, in addition to State funding for fit up for the colleges.Inside the building, a large ground-floor atrium will serve as the main entrance from Main Street and Harmony Lot, and will open inside onto the retail businesses in the building. ‘Our design preserves many of the historic features that define the building, and restores some others, like the original storefront layout,’said Bob Stevens.  Stevens & Associates is providing architecture and engineering services for the project and Breadloaf Construction of Middlebury, Vermont, will serve as the construction manager.‘We’re excited to see the Brooks House begin to add to the vitality of downtown Brattleboro.  With tenants like The Community College of Vermont, Vermont Technical College, Duo restaurant, and Oak Meadow School, we have a lot to look forward to as a community.  Our intent is to rebuild the Brooks House so that it brings much more activity downtown than it did before the fire,’commented Ben Taggard.  The building has space for retail, restaurants, and offices, as well as one- and two-bedroom apartments. ‘To date, the response from prospective tenants has been remarkable and we’ve received commitments to occupy more than 70% of the building.  It was a challenge to get commitments for a shell of a building that we didn’t own, but people are excited about the potential.  We are committed to finding a mix of tenants that makes for a stronger downtown,’said Drew Richards.‘The Brooks House redevelopment effort has benefited from a great deal of support both within and beyond our community, starting with Governor Shumlin’s vision for a downtown campus for the Colleges,’commented Pete Richards.For more information on the Brooks House go to www.brookshouse.com(link is external)last_img read more

After college, Anderson swims on

first_imgAfter college, Anderson swims onThe former Gophers swimmer hopes to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.Sam HarperFormer Gophers swimmer Jared Anderson trains at the University Aquatic Center on May 30, 2014. Anderson is hoping to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. Joe PerovichJune 4, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThousands of seniors graduated from the University of Minnesota in spring 2013, and many of them had aspirations of joining the workforce in the near future.For Jared Anderson, a former Gophers swimmer who graduated last year, graduation meant the continued pursuit of a dream.“[When] you get out of college, you’re 21 or 22, and you don’t have any way to keep [swimming]. You’re kind of expected to retire,” Anderson said.But instead of retiring, Anderson, now 24, is hoping to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He’s part of a small group of former Gophers swimmers who train together with ambitions of reaching their sport’s next level.Minnesota’s head men’s and women’s coach Kelly Kremer works closely with the swimmers.“To see young people … put real life on hold and pursue a dream … and not want to retire just because they graduate from college, I really admire that, and I want to give everything to that,” Kremer said.Anderson, who helped start the group, specializes in the breaststroke. He recorded the fifth-fastest time at Minnesota in the 100-yard breaststroke in 2012.He has already qualified for the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships, which will take place in Irvine, Calif., in August. While there, he’ll attempt to qualify for the U.S. national team.In the meantime, Anderson must find a way to support training and traveling costs. One way he’s doing that is through Dreamfuel — a crowdsourced funding website similar to Kickstarter, but for athletes.Half of the money he raises will go toward swim camps that Anderson and his brother, Trent, are hosting to help raise funds to build a freshwater well in El Salvador. Anderson has tentative plans with his brother to deliver the donations in person this December. But for now, he spends his time training for the important three months ahead.The other half of his money raised will go toward his trips to the Santa Clara Grand Prix and the national championships this summer. Josh Hall, another member of the training group, was a teammate of Anderson’s at Minnesota who’s also attempting to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.Hall said the group practices twice a day on average. In college, the swimmers had more downtime.“[We’d] swim and then go take a nap,” Hall said.But now, a normal day involves swimming, lifting weights and often a shift at work.In addition to training, Anderson writes for SwimSwam.com, a swimming news publication. However, most of Anderson’s focus is reserved for the pool.If Anderson doesn’t qualify for the national team this summer, he said he plans to forge ahead and work to make it until 2016.Hall, who swam next to Anderson for the past four years, doesn’t believe Anderson has reached his peak.“For Jared, the best years are ahead,” he said.After his last meet in college, Anderson didn’t feel a sense of closure — he wanted to continue to reach the highest level of excellence in the sport he loved.“I think I still have better swimming ahead of me,” Anderson said. “The thought was: ‘I’m still enjoying it, and I’m still getting better, so why stop at this point?’”last_img read more

8 New Ways of Looking at Intelligence

first_imgTIME: The science of learning is a relatively new discipline born of an agglomeration of fields: cognitive science, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience. As with anything to do with our idiosyncratic and unpredictable species, there is still a lot of art, especially in teaching. But the science of learning can offer some surprising new perspectives.…Beliefs can make us smarter. This is an offshoot of #1. Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck distinguishes two types of mindsets: the fixed mindset, or the belief that ability is fixed and unchanging, and the growth mindset, or the belief that abilities can be developed through learning and practice.These beliefs matter because they influence how think about our own abilities, how we perceive the world around us, and how we act when faced with a challenge. The psychologist David Yeager, also of Stanford, notes that our mindset effectively creates the “psychological world” in which we live. Our beliefs, whether they’re oriented around limits or around growth, constitute one of these internal situations that either suppresses or evokes intelligence.Read the whole story: TIME More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Chicks Lifting Spirits In Los Alamos: New Born Chicks

first_imgLifting spirits all over Los Alamos are day old and week old chicks. Chamisa Elementary School Middle Grades Resource Teacher Carol Bronisz said these chicks also will lift the spirits of her 3rd and 4th graders who will be watching them grow via video. Photo by Carol Broniszlast_img