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November 20, 2011
Weirton Daily Times

TRAINING DAY: Valley Hospice Wellness coordinator Judi Hladek championed the cause of healthy living and its impact in the workplace when she spoke at the 2011 Health and Safety Training Day in the nation's capital earlier this month. More than 350 members of the Office of Health and Safety Securities for the Department of Energy were in attendance.

Hladek was invited to speak to the DOE by Fletcher Whitworth, a nuclear engineer for the DOE who had heard her speak on wellness before members of the Voluntary Protection Programs organization, an OSHA program for employers and workers in private industry and federal agencies throughout the country. Whitworth served as chair of the presenters and exhibitors for the one day event in Washington, D.C.

Hladek, founder of the Wellness Bridge, presented a motivational and educational speech that stressed that although wellness is an individual process, it is one that can positively affect the workplace and those in it. Although she acknowledges that there is no "cookie-cutter" approach to wellness, she said there is a way to individualize education for a healthy-living style that results in people in the workplace getting "psyched up" on the job.

DISCOUNTS: Frontier Communications is offering active members of the Armed Forces as well as reservists an additional discount on their Frontier-bundled services.

The company is offering an extra $5 off a double-play bundle or $10 off a triple-play package to active members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, as well as active and reserve National Guardsmen. The Armed Forces discount may be combined with some plan discounts they already may be receiving.

Frontier, which entered into a Veteran Employment Partnership Program agreement with the U.S. Army Reserves and National Guard a few months ago, has a veteran employee base of nearly 10 percent, or 1,500.

HONORS: Weirton Medical Center received four awards in a national study that rewards hospitals for delivering high quality care in key clinical areas.

The study was conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Premier, a health care performance improvement alliance.

Based on year-six results from the Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration project, Weirton Medical Center received awards for attainment and top improvement in the clinical areas of heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care improvement. Due to its successes, Weirton Medical Center will receive a bonus payment from CMS, which awarded incentive payments of approximately $12 million to 211 hospitals.

Dr. Joseph P. Endrich, president and CEO of Weirton Medical Center, said the successes "are a testament to our ongoing efforts to improve health care delivery to residents in our services area."

HQID is the first national project of its kind, designed to determine if economic incentives to hospitals are effective at improving the quality of inpatient care. In the project's sixth year, Premier collected a set of more than 30 evidence-based clinical quality measures from 216 hospitals across the country. The quality measures were developed by government and private organizations.

Weirton Medical Center also has been named to the 2011 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

Now in its sixth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation and financial performance.

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