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Healthcare Has A New Villain Exposed by Author Willie L. Stewart’s Novel ‘taRNished’

Highly acclaimed new author and critical care Registered Nurse Willie L. Stewart and his debut novel “taRNished” have captured healthcare’s newest diabolical mind and his name is Dale, a Registered Nurse serial killer.

Wesley Chapel, FL (USA), February 03, 2014 — Highly acclaimed new author and critical care Registered Nurse Willie L. Stewart and his debut novel “taRNished” have captured healthcare’s newest diabolical mind and his name is Dale, a Registered Nurse serial killer.

Based on an expanded reality resulting from new healthcare laws, “taRNished” explores the myriad levels of underlying issues which allow for pathological individuals to thrive and hide in the environment created by the soon to be even further overburdened healthcare system which our country so depends on.

“taRNished,’ could be set in any major city with an exploding population and an overtaxed hospital system manned by over tasked, exhausted and disgusted care providers. This novel is sure to entertain while shaking up the very foundation of healthcare and the public’s confidence in that system…will it spark debate…will it create panic? The jury is out, but early reviews indicate, “taRNished” could well be one of the most important book releases of 2014.

Early reviewers include Valerie Graves who served on the 1992 Clinton/Gore advertising team and is the former creative director at nelson Communications, Inc., the health communications giant.

Ms. Graves says, “Wow! tarnished drew me right into the diabolical world of Dale and Isabel. They are two of the most coldblooded killers the medical profession may have ever produced.”

About author Willie L. Stewart:
A critical care Registered Nurse with over 13 years in various critical care settings, Mr. Stewart brings a level of expertise to the relevant topics of today’s media that are highlighted in his debut novel “taRNished.”

Willie is a member of the Tampa Writer’s Alliance and the Florida Writer’s Association, as a creative mind, he has published multiple articles, global press releases and executive produced an online talk show which won an award against the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Steve Harvey and Michael Baisden. His talk show was the only independent talk show in consideration in the competition with these heavyweights.

Find out more about the new dynamic novel by this dynamic new author by visiting the book’s blog http://www.tarnished-novel.com/blog and in a unique twist, engage with the book’s lead character Dale via these social media networks http://www.facebook.com/DaleTarnishednovel; http://twitter.com/DaleTarnished and see exclusive graphics from Dale’s perspective via http://www.pinterest.com/tarnishednovel

Press & Media Contact:
Jerry Doby
THM Media Group
7399 North Shadeland Ave., Suite 299
Indianapolis, IN 46250 – USA
301-579-4973 x3
jerrydoby@gethypeonline.com
http://www.tarnished-novel.com/blog

Social Medicine Is Understanding Patients By Launching New Website

Social Medicine, a health based social networking site, helps people suffering from a variety of health conditions, to globally connect, help and share information with others in similar situations.

Melbourne, Australia, Monday – March 19, 2012 — Social Medicine ( http://www.social-medicine.org ) opens the doors for patients that were not previously made available. Patients now have the opportunity for:
* Instant two way communication to help bring patients closer
* Supportive communities through enhanced functionality
* Friend circles to allow patients to connect and bond with others globally

Social Medicine (Social-medicine.org), a health based social networking site, helps people suffering from a variety of health conditions, to globally connect, help and share information with others in similar situations, by focusing on bridging the gap of patient-to-patient communication, and patient-to-practitioner communication, with all the social networking features and functionality expected in today’s society.

Community Support:
Social Medicine fosters community support, where real people in similar situations come together, to circumvent negative feelings like disconnection and loneliness, and focus on improving self-esteem, understanding, communication, relationships, and peer support.

“As a psoriasis sufferer, I know first hand how hard it can be to deal with an illness, without that all essential support from people who truly understand. After spending years managing my condition alone, I turned to the Internet for help. I found a sheer number of forums, blogs, and communities, in which psoriasis was discussed, but I didn’t find it to be a personal experience,” says Michael Dornan, the creator of Social Medicine.

Social Medicine’s online health communities does not show any geographical boundaries; anonymity from stigmatizing, embarrassing, and sensitive issues; increasing self-disclosure; and encouraging honesty. Even people with rare diseases can find peers online. The anonymity of online communities may facilitate the participation of certain people, who may be culturally and socially conditioned not to ask for help and support.

Understanding Patient’s Difficulties:
Why are patients turning to the web for information? There are increasing demands of consumer driven health content. It is seen that 48% of people with cancer reported that they had insufficient information provided by their physicians, while 20% were not satisfied with the information given and 39% of women with breast cancer indicated that they wished that they had help with knowing what questions to ask. (Gunther Eysenbach MD, MPH, The Impact Of Internet On Cancer Outcomes, American Cancer Society, 2003). However, dissatisfaction with information provided is not the only reason why patients turn to the Internet.

Social Medicine aims to better understand how people are connecting and sharing information about their medical conditions, the various treatments and products they are using. As communication on medical conditions is already undertaken in forums to some extent, these forums are now falling behind in functionality that would significantly improve patient’s experiences if communication was shared on social networking platforms.

There is a great need for more information. Patients want to know what other patients have done, used or experienced with their condition. The provision of information provided to patients has been shown to help them gain control, reduce anxiety, create realistic expectations, promote self-care and participation, and generate feelings of safety and security. The satisfaction with information provided has been shown to correlate with quality of life. People, who feel satisfied with the adequacy of information given, are more likely to feel happy with their level of participation and in the overall process of decision-making.

Psoriasis Social, the initial platform that paved the way for Social Medicine, demonstrated that patients understood what a social network for their condition offered over forums and other sites. “Psoriasis Social took off with a speed that surprised me. In a short period of time approximately 400 people globally, registered and became friends. My simple goal was to give psoriasis sufferers a voice, a sounding board, and a close-knit and supportive community for people who understood, what it was like to live with the condition. Soon Social Medicine was born, a platform for those who suffer from a range of illnesses and conditions, now have a community driven support network, and an avenue for organisations who may like to reach out to people via this platform or support its development,” says Michael Dornan, founder of Social Medicine.

Visit http://www.pr.com/press-release/397614 to read the complete press release.

Press & Media Contact:
Michael Dornan
Social-Medicine.org
Melbourne, Australia
61431174896
michael.dornan@social-medicine.org
http://www.social-medicine.org

Shannon’s Pet-Sitting receives Better Business Bureau’s Complaint Free Award

Shannon’s Pet-Sitting earned the Better Business Bureau’s highest award for excellence in 2011, the Complaint Free Award. This Complaint Free Award is awarded exclusively to Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Businesses, recognizing their commitment to complete customer satisfaction.

Carpentersville, IL (USA), Monday – March 12, 2012 — On February 10, 2012 Shannon’s Pet-Sitting based out of Carpentersville, IL earned the Better Business Bureau serving the Chicago & Northern Illinois’ Complaint Free Award for 2011. This is quite the achievement for the in-home pet care business that has been accredited with the Better Business Bureau since 2010 and maintains there A+ rating.

“Your company’s Commitment to customer service excellence pays dividens in many ways. We are pleased to recognize your business for superior performance in the area of ethical business practices and encourage you to continue your commitment to total customer satisfaction.” – Steve J. Bernas, President & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois.

Owner Shannon Cole ( http://www.shannonspetsitting.net ) prides herself on being a sole proprietor. “As the sole proprietor pet sitter, when you hire “Shannon’s Pet-Sitting” you get “Shannon” every time. This allows me to maintain a personal relationship with my clients and form an invaluable bond their pets.” Shannon’s Pet-Sitting continues to wow clients and pet owners by going above and beyond in customer service.

“This is our 3rd time using Shannon, I would not even think of using a different pet sitter. We just lost one of our dogs one week before vacation and were very hurt; Shannon sent us a card and a beautiful memento as well as a tribute on her Facebook page. It is apparent that she LOVES her work and the critters she watches.

When we were gone on vacation Rocky was not eating well so Shannon concocted a special dinner for him so he would eat! (Yes she cooked for our Rocky!) She texted me on vacation to ask permission to take him on a walk and then put pictures online of a very happy pooch that just lost his room mate and his family all in one week! When I got home the fish were fed, the mail was on the island, the house was spotless and the dishes were even done! Do not hesitate to use Shannon, she is the real deal! THANK YOU SHANNON! – Mike Smalley.

Over the years Shannon’s Pet-Sitting has built a strong reputation and rapport with the local veterinary clinics. Shannon enjoys working with multiple animal rescues and non-profit charitable organizations by participating in community fundraising events and donation programs. In 2011 Shannon became involved in The 2 Million Dogs Foundation ( http://www.2milliondogs.org/ ) The 2 Million Dogs Foundation is committed to discovering the common links between canine and human cancers and the causes of these cancers through comparative oncology research. Raising a total of $1,120.00 for the event she was acknowledged as the top single fundraiser.

Earlier this year Shannon’s Pet-Sitting was also awarded the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Services Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service and health providers.

Providing care in the pet owner’s home and specializing in areas of pet sitting that include pets with behavioral problems, medical needs, and senior pets – Shannon’s Pet-Sitting continues to prove they are Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs Ultimate in Compassionate & Professional Pet Care!

Press & Media Contact:
Shannon Cole
Shannon’s Pet-Sitting
Carpentersville, IL – USA
(847) 987-4322
contact@shannonspetsitting.net
http://www.shannonspetsitting.net

American Pet Association Accreditation to Local Pet Sitting Service

Shannon’s Pet-Sitting received the only Business Approval that includes Humane Treatment of Animals, Cleanliness and Safety of Facility AND Ethical Business Practices of the Owner and Employees.

Carpentersville, IL (USA), Thursday – February 23, 2012 — The American Pet Association was founded in 1991. The goal is to provide education and services that result in more humane treatment of companion animals in the homes and back yards of the average American.

A great addition to the APA in 2010, and the pet community in whole, is their Business and Product Approval Departments. Pet Owners asked, What products can I trust? What businesses are going to treat my pet properly? What businesses are reputable?

* Business Approval is designed to allow pet owners to know, nation wide, not only which pet businesses they can trust their pets with, but which businesses use ethical, safe and fair business practices.
* Product Approval allows pet owners to know at a glance which product is not only safe and effective for their pets, but that they will not be wasting their hard earned money on a product that is ineffective.

Shannon’s Pet-Sitting of Carpentersville, IL was one of the first businesses to receive this accreditation and has been with the APA since October 2009. Owner Shannon Cole, was awarded the prestigious APA 5 Star Approval and to date is the only pet business in the state of Illinois to hold this accreditation. Her membership packet is the one featured on the APA’s website.

“There are more businesses and products than ever and it is hard to know as a pet owner who to trust. With APA Approved, you know the business or product you use is committed to a higher standard and you can use them with confidence” – American Pet Association

Over the years Shannon’s Pet-Sitting has built a strong reputation and rapport with the local veterinary clinics and in the communities working with multiple animal rescues and non-profit charitable organizations by participating in community fundraising events and donation programs.

One customer reported about Shannon’s Pet Sitting ( http://www.shannonspetsitting.net ), “Shannon’s been taking care of my cats for years. I’ve always been happy with her service, but didn’t think much about it. This Thanksgiving however, my kitty got sick two days before I was supposed to go away! She had to stay in the hospital for a couple of days and would be ready to come home the day I left! I called Shannon and she took care of everything. including my worries!! She picked Connie up from the hospital (which was a half hour away), brought her home, made sure she was alright, administered her medicine AND kept me updated the whole time. All this at her busiest time of the year! Because of Shannon I was able to go home without to much guilt, and know that my kitty was in very good hands! I unconditionally recommend Shannon! “- Jennifer Wright

Providing care in the pet owner’s home specializing in areas of pet sitting that include pets with behavioral problems, medical needs, and senior pets – Shannon’s the next best thing to you!

For more information, visit http://www.shannonspetsitting.net

Press & Media Contact:
Shannon Cole
Shannon’s Pet-Sitting
Carpentersville, IL – USA
(847) 987-4322
contact@shannonspetsitting.net
Website: http://www.shannonspetsitting.net
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shannonspetsitting
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShannonPetSit

Shannon’s Pet-Sitting Earns Coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects businesses’ consistently high level of customer service.

Carpentersville, IL (USA), Tuesday – January 03, 2012 — Shannon’s Pet-Sitting of Carpentersville, IL has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service and health providers.

“We needed to head out of town for a memorial service and hated the thought of sending our two little pups to a kennel. Shannon came to our home for a meet and greet and we knew right away she would be perfect. Her love for animals was evident as soon as we met her. She went out of her way to make sure we would not worry about our furry friends while we were away from home. Shannon updated us with text messages and even sent pictures! We have since hired Shannon for some stop by visits when work schedules were hectic. We will plan future trips, whenever possible, around Shanon’s schedule to make sure we can enjoy our time away with no worries.”

“Only a fraction of the businesses rated on Angie’s List can claim the sterling service record of being a Super Service Award winner because we set a high bar,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “The fact that Shannon’s Pet-Sitting can claim Super Service Award status speaks volumes about its dedication to consumers.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award ( http://www.angieslist.com ) winners have met strict eligibility requirements including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from their clients and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

The Better Business Bureau accredited Shannon’s Pet-Sitting has proven again they are Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs Ultimate in Compassionate & Professional Pet Care!

Providing care in the pet owner’s home specializing in areas of pet sitting that include pets with behavioral problems, medical needs, and senior pets – Shannon’s the next best thing to you!

Shannon’s Pet-Sitting can be contacted at:

Phone: (847) 987-4322
Email: contact@shannonspetsitting.net
Website: http://www.shannonspetsitting.net

Ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List, but members can find the 2011 Super Service Award logo next to business names in search results on AngiesList.com.

Angie’s List ( http://www.angieslist.com ) collects consumer reviews on local contractors and doctors in more than 500 service categories. Currently, more than 2 million consumers across the U.S. rely on Angie’s List to help them make the best hiring decisions. Members get unlimited access to local ratings via Internet or phone, exclusive discounts, the Angie’s List magazine and help from the Angie’s List complaint resolution service. Take a quick tour of Angie’s List and view the latest Angie’s List news.

Press & Media Contact:
Shannon Cole
Shannon’s Pet-Sitting
Carpentersville, IL – USA
(847) 987- 4322
contact@shannonspetsitting.net
http://www.shannonspetsitting.net
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shannonspetsitting
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShannonPetSit

Is There A Connection Between Housing Market Crash and Rising Medical Costs?

As millions of American homeowners know, the housing market crash was fueled by inflated home values and bank loans that were high above the equity or actual value of “underwater” homes. According to Trisha Lotzer, JD., health-care attorney and CEO of Physis, Inc., a similar threat for banks, borrowers and owners of many of the nation’s medical, dental, optometry and veterinary practices must be averted.

Like residential real estate, medical practices may be marketed and sold by brokers. Brokers in the business of selling medical practices commonly charge 7-12% commission. The commission alone can add $80,000 to $2,000,000 to the purchase price, depending on the size of the facility–and drive up the bank note accordingly.

Like real estate agents, the job of the practice broker is to get the seller the highest selling price possible. Unlike real estate agents, however, brokers are often the only ones who value the practices they have for sale–giving them a built in incentive to inflate the value of practices and increase their commission. Ross Landreth, MBA, explains that the problem occurs when a practice is arbitrarily valued, purchased and financed at $1,500,000, but only has an actual fair market value (per USPAP approved valuation standards) of $850,000. This could mean that the practice does not cash-flow at $1,500,00 and that the new purchasers would have to raise the price of services in order to maintain profitability and pay back the bank note. This increase in the cost of health care does not increase the earnings of the practice owners or physicians but is passed along to patients and insurance providers.

Practice brokers often rely on the recent sale price of one practice in a particular speciality or location as the basis for assigning a value for other practices in that area. So, even if the broker resists the temptation to increase the selling price to increase the commission, the inflated value of one practice perpetuates the cycle. Thus, eventually, higher health care costs are necessary in all practices in the region in order to make them profitable enough to enable the owners to pay back the bank loans on the collectively inflated prices.

Changes quietly went into effect this month that may require those applying for SBA loans to submit an independent valuation.

Contact Details: 7150 E Camelback Rd. #444 Scottsdale, AZ 85251
866.517.9998. ross@physisinc.com or trisha@physisinc.com
www.physisinc.com.