Monterey County to Study Rapid Medical Evaluation Program

first_imgThe team would work out of a special triage area between the waiting room and the emergency room treatment area. Patients with lower acuity health issues would be treated and released directly from the triage area, while the team would start medical workups on patients with more serious health issues before moving them into the main emergency room treatment area and to medical staff members best able to offer treatment. The ER staff has eight full-time doctors, six full-time physicians assistants (PAs), a cadre of part-time doctors and PAs, and a full staff of nurses.Jim Johnson can be reached at 753-6753 or [email protected] The RME team consists of two physician s assistants, two nurses, an emergency technician and a registrar. Rapid evaluation I firmly believe in this process, as does CEP, Bass said. We ve just had so much success. Used widely The amendment increases the amount the county would pay CEP for management of the hospital s emergency department to about $1.7 million over the same period. Last summer, CEP signed an extension to its original two-year contract with the county that will keep it at Natividad through the end of the 2008-09 fiscal year. At Natividad, Bass and CEP have already experienced success in reducing patient waiting times by using an immediate bedding policy, which pulls patients out of the ER waiting room and into the main treatment area. The RME program should further reduce waiting times and improve efficiency, Bass said. The rapid medical evaluation, or RME, program would dedicate new emergency department staff members solely to assessing and screening patients based on the acuity, or seriousness, of their illness or injury, as well as offering basic treatment. Bass said recruiting and hiring have begun for the RME team. Equipment such as new computers will still need to be purchased, so it will be a couple of months before the program can begin. According to Bass, CEP has found success with the program at hospitals throughout the state, including Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. The system is designed to improve patient care by decreasing waiting times for evaluation and treatment. The expectations are that more patients will choose Natividad s ER for treatment, fewer patients will leave after growing tired of waiting, and that the hospital s bottom line will improve. The team would also be able to offer both patients and charge nurses critical information, informing patients about what they can expect during treatment, and alerting charge nurses about the number and acuity of waiting patients, the priority of care, and the kinds of treatments already initiated. Remodeling planned The team would work 10 hours a day, seven days a week, and would be the first medical contact for emergency room patients. MONTEREY, Calif. — Natividad Medical Center s busy emergency room in Monterey County may be getting an upgrade. Two years after the California Emergency Physicians Medical Group took over the county-owned hospital s emergency operations, Natividad managers want to allow the firm to institute a new program aimed at treating emergency patients quicker and more efficiently. Natividad emergency medical director Dr. Jeffrey Bass said he s been working on implementing the program since he took over the department a year ago, and has the support of the hospital s interim management team from Huron Consulting, Inc. Bass said construction of the triage area essentially remodeling the emergency department is expected to begin in six to nine months. That would allow the RME program to operate at full speed, he said. Natividad s 19-bed ER is providing care for about 35,000 patients per year, a 20-percent increase over last year, Bass said. On Tuesday, Monterey County supervisors will consider a contract change that would pay CEP an additional $456,000 to implement a rapid medical evaluation program at Natividad through June 2009.last_img read more

Racist Incident Inspires Dads Club to Launch Surprise Fundraiser to Make Immigrant Family Feel Welcome

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe roots of racial prejudice run deep, but when an ugly incident recently cropped up in Ontario, a local social club didn’t just nip it the bud, they planted seeds of hope in its place.Jamaican immigrants Maurice (Mo) Ellis and his wife Caroline Leslie-Ellis settled in Canada with their daughter determined to make the most of their adopted homeland. Ellis, who was working two jobs to support his family and help pay his wife’s college tuition, joined Dad Club London to network and feel more closely connected to his new community.“Like many other local fathers, he found us on our Facebook group, came out to an event, and fell in love with what we do,” club member Ryan Blake told GNN. Blake also noted the club is proud of its diverse membership. “[Mo] isn’t the first Black dad in the club. We have members from all races and backgrounds, including gay dads.” After Dad Club London founder and president, Jeremy McCall, posted a Black Lives Matter message on the group’s Facebook page, Ellis was touched and reached out in gratitude. He told Jeremy that he’d been the target of racial slurs while working a shift at his second job. “It’s not just me that it happens to,” Ellis was quoted as saying in The London Free Press. “If you’re not mentally strong it can take a toll.”Galvanized by a “not in my town” attitude, rather than simply offering sympathy, McCall was energized to take action. He organized a secret fundraiser to show Ellis and his family how much the community supported them.Contributions came in from the local police union, 70 families, and numerous businesses. The group was able to raise nearly $7,000, and McCall arranged a get-together last month to surprise Mo. “I thought it was a Dad Club meeting,” his wife exclaimed.POPULAR: When Black Man Was Afraid to Walk in His Upscale Community, 75 Neighbors Walked With HimIn a hushed parking lot, with members standing six feet apart, Ryan’s neighbor Brent Lively recorded the touching presentation—as tears began streaming down faces both black and white.First, their daughter Amara was given a gift—the biggest LEGO set the club could find, and then Mo was given a prepaid Mastercard to help with family living expenses. Finally, smiles turned to disbelief when Caroline unfolded the check for her college tuition.“What happened to you doesn’t represent this community,” McCall said in a heartfelt speech during the ceremony. “We don’t stand for that. When you said, ‘I guess that’s the way the world is,’ it broke our hearts because it can’t be that way, and we won’t let it . . . We, together, stand as a community against racism.”RELATED: ‘The Dad Gang’ is Celebrating Black Fatherhood and Breaking Stereotypes – From NY to DCWe salute Dad Club London for taking a stand and showing us all how to make a difference.WATCH the beautiful video below…SHOW Your ‘Family Values’ By Sharing This on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Rudolph Landry

first_img Pallbearers were Warren Poirier, Ernest Caillier, Steve Jara, Mark Poirier, Butch Cormier, and Gerald LeGrand Sr. Rudolph was employed at the Gulf Port Shipyard for 33 years and after his retirement, he worked at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Groves, Texas for 12 years.He enjoyed gardening, visiting family and friends.He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew and loved him. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Mary Ann Landry of Groves, TX; brothers, Vincent Landry and wife Cecile of Port Arthur, TX, Leroy Landry and wife Betty of Lafayette, and Willis Landry and wife Linda of Lafayette; sisters, Antonia Poirier of Cypress Island, Leona Poirier of Cypress Island, and Ann Caillier of Port Arthur, TX.He was preceded in death by his parents, Whitney and Elena Landry; sister, Juanita Escoyne and her husband Jules; brother, Harold Landry; and brothers-in-law, Lawrence Caillier, Wilbert and Donald Poirier.center_img Breaux Bridge – A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breaux Bridge for Rudolph Landry, 88, who passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at Oak Grove Nursing Home in Groves, Texas.Rev. Stephen Pellessier officiated at the Funeral Mass.Interment followed at St. Bernard Cemetery No. 2 in Breaux Bridge.last_img read more

‘Unprecedented TV coverage’ at 2015 UCI Road Worlds in Richmond, Virginia

first_imgRichmond 2015 and Universal Sports Network have today announced a media partnership for next year’s 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia, on 19-27 September 2015.The deal provides comprehensive coverage in the United States of the UCI’s pinnacle event with more than 64 original hours across multiple networks including Universal Sports, NBC, NBCSN and CNBC. In addition, live digital streaming of all races will be available via a new, state-of-the-art Richmond 2015 mobile app for iOS and Android devices set to launch next year.The agreement includes daily live event coverage on both Universal Sports and NBCSN with live coverage of the final day of racing on NBC and CNBC. Universal Sports will also produce daily pre- and post-race shows on-site, bringing fans across the country closer to the action through interviews, race highlights and course previews in addition to airing daily primetime encore presentations.The nine-day event features 12 World Championship races, including those for Elite Men and Women, Under 23 Men and Junior Men and Women, taking place in Virginia’s historic capital city from 19-27 September 2015. The event is expected to attract more than 450,000 spectators from around the world. Some of Central Virginia’s most iconic views will be featured along the various courses with all of the races finishing in downtown Richmond.“Universal Sports’ agreement with Richmond 2015 is unprecedented, delivering more US coverage of cycling’s annual championship than ever before,” said Robert James, SVP of Content and Communications at Universal Sports. “It’s been nearly 30 years since cycling’s World Championship was on domestic soil, and we plan to maximize that opportunity by providing in-depth coverage of the races, athletes and key storylines live to a national audience.”“Next year, the top cyclists in the world will ride through the Richmond region, and this partnership ensures that more people than ever will be able to watch one of the premier cycling events in the world,” added Tim Miller, COO of Richmond 2015. “Not only will fans be able to tune into the action on Universal Sports, NBC, NBCSN and CNBC, but they also will love the interactive, second-screen experience that the Richmond 2015 mobile application will provide.”The UCI Road World Championships attracts 1,000 of the world’s best cyclists who take this rare opportunity to compete for their countries, just as they do during an Olympic Games. The United States will serve as the host country for the first time since 1986, when Colorado Springs, Colorado, staged the event.“Racing in the UCI Road World Championships at home is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said American professional cyclist and Olympian Taylor Phinney. “It will be great for USA Cycling to be the ‘home’ team as we welcome the world’s best riders to the bike-friendly city of Richmond, and as we look to inspire the next generation of American cyclists to compete on the world stage.”With more than 180 hours of exclusive television coverage this year, Universal Sports Network is well established as a leader in cycling coverage on American television.Marquee events in the 2014 cycling series include the UCI Road World Championships from Spain, the Vuelta a España, Volta a Cataluyna, Tour of Belgium, Tour of Britain, Track Cycling World Championships from Colombia, BMX World Championships from The Netherlands, the Mountain Bike World Championships from Norway, and the Cyclo-cross World Championships in The Netherlands.Universal Sports Network, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, is a premier multi-platform media destination for Olympic-related sports programming in the United States. Offering more than 1,200 hours of original programming each year, Universal Sports has exclusive rights to world and national championship events in a wide array of sports.Richmond 2015 is the independent non-profit corporation responsible for the organization, management and promotion of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. The 2015 World Championships is projected to generate approximately US$158 million in economic impact, 450,000 onsite spectators and a global television audience of more than 300 million viewers.Founding Partners of Richmond 2015 include Altria, Anthem, CarMax, Davenport & Company, Dominion, Genworth, Hourigan Construction, Kings Dominion, Lansing Building Products, MWV, McGuireWoods, Norfolk Southern, PIASCIK, The Community Foundation, VCU Medical Center and Williams Mullen.In addition to its corporate partners, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of Richmond, Hanover County and Henrico County are all key partners of Richmond 2015.The UCI Road World Championships is cycling’s pinnacle event, held annually in an international city as chosen by the UCI, the sport’s governing body. The 2013 World Championships was held in Florence, Italy. The 2014 Worlds will be held on 21-28 September in Ponferrada, Relatedlast_img read more

Direct mail – here today, here tomorrow

first_imgIn a recent article, the U.S. Postal Service is quoted as saying the best mail is effective mail. It seems to be self evident, but when you think about it there is some value to be gained by the obvious. Direct Marketers are often asked “what response rate we can expect”. The real question is, “what should we do to increase our response rate”? Not all mailings are created equal and with postal rates increasing, the focus needs to be on making mailings more effective.It really sounds like a Dale Carnegie sales training course. “If I can increase your results while lowering your costs, you would want to know about that, right”? Today, digital printing and workflows exist to make mailings more effective, lower cost, and deliver better results. Can credit unions take advantage of them? Here are five things to consider when you mail:1)     Targeting – Direct mail response rates are dramatically impacted by focusing the mailing on those most likely to respond. Even the simplest modeling and targeting techniques will provide positive lift in response rates. In the simplest terms mailing to your universe will hit your target audience, but most recipients are not capable of responding.2)     Offer – Be clear, be concise and present your offer from your audience’s perspective. What is the rate and how much are you going to specifically save them. Avoid “up to” and “as much as” if possible as they water down the offer. Understand your primary benefit and hammer it home. Another Dale Carnegie euphemism is the customer will always view your offer in terms of “What’s in it for me”.3)     Creative – Sorry, but effective direct mail is structured and based on well established best practices that you ignore at your own peril. Where creative really drives value is in support of your offer and building relevance with your members. Imagery, tone, and copy all should reflect the target audience’s tastes – not the marketer’s personal preference. Use P.S. to restate the offer and clarify the call to action. Also provide response mechanisms such as PURLS and QR codes.4)     Cross Purpose – Direct marketing should not be done in a silo. When executing a campaign consider all channels available. If it is a general campaign, invest in point of purchase. Have a campaign page designed to generate interest and results. Specific targeted offers, should consider all touch points for that member; direct mail, email, messaging, call center. And don’t forget the web page.5)     Measure – it’s not just about response rate and ROI. They may be the bottom line figures we are all ultimately interested in, but there is a lot to learn from your results. Which segment responded at the highest rate? How did each channel perform? What was the most preferred method of response? Do you measure close rate? Marketing generates leads, how many were closed and if they didn’t close, why?Postage is rising, but the response should not be to abandon direct mail. The goal should be more effective direct mail like the postal service recommends. Don’t panic, direct mail still works. It still generates results, we just need to make sure we are getting the most out of the channel. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Blom John has 24 years experience in marketing, 16 of which are in the credit union market. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has an MBA from Colorado Technical University. … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Joint cybersecurity venture aims to ID, share info faster for FIs

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A joint venture between the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and the Depository Trust and Clearing Corp. (DTCC) aims to provide financial institutions and other organizations the latest information on cyberattacks.The joint venture, named Soltra, will deliver software automation and services that collect, distill and speed the transfer of threat intelligence from a myriad of sources to help safeguard against cyberattacks.FS-ISAC was established in 1999 as a nonprofit initiative to share timely, relevant information about physical and cyber threats and incident information for the financial services sector. It has more than 4,500 organizations, including credit unions of all sizes.The Credit Union National Association is continuing its work with FS-ISAC to help credit unions monitor and respond to cyberthreats, as well as share information. continue reading »last_img read more

JLL earns exclusive leasing assignment for Esplanade office towers

first_imgAfter an extensive vetting process, the Phoenix office of JLL has been selected as the exclusive leasing agent for the four Class A office towers at The Esplanade, a 1-million-square-foot landmark mixed-use project located at 24th Street and Camelback Road, in the heart of Phoenix’s prestigious Camelback Corridor.JLL Managing Director John Bonnell and JLL Vice Presidents Brett Abramson and Greg McMillan will direct all office leasing efforts for The Esplanade’s 10- and 11-story, Class A office towers. The buildings were constructed between 1989 and 2002, and represent a total 906,459 square feet of space at 2425, 2525, 2575 and 2555 E. Camelback Rd. Each tower features high-end finishes, panoramic views of Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak, private balconies, 24-hour security, on-site conference and fitness facilities, concierge and abundant covered parking.JLL is also working with property owner by MetLife, Inc. as it implements extensive, project-wide renovations that are delivering new building lobbies, new corridors, an upgraded amenity package and new speculative office suites.“The Esplanade represents some of the Valley’s nicest office space in an equally premier location. It is one of those iconic projects that checks virtually every box on the tenant and employee wish list,” said Bonnell. “It also has an owner that recognizes the value of these advantages, and will make the investment necessary to ensure The Esplanade remains a market leader for the long term.”In addition to its office towers, The Esplanade includes a first-floor retail component, fine and casual dining, a 14-screen AMC Theatre, a 291-room Ritz Carlton Hotel, and a pedestrian-friendly design that links the project to neighboring Biltmore Fashion Park, one of the metro area’s most upscale shopping and dining environments.The Esplanade is within one mile of Piestewa Freeway/State Route 51 and minutes from the Valley’s Loop freeway system, Interstate 10, Downtown Phoenix and Sky Harbor International Airport. These factors combined to rank Camelback Road as #34 on JLL’s list of Most Expensive U.S. Streets for Office Space in 2013—an overview of the nation’s most premier, in-demand submarkets for office space.last_img read more

Forever 21 joins The Shops at Town & Country

first_imgAdjacent to The Container Store and also previously announced earlier this summer, Orvis will open a 5,000 square foot location. Founded in 1856, Orvis is America’s oldest mail-order outfitter and longest continually-operating fly-fishing business. Orvis retail stores offer a wide assortment of men’s and women’s sportswear, fine gifts and home furnishings, luggage and travel accessories, as well as fine shotguns, gear, and technical apparel for wingshooting and sporting clays. The Shops at Town & Country has revitalized the corner of 20th Street and Camelback Road with a multi-phase redevelopment that includes opening 95,000 square-feet of retail and restaurant space since 2012. The current phase of the development will add another 40,000+ square-feet that is scheduled to open by the end of 2015.Forever 21 is the newest retailer to join The Shops at Town & Country with their first location in the Biltmore area. The 18,500 square foot store will be the company’s new F21 red concept. F21 red, which was designed to respond to growing customer demands for Forever 21 staples, delivers a deeper inventory of fashion basics. The F21 red store is intended to create an easy shopping experience for the entire family with an assortment of fashion staples from each of the Forever 21 lines, including Forever 21, Forever 21 Men, Forever 21 Plus, and Forever 21 Girls.The Shops at Town & Country will also welcome Paper Source, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, and Nekter Juice Bar to the property later this year. Paper Source is a premier paperie and gift retailer offering a curated selection of fine papers, custom invitations and announcements, distinctive gifts, quirky greeting cards, gift wrap, paper craft kits, party supplies and personalized stationery and stamps. Hopdoddy serves mindfully sourced, ground in-house, antibiotic and hormone free Angus burgers on buns baked fresh all day, alongside hand-cut Kennebec fries, farm fresh salads and craft milkshakes. Nekter Juice Bar features all-natural, raw, vegan juices and smoothies in addition to offerings with salads, quinoa and açai bowls alongside multiday cleanse products. Announced earlier this summer, at 24,500 square-feet, The Container Store will feature more than 10,000 innovative storage and organization solutions for every area of the home. The store will be divided into 16 lifestyle sections, including kitchen, closet, office, garage and their exclusive shelving system, elfa®. The new Town & Country location will feature The Container Store’s new luxury closet line, TCS Closets, which is an exclusive collection of solid, custom-built closet solutions. Customers will also be able to take advantage of personalized, in-home design and organization expertise. This location will be the retailer’s fourth store in the state of Arizona.center_img “The addition of these unique retailers fit the needs of the community while enhancing The Shops at Town & Country overall eclectic retail mix,” said James Shough, partner for The Shops at Town & Country. “This historic property has served the Biltmore area since 1959, and will continue to grow with the community’s needs.”last_img read more

From refugee camps to developed nations, COVID-19 keeps world on edge

first_imgGlobal pandemic activity shows no sign of slowing, with the first case detected in Syria’s Al Hol refugee camp, cases accelerating in former European hot spots, and spread increasing in countries like Cuba that have previously kept cases low.The global COVID-19 total today topped 24.5 million and is now at 24,563,380, with 833,466 deaths reported, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.COVID-19 detected at Syrian refugee campThe first COVID-19 case has been detected in northern Syria’s Al Hol refugee camp, the World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean office (WHO EMRO) said yesterday on Twitter. The camp, located in the north of the country near the border with Iraq, is home to about 74,000 refugees, many of them displaced women and children from Syria and Iraq.The patient is a 29-year-old woman who is being treated in an isolation area of the camp where a nongovernmental organization and the WHO are supporting patient care.  Health workers are identifying contacts and will be monitoring them for symptoms, as well as working with camp residents on how to protect themselves.In other Middle East developments, Ahmed Al-Mandhari, MD, PhD, director of WHO EMRO, said in a statement today some countries in the region have experiences surges after lifting restrictions or are experiencing them following other emergency situations.For example, he said Libya recently reported a record daily high, and in Lebanon, cases were already increasing before the Beirut blast and are now picking up speed. He added that Gaza also reported its first cases outside of the quarantine setting.”Other countries such as Iraq, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia are also witnessing upsurges of varying degrees,” he said, adding that various factors are influencing COVID-19 patterns across the region, including migrants, mass religious gatherings, and sociopolitical events. To address the challenges, Al-Mandhari said the regional office is setting up a task force to work with member states to conduct an evidence-based analysis and explore the most effective rapid responses.An encouraging sign is that 8 months into the pandemic, health system responses are maturing across the region, he said, noting that officials are adding a health system development pillar to its COVID-19 incident management support team.Cases rise in former European hot spotsSpain today reported its highest daily total since its lockdown ended, with 9,658 new cases, CNN reported. The country’s health emergencies director said the current death rate is lower than the country’s first wave, and the percentage of people with asymptomatic cases is much higher.The country yesterday announced extra measures to keep school safe, including requiring that all children older than 6 wear masks and capping classrooms to 20 students.Elsewhere, France also reported a post-lockdown daily case number today, with 7,379 reported, according to France 24. The health ministry said COVID-19 spread is now exponential, though so far hospitalizations are stable, with the virus spreading mainly in young people who have few symptoms.In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel today warned that pandemic activity could increase in the months ahead and that life won’t return to normal until a vaccine has been developed, Reuters reported.Like other parts of Europe, COVID-19 activity has increased in Germany in recent weeks, and government officials today vowed to keep schools open but tightened some controls, such as extending a ban on large gatherings until the end of the year and strengthening quarantine rules for travelers coming from high-risk countries.In other global developments:The United Kingdom has announced $11 million in funding to support three studies to better understand the immune response to COVID-19 infection. According to a press release from the National Institute for Health Research, the effort is especially geared toward understanding the T-cell response, with the goal of identifying targets for new treatments.Japan, ahead of the 2021 Summer Olympics, has put forward an aggressive vaccine plan, shooting for 521 million doses from 5 different vaccines, Reuters reported.Cuba’s COVID-19 activity is increasing again, spreading from Havana to other parts of the country as rules covering domestic summer travel has eased. Last week the country reported its highest weekly total, 269 cases, and Havana’s governor yesterday announced a 2-week curfew and a ban on travel from Havana to other parts of Cuba. The WHO has said cases are rising in other Caribbean countries and territories.last_img read more

International Battery Announces CEO Transition Plans and Executive Appointments

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  ALLENTOWN, Pa. — International Battery Inc., a U.S. developer and manufacturer of large-format lithium-ion batteries for energy storage applications in stationary, transportation and military markets, has announced transition plans for its leadership team. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Mark Mills, the company’s current chairman, will assume the positions of CEO and vice chairman, effective Sept. 1. Dr. Ake Almgren, the company’s current CEO and vice chair, will step down as CEO and become chairman and consultant to International Battery also effective Sept. 1. In addition to his board role, Dr. Almgren will assist in the CEO transition and continue for the balance of 2011 as a full-time consultant to the company, and during 2012 as an ongoing strategic consultant. Thomas Puza, formerly of Ener1, has joined International Battery as chief operating officer. In addition, Joseph Jacobs, president of Wexford Capital LP, will be joining the board.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisementlast_img read more