Angela Lansbury She may not unseat Cersei on the Throne of Swords, but she’s still one of our most beloved teapots. Dame Angela Lansbury surprised guests at the 25th anniversary screening of Beauty and the Beast in New York on September 18 with a performance of the classic title song. Joining her on the piano was fellow certified Disney Legend Alan Menken. Take a look at her touching return to the song below; it’s just the thing to tide us over while we wait for Emma Thompson’s rendition in the live action remake next March (and Lansbury’s forthcoming return to Broadway). View Comments
The Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Wesley W. Oswald has accepted the position of Interim Chief Executive Officer. Oswald is temporarily filling the position vacated by long-time NMC CEO Peter Hofstetter, who has accepted the CEO position at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, New Mexico. Oswald has over 42 years experience in hospital administration. Long-time community members may remember Oswald from his 5-year tenure as the Chief Executive Officer at Northwestern Medical Center in the mid 80s. As a retired CEO, Oswald retired from full-time permanent work in 2002, and has spent the past seven years serving in multiple interim positions throughout the country. He will join NMC s Leadership Team on June 1st. We are pleased to welcome Wes back to Vermont to help us in the interim, said John Casavant, President of the NMC Board of Directors. His professional experience and his familiarity with our community will make for a smooth transition. Our Board and Medical Staff are working closely with QHR on a national CEO search, said Casavant. Early indications of interest in the position are very strong and we expect to have our new permanent CEO in place by the Fall. QHR provides NMC with management and consulting services to NMC and about 200 other hospitals nationally. Joining Casavant on the CEO Search Committee are Board Members Judy Ashley- McLaughlin, Greg Mruk, and Paul Clark, as well as physicians Dr. Stephen Payne, Dr. Lowrey Sullivan, and Dr. Audrey von Lepel.
Rebekah Jones, the woman who created Florida’s popular COVID-19 dashboard, has created a new one of her own. We apply the CDC’s guidance on counting “recovered” cases to show by-county estimates of the number of recovered people. This calculation includes all cases diagnosed more than six weeks ago where no death, hospitalization or ER admission is on file. Jones was fired from the Florida Department of Health last month, for what she says was her refusal to censor data in order to support the state’s reopening plan.Gov. Ron DeSantis later said in a news conference that she had been terminated for insubordination, and for adding data on the website against the judgement of state doctors.The governor added that she is facing open criminal charges for sexual cyber-harassment and cyberstalking.In an interview with CNN, Jones said that she disagreed with state officials over COVID-19 data in rural counties, explaining that some information showed several rural counties did not meet the criteria to reopen. She claims her supervisors changed the criteria for reopening rural counties soon thereafter.“If refusing to mislead the public during a health crisis is insubordination, then I will wear that badge with honor,” Jones said. The Florida COVID Community Action website uses a “community-mapping approach,” in which the data is scaled to the local level. Members of the community can submit data instantly online, according to Jones.She says her new website shows the most up-to-date statistics along with “other data Florida leaders have previously tried to hide or restrict from public view.”People can search for the latest data in their counties, in addition to testing locations and hours, community events to help those struggling during the pandemic, and submit information about resources in their communities.A statement on the website rads:We count everyone who has had a confirmed-positive COVID-19 lab result, including antibody testing. Any cumulative count of positive people in Florida should include any person who has a confirmed-positive lab result, whether tested while symptomatic or not. This helps us better track the disease burden on healthcare systems and its spread in the community. We show the number of positive people, hospitalizations, and deaths for everyone tested in Florida, regardless of their legal address. DOH excludes non-residents from its demographic data, zip code data, death data, and case data over time.