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Courtesy of Phil Freeman/WWF-Australia - The Peruvian government and key partners sign a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to ensure the viability of 76 protected areas (20 million hectares) in the Peruvian Amazon



ICU Consortium

Just what the doctor ordered

Hemispheres Magazine November 4, 2014

The U.S. invests massively in its health system, a sizeable $8,508 and the most expensive in the world, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund. The considerable investment, for many hospitals, appears in the form of new technologies, advancements in academic research and greater access to high-quality care for patients.

These technological developments are most apparent at Memorial Hermann, especially ...

Patient and Family Engagement

Nurturing a collaborative culture

By Diana Mahoney Press Ganey November 3, 2014

The menu given to family members of patients in the Weinberg intensive care unit (WICU) for surgical oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital is unlike any they’ve probably seen before. It doesn’t list food options, nor does it ask about environmental preferences. Instead, it offers opportunities for family members to become part of the patient-care team.

Called the ...


Holly Potter named chief communications officer of Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

November 3, 2014

PALO ALTO, – The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has selected Holly Potter as its chief communications officer. Ms. Potter will assume her post on November 17, 2014. She will report into the incoming president, Harvey V. Fineberg, who joins the foundation on January 1, 2015.

“Holly’s extensive background in ...

Forests and Agricultural Market Initiative

GRSB releases global principles and criteria for sustainable beef


SAO PAULO – The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) announced today that its membership has overwhelmingly approved global Principles and Criteria for defining sustainable beef and sustainable beef production practices. Members of the global beef community, including representatives from every segment of the supply chain, have worked on this collaborative effort for more ...

Marine Conservation Initiative

New guide to evaluating marine plans

UNESCO October 28, 2014

Marine spatial plans are being developed in over 40 countries around the world, to distribute human activities in marine areas more sustainably and achieve ecological, social, and economic objectives. However, monitoring and evaluation are often considered only after a plan has been developed. The new guide released by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental ...

Marine Conservation Initiative

Is a seafood traceability program worth the investment? There's a way to find out

Seafood International October 27, 2014

Who wouldn't want to know exactly where their seafood comes from? But is a traceability system worth the investment? If you’re not sure, then you might want to take advantage of a free tool now available.

Traceability is a great concept – who wouldn't want to know exactly where their ...


Dr. Harvey Fineberg named president of Moore foundation, and other news makers

Modern Healthcare October 25, 2014

Dr. Harvey Fineberg has been named president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, a not-for-profit based in Palo Alto, Calif., that offers grants for projects to improve patient care. His appointment is effective in January.

Fineberg, 69, will replace Paul Gray, who will remain as vice chairman of the ...

Patient and Family Engagement

A roadmap for patient and family engagement

Center of Health Engagement October 16, 2014

Recently a good friend, #CaseyQuinlan, shared a brave new document online: A Roadmap for Patient and Family Engagement in Health. It is a document for providers, patients, families, communities–88 pages of wonderful info. I’m excerpting the 5 things you can do today, as it’s certainly relevant to the enormous ...

Patient and Family Engagement

Spurring a movement for patient and family centered care

By Peter Pronovost, MD, PHD October 14, 2014

Earlier this year, our hospital staff was weighing a new 24/7 family presence policy to allow immediate family members to stay with patients 24 hours a day. We knew this was a step in the direction of delivering patient- and family-centered care.

We presented the proposal at a meeting of ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Ancient gene

University of Delaware October 14, 2014

Researchers at the University of Delaware have discovered that an ancient gene -- ribonucleotide reductase (RNR), which occurs in all cellular life -- provides important biological insights into the characteristics of unknown viruses in the sea.

The results of this finding could ultimately lead to new tools for understanding the ...

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