Thursday, February 28, 2008

Practice News Story 6: Press Release

Practice News Story 6: Press Release

February 28, 2008

For Immediate Release

ClearPoint Instruction LLC

President Mary Ann Parlin


Knowledge Helps Patients Recover up to 50 Percent Faster

ClearPoint works to Educate

LOGAN, Utah— Patients at local hospitals and physical therapy facilities are recovering faster thanks to help provided by ClearPoint Instruction LLC. ClearPoint is a local company that creates educational pamphlets about medical procedures to inform people about procedures they are undertaking. Senior Vice President Project Manager Preston Parker said, “It’s not about the money, it’s about doctors wanting their patients to recover better and quicker.” It has been found that educated patients recover up to 50 percent faster, are happier with their procedure, and are able to recover to a higher standard than those who are not.

ClearPoint has been working with Mountain West Physical Therapy and Cache Valley Specialty Hospital. They have created three pamphlets, a pregnancy wheel and DVD, along with other DVD’s including: inpatient surgery, out patient surgery, 2 meniscus videos, and a lumbar fusion procedure. These DVD’s not only cover the basics of those procedures but also information on common hospital policies like eating after midnight, fingernail polish and make-up, and jewelry. Knowing about this helps individuals get into surgery faster and saves doctors time and money. “We use simulated instruction which shows what is going to happen by using examples.” Parker said.

This service is free for patients. Why not become informed? The health benefits of knowing before you go are incredible. Doctors and patients alike love this program. Let’s work together to improve Utah health care.

ClearPoint Instruction LLC is a Utah-based company made up of a small team of well-trained and highly-experienced designers. Our staff have degrees in instructional technology, curriculum and instruction, computer science, and graphic design. In addition, they have a combined 40+ years of experience in designing and developing instructional products and educational services. That is why we use a model-centered approach to design instruction. We start by developing accurate models of what your patients need to know, do, and feel about their own health. Next, we create instructional materials and learning activities that actively engage patients in solving authentic problems related to their health. Finally, we work with you to conduct research that lets you know if the patients are really learning. At ClearPoint Instruction, we are dedicated to designing instruction that works. And we promise you this: Your patients will clearly see the main point.

For more information please contact

McKell Blake, Public Relations Manager



Thursday, February 14, 2008

PRACTICE News Story: Obituary Oprah Winfrey

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Oprah Gail Winfrey 1954 – 2008 Oprah Gail Winfrey passed away Feb. 14, 2008. A tragic accident claimed her life around 3:30 p.m. While walking to her car after filming her talk show, Oprah, Winfrey was surrounded by excited fans. Oprah’s bodyguards were helpless in the brothel that soon arouse. Her body was found under the crowd. Sadly her followers loved her too much. Oprah was suffocated in the mob.
Winfrey was born to Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey on Jan. 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Oprah’s grandmother had said that ever since she could talk Oprah has been on stage. As a child she played games interviewing her corncomb doll and the crows on the fence. At 19 she became not only the first black women but also the youngest news anchor at Nashville’s WTVF-TV. He career has been on the rise ever since. The Oprah Winfrey Show has remained the number one talk show for 21 consecutive seasons; the show is seen by approximately 46 million viewers a week in the U.S. alone. In April of 2000 she introduced O, The Oprah Magazine which is now one of the most widely read lifestyle magazine productions. As a producer she is one of the most influential names from Hollywood to Broadway.
Winfrey has dedicated her life to the service of others. As the first African-American woman to become a billionair she was able to donate millions of dollars helping others. She opened South Africa's Oprah Winfrey Leadership Acadamy for Girls and started the Oprah Winfrey Foundation. Her influence is still felt throughout the world.
Oprah has been named Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people five times. Other awards include; International Radio & Television Society Foundations—Gold Medal Award (1996), TV Guide—Television Performer of the Year (1997), Newsweek—Most Important Person in Books and Media (1997), National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences®-- Lifetime Achievement Award (1998), more than 40 Daytime Emmy Awards®: seven for Outstanding Host; nine for Outstanding Talk Show; more than 20 in the Creative Arts categories; and one for Oprah’s work as supervising producer of the ABC After School Special Shades of Single Protein, Time Magazine—100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century (1998), National Book Foundation—50th Anniversary Gold Medal (1999), 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards®-- Bob Hope Humanitarian Award (2002), Broadcasting &Cable—Hall of Fame (2002), Association of American Publishers—AAP Honors Award (2003), United Nations Association of the United States of America—Global Humanitarian Action Award (2004), National Association of Broadcasters—Distinguished Service Award (2004), National Civil Rights Museum—2005 National Freedom Award, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People—Hall of Fame (2005), International Academy of Television Arts &Sciences—2005 International Emmy Founders Award, The New York Public Library—Library Lion 2006, and The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Huanity—2007 Humanitarian Award.
She is survived by her husband, Stedman Graham, four dogs, best friend Gayle King, and countless fans. She was preceded in death by her half-brother, parents, and grandmother, Hattie Mae. Oprah Winfrey was best known for her wonderful personality and humanitarian work. Oprah said, “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” She exemplified this motto. Oprah Winfrey will be missed by the world.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

PNS 4- Court

Posted: Feb. 7, 2008, 10:16 a.m.

Burglars To be Tried

LOGAN, Utah- Thursday Feb. 1st Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse was broken into. Two individuals have been arrested and charged with felony burglary.

The preliminary hearing was held today to determine if there was sufficient evidence to hold a trial. Forensic evidence was presented and found to be enough to set a court hearing for March 21, 2008. District Attorney Noel Mayfield is the prosecuting attorney on the case and is seeking for maximum punishment because both individuals have prior records and have worked together on previous law infractions.

Robbie Cochran, defense attorney, says that he is “surprised that the judge ordered trial based on evidence,” and that it will be an interesting trial because Judge Alan Mayfield, no relation to Noel Mayfield, is unpredictable. Cochran says that his client is innocent, “and you don’t need to prove innocence.”

Jim Michaels, 35 faces six months to a year in prison due to the previous infractions followed by this burglary of the LDS meetinghouse. He is free on a $5000 bond. The name of the other individual is not being released because he is a minor.