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Jennifer Kocour Named Chief Operating Officer of CCT Research as Company Continues U.S. Expansion

An experienced clinical research leader, Kocour will oversee business operations and strategic growth for the CCT Network of Sites

CCT Research, a company offering an innovative approach to conducting clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of debilitating diseases, announced today that Jennifer Kocour has joined the company as its Chief Operating Officer. Kocour brings a wealth of industry experience, having started her career as a Clinical Research Assistant before advancing to roles as a Site Coordinator, Regional Manager, Clinical Team Lead, and Vice President of Operations.

Kocour’s appointment comes as CCT Research continues to rapidly expand its geographic and therapeutic reach since opening its doors in 2017. “I’m excited to join a company that’s dedicated to industry innovation, exceptional patient care, and the growth and development of our staff as we continue to grow as a company,” said Kocour.

CCT Research currently has 17 sites across Arizona, Nebraska, and Utah. The sites are located in physicians’ offices, medical clinics, and senior living communities; and the company is looking to add partner sites in new markets. By embedding its clinical research infrastructure and staff into these facilities, CCT Research provides convenient and comfortable study locations for qualified patients in a variety of therapeutic areas. Recently, the company was selected to partner with several top pharmaceutical companies to conduct trials for a COVID-19 vaccine.

“Strong leadership is key to supporting these critical study efforts and future medical research,” said CJ Anderson, President of CCT Research. “Jennifer is a proven leader, and her diverse background provides an understanding of each individual’s role in conducting a successful clinical trial. We’re happy to have her as the newest member of our executive leadership team.”

About CCT Research

CCT Research is a company offering an innovative approach to conducting clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of debilitating diseases. CCT’s research sites are located within physicians’ offices, medical clinics, and senior living communities to support research in the fields of Neurology, Family Practice, and Dermatology, with plans to include additional therapy areas in the near future. The company’s unique model simplifies the process for trial participants and provides pharmaceutical sponsors with high quality data. For more information, visit cctresearch.com.

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Alain Borczuk, M.D., Named Editor of Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) has appointed Alain C. Borczuk, MD, FCAP, chief of thoracic pathology and professor of pathology at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, to serve as editor-in-chief of CAP’s peer-reviewed publication, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

As former vice chairman of anatomic pathology and current chief of thoracic pathology at Weill Cornell, Dr. Borczuk has served as a full-time surgical pathologist and pulmonary pathologist supporting multidisciplinary clinical programs in neoplastic and non-neoplastic lung diseases, and he has won awards for teaching medical students and residents. A strong advocate for quality assurance and compliance, Dr. Borczuk has served on CAP laboratory inspection teams and participated on a CAP advisory panel to assess molecular testing guidelines in lung carcinoma.

Dr. Borczuk is a graduate of Cornell University Medical College and previously served as vice-chairman and professor of clinical pathology at Columbia University. In 2019, he was awarded a National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute Moonshot Grant for his research on intercepting progression from pre-invasive to invasive lung adenocarcinoma.

“Dr. Borczuk follows previous Archives editors with extensive experience and achievements in clinical practice and research. I believe he will continue the journal’s record of innovation,” said CAP President Patrick Godbey, MD, FCAP and the Archives search committee chair. “We welcome Dr. Borczuk and look forward to his contributions and leadership to further enhance the scientific reputation of the Archives of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.”

“Pathology faces major challenges in this period of great innovation in molecular pathology, artificial intelligence, increasing compliance needs, greater sub-specialization and emergence of new education routes via social media,” said Dr. Borczuk. “I am honored to become editor-in-chief and believe the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will play a key role in meeting these challenges and remain at the forefront of national and international prominence in supporting the education and dissemination of key information to practicing pathologists.”

The Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, the monthly international peer-reviewed journal of the College of American Pathologists, is the most highly read journal/periodical title among US practicing pathologists.

About the College of American Pathologists (CAP)

As the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists with almost 18,000 members and as the leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the CAP serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. Ninety-eight percent of the top 1,000 laboratories in the U.S. are CAP accredited. Pathologists oversee and provide laboratory testing and diagnose viruses, chronic diseases, cancers, and other health conditions. For more information, visit yourpathologist.org to watch pathologists at work and see the stories of the patients who trust them with their care. Visit www.cap.org.

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Friendly Dental Group Named Number One Dentist in Charlotte, North Carolina – Press Release

The American Dental Association recently announced the Friendly Dental Group of Charlotte as the #1 dentist in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Charlotte, NC – October 13, 2020 – The Friendly Dental Group in Charlotte, North Carolina is proud to be named the number one dental practice in Charlotte, North Carolina by the American Dental Association. This prestigious award was given to the Friendly Dental Group in Charlotte after it was judged superior to tens of dental practices in Charlotte.

The American Dental Association (ADA) is a 163,000+ member association that exists to power the profession of dentistry. Formed over 160 years ago, they promote the art and science of dentistry by supporting dental professionals through services like Find-a-Dentist, Third-Party Payer Concierge, credentialing tools, contract review, and much more. Their mission is to ensure all member dentists have what they need when they need it and even before it is needed to help them succeed.

The American Dental Association uses a meticulous process to determine the most outstanding dental practice in each town and state. Throughout the year, respected dental practice is nominated by people of the community. Each candidate’s qualifications are then reviewed and verified. Finally, the association takes an in-depth look at the dentist’s education, experience, staff strength, environment, board certification, professional associations, and awards. They also conduct various surveys and voting to determine the overall position. After these processes, the winner will now be chosen.

After many surveys and voting in 2019 and 2020, the Friendly Dental Group was chosen as the number one dentist in Charlotte. The American Dental Association recognized the practice for its excellence in dentistry based on its outstanding aesthetic results and clinical excellence; advanced technologies; complete patient care and treatment; superior physical environment; commitment and leadership; and excellent management of the practice.

“We are honored to be named the number one dental practice in Charlotte, as it confirms our practice philosophy of delivering the best dentistry possible to our patients. A true dedication to excellence runs through every staff member of our office,” Dr. Ronald Cohen said.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact the Friendly Dental Group today. They are always eager to use their award-winning skills to give you a stunning smile.

About Friendly Dental Group

Friendly Dental Group is one of the largest and fastest-growing dental practices in the Carolinas with offices throughout North and South Carolina. They offer patients a wide range of dental procedures, including cleanings, whitening, fillings, implants, root canals, crowns, dentures, bridges, periodontics, and veneers, amongst many other dental services. The Friendly Dental Group is committed to providing patients with affordable and high-quality dental care with a smile.

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Jen Johns named executive director of The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio

Jen Johns has been named the new executive director of the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio (AMCNO), the local physician advocacy group.

Johns will begin on Monday, Oct. 19, replacing Elayne R. Biddlestone, who plans to retire at the end of this year after serving as a staff member and executive vice president/CEO of the AMCNO for a total of more than 40 years, according to a news release.

Before joining the AMCNO, Johns led Cleveland Clinic’s state government relations work in Columbus as the health system’s director of government relations. In her time at the Clinic, she tackled issues including prior authorization reform, telehealth expansions, Medicaid reimbursement, addressing the opioid epidemic and examining scope-of-practice issues, according to the release. She also served as founder and chairwoman of the organization’s internal opioid task force that worked on solutions to the opioid epidemic in Northeast Ohio.

Before the Clinic, Johns lobbied for health care issues on Capitol Hill for the Children’s Hospital Association and a national patient advocacy organization; served as a graduate research assistant at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, researching mental health benefits for children enrolled in state CHIP programs; and worked in government relations for University Hospitals and for Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, according to the release.

She earned her master’s of public health degree in health policy and management from the University of Pittsburgh and her bachelor of arts degree in political science from Ohio State University.

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Jasmine Food Named Their 16th Consecutive “Malaysia’s Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand Award”

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Amidst the current unprecedented time of economic downturn due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Jasmine Food Corporation (Jasmine) Sdn Bhd has demonstrated its sustainable performance as evidenced by 10th consecutive years of receiving awards by Reader’s Digest. The 2020 accolade saw Jasmine awarded with “Platinum Trusted Brand” in the Rice category among other Rice Brand in Malaysia. 

Jasmine Food supports Pusat Darah Negara’s (PDN) Blood Donation Drive
Jasmine Food supports Pusat Darah Negara’s (PDN) Blood Donation Drive

“We have established our presence for more than 5 decades as one of the leading rice market producers and distributors in Malaysia. We are proud of the awards that we have received for so many years. The awards, for us, is encouragement to enhance our trusted brand to keep providing the highest quality of our healthy rice variants,” Lim Swee Keat, CEO of Jasmine Food Corporation, explained.

Lim also concerns about healthy eating lifestyle. For that reason, Jasmine provides rice produced through the right cultivation that can grow healthy products. “Among our products range in the list are fragrant, basmathi, calrose, health rice, glutinous rice, rice vermicelli, and we also have imported white rice.”

Innovation is one crucial element that also attributes to the success of Jasmine, which is evidenced by the production of innovative products such as long grain basmathi rice. This type of low-fat and low carbohydrate rice contains a low level of glycemic index, protein, calcium and vitamins. Hence, Jasmine has won the trust and support achieved by partnering with the country’s health institute, Tung Shin Hospital, National Blood Donation Centre (PDN), National Diabetic Association, and National Heart Institute or Institute Jantung Negara (IJN).

“We became a subsidiary Padiberas Nasional Bhd (Bernas) in 1996 and have ever since imported a wide variety of rice from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Australia, and USA to cater to diverse needs of customers from various countries,” Lim added.

Reader’s Digest has for 22 consecutive years held such a prestigious accolade to gain insights into customers’ views and trusted brands, based on trustworthiness and credibility, quality, value, understanding of customer needs, innovation, and social responsibility. The insights were collected from around 8,000 individuals from five countries/regions, including Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines.  Platinum Trusted Brand Awards were given to brands that topped their category with an overwhelmingly higher score than their nearest competitor.

The trustworthiness, quality and credibility are also proven through Jasmine Rice’s money-back guarantee policy. Choose Jasmine products today, because you can trust in its quality and consistency.

For more information, visit: http://www.jasmine.com.my/ or https://www.facebook.com/jasminefoodcorporation

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Southridge Dental Group is Named the Best Dentist in Fontana, CA – Press Release

Southridge Dental Group is Named the Best Dentist in Fontana, CA

Fontana, CA – Southridge Dental Group is one of the leading dental care and treatment facilities in Fontana, CA. Focused on setting the standards for others to follow, the dental clinic boasts of a team of dental staff, assistants, and administrative staff who are committed to delivering the best experience to each patient that walks into the clinic. By offering 5-star dental services and unwavering support to patients, Southridge Dental Group has been named the best dentist in the area.

Members of the Fontana, CA community, as well as those who live in surrounding areas, can now have access to the best dental care and treatment services delivered in a comfortable, safe, and relaxing environment. The dental team at Southridge Dental Group not only understands that many have had bad dental experiences in the past but also makes sure that patients are presented with a pain-free dental solution using state of the art dental solutions and technologies.

Patients who come into the clinic to see the Dentist will find that they will be offered a one on one consultation service with the dentist in their comfortable and relaxing dental office. Patients will be allowed to lodge their complaints and the dentist will ask questions and then carry out a thorough examination of the mouth where necessary to ascertain the diagnosis.

The team at Southridge Dental Group understands that the path to effective treatment is to first accurately diagnose the problem and this is why the team continues to invest heavily in the latest dental technologies to aid accurate diagnosis.

Describing the approach to dental solutions at the clinic, the spokesperson for the leading Dentist in Fontana said, “Dr. Sanjay Merchant, Dr. Brian Hilton, Dr. Artur Shahnubaryan, and our friendly dental team are committed to helping you reach the goals you have for your smiles with our uncompromising care and state-of-the-art technology. We believe in helping each and every one of our patients receive the individualized treatment plan that is right for their needs and for their smiles. Whatever your goals, we will do all we can to help you reach them. Whether you are visiting our office for a routine dental exam and teeth cleaning, one of our popular cosmetic services or you are restoring your smile with one of our restorative dental treatments, we will help you have a positive experience. Your health, your smile, and your comfort are our priority.”

Patients at the clinic will have access to personalized dental care and treatment services across all practice areas. The dental team, serving Fontana, CA, and the nearby areas including Mira Loma, Riverside, San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Corona, Norco, and Rialto, CA, provides general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry solutions to patients who come into the clinic.

Southridge Dental Group is located at 14050 Cherry Ave # A, Fontana, CA 92337, US. For dental services, contact their team by calling +1 909-822-9090 to schedule an appointment. For additional information regarding their services, send an email to [email protected]

Huma Mirza, D.D.S. of Smile! Dental Boutique in Warren, New Jersey Named 2020 NJ Top Dentist

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Huma Mirza, DDS of Smile! Dental Boutique in Warren, New Jersey has been reviewed and approved by NJ Top Dentists for 2020. Dr. Mirza provides a full spectrum of general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services at her Warren, New Jersey office. She has expertise with porcelain veneers, dental implants, crowns, and bridges.

Dr. Mirza’s key mission as a dentist is to provide her patients with a new, positive outlook on dentistry.

Dr. Mirza graduated from United Medical and Dental School of Guys’, Kings and St Thomas’ in London in 2002. This is one of the most prestigious dental schools in the United Kingdom. She graduated at the top of her class, winning prizes in orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, dental public health, microbiology, immunology, pathology, conservative dentistry, and was entered to win the Gold Medal prize for best dental student in London, in which she achieved the runner up position.

Upon graduating she married and moved to America where she attended NYU College of Dentistry graduating in 2006 with the highest GPA in her class. She was on the Dean’s list for all 3 years at NYU and won the Ethics prize and a certificate of achievement in recognition of outstanding achievements. Dr. Mirza then took part in the honors program in Oral Surgery, and was inducted into the omega chapter of OKU, an elite dental society joined by invitation only. Upon graduating from dental school Dr. Huma has taken extensive continuing education classes to improve her skill range, enabling her to be able to provide an extensive range of treatments for her patients, and helping her keep abreast of new technologies available.

Whether you need a simple filling or a full cosmetic reconstruction, Dr. Mirza has the knowledge, expertise and equipment to meet your needs with the best treatment the industry has to offer.

To learn more about Dr. Huma Mirza and her practice, Smile! Dental Boutique please visit: https://njtopdocs.com/nj-dentists/drhumamirza/

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Laurie Delgado Named Vice President of Appeals and Grievances for Beacon Healthcare Systems

Delgado Brings Two Decades of Leadership Experience in Medicare A&G to Oversee Beacon’s Industry-Leading Virtual Appeals Manager Tool

Laurie Delgado, who over the past two decades has overseen Medicare appeals and grievances for two of the nation’s largest and most highly respected health plans, has been named vice president of appeals and grievances for Beacon Healthcare Systems, effective immediately. Beacon is home to the health care industry’s leading compliance and risk management technologies.

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Laurie Delgado, Vice President of Appeals and Grievances, Beacon Healthcare Systems (Photo: Business Wire)

For the past five years, Delgado has served as director of Medicare grievances and appeals for Anthem where she led and developed a team of over 120 staff, including clinicians, auditors, analysts and support personnel to achieve a level of excellence in handling customer appeals with strict compliance of regulatory processes and timeframes. Immediately prior she served in a similar role for UnitedHealth Group where over an 18-year career she was responsible for various aspects of appeals and grievances operations, project management and process improvement.

At Beacon, Delgado will oversee the company’s highly acclaimed Virtual Appeals Manager (VAM), the industry’s most intuitive and easy-to-use appeals and grievances tool. Designed by health plan compliance and operational experts, VAM is a highly configurable and automated solution that can be implemented in record time and provides unparalleled control and transparency of cases from intake to review, thus ensuring complete compliance with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. VAM also helps reduce a massive amount of health plan letters into a manageable and efficient core of templates. As a result of its reliability, transparency and ease of use, VAM has been shown to improve star ratings, translating into additional dollars from CMS to the health plan that can be investing into better serving members.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Laurie’s leadership experience join our team and oversee the products and capabilities we offer our health plan clients in the area of appeals and grievances,” said Beacon CEO Ken Stockman. “Her deep experience with government regulations, compliance standards and process improvement will help us achieve an even greater footprint in the Medicare Advantage space as we continue to develop innovative solutions that our customers and their members find of enormous value.”

Beacon Healthcare Systems is home to the health care industry’s leading compliance and risk management technologies, providing health plans of all sizes and sponsorships with customizable and scalable SaaS (Service as a Software) solutions that ensure accountability, accuracy and operational efficiency. With a focus on appeals, grievances, compliance and analytics, Beacon HCS is the first place health plans turn to when they are looking for a trusted, experienced partner who can help them reduce costs, grow revenue and achieve their strategic goals. Founded in 2011, Beacon HCS is a privately held California-based company with a technology center located in Austin, Texas. beaconhcs.com

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Local doctor named Texas Dentist of the Year

HARLINGEN — Early on, Dr. Gary M. Schwarz was originally inspired to become a farmer like his father.

However, after his parents recommended he become a doctor or a dentist because of his love for biology, he became inspired to pursue a career in dentistry and oral surgery.

Schwarz grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and now has offices in Brownsville, Harlingen, Weslaco and McAllen.

To him, being a dentist and oral surgeon is a very rewarding career that helps make a difference in people’s lives.

On Sept. 17, Schwarz was selected as the 2020 Texas Dentist of the Year at the Texas Academy Awards celebration.

“Upon being announced the 2020 Texas Dentist of the Year, I am so shocked and I am so touched,” Schwarz stated. “I want to extend my thanks to the Rio Grande Valley Dental Society, Rio Grande Valley AGD, Rio Grande Valley Study Club and the Academy of General Dentistry. Most importantly, thank you to my staff, my beautiful wife and thank God. God is good.”

According to a news release from the Texas Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), this award is considered the most prestigious honor a Texas dentist can earn.

He was nominated by the Rio Grande Valley AGD and chosen from among 14 nominees by a panel of judges.

Nominations are received from local components of the Texas AGD and district dental societies from all areas of Texas.

The winner is determined based on contributions to dentistry, service to the community, dedication to principles of continuing education and other activities that indicate character and excellence.

The Texas AGD selects a dentist every year to honor as the Texas Dentist of the Year.

According to the release, judges believed two dentists were deserving of the award this year and presented it to both Schwarz and Dr. C. Roger Macias of San Antonio.

“Schwarz has been deeply involved in organized dentistry for as long as he has been in practice and has served on all levels — local, statewide and national,” the release states.

Schwarz received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry in 1978.

Early in his career, Schwarz met and studied with Dr. P.I. Brannemark.

The release further states that this opportunity allowed Schwarz to open an implant center and begin mentoring dentists by providing a platform for regular and frequent continuing education programs.

“From the time he first started his practice, Schwarz’s mission has always been to take good care of anyone who came through the door,” the release states.

According to the press release, Schwarz has been profoundly influenced by his mentor, Dr. D. Lamar Byrd who believed oral surgery was an essential service to the community, and with that came added responsibility.

“To this day, I believe it was sage advice and I have always conducted my practice with this core ethic in mind,” Schwarz stated.

Most recently, he served as president of the Rio Grande Valley AGD

Schwarz named Texas Dentist of the Year

Dr. Gary M. Schwarz

Harlingen dentist Gary M. Schwarz was named the 2020 Texas Dentist of the Year at the Texas Academy Awards celebration. The award is considered the most prestigious honor a Texas dentist can earn.

In a news release from the Texas Academy of General Dentistry, the organization sayid Schwarz was nominated by the Rio Grande Valley Academy of General Dentistry and chosen from among 14 nominees by a panel of judges. Nominations are received from local components of the Texas AGD and district dental societies from all areas of Texas.

This year two dentists were presented with the award – Dr. Gary Schwarz and Dr. C. Roger Macias of San Antonio.

“I am so shocked, and I am so touched. I want to extend my thanks to the Rio Grande Valley Dental Society, Rio Grande Valley AGD, Rio Grande Valley Study Club, and the Academy of General Dentistry. Most importantly, thank you to my staff, my beautiful wife, and thank God. God is good,” Schwarz said after learning of the award.

Dr. Schwarz received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry in 1978. Most recently, he served as the President of the Rio Grande Valley AGD and will be President-Elect for the Rio Grande Valley Dental Society in 2021.

Schwarz has offices in Brownsville, Harlingen, Weslaco, and McAllen.

 

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