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Persevere

Thursday, March 09, 2017

On Wednesday, I was invited to tour the new and improved Centinela Hospital.  A lot of positive changes have occurred since the hospital changed ownership, and this expansion is just one of them.  

 

Today, Centinela Hospital has a reputation for being one of the highest-rated health facilities in the area.  Residents can be proud to claim the hospital as belonging to our city.

 

In the 90s, residents had three nearby hospitals to go to: Centinela and Daniel Freeman in Inglewood, and Robert F. Kennedy in Hawthorne. The latter two were closed years ago, much to everyone’s disappointment.  And while another hospital would certainly make healthcare more easily accessible in Inglewood, it is important that we appreciate what we have…which leads me to my point.

 

There is a lot to be said about longevity and perseverance.  We all need to be reminded of their importance when it seems like life is at a standstill. 

 

If you have worked in Inglewood for several years, as I have, you start to appreciate your fellow business owners and colleagues a little more.  You are thankful that they are still around. Regardless of recessions or other setbacks, they managed to stay in the game and keep going. With just hope, a dream and a prayer, they hung in there and made something out of their lives.  

 

As you travel through Inglewood, and especially if you’re feeling a little stuck, take a look around.  Look closer at Centinela Hospital, The Fabulous Forum, Inglewood Cemetery, Wise Tires and other businesses that have stood the test of time.  There was a time when none of these establishments existed.  There was a time when the founders thought about giving up, but they didn’t. The point is, no matter what you may be going through, you are still here.  

 

In 3 weeks, the first quarter of 2017 will come to a close.  If you feel you got off track with your goals, now’s a great time to review where you want to go and how you intend to get there.  This Saturday or Sunday, we’ll turn our clocks ahead one hour.  Let this motivate you to literally move forward.  

 

The fact that you are still here means there is something left for you to do.  So let’s celebrate and get busy.

 

 

Part of $100 Million Renovation Effort

 

Hospital executives, elected officials and other community stakeholders attended a private ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday at Centinela Hospital, 555 E. Hardy Street. The event was held to showcase its newly expanded Emergency Room (ER), as part of a larger effort underway.

 

Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. City discussed the hospital against the backdrop of Inglewood’s current revitalization efforts.

 

Centinela Hospital Chief Executive Officer Linda Bradley discussed the hospital’s mission, performance and dedication to the community by providing quality healthcare.

 

Prime Healthcare General Counsel, Troy Schell, Esq. underscored the healthcare company’s mission to provide compassionate care and clinical excellence to all patients in Inglewood and the greater Los Angeles area.   

 

The public was invited to attend the community open house portion of the program which followed the ribbon-cutting.

 

Even in an uncertain healthcare environment, Centinela Hospital’s dedication to the community it serves is evident by the $100 million expansion and renovation plans currently in progress. 

 

In May 2016, the Hospital completed a $55 million seismic retrofit project that included the unveiling of a new hospital front entrance, lobby, admitting department, laboratory, gift shop, and administration areas. Additional remodeling and expansion projects under construction include: emergency department, maternal services and labor & delivery, radiology, hybrid cath lab, and pharmacy. 

 

Centinela Hospital is currently the largest employer in the city of Inglewood.  Serving more than 69,000 patients in 2016 alone, Centinela Hospital’s Emergency Department is one of the top 10 busiest privately run ER’s in Los Angeles County. 

 

To accommodate this patient flow and future growth, Centinela Hospital began a six-phase remodel and expansion project on its ER in early 2014. This project plan includes more than 10,000 square feet of additional space and increases the number of ER beds to 52 to allow the hospital’s doctors, nurses and staff to treat ER patients more efficiently in a soothing environment conducive to healing.

 

About Centinela Hospital Medical Center

 

Centinela Hospital Medical Center was founded in 1924 as Milton Hospital and since then has been serving the communities of Inglewood and Los Angeles. An award-winning facility, ranking in the top 5% nationally for quality and patient safety, Centinela Hospital Medical Center is a 369-bed acute-care hospital offering comprehensive, quality healthcare in a convenient, compassionate and cost-effective manner. The hospital offers a level III emergency department, orthopedic care, advanced cardiac services, peripheral artery disease treatment, cranial and neuro-spine surgery, and OB/GYN services in a caring and conducive environment. It is actively involved in improving the health of the community with programs designed to meet the needs of those that it serves. For more information, visit www.centinelamed.com.

 

While GOP leaders are pushing to roll out the new alternative to the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare by Easter, Democrats and some Republicans are saying “not so fast.” 

 

Critics say the Republican-sponsored healthcare bill, known as the American Health Care Act, would leave millions of lower income individuals without coverage.  

 

Currently, 20 million people have health coverage under Obamacare. About 1.2 million are enrolled in California.  Subsidies from the federal government are used to buy health plans through California’s marketplace, known as Covered California. 

 

Republicans are still tweaking the proposal, but here are key differences and similarities to Obamacare: 

 

The good news is premiums will not go up for those with pre-existing illnesses and adult children can stay on their parents’ plans until age 26.  That is where the similarities end.

 

Obamacare requires everyone to have coverage or pay a penalty.  AHCA would do away with the mandate, but would impose a 30% penalty if insurance lapses.

 

AHCA would use tax credits to subsidize insurance coverage, and those credits would be based on a person’s age instead of income.  Individuals 30 and younger would receive a $2,000 tax credit.  People between 31-59 would get $3,000 in tax credits and those 60 and older would receive $4,000.  

 

A low income man interviewed by “NBC Nightly News” said he wouldn’t be able to afford coverage under the GOP plan. He makes about $30,000 a year and pays $1,000 in income tax.  The government would give him a $1,000 tax credit and issue a check for the balance. He currently received a $4,200 subsidy under Obamacare, so he would lose $1,200.

 

“I don’t see the credits as enough to offset the cost of buying insurance on the private market,” he said.

 

The AHCA would freeze expansion of Medicaid, known in California as Medi-Cal, in 2020.  In California, Medi-Cal provides coverage to more than a third of California residents. 

 

Under Obamacare, states received money for their Medicaid programs, which are jointly funded by state and federal governments. California currently receives $15.3 billion in federal funding for the Medicaid expansion, according to the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office.

 

Under Obamacare, the federal government reimburses states for their programs’ expenses regardless of the amount.  AHCA would put a cap on the amount of money.

 

While supporters of the new bill say capping Medicaid would force states to handle funds more efficiently, health care economists say the only way funds could be curtailed would be to drop people from the program. 

 

“Such a change would effectively reverse a 50-year trend of expanding Medicaid in order to protect the most vulnerable Americans,” according to a recent report from the Commonwealth Fund.

 

AHCA would also ban federal funding for Planned Parenthood and other health facilities that provide abortion services. In addition to abortions, Planned Parenthood provides a host of other women’s health services, including breast and vaginal exams, and birth control. If the bill were to pass as is, low income women would see these vital services disappear.

 

“The losers are lower income people who really need financial assistance,” said Sara Rosenbaum, a professor at George Washington University.

 

It is not clear how much the GOP plan would cost.

 

 

 

Dr. Ben Carson, Brilliant Idiot

Thursday, March 09, 2017

By Veronica Mackey

 

“He was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013. As a pioneer in neurosurgery, Carson's achievements include performing the only successful separation of conjoined twins joined at the back of the head, pioneering the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb, performing the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins…”--Wikipedia

 

This abbreviated biography of Dr. Ben Carson is more than impressive. In fact, anyone with these accolades is in a special category reserved for geniuses.  Unfortunately, for Dr. Carson, these high level achievements seem misplaced as soon as he opens his mouth.  Since he came on the political scene in 2014, Carson has made a number of eyebrow-raising remarks that make me wonder how he ever became the head of pediatric neurosurgery or any other lofty thing.

 

As a follower of Dr. Carson, I have always admired his work.  I mean, separating conjoined twins and having them leave the hospital alive—who does that?  And when you’re black, pulling something off like this is even more amazing because of what he most likely had to go through just to get through medical school.

 

Carson was not born privileged, but his ties to the black experience in America have clearly unraveled.  “I often question the blackness of people like Ben Carson—black folks who’ve reached high levels of achievement,” Inglewood businessman James Woods said.  “They tend to take on white sensibilities and distance themselves from the black experience.  There’s a lot you cannot tell just by looking at us and our black skin.”

 

As much as I admired Dr. Carson as a surgeon, that admiration quickly turned to contempt when he decided to run for president.  A whole new man emerged, one I did not recognize or even like.  He got on my bad side when he began dogging my president (Obama). He made some pretty outlandish remarks, such as:

 

“Anyone caught involved in voter fraud should be immediately deported and have his citizenship revoked.”  He actually advocated for stripping non-citizens of their non-existent American citizenship if they are caught voting.  

 

“Obamacare is the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. In a way, it is slavery, because it is making all of us subservient to the government.” How could a doctor—a black doctor—say such a thing?  When poor and low income families have access to affordable care, they get better.  Who cares if they were helped by government funds?

 

When Donald Trump asked Carson to head the Department of Health and Human Services after dropping out of the presidential race months earlier, that job seemed like a good fit. But he turned it down.

 

Carson confidant Armstrong Williams told CNN, “He's never run an agency and it's a lot to ask.” Yet, Carson wanted to be our next president. As soon as things started to make sense, he accepted another cabinet post—heading the Department of Housing and Urban Development—a job he knows nothing about.

 

The good doctor apparently knows even less about American history.  He told his new HUD employees on Monday: “There were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer, even harder, for less, but they too had a dream…" 

 

Somebody give Carson a history book and a dictionary quick!  Slaves are not immigrants and immigrants are not slaves.  As far as slaves working harder, they had the most powerful of incentives—beatings, rapes, the threat of death.  Slaves did work harder for less, but for less than what?  Free?

 

And if Carson thinks slaves came here to pursue their dreams, he’s the only one who’s dreamin’.

 

With a successful medical career behind him, fame and fortune, Ben Carson is in good shape. He should do all of us a favor and resign as the HUD head before any serious damage is done.  He should travel the world and enjoy his golden years as Dr. Ben Carson, Brilliant Idiot.

 

 

 

 

 

By Angel Johnson

 

The Los Angeles Promise Fund announced it will open a new film and television academy. LA Charter High School #1 is set to open in South Los Angeles for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

“The LA Promise Charter High School hopes to become a place of high quality education with strong community partnerships,” Qiana O’Leary, principal of the school said.

 

Founders were inspired to create a film based school to help get Millennials engaged in learning. When students are engaged, attendance rates and test scores increase, O’Leary said.

 

She has worked in education for 15 years. She’s served as a teacher and has taken on administrative roles.

 

The Los Angeles Charter School #1 will enroll 440 students. They have partnerships with independent production companies to help teach the students the elements of film and television. They will learn how to edit, write scripts and work with audio.

 

Students who attend The LA Charter High School #1 will also be able to obtain college credits. By the time they graduate from high school they can leave with an Associate's Degree.

 

“Even if they don’t pursue a career in film, they will still obtain skills that will help them in the workforce,” O’Leary said.

 

Not only will the school serve the students, but they will also provide resources for their families and the community.

  

Though the school is dedicated to helping students in South LA, enrollment is open to students throughout the LA area. To learn more go to http://www.lapchs.org/.

 

 

 

 

 

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