March 23, 2010

by Jenny Dyer

Last night, Senator Bill Frist was honored by the T.J. Martell Foundation with the Lifetime Medical Achievement Award. Big Kenny Alphin of Nashville and Ross Perot Jr. of Dallas, TX presented the award citing Dr. Frist's contributions to medical science, the field of transplantation, and global health for the past 35 years.

The T. J. Martell Foundation , founded in 1975, raises funds for innovative cancer and AIDS research. Over $500,000 was raised at the event, with proceeds directed to the Frances Preston Center at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center. Frist was accompanied by his wife Karyn, and brother Tommy and his wife Trisha.

INFORMATION FOR RELEASE:

March 22, 2010

 

CHEVY PRESENTS

THE BRAD PAISLEY  H2O WORLD TOUR

Announced Today On World Water Day

 

Includes Fun-Filled "Water World Plaza"

Sponsored by Sea Ray Boats and Skinny Water

 

Special Guests include Darius Rucker, Justin Moore

Also appearing Easton Corbin, Steel Magnolia and Josh Thompson

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  Brad Paisley announced the first leg of his highly anticipated 2010 tour, H2O World Tour presented by Chevy, today on World Water Day - a day to draw attention to the 1 out of 5 people around the world who lack access to safe drinking water.  Paisley is proud to partner with Hope Through Healing Hands' campaign for clean, safe water.  With donations made to the campaign at each tour stop HTHH will be digging wells and purifying water in America and around the world.

H2O World Tour will hit more than 75 cities in the United States, Canada and Europe over the next 12 months.  Chevy is title sponsor for the tour.  Special guests will be Darius Rucker and Justin Moore.  Appropriately, Paisley's current single is "Water," from his American Saturday Night album.

H2O World Tour will include a "Water World Plaza," sponsored by Sea Ray Boats and Skinny Water, and will turn every city into a water festival.  Focal point in the Plaza area will be the "Water World Plaza Stage" featuring emerging new stars Easton Corbin, Steel Magnolia and Josh Thompson.  The tour extravaganza will open each day at 4:00pm with music starting at 5:00pm.  In addition to the music stage there will be multiple water-themed activities - including a Chevy H2O FLW fishing simulator, dunking booth, Hope Through Healing Hands' campaign booth, and more.

Chevy will be providing a Corvette driving simulator for concert goers to test the latest Corvette ZR1 series as well as their individual driving and racing skills against Paisley himself.  "If they can beat me, they can meet me," laughs Paisley. 

"I've never been this excited about a tour," continues Paisley.  "After one of the worst winters I can remember, we're going to make up for it this summer."

The tour will kick off May 21-22 in Virginia Beach, VA and Washington, DC.  Live Nation is the national tour promoter.  Tickets went on sale March 12 at LiveNation.com.

"Brad has always considered the fans first and foremost when planning a tour, and the H2O Tour is no exception.  Brad's vision was to have a full day of activity at each of the shows, and also provide a great value for the fan's dollar," says Brian O'Connell, President, Nashville Touring, for Live Nation.  "Introducing Easton Corbin, Steel Magnolia, and Josh Thompson to the tour on the "Water World Plaza Stage," and Darius Rucker and Justin Moore sharing the Main Stage continues Brad's commitment to bring the hottest acts in Country Music to enhance his spectacular show, and deliver value to the fans each and every night.  The H2O tour will prove to be the kick off to a great fun- filled summer!"

Country music superstar Brad Paisley is a consummate singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer, which has earned him three GRAMMY's, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards and 13 Country Music Association Awards.  Paisley has released eight critically acclaimed studio albums and has accumulated sales of over 10 million units.  His most recent album, American Saturday Night, was ranked as TIME magazine's 2009 #1 album of the year in any genre of music.  Paisley's most recent #1 single, "American Saturday Night," was his 16th #1 - the last 12 consecutive. Paisley's innovative and entertaining tours have consistently placed in the Top 5 in Pollstar for attendance and his 2009 American Saturday Night tour played to nearly 1.2 million fans in 8 months.  Currently Paisley is nominated for four ACM Awards - Entertainer, Male, Album (American Saturday Night) and Video ("Welcome to the Future").

About Darius Rucker:

Darius Rucker signed with Capitol Records Nashville in 2007 and has since been embraced by the country music community with his chart-topping 2008 debut, Learn to Live - an album that has produced three consecutive No. 1 singles and latest Top 5 smash, "History In The Making." Rucker's transition has been highly praised, with The New York Times proclaiming he has "one of the year's most vibrant country albums." Rucker's success in the country music format was recently recognized at the 43rd Annual CMA Awards when he received the Top New Artist title and again with an ACM Award nomination in the Top Male Vocalist of the Year category.  Rucker is currently in the studio working on his follow-up to Live.  For more information, please visit www.dariusrucker.com.

About Justin Moore:
Lauded as Billboard's "New Country Artist of 2009," Moore was the only new Country artist last year to earn #1 single status (for his hometown anthem "Small Town USA").  The success of "Small Town USA" made the Arkansas native the first solo artist to have a song from his/her debut album go to #1 since Taylor Swift's "Our Song" (from her Big Machine Records self-titled release) in December 2007.   The hit has sold over a half million downloads to-date. Moore's follow-up single, "Backwoods," is currently a Top 15 hit and rising.  Moore's self-titled album, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200's Top 10, was recognized as one of the best albums of 2009 in The New York Times'  "The Year in the Arts" list by music critic Jon Caramanica.  For more information, visit:  www.moorejustinmusic.com or www.myspace.com/moorejustinmusic

About Easton Corbin:

Recognized for the current #1 hit "A Little More Country Than That", newcomer Easton Corbin holds the title for the highest-charting male debut single for 2009 and 2010. People magazine awarded his self-titled debut album three out of four stars and claims it "sounds like the second coming of George Strait." Others agree. Billboard boasts "Taking a page from the Strait playbook, Corbin displays excellent song sense while offering an easygoing vocal style."; Newsday proclaims "Corbin may just be one of the year's breakout stars." And American Songwriter says "Easton has one of those rare, glorious voices that was made - just made - for singing country music." Easton wrote four songs for the record, which debuted as the #2 top-selling record on iTunes' Top Country Albums chart, as well as the #5 Top Album on the all-genre chart. Visit www.eastoncorbin.com or www.umgnashville.com to learn more about the Florida native.


About Steel Magnolia:

CMT's Can You Duet?  Season 2 winners Steel Magnolia (Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones) captivated America with their dynamic harmonies and musicianship that is one part Country and two parts Southern Soul.  Their win landed them a record deal with Big Machine Records - the home of Taylor Swift.  Since their win, Meghan and Joshua's debut single, "Keep On Lovin' You," has skyrocketed into the Top 15 on the Billboard Country Songs Chart and landed on the Valentine's Day Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.  Steel Magnolia are 2010 Academy of Country Music Award Nominees for Top Vocal Duo and Top New Vocal DuoFor more information on Steel Magnolia visit: www.bigmachinerecords.com/steelmagnolia.com or www.myspace.com/steelmagnoliamusic.com

About Josh Thompson:

Columbia Nashville recording artist Josh Thompson burst into the country music scene this year with his debut hit, "Beer On The Table," a down-to-earth anthem about working hard to party hard.  A native of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Josh began pouring concrete with his father at the age of 12, giving him first hand insight about the trials of hard-working people everywhere.  His debut album, Way Out Here, was produced by Michael Knox (Jason Aldean), and features 10 songs solely written or co-written by Josh.  Way Out Here has drawn praise from countless critics, including NPR Fresh Air's Ken Tucker and Billboard's Wade Jessen as well as People Magazine, Country Weekly, AOL's The Boot, CMT.com and others. For more info, check out www.joshthompsonofficial.com.

About Chevrolet:
Chevrolet is one of America's best-known and best-selling automotive brands, and one of the fastest growing brands in the world. With fuel solutions that range from "gas-friendly to gas-free," Chevrolet has 11 models that offer an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon or more on the highway, and offers two hybrid models. More than 2.5 million Chevrolets that run on E85 biofuel have been sold. Chevrolet delivers expressive design, spirited performance and strives to provide the best value in every segment in which it competes. More information can be found at www.chevrolet.com. For more information on the Volt, visit http://media.gm.com/volt or join the conversation at chevroletvoltage.com.

About Sea Ray Boats:

Founded in 1959, Sea Ray Boats is the world's largest manufacturer of superior quality pleasure boats. Sea Ray is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., and operates as part of the Boat Group division of Brunswick Corporation. With more than 40 models ranging from 17 to 61 feet, Sea Ray makes a boat for every lifestyle - each built with a unique commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and excellence throughout. Additional information about Sea Ray is available at searay.com.

About Skinny Nutritional Corp.:

Headquartered in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., Skinny Nutritional Corp., the creators of Skinny WaterR, a zero-calorie, zero-sugar, zero-sodium and zero-preservative enhanced water. Skinny Water comes in six great tasting flavors that include Acai Grape Blueberry, Goji Fruit Punch, Peach Mango Mandarin, Raspberry Pomegranate, Orange Cranberry Tangerine and Lemonade Passionfruit. Skinny Nutritional Corp. also expects to launch additional branded products, including Skinny SportR, and other Skinny branded beverages. For more information, visit www.SkinnyWater.com.

About Hope Through Healing Hands:

Hope Through Healing Hands is a Nashville-based 501(c) (3) that promotes improved quality of life for citizens and communities around the world using health as a currency for peace. HTHH supports health students and residents to do service and training in underserved clinics around the world. For more information, go to www.hopethroughhealinghands.org.

H2O World Tour dates:

May 21                        Virginia Beach, VA                   Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

May 22                        Washington, DC                       Jiffy Lube Live

May 28                        Kansas City, MO                     Sprint Center               

May 29                        St. Louis, MO                          Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

June 4                          Toledo, OH                              Lucas County Arena

June 5                          Indianapolis, IN                        Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

June 6                          Cincinnati, OH                          Riverbend Music Pavilion

June 11                        Detroit, MI                               DTE Energy Music Theatre

June 12                        Pittsburgh, PA                          First Niagara Pavilion

June 18                        Darien Lake, NY                      Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center   

June 19                        Philadelphia, PA                       Susquehanna Bank Center

June 23                        London, England *                   Shepherds Bush Empire

June 24                        London, England *                   Shepherds Bush Empire

June 25                        Oslo, Norway *                       Notodden Music Festival

July 16                         Chicago, IL                              First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

July 17                         Moline, IL                                iWireless Center

July 22                         Toronto, ONT                          Molson Ampitheatre                

July 23                         Cleveland, OH                         Blossom Music Center

July 24                         Saratoga Springs, NY               Saratoga Performing Arts Center

July 25                         Harrington, DE*                       Delaware State Fair

August 5                       Hidalgo, TX                             State Farm Arena

August 6                       Houston, TX                            Woodlands Pavilion

August 7                       Dallas, TX                                Superpages.com Center

August 12                     Daytona Beach, F                     Ocean Center

August 13                     Tampa, FL                               Ford Amphitheatre

August 14                     West Palm Beach, FL               Cruzan Amphitheatre

August 21                     Boston, MA*                           Gillette Stadium

August 27                     Charlotte, NC                          Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

August 28                     Raleigh, NC                             Time Warner Cable Pavilion

September 9                 Spokane, WA                          Spokane Arena

September 10               Portland, OR                            The Amphitheatre at Clark County

September 11               Seattle, WA                             Gorge Amphitheatre                

September 15               Mountain View, CA                 Shoreline Amphitheatre

September 17               San Diego, CA                         Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

September 18               Phoenix, AZ                             Cricket Wireless Pavilion

September 19               Albuquerque, NM                    The Pavilion

September 23               Boise, ID                                  Taco Bell Arena

September 24               Salt Lake City, UT                   USANA Amphitheatre

September 25               Denver, CO                             Comfort Dental Amphitheatre

Log on to www.bradpaisley.com and www.livenation.com for on-sale and up to date information on H2O World Tour - dates to be added.

* Paisley only shows.

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Contact:

Darlene Bieber

Schmidt Relations

615-851-4917

Darlene@schmidtpr.com

           

 

March 19, 2010

by Bill Frist, M.D.

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will visit Haiti together on Monday, March 22, 2010.  It will be their first joint visit to the area.  They will be traveling with several of the board members of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, which to date has raised over $31 million from over 200,000 contributions for relief and recovery efforts.

The Chicago Tribune's Washington Bureau reported on this yesterday.  The Clinton Foundation announced, "Presidents Clinton and Bush will meet with Haitians, the Government of Haiti, and others providing assistance to earthquake survivors, with the goal of further establishing long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts."

I am very glad to work with the talented team at the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, and I am honored to serve on the board of that organization - one that can provide so much help and healing to a country that is still suffering daily from the deadly January earthquake.

For more information about the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, visit their website by clicking here.   For more information about the work Hope Through Healing Hands is doing in Haiti, you can visit our Beneficiaries page.

March 18, 2010

by Bill Frist, M.D.

CSIS Releases Report on Smart Global Health Policy

I have served on the Board of Trustees at the Center for Strategic and International Studies since 2007.  The work they are doing has continued to live up to its mission, which is "finding ways for America to sustain its prominence and prosperity as a force for good in the world."  Earlier today, CSIS issued a report from their Commission on Smart Global Health Policy, and I think it is well worth the read if you are interested in the issue of Global Health. 

The report, entitled "A Healthier, Safer, and More Prosperous World," is the result of nearly a year's worth of work, which looked in detail at the long-term U.S. strategic approach to global health. 

The Commission on Smart Global Health Policy included public servants,  top leaders in business and finance, and some of the leading minds in philanthropy and non-profit work. Together we worked hard to reach a consensus for a long-term plan for the United States to address global health issues and potentially save millions of lives around the world.

In short, the conclusion of the report is, "[t]he United States can better the lives of the world's citizens and advance its own interests by investing strategically in global health-even at a time of global economic recession and exceptional domestic challenges."

I encourage everyone interested in global health to take a look at this report and let me know your thoughts.  Working together, we can really have an impact on millions of lives.

To read the report, please click here.

For Immediate Release

March 18, 2010

Contact: Jenny Dyer

(615) 386-0045

HTHH Receives $386,424 of Pharmaceutical Gifts from Purdue Pharma for Haiti Aid

Hope Through Healing Hands (HTHH), a Nashville-based organization dedicated to improving the health of individuals around the world and chaired by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, announced today the receipt of over $386,000 of gifts for relief efforts in Haiti.  The donations came from Purdue Pharma L.P. and its associated U.S. companies, which are privately held pharmaceutical companies known for pioneering research on persistent pain.

"There is ongoing and continuous need in Haiti, and I thank Purdue Pharma for their generous contribution to the relief efforts.  Their gift will go a long way to help the many who continue to suffer from the devastating earthquake earlier this year," said Senator Frist.

Purdue Pharma, headquartered in Stamford, CT, is engaged in the research, development, production, and distribution of both prescription and over-the-counter medicines and hospital products. Since the January earthquake in Haiti, they have donated close to $5 million in pharmaceutical products to aid the victims.

Purdue Pharma's approximate value donation of $386,424.96  to Hope Through Healing Hands included donations of products such Ryzolt® (tramadol HCl extended-release tablets) and Betadine® (povidone-iodine) Solution and Betadine® Surgical Scrub antiseptics for usage in clinics and hospitals in Haiti.

Hope Through Healing Hands has partnered with Healing Hands International, a Christian humanitarian relief organization that seeks to empower those who are living in poverty around the world.  Through this partnership, HTHH will distribute the Ryzolt®, Betadine® Solution and Betadine® Surgical Scrub antiseptics in Haiti.

Hope Through Healing Hands is a Nashville-based 501(c) (3) that promotes improved quality of life for citizens and communities around the world using health as a currency for peace. For more information, go to www.hopethroughhealinghands.org.

Purdue Pharma L.P., a privately held pharmaceutical company founded by physicians, is focused on meeting the needs of healthcare providers and the patients in their care. Together with Purdue Products L.P. and other independent associated companies, Purdue* is dedicated to finding, developing, and bringing to market new medicines and related products that improve health outcomes. We are known for our pioneering research on persistent pain, a principal cause of human suffering. Additional information about Purdue can be found at www.purduepharma.com.

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March 18, 2010                                                                                  

Contact: Jenny Dyer

(615) 386-0045 

Frist Global Health Leaders Program Offers Funding for Student Service and Training Abroad

Nashville, Tenn. - Hope Through Healing Hands, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization chaired by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., has committed to providing fellowships for four students in the coming year - two students at Vanderbilt School of Nursing, one student at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, and one student at Meharry Medical College. These fellowships will provide health service and training in underserved communities for one semester during the 2010-2011 academic year. This is the second annual year of a partnership with Vanderbilt University and Meharry Medical College for this program.

"Last year was a successful year with the students from both Vanderbilt and Meharry Medical College," said Frist.  "In terms of patients who were seen and community health workers who were trained, the students did an outstanding job, and I am sure we will see similar positive results this year as well. We are excited for these new Global Health Leaders and for their work in the coming year."

Sten H. Vermund, M.D., Ph.D, Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health notes, "The Frist Global Health Leaders program fills an important gap in opportunity for Vanderbilt and Meharry medical students and Vanderbilt nursing students, namely the opportunity to work overseas in a focused service capacity."

The students selected this year will be traveling to Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Africa. They will bolster health services in clinics needing additional support, and they will be offering training to local community health workers with a goal toward sustainable health care. 

Hope through Healing Hands is a 501(c)3 promoting improved quality of life for communities around the world using health as a currency for peace.

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  www.hopethroughhealinghands.org

Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group Announces New Name - ASAP TODAY -

to Advocate the Urgent Need for Safe Global Surgery and Anesthesia

Nashville, TN, March 17, 2010 (PR Web) -- The Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group (BoSD WG) www.burdenofsurgicaldisease.com held its 3rd annual global meeting at The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health www.globalhealth.vanderbilt.edu/bosd on March 10-12, 2010 in Nashville, TN. The meeting focused on the global anesthesia crisis, raising the standard for surgical outcomes, the role of academic partnerships in the role of delivery of care and improving education and training, and the importance of decreasing maternal mortality through surgical intervention. The meeting also had a focus on the role of corporate relationships and improved communications to attract new members, build diversity and advocacy to advance the mission. The 300 member global group was well represented with participants from surgery, anesthesia, obstetrics, public health, corporate partners and i.e. healthcare.

Kelly McQueen, founder BoSD WG, commented: "The group focused on the global anesthesia crisis. There is a shortage of qualified providers, an inability to monitor patients during surgery (pulse oximetry), and limited access to necessary medications and blood products which makes the provision of anesthesia in low income countries a dangerous reality. Many preventable anesthesia deaths occur daily in many countries worldwide. The global community must recognize the crucial role of anesthesia in all surgical settings, and rally to improve anesthesia education and training, improved monitoring and better access to medications and blood products."

The meeting opened with a keynote from the Honorable Senator Bill Frist, M.D., ‘Lessons Learned in Haiti: Using Crisis to Highlight Surgical Need'. Senator Frist, a surgeon and humanitarian, and Chairman of Hope Through Healing Hands www.hopethroughhealinghands.org commented on the important role of surgery and anesthesia in the initial and on-going response to Haiti, and the continuing needs to address amputation revision, treatment of infection, and acute and chronic pain management.

Bob Isherwood, Chief Creative Dude and Co-CEO of i.e. healthcare www.iehealthcare.com delivered a keynote, „For crying out loud', to address the communication challenges facing the BoSD WG?s objectives and how they might overcome them. Bob Isherwood is the former Worldwide Creative Director of Saatchi and Saatchi, Clio Hall of Famer, and co-author of the book „World Changing Ideas?. During Isherwood?s keynote, he proposed the need for a new name for the organization, ASAP TODAY, to reach a broader audience with a compelling and understandable messsage. Isherwood said: "While the Burden of Surgical Disease (BoSD) is well understood within the organization?s peer group, it has little meaning to the world at large. ASAP TODAY stands for the Alliance for Surgical and Anesthesia Presence. It conveys in a memorable way the Group?s focus to be advocates that build awareness on the urgent need for safe global surgery and anesthesia facilities, and take action to solve this critical world health need. In the developing world, millions of people are dying unnecessarily in childbirth, road accidents and conditions that are commonly overcome in developed countries. We need to address this with all necessary resources - Today!"

Kelly McQueen commented: "I was very pleased that the Group achieved consensus on the name change to ASAP TODAY, and purpose ‘Advocacy for Safe Global Surgery and Anesthesia', to

better communicate the absence of safe anesthesia and surgery in many low income countries, and the importance of advocating for surgical resources TODAY! We also believe ASAP TODAY will improve engagement with strategic business partners and the public sector to increase support and involvement. I would like to thank Bob Isherwood of i.e. healthcare for using his creative communications experience and passion for world changing ideas to help our Group better achieve our purpose. i.e. healthcare www.iehealthcare.com provided incredible insight on how to improve engagement with key stakeholders and the public to draw attention to the global surgical and anesthesia crisis. Bob Isherwood has become a permanent member of ASAP TODAY and will continue to collaborate with the Group."

Other ASAP TODAY members had similar comments.

? "The new name, ASAP TODAY, conveys well the emergency to address surgical disease, not only right now in Haiti, but in low income countries around the world. This new name will aid in stimulating interest and advocacy for safe surgery and anesthesia practices which will save the lives of thousands." Senator Bill Frist, M.D. www.hopethroughhealinghands.org

? "The annual ASAP TODAY forum promotes collaboration among a diverse group of individuals from NGOs, academic institutions, research, and industry all committed to the important role of surgery within global health. ASAP TODAY supports and informs the mission and message of the American College of Surgeons?Operation Giving Back initiative, and we are grateful for their on-going work, innovation and vision." Dr. Kathleen Casey, Director, Operation Giving Back, American College of Surgeons www.operationgivingback.facs.org

? "ASAP TODAY is an invigorating platform for advocacy and an incubator for ideas and networking. This group is leading the way in addressing the crisis of inadequate surgery and anesthesia on a worldwide scale. I look forward to involvement with ASAP TODAY for years to come." Medge Owen, M.D., President, Kybele, Inc www.kybeleworldwide.org

? "NuOrtho Surgical is supportive of the initiatives of ASAP TODAY. As a company focused on surgical instruments for Tissue Preservation in the orthopedic arena, we feel the core work being done by ASAP TODAY is critical to improving the quality of surgical delivery worldwide. We look forward to a mutually beneficial strategic partnership and urge other firms to support their Global efforts to improve surgical outcomes." Jeff W. Morrill, President and CEO, NuOrtho Surgical, Inc. www.nuorthosurgical.com

? "I found it a particularly stimulating day meeting with the Working Group, and felt that significant steps have been taken to move the ASAP TODAY organisation forward. This great initiative encourages partnerships to grow and improve global surgical capacity." Denis J Robson, Director, African Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies www.jnj.com

? "We at Operation Smile International believe that no child anywhere should have to live with the stigma of a facial deformity. We applaud our ASAP TODAY colleagues for helping us with this goal." Michael Stabile, M.D., MBA, Anesthesia Board, Operation Smile International www.operationsmile.org

The ASAP TODAY meeting had an elite group of 145 participants from 10 countries with representatives from: World Health Organization, International Committee for the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Operation Smile, Global Burden of Disease Project, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Vanderbilt University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California at San Francisco, University of Washington. University of Utah, University of Toronto, University of California at San Diego, Society of Anesthesiologists, American College of Surgeons, International College of Surgeons, International Society of Surgeons, and World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists.

All the presentations from the ASAP TODAY (BoSD WG) meeting can be found at the www.burdenofsurgicaldisease.com

The current website www.burdenofsurgicaldisease.com will be the domain for ASAP TODAY until the new site www.asaptoday.org is launched in several weeks. A press release will be issued at the time of the new site launch, and other ASAP TODAY social media locations

About ASAP TODAY, formerly Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group

ASAP TODAY

is an international group of anesthesiologists, surgeons, economists and public health specialists committed to improving the infrastructure for and delivery of surgery in low and middle income countries, with the purpose of building Advocacy for Safe Global Surgery and Anesthesia. The Group formed in 2007 with 25 members and has grown to more than 300. Members of the group represent North American and European Academic Institutions, International Institutions and professional societies, non-governmental organizations and other non-profit organizations. ASAP TODAY has collectively published more than 20 articles in peer reviewed journals and remains committed to promoting the importance and cost effectiveness of surgical intervention in preventing disability and premature death. Recent efforts have focused on advocacy within the Global Health Community for increased commitment to and funding for surgical programs in low income countries. Information on ASAP TODAY can be found at www.burdenofsurgicaldisease.com To join the list serve, please send an email to bosdworkinggroup@gmail.com. You can also follow us at: www.facebook.com/pages/Burden-of-Surgical-Disease-Working-Group/111916378354

ASAP TODAY, formerly Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group, Media Contact:

Kelly McQueen, MD, MPH

ASAP TODAY

(BoSD WG) Founder

kamcqueen(at)gmail(dot)com

602-617-0907

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Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Appoints Board of Directors and CEO

New York, NY - The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF), established by Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to raise money for Haiti relief and recovery efforts after the January earthquake, has appointed a Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer to manage the Fund's operations. The six-person board will provide policy guidance and oversee the Fund's strategy and processes, while monitoring fundraising and cash disbursements to relief organizations operating in Haiti to ensure full adherence to the Fund's mission and vision.

The CBHF board members are:

  • Laura Graham, a former Clinton administration official and Chief Operating Officer for the William J. Clinton Foundation, who will serve as a Board Co-Chair.
  • Joshua Bolten, former White House Chief of Staff to President Bush and currently a visiting professor at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, who will serve as a Board Co-Chair.
  • Bruce Lindsey, a former Clinton administration official and currently Chief Executive Officer of the William J. Clinton Foundation.
  • Dr. Bill Frist, former U.S.Senate Majority Leader, a professor at Vanderbilt University, a partner at Cressey & Company in Chicago, and Chairman of Hope Through Healing Hands.
  • Henrietta Fore, former Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development under President Bush and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Holsman International, an investment and management company.
  • Alexis Herman, former Secretary of Labor during President Clinton's administration and currently Chief Executive Officer of New Ventures, LLC.

Gary Edson, who served as Deputy National Security Adviser in President Bush's administration, co-led the development of the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and led the establishment of the Millennium Challenge Corporation to fight global poverty, will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the CBHF. He is currently Chief International Officer at The Case Foundation. "We are pleased to appoint a board of bipartisan, distinguished leaders whose experience in past disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts will ensure the effective operation of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and the strategic allocation of its resources to have the greatest impact on the lives of the Haitian people," President Clinton said. "Their service and dedication will help President Bush and me continue to support the people of Haiti as they build back better in the months and years to come." "I am pleased that such a distinguished group of individuals has agreed to serve," said President Bush. "I thank them for donating their time and talents to this worthy cause. This group will ensure that our fundraising efforts remain strong, and that the money is spent on successful programs that build a better future for the Haitian people."

Board members will serve three-year terms, and will not receive salaries for their services to the Fund. The Board will hold regular meetings as well as an Annual Meeting as part of the management of the CBHF.

In the aftermath of the earthquake on January 12, President Barack Obama asked President Clinton and President Bush to raise funds for immediate, high-impact relief and long-term recovery efforts to help those who are most in need of assistance. In response, the two Presidents established the CBHF to respond to unmet needs in the country, foster economic opportunity, improve the quality of life over the long term for those affected, and assist the people of Haiti as they rebuild their lives and "build back better."

To this end, CBHF is working with and supporting the efforts of reputable 501(c)(3) nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations. To date, more than 200,000 individuals have donated over $36 million to CBHF, and in the first month, the Fund allocated $4 million to such organizations on the ground as Catholic Relief Services, Concern Worldwide US, Haitian NGO Gheskio, International Medical Corps, and Project Medishare, among others, to provide immediate relief and long-term assistance in the form of medical care and supplies, mobile clinics, water purification, hygiene kits, education assistance, and recovery supplies for hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Saint Martin and Martissant.

For more information, visit www.clintonbushhaitifund.org. Contact: Phone: (212) 348-0360 press@clintonfoundation.org

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Burden of Surgical Disease Conference at Vanderbilt

Has Call to Action with Speeches by Senator William Frist and Bob Isherwood

Nashville, TN,  March 9, 2010 (PR Web) --  The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health will host the annual meeting of the Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group (BoSD WG) in Nashville, TN on March 10-12, 2010.  www.globalhealth.vanderbilt.edu/bosd  BoSD WG mission is to advocate for the global delivery and improvement of surgical services, especially in low-income countries where the needs are great. www.burdenofsurgicaldisease.com 

According to the BoSD WG  founder Dr. K. A. Kelly McQueen, MD, MPH and Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative: "The BoSD WG has grown quickly and diversified in the 4 years since its grass root beginnings. While the group has made great strides in contributing peer-reviewed literature, to international collaboration and network building and to proactive academic discussion, we have yet to be broadly recognized by the global health community as an essential element of public health, contributing to decreased disability and premature death in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.  This year we hope to expand our focus and improve advocacy through increased communication and corporate collaboration, as well as continuing with our goals to improve surgical infrastructure in low income countries, invest in education and training, and improve surgical and anesthesia outcomes."

Speaking on behalf of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Douglas C. Heimburger, M.D., M.S. said: "Given the multidisciplinary missions of the BoSD WG and of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health www.globalhealth.vanderbilt.edu , and the strength of Vanderbilt University faculty in many departments involved in  global health, it is a natural fit for Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health to lead in an interdepartmental effort on behalf of surgical needs in developing countries.  We are pleased and privileged to partner in this effort and host this conference."

The Honorable Senator William H. Frist MD will deliver a keynote address Lessons Learned in Haiti: Using Crisis to Highlight Surgical Need'.  Senator Frist, a surgeon and humanitarian, and Chairman of Hope Through Healing Hands www.hopethroughhealinghands.org has recently returned from Haiti where he performed surgery for five days at Baptist Haiti Mission Hospital. Dr. Frist said: "While surgery is taken for granted in the U.S., in developing countries many people die unnecessarily from lack of surgical and anesthesia presence. The disaster in Haiti has highlighted the desperate need for surgeons for those who did survive the earthquake, but were severely injured. We should seize this moment to draw attention to this need, not just for Haiti, but for low income countries around the world."

Bob Isherwood, Chief Creative Dude and Co-CEO of i.e. healthcare www.iehealthcare.com will also deliver a keynote ‘For crying out loud' to address the communication challenges facing the BoSD WG's objectives and how they might overcome them.   Bob Isherwood is the former Worldwide Creative Director of Saatchi and Saatchi, Clio Hall of Famer, and co-author of the book ‘World Changing Ideas'.  Isherwood also has an Honorary Doctorate in Communications.  Isherwood is using his consumer engagement and communications experience to bring attention and resources to needed healthcare issues.  In February 2010, Isherwood was a mHealth Alliance panelist as part of the GSMA Mobile World Congress  www.prweb.com/releases/2010/02/prweb3633584.htm where he talked about i.e. healthcare's work with the mHealth Alliance to bring healthcare solutions through the mobile phone to improve maternal and newborn health, particularly in Africa as part of the UN Foundation's Millennium Development Goals.

Jeff W. Morrill, President and CEO, NuOrtho Surgical, Inc. www.nuorthosurgical.com added: "NuOrtho Surgical is pleased to recognize the immeasurable contributions of the Global Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group in changing the face of surgical care globally.  However, a tremendous need still exists in areas such as mobility and basic orthopedic surgical procedures. NuOrtho looks forward to assisting the BoSD WG in building sustainable relationships for global health and expanding their efforts to preserve healthy tissue and enhance mobility." 

The BoSD WG March 10-12, 2010 meeting will have an elite group of 145 participants from 10 countries with representatives from: World Health Organization, International Committee for the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Operation Smile, Global Burden of Disease Project, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Vanderbilt University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California at San Francisco, University of Washington. University of Utah, University of Toronto, University of California at San Diego, Society of Anesthesiologists, American College of Surgeons, International College of Surgeons, International Society of Surgeons, and World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists.

About Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group

The Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group (BoSD WG)  is an international group of anesthesiologists, surgeons, economists and public health specialists committed to improving the infrastructure for and delivery of surgery in low and middle income countries.  The Group formed in 2007 with 25 members and has grown to more than 300.  Members of the group represent North American and European Academic Institutions, International Institutions and professional societies, non-governmental organizations and other non-profit organizations.  The BoSD WG has collectively published more than 20 articles in peer reviewed journals and remains committed to promoting the importance and cost effectiveness of surgical intervention in preventing disability and premature death.  Recent efforts have focused on advocacy within the Global Health Community for increased commitment to and funding for surgical programs in low income countries.  Information on the BoSD WG can be found at www.burdenofsurgicaldisease.com  To join the list serve, please send an email to bosdworkinggroup@gmail.com.  You can also follow us at: www.facebook.com/pages/Burden-of-Surgical-Disease-Working-Group/111916378354

Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group Media Contact:

Kelly McQueen, MD, MPH

BoSD WG Founder

kamcqueen(at)gmail(dot)com

602-617-0907

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March 5, 2010

by Bill Frist, M.D.

The Leading Child Killers No One Is Talking About

Which two diseases kill the most children worldwide? If you guessed AIDS, malaria, or measles, you're wrong.  Pneumonia and diarrhea claim the lives of more children under age 5 than those three diseases combined and account for over 30% of child deaths worldwide.

Pneumonia and diarrhea kill more children than any other disease - yet most people are unaware that this common illness has such a profound impact on the world's children.  Every day, 10,000 children die from pneumonia and diarrhea despite the fact that affordable prevention and treatment options exist. For millions of children around the world, these diseases could be prevented with vaccines and medicines that cost less than $10.

The real tragedy is that we have the tools to prevent most of these deaths but lack the political will to make their use a priority.  That's why Save the Children and GAVI have teamed up to continue raising the visibility of the biggest killers of children.

If the U.S. Government were to lead a global campaign to get pneumonia and diarrhea treatment to children living in just six countries - India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo - we would see the single biggest reduction in child mortality of our lifetime - and we would be that much closer to achieving Millennium Development Goal 4 - to reduce child mortality by 2/3 by 2015.

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Show your support for the world's children and vote for US leadership against the leading killers of children. Vote today and help ensure this issue is presented to the Obama Administration and Change.org's one million supporters. Help children who cannot vote for themselves.

 

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