From the daily archives: Monday, June 20, 2011

EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PHOENIX HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.

* AFFECTED AREA: SOUTHWEST ARIZONA AND SOUTHEASTERN CALIFORNIA.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: TACNA… WELLTON… FORTUNA FOOTHILLS… YUMA… QUARTZSITE… SALOME… EHRENBERG… PARKER… CHIRIACO SUMMIT… DESERT CENTER… BLYTHE… BRAWLEY… CALEXICO… EL CENTRO

* TEMPERATURE: HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL REACH 112 TO 115 DEGREES IN THE LOWER DESERTS WEDNESDAY.

* IMPACTS: THIS WILL BE THE FIRST EXCESSIVE HEAT EPISODE OF THE SUMMER. TAKE THE NECESSARY PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS TO PROTECT YOURSELF.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE… RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. IF YOU WEAR A WIDE-BRIMMED HAT… YOUR HEAD AND BODY WILL BE MUCH COOLER.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK… THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY… CALL 911.

 

New CMS campaign to educate seniors about new free preventive care provided by Affordable Care Act

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today released a new report showing that more than 5 million Americans with traditional Medicare – or nearly one in six people with Medicare – took advantage of one or more of the recommended preventive benefits now available for free thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  Also today, Medicare launched a nationwide public outreach campaign, including a letter to doctors and a new Public Service Announcement that will raise awareness about all of the important preventive benefits now covered at no charge to patients, including the new Annual Wellness Visit benefit created by the Affordable Care Act.

“The Obama Administration is committed to helping increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life, said CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D.  “Even in your 70s, 80s, or beyond you can reduce your risk of disability and chronic illness if you take care of yourself.  With the new free Annual Wellness Visits and free preventive care, people with Medicare have the tools to take common-sense steps to take control of their health.”

“Further, it’s important to get the tests which can spot a serious illness early when it can be best treated,” said Dr. Berwick.  “These preventive screenings are critical, and we want physicians to take this opportunity to help their older patients understand how necessary they are.”

“The Administration on Aging network of service providers are the ‘boots on the ground’ in reaching people on Medicare,” said Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee. “These providers see Medicare beneficiaries every single day at a variety of settings across the country, and serve a diverse group population. I am committed to ensuring that the Medicare beneficiaries we serve are aware of and take advantage of their Medicare preventive benefits.”

According to the report, over 5.5 million beneficiaries in traditional Medicare used one or more of the preventive benefits now covered without cost-sharing including, most prominently, mammograms, bone density screenings, and screenings for prostate cancer.  In 2011, Medicare began covering an Annual Wellness Visit at no cost to Medicare beneficiaries.  As part of that visit, beneficiaries and their physicians can review the patient’s health and develop a personalized wellness plan.  Over 780,000 beneficiaries received an Annual Wellness Visit between January 1 and June 10. Additionally, more seniors have used the Welcome to Medicare Exam this year.  66,302 beneficiaries had taken advantage of the benefit by the end of May 2011, compared to 52,654 beneficiaries at the same point in 2010 – a 26 percent increase.

A renewed push toward prevention is the latest step toward CMS’s fulfillment of its “Three-Part Aim”: Better care and better health at lower cost through improvement in health care.  Roughly 70 percent of Medicare beneficiaries had at least one chronic condition in 2008, while as many as 38 percent had between two and four chronic conditions, and 7 percent had five or more.  They see an average of 14 different doctors and fill an average of 50 prescriptions or prescription refills a year. Preventing chronic disease among the Medicare population would not only improve their health and quality of life, it could help save an estimated two-thirds of the $2 trillion the U.S. spends treating preventable long-term illness today.

The new annual wellness visit can help spark the beginning of an ongoing conversation between patients and their doctors on how to prevent disease and disability.  At this visit, beneficiaries can review their histories and make sure their primary care doctor knows about their other providers and prescriptions. They can also talk about the pros and cons of getting an influenza, pneumococcal or hepatitis B vaccination, or find out whether a diabetes test, a bone mass measurement, or any of several cancer screenings would be right for them.  Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare now covers many of these services without cost to patients.

Medicare’s Share the News, Share the Health campaign will run throughout the summer, with online ads and community events all over the country starting in July.  HHS is releasing a nationwide public service announcement that is available on www.youtube.com/CMSHHSgov As part of these outreach efforts, CMS has issued a “Dear Doctor” letter to providers today, calling on them to discuss preventive care with their patients.

The agency also launched the full Spanish version of the www.Medicare.gov

website, http://es.Medicare.gov.  In addition, Medicare’s dedicated caregivers’ website “Ask Medicare” (www.Medicare.gov/caregivers) now has a prevention section especially for caregivers.  You can find additional information on prevention benefits on line at www.Medicare.gov,

and at www.healthcare.gov (click on “Learn about Prevention” at the top).

This announcement comes during Prevention & Wellness Month, as the Obama Administration is highlighting announcements, activities, and tips that will help Americans get healthy and stay healthy.  Last week, the National Prevention Council released the National Prevention Strategy, America’s plan to help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.  The Community Transformation Grants are one piece of a broader effort to address the health and well-being of our communities through initiatives such as the President’s Childhood Obesity Task Force, the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign, the National Quality Strategy, and HHS’ Communities Putting Prevention to Work program.  The Prevention and Public Health Fund, as part of the Affordable Care Act, is supporting this and other initiatives designed to expand and sustain the necessary capacity to prevent disease, detect it early, manage conditions before they become severe, and provide States and communities the resources they need to promote healthy living.

 

Imperial County Cool Centers 2011

Imperial Valley Forcast 113° for Wednesday

Members of the public can visit any of the following locations listed if in need of a cool place to stay during the hottest part of the day during the
summer months. Days and hours vary by location. For specific information about the cool centers on this list please call (760) 482-4968.
Cool Center Information (760) 482-4968 Updated 06.13.11
Imperial County Public Health Department 935 Broadway, El Centro, CA 92243
City Location Address Hours Services Email Contact Phone
Calexico Clinicas de Salud del
Pueblo Calexico Clinic
223 West Cole
Blvd
M-F 7:30 am -5:30 pm
Sat 8am-12pm
Waiting room is available CynthiaAg@cdsdp.org Cynthia
Aguilar
760-357-2020
Camarena Public Library 850 Encinas M-Thrs 10 am-8pm
stauler@calexico.ca.go
v
Sandra Tauler 760-768-2170
El Centro Catholic Charities Cool
Zone
250 W. Orange
Ave
Info will be available
after June 20, 2011
To be announced syetman@ccdsd.org Sharin Yetman
Sister RayMonda
DuVall
619-231-2828
ext 215
760-353-6822
Clinicas de Salud del
Pueblo; El Centro Clinic
651 Wake Ave.,
Suite A
M-F 7am-6pm
Sat 8am-12pm
Waiting room is available carmenb@cdsdp.org Carmen
Borjon
760-352-2257
The Salvation Army
Thrift Store
1301 S. 4th St M-Sat
10am-4pm
Area available with
drinking wáter, books, tv
and chairs
Karla.Amador@usw.salvat
ionarmy.org
Karla Amador 760-403-7780
Kids Cool Zone Corps Office,
375 N. 5th St.
M-F 2pm-4pm Movies, games, crafts, snacks,
songs, bible lessons
Rosa.estrada@usw.salv
ationarmy.org
Rosa Estrada
Lupe Valenzuela
760-352-4528
760-235-5081
El Centro Community
Center
375 S. First
Street
M-F 8am-5pm Lobby is available. Snack
machines, lunch program
for seniors & children.
sperkins@cityofelcentr
o.org
Suzanna
Perkins
760-337-4555
Imperial Valley Mall
Food court
3451 S.
Dogwood Ave.
M-Sat 7am-9pm &
Sunday 9am-7pm
Sitting area in the food
court
Alicia_swaim@cblprop
erties.com
Alicia Castillo-
Swaim
760-352-0800
ext 228
Brawley Clinicas de Salud Del
Pueblo, Brawley Clinic
900 Main St. M-F 7am-6pm
Sat 8am-12pm
Waiting room is available yolandap@cdsdp.org Yolanda Paz 760-344-6471
Brawley Senior Center
575 “J” St. M-Thursday 9am-5pm Water, tables, chairs, tv,
books.
Pat.dorsey@cityofbrawley
.com
Pat Dorsey 760-344-5675
Brawley Public Library
400 Main St. T-Th 10am-7pm; F-Sat
9am-5pm
Free reading for all ages Mmello10@yahoo.com Marjo Mello 760-344-1891
Salvation Army Brawley
Store
530 Main Street Monday-Friday 11am-
3pm
Drinking water, books, tv &
chairs
Todd.Young@usw.salva
tionarmy.org
Todd Young 760-235-6713
Imperial The IV Expo [Will open
when notice is received
from Governor’s office]
200 East 2nd St.
Sperber Conf
Rm
M-F 10am-4:30pm
Weekends if necessary
Tables and chairs sandy@ivexpo.com Sandy 760-355-1181
City of Imperial Public
Library
200 W. 9th St. M-Th 10 am-8 pm; Fri
10am-5pm;
Sat 11am-3pm
Open to the general public ccarter@cityofimperial.or
g
Chris Carter 760-355-1332
Holtville Civic Center 121 W. 5th
Street
M-F 8am-5pm;
Closed 12-1pm
Tables/chairs asilva@holtville.ca.gov Alex Silva 760-356-2673

 

By Jim Predmore

Valedictorian Amanda Michelle Hurych

Calexico High School Graduation was held on Tuesday June 7, 2011.  562 seniors graduated and began their journey into adulthood and the future. Calexico’s Valedictorian, Amanda Michelle Hurych, gave an inspiring speech as she recounted how the journey leading up to this point was not an easy one. She went on to thank her teachers, friends and her parents. Amanda than gave advise to her fellow students as she stated “But now as my final bit and only advice: I want you to do what you want to do. I don’t care how big or how small it is, as long as you want to do it, you should try. Do you want to eat dinner after this? Do it. Do you want to buy a dog?  You should to be able to provide for and love it, but do it. Do you want to be a doctor or a lawyer? Do it. Do you want to get a job? Do it. Do you want to start a business?  Do it. Don’t limit yourself to what others expect you to do. Take me for example. I bet that half of you expect me to become a doctor, a lawyer, or some kind of public speaker. But you know what I want to do?  I want to write comic books. I want to be the best comic book writer in the Universe. So what ever it is that you want to do, Do It.”
There were presentations and awards given to the students’ favorite teachers. The ceremony also included students playing a montage of their favorite songs and the Calexico drum line performing their classic performance. Then the seniors formed two lines and the administrators read off their names and gave them their diploma’s, which signified the end to their Calexico High School experience.

 

By
Chris Furguson

A Seat at the Brawley High Class of 2011 Graduation ceremony is decorated in honor of fallen student Anthony Garcia who passed away due to cancer earlier this year. The seat was located where Garcia would have sat during the ceremony. In total, 351 students were given their diplomas during the evening June 9th. More photos inside. Chris Furguson Photo.

Graduation.  For some, it signals the end of a special time in their lives.  For others, it’s the start of their futures.
Some students, like Donald Wharton, their immediate future will be secure.  Wharton was one of a handful of students nationwide who earned an appointment to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Others will have their futures pass through Imperial Valley College and the SDSU Campuses in Brawley and Calexico and some will have military or work in their near future.
An official tally of 351 senior Wildcats crossed the threshold into their futures on June 9, 2010 during the Brawley Union High School Class of 2011 Graduation ceremony at Warne Field.
The ceremony saw a large number of parents sitting behind their graduating students as well as a packed house on both sides of the field’s bleachers full of friends and family.
The entire crowd stood in respect as the students marched down the field towards their seats, accompanied by the first march of Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance.”  They were followed by the U.S. Army Color Guard and a rendition of the national anthem by Reina Ayon.
Class of 2011 President Anastassia Cabanillas and Secretary Yesenia Sanchez welcomed the assembled group followed by message by class counselor Frank Felix.
Felix was also the subject of a special recognition made by the Class of 2011.
At this point, speeches made by Salutatorian Kimberley Servera and Co-Valedictorians Melina Torres and Sarah Proo took place.
Servera will attend University of Portland [Oregon] in the fall while Torres will be headed to Yale and Proo moves on to Cornell University in New York.
The event continued with the certification announcement by Tony Munguia, followed by a special honorary diploma given to the family of Anthony Garcia, a student who passed away of cancer earlier this year.  The family was given a standing ovation by the assembled crowd.  After giving thanks to the students and attendees, members of Anthony’s family rang the Victory Bell in his honor.
The students also decorated the chair where Anthony would have sat with a special picture, his Bell Game jersey, a helmet, a football, and a small patch of grass.  The Graduation ceremony was also dedicated to Anthony’s memory.
“They’re a great group of kids to do that,” said one parent.  “This is an exceptional group.”
After all 351 students were named and presented their diplomas by the BUHS Board of Trustees, a fireworks display signaled the end of the ceremony.

 
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