Following an extensive statewide campaign, Generation Next, the mental health and media student competition and program of the Entertainment Industries Council’s (EIC) project TEAM Up (Tools for Entertainment And Media), has selected three winners:

  • In Film and Television, Isabel Fischer (University of California, Davis) wins first prize for her short film, “Mind + Body,” a non-fiction piece that portrays, through dance and storytelling, the intimate experience of youth living with mental health disorders.
  • In the Journalism category, judges selected Kyle McCarty (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) for his well-researched news writing piece on college youth and depression.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center continues to receive reports of telephone scams involving calls that claim their “relative” is in a legal or financial crisis. These complaints are sometimes referred to as the “Grandparent Scam.” Scammers use scenarios that include claims of a relative being arrested or in a car accident in another country. Scammers often pose as the relative, create a sense of urgency and make a desperate plea for money to victims. It is not unusual for scammers to beg victims not to tell other family members about the situation.

EL CENTRO, Calif. – April 3, 2014 – El Centro Regional Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals, announced David Green, Chief Executive Officer. The accreditation award recognizes ECRMC’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
ECRMC underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in January 2014. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated ECRMC for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, ECRMC has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” says Mark G. Pelletier, R.N., M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend ECRMC for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
“With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Green.  “Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”
The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at http://www.jointcommission.org.

SAN FRANCISCO—A federal grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging 29 defendants with firearms trafficking, money laundering, murder-for-hire, drug distribution, trafficking in contraband cigarettes, and honest services fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson, and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge José M. Martinez. The indictment follows the March 26, 2014 arrests authorized by criminal complaint.

The defendants are charged in the indictment as follows:

Defendant

Charges

(Holtville, CA) The City of Holtville, in conjunction with the Hildalgo Society, will host the 2014 Holtville Car and Bike Show  on Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event, which will be combined with the Farmers Market and Street Fair, will be held in Holt Park. Holt Park is located at Fifth Street and Pine Avenue in Holtville, California.

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