DSC_0432Once again, the Predmore family spent a couple of weeks exploring this beautiful country. Our trip took us across the Bible belt on I-40 to Tennessee, and then on to Kentucky and Ohio. From there, we headed northeast to upper state New York where we spent a week on Sandy Pond. Sandy Pond is a “pond” (larger than most lakes) that is a run off of Lake Ontario right on the US/Canada border.
During our stay in New York, we had the opportunity to take the Thousand Islands tour across the Saint Lawrence River that separates our country from Canada. This riverboat tour highlights many of the thousands of little islands that are nestled among the borders, and the luxurious homes that sit on these islands. From tiny little cottages to multi-million dollar homes, these islands are the summer get-aways for water-loving people from across the globe.
Once such home is Boldt Castle. The construction of this castle began in 1900 by George C. Boldt, who wanted to build a dream house as a display of love for his much-adored wife, Louise. Mr. Boldt was a millionaire who gained his fortune as the proprietor of the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. His family vacationed at 1000 Islands at their Wellesley House. Construction included a six story, 120 room castle, complete with tunnels, a powerhouse, Italian gardens, a drawbridge, alster tower, and a dove cote. He spared no expense as he employed over 300 workers to build this dream home.
In 1904, Boldt received word that his beloved Louise had died of a heart condition while traveling in Europe. He immediately telegraphed the island and ordered that all construction be halted immediately. He was broken hearted at the loss of his precious Louise, and could not bear the thought returning to the island or the castle without his wife. He left the structure standing as it was as a monument of his love for Louise.
The castle stood like that for 73 years. The wind, rain, ice, and snow took its toll, as did vandals. The property was acquired in 1977 by the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority. Since then, several million dollars has been applied to rehabilitating and restoring this structure. No additions have been or will be made to the original plans. The purpose of this restoration is so that it could be preserved for the enjoyment of generations to come.
This was a magnificent site to see. The story behind the castle is one that is heart-touching and memorable.

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EL CENTRO, Calif. – June 25, 2014 – El Centro Regional Medical Center, along with other partners in the Patient Safety First…a California Partnership for Health, was awarded the 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award from the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission.
The Eisenberg Award recognizes major achievements of individuals and organizations in improving patient safety and health care quality, consistent with the aims of the National Quality Strategy – better care, healthy people and communities and affordable care.  Better care in particular focuses on improving the overall quality by making health care patient-centered, reliable, accessible, and safe.
Patient Safety First…a California Partnership for Health was launched  in 2010 to improve quality of care, reduce health care costs and ultimately save lives by improving patient safety and perinatal care in California. Patient Safety First (PSF) is a groundbreaking partnership between National Health Foundation, California’s Regional Hospital Associations, Anthem Blue Cross and over 160 hospitals across the state, including El Centro Regional Medical Center.  During the first three years (2010-2012) of focused attention on specific quality measures, partner hospitals reported phenomenal results, including:
•74% reduction in early elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestational age
•57% reduction in cases of Ventilator Assisted Pneumonia
•43% reduction in cases of Central Line Blood Stream Infections
•26% reduction in Sepsis mortality
•3,576 deaths avoided as a result of reduction in Sepsis mortality
•$63 million in costs avoided for participating hospitals
“Our team at El Centro Regional Medical Center has done a remarkable job of assessing patient safety needs, and implementing new, meaningful programs that are focused on improving patient safety,” said David Green, Chief Executive Officer of ECRMC. “Their dedicated efforts have paid off which is evident in our most recent patient safety scores and awarding of the Eisenberg Award. I couldn’t be prouder of the staff.”
The John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards were established in 2002 by the National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission in memory of John M. Eisenberg, MD, Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. Eisenberg was a member of the founding Board of Directors of the NQF and an impassioned advocate for healthcare quality improvement.
These annual awards perpetuate the enduring contributions of this health care and community leader by recognizing the achievements of individuals who have made significant contributions to improving patient safety and health care quality, and organizations that, through a specific initiative or project, have made an important contribution to patient safety and health care quality.


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