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Erlanger Recognized by U.S. News

For the third straight year, the Erlanger Health System has been named among “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report in the publication’s 2013-14 Top Hospitals edition.

Erlanger was named “Best Hospital by Metro Area,” and ranked one of the top eight hospitals in Tennessee. Erlanger was also the only local hospital to be recognized for the high performing specialties of diabetes and endocrinology, pulmonology and nephrology.

The report also recognizes Dr. Louis Lambiase, Professor and Associate Dean with the UT College of Medicine and physician with Erlanger’s Academic Gastroenterology practice, as among the top 1% of gastroenterologists in the nation. Before his arrival at Erlanger in 2009, Dr. Lambiase served as Chief of Gastroenterology at University Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

“As the region’s only academic teaching hospital and Level One Trauma Center, we are extremely pleased to have earned this national recognition from U.S. News & World Report for the third straight year,” said Erlanger President and CEO Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE. “It’s a notable tribute to Erlanger’s capabilities and service to the region; we practice what we teach.”

In making the announcement, U.S. News & World Report rankings editor Avery Comarow said, "The mission of ‘Best Hospitals’ is to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face a particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age.”

The 24th edition of U.S. News and World Report showcases the best of the nation’s 5,000 hospitals. Methodology for rating hospitals includes data that is publicly available and less subjective, such as information collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS Hospital Compare).

According to publication officials, the methodology “gives hospitals with solid clinical data more opportunity to show consumers how well they perform, and hospital reputation still counts.”

Other criteria used in the U.S. News & World Report ratings include patient survival, infection rates, patient safety measures, nurse-to-patient ratios and responses from medical specialists to opinion surveys. Highlights of the newest rankings will appear in U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, to go on sale in August. Complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.

Erlanger Recognized by U.S. News

Friday, July 19 2013, 01:49 PM EDT

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WASHINGTON (AP) --There's only one government economic report scheduled for release today. It's the Commerce Department's report on factory orders in March. But Comcast Corp. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.

Tomorrow, the Commerce Department will release international trade data for March and the Institute for Supply Management will release its service sector index for April.

Also on Tuesday, The Walt Disney Co. reports quarterly financial results after the market closes.

On Wednesday, investors will learn about first-quarter productivity data from the Labor Department.

CHINA-MANUFACTURING

HONG KONG (AP) -- A report says Chinese manufacturing suffered its sharpest contraction in a year in April in a further sign of the weakness in the world's No. 2 economy.

HSBC's manufacturing index based on a survey of factory purchasing managers fell to 48.9 in April from 49.6 in March.

The index is based on a 100-point scale on which numbers below 50 show contraction.

The index level is worse than a preliminary reading of 49.2 released in late April.

The report said total new orders declined at the fastest rate in a year while production levels stagnated.

HSBC's index comes after an official survey by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing found that manufacturing activity barely budged in April.

BUFFETT-OIL TRAINS

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The federal government's new standards for shipping crude oil by rail will have a significant impact on Berkshire Hathaway's BNSF railroad and its Union Tank Car business.

Berkshire CEO Warren Buffett says he hasn't studied the rules closely yet because they were announced last week -- just before his annual shareholder meeting.

Buffett says railroads play an important role in transporting potentially dangerous products across the United States, and he thinks it makes more sense for railroads to haul them instead of trucks or pipelines in most cases.

Buffett says BNSF and other railroads are working to improve safety, but it's impossible to ever be 100 percent safe.

There have been several fiery derailments involving crude oil trains this year, but fortunately those have all happened in more rural areas.

MCDONALD'S-TURNAROUND

NEW YORK (AP) -- McDonald's is set to unveil its latest plans to revive its sputtering business today.

The plans are to be detailed just two months after CEO Steve Easterbrook stepped in to take charge of the world's biggest hamburger chain.

McDonald's is fighting intensifying competition from a variety of players and has admitted that it failed to keep up with changing tastes. In its flagship U.S. market, executives said the menu got too complicated and gummed up operations. Customer visits at established locations declined for two straight years.

Already, McDonald's has tried a number of moves to inject some life back into its brand.

Back in December, it said it would start trimming its menu to simplify operations and make room for new offerings. The nips and tucks in the past couple months targeted minor sandwich variations. More recently, the company revamped its grilled chicken recipe and said it would curb the use of antibiotics.

The company also said last month that it would double its planned restaurant closures this year to roughly 700. It hasn't yet revealed its updated plans on overall restaurant count growth. At the end of last year, McDonald's Corp. had more than 36,200 locations around the world.

AMERICAN EXPRESS-LOYALTY PROGRAM

NEW YORK (AP) -- American Express will roll out a new loyalty program, Plenti, today, allowing U.S. shoppers for the first time to earn rewards points through a variety of purchases, from paying a phone bill to filling up at the pump.

Unlike other loyalty programs, such as frequent flyer plans, Plenti isn't tied to a single company or credit card issuer. Users can join for free and don't have to be American Express members.

Customers will be able to accumulate points through purchases at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Rite Aid, Macy's and a number of other companies, which can then be used for discounts at any participating vendor. Plenti points built up by buying gas or a Nationwide insurance policy, for example, could earn discounts on an electric bill from Direct Energy or milk from Rite Aid.

Loyalty programs aim to keep customers coming back by allowing them to earn points toward discounts or other rewards. But these programs are often tied to one or two retailers and limited in how they can be used.

SMALLBIZ-SUPER BOWL AD

NEW YORK (AP) -- Intuit is looking to draft another small business for some air time in football's biggest game.

The maker of QuickBooks accounting software is planning its second competition in which small companies will vie for a 30-second spot in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7. The winner will get the kind of exposure that big brands like Budweiser, Chevrolet and Microsoft pay millions to get.

The contest begins June 1 with companies submitting stories about their businesses and why they should be showcased during the most widely viewed television event of the year. The submissions are then voted on by the public and Intuit employees.

The winner of the first contest, toy maker GoldieBlox, saw its sales soar after it won Intuit's competition and had a commercial in the 2014 Super Bowl.

The toy maker doubled its staff and signed up with a second factory in China. GoldieBlox toy sets include a book, blocks, wheels, cranks and other parts that children can use to build structures with moving parts.

ALLEGIANT AIR-COURT ORDER

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A federal judge in Las Vegas has issued an order barring Allegiant Air pilots from going on strike while mediation is under way in their labor dispute.

Judge Andrew Gordon ruled Friday that International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1224 can't strike in order to gain leverage over the airline while both sides are in mediation under federal law.

The union argued that it is allowed to strike because the company had not obeyed a court order to restore work rules in its pilot-labor contract.

Allegiant, which is based in Las Vegas, says in a statement that the order will prevent disruption of travel for thousands of passengers.

TOYOTA-UNINTENDED ACCELERATION

DETROIT (AP) -- U.S. safety regulators have rejected a Rhode Island man's request for an investigation into low-speed unintended acceleration problems with Toyota Corolla compact cars.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it put over 2,000 miles on the man's 2010 Corolla. But the agency's Ohio test lab couldn't find any problems with the throttle or transmission. The lab also found that the brakes could keep the car stationary at full throttle.

The decision is a victory for Toyota, which has been dogged by complaints of unwanted acceleration since 2009.

Bob Ruginis of Rhode Island petitioned the agency last year seeking an investigation of nearly 1.7 million 2006-2010 Corollas. He alleged that the Corolla driven by his wife, Kathy, surged at low speeds several times, and a dealer couldn't find the cause.

CHEVY VOLT-PRICE CUT

DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors is knocking nearly $1,200 off the price of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car.

The company says the new Volt will start at $33,995 including shipping when it goes on sale in the fall. The current version costs $35,170.

Prices do not include a $7,500 federal electric car tax credit.

The new Volt can go about 50 miles on battery power before a gasoline generator takes over. The current car goes about 38 miles on its battery.

GM says it can reduce the price because lithium-ion battery and other costs are coming down.

Sales of Volts and other battery-powered vehicles have suffered with gasoline prices nationwide averaging $2.60 per gallon. Through April, Volt sales are down 46 percent to 2,779.

FISHING OBSERVERS

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- New England fishermen of important food fish like cod and haddock say the looming cost of paying for at-sea monitors could put them out of business this year.

The National Marine Fisheries Service says it needs the money it had been using to pay for the monitors for other obligations. The service says that means groundfishermen who catch cod, haddock and pollock in New England waters will likely have to start paying the cost around August.

Groundfishermen say the new expense is coming at a time when it could cripple the fishery. Paying for at-sea monitors can cost fishermen about $800 per trip. Fishermen say they can't afford that in a year when the quota for Gulf of Maine cod is being cut by about 75 percent.

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