Source: NMC. St. Albans, VT: (October 9, 2009) The Board of Northwestern Medical Center has appointed Jill Berry Bowen as the hospital’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). A native of Maine, Berry Bowen most recently served as Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy Hospital in Portland, ME. Before that, she was Chief Operating Officer for more than 10 years at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, ME. Berry Bowen is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been an active leader in state and local health initiatives and community organizations. She has a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) and a master’s degree in business (MBA). Her official start date at NMC is still to be determined. “We are very pleased that Jill has accepted the position,” Judy Ashley-McLaughlin, NMC Board of Directors Vice President and Chairperson of the Search Committee. “The NMC Board conducted a national search through our management services firm, QHR. We are confident that we have selected the right person to lead our hospital and community into the future.”Wesley Oswald has been serving as interim CEO for the hospital since June. Oswald was put in place by QHR when prior NMC CEO Peter Hofstetter accepted the hospital CEO position in Taos, New Mexico. “Wes has worked closely and diligently with our employees, medical staff and board to provide a smooth transition. His guidance and experience are greatly appreciated,” added Ms. Ashley-McLaughlin.NMC is a vibrant not-for-profit community hospital in northwestern Vermont whose staff has been recognized two years in a row by Avatar International for excellence in overall patient satisfaction. For more information on NMC, please visit www.northwesternmedicalcenter.org(link is external)
Cargo ship Star Gran has become the first Grieg Star-owned vessel to undergo recycling under the new EU recycling regulations.The Norwegian shipping company said the 43,759 dwt vessel started the recycling at LEYAL Ship Recycling Group in Turkey on February 20.Grieg Star noted that the cargo ship was one of the first vessels to be recycled under the EU regulation on Ship Recycling (EU SRR).“Star Gran is 33 years old, and it is time for her to have her last voyage. She has served us well, and it is wistfully we send her to the recycling yard. With Grieg Green’s expertise and the quality of LEYAL Ship Recycling Group, we feel confident in a transparent and high quality process,” said CEO Camilla Grieg.The new EU SRR regulation came into force on December 31, 2018. It mandates the recycling of all large sea-going vessels sailing under an EU flag to take place in yards included in the European list of ship recycling facilities. The European list contains currently 26 yards, most of them located in the EU, but also in Turkey and the USA, and additional yards are expected to be included in the list in the future.According to the European Commission, European ship owners own 35% of the world fleet. A large percentage of these is being dismantled in South Asia, under conditions often harmful to workers’ health and the environment. With the full entry into force of the EU Regulation on ship recycling, this will no longer be possible for EU-flagged vessels, which will have to get dismantled in EU-listed yards.
After holding leads late in its last two events but failing to win, the No. 8 USC men’s golf team hopes to seal the deal this weekend and claim its first tournament title of the year at the Stanford U.S. Intercollegiate in Palo Alto, Calif.The Trojans built a four-stroke lead last week at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational but went a combined nine over par on the last three holes and slipped to third place.USC coach Chris Zambri said he wasn’t overly concerned about his team’s inability to finish.“If you’re in the game, that’s a great thing. We’ve been in the middle of it for the last two or three events we’ve played,” Zambri said. “We are getting better, and I do think it is the kind of group that can finish.”The Trojans have finished in the top three in their last three events. In its first five events of the season, USC finished no higher than tied for fourth.“It’s a great thing that we’re giving ourselves opportunities to win,” junior Matt Giles said. “I feel as though the more opportunities we get, the better all of us will get at [finishing].”With their recent good form, the Trojans have climbed nine spots in the national rankings in the last month and will enter this weekend’s tournament as one of the favorites to win.Host No. 3 Stanford, Thunderbird Invitational champion No. 5 Washington and crosstown rival No. 7 UCLA pose the biggest threats to USC’s championship hopes.Zambri will make one change to his lineup from the squad he sent out last week in the desert, inserting redshirt junior Bo DeHuff for freshman Stewart Hagestad in the five spot. Hagestad will still compete as an individual.DeHuff turned in his top finish of the spring competing as an individual last week, tying for 42nd.Giles, a two-time All-American, seemed to rediscover his top form last week, posting his first top-five finish of the season.“Everything’s much better,” Giles said. “There wasn’t any one thing that stood out before. Everything was pretty poor to be perfectly honest. Now I feel really confident with my short game especially.”Sophomore Steve Lim led the field by two strokes last week after two rounds, shooting 68-65. He struggled in the final round, however, posting a 75 and falling into a tie for eighth.“It’s not easy to be in that position, leading by two,” Zambri said. “Steve’s won tournaments before but he hasn’t won in college so it was new for him. I think he’ll learn from the experience and be better off for it.”Freshman T.J. Vogel continued his solid play last week, finishing in a tie for 22nd. Vogel finished in second place overall at the two previous stroke-play events.For freshman Martin Trainer, this week’s tournament marks a homecoming. Trainer is from Palo Alto and has played the Stanford Golf Course more than 50 times in his career.“I know the course really well, and that gives me a big advantage,” Trainer said. “I’m really excited. If you know your way around, you can definitely shoot a good score there.”The Stanford U.S. Intercollegiate, which begins Sunday and ends with the final round on Tuesday, is the last event for USC before the team returns to Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz., for the Pac-10 championships at the end of the month.“I think everyone is identifying on an individual basis where they can improve their games and working hard on that,” Giles said. “With the last couple of events being really close calls that we probably should have won — that gives us some hunger and motivation in going forward.”