Ponce School of Medicine Names NCG Medical Preferred Vendor for Electronic Health Records for Puerto Rico

ORLANDO, Fla. (December 8, 2010) – NCG Medical Systems, Inc., a global leader in electronic medical health records, has been named a participating vendor by the Ponce School of Medicine Regional Extension Center.

NCG Medical will provide Ponce School of Medicine REC, with its Perfect Care EHR software system in order to support doctors and healthcare offices throughout Puerto Rico. The goal is to assist doctors, clinics and other healthcare providers with the conversion to electronic medical health records – part of an effort to improve access to essential health information.

“We look forward to working with the Ponce School of Medicine. We understand that doctors are very busy and are looking for the right solutions when it comes to electronic health records,’’ said Antonio Arias, senior Vice President of business development.  “We provide a comprehensive technology that can target to medical professionals’ needs.”

Based out of Orlando, Fla., NCG Medical offers practice management software, Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems technology, as well as billing software to healthcare providers. NCG Medical currently has 2,000 medical clients across 24 U.S. states and ranks among the top three providers in the industry. The company will have a staff of about 15, and will work extensively with the school to educate doctors on the transition to EHR.

The Electronic Health Record (EHR) is an electronic record of patient health information, including a patient’s demographics, medical history, medications, allergies, progress notes, immunizations, laboratory data and radiology reports. The EHR automates and streamlines the clinician’s workflow, and has the ability to generate a complete patient record.

National certification of EHRs is part of a national initiative. The federal government is offering incentive payment programs to help doctors and other health providers as they transition from paper-based medical records to EHRs.  Individual physicians and other eligible professionals can receive up to $44,000 through Medicare and almost $64,000 through Medicaid.

To learn more about the Ponce School of Medicine Regional Extension Center, visit http://rec.psm.edu/, and to learn more about NCG Medical go to http://www.ncgmedical.com.

About NCG Medical Systems, Inc. (http://www.ncgmedical.com)

NCG Medical is a global leader in integrated IT solutions for healthcare facilities and regional extension centers. Based out of Orlando, Fla., NCG Medical is a pioneer and leading provider of electronic health records. Institutions worldwide choose NCG Medical for solutions in practice management, electronic medical records, and medical billing. To learn more, visit NCG Medical at www.ncgmedical.com.

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Green Meadow Waldorf School Offering Three “Simplicity Parenting” Evenings at Local Libraries

Community invited to take part in any of the three sessions, inspired by Kim John Payne’s important book, on Jan. 13, Jan. 19 and Jan. 27

CHESTNUT RIDGE, NY – (Dec. 16, 2011) – If you’re a parent, tired of busy schedules; if your children are stressed and exhausted; if your family life is not fulfilling, and your family values get lost in the daily shuffle, come to a Simplicity Parenting evening presented by Green Meadow Waldorf School and learn how to take back your life and your time.

These talks are based on the popular book Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. Sessions will be lead by Green Meadow Waldorf School faculty member and certified Simplicity Parenting coach, Deborah Renna. She will offer a simple and effective pathway for simplifying home life that reduces stress and allows room for connection, creativity and relaxation. Sessions will be held at libraries in Tarrytown, N.Y., Saddle River, N.J. and Ridgewood, N.J.

“I believe, especially in these busy times, that parents and caregivers have a hunger for deepening family relationships,” said session leader and Green Meadow Waldorf School faculty member, Deborah Renna. “In these group presentations, I will teach parents how to come up with an at-home plan to simplify family life.”

WHAT: Deborah Renna will discuss and explore Simplicity Parenting concepts

FIRST EVENING: Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7:15 p.m. at the Warner Library, 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY.

SECOND EVENING: Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Saddle River Library, 245 Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ.

THIRD EVENING: Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ridgewood Library, 125 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ.

These evenings preview a group-based, 7-week parenting workshop, beginning in February on the Green Meadow Waldorf School campus in Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Nearly 350 students from 13 counties and almost 90 towns attend the independent Green Meadow Waldorf School. Located about 20 miles north of New York City, Green Meadow serves students from nursery school through grade 12.

Waldorf education is the fastest-growing independent school movement worldwide, with 300 schools in the U.S. and nearly 1,000 around the world. The curriculum is based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, who founded the first Waldorf School in Germany in 1919. Green Meadow offers developmentally based, challenging academic coursework infused with the arts.  Students are exposed to diverse disciplines and can choose traditional classes such as modern languages and sciences while also learning practical arts, such as knitting, blacksmithing, and woodworking. The school also limits the use of technology and media for younger students, which is now understood by researchers as essential to the developing brain.

For more information and to schedule interviews: Contact Vicki Larson at 845-356-2514 ext. 311 or vlarson@gmws.org.

About Green Meadow School and the Waldorf education: Founded in Germany in 1919 by Dr. Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf Education now includes schools on every continent. Green Meadow Waldorf School is an accredited full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), an association that strengthens and supports Waldorf schools and informs the public of the benefits of Waldorf education.  Green Meadow is also an accredited member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), a voluntary association of more than 140 independent schools in the state of New York.

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Howard County Public Schools select eSchool Solutions to Manage Professional Learning for Teachers and Staff

Electronic Registrar Online offers professional development management – entirely online – to the district’s 4,600 teachers

Howard County, MD. (Dec. 15, 2010) – Howard County public schools have selected Orlando-based eSchool Solutions® to assist the area’s 4,600 educators in managing professional learning activities—and it’s done entirely online.

Beginning in January 2011, Howard County public schools will implement eSchool Solutions’ Electronic Registrar Online (ERO) software and services. ERO is a customized web application that schools and teachers can use to track required ongoing learning – as well as create professional learning plans.

The reporting tool in Electronic Registrar Online also makes it simple for districts to extract staff development data to meet local, state and federal reporting requirements. In addition, ERO can also highlight the coaching features that allow mentors to review their teacher’s plans and offer feedback through the system.

With ERO, busy teachers can log in anywhere to register for learning activities, review and update their professional growth plans, and access their transcripts.

“Electronic Registrar Online is a timesaver. From the district with its many reporting needs, to the teachers and their professional mentors – everyone can work quicker and smarter,” said Lisa Welton, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for eSchool Solutions. “This program makes it efficient for the teachers and cost-effective for the Howard County school district.”

To learn more about the company, visit http://www.eschoolsolutions.com/ or call 800-776-8774.

About eSchool Solutions®

eSchool Solutions® is the leading provider of integrated technology solutions for the preK-12 education market. In 1987, the Orlando-based company revolutionized substitute management for school systems, completely changing the way districts managed substitutes and employee absences. Now, as a total solutions provider, eSchool Solutions provides a full suite of products and services designed to improve administrative efficiency and help school districts work smarter. The company serves more than 500 school systems, encompassing 29,000 schools in North America.

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Ripley the Dog goes from Homeless Hound to Pampered Pooch

Believe it! This top dog is the star of Ripley’s Big Bash!
Set for Saturday, December 18

ORLANDO, Fla. – (Dec. 13, 2010) – It’s a fairy-tale ending for a story that had a flea (and cockroach) infested beginning.

Ripley the dog will be the star of the show at Ripley’s Big Bash!, a send-off party and pet adoption event set for Saturday, December 18, at the Petco in Houma, Louisiana. The event starts at 4 pm.

Workers at St. John Parish animal shelter in LaPlace found the beleaguered animal in a ditch; his hair was so matted that he could no longer walk, his fur was full of cockroaches and he was close to being no longer able to eat. The shelter took him to a local vet, who shaved more than two pounds of hair off the dog. The homeless dog was named Ripley because “Believe It or Not!” there was a dog under all that fur!

After several weeks of TLC and socializing provided by My Heart’s Desire animal shelter, Ripley is a healthy, well-mannered dog who will go home with his new family, Houma residents Joy and Mike Tingle.

“We feel like we won the lottery,” said Mike Tingle, noting that more than 50 people were in line for the poodle and hundreds more had shown interest in his adoption. “We visited him a couple times and then filled out the paperwork and waited. It was a wonderful morning when we received the phone call.”  Tingle called Ripley a “sharp little dog with a laid-back personality.” Ripley will be the Tingle household’s only pet.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is giving the Tingles a Petco certificate for six spa and grooming sessions for little Ripley, and has made a donation to My Heart’s Desire as a thank you for helping save the homeless ragamuffin. The company is also supplying a limo so Ripley and the Tingles can go home in style from the Big Bash! Natural Balance is donating 15 bags, a year’s worth, of dog food, to Ripley and his new family.

Local animal rescue groups will be on hand at Ripley’s Big Bash! to provide information on other animals that need permanent homes.  Brent Neil, assistant store manager for the Petco store in Houma, is planning the big event for the 18th.  “This is a great opportunity to showcase how important pet adoption is,” Neil said. “Little Ripley was in dire needs and was saved. He deserves a good home and he has found one. These are the kind of stories we all like to hear.”

Ripley’s unbelievable story, which received international interest, will be featured in the 2012 annual from Ripley Publishing that will be published in August 2011. The book is a collection of amazing, unusual and unbelievable stories from around the world.

“We are happy to have been able to help out little Ripley,” said Tim O’Brien, VP of Communications for Ripley’s Believe It or Not! “His story is one of survival and overcoming incredible odds, and really represents what Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is all about.”

Ripley’s Big Bash! will take place at Petco in Houma, located at 1651 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Downloadable images from Ripley’s Big Bash! will be available on Monday, Dec. 20 in the Ripley’s Newsroom.


Tim O’Brien

VP Communications

Office – 615-646-7465

Cell – 615-496-5949


Brent Neil

Assistant Store Manager, Petco



About Ripley Entertainment

Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com), keepers of the venerable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand, is a global leader in location-based entertainment, entertaining more than 13 million annually at its 85 attractions in 11 countries.  In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

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Mysteries of Cannibal Pygmies and the Brigantine Mary Celeste Featured on Dec. 15 Episode of Ripley Radio-An On-Demand Oddcast

Author Anna Maria Prezio explains that by decorating your home according to various Feng Shui methods, you will be able to keep ghosts away; UK author and educator Lionel Fanthorpe recalls the most significant mysteries he has ever researched, including the myth of the brigantine Mary Celeste that was found floating in the middle of the ocean with no one aboard; and Robert Damon Schneck reports how  aliens are using Bigfoot creatures on earth to mine for gold that will be used to power weapons in their fight in a major inner-galactic battle that is taking place. Schneck also talks about his research on the cannibal pygmies of Wyoming.

Ripley Radio – an On-Demand Oddcast

Ripley Radio is a journey through the weird, wacky, whimsical, wild, and totally unbelievable world of the odd, strange and unusual. Each show provides listeners with amazing and absolutely true tales of today as well as unbelievable facts culled from the extensive archives of the company that has been freaking out families for more than 90 years!

The broadcast is an unpredictable and fun-filled show that proves beyond all dimensions that Ripley’s is indeed, the global authority on the weird, strange, bizarre and the UNBELIEVABLE!

You can enjoy Ripley Radio – An On-Demand Oddcast at the dedicated Ripley Radio website and in the Podcast section of iTunes.

Meet Ripley Radio’s Ensemble:

  • Tim O’Brien, executive producer
    Vice President, Communications, Ripley Entertainment Inc.
  • “Ralf with an F” (Ralf Ingwersen)
    Director of Ghost Tours
    Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, St. Augustine, Fla.
  • Edward Meyer
    Vice President, Exhibits and Archives, Ripley Entertainment Inc.
  • Marci Pikel
    Manager of Marketing & Production Services, Ripley Entertainment Inc.

For detailed information on each host, please visit the Ripley Radio website.

About Ripley Radio
Ripley Radio is owned by Ripley Entertainment Inc., keepers of the venerable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand and is a global leader in location-based entertainment. More than 13 million guests visit its 80-plus world-wide attractions annually. The Orlando-based company also has divisions that oversee publishing, licensing and broadcast operations.  Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

Tim O’Brien
Ripley Radio Executive Producer
VP Communications
Ripley Entertainment Inc.
Office – 615-646-7465
Cell – 615-496-5949

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