Book Promo: MoneyBall Medicine

MoneyBall Medicine:
Thriving in the New
Data-Driven Healthcare Market

by Harry Glorikian  & Malorye Allison Branca

From Doctors To Entrepreneurs, Moneyball Medicine Can Help Us Adapt To Changes Shaping Healthcare Today

Among other things, the coronavirus outbreak has shown us that getting the right data quickly and knowing how to use it are crucial to containing the pandemic. With a globally data-driven healthcare system, we would have accurate information at our fingertips to help us readily identify new threats, activate a rapid response, and develop critical testing equipment and vaccines to keep it from spreading. It’s all about saving lives and, with this essential information, the possibilities are endless.

In MoneyBall Medicine: Thriving in the New Data-Driven Healthcare Market, Harry Glorikian (along with Malorye Allison Branca) show through examples what a new data-driven healthcare system could look like when implemented on a global basis. The authors reveal where data and cutting-edge analytics are already advancing healthcare and creating new and evolving business opportunities.

The book includes interviews with dozens of healthcare leaders, and describes the business challenges and opportunities arising for those working in one of the most vibrant sectors of the world’s economy. The authors map out many of the changes taking place, and describe how they are impacting everyone from patients to researchers to insurers, and outline some predictions for the healthcare industry in the years to come.

MoneyBall Medicine makes a compelling case for embracing technology and the use of data to revolutionize the healthcare system for the greater good of patients and healthcare professionals alike.

Author Harry Glorikian also hosts the MoneyBall Medicine™ Podcast, a series all about the data-driven transformation of the healthcare and life sciences landscape. An influential global business expert with more than three decades of experience building successful ventures in the U.S. and around the world, Glorikian is well known for his achievements in the life sciences, healthcare, diagnostics and healthcare IT industries. He is a sought-after speaker who has addressed the National Institutes of Health, Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference, World Theranostics Congress and other audiences worldwide.

He has written numerous articles for industry publications, appeared on CBS Evening News, and has been quoted regularly by Dow Jones, The Boston GlobeBioWorld Today, Los Angeles Times, London Independent, Medical Device Daily, Science Magazine, Genetic Engineering News and many other media outlets. He is also the author of Commercializing Novel IVD’s: A Comprehensive Manual for Success.

For more information, please visit, or listen to his podcasts at

MoneyBall Medicine: Thriving in the
New Data-Driven Healthcare Market
Publisher: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group
ISBN-10: 1138198048
ISBN-13: 978-1138198043

Available from
Routledge Group

Heroes 2020: Kathy Price

Kathy Price is a certified paramedic with
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville.

Having been in emergency medical services for more than 30 years — over 25 as a paramedic — I have worked through many public health emergencies but have never experienced anything like the COVID-19 pandemic before.

During a pandemic, besides providing emergency care to patients, it is also important that we try to identify potentially infectious patients before they arrive at the emergency rooms to limit exposure to non-infected patients and employees.

As emergency medical first responders, mobile intensive care paramedics, mobile intensive care nurses and emergency medical technicians are used to managing all types of emergency situations. Paramedics work as an extension of the emergency room and provide pre-hospital advanced life support care, including IV therapy, airway management and cardiac monitoring, while emergency medical technicians provide basic life support care, including oxygen therapy, first aid and transportation.

During this crisis, we’ve had to adjust practically all our standard operating procedures from dispatch to patient drop-off. Everything is different now. We are trying to provide the same high quality of care but are having to learn different ways to achieve this standard while limiting the spread of this invisible virus.

We are thankful for our communities that continue to support us through this challenging time. I and my fellow paramedics also have great admiration for the many courageous, professional EMTs — both career and volunteer — that we have the privilege of working with every day. They are our heroes!

originally posted on Bridgewater Courier News

Book Promo: Scoundrels Prefer Love

Scoundrels Prefer Love
(Fortune and Glory Book 2)

by Sandra             Sookoo

Adventure is exciting, but love is infinitely more heart-stopping.

Miss Calamity Calloway is the epitome of efficiency, as long as she’s typing travel reports, but when she’s out in the world, the troubles start. Tripping over laces, bumping into people on the street, and tumbling into awkward situations is the order of her days—and unfortunately, her handsome neighbor is usually a witness. All she longs for is a bit of trouble-free adventure.

Mr. Mason Lancaster is a retired American Navy man who has sailed all over the world, met countless dignitaries, and even taken on a stray pirate. A self-proclaimed scoundrel—women just complicate things after all—he’s on the hunt for the man who swindled his parents. When his neighbor, the smart, but clumsy Callie, decides to travel on her own, he joins the party… for her own good.

The mishaps—or adventures depending on who you ask—start before the two even board the ship. Callie’s penchant of falling into scrapes keeps them both busy, and an improper tryst further upsets the delicate friendship between them. But other dangers, lies, and deceptions also dog their steps, forcing Mason to decide where his priorities lie—protecting Callie or bagging his quarry. Perhaps a stroke of luck will correct their fate and prove life’s biggest adventure is worth its weight in trouble.

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About Sandra Sookoo

Sandra Sookoo is a USA Today bestselling author who firmly believes every person deserves acceptance and a happy ending. Most days you can find her creating scandal and mischief in the Regency-era, serendipity and happenstance in Victorian America or snarky, sweet humor in the contemporary world. Most recently she’s moved into infusing her books with mystery and intrigue. Reading is a lot like eating fine chocolates–you can’t just have one. Good thing books don’t have calories!

Heroes 2020: 307th Medical Squadron

307th Medical Squadron Returns From
Combating COVID-19 in New York

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Paula Bomar, 307th Medical Squadron nurse, was the first person from the unit to deploy to New York during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nine members of the unit deployed to New York in early April, in response to calls for help from hospital staffs overwhelmed by the coronavirus. According to the city government’s website, New York endured more than 200,000 confirmed cases from February until the end of May.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Trevor Talbert, a technician with the 307th Medical Squadron, said the situation was dire when the airmen arrived.

”The civilian staff at my hospital was burned out and depleted,” he said. ”There were at least 40 patients on my floor, and the numbers didn’t start to go down until last week.” He explained those numbers included a broad age demographic, with patients ranging in age from 20-somethings to octogenarians. ”COVID-19 does not discriminate,” he said. ”They all struggled.”

The airmen’s efforts helped save lives, but they had to learn to deal with losing patients as well. Talbert spoke about leaving the bedsides of patients at the end of a shift and returning the next day to find out they had died. ”It makes you appreciate the important things in life,” Talbert said. ”It never became normal, and I’m glad because I didn’t want to become lax about treating them.”

Air Force Capt. Aaron Biggio, a nurse with the 307th Medical Squadron, said hospital staff, patients and even the public showed deep appreciation for their efforts. He said people in the neighborhood would lean out of apartment windows, cheering for them during shift changes. ”I’d get thanked in the streets by total strangers, often with tears in their eyes,” he said. ”There is no one in New York who doesn’t know someone else affected by the disease.”

Talbert said the airmen did their best to serve the patients beyond standard medical care. He recalled using his cellphone to set up video chats between patients and loved  ones. ”We were the only family they had while they were under our care,” he explained.

Most airmen deployed to the region with a focus on direct patient care, but a handful also took part in research efforts designed to learn how to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on hospital workers.

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cynitra Roberson, the squadron’s immunization noncommissioned officer in charge, took part in patient care, but also served as part of a research team trying to determine if the safety protocols put in place were effective. She and other team members tested almost 500 medical workers. Though the research results remain to be determined, Roberson said, she gained personal insight from the experience.

”It was really neat and something different,” Roberson explained. ”I worked with really good people, and it was a great experience.”

Throughout the deployment, the airmen worked 12-hour shifts and, in some hospitals, faced patient loads well beyond normal capacity. Biggio said he would do it all again, regardless of the hardships involved.

”I’d get back on the plane right now if they would let me,” he said. ”There’s just something beautiful about the humanity of people coming together to fight through something so gruesome.”

Returning airmen are scheduled to be in quarantine for two weeks before being allowed to return to their military and civilian duties.



Book Promo: 7 Keys to Navigating a Crisis

7 Keys to Navigating a Crisis:
A Practical Guide to Emotionally Dealing
with Pandemics & Other Disasters

Elia Gourgouris

Safeguard Your Emotional Health During
Any Crisis With These 7 Practical Steps


In our interconnected world, global events impact all of us in one way or another. Knowing how to help ourselves, our families and our organizations navigate a crisis can profoundly affect our emotional health and well-being.

7 Keys to Navigating a Crisis: A Practical Guide to Emotionally Dealing with Pandemics & Other Disasters is a must-read for anyone seeking to thrive during challenging times. Written by clinical psychologist Elia Gourgouris and change management expert Konstantinos Apostolopoulos, this easy-to-read book offers powerful, yet practical, insights to help minimize the negative emotional impact of pandemics, natural disasters, financial challenges and other major disruptions.

“Not only will individuals and families find the book helpful in a crisis, so will first responders, healthcare professionals, mental health counselors and wellness coaches,” said Dr. Gourgouris.

Drawing from their real-world experiences, Dr. Gourgouris and Apostolopoulos explain the following seven keys to navigating any crisis:

1. Start with self-care. Be aware of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.

2. Practice awareness. Listen to your intuition or inner wisdom.

3. Choose flexibility so you can adapt, pivot and avoid unnecessary pain.

4. Act now! Preparation is key to your survival.

5. Take initiative by moving into action. Become the navigator in your life’s journey!

6. Cultivate a positive attitude filled with faith and hope.

7. Show kindness to others.

“Each chapter has an end section including points to ponder, questions to consider and action steps to take, so the reader can move beyond just surviving to thriving in a crisis situation,” added Apostolopoulos.

Author Elia Gourgouris, PhD, is the Founder of The Happiness Center, an organization of world-leading experts in the field of positive psychology. Dr. Elia’s previous book, 7 Paths to Lasting Happiness, became an Amazon #1 best-seller. He is an international keynote speaker and happiness expert focusing on corporate wellness and leadership training. He holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is a UCLA graduate. Dr. Elia is certified by the American Red Cross in Disaster Mental Health Services, having assisted in the 1994 Los Angeles and 2010 Haiti earthquakes, the 1999 Columbine High School shooting and other crises. He’s the co-host of The Kindness Happiness Connection podcast and a Thrive Global contributor. Please visit:, or

Co-author Konstantinos Apostolopoulos is the Founder and CEO of Fresh Biz Solutions, a performance consulting and training provider. As an award-winning facilitator and coach, he has successfully delivered hundreds of custom learning events in the US, Canada and Europe for diverse audiences and industries. He is a regular contributor to Thrive Global and other industry publications. As a young man in Greece, he experienced firsthand the devastation left behind by natural and economic disasters. As an adult, he was fortunate to help play a small part in the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Today, he helps others navigate the challenges brought by major events in their lives. Please visit:

For more information, please visit;; or

7 Keys to Navigating a Crisis: A Practical Guide
to Emotionally Dealing with Pandemics & Other Disasters
Publisher: The Happiness Center
ISBN-10: 1734943815
ISBN-13: 978-1734943818

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Heroes 2020 ~ Help for First Responders

from Fire Department Chronicles

Jason Patton, “I’m excited to announce that I have partnered with the Banyan Treatment Centers to create C.R.E.W. A program designed for First Responders.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with their mental health or substance abuse, please call: 888-926-4174

Heroes 2020 ~ Nikima Thompson, RIP

Nikima Thompson, a mother of four died May 4 after being diagnosed with the virus on April 2. She was 41.

A dispatcher for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Nikima Thompson, died of Coronavirus.  Nikima was a dedicated 16-year veteran of BSO and the first communications operator to die in the line of duty in Florida.

Thompson was born in Miami and graduated from Miami Norland Senior High School in 1996. She joined the sheriff’s office in 2003.

“She was very vibrant, entertaining, fun,” said Joanne Alvarez, the Business Representative for the Federation of Public Employees, BSO Civilian Unit.

Dispatchers have always played an essential role in emergency medical services (EMS). At its most basic, the role of the dispatcher has been to identify the problem and the location of the patient, and then identify an ambulance that can be sent to the location.

Book Promo: My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me


My Wife Said You May Want
to Marry Me: A Memoir

by Jason B.        Rosenthal

The widower who became nationally known after his wife wrote days before her death a heart-wrenching column in The New York Times shares his insight about love, loss and living again in his new memoir.

Jason Rosenthal’s book My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me shares his experience after his wife, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, wrote the column “You May Want To Marry My Husband” which The New York Times published ten days before she died. The essay illuminated her desire for Jason to move forward and find happiness after her death.

In My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me, Jason describes what came next: his commitment to respect Amy’s wish, even as he struggled with her loss. Surveying his life before, with, and after Amy, Jason ruminates on love, the pain of watching a loved one suffer and what it means to heal.

His new work is guaranteed to be far reaching to all who have suffered with grief, loss and the journey to new life, purpose and relationships through healing.

The book is available through
Harper Collins

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Heroes 2020: Laura Gluck

What can we say about a woman who has dedicated her career to her community and EMS? — A LOT!!

Laura has been in EMS for a very long time.  She has never been GIVEN anything.  She has worked hard and long hours to achieve her position of Paramedic Lieutenant for Rockland Paramedics/Rockland Mobile Care.  

A long standing and respected member of her community, Laura has been a volunteer EMT for both of the local EMS agencies in her hometown and worked her way into being a Paramedic at the station in her home town; it goes without saying that once promoted to Lt., she is pretty much running the Paramedic station in her hometown.

Laura is an avid Motorcyclist, an amazing grandmother, a skilled and talented Paramedic and most of all an amazing friend.

When COVID-19 made its grand entrance, Laura was found working her usual three shifts at her medic station, Medic-1 and while others were exhausted and needing down time, or they were just afraid to deal with COVID-19, Laura began doing an additional 10 hours at her volunteer agency.

 A Paramedic  with great clinical skills, she is detail oriented, and truly cares about her patients — COVID-19 has been very challenging and it sometimes challenges our decision making skills.  Laura is a trooper, wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) on EVERY call, showing concern for her patients, her partner and the BLS (Basic Life Support) crew before anything else — ALWAYS!!

Laura takes on EVERY call with the knowledge that SHE IS A GREAT PROVIDER giving her utmost at every call, one at a time, and although COVID-19 may have beaten her on occasion, it’s going to have to TRY VERY HARD to break her!!

Our community is fortunate to have an amazing Frontline Pre- Hospital Emergency Medical Provider in charge of the Paramedic station and who works so harmoniously with the local volunteer EMS agencies.