The Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery of the WVUSchool of Medicine and the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute isactively recruiting a board certified/eligible General ThoracicSurgeon qualified for appointment at either the AssistantProfessor, Associate Professor, or Professor rank as a chief ofthoracic surgery for Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV.The candidate will be joining a group of internationally renownedacademic thoracic surgeons who are part of the WVU Heart andVascular Institute and Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. Theadvance training or competency in minimally invasive lung andesophageal surgery is required. In addition to providing excellentpatient care, the successful candidate will be actively involved inthe teaching of medical students, residents, and cardiothoracicsurgery fellows.This opportunity enables you to join a renowned team of surgeonsand medical and radiation oncologists and others making anextraordinary difference in the lives of patients not only locally,but across our entire state. Ours is a collaborative atmospherethat allows you to practice advanced medicine in a highlysatisfying academic environment. Our mission is to provide the bestpossible cancer care for our patients. We do so by recruiting someof the finest physicians from across the country – men and womenwho are often recognized leaders in their specialty orsubspecialty; investing heavily in new technology; and placing thehighest emphasis on achieving great quality outcomes.WVU Medicine is West Virginia University’s affiliated healthsystem, West Virginia’s largest private employer, and a nationalleader in patient safety and quality. WVUH provides the mostadvanced quaternary level of care available to the citizens of WestVirginia and bordering states. With more than 13,000 employees and$2 billion plus in annual revenues, WVU Medicine is West Virginia’spremier academic health system and provider of advanced specialtycare. WVU Medicine includes the specialists, sub-specialists, andprimary care physicians of West Virginia; the WVU Cancer Institute;the WVU Eye Institute; the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute; andeight West Virginia hospitals and their affiliated practices andclinics. WVU Medicine also includes dozens of medical offices and adiverse network of affiliated organizations.While this position will be primarily based in Martinsburg, theparticipation in the research, clinical and academic activities atthe flagship hospital is encouraged.Martinsburg, WV and home of Berkeley Medical Center in theeastern panhandle continues to post the largest population growthrate in the West Virginia, over 56% in the last 20 years with itspopulation younger and more educated than the state average. Thereis record economic growth in the region and 40% of residents holdjobs in neighboring northern VA, suburban MD, and downtown DC. Thepanhandle has the lowest unemployment rate in the state, and withthe expanding high income population, continued commercial andindustrial development is projected to continue along the I-81corridor. There is close access to Dulles International Airport,Baltimore International Airport, and Reagan International Airportin Washington, D.C.Successful candidates must have an MD or DO degree (the employeraccepts foreign educational equivalent) and be eligible to obtainan unrestricted West Virginia medical license. Candidates must beboard-certified or board eligible in thoracic surgery.Build your legacy as you serve, teach, learn and make adifference from day one. To learn more, visithttp://wvumedicine.org/heart/For additional questions or to send your CV, please contactKelli Piccirillo, Senior Physician Recruiter, [email protected] & UHA are AA/EO employer –Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – and WVU is the recipient of anNSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals withDisabilities.Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided byOFCCP here .The contractor will not discharge or in any other mannerdiscriminate against employees or applicants because they haveinquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay ofanother employee or applicant. However, employees who have accessto the compensation information of other employees or applicants asa part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay ofother employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwisehave access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is(a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtheranceof an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including aninvestigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with thecontractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR60-1.35(c)
By Donald WittkowskiNo cash? No problem.Ocean City is expanding its tourist-friendly vacation app with new features that will eventually give people the convenience of paying for virtually all of their purchases in town on their mobile devices – no cash needed.“We want it to be universal for Ocean City,” said Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.With the approach of the summer tourism season, the Chamber is preparing to make a series of upgrades to the app beginning this month, including the ability for users to buy beach tags and concert tickets on their phones and mobile devices.An annual contest to win a weeklong vacation giveaway in Ocean City from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1 is also being promoted on the app at http://win.oceancityvacation.com. Contestants must download the app to be entered in the vacation giveaway.Another new feature known as geofencing will alert app users to such things as special events and sales at local businesses when they enter Ocean City and travel around town.Ken Wisnefski, founder and chief executive officer of WebiMax, an online marketing firm that is upgrading the app for the Chamber of Commerce, said the new features will put Ocean City “at the forefront of technology” as it looks to attract new visitors in the highly competitive tourism industry.Wisnefski, in a presentation during a meeting Thursday of the Ocean City Tourism Development Commission, said cashless transactions using the app will appeal to all demographic groups.“It’s evolving beyond the millennials and into all age groups,” said Wisnefski, an Ocean City resident who is also an owner of OCNJDaily.com.Ken Wisnefski, CEO of WebiMax, tells members of the Ocean City Tourism Development Commission of improvements his online marketing firm is making to the vacation app.Wisnefski noted the app is simply another way to combine technology with Ocean City’s traditional, family-friendly attractions to enhance the town’s business community and tourism market.“They would see the blending of technology with tradition,” he said of Ocean City’s visitors.The ability to buy beach tags and concert tickets using the app is just the beginning of an array of new features coming this year. Eventually, for instance, app users will be able to pay for parking on their mobile devices.The most dramatic upgrade will follow this fall, when a new cashless payment system is introduced to give people the option of buying virtually anything in Ocean City using the app, Gillian and Wisnefski said.Coinciding with the arrival of the holiday shopping season, the cashless system is scheduled to make its debut in October or November at participating shops in the downtown business district and along the Boardwalk, Gillian said.“This is all great,” said Wes Kazmarck, president of the Boardwalk Merchants Association and a member of the Tourism Development Commission. “Ocean City being ahead (in technology) is great. In three, four years, everybody will be catching up.”Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Wes Kazmarck, president of the Boardwalk Merchants Association, discuss changes to the app.The cashless payment system will allow app users to load gift certificates or money on their mobile devices for purchases at local shops and other businesses.Eventually, the cashless transactions will be expanded for virtually any type of purchases in Ocean City – from shops to restaurants and from hotels to rental properties. Users could even buy their insurance or pay for dental appointments using the app, Gillian said while giving some examples.Currently, the app has 9,244 users, Gillian said. It includes a listing of special events, local businesses, places to stay and dine, real estate sales and vacation rentals. It also has a daily beach report.As new features are added, Gillian and Wisnefski envision the number of app users increasing dramatically in coming months.“Over the next year, it will grow significantly,” Wisnefski said.New advertising for shopping, dining and other amenities will also be added to the app, creating even more ways for the city and local businesses to connect with visitors and consumers.Gillian pointed out that the app is another way the resort town is using technology to market and advertise itself to visitors, particularly the tech-savvy millennials generally ranging in age from 18 to 35. Soon, users of the Ocean City vacation app will be able to make cashless purchases on their cellphones.
More than a fifth (22%) of HR manager respondents report an increase in the use of employee assistance programmes (EAPs) by employees, according to research by Lancaster University’s The Work Foundation and the UK Employee Assistance Professionals Association (UK EAPA).The evolution of employee assistance: investigating the use, impact and reach of EAPs in today’s organisations report, which surveyed HR managers at 88 organisations, also found that 9% of respondents have attempted to evaluate their EAP in terms of a cost utility benefit or return on investment via the impact on sickness absence, productivity, performance or engagement.The research also found:57% of respondents report that EAP services are being used by employees seeking support for depression, and 56% for family events.A fifth (20%) of respondents say that EAPs are being used for support around difficulties with line managers, 15% for workplace restructures, and 6% for bullying.68% of respondents say EAP services are being accessed by managers looking for support on how to manage workplace issues, for management consultation (49%), and management information on employee and organisational interventions (44%).6% of respondents believe that EAP usage levels have decreased, and 72% feel they have remained unchanged.31% of respondents have not attempted to evaluate the quality or impact of the EAP in place at their organisation, and 9% do not know whether any evaluations have been carried out. Dr Zofia Bajorek (pictured), researcher at The Work Foundation, said: “Creating the right conditions for employees to work in and promoting ‘good work’ in organisations, is important when considering the health and wellbeing of the working age population. EAPs are one way through which employers can be seen to promote positive employee health and wellbeing, however the research indicates that HR can be doing more to promote this service.“Amidst this turbulent economic environment where budgets are increasingly tightened, it is now more important than ever to promote these services and determine what the cost benefits of EAPs are for both employee wellbeing and organisational outcomes.”Andrew Kinder, chair at the UK EAPA, added: “Our digital working lives are ever-faster, more mobile and flexible. They are also more demanding, pressurised and dependent on resilience. The issue for HR is whether the workplace culture, management and its support services have kept pace with all the changes?”