American Legion National Commander slams lack of accountability at VA in Letter to President Obama Sep 18, 2014 07:43PM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Angered by a recent IG report on the Department of Veterans Affairs and the testimony of senior VA officials, American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm  sent a pointed letter to President Obama reminding him that he promised to institute "a critical culture of accountability" within the troubled health care system. Helm said that the change in culture has still not been achieved.

"We were shocked when the VA Inspector General's Report examined case after case of VA mismanagement, acknowledging that veterans died as they waited for health care but then stated 'we are unable to conclusively assert that the absence of timely quality care caused the deaths of these veterans,'" Helm wrote today.

"Mr. President, I understand that you cannot be held responsible for every act of malfeasance that occurs in the federal government. But let me assure you that if someone on my staff were found to be cooking the books, committing fraud or putting career ambitions ahead of veterans' lives, they wouldn't be transferred or suspended with pay.  They would be fired immediately.  Our VA employees should be held to the same standard," Helm said.

He vowed that The American Legion will continue to keep the issue alive until VA makes the needed reforms. "A perception exists that scandals in Washington are resolved by ignoring the problem and counting on the American people to forget. Mr. President, some Americans may forget what happened at VA, but I can assure you that The American Legion never will," Helm said.

With a current membership of 2.4-million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through nearly 14,000 posts across the nation.

Media contact: Joe March, (317) 630-1253/ (317) 748-1926; John Raughter, (317) 630-1350 / (317) 441-8847; Marty Callaghan, (202)263-5758/ (202) 341-8900. A high resolution photo of the National Commander is available at

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Doral Financial Corporation and Government of Puerto Rico Meet for Trial to Settle Tax Refund Due to Doral Sep 18, 2014 07:43PM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Following today's trial in the Doral Financial Corporation v. Hacienda court case, Doral Legal Counsel Matthew D. McGill issued the following statement:

"To begin their case today, the government called as their star witness a former employee of Doral who the court has ruled has nothing relevant to say about the tax agreement that Hacienda is trying to repudiate.  Hacienda's presentation of an irrelevant witness confirms what Doral has been saying--that there is no evidence to support Hacienda's attempted nullification of its agreement with Doral."

For more information on case of Doral vs. the Hacienda and events leading up to the trial, visit

Doral Financial Corporation is a bank holding company engaged in banking, mortgage banking and insurance agency activities through its wholly-owned subsidiaries Doral Bank, with operations on the mainland U.S. (New York metropolitan area and northwest region of Florida) and Puerto Rico. Doral Financial Corporation's common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DRL.

Contact: Miriam Warren 202-722-2186

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Memorial Cardiac & Vascular Institute Performs First Adult Heart Transplant in Broward County Sep 18, 2014 07:35PM

Hollywood, Florida (PRWEB) September 18, 2014

Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute at Memorial Regional Hospital made history this week by performing the first ever, adult heart transplant in Broward County. The hospital received UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) approval to launch the adult heart transplant program earlier this year, becoming one of only two programs in South Florida.

The skilled cardiac transplant team is led by Dr. Enrique Gongora, Medical Director of the Adult Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at the Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute and Dr. Ioana Dumitru, Medical Director of Adult Cardiac Transplant, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy. Both work with a high-caliber team of dedicated nurses, intensivists, perfusionists, and laboratory medicine experts, who were all on cue for the life-saving transplant.

"We are very excited for our first heart transplant patient," said Dr. Dumitru, a board-certified heart failure and transplant cardiologist. "The 51-year-old patient who received the life-saving transplant had end-stage heart failure due to dilated cardiomyopathy. We had been following her since this spring."

The team is preparing for the next adult heart transplants, given they currently have another five patients waiting for this miraculous gift of life.

"Performing our first adult heart transplant is an achievement that reflects the steadfast commitment of the Memorial Healthcare System to provide this community with world class cardiovascular care," said Dr. Gongora, a board certified cardiac surgeon. "South Florida has historically been underserved for advanced heart failure care. Having a heart failure program, that is able to provide advanced heart failure care including heart transplantation and ventricular assist devices, is imperative to serve the growing number of patients suffering with advanced heart failure."

The adult cardiac transplant team is part of the Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute's TotalHeart care program. In August, Memorial Regional Hospital earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for its ventricular assist device (VAD) destination therapy program. Destination therapy VADs are implanted in patients with refractory heart failure who are not eligible for a heart transplant. VADs have been proven to dramatically improve the long term survival and the quality of life of end stage heart failure patients.

The expert cardiac care at Memorial Healthcare System extends beyond Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood and covers the spectrum from pediatric to adult cardiac services. For example, the pediatric cardiac transplant team at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Heart Institute – led by Dr. Frank Scholl, Chief Pediatric Congenital Heart Surgery and Surgical Director, Pediatric Heart Transplant and Dr. Maryanne Chrisant, Medical Director of Pediatric Heart Transplant Cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure Services – has successfully performed 17 pediatric heart transplants since 2010. Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital has the only active pediatric heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support program in South Florida. In addition, cardiac experts at Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines perform diagnostic and therapeutic catheterization and emergency and elective angioplasties.

With the outstanding resources of the programs dedicated to cardiac care at Memorial Regional Hospital, Memorial Hospital West and Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Memorial Healthcare System is poised to offer the community TotalHeart care from the youngest pediatric patients to adults, and throughout South Broward County and beyond.

Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute is a leader in cardiovascular care in South Florida, offering a wide array of services dedicated to the prevention, detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Its specialists work together as a multidisciplinary team using sophisticated diagnostic equipment and facilities dedicated solely to cardiovascular care. Outcomes of cardiovascular care are reviewed on a regular basis by multidisciplinary physician-review panels assisted by nurses specializing in quality assurance and utilizing computerized data collection. With extraordinary medical expertise, advanced technology and exacting quality guidelines, Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute offers a superior level of cardiovascular care to the South Florida community and beyond. For more information on your total heart care, visit Memorial Cardiac & Vascular Institute.

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Low T Center Endorses The Joint FDA Committee Meeting on Testosterone Sep 18, 2014 07:34PM

SOUTHLAKE, Texas, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Low T Center endorses the recommendations of the joint FDA committee meeting in Hyattsville, Maryland earlier this week. The FDA convened the meeting to assess the proper patient population for testosterone therapy (TRT), as well as to assess potential cardiovascular risk associated with TRT. Examining recent claims from studies that TRT affects cardiovascular health, the committee found that "available epidemiological studies do not provide convincing evidence that TRT is associated with adverse (cardiovascular) outcomes." The Committee also determined that only about one-half of men now taking testosterone have been diagnosed with hypogonadism, the specific medical diagnosis indicated for TRT. The Committee materials raised a concern that more than 25% of persons prescribed testosterone have not had adequate blood testing. Consequently, the Committee has proposed labeling changes to limit testosterone therapy to patients suffering from hypogonadism, confirmed by laboratory testing. 

"4 1/2 years ago I correctly predicted the state of affairs for the testosterone industry. If you analyze the past abuses in pain management medicine, you could clearly see where we were headed," explains Michael Sisk, the Founder of Low T Centers. "Internet providers, inadequately trained providers, and 'diagnosis by phone' centers, created an ease of access that resulted in clear overuse," explains Sisk. "Low T Center is different. Our medical providers only treat men suffering from a medical condition. We refuse to treat over half of the men that come to our centers." Unlike many other so-called testosterone services, boosters or other non-medical providers, the physicians at Low T Center only treat hypogonadal patients whose low testosterone diagnosis is corroborated by symptoms together with comprehensive ongoing laboratory testing.  

With the amount of advertising done by drug manufacturers, some feel that testosterone has become a target for plaintiffs' lawyers and negative press. Most suits involve gels, creams or topicals, which Low T Center does not utilize. "Low T Center physicians do not write prescriptions, do not permit patient self-medication, and will not treat patients who do not have a medical diagnosis of low testosterone. What the FDA has told us is what we have known all along," says Dr. William Reilly, M.D., National Medical Director at Low T Center. "There is a right way and a wrong way to diagnose and treat low testosterone. We are pleased that the FDA committee has finally recognized this difference." 

"I am excited that the FDA is involved, and it's a matter of time before state medical boards weigh in, to refocus testosterone therapy on what it is intended to accomplish -- help men with a real medical condition," says Sisk. "At Low T Center, the physicians focus on the medicine and we focus on creating the perfect patient experience. You just won't get that marriage of safety and comfort from a pill, gel or internet service."

For More Information Contact:                             

Michael Sisk

Low T Centers, Inc.

Dr. William Reilly, M.D.

National Medical Director

Low T Center


Background Documents, release September 17, 2014, Joint Meeting for Bone, Reproductive, and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee (BRUDAC) and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee (DSARM AC) available at

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Dr. David A. F. Ellis Has Been Invited to Speak at a Conference of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Orlando, Florida Sep 18, 2014 07:30PM

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) September 18, 2014

Dr. David A. F. Ellis is a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a Professor at the University of Toronto in the Division of Facial Plastic Surgery. He is recognized around the world for his work in facial plastic surgery.

Dr. Ellis will be presenting on numerous injectable topics. First and foremost, he will be presenting on injection techniques and various treatments for complications associated with injectable fillers. He will also explain the difference between American injectable fillers and Canadian injectable fillers. This will demonstrate the different ways that the complications can be addressed and corrected.

During the conference, Dr. Ellis plans to share what he knows with colleagues from around the world. "Dr. Ellis is excited to share his knowledge and experience to help other surgeons from all over the world. " He will be able to explain what he has seen, what methods have been successful and what methods other surgeons should avoid. He will also be able to compare his methods with his peers and bring new information on this topic and improving his skills for his own patients upon returning home.

Dr. Ellis' patients have repeatedly sought him for his vast knowledge base when it comes to all aspects of facial plastic surgery. Doctors and patients seek his expertise from as far as Los Angeles to Dubai and Germany.

About Art of Facial Surgery:
Dr. David Ellis and his team at Art of Facial Surgery work tirelessly to help patients achieve the best possible outcomes. Each staff member is very proud and pleased to meet the increasing demands of the patients and foster lifelong relationships. Anyone that is seeking a highly qualified facial surgeon should call Dr. Ellis and schedule an appointment. To find out more about Dr. Ellis or the Art of Facial Surgery and its 20+ years of experience, visit today.

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