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Health care providers look for ways to reduce Medicaid costs

Health care providers look for ways to reduce Medicaid costs

August 4, 2014

Dr. Thomas Campbell, chair of the UR Medicine Department of Family Medicine, says one goal is to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent over a five-year period. Campbell says right now, many patients are re-hospitalized after an illness because they’re not getting proper follow-up care.

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River, lake serve as summertime classrooms

River, lake serve as summertime classrooms

August 4, 2014

Last week was an opportunity to get hands dirty – for Rochester teenagers, mucking around in the Genesee River, and for the beginner University of Rochester graduate teaching students who brought them there.

Both participated in a program called Get Real!, where science teachers in training at the UR Warner School of Education paired with summer students ages 12 to 15.

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What really stoked the spirit of 1776

What really stoked the spirit of 1776

August 4, 2014

Toward the end of his long life, John Adams famously defined the “radical change” that constituted “the real American Revolution” as the loss of “an habitual affection for England.” Well aware of how easily that revolution might have gone awry, he asked, Whence unity out of diversity? Thomas P. Slaughter, the most recent in a long line of talented men and women who have taken up the challenge posed by Adams, seeks an answer in a return to basics.

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UR gets nearly $4.5 million in research grants

UR gets nearly $4.5 million in research grants

August 4, 2014

The University of Rochester has been awarded two grants totaling nearly $4.5 million for cancer and heart research. The university is to get more than $3.7 million to fund cancer research projects through the National Cancer Institute, and $742,413 to further develop treatment of Long QT Syndrome Type 3, a disorder affecting the hearts electrical activity.

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Hospital killing shows safety gap in mental health

Hospital killing shows safety gap in mental health

August 3, 2014

Mental health professionals are often especially vulnerable to injury because their first impulse is to help, said Dr. Michael Privitera, a psychiatrist at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York state.

“There is this conflict in your thinking right away,” said Privitera, editor of a book on workplace violence in mental health facilities. “What you’re trained to do is to try to help the person. To make it click in your mind — that you are under threat now — it takes a while.”

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Who wants to go to business school in the sticks?

Who wants to go to business school in the sticks?

July 30, 2014

Business schools that aren’t highly ranked and are in smaller cities feel a squeeze because fewer American students are taking the Graduate Management Admission Test, and they have a wider range of B-school choices, says Andrew Ainslie, dean of University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business.

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Changing of the gallery guard

Changing of the gallery guard

July 30, 2014

In mid-July, Jonathan Binstock was named the next director of the University of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery, following Grant Holcomb’s 29-year tenure. Over the years, Holcomb accomplished much for the art museum, seeing it through expanded facilities and collections while arts funding took serious hits.

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People who feel they have a purpose in life live longer

People who feel they have a purpose in life live longer

July 28, 2014

Hill and his colleague Nicholas Turiano of the University of Rochester Medical Center looked to see how more than 6,000 people answered questions like “Some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them,” and other questions that gauged positive and negative emotions.

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Special meeting to be held on Wednesday to review education plan for East High School

Special meeting to be held on Wednesday to review education plan for East High School

July 28, 2014

A special board meeting will be held on Wednesday to review the education plan for this upcoming school year for East High School.

The meeting is being held to enable board members to review and discuss the plan for East High School prior to its submission to the New York State Education Department. The state is requiring the district to submit the plan by Thursday July 31.

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RBJ 75: A shared vision for the region’s No. 1 employer

RBJ 75: A shared vision for the region’s No. 1 employer

July 25, 2014

Much has changed at the University of Rochester in the nine years since it became the regions largest employer. In 2005, UR employed approximately 16,000 people. It now has more than 25,000 staffers. With 399 people added over the past year, the university is not only the Rochester regions largest employer but also one of its fastest-growing.

In a recent interview with RBJ reporters Will Astor and Nate Dougherty, Seligman and Berk spoke about URs role as the areas top employer, its linked destiny with the region and how they see that destiny playing out.

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