On July 31st, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia hosted a Business Community Engagement roundtable, facilitating conversation between CBP and trade partners.
The roundtable format, led by WTCGP President Linda Conlin and held at the offices of White and Williams LLP, provided an opportunity to discuss CBP’s impact to the economy and to hear directly from trade partners about pressing issues, current trends, and concerns to better facilitate legitimate trade that is vital to the health of both the local and national economies.
CBP has direct responsibility for enhancing U.S. economic competitiveness. By reducing costs for industry and enforcing trade laws against counterfeit, unsafe, and fraudulently entered goods, CBP is working to enable legitimate trade, contribute to American economic prosperity, and protect against risks to public health and safety.
Mr. Kerlikowske brings four decades of law enforcement and drug policy experience to the position. He formerly served nine years as the Chief of Police for Seattle, Washington. When he left, crime was at its lowest point in 40 years.
Previously, he was Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, where he was responsible for more than $6 billion in federal assets. Mr. Kerlikowske was also Police Commissioner of Buffalo, New York. The majority of his law enforcement career was in Florida where he served in the St. Petersburg Police Department.
He was elected twice to be President of the Major Cities Chiefs, which represents the largest city and county law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada. He has received numerous awards and recognition for leadership, innovation, and community service. He served in the U.S. Army where he was awarded the Presidential Service Badge. Mr. Kerlikowske holds a B.A. and a M.A. in criminal justice from the University of South Florida.
PIM earns high scores in annual US News & World Report hospital rankings, 3 of its hospitals among nation's best
Philadelphia – The Philadelphia International Medicine (PIM) Network of hospitals and physicians earned high scores in the annual US News & World Report hospital rankings, placing three of its hospitals among the nation’s best – Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Fox Chase Cancer Center. In addition, Temple University Hospital was regionally ranked.
“We are proud of the accomplishments of our hospital network and the many physicians who work hard every day, not for the ratings but on behalf of the patients,” said Leonard Karp, president and CEO of PIM. “While once again our hospitals ranked among the best in the United States, we can do better in providing compassionate, quality medical care to each and every patient – every day.”
Wills Eye Hospital once again was ranked the nation’s second best ophthalmology center in the US News’ 2015 rankings. US News noted that Wills Eye, which it listed as a 40-bed hospital, ranked extremely high by a survey of the nation’s ophthalmologists and noted its very strong reputation.
Thomas Jefferson University was nationally-ranked in seven specialty areas by US News. The hospital, with 945 beds and almost 48,000 admissions, was ranked in cancer; ear nose and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; neurology and neurosurgery; ophthalmology; orthopedics and urology.
Jefferson scored a perfect 10 out of a possible 10 in the 30-day survival rate for its oncology patients; and had the highest ratings for advanced technology, nursing, patient volume and patient services.
Fox Chase Cancer Center, which with 64 beds devoted to cancer care, ranked among the nation’s best cancer centers and also scored a perfect 10 out of 10 in 30 day survival rates. Fox Chase, with 5,187 admissions, was rated among the highest for patient volume, advanced technology, and high for nursing. It scored a perfect 8 out of 8 in patient services, pain management and palliative care.
Temple University Hospital, with 728 beds serving 37,254 admissions, was among the best hospitals in the region. Among the medical specialties noted in the report, US News said Temple’s pulmonology program, and its care for COPD patients in particular, were better than expected. Survival rates for COPD after 30 days of care were also better than expected, and the report noted that the hospital minimizing the risk of hospital acquired infected better than expected. Temple also scored high in cardiology – heart surgery with better than expected 30-day survival rates and highest scores in advanced technology and patient services.
Philadelphia International Medicine provides medical and patient support services to international patients. It also provides continuing medical education and health care training and education to international physicians, administrators and other practitioners. As the international department of several Philadelphia-area hospitals, international patients gain access to physicians and hospitals rated among the best in the world through one telephone call to PIM. You can reach PIM by calling 1-215-563-4733; fax, 1-215-563-2777; or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find out more about PIM through its Website at www.philadelphiamedicine.com.
"Did you know that to date there are 326 licensed World Trade Centers in 92 countries — and the WTCGP is one of the most active in the United States?," WTCGP President Linda Conlin writes in the Courier Post.
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WTCGP President participates in a roundtable discussion with U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of Commerce & Port Officials