Starbucks has launched a Petites range of bakery products this spring.It includes cake pops – small cake balls, dipped in chocolate, on a lollipop stick – in almond, rocky road and sparkle varieties; red velvet, and chocolate whoopie pies, a salted caramel pecan bar, and a raspberry white chocolate cake. Starbucks is also offering multi-buy offers on the small treats. The eat-in prices are £1.55 for one, £1.45 each for two-five treats, and £1.20 each for six items or more. Takeaway prices are £1.30, £1.20 and £1.00 each respectively.The Starbucks Petites range available in the UK differs slightly the range just launched in the US, which comprises rocky road, tiramisu and birthday (vanilla cake and icing, dipped in pink chocolate) cake pops, whoopie pies, mini cupcakes – in carrot cake and peanut butter varieties; and lemon, and salty caramel ‘sweet squares’.
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Students, Community Members Join Wolf Administration in Williamsport for Cabinet in Your Community Event Press Release Williamsport, PA – Today, Wolf Administration cabinet officials were joined by 175 attendees including 50 college students for a Cabinet in Your Community event at Lycoming College.“The exceptional discussion and positive energy this series has brought to Pennsylvania continued at today’s event in Williamsport,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “It’s important that we continue to have this type of valuable dialogue across the commonwealth and that everyone has an opportunity feel connected to Harrisburg no matter where they live.”Featuring Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, Department of Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman, Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Dunn, the department secretaries provided region specific updates on major projects, accomplishments, and answered impromptu questions from the audience.The Cabinet in Your Community initiative is a series of townhall-like events in which members of the community are given the opportunity to interact with cabinet secretaries and talk about the issues important to each region.The next Cabinet in Your Community event is currently scheduled for May 7, in Johnstown at the University of Pittsburgh’s Johnstown Campus with cabinet secretaries from the departments of Community and Economic Development, Transportation, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Aging, and Labor & Industry. April 30, 2018
by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow â€” Barry Harding has seen it before, and he is confident the Sumner Regional Medical Center will survive its current difficulties. He started a week or so ago as the interim CEO and CFO, and is charged with turning the situation around. Harding is working for Community Hospital Corporation, the consulting firm that has taken on the turnaround plan for the hospital. The group, paid through the SRMC Foundation, a private organization, did a study and made recommendations in a report that has not been made public. Harding has been in the hospital field for about 30 years, and for the last eight years he has been self employed, taking on projects such as this one. This week, he said the situation the Wellington hospital is in, is not unusual for rural hospitals, and there are bigger ones with the same issues. He works on one project at a time, believing he can do his best by focusing on only one at a time. â€œI am confident,â€ Harding said. â€œI would not have taken on this project if I did not think it could be done.â€ While there are several changes in store for the hospital, Harding said he is confident there will not be any layoffs, and he said the hospital will not close. He also said the hospital will not be changing the services it offers. â€œThose things are not going to happen,â€ he said. He said there are a lot of positives to consider even though the hospital has had its struggles. â€œI like the people here,â€ he said. â€œThere is good morale here, very dedicated and loyal employees. He is working closely with the board to implement the plan generated by CHC. â€œWe want to identify opportunities to improve the financial position of the hospital in a variety of ways,â€ he said. He has worked with CHC in the past, as well as other consulting firms. He worked at Leavenworth, Kansas City and Washington, D.C., to name a few. Harding lives in Dallas and flies to Wichita each Monday morning, and back home Friday night. Compared to previous jobs, this is an easy commute, he said.. â€œLast year I flew more than 120,000 miles. This is easy,â€ he said of his weekly commute. He plans on getting an apartment for his stay in Wellington, which will likely be about six months or longer. Harding said he has been working with local physicians to find ways to increase volume. Billing and collecting are always a big issue for rural hospitals, and that is a major obstacle. They are planning on changing the coding system, which is what is created so bills can be created. He believes that will help with billing, which has been a struggle. Last year previous CEO Leonard Hernandez said the hospital was collecting only about 47 cents on the dollar for its services. Hernandez resigned in September and has taken on a similar role in another hospital. Harding said he did not want to comment on the past and wants to look to the future. â€œWe have done some things already, some things are in place, but there are no quick fixes,â€ he said. â€œThe things we put in place will not materialize tomorrow, but I think in three to six months people should see some real differences.â€ He said he did a similar project in a small town near Chattanooga, Tenn. There were a lot of similarities in the two projects, and it took about a year to turn the situation around. â€œWhen I left there it was on solid footing,â€ Harding said. The expansion of Medicaid, or the lack of it in Kansas, has been an issue for the hospital. Harding said that is something that is not in his control, so he does not worry much about it. He instead tried to focus on things he can change. Still he has a lot of confidence in SRMCâ€™s future. â€œYou cannot come into this type situation without a high degree of confidence. I am the eternal optimist,â€ he said. â€œI believe we can make a change here. There is a need for the hospital in the community, and there is a population to support the hospital. I have been in similar situations before,â€ he said. â€œI would not have taken the assignment if I did not believe it could be done. I wanted to go someplace where I can make a difference.â€Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (9) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -2 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 249 weeks ago I’m looking forward to hearing what his plans are…but not paying $20 for it. Sorry, had to get that one last jab in over the Endowment Foundations Dec 5th shing ding. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down Tracie · 249 weeks ago How about sending out the bills in a timely manner, instead of taking over a year to send them out. I’m stuck with a bill that I have to pay out of pocket because it took a year (not kidding) to get a bill. Now I can’t use my flexible spending account because the bill date is in a seperate year from the service date. Guess I’ll just take my sweet time paying it off. Report Reply 1 reply · active 248 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Margie · 248 weeks ago I to got a bill from the hospital 21/2 years after I was seen in ER. I will be sending copies to the hospital board. Please bring back our business office. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 249 weeks ago I’m a bit confused about the relationship between the SRMC Foundation, the SRMC and the city. The hospital is city owned now, right? The Foundation, a private entity, hired the consulting firm to put together a plan to get the hospital financially stable. Harding works for the firm. So does the city have no hand in this? If not, why? And why is a private foundation controlling a city owned entity? Or am I way off? Report Reply 1 reply · active 248 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down robert zimmerman · 248 weeks ago The foundation does not run the hospital. it is more a fund raising type operation . the hospital board hired the consulting firm .. the foundation has nothing to do with the study directly except that they helped pay for it . . the city still owns the hospital and it is run by SCRM board of directors Report Reply +24 Vote up Vote down Nancy · 249 weeks ago Before the second guessing and back stabbing gets too deep: Let’s be thankful we have someone with a POSITIVE attitude and some expertise trying to help us work this out. Come on: Give him a chance. We need new ideas and enthusiasm. No matter where they come from! Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Hmmm….. · 249 weeks ago I have also talked with the new CEO and find him very positive. I have personally seen changes already. Working managers, surgery picking up and helping out on the floor. Everyone is cautiously smiling again. I pray for this to work out, and am excited to see what he does. There is the underlying feeling of unease hanging on in the building. The way employees are treated and informed of information still has a ways to go. We will all just have to wait and see what happens. Things appear to be looking up from the inside, now it’s all about bringing in the money. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down Alex · 249 weeks ago I am very hopeful that this gentleman will be able to turn it around! One suggestion would be to make changes with the ER and the primary doctor on call. It can be frustrating to go to the ER for a bona fide emergency, be charged a large amount of money, be treated rudely by the doctor and then later have a specialist tell you that the ER doctor handled it wrong and you’re lucky to be alive. That alone makes one want to avoid our local ER/hospital and head to Wichita. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Wanda K · 248 weeks ago I too have met Barry and I’m encouraged by his positive attitude and energy. I will be attending the SRMC Endowment Foundation event on Dec 5…showing my support for the Foundation, SRMC and the SRMC employees. Report Reply 0 replies · active 248 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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