UCL: 5 things we learned including De Bruyne’s worth, Ronaldo’s Madrid fears

first_imgThe analysis of Wednesday’s Champions League action looks at contrasting fortunes for these two talismen and much more.–1. If De Bruyne fixes City’s Euro woes, he’ll be worth every pennyKevin De Bruyne is already proving his worth to Manchester City. Then again, this is a player who has excelled in domestic and continental competition for five seasons now.Even Chelsea fans would agree that he wasn’t given a fair shake of the stick at Stamford Bridge, his one true failed stint so far at club level.After City blew it against Juve on match day one and were tied with Sevilla tonight in the dying moments, their chances of emerging from a tough group looked 50/50 at the halfway stage. And, though KDB has entered better all-round performances for his new employers so far this term, that goal suddenly put City in a very strong position. With Sergio Aguero constantly injured and an all-star team wondering what it will take to crack the Champions League code, maybe the Belgian is what the team have needed since day one.2. Schneiderlin good enough to protect on his own Rather than adhering to the revered ‘Total Football’ philosophy that the Dutch can so proudly lay claim to, Louis van Gaal is more of a pragmatist, and sets his teams up to first not lose, rather than take the game to their opponents.With United 1-0 down in Moscow, Van Gaal took the surprisingly adventurous step of sacrificing a defensive midfielder in Bastian Schweinsteiger when introducing Marouane Fellaini, and United immediately offered more of a threat. Despite one less body in front of the back four, United lost none of their shape, partly down to Morgan Schneiderlin’s effectiveness as the sole anchor. The Frenchman plays so deep that he adds the ultimate protection, and with a midfielder with an engine who can attack and defend, such as Ander Herrera, could Van Gaal take heed from United’s second half improvement in Moscow and be a little more adventurous against their noisy neighbours Manchester City at the weekend?Those around Old Trafford will certainly be hoping so…3. Ronaldo situation the only concern for RealReal Madrid’s 0-0 stalemate at Paris Saint-Germain was the first Champions League game in 41 where Los Blancos hadn’t found the back of the net. However, it wasn’t that bad a result. PSG away was the biggest obstacle for the 2014 winners in a group also containing a weakened Shakhtar Donetsk and perennial underdogs Malmo. A point here is absolutely fine for them.Plus, Keylor Navas has equalled Bodo Illgner’s club record of five straight CL clean sheets, doing so against a side with almost as much attacking firepower as the Spaniards. However, the disillusioned body language of Cristiano Ronaldo throughout the game and his continued failures at free-kicks – despite insisting on remaining chief set-piece man at the club – is what Rafa Benitez should really be worried about.The Champions League itself will not become a challenge for Real until February.4. Podolski underlines ‘underrated star’ status After trailing at home to Benfica early on, Galatasaray recorded an important 2-1 home win over Benfica which keeps them within reach of the knockout stages – and that man Lukas Podolski scored the winner.Podolski is the fourth German player to score for three different sides in CL competition and while he wasn’t deemed important to Arsene Wenger’s plans at Arsenal and, years ago, couldn’t make Bayern Munich work as a long-term destination, such a big moment in such a big win reminds us all of just what a useful player he can still be at this level.5. Malmo aren’t just here to make up numbersIt’s all-but-certain that Real Madrid and PSG will reach the last-16 from Group A. But, a lot of people also assumed that Shakhtar Donetsk – 2009 UEFA Cup winners and frequent Champions League knockouts presence – would take the Europa League spot that comes from finishing third. After a deserved 1-0 win for the home side in Sweden, however – one which could easily have been by more than one goal – the Ukrainians are without a single point from three games and three points behind their conquerors on the evening. Shakhtar will go into the home version of this game on match day four with more than an ounce of complacency, fearing a Malmo double that would all but freeze them out of Europe completely this season.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

New interim administrator Barry Harding is confident SRMC will survive

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — 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. “I am confident,” Harding said. “I would not have taken on this project if I did not think it could be done.” 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. “Those things are not going to happen,” he said. He said there are a lot of positives to consider even though the hospital has had its struggles. “I like the people here,” he said. “There is good morale here, very dedicated and loyal employees. He is working closely with the board to implement the plan generated by CHC. “We want to identify opportunities to improve the financial position of the hospital in a variety of ways,” 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.. “Last year I flew more than 120,000 miles. This is easy,” 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. “We have done some things already, some things are in place, but there are no quick fixes,” he said. “The things we put in place will not materialize tomorrow, but I think in three to six months people should see some real differences.” 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. “When I left there it was on solid footing,” 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 SRMC’s future. “You cannot come into this type situation without a high degree of confidence. I am the eternal optimist,” he said. “I 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,” he said. “I 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.”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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