Remodeled Asante nursery unit gets environmental certification

Asante said this past week its Special Care Nursery Medford — the second phase of the Asante Rogue Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit rebuild — earned earned LEED for Commercial Interiors Gold status.
The 8,774 square-foot medical center is the first neonatal intensive care unit on the West Coast to earn any LEED, which stands for leadership in energy and environmental design, certification, and the third in the country to achieve Gold certification.
Premature infants are especially sensitive to light and sound. As a result, the nursery has lots of natural light and lighting control, and the floors are rubberized as an acoustical barrier to keep it quiet.

Consumers are caught in the cross fire at the gas pump, with profits on higher priced fuel going to big oil or producers cutting back when prices fall. According to Baker Hughes Inc., the oil rig count has fallen every month since September as companies, respond to high crude supplies and a decline in prices have scaled drilling programs. Bloomberg reports U.S. oil output rose 17,000 barrels a day to 7 million last week, the most in almost 20 years. Stockpiles of the feedstock climbed 0.4 percent to 361.3 million barrels in that same period. Supplies reached a 22-year high of 387.3 million barrels in June.

The Christian Science Monitor reports natural gas advocates are peeved at portrayal in Matt Damon movie “Promised Land” illustrating the struggles of natural gas extraction.

The National Retail Federation reports import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 2.3 percent in January over the same month last year as retailers continue to urge labor and management to avoid a strike at East Coast and Gulf Coast docks.
The latest extension of contract talks between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance runs through Feb. 6. The union and management are scheduled to meet next week under the supervision of federal mediators, but the ILA walked away from local talks affecting the Ports of New York and New Jersey earlier this week. A strike would close 14 ports from Maine to Texas where nearly 15,000 dockworkers handle 40 percent of the nation’s ocean cargo.

And for those of you who hope to win a Publishers Clearing House contest, this comes from the frequently asked questions section.
11. If I Win from Publishers Clearing House, Will Ed McMahon Bring My Prize?
No. For one thing, Ed McMahon passed away on June 23, 2009. But he never would have brought a prize to a Publishers Clearing House winner, because because Ed McMahon actually worked for PCH competitor, American Family Publishers.
American Family Publishers was a competitor of Publishers Clearing House. They both sold magazine subscriptions, and they both held huge sweepstakes, but they were two separate companies. Ed McMahon was never involved with Publishers Clearing House.

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