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Carol Sim Named as President and CEO of Siskin Hospital
Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation officials announced Wednesday that Carol Sim, RN, has accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, beginning February 1, 2014. Sim brings more than 30 years in healthcare and leadership experience to Siskin Hospital, including eleven years as a CEO.
“After conducting a thorough nationwide search, we are excited to have secured an individual the caliber of Carol Sim. She has a proven track record in hospital and health system executive management with a passion for rehabilitation and the patients served,” said Bob Best, Chairman of Siskin Hospital’s Board of Directors. “We are confident in Carol’s ability to build upon the strengths of Siskin Hospital and take the Hospital successfully into the future. She will be a dynamic asset to Siskin Hospital and the community.”
The retirement plans of current President and CEO Robert P. Main were announced in April and the national search began at that time. Main will assist with the transition and continue in his current position until the end of January. A search committee consisting of a national search firm and members of Siskin Hospital’s Board Executive Committee conducted the search for the Hospital’s next dedicated leader. Siskin Hospital’s Board of Directors unanimously approved Sim as the new President and CEO.
Sim recently served as President and CEO of the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Cape and Islands, a member of the nationally acclaimed Spaulding Rehabilitation Network in Boston. Her experience also includes serving as CEO of a rehabilitation hospital in Florida, as well as a home health organization in Connecticut. Additionally, Sim has served for sixteen years in a variety of clinical and management roles at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
“Carol is an excellent choice to continue the mission and culture of Siskin Hospital and to build on our reputation for excellence on a local, regional, and national level. Her character, enthusiasm for rehabilitation, and her proven success record will serve her well as the next leader of Siskin Hospital,” said Main.
Sim’s extensive community involvement as a director for many organizations such as the Cape Cod Symphony, Cape Cod Five Cent Bank, Cape Leadership Institute, and Cape Technology Council led the Cape Cod Times to characterize her as “one of a handful of the most influential people on the Cape over the past decade.” Sim was awarded the Cape Cod Leader of the Year Award from the Cape Leadership Institute and the Woman of Achievement Award from the Professional and Business Women’s Association of Cape Cod.
Sim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, as well as a Masters of Public Health in Health Policy and Management, both from Columbia University.
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WTO-GLOBAL TRADE DEAL
GENEVA (AP) -- The World Trade Organization has pulled off a major deal that could boost global commerce by $1 trillion annually after years of negotiation.
Diplomats says the deal approved Thursday is the first multilateral trade agreement in the organization's 20-year history. It will go into effect after all 160 member countries ratify, expected sometime next year.
A U.S.-India deal this month over food stockpiling by India cleared the way for the agreement that U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said "preserved the letter and spirit of the package of decisions" reached at a WTO summit last December in Bali.
European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said the deal will "lift millions out of poverty."
VIENNA (AP) -- OPEC oil ministers have decided to keep their present output target at 30 million barrels a day, despite an oversupply of crude and plunging prices.
The decision Thursday was expected. OPEC oil power Saudi Arabia had indicated before the meeting that it favors the status-quo.
The Saudis are the top producers within the 12-nation organization and effectively decide the cartel's policy.
Some less well-off members had favored a cut, to reduce supplies and push prices back up. But because of booming shale production in the U.S, that would not have made a sizable dent in supply.
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's inflation rate fell to a six-month low, highlighting the difficulty Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces in his campaign to overcome deflation in the world's third-largest economy.
The core consumer price index, excluding fresh foods, rose 2.9 percent in October from a year earlier, according to data released Friday. Excluding the impact of a 3 percentage point sales tax hike in April, it rose 0.9 percent.
The tax hike broadsided the recovery as consumers and companies reined in spending after splashing out early in the year. Retail spending and household incomes also fell in October from a year earlier.
Other data for October were mixed. Industrial output edged up from the month before but fell 1 percent from a year earlier. The unemployment rate eased slightly.
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's what's quickly becoming a new holiday tradition, gift shopping on Thanksgiving.
Just a few years ago when some stores started opening late on the holiday, the move was met with resistance from workers and shoppers who believed the day should be sacred.
Last year, more than dozen major retailers opened at some point on Thanksgiving evening. And this year, at least half of them opened earlier in the evening.
The Thanksgiving openings are one way retailers are trying to compete for Americans' holiday dollars. Retailers used to focus sales promotions on Black Friday. But increasingly, they've been pushing promotions earlier to grab deal-hungry shoppers' attention.
The National Retail Federation expects 25.6 million shoppers to take advantage of the Thanksgiving openings and it's starting to take a bite out of Black Friday business. Indeed, sales dropped 13.2 percent to $9.74 billion on Black Friday last year.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's tax agency charged HSBC bank Thursday with helping more than 4,000 Argentines evade taxes by placing their money in secret Swiss accounts.
The head of the country's AFIP tax agency, Ricardo Echegaray, said Argentine citizens evaded about $3 billion in taxes that were handled by intermediaries through a network of offshore accounts.
Echegaray alleged that some of those accounts in Geneva are owned by HSBC Argentina's president and other bank executives. He did not say if the bank's operations had been suspended in Argentina.
AFIP said it got its information from France, where HSBC was placed under formal investigation last week for possibly aiding tax evasion. The banking company has also been charged in Belgium with organized fiscal fraud.
HSBC said it respects Argentine laws and has committed no wrongdoing.
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