POMONA, Calif., October 28, 2019 — Casa Colina President and CEO Felice L. Loverso, PhD, has been given the Edward A. Eckenhoff Memorial Award by the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association (AMRPA), a national trade organization dedicated to the interests of medical rehabilitation providers and patients. Loverso was honored October 15, 2019, at AMRPA’s Fall Educational Conference & Expo in San Diego.
Established in 2018, the Edward A. Eckenhoff Memorial Award honors one of AMRPA’s founders, Ed Eckenhoff, who is considered a visionary in the rehabilitation field. Recipients must be AMRPA members who have demonstrated exemplary skills in the areas of administration, management, research, patient care, mentorship, and education within the field of rehabilitation.
As past chair and current member of AMRPA’s board of directors, Loverso has worked diligently to safeguard the interests of inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) nationwide. He has been a staunch advocate for accessible, affordable inpatient hospital rehabilitation.
Since 2009, Loverso has chaired the Fund for Access to Inpatient Rehabilitation (FAIR Fund), an organization of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals seeking to bring legal challenges to overly restrictive interpretations of medical necessity and burdensome documentation imposed by Medicare contractors.
While chairing the FAIR Fund, Loverso sought clarification on rules for Medicare claim denials and appeals and fought for the rights of Medicare providers and beneficiaries to challenge the untimely resolution of denials and appeals in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) “RAC and other governmental Audit” processes. Loverso and other AMRPA leadership even appeared before U.S. Congress to argue in favor of regulatory relief after legitimate inpatient rehabilitation admission appeals became backlogged in years-long appeals.
As a result of these hard-fought efforts, in June 2019, CMS announced a global settlement to reimburse Medicare appeals at terms extremely favorable to IRFs.
Current AMRPA Board Chair Richard Kathrins, PhD, applauded his longtime colleague, calling the recognition well deserved.
“We owe much of our recent success to the leadership and guidance of Felice Loverso,” said Kathrins, who also serves as CEO of Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation. “With the help of his tireless efforts, AMRPA and the FAIR Fund have become the prominent voice for inpatient rehabilitation policy in Washington, DC.”
About Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare
Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare is a nonprofit provider of highly specialized medical and rehabilitative care for people of all ages with disabling conditions resulting from accidents, disease, or illness. Its continuum includes 219 beds consisting of medical-surgical and intensive care, acute rehabilitation, short-term residential rehabilitation, and long-term residential care. Outpatient services include rehabilitation, physician clinics, diagnostic imaging, children’s services, and more. In addition, the Casa Colina Research Institute conducts clinical studies to improve patient care and discover new findings about disabilities. Casa Colina is located in Pomona, Calif., with more than 80 years serving the surrounding community and beyond. Visit www.casacolina.org to learn more.
Stater Bros. Charities and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling Give Back to Military Families
Stater Bros. Charities, the philanthropic arm of Stater Bros. Markets, partnered with Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling again this year for their Give Back program during National Military Appreciation Month. The program ran for the entire month of May, during which Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling committed to donating $0.25 per eligible product purchased to the Bob Hope USO. Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling donated $15,000, and Stater Bros. Charities matched their donation for a total contribution of $30,000.
A check presentation occurred during a K-EARTH 101 radiothon benefiting the Bob Hope USO. The radiothon took place at the Bob Hope USO at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) on June 29, 2023, where Stater Bros. Charities and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling presented Bob Hope USO with a $30,000 check.
Bob Hope USO’s mission is to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. The Give Back program is a unique opportunity to show gratitude and support to the brave men and women who risk their lives for our freedoms and to care for their families while they are away from home on deployment.
“Stater Bros. Markets has a long history of supporting veterans, service members, and their families,” said Danielle Oehlman, Director, Stater Bros. Charities. “We are so pleased to partner with our friends at Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling and the USO to give back to those who have given so much for us.”
Lorin Stewart, President, USO West Region, said, “We are deeply grateful to Stater Bros. Charities and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling for being sustaining partners of the USO. The Give Back program embodies the essence of the USO mission by enabling the community at large to come together to support and give thanks to our armed forces and their brave military families in an impactful way.”
Funds will support the Bob Hope USO and USO San Diego Center operations, including programs and services that strengthen the social, mental, physical, and emotional well-being of local military service members, their families, and their communities.
BDK Logistics Intelligence Fully Leases 114,190 SF Industrial Facility in Corona, CA
Cushman & Wakefield represents landlord in lease in SoCal’s Inland Empire
Cushman & Wakefield announced that BDK Logistics Intelligence, Inc. has signed a lease for an entire 114,190-square-foot industrial facility at 1161 Olympic Drive in Corona, California. Situated in Southern California’s renowned Inland Empire, the building is owned by Monterey Rancho Mirage, LLC, which was represented by Brett Lockwood and Rick Ellison of Cushman & Wakefield in the transaction.
“We are pleased to welcome BDK to the property as a quality industrial tenant that is expanding its presence in the market, which it also currently occupies multiple warehouse facilities,” said Director Brett Lockwood. “Our client was instrumental in helping this deal transact as there were many variables that needed to be navigated which led to this lease coming together quickly and successfully.”
1161 Olympic Drive is a quality freestanding building situated on ±4.8 acres and features 20 dock high loading doors. The property is conveniently located off Interstate 15 near the confluence of SR 91 and is proximate to the extensive freeway network traversing the entire Greater Los Angeles region and into other major markets in and out of state.
According to Cushman & Wakefield’s latest Q2-2023 quarterly report, the Inland Empire industrial market posted an overall vacancy of 3.4% and has recorded more than 2.7 million square feet of positive net absorption through the first half of 2023.
Hernandez resigns as County CEO; Snoke will continue filling in pending Board action
Leonard X. Hernandez resigned from the post of County Chief Executive Officer effective today. County Chief Operating Officer Luther Snoke has been filling in for Hernandez while Hernandez has been on leave and will continue to do so. The Board of Supervisors will act to appoint an interim or permanent CEO shortly.
“The Board of Supervisors appreciates the service Leonard provided to the public and the County organization, especially as we navigated our way through the pandemic and other very difficult challenges,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Dawn Rowe.
Hernandez provided the following statement:
“It has been an extreme privilege to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of San Bernardino County. I am thankful to the Board of Supervisors for their leadership and the hard-working men and women who do amazing work every day. Due to an urgent family health issue that requires my immediate and undivided attention, I have informed the Board of my resignation. Under the strong leadership of the Board of Supervisors and the County’s executive team, the County will continue doing great things for the residents of San Bernardino County.”
“The Board of Supervisors is committed to a seamless transition in staff leadership with no interruption in County services or impact on County residents or employees,” Rowe said. “Luther has performed well filling in for Leonard and I am confident in his ability to continue serving in this role until the Board takes action.”
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