A new hospital is coming to the Health Sciences Campus over the next few years, which the University hopes will expand medical care at the Keck School of Medicine.President C. L. Max Nikias announced the construction of the hospital at his State of the University address on Feb. 14. According to Keck Dean Rohit Varma, the announcement could not have come at a more appropriate time.“Our current hospital and facilities are very old,” Varma said. “We spend a fair amount of money fixing the infrastructure of the current hospital — tens of millions of dollars. The needs of the hospital have grown to the point where we need much more modernized space and equipment to provide care.”Keck maintains three facilities: the Keck Hospital of USC, the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital and the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. The largest one, Keck Hospital, opened in 1991 and serves as a research and teaching hospital with 401 licensed beds. Seven of the hospital’s medical specialties have earned a top 50 national ranking from U.S. News and World Report.Varma is confident that the new hospital will also contribute specialized and complex services.“This new building will primarily be for providing high-end, in-patient care,” Varma said. “This includes cancer care, care for patients with heart disease and stroke [and] patients who have undergone transplants.”Thomas Jackiewicz, the CEO and senior vice president of Keck Medicine of USC, is optimistic that the new hospital will implement emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and nanotechnology. He envisions a hospital that will incorporate these technologies in treatments while making patients feel comfortable and at home. “The challenge is making sure we plan this hospital for the future,” Jackiewicz said. “[That means] taking in new technologies and really thinking about the totality of the experience of the patient coming in.”Jackiewicz also believes that the hospital can increase access to health care for low-income groups who live near USC. One of his priorities is to ensure that Keck benefits the local community.“Today, 20 percent of Keck patients are on the Medi-Cal program,” Jackiewicz said. “It’s not about insurance — it’s about being a resource and being committed to the community.”However, construction on the hospital will likely not begin until 2020. According to the California Health Care Foundation, organizations must first go through a planning phase, including a needs assessment, blueprint and budget for the hospital. Then, the project will undergo a design phase, in which the organization will finalize designs and submit drawings and specifications for official approval and a building permit. Once the project has been approved by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development and the permit has been granted, bidding for the construction contract can start.“Our first steps are to get a good idea of the site location, services that we want to give, modeling the impact [of the hospital] and looking at the projected demographic changes in Los Angeles,” Jackiewicz said. “We want to be a hospital that focuses on Los Angeles and the Southwest: We want to meet the needs of our community.”Some aspiring doctors are excited about the learning opportunities a new hospital will bring. One such individual is Scott Valena, a sophomore majoring in human biology who is interested in applying to the Keck School of Medicine.“I think that it’s very noteworthy that USC is continuing to improve the future of healthcare with the development of this new hospital,” Valena said. “With so many advances in medical and surgical techniques, it’s important to have facilities that are capable of providing the highest level of care for high priority patients.”
First up is the County Junior B Hurling Final between Rosegreen and Killenaule, which throws in at 12 o’ clock in Boherlahan.Then at two o’ clock we’ll also update you on the County Senior Football Preliminary Quarter-Final in Drombane, where JK Brackens will take on Éire Óg Anacarty/Donohill.Éire Óg only got out of their group, due to Killenaule being the South champions. Elsewhere today;Newport Gaels play Shannon Rovers Gaels in Templederry- that’s a North U21 B Hurling Quarter-Final, with throw-in at 11:30At one o’ clock Moyne/Templetuohy and Gortnahoe-Glengoole will contest the County Junior B Football Final in Castleiney. Meanwhile, a number of games will throw-in at 2:00.Clonmel Óg/Clerihan versus Cahir in Group 1 of the South U21 B Hurling, while in Group 2 Anner Gaels play Ballybacon Grange in Ballylooby.In the North U21 A Hurling Championship it’s Roscrea playing Kildangan in Toomevara, while Kilsheelan will host the South Intermediate Football Championship Semi-Final between Grangemockler Ballyneale and Carrick Swans.And there’s three further North U21 B Hurling Quarter-Finals down for decision.At 2:00 Ballina meet Borrisokane in Dolla, with Lorrha facing Silvermines in Moneygall, while there’s a 2:30 throw-in in Shallee for the clash of Borris-Ileigh and Portroe.
How the Vikings can win the NFC NorthThe Vikings play the first-place Packers (11-3) at home on Monday night in Week 16. Should the Vikings beat the Packers, both teams would be 11-4.The problem for the Vikings is that would improve their division record to only 3-2, while the Packers would drop to 4-1. That means, in that scenario, the Packers would hold the first tiebreaker going into Week 17, when they travel to the lowly Lions (3-10-1) while the Vikings host the Bears (7-7), to whom they lost in Chicago in Week 4. The Packers need to beat only the Vikings or Lions to take the division. The Vikings need to beat the Packers and the Bears and need help from the Lions. So the Bears might have already played spoiler to the Vikings before meeting in the season finale. NFL PLAYOFF PICTURE: Updated AFC, NFC standings for Week 15That leaves the Vikings still vying for the sixth and final spot. They can get it through one of two ways: a wild-card berth or an NFC North title.NFL PLAYOFF PICTURE: How Cowboys or Eagles can win NFC EastWith two weeks left in the regular season, here’s a look at each path:How the Vikings can get in as a wild cardThe Vikings have a two-game lead over the Rams (8-6) going into Week 16. That means the Vikings will be in the playoffs by either beating the Packers at home in Week 16 or the Bears at home in Week 17. They also can get in the playoffs if the Rams lose to the 49ers on the road in Week 16 or to the Cardinals at home in Week 17.Should the Vikings finish 0-2 and the Rams finish 2-0, the Rams would have the tiebreaker with a better conference record (8-4) than the Vikings (7-5).How the Vikings can go from the No. 6 seed to the No. 5 seedGetting the top wild-card spot in the NFC would be nice for the Vikings. That means they would play either the Cowboys or the Eagles on the road, but those are also two teams they beat during the regular season.No. 5 currently belongs to the 49ers (11-3). Should the Vikings win out and the 49ers lose out to fall to 11-5, the Vikings, then 12-4, can jump up to No. 5. Should the Vikings and the 49ers finish with identical records as wild-card teams, the Vikings can get to No. 5 if they can go 2-0 while the 49ers beat the Rams but lose to the Seahawks.Should the 49ers win the NFC West by winning out against the Rams and Seahawks with the Seahawks and Vikings both finishing 12-4, the Vikings would be out of luck there, having lost at Seattle in Week 13. The Vikings improved to 10-4 with their convincing win over the Chargers in Week 15. They are getting closer to securing the final playoff berth in the NFC.With Sunday’s results, the Packers, 49ers, Seahawks officially joined the South Division champion Saints as four of the conference’s six playoff teams. The fifth spot (and the No. 4 seed) belongs to the winner of the NFC East, either the Cowboys or the Eagles.