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Henderson Hospital Nationally Recognized with “A” Hospital Safety Grade by Leapfrog Group

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Marks Sixth Consecutive “A” Grade for Henderson Hospital

Henderson Hospital received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, for the sixth consecutive time. The Safety Grade is a national distinction recognizing Henderson Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

The sixth “A” grade follows the hospital’s distinction as one of only 48 in the United States to be named a Top Teaching Hospital in December 2020. This award places Henderson Hospital in the top two percent of the more than 2,200 hospitals considered for the award by The Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.

“This sixth consecutive award speaks volumes to the expertise and commitment of our employees and medical staff to providing high-quality care to our community under many unique circumstances,” said Sam Kaufman, CEO of Henderson Hospital. “The past 14 months have been incredibly stressful as we navigated through all the issues of the COVID-19 pandemic. Earning this recognition for the sixth time in three years is emblematic of our commitment to our mission and vision.”

“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Henderson Hospital shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Henderson Hospital was awarded an “A” grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2021. To see the hospital’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About Henderson Hospital
Henderson Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located in Henderson, NV, this acute care hospital offers emergency care, surgical services, including an outpatient surgery center, cardiovascular care, women’s health and maternity services, including a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, outpatient wound care and a freestanding emergency department. It is accredited as both a Chest Pain Center and Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Henderson Hospital has also been honored by The Leapfrog Group as a Top General Hospital in 2018 and 2019; a Top Teaching Hospital in 2020; and earned the “A” Patient Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group during its last six award cycles. The hospital opened in 2016, with a new six-story patient tower currently under construction.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

MountainView Hospital Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ for the Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade – for 6th time

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Rating 6th Consecutive A for MountainView Since 2018

MountainView Hospital received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing MountainView Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. This is MountainView’s sixth consecutive A rating, since 2018.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.

“MountainView Hospital continues to lead in our community in the area of safe, quality care because of our people,” said Julie Taylor, MountainView Chief Executive Officer. “Each member of the MountainView team plays a crucial role in providing a safe, respectful, caring environment for all of our patients, and is one of our top priorities. Providing that safe consistent care is even more critical during a time of a community health crisis. I am proud of the MountainView team for keeping safety at the forefront no matter the challenges.”

“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but MountainView Hospital shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

MountainView Hospital was awarded an “A” grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2021. To see MountainView Hospital’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996, including earning The Leapfrog Group’s Grade A consecutively six times since fall 2018.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery, diagnostic imaging, urgent care center and hospital based emergency rooms, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services.

Nevada’s Health Care Future Statement On State Public Option Legislation 

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Nevada’s Health Care Future issued the following statement today as lawmakers in Carson City introduced legislation to create a new, state government-controlled health insurance system, also known as the state government option.

“Nevada’s Health Care Future believes every Nevadan deserves access to affordable, high-quality health coverage and care. The most effective way to expand coverage is not creating an unaffordable new government-controlled health insurance system. That would make it harder for Nevadans to get affordable health insurance. The best way to expand coverage is by building and improving on what works today where the free market works together with public programs – like Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act – so that those who need coverage the most can get it,” said Nevada’s Health Care Future spokesperson Holly Silvestri.

“We know from recent experience in Washington state – where coverage through the state government option costs as much as 29 percent more than traditional plans – that creating the state government option will fail to address Nevadans’ number one concern when it comes to health care: costs. Especially as the federal government has enacted the largest expansion of affordable coverage in more than a decade, Nevada leaders should work together to encourage Nevadans to get covered under these substantial new benefits, rather than rushing in the last month of the Nevada Legislature to force an unaffordable and unnecessary one-size-fits-all health insurance system on Nevada residents,” Silvestri continued.

“Reducing costs and motivating more of the eligible but unenrolled population to sign up for already-available health care coverage should be policymakers’ priority. Unfortunately, this bill misses that mark by a mile,” Silvestri concluded.

The state government option proposal comes as the Associated Pressreports that, with the American Rescue Plan, the federal government has just enacted “the biggest expansion of federal help for health insurance since the Obama-era Affordable Care Act” and Nevada’s Silver State Health Insurance Exchange is increasing subsidies to help make coverage more affordable.

As Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said, “[t]he American Rescue Plan builds upon work in the Affordable Care Act … and Nevadans will benefit from expanded subsidies, lower premiums and access to applying for health insurance outside of the traditional Open Enrollment windows.”

new analysis by the Brookings Institution highlights the significant new resources now available for Americans to obtain affordable health coverage under ARPA and concludes that elected leaders in Carson City and other state capitals should take “caution against making lasting changes” to their states’ health care policies “until matters are clearer.”

  • To learn more about Nevada’s Health Care Future, CLICK HERE.

OptumCare Breast Care Adds New Physician

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OptumCare Breast Care, part of OptumCare Cancer Care has added a new physician to help meet the growing need for health services in the Las Vegas community.

Arsalan Salamat, M.D. joins OptumCare Breast Care (3175 Saint Rose Parkway, Ste. 200, Henderson) as a breast surgeon.

Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update – 4.28

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  • As of April 28, 2021, there have been 856,131 COVID-19 doses initiated, 596,891 doses completed, and a total of 1,400,247 COVID-19 vaccines administered in Clark County.
  • The State of Nevada has approved the Local COVID-19 Mitigation and Enforcement Plan, and continued vaccination efforts, along with other recommended prevention strategies are integral to efforts to stop the pandemic.
  • Local response and mitigation measures will continue to be science-driven and designed to protect the health and welfare of the community. This means ensuring people can live, work, and play in the healthiest environment possible.
  • To date, almost 47 percent of Clark County’s eligible population (people 16 years of age and older) have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
  • Once 60 percent of the population has received one dose of the vaccine, social distancing and capacity restrictions will be removed. To reach this threshold, about 1,097,955 people locally will need to get their first dose of the vaccine.
  • Beginning May 5, the Cashman Center location will be closing, and large-scale clinic operations will be focused on the Las Vegas Convention Center site.
  • Upcoming community clinics include:

 

Wednesday, April 28, 4-8 p.m.

Hollywood Recreation Center

1650 S. Hollywood Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89142

 

Thursday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jaycee’s Senior Community Mobile Home Park

5805 W. Harmon Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89103

 

Friday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Searchlight Community Center

200 Michael Wendell Way, Searchlight, NV 89046

 

Saturday, May 1, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bob Price Community Center

2050 Bonnie Ln., Las Vegas, NV 89156

 

May 11 – June 14 (Week 1-3 Dose 1, Week 4-6 Dose 2)

7 a.m. to noon

Texas Station Drive-Through COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

2101 Texas Star Ln., North Las Vegas, NV 89032

Appointments are available at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine.

  • Beginning Monday, May 3, COVID-19 vaccine services offered at the Health District’s 280 S. Decatur location will move to the building that housed our non-congregate shelter on the south side of its main building. This will allow the immunization clinic to resume normal operations, including back-to-school immunizations as parents and children get ready for the start of the new school year and in-person instruction.

Janssen Update

  • The Health District has resumed using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week following recommendations of the CDC and FDA. The recommended pause allowed the agencies to thoroughly review the reports of rare but severe cases of blood clots in women who had received the vaccine and to provide information to health care providers and public health agencies.
  • After a review of the scientific and case data, the CDC and FDA recommended providers resume use of the vaccine and determined that the potential benefits outweigh its known and potential risks. The Health District will continue to work with its health care partners and the public to provide information and to answer any questions they may have. The side effects that were investigated were very rare, but it is important to ensure  people are aware of them. If people who receive the Janssen vaccine develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks of receiving the vaccine, they should contact their physician.
  • The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are not associated with these rare but serious conditions, and we continue to urge people to get vaccinated.

The weekly COVID-19 Vaccine Snapshot is available on the Health District’s website at https://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/vaccine/snapshot/. Updated daily COVID-19 case counts are available on the Health District COVID-19 dashboard at http://covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/cases/.

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

                 

Jersey Mike’s raises $77,000 for Special Olympics Nevada

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During its 11th Annual “Month of Giving” Jersey Mike’s Subs raised $77,000 for Special Olympics Nevada (SONV). A part of it’s annual Month of Giving campaign, 12 Jersey Mike’s locations collected donations throughout March, building to its Day of Giving on March 31, where the restaurants donated 100 percent of sales, not just profits, to SONV.

In addition to supporting the organization’s sports, education, leadership, and health programs for athletes with intellectual disabilities, Jersey Mike’s goal-busting donation will assist SONV in it’s efforts to establish an independently run chapter in Nevada. While all fundraising dollars support athletes in Nevada, SONV is currently under the umbrella of Special Olympics Northern California.

Southern Nevada Health District COVID-19 Update – 4.23

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Southern Nevada Health District and Clark County officials provided a COVID-19 update today. The community is at a critical time in its response to the pandemic. As the Health District and its partners transition to local control, continued vaccination efforts and other recommended prevention strategies are integral to the efforts to stop the pandemic.

Officials urged all eligible people to continue to get vaccinated. Once 60 percent of the county’s eligible population has received one dose of the vaccine, social distancing and capacity restrictions will be removed based on the local mitigation plan. The Health District and Clark County had previously announced the Cashman Center site would be closing on May 5 as the strategies for vaccine outreach shifted. The large-scale sites allowed for the effective use of available resources to meet the initial demand of the vaccine. Moving forward, the Health District and its partners will be using strike teams and venues to increase access to more people in the community.

Upcoming community clinics include:

Tuesday, April 27, and Wednesday, April 28, 4-8 p.m.

Hollywood Recreation Center

1650 S. Hollywood Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89142

 

Thursday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jaycee’s Senior Community Mobile Home Park

5805 W. Harmon Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89103

 

Friday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Searchlight Community Center

200 Michael Wendell Way, Searchlight, NV 89046

 

Saturday, May 1, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bob Price Community Center

2050 Bonnie Ln., Las Vegas, NV 89156

 

May 17 – June 11 (Week 1-3 Dose 1, Week 4-6 Dose 2)

7 a.m. to noon

Texas Station Drive-Through COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

2101 Texas Star Ln., North Las Vegas, NV 89032

Appointments are available at www.snhd.info/covid-vaccine.

Additional updates:

  • As of April 22, 2021, there have been 829,788 COVID-19 doses initiated, 562,485 doses completed, and a total of 1,338,717 COVID-19 vaccines administered in Clark County.
  • To date, approximately 45 percent of Clark County’s eligible population (people 16 years of age and older) have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
  • As of April 22, the Health District is reporting a total of 73 breakthrough infection cases among completely vaccinated residents in Clark County. This represents approximately 1 out of 10,000 people vaccinated.
  • Given the large number of people being vaccinated in the United States and the high level of ongoing COVID-19 cases, thousands of symptomatic vaccine breakthrough cases are expected, even if the vaccines remain as effective as demonstrated during the clinical trials.
  • The Health District asks newly identified cases about their vaccination status and these individuals self-report their status to disease investigators.
  • Breakthrough cases can occur because a person was infected before they were vaccinated or just after vaccination. It takes about two weeks for the body to develop protection.
  • A full report with additional information will be posted to the Health District’s website.
  • During the first week of May, Health District COVID-19 vaccine operations at its Decatur location will move from its current location in the main immunization clinic to the building that housed its non-congregate shelter. This will allow the immunization clinic to resume its normal clinic duties, including back-to-school immunizations as parents and children get ready for the start of the new school year and in-person instruction.
  • Today, the Health District is reporting 241,814 cases of COVID-19 in Clark County, an increase of 461 since yesterday. The Health District is also reporting 4,261 deaths, an increase in 22 from yesterday.

Updated information and resources are available on the Health District’s COVID website at www.SNHD.info/covid.

Additional Acute Non-Viral Hepatitis Illness Linked to “Real Water” Brand Alkaline Water

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In March, the Southern Nevada Health District announced it was working with its federal partners to investigate reports of acute non-viral hepatitis in Clark County.

The Health District initially received reports of five cases of severe acute non-viral hepatitis in children between November 23, 2020, and December 3, 2020. Since its initial investigation, the Health District has identified six additional probable cases (for a total of 11 probable cases) and one suspect case. The newly identified cases are all adults, and the one suspect case meets the clinical criteria but has not been tested for viral hepatitis. The 12 people were hospitalized and have since been released. None of the children or adults required a transplant.

To date, the consumption of “Real Water” brand alkaline water was found to be the only common link between all the identified cases. The FDA is conducting a further investigation into the facility, and the Health District continues to monitor for cases of acute non-viral hepatitis. Fifty additional reports are currently being investigated based on people who self-identified to the Health District, were reported by a health care provider, or because their Real Water subscription was canceled due to health concerns.

The ages of the children identified during the initial investigation range from 7 months to 5 years. The ages of the newly identified probable and suspect cases range from 32 to 71 years of age. The most common symptoms reported by the patients included nausea and vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, and dizziness.

The FDA has recommended that consumers, restaurants, and retailers discontinue drinking, cooking with, selling, or serving “Real Water” alkaline water. More information on the investigation is available on the FDA’s website.

Acute non-viral hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that can be caused by exposure to toxins, autoimmune disease, or drinking too much alcohol. Though hepatitis can have many causes, symptoms often include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, light-colored stools, joint pain, and yellow skin or eyes. Anyone who is experiencing these symptoms should contact their health care provider.

The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info. Follow the Health District on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.               

Está En Tus Manos to Host Vacunatón COVID-19 Vaccination Telethon to Reach Residents in Vulnerable Communities

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Members of the Public Invited to Call in to Ask Questions, Make Vaccine Appointments 

LAS VEGAS – Está En Tus Manos (It’s In Your Hands), Telemundo Las Vegas, Southern Nevada Health District, Clark

County, Immunize Nevada, the Nevada State Immunization Program and Walmart will host a COVID-19 vaccination

telethon in Spanish on Thursday, April 29 from 5-7 p.m. PT. The two-hour special aims to raise awareness and dispel

concerns surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines, with the goal of increasing vaccination rates among the

Hispanic/Latino communities.

Called “Vacunatón” (Vaccination Hotline), the special segment will feature public health professionals and community leaders. During the segment, anyone tuning in to Noticiero Telemundo Las Vegas will have the opportunity to call the State’s COVID hotline number, 800-401-0946 and speak to a bilingual (English/Spanish) representative to ask questions and receive immediate assistance with booking their COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Dr. Fermin Leguen, district health officer at the Southern Nevada Health District, will be interviewed about the vaccine and what people need to know. Others to be featured include Peter Guzman, Latin Chamber of Commerce executive director, Julián Escutia Rodríguez, the consul of Mexico in Las Vegas, Dr. Carmen Ponce, Epidemiologist, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services and Julie Monroy, Pharmacy Technician, Walmart Store #4557.

The event is presented by Está En Tus Manos (EETM) and Walmart and produced by Telemundo Las Vegas in partnership with Southern Nevada Health District, Clark County, Immunize Nevada and the Nevada State Immunization Program.

The community also has access to the website and social channels (@estaentusmanosnevada), all in Spanish, where they can find up-to-date information on vaccines, testing and other community resources.

The telethon is part of a series of actions that EETM has taken to improve access to vaccinations and testing for Hispanics/Latinos. EETM, Walmart and Mi Familia Vota will host a Weekend of Action on Friday, April 30, from 3-5 p.m. and Saturday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than two dozen volunteers, organized by Mi Familia Vota, will visit high-traffic locations in Las Vegas to invite community members to get vaccinated at a Walmart-sponsored pop-up clinic.

What:                   COVID-19 “Vacunatón” Vaccination Telethon

Who:                     Está En Tus Manos, Walmart, Telemundo Las Vegas, Southern Nevada Health District, Clark County, Immunize Nevada and the Nevada State Immunization Program

Where:                 KBLR TV Telemundo Las Vegas

When:                  Thursday, April 29 from 5-7 p.m. PT

Editor’s Note:    Interview opportunities with representatives will be available. To confirm attendance, email Jennifer Lopez at Jennifer.Lopez@rrpartners.com.

Health Plan of Nevada Shares 5 Ways to Find Fitness Motivation

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Easy Ways to Get Started and Build and Maintain Momentum in Honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Finding the motivation to exercise regularly can be difficult, especially as schedules become busier, but staying fit is important at every stage in life. In addition to the physical health benefits that can result from regularly exercising, there are many mental health benefits associated with moving our bodies as well. May is National Physical Fitness Month and Health Plan of Nevada is sharing five ways readers can find fitness motivation that will last:

  1. Put together a dynamite playlist
    Create a playlist with your favorite songs to keep you going throughout your workout or download a new podcast for your next cardio session.
  2. Repurpose an old bag to be a gym bag
    Having a dedicated gym bag that is prepared the night before is a great way to feel ready to hit the gym, while also keeping yourself accountable.
  3. Wear your workout clothes more frequently
    Studies have shown that the clothes we wear impact our behavior. If the plan is to exercise in the afternoon, try putting on workout clothes prior to your planned workout session to help motivate yourself.
  4. Keep yourself accountable and inspired
    Log workouts in a notebook or journal – or place inspiring sticky notes around the house to remind you of the goals you set for yourself.
  5. Celebrate the milestones, no matter how small
    Reach a fitness goal and want to celebrate? A great way to do so, while being practical, might be treating yourself to a new workout outfit or pair of sneakers.

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