Real Estate Lawyer comments on Illinois Appellate Decision finding Title Insurance Company not responsible for damages

William B. Blanchard, Real Estate Attorney

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Though it took 18 months to clear liens, Title Insurance Company not liable; this will affect real estate transactions where lien is discovered after closing.

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Title insurance companies … in the future will cite this case as precedent for a broad interpretation of both Section 4’s grant of discretion and Section 9’s protection from liability.”

— William "Bill" Blanchard, Real Estate Lawyer

ST. CHARLES, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, July 21, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Real Estate Attorney William B. Blanchard, general counsel for Gaia Title, Inc., spoke about a recent real estate law case where the Illinois Appellate Court held that the standard ALTA Owner’s Policy gives a title insurance company wide latitude in how to remove liens from the title, and protects it from liability for damages. This court opinion may affect any real estate purchaser who seeks to have liens or other encumbrances removed from a title insurance policy after closing.

The case of Wade v. Stewart Title Guaranty Company arose from a breach of contract regarding a title insurance policy for a multi-unit residential building in Chicago, Illinois. Plaintiff Josephine Wade, the purchaser of the property, filed suit against Stewart Title Guaranty Company (“Stewart Title”), alleging that it had failed to timely remove defects on the property’s title. As a consequence of the delays, according to Ms. Wade, the building was demolished because she could not comply with the City of Chicago’s building code. The trial court ruled in favor of Stewart Title, finding that the title company did not breach any duties under the policy. The Illinois Appellate Court affirmed, noting that the Plaintiff did not meet the burden of proof needed to establish that the 18 months Stewart Title took to clear the defects was not “reasonably diligent.”

Apparently, the title insurance company pursued lengthy litigation during which time the building’s value quickly deteriorated. The litigation was designed to settle the liens for less money, rather than immediately paying the liens in full. Section 9. of the title insurance policy, “Limitation of Liability,” provided: “If the (Title) Company establishes the title, or removes the alleged defect, lien or encumbrance *** in a reasonably diligent manner by any method, including litigation and the completion of any appeals therefrom, it shall have fully performed its obligations with respect to that matter and shall not be liable for any loss or damage caused hereby.”
Section 4 of the policy gave the title insurance company the right to determine how to defend or settle the claims. On ambiguity of provisions in insurance contract, the Court stated, “…an insurance contract will be liberally construed in favor of the insured. First Chicago Insurance Co. v. Molda, 2015 IL App (1st) 140548, ¶ 33.” Then, ironically, the Court held that Plaintiff had the burden of proof to show the defense was not “reasonably diligent.” Note that the trial court heard evidence that the defense provided by Stewart Title was for its own benefit, and to the detriment of their policy holder.

Mr. Blanchard stated, “this decision is important for anybody in a real estate transaction where a lien or other encumbrance is first discovered after closing. Basically, the standard title insurance policy provides that you must let the insurer do the job in any manner it chooses. The appellate court concluded that if the policy owner suffers damages while the title company engages in its defense, a policy holder cannot prevail in a claim damages absent clear and convincing evidence that the defense did not act in a “reasonably diligent” manner.”

“This is an important case also for what the Court didn’t consider in reaching its opinion,” adds Mr. Blanchard. “The Appellate Court affirmed because the reasonableness and diligence of the title insurance company’s defense was a matter for the trial court to determine based upon the evidence presented. Before this case, a plaintiff was required to present evidence that it suffered damages during the time it took the title company to remove title defects, and it was then up to the title company to present evidence that its efforts were reasonably diligent.”

“Title insurance companies defending similar actions in the future will cite this case as precedent for a broad interpretation of both Section 4’s grant of discretion and Section 9’s protection from liability. The ruling is contrary to Illinois precedent establishing that unclear terms in insurance policies should be interpreted in favor of Plaintiffs, and shifts the burden of proof on the question of “reasonable diligence” from Defendants to Plaintiffs,” opines Mr. Blanchard.

The case is Wade v. Stewart Title Guaranty 2017 ILAP (1st) 161765. The full opinion is on the court website http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Opinions/AppellateCourt/2017/1stDistrict/1161765.pdf

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William B. Blanchard is General Counsel for Gaia Title, Inc. and a real estate law attorney representing clients in the Western suburbs of Chicago in all types of real estate transactions including real estate closings, short sales, and real estate tax appeals. See http://www.gaiatitle.com/

As General Counsel, Mr. Blanchard provides title insurance examinations, commitment and policy reviews, supervises closing activities and regulatory compliance issues. Mr. Blanchard received his Juris Doctor Degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1972, and was admitted to the practice of law in Illinois in 1973. His LinkedIn Profile is at https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-bill-blanchard-080a48b/

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These Exchanges Have Launched Digital Derivative Trading

Exchanges Offering Digital Derivatives

Are the Flames of War Spreading?

BitForex (NASDAQ:BF)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, July 22, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — According to statistics, the number of digital-asset exchanges has already exceeded 11,000 globally, and approximately 3,000 more are added semiannually. However, among these countless exchanges, 90% of the digital currency exchanges have some problems such as single-function, poor design, poor user experience among others. The continued downturn in platform trading volume eventually leads to the closing of some exchanges in the highly competitive industry.

As the Bitcoin market turns from bull to bear, the trading volume of the entire digital currency market has shrunk sharply. The price fluctuations of mainstream currencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, etc. have become increasingly small, making the “profit-making effect” far worse than before. Additionally, the “blood-sucking effect” of the bull market ICO project is continuing, resulting in obviously insufficient market entry funds. The current situation is that later-investors have insufficient confidence in the market, while the high-entrant investors have been heavily tied up. The liquidity of the digital currency trading market is facing great challenge. “New blood” is urgently required by the market.

Traditional institutional investors have shown strong interest in the emerging financial market of digital currencies. But it seems that they have not taken any immediate actions, which may be attributed to the liquidity and regulatory policies of the digital currency market. To digital currency exchanges, however, institutional entry will undoubtedly bring huge liquidity. Prepare for a rainy day: to launch derivative trading tools such as forward options in a timely manner to attract new investors becomes an option for exchanges.

Derivatives are currently an innovative product in the field of digital currency trading. Its strength lies in its ability to provide investors with the “profit leverage effect” by throwing a sprat to catch a herring, and meanwhile to meet institutional investors’ diversified investment needs such as hedging, risk hedging, etc. Both can attract new investors, especially institutional investors, into the digital currency market, bringing new liquidity to the market. In the case that there’s no signs of improvement in the trading volume of the currency-against-currency trading market, a few of the world’s major digital currency exchanges have been already working on the market for derivative trading prospectively:

– OKEX

OKEX (www.okex.com) is one of the world’s leading digital asset trading platforms. It mainly provides users worldwide with spot and derivative trading services for digital assets such as Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, etc. It belongs to OKEX Technology Company Limited.

Currently, OKEX supports futures contract trading of BTC, ETH, LTC, BCH, ETC, XRP, EOS and other mainstream currencies. The time periods available include the week, next week, quarterly, etc. 10-time and 20-time leverage operation is supportive.

– BitForex

BitForex (www.BitForex.com) is one of the world’s leading digital asset trading platforms. Headquartered in Singapore and registered in the Republic of Seychelles, the company now has users in more than 86 countries. At present, the platform has already launched trading pairs for approximately 100 different coins and tokens, among which over 30 are the world’s leading ICO projects.

Recently, BitForex bought BitStar, a digital currency derivative exchange. According to media reports, BitStar is the world’s first exchange to launch ETH and BCH leveraged contracts. It was ranked among the world’s top 10 exchanges only three months after it had been launched. BitForex is determined to enter the derivative trading field via the acquisition of BitStar. On the one hand, BitForex promises to maximize the benefits of BitStar’s original users; BitForex promises BitStar’s STC holders to convert the BitStar platform coin STC to the upcoming platform currency of BitForex in a ratio of 3:1; and BitStar will be reconstructed into an open one-stop digital currency quantitative trading service platform; and on the other hand, BitForex will launch futures contract this month and option contract this year.

– BitMEX

Founded also in the Republic of Seychelles, BitMEX (www.bitmex.com) is an advanced Bitcoin derivative exchange that offers up to 100-time leverage for bitcoin products as well as high leverage for other digital currency products. Currently, BitMEX supports futures contract trading for BTC, ETH, LTC, BCH, XRP, EOS, TRX and other currencies.

At present, there are not many mainstream digital currency exchanges that provides derivative trading services. Some famous mainstream exchanges in China such as Binance, Huobi, etc. have not been involved in derivatives-related business yet. However, with the development of the digital currency market, institutional investors are about to enter this market, and the demand for digital currency derivative trading has been increased constantly. Exchanges entering the field of derivative trading in advance will undoubtedly create a great opportunity for themselves to stand out from the highly competitive digital currency trading industry in the fut

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BitForex
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HYCON Begins Trading on OKEx

HYCON announces its long-awaited listing on the Hong Kong based OKEx digital asset trading exchange

SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, July 21, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — HYCON successfully secured its place on OKEx, which consistently ranks in the top three among global exchanges by 24-hour trading volume, thanks to overwhelming community support during a recent public listing vote. HYCON deposits will open at 6 pm Hong Kong Time on July 23rd and trading begins at 4 pm Hong Kong Time on July 24th.

HYCON, which means Hyper-Connected, is an ASIC-resistant, PoW based blockchain that is working towards the implementation of a DAG-based structure to improve on-chain speed and transaction throughput, while also seeking to become the first project to use the SPECTRE consensus algorithm to maintain consensus. After a successful Main Net Launch on June 1st, 2018, the hash rate of the network has quickly grown to over 12 million hashes per second within its first month of operation. Mining pools continue to raise hash power and increase the network’s robustness as trading commences.

HYCON was created by the first-generation blockchain company, Glosfer, and is an open-source project with code publicly available on GitHub. The South Korean company has made significant headway in the country's blockchain industry. Glosfer CEO, Taewon Kim said, "today's listing confirmation marks another accomplishment for the whole company and the development team – we are checking off the goals on our roadmap one by one! I'd like to especially thank all of our earliest supporters as well as our new followers for your continued interest in our exciting project!"

Keep up to date on the latest developments by following HYCON on Glosfer TV.

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Idencia Launches International Reseller Program

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Partners can offer 'smart products' under their own brand by reselling the Idencia information tracking service.

We want to provide our partners with every opportunity to clearly differentiate themselves from their competition.”

— Jeff Pollock, CEO

TOPSFIELD, MA, UNITED STATES, July 20, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Topsfield, MA- Idencia, Inc. announced today that is launching an international reseller program that will enable operating partners to include the Idencia information tracking solution with their products. Vendors in the infrastructure supply chain may now offer ‘smart products’. An RFID tag embedded in (or affixed to) the product can be scanned to source all historic records associated with the product. Being web hosted, different parties in the supply chain can add information to create a timeline history of each product from time of manufacture through end of useful life.

The program allows parties throughout the infrastructure supply chain to add more value to their customers:

• Equipment manufacturers who sell to precast concrete producers can now offer a mold that enables their customers to sell ‘smart concrete products’.

Precast concrete manufacturers that sell their products equipped with Idencia provide a more valuable ‘smart product’ that sets them apart from their competition and makes their customer more productive.

• Contractors that include Idencia can distinguish their projects and add margin by offering project owners more value from the use of ‘smart products’.

Jeff Pollock, Idencia CEO, elaborated: “Resellers can include our information tracking service under their own brand “powered by Idencia”. We want to provide our partners with every opportunity to clearly differentiate themselves from their competition.” He added that Idencia is already in conversations with potential partners in the US, Europe, Australia and the Middle East.

Mr. Pollock said that more announcements will be forthcoming as Idencia signs interested resellers.

For more information, please contact: Jeffrey M. Pollock, CEO; jpollock@idencia.com.

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Idencia, Inc.
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RFID Tracking for Infrastructure


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New Corporate Leadership Training Company Launches in Tampa Bay Focusing on Project Management Essentials

Veronica Lane, President of The Project Manager Guru, Inc.

Project Manager Guru, Inc. offers leadership seminars and workshops for businesses.

Project Management is more than charts and presentations, it’s how a leader uses their knowledge to bring the most out of their project team and project initiative…it’s their brand.”

— Veronica Lane, PMP

TAMPA, FL, USA, July 20, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Project Manager Guru, Inc. has launched a new project management education series in the Tampa Bay area. Their seminars and workshops specialize in one and two day business skills training with the emphasis on project management excellence aimed at deepening the understanding of leadership development.

With nearly 3,000 open project management positions in Tampa, Florida and over 300,000 positions open across the United States, the profession is eager for the infusion of enthusiastic project leaders to tackle what lives outside of a company’s ‘Business as Usual’ processes.

“Project Management is more than charts and presentations, it’s how a leader uses their knowledge to bring the most out of their project team and project initiative…it’s their brand,” claims CEO, Veronica Lane, PMP. “Project Managers are selected based on what they bring to the table, we teach leaders how to bring more to the table than the next person.”

Project Management Essentials is offered in layers of saturation (least to most interactive): Webinars, Seminars, and on-site Workshops.

Project Manager Guru, Inc. is a project management training company that services progressive companies seeking to advance their existing project management talent pool from novice to expert. Project leaders are taught the tools necessary to significantly enhance their current knowledge and bring the best out of their project teams.

Amanda Alexandrakis
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Knight Investment Limited – Alibaba Group Takes Stake in Focus Media

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Alibaba, the worlds largest retailer has announced today that it plans to take a stake in digital media advertising company, Focus Media.

HONG KONG, HONG KONG, HONG KONG, July 20, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Alibaba Group will acquire a minority interest in China’s Focus Media Information Technology Co. Ltd., as it looks explore new models of digital marketing, the Chinese e-commerce giant said in a filing to the New York Stock Exchange.

Alibaba will pay $1.43 billion for a 6.62% share of Shanghai-based Focus Media, whose digital advertising screens can be seen on streets, in subways and in elevators across 300 Chinese cities, reaching 200 million middle-class consumers. In addition to those pre-existing shares, Alibaba said it plans to acquire another 5% interest in Focus Media within the next 12 months.

The company also will purchase a 10% stake in an entity controlled by Focus Media founder and Chairman Jason Nanchun Jiang, which controls 23.34% of Focus Media, for $504.7 million. New Retail Strategic Opportunities Fund L.P., a non-consolidated, related party of Alibaba, will acquire a 1.37% interest in Focus Media as well. The total investment, not including the expected additional 5% purchase, will be $2.23 billion, giving Alibaba a 10.32% stake.

Alibaba positioned the investment as a part of its larger New Retail strategy. New Retail integrates the best aspects of online and offline commerce to make shopping more engaging and convenient for consumers, while offering enhanced marketing tools and more-detailed consumer analytics to merchants.

The deal offers synergies with Alimama, Alibaba’s largest digital-marketing platform, Alibaba said. By partnering with Focus Media, which has set a medium-term goal of having five million terminals in 500 Chinese cities and reaching 500 million middle-class consumers, Alibaba can offer new digital channels through which the brands selling on its e-commerce platforms can connect with these consumers and their rising spending power.

Already, Alibaba is leveraging its analytics collected from its more than 500 million users to help brands better understand and reach Chinese consumers. Called “Uni Marketing,” the use of consumer data allows brands to identify, target, reach and retain their customers across Alibaba’s entire ecosystem of e-commerce and media properties. This approach to digital marketing, which offers more advanced and reliable marketing tools to brands than traditional marketing, has always been at the core of New Retail, Alibaba said.

The two companies said they would collaborate on ways to merge offline media and digital marketing, as well as help brands transition to fully digital operations. The upgrade to “New Marketing” will support the growth of New Retail across all sectors, they said.

Knight Investment see’s this as a fantastic move for Alibaba Group. The companies expansion has barely faltered over the past few years and with the Ant Financial spin off just a few months away, we have upgraded our call on BABA to strong buy.

To find out more about the opportunities Knight Investment Limited see’s with Alibaba Group, contact us at info@knight-investment.com or visit our website www.knight-investment.com to find out more about their services and products available.

Jason Fong
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Australian biotech Dimerix announced one of Westpac’s 2018 Businesses of Tomorrow winners

Dimerix (ASX:DXB)

The work we're undertaking now in the area of Chronic Kidney Disease has the ability to impact our generation and future generations, and we’re working hard to bring it to fruition”

— Kathy Harrison, Dimerix CEO

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, July 20, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Australian biotech Dimerix Limited (ASX: DXB) was announced today one of the top 200 enterprises helping to shape the nation’s new economy as a winner of Westpac's 2018 Businesses of Tomorrow program.

The program rewards and recognises businesses with the drive to shape Australia’s future, and operating with a demonstrated vision, understanding of customer needs and capability to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Dimerix has developed technology that enables scientists and researchers to more richly investigate the effects of drug therapies on cells than standard laboratory testing technology.

Using this technology, Dimerix has developed DMX-200, a potential treatment for Chronic Kidney Disease indications that will be subject to further phase 2 clinical trials following the compelling outcomes of an initial phase 2 trial.

Dimerix CEO, Kathy Harrison said: "We are thrilled to have been named one of the Businesses as Tomorrow – as that's exactly how we see ourselves. The work we're undertaking now in the area of Chronic Kidney Disease has the ability to impact our generation and future generations and we’re working hard to bring it to fruition through our Phase 2 clinical trials. We are excited about the opportunities this award will afford Dimerix as a small ASX listed company."

DMX-200 was developed using science from the University of Western Australia and Dimerix is the only Australian-based company running clinical studies in the area of Chronic Kidney Disease.

More about Dimerix: www.dimerix.com

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MHPS Hosts Natural Gas Power Generation Technical Conference in Lima Peru & Signs 515 MW JAC Power Deal with Gaz Energie

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Paul Browning, MHPS Americas President and CEO, and Miguel Saldana, Vice President of Gaz Energie, at the signing ceremony for the 515 MW natural gas power project scheduled to go commercial in 2021 in Peru.

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Paul Browning, MHPS Americas President and CEO, addressing the audience at the MHPS Technical Conference in Lima, Peru of the of the merits and benefits of the new project Gaz Energie power project.

LIMA, PERU, July 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — There is a Change in Power happening around the world as a combination of natural gas and renewables dominate new installation activity in the power generation sector. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Latin America. In the past 25 years, natural gas power generation saw an almost three-fold increase in its share of total power generation in the region, and it is projected to grow more than 150% in the next 25 years, according to the IEEJ Outlook 2018. At the same time, a new generation of advanced class gas turbines (ACGT) has emerged as the leading natural gas power generation technology around the world.

Today, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), the world’s leading provider of advanced class gas turbines, hosted a “Change in Power” natural gas power generation technical conference in Lima, Peru. Independent Power Producers (IPP’s) and other industry participants from across Latin America were on hand to discuss their experiences and showcase best practices on how to thrive in this dynamic power market.

In addition, MHPS and local power developer Gaz Energie signed an agreement to develop a 515 MW natural gas power project that will have the lowest cost of electricity and the lowest emissions of any gas power plant in Peru.

The Humay PS Project will be located in the Ica region of Peru and will leverage MHPS’ industry-leading JAC gas turbine power island, featuring the largest, most reliable and most fuel efficient gas turbine in the world. The new plant will enter commercial operation in 2021.

“As we advance through project development, MHPS’ financial, technical and development support has assured our team that we have a long-term partner in Humay PS. Our next step is to formalize our EPC contractor selection, with whom MHPS has agreed to consort to deliver a true turnkey project for Peru,” said Miguel Saldana, Vice President of Gaz Energie.

“Power producers in Latin America are looking for best in class options to generate clean, reliable and affordable electricity,” said Paul Browning, MHPS Americas President and CEO. “MHPS’ innovative gas turbine technologies and digital solutions allow customers to set new standards for both efficiency and reliability. Two years ago we started talking about and preparing for the Change in Power that is happening in our industry. By listening to the needs of our customers in Latin America, we have developed the capability to be not only a technology partner, but also a financial partner and a construction partner. The Humay PS project will demonstrate all of these capabilities, and will be a showcase project for Peru and for the region.”

David Rosenberg
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
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Imbue Botanicals, LLC introduces transcend All Natural Pure CBD Crumble

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Imbue Botanicals, LLC has expanded its current CBD product line with the introduction of its transcend all natural hemp CBD crumble.

PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Palm Springs, CA, July 19, 2018 – (Press Release Point) – Imbue Botanicals, LLC, a Wyoming based company, is pleased to introduce its transcend CBD Crumble. The product addition is a further expansion of its specialty line of CBD products.

Imbue Botanicals offers an extensive line of premium CBD products produced from organically grown Colorado hemp, including CBD tinctures, vaporizer cartridges, CBD capsules and CBD topicals for both people and pets.

“We are very excited to introduce our transcend Pure CBD Crumble” said Tom Bauer, Managing Member of Imbue Botanicals. “This is something so many of our wholesale partners have asked for, and frankly, we knew we had the best crumble money could buy, so we decided to roll it out.”

Imbue’s 1 full gram of natural CBD Crumble is made solely from organic, Colorado grown CBD oil, cold processed to retain natural cannabinoids and natural terpenes. For those who desire the purest form of CBD, this is it.

Packaged in a reseal-able ¼ ounce glass jar to preserve product freshness, and see-through recyclable sleeve, the product is available online at www.imbuebotanicals.com and from select retailers.

ABOUT Imbue Botanicals, LLC:
Imbue Botanicals offers an extensive line of full spectrum, premium CBD products produced from organically grown Colorado hemp, including tinctures, capsules, topical CBD lotions and salves, and specialty products such as vaporizer cartridges. Their premium Colorado grown hemp CBD products are non GMO, cruelty free, vegan and contain no added flavorings or sugars. Available in their own online CBD store, www.imbuebotanicals.com, or through other select retailers, their products offer exceptional quality, superb packaging and unmatched value.

Imbue Botanicals offers CBD products for both people and pets. For more information, visit: www.imbuebotanicals.com
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Intermountain Healthcare Announces Zero Suicide Initiative

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA, July 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — A new initiative, called Zero Suicide, will be helping to reduce suicide losses in Utah — which have been increasing for the past few years. Utah has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. Several studies released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have shown that suicide rates have increased among all age groups.

"Last year, 45,000 people died by suicide in the United States, 630 of them in Utah," said Mark Foote, MD, senior medical director of Intermountain Healthcare Behavioral Health. "Suicide is not a new problem. The rate has gone up and down over time, but over the last 15 years, the rate has steadily gone up. This is no longer just a behavioral health problem — this is a public health crisis. We need to engage our entire system and our communities in combatting this horrible problem."

Intermountain Healthcare, the State of Utah, and numerous community groups have partnered together to find ways to reduce the deaths. Intermountain will target their suicide prevention efforts in three areas:

• Improving access to behavioral care, in part by adhering to best practices to screen, assess, and develop safety plans.
• Preparing caregivers and community organizations about how to talk about suicide and help those at risk seek help and create safety plans.
• Raising awareness about restricting access to lethal means.

Intermountain has worked for the past decade on mental health integration – bringing mental health best practices into the primary care provider’s offices. A family doctor can screen for depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns – and help get resources for their patients to be treated.

"In the future, none of us should feel at a loss for what we can do to help. As we implement the Zero Suicide framework as a part of our overall commitment to Zero Harm, we'll take a systematic approach to quality improvement that will make it easier for all of us to lead together to achieve Zero Suicide. Zero is the only acceptable number," said Mikelle Moore, Intermountain’s senior vice president of Community Health.

Intermountain Healthcare is a Utah-based not-for-profit system of 22 hospitals, 170 clinics, a Medical Group with about 2,300 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a health plans group called SelectHealth, and other medical services. Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare through high quality and sustainable costs. For more information about Intermountain, visit www.intermountainhealthcare.org.

Daron Cowley
Intermountain Healthcare
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