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23
Aug

Lark Ellen Farms Granola

Lark Ellen Farms is leading the pack in redefining what granola is and can be. Instead of oats as a base, this California-based company uses organically grown and certified nuts and seeds and takes them through a process of sprouting (a soaking process) to help make the nutrients more easily absorbable when consumed. The sprouted nuts and seeds are mixed with other organic ingredients and then air dried at a low temperature to help keep the nutrient content intact.

Lark Ellen Farms makes 6 different varieties of granola (although 5 of the flavors are called “granola bites” and one flavor is called a “cereal” with the differentiation made based on the size of the finished product in the bag. The bites are larger but easily crumble while the cereal contains smaller, looser pieces). Read more »

21
Aug

Vegan Dining Options in Asheville, NC (Part 8)

Just when I think I have the vegan dining options figured out in Asheville, more pop up.  Most of the plant-based dining options in Asheville are at non-vegan restaurants which says a lot about the culture in western North Carolina.  Even if menus don’t list a vegan option, most restaurants accommodate plant-based eaters by eliminating the animal products or making an off menu dish.  With that in mind, the following restaurants in Asheville offer some great plant-based options for vegans. Read more »

19
Aug

Vegan Dining Options in Asheville, NC (Part 7)

Asheville’s vibrant restaurant scene is often compared to Portland, Oregon’s (often referred to its sister city) but its not because both cities have numerous vegan restaurants. Instead both cities are known for being incredibly tolerant and accommodating to diners preferences.  Plant-based options are available at most restaurants even when the menu doesn’t list a vegan option.

There are many fine, casual, southern, Mexican, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Thai, Chinese, and Indian restaurants in Asheville. Here’s just a few that offer some great vegan dining options: Read more »

17
Aug

Executive Compensation at Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) is New Jersey’s largest non-profit healthcare network with 17 hospitals, 500 patient care locations, and 34,000 employees. Based in Neptune, New Jersey, HMH is made up of numerous affiliated and related non-profits but this post will address the non-profit referred to as Hackensack Meridian Health – Subordinates (HMHS) since this entity compensates most of the senior management team whether compensated from HMHS or an affiliated organization. Read more »

15
Aug

Nana Joes Granola Bars

Looking for a granola bar that is vegan, gluten-free and made with organic ingredients? How about a granola bar that tastes crunchy, delicious, and satisfying? Then Nana Joes Granola Bars are the bomb. Handmade in San Francisco, Nana Joes Granola Bars come in four flavors, three of which have a base of oats and maple syrup and one with a base of unsweetened coconut chips and maple syrup: Read more »

13
Aug

Executive Compensation at the Cleveland Clinic

The Cleveland Clinic was founded nearly 100 years ago as a single hospital in Ohio but has grown to include the flagship hospital on a 170 acre campus in Cleveland, 10 regional hospitals, more than 150 outpatient clinics, and 19 family health centers in Ohio.  In addition, the Cleveland Clinic includes an academic medical center in Weston, Florida, a hospital in Nevada, offices across the United States, a hospital in Abi Dubai, and a sports medicine clinic in Toronto – all part of the 273 Cleveland Clinic locations across the world.

Often recognized as one of the best health care providers and one of the top hospitals (in Cleveland) in the country and the world, the Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit organization that generated $8.9 billion in revenue, had expenses of $8.5 billion (including $467 million in depreciation), leaving about $400 million to be added to the net assets or fund balance in 2016 (which increased from $7.2 billion at the beginning of the year to $8.2 billion because the organization had about $100 million in unrealized gains on investments and $500 million in other changes in assets (see Schedule O of the Form 990). Read more »

11
Aug

Executive Compensation at Christiana Care Health Services

Christiana Care Health System includes an extensive network of inpatient and outpatient servers (2 hospitals, medical aid units, home healthcare, and more) in Delaware. A not-for-profit teaching healthcare system, the Christiana Care Health System includes many non-profits that make the organization the largest employer in the state with about 12,000 employees.

The President and CEO and management team are compensated from Christiana Care Health Services, Inc. (CCHSI), a non-profit 501 (c) (3) headquarted in Wilmington, Delaware.

For the year ending June 30, 2017, CCHSI reported total revenue of $1.8 billion, total expenses of almost $1.6 billion, leaving more than $200 million added to the net fund balance which had $2.3 billion at year-end (note:  $86 million in net unrealized gains on investments and $70 million in changes in pensions and post retirement benefits also helped increase the net fund balance from $1.9 billion at the beginning of the year).  In other words, CCHSI is making money by spending less than they are taking in but also by gains on investments and decreased pension and post retirement liabilities. With more than $2 billion in net fund assets, this non-profit is sitting in a comfortable position. Read more »

9
Aug

Executive Compensation at Carilion

Carilion is often referred to as Carilion Clinic, Carilion Health Services, or simply Carilion Services although the healthcare provider encompasses several non-profits that provide healthcare services in Virginia.

Carilion Clinic is the parent organization of the Carilion Clinic healthcare network but Carilion Services, Inc is the non-profit that compensates the executives managing the overall network. Based in Roanoke, Carilion has a network of seven hospitals and 225 practice sites staffed by more than 13,000 employees.

Carilion Services, Inc. reported having 2,411 employees who were compensated $158 million in 2017 which equates to an average compensation of $66,000. 150 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 14 most highly compensated employees listed below: Read more »

7
Aug

Executive Compensation at BJC HealthCare

BJC HealthCare (whose legal name is BJC Health System) is one of the largest non-profit healthcare providers in the country with 15 hospitals and multiple community health locations in Missouri and Illinois. BJC HealthCare consists of dozens of affiliated non-profits but the one that encompasses most of the employees of the network is the BJC Health System Group Return which shows the organization reported $4.658 billion in revenue, $4.450 billion in expenses, $208 million in unspent revenue, and $3.038 billion in net assets (or fund balances).

The most recent IRS Form 990 (2016) reports 34,136 employees were compensated $1.839 billion (about 40% of revenue) which equates to an average compensation of $54,000.  2,578 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 66 most highly compensated employees listed below: Read more »

5
Aug

Asymmetry

First time authors are rarely known to write a truly exceptional book but Lisa Halliday accomplished the nearly impossible when she published Asymmetry:  a collection of three short stories, two that appear to be related (Folly and Ezra Blazer’s Desert Island Discs) and one that appears to be asymmetrical but is clearly the star of the show (Madness).

In Folly, Alice, a twenty-something assistant editor at a publishing house in New York City meets Ezra Blazer, an elderly well known and universally respected writer of classic 20th century fiction who has yet to win the Nobel Prize for fiction. Blazer was probably once a player with rugged good looks and a shocking head of thick hair but time has not been kind to the author who complains about back pain, his heart problems, and the other ailments that haunt the elderly. Read more »