Archive for June, 2010

Hoopfest which takes place this weekend here

posted by Karen Hood
Monday, June 28, 2010

There’s just three days left until Hoopfest tips-off in downtown Spokane.
Teams are trying to squeeze in final practices at courts all over. KREM 2 News caught up with those teams aiming for Hoopfest Domination.
The largest three-on-three tournament in the world will take place right here in downtown Spokane and people of all ages are getting ready for it. Each person is getting ready in his or her own way.
For Derek Houk and Ismael Ross it’s a game of horse and one-on-one. They both say they’ve been practicing outside a lot lately. The ball and the rules may be the same but not the outdoor game ,and players know this.
The players KREM 2 talked with say especially downtown, the streets are slanted and the ball goes everywhere.
There are even kids attending a four day basketball camp at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church off 57th to prepare. The camp director says the camp is not geared specifically to get the kids ready for Hoopfest, but rather to teach them fundamental skills. But a good number of the elementary and junior high students will be tightening up their laces for this weekend’s tournament.

History of Spoken Washinton’s Hoopfest

posted by Karen Hood
Monday, June 28, 2010

In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments hardly existed outside of the Midwest United States. The idea of Spokane Hoopfest was born from two separate groups: one group with members from the Midwest who wanted to see the continuance of the 3-on-3 ball they had back home and the other with members trying to raise money for Special Olympics. Eventually the two groups merged under co-founders Rick Betts and Jerry Schmidt and Spokane Hoopfest Association was created. Finding support for the first tournament proved a challenge as Hoopfest wanted to do something no one else had: shut down the streets of downtown Spokane for two full days of basketball. By going door to door and winning a majority of downtown business owners over with the idea, the permit was granted and 36 courts were taped off on the asphalt.

On June 30 and July 1, 1990, a group of dedicated volunteers including founding board members Betts, Schmidt, Dave Jackson, Terry M. Kelly, Dennis Magner, and Rick Steltenpohl coordinated the first Hoopfest. The tournament hosted 2,009 players on 512 teams. The event was such a success in its first year, the City was happy to have it back again the next summer. Thus began the tradition of Spokane shutting down its downtown core during the last weekend in June to let people play on the streets.

In the many years since inception, Hoopfest has developed into much more than a basketball tournament. Activities have been added to enhance the event experience such as a youth and adult center courts, games and contests for every age, music playing throughout downtown, merchandise tents, and more.

Hoopfest has grown to become the largest 3-on-3 street basketball tournament and family festival of its kind in the world. Annual participation in Hoopfest exceeds 6,700 teams and 26,000 players. With players coming in from 42 states including Hawaii, Georgia, and Kansas, it now takes over 428 courts to house the 14,000 games. It is believed that the second largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the country has no more than 1,500 participating teams.

With so many thousands of people in town for Hoopfest, Spokane’s economy is greatly impacted each June. A survey was conducted in 2006 by an independent third party to accurately assess the spending done by Hoopfest participants over the course of the event weekend. Using this survey, Hoopfest predicts that the event brought 30 million dollars into the Spokane economy. This figure includes everything from hotel spending and shopping to entertainment and dining. Beyond the immediate economic impact of the tournament weekend, Hoopfest is committed to supporting area charities. Since 1990, Spokane Hoopfest Association has donated over $1,200,000 to organizations such as Special Olympics, YMCA, YWCA, and other youth sports programs, as well as its court construction program. Hoopfest has built or renovated over twenty outdoor basketball courts in area neighborhoods so local residents have an opportunity to play year-round.

Spokane Hoopfest Association is a Washington nonprofit corporation and tax exempt Organization under section (501)(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its mission statement is as follows: Spokane Hoopfest Association is committed to organizing and operating the best outdoor 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the country. With the effort and enthusiasm of thousands of volunteers, Hoopfest strives to create a dynamic downtown festival, transcending basketball throughout the celebration of athleticism, fair play, and community involvement. Spokane Hoopfest Association also provides charitable support through distribution of profits to Special Olympics and basketball-related activities.

Hoopfest is extremely proud of its 3-on-3 tournament. With the generous support of the City of Spokane, many wonderful sponsors, and 3,000 dedicated volunteers, Hoopfest has grown into an unparalled event that is cherished by the Inland Northwest. In winning the 2003 Agora Award for Business Excellence, the judges said the following about Hoopfest: “No other single event (here) brings together people of such diverse cultures, economic conditions, and ages for a common purpose. And this common purpose is not just basketball. It is cheering for one another, working together, competing fairly, and celebrating Spokane.” With a successful and solid foundation, Hoopfest boldly looks forward to an exciting and rewarding future!

Lax Practices Found at Same-Day Surgery Centers

posted by Karen Hood
Monday, June 28, 2010

Excerpted from, “Lax Practices Found at Same-Day Surgery Centers” The New York Times. June 8, 2010–A new federal study finds many same-day surgery centers have serious problems with infection control. Failures to wash hands, wear gloves and clean blood glucose meters were among the reported breaches. The findings, appearing in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association, suggest that lax anti-infection practices may pervade the nation’s more-than-5,000 outpatient centers, experts said. In the study, state inspectors visited 68 centers in Maryland, North Carolina and Oklahoma. The study found that 67 percent of the centers, which perform such procedures as colonoscopies and esophagus examinations, had at least one lapse in infection control and that 57 percent were cited for deficiencies. Inspections were not announced ahead of time, but staff members were notified w! hen inspectors arrived. The study did not look at whether any of the lapses actually led to infections in patients.

CMDA Member Mark McQuain, MD: “Years ago I attended a presentation, a pilot program by an insurance company to show off a new tool called ‘Utilization Review’. The UR resulted in altering the doctor’s treatment plan 27% of the time. I asked whether there was a benefit to the patient due to that alteration. I was informed that outcome data was not collected.
This JAMA study reviewed a CMS pilot program of an infection control audit tool designed to assess Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC) infection control. This previously untested tool identified an increased number of ‘lapses’ in ASC infection control compared to previous surveys. CMS has subsequently incorporated this tool into its ‘Interpretive Guidelines for Ambulatory Surgical Centers’. However, the JAMA article correctly points out several problems with interpreting the pilot study. The most concerning was that data related to outcomes or numbers of actual hospital acquired infections linked to the ‘lapses’ was not collected. The tool appears to be a more sensitive collector of data but the data collected is potentially ambiguous.
It should go without saying that physicians and nurses want to provide the very best medical care for their patients. Developing and following policies that actually ensure reduced infection rates can help to provide that level of excellent care. But policies are tools and not ends in themselves. We need to make sure that any assessment of our practice of medicine always includes some measure of the actual medical care provided and not just a measure of the policies that assist in delivering that care.”