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Catalyst Learning thanks everyone who joined us aboard the M/V OCEARCH in Jacksonville! OCEARCH event

Join CLC Aboard the MV OCEARCH in Jacksonville! Catalyst Learning
stamped-03032013_Ocearch_JacksonvilleFL_RobertSnow-430x247We’re looking forward to Saturday’s customer appreciation event abroad the MV OCEARCH.  Here’s footage from the crew’s tagging of Lydia, a great white shark off the coast of Jacksonville last week!  Space is limited.  If you haven't RSVP'd, contact Rebecca Sell at

Special Customer Event: Afternoon Aboard the MV OCEARCH Catalyst Learning
ocearch headerCatalyst Learning invites customers, students and graduates, along with friends and family, to join us aboard the MV OCEARCH in Jacksonville, FL. The vessel serves as mothership and at-sea laboratory for OCEARCH, an organization devoted to attaining research on shark life history and migration. The OCEARCH team has been featured on ESPN, the History Channel and most recently the group made CNN headlines when shark Mary Lee swam the coast of Jacksonville. Click here to watch CNN footage. OCEARCH Founder Chris Fischer is the brother of Catalyst Learning's Founder & CEO, Lynn Fischer. The siblings and companies share many common values, especially education and advocacy. In celebration of this, our customers, and our students, we hope you can join us for this very special afternoon of discovery! Please share this invitation with Coaches, students and graduates and contact us soon with your RSVP. When: Saturday, March 16, 2013 Time: 12:00-3:00pm Location: Jacksonville, FL (Dock TBA) Event limited to 100 attendees RSVP: or 502-584-7337

Driving Indicators of Hospital Performance Catalyst Learning
In today's changing landscape, it's no surprise that one of the top employee competencies for 2013 is engagement readiness. Engaged employees are cooperative, resilient and open to change.  They possess these and other qualities needed for the organization to remain competitive and achieve organizational goals. But what's driving engagement?  In this new infographic, Catalyst Learning shares the latest research and offers ways for healthcare leaders to make gains. Click here to download infographic and review the new research. Visit this webpage to then learn more about tools that equip frontline supervisors with a leadership skillset to improve employee engagement. IG thumbnail

Payment Reform: an Overview for Healthcare Leaders Catalyst Learning
Free Catalyst Learning Webinar! Reserve your Webinar seat now: To survive and thrive in the age of payment reform, healthcare leaders must have a firm understanding of Payment Reform basics. The goal of value-based purchasing (VBP) is to reinvent how Medicare services are paid to better reward value, outcomes and innovations instead of basing payment merely on volume.  CMS uses a "Three Domains of Care" approach which includes: clinical process of care measures, outcome measures and patient experience survey results.  Payment for Medicare discharges on or after October 1, 2012 will be reduced by 1 percent to create a VBP payment pool. The reduction will increase 0.25 percent per year to a full reduction of 2 percent in FFY 2017.  The financial, operational and performance implications for hospitals and leadership are significant. Join us for this 30 minute presentation as Catalyst Learning's Senior Vice President, Araby Thornewill provides an overview of Payment Reform and VBP.  Before joining Catalyst Learning, Araby served as Vice President of Clinical and Operational Products at Press Ganey.   She has over 20 years of experience spanning healthcare strategy, regulatory reform, and operational performance.  Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions after the webinar. Date:     Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Time:     11:00 AM - 11:45 AM EST After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. CL_Logo_CompanyName_side-by-side

Catalyst Learning Welcomes Sr Vice President of Sales, Araby Thornewill Catalyst Learning
AT Head shotCatalyst Learning is pleased to welcome the addition of our new Senior Vice President of Sales, Araby Thornewill.  Araby has over 20 years of experience spanning business development, healthcare strategy, regulatory reform, marketing and operations, product development and operational performance. She joins us after serving as Vice President of Clinical and Operational Products at Press Ganey, a company she joined in 2009 through the acquisition of Data Advantage, a specialty health care information company where she had worked for 10 years, first as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and then assuming the role of President in 2005. "I believe deeply in Catalyst Learning's mission" says Araby. "In order to survive and thrive in today's regulatory environment, hospitals must provide a learning pathway for all employees - including the entry and mid-level. The healthcare executives I know are searching for ways to provide opportunity for all levels of their workforce - to address their workforce needs, employee engagement and community commitment." Araby understands the needs and challenges of the healthcare executives who are our customers; her expertise includes healthcare reform and performance improvement in the hospital environment. Her knowledge, combined with a proven track record of growing and strengthening organizations, is exactly what Catalyst Learning needs to better serve its customer base. Please join us in welcoming Araby to our team.  She will be making her way around the country to meet many of our wonderful customers and hopes to have the opportunity to see you soon! Or feel free to contact her at (502) 584-7337 or

Graduation Photo Contest Catalyst Learning
Beginning today, January 15th, Catalyst Learning will be running a Facebook photo contest! A photo album has been created on Catalyst Learning’s Facebook page including all photos received from 2012 SAW graduations.  Once someone “likes” our page, they can then cast their vote by “liking” the photo.  The photo with the most “likes” will win a customized gift for each graduate (and the coach!).  The contest will run through 8:00 pm February 15th. Please share with everyone you know, especially students – remember, the picture with the most likes wins!!  

Congrats Five Session Sites! Catalyst Learning
Catalyst Learning Company is proud to call many of the most progressive healthcare organizations in the nation customers.  Many have earned "Best Place to Work" status and other prestigious honors, such as achieving Malcolm Baldrige status.  As 2012 draws to a close, we would like to recognize 27 of these customers for their implementation of at least five School at Work, ECHO or CareerCare sessions. Click here to view list of this year's honorees. We forward to the opportunity to provide the next five years of service to these amazing organizations!