Did You See That Press Release? Telethon Ends, ER Visits Climb

With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy releases you might have missed.

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Frank Sinatra orchestrated one of the most surprising and touching moments in television history when he reunited estranged partners Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis on the 1976 Telethon. (PRNewsFoto/Muscular Dystrophy Association)

Source: PRNewsFoto/Muscular Dystrophy Association

MDA Telethon Ends Historic Run, Urgent Fight for Families Continues

MDA, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, announced on May 1 that the new realities of television viewing and philanthropic giving have made this the right time for the organization to move beyond its historic Labor Day telethon. It will discontinue production of a broadcast telethon effective this year.

MDA plans to invest more in digital and mobile channels for consumer engagement and activation. The organization will continue to share the inspirational stories of MDA families on Labor Day and throughout the year via digital channels as part of an emerging year-round plan to revitalize its brand, connect with donors more frequently, strengthen family support, and attract and recognize sponsors in new ways.  See the full release to learn more about the MDA’s plans and the history of the telethon.

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ER Visits Continue to Rise Since Implementation of Affordable Care Act

Three-quarters of emergency physicians report that emergency visits are going up, according to a new poll. This represents a significant increase from just one year ago when less than half reported increases. Rather than trying to keep people out of emergency departments, policymakers need to recognize the value of this model of medicine that people want and clearly need, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). See the full release to learn more about emergency room visits.

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In this March 26, 2014 photo, a truck engine sits on an assembly line as Ed Carbaugh prepares to install parts at a Volvo Trucks' manufacturing facility in Hagerstown, Md.  The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for March on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Source:  AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Economic Growth to Continue Throughout 2015

Economic growth is expected to continue in the U.S. throughout the remainder of 2015, say the nation’s purchasing and supply executives in their Spring 2015 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations for the remainder of 2015 continue to be positive in both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors.

These projections are part of the forecast issued by the Business Survey Committee of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). The forecast was presented May 6 by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee; and by Anthony S. Nieves, CPSM, C.P.M., CFPM, chair of the ISM Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee. See the full release to see the projections.

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American Workers Are Changing the U.S. Retirement Landscape

On May 5, the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies (TCRS) released new research evaluating the retirement preparedness of American workers, Retirement Throughout the Ages: Expectations and Preparations of American Workers.

“Today’s workers recognize they need to save and self-fund a greater portion of their retirement income. In response, they are transforming the United States retirement system from a three-legged stool into a table by creating a fourth leg: working,” said Catherine Collinson, president of TCRS.

As the lead release from the 16th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey, one of the largest and longest-running national surveys of its kind, this new research examines current expectations and preparations among American workers in their twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, and sixties and older. See the full release to learn more about the future of retirement.

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Source: AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

McDonald’s Announces Initial Steps in Turnaround Plan Including Worldwide Business Restructuring and Financial Updates

McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook announced on May 4 the initial steps of the company’s turnaround plan including a restructuring of McDonald’s worldwide business and financial updates.

“Today we are announcing the initial steps to reset and turn around our business,” Easterbrook said. “As we look to shape McDonald’s future as a modern, progressive burger company, our priorities are threefold — driving operational growth, returning excitement to our brand and unlocking financial value.” See the full release to learn more about the restaurant chain’s plans.

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

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