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(Wednesday, September 13, 2017) Sadat Congressional Gold Medal Milestone Event

 

 

 

(Youtube Video of Anwar Sadat Congressional Gold Medal Momentum Luncheon – Joseph B. Stamm’s intro to Rep. Kennedy: https://youtu.be/tpskzVNyasE )

(Youtube video of  the Luncheon event: https://youtu.be/Yb6L6-S5yBE )

(Youtube video of the inner Event with Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt: https://youtu.be/mVnWDPAYRaQ )

 

 

Legislation with sponsors from both parties are proposing to award assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat the nation’s highest honor for his courage in signing a peace agreement with Israel. The Congressional Gold Medal would be handed over to Sadat’s widow in 2018 to mark both 40 years of the peace accord and the centennial of his birth.“These two milestone dates,” Ezra Friedlander, the lobbyist behind the effort, told Hamodia, “should serve as a reminder to the world that peace needs the bold and courageous leadership that Sadat had.”

 

Mr. Friedlander, who heads The Friedlander Group, founded the Anwar Sadat Congressional Gold Medal Commission that is spearheading the advocacy effort to secure the two-thirds support needed in both houses of Congress to secure passage of the legislation.

 

Sponsors in the Senate are Republican Orrin Hatch of Utah and Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland. In the House of Representatives, sponsors are Republican Christ Stewart of Utah and Democrat Grace Meng of New York.

   

Egypt led the Arab states in their hatred of the Jewish state from its establishment in 1948, refusing to recognize its existence. In a dramatic turn-around, then-President Sadat visited Yerushalayim in 1977 and declared his desire for peace with Israel, sparking outrage throughout the Arab world.“Together,” he proclaimed, “we might build a durable peace based on justice, to avoid the shedding of one single drop of blood from an Arab or an Israeli. It is for this reason that I have proclaimed my readiness to go to the farthest corner of the world.” In a series of meetings arranged by then-President Jimmy Carter and held at Camp David, Sadat and then-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin negotiated the peace treaty that came to be known as the Camp David Accords.

 

Sadat and Begin received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978 for their efforts. Sadat was assassinated in 1981 by a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad upset at the peace deal.“Sadat took countless personal risks to achieve a society grounded in peace and diplomacy — an endeavor that ultimately cost him his life,” explained Sen. Hatch. “Thus, awarding Sadat with the Congressional Gold Medal celebrates and gives homage to Sadat’s courageous, remarkable and enduring imprint on history.” The Congressional Gold Medal was coined in 1776. Its first recipient was Gen. George Washington. Others include the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt”l, Mr. Raoul Wallenberg, and Mr. Elie Wiesel, z”l.

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On September 14, 2017 , representatives from NYCHSRO-MedReview attended an Inaugural Luncheon of the Anwar Sadat Gold Medal Congressional Commission in the Kennedy Room of the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill,  NYCHSRO-MedReview CEO Joseph Stamm served as a co-chair of the luncheon.

The luncheon was organized to support bi-partisan bills to commemorate the 40th anniversary of  President Sadat’s courageous and historic visit to Israel in 1977 and the 100th anniversary of President Sadat’s birthday in 2018. The Sadat visit was the first step in a process that led to a peace treaty   negotiated at Camp David with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and hosted by former President   Jimmy Carter between Israel and Egypt. Some 200 members of Congress have co sponsored legislation introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ben Cardin (D- MD) and Representatives Chris Stewart (R-UT) and Grace Meng (D-NY) to award the Congressional Gold Medal  to President Sadat.  Ezra Friedlander CEO of the Friedlander Group has helped coordinate the legislative effort to Award Anwar Sadat the Congressional Gold Medal and organized the luncheon. A special guest at the Luncheon was Egypt’s Ambassador to the US, Yasser Reda who spoke warmly about  his previous experiences as Egypt’s Ambassador to Israel. Also speaking at the Luncheon were Sen Ben Cardin (D_MD),  Rep Chris Stewart (R-UT), Rep Joseph Kennedy (D- MA) who was introduced by Joe Stamm, Rep Hank Johnson (D-GA),  Rep. Debbie Wsserman-Schultz (D-FL), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX),  Rep. Gerald Connelly (D-VA).

 

The luncheon was organized to honor the late Dov Lautman,an Israeli businessman who invested in Egypt after the Israel-Egypt Peace treaty was signed and whose firm has announced the opening of its 4th  plant in Egypt.On the evening proceeding the luncheon at a special dinner  former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, spoke in praise of the initiative to recognize President Sadat’s pathbreaking work for peace in the Middle East. Mr Stamm was accompanied  by  Drs. Richard Bonforte and Dr. Marvin Lieberman,  members of the NYCHSRO-MedReview Board and Staff member Maurice Bortz, Director of National Physicians Review division of MedReview Inc.

 

 

 

(Sunday, August 20, 2017) NYCHSRO/MedReview’s CEO get’s invited to attend Assemblyman David Weprin’s Annual Community BBQ

  

 

 

NYCHSRO/MedReview’s President & CEO, Joseph Stamm, was  invited to attend Assemblyman David Weprin’s  Annual Community BBQ again this year. He attended with his wife, Anne Stamm, and had the opportunity to talk to the mayor and other elected officials.

 

 

 

 

(Wednesday, July 12, 2017) NYCHSRO/MedReview is pleased to announce that our CEO and President, Joseph Stamm, is one of this year’s honorees at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Second Annual 9/11 Commemoration Honoring Heroes for Tolerance

 

NYCHSRO/MedReview is pleased to announce that our CEO and President, Joseph Stamm, is one of this year’s honorees at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Second Annual 9/11 Commemoration Honoring Heroes for Tolerance to be held at Yankee Stadium on August 27, 2017. The ceremony takes place at 11:45am in Luxury Suite #2, followed by the Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays game at 1:05pm.

 

SWC Director Michael Cohen explains the decision behind the award:

 

“Over your storied career,” he wrote in a letter to Mr. Stamm, “you have truly exemplified what it means to follow in the steps of Simon Wiesenthal and the mission of the center which bears his name. From the boardrooms of the health care industry, to the halls of government, to the issues facing your local community, you have consistently proved to be a fighter for fairness and justice for all, regardless of the consequences, and that is the definition of a hero of tolerance.”

    

Why Yankee Stadium?

 

“The Yankees are one of the institutions that help make New York what it is and one of the institutions that helped in the healing process following the September 11 attacks on this great city. It is therefore appropriate that the event ‘Heroes for Tolerance’ be held at Yankee Stadium on the day that we remember the innocent victims of terrorism and the citizens of this country who strive every day to make America a great place,” says Mr. Cohen.

 

We hope you will show your support for this venerable organization and its honorees who stand for tolerance and diversity in this region and around the world.

 

For information on purchasing tickets for the event and game, see invitation or for any questions contact the Simon Wiesenthal Center at 212-697-1293. Or www.wiesenthal.com/heroesfortolerance

 

 

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We look forward to seeing you there.

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(Tuesday, July 6, 2017) Top of the Line: Sergey Podkopaev & Curtilla Noel Named ‘Employees of the Month’

In July, NYCHSRO/MedReview’s top brass named the company’s first two “Employees of the Month” from a pool of nominees picked by their colleagues. The April and May award winners were Systems Help Desk Analyst and Administrator Sergey Podkopaev and Data Analyst Curtilla Noel, both long-time staff in the MIS department. At a boardroom breakfast attended by all personnel, CEO/President Joe Stamm presented each honoree with a financial incentive award and unveiled the plaque engraved with the winners’ names to be displayed just outside the executive suite.

Sergey Podkopaev was awarded for his key role in configuring, implementing, supporting and troubleshooting our technology systems from onsite hardware through remote users. Valued by colleagues for his willingness to go out of his way, Sergey always comes to the rescue with a smile and the calm demeanor of a professional who knows how to solve the problem, whatever it is. He has degrees in engineering from the Ukraine and in computer science from NY’s Globe Institute of Technology.

Curtilla Noel, who is a data analyst in quality assurance and precertification, was recognized by all as a very hard worker who is the first to volunteer whenever anyone needs assistance. A native of Belize, where she studied business, Curtilla came to the US in 2008 and joined NYCHSRO/MedReview in 2011.  “I have grown and learned a lot since I came here. I couldn’t do it without the support of the MIS team,” she says.

 

  

(Tuesday, June 27, 2017) Celebrating Jewish Heritage Month at the ‘Center Of The Universe’.

On June 27th on the lawns of Gracie Mansion, Mayor Bill De Blasio celebrated Jewish Heritage Month

First Lady Chirlane McCray, who co-hosted the outdoor barbeque, spoke about her own appreciation of the contributions of the Jewish people.  “Among the many expressions I learned during my years working at Maimonides Medical Center, tikkun olam—heal the world—is my favorite,” she said. “Making the world a better place for all those who suffer from mental illness and for their families—that’s my mission!” she added, referring to a personal cause inspired by their daughter’s hard-won battle with depression and addiction.

 

Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray host a reception in celebration of Jewish Heritage. Rabbi Joseph Potasnik is the honoree. Gracie Mansion. Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.

 

 

  

He ended the event by proclaiming the date as Rabbi Joseph Potasnik Day, in honor of the Rabbi’s leadership of Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn, his work as FDNY chaplain, and his 35 years as co-host of “Religion on the Line” on WABC radio.

 

Along with CEO/President Joseph Stamm and Maurice Bortz from NYCHSRO/MedReview and numerous Chiefs of Staff from the Mayor’s office, attendees included City Council members David Greenfield and Chiam Deutsch; State Assembly members Dov Hikind and David Weprin; and Consul General of Israel Dani Dayan, among other dignitaries.

(Monday, June 9, 2017) NYCHSRO/MedReview’s Chief & New York’s Archbishop Talk “Savings” At NYBR Humanitarian Awards Dinner

The New York Board of Rabbis Humanitarian Awards Dinner honoring Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York

 

The NYBR is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the Jewish faith and the well-being of all religious communities.

On June 19 at the Pierre Hotel, CEO and President Joseph Stamm attended the annual Humanitarian Awards dinner of the New York Board of Rabbis. Held this year in cooperation with the Mariano Rivera Foundation, the event recognized three New Yorkers for their altruism, among them His Eminence Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan. While Mr. Stamm had the pleasure to meet two fellow dinner-goers, former New York State Governor David Paterson and Major League baseball great Darryl Strawberry, his personal conversation with Cardinal Dolan was the evening’s highlight.

 

In that encounter, Mr. Stamm spoke about NYCHSRO/MedReview’s work to benefit the New York State Catholic Health Plan, which provides health insurance coverage to New Yorkers of every age under the banner of Fidelis Care New York. His Eminence and Mr. Stamm agreed that they should meet again to discuss MedReview’s services and explore further opportunities to improve care and reduce costs in the New York diocese.

 

The NYBR fosters interfaith understanding and presents its annual award in recognition of individuals dedicated to good works in their personal or professional lives.  The Cardinal’s fellow recipients were Vincent F. Pitta and Robert S. Tucker.

 

(June 9, 2017) MedReview’s Top Three Meet Old Friends & New Clients at AHIP Expo

MedReview’s top executives, Joseph Stamm and Helen Mutchler, were among the first-timers in a crowd of 700 organizations attending the Institute and Expo of America’s Health Insurance Plans in Austin, TX, in June. SVP of Operations and Client Development, Spencer Young, also attended the three-day event, but unlike his cohorts, he was not a newcomer to the scene. A former executive at United Healthcare and Health Data Insights, Mr. Young cited the positive differences in his experience this year versus years past.

  

“AHIP’s 1300 member companies provide health insurance coverage to 200 million people across the Americas and its conventions bring together vendors and customers with the goal of improving consumer services and care,” Young explains. “However, the June Expo is the premiere event of AHIP’s three annual conventions and attracts the industry’s top-tier executives. We went as a vendor, but it was a good opportunity to network with everyone, which we did,” Young explained.

 

The results of that networking were multifold.

“People’s reactions to our booth ranged from intrigued to very interested. For example, a Brazilian healthcare plan was looking to model its system after the US. They were seeking cost-containment methods but were unaware that services like ours existed. After picking our brains, their interest was piqued—and we are continuing the conversation.

 

“We also met with other vendors to see where we might have synergy and find possible partnerships.

 

MedReview is different. We take the review process a step beyond coding audits to scrutinizing the diagnoses and treatment itself. Our company is exceptional in its use of physicians to make adverse decisions on cases under review.”

Mr. Young noted a final difference between this expo and others he has attended throughout his career. “Giveaways are the favorite perk of convention goers, and since it was June in Texas, MedReview sponsored free bottles of cold Perrier and napkins with our logo. But this year, the attendees seemed far less interested in the tchotchkes than in learning about what we do and the services we provide.”

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(Wednesday, May 24, 2017) Joe Stamm Co-Chairs Jewish American Heritage Event at Congressional Gathering in DC

In the nation’s capital on May 24, 2017, members of the House and Senate celebrated Jewish American Heritage Month. What began in 1980 as a week dedicated to American Jewry became, at the request of Congress in 2006, a full month of events highlighting Jewish contributions in the arts, science, medicine, sports, business, government and military service. This year’s gathering held at the Senate Russell Office Building was co-chaired by Joseph Stamm, NYCHSRO/MedReview’s top officer, and was attended by Senators Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown, Richard Blumenthal, Ben Cardin, James Lankford, Jeff Merkley, Gary Peters and Brian Schatz; and Representatives John Faso, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Brad Schneider, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was a driving force behind the event.

 

The honorees were Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews; Esther Kenigsberg, founder of SPARKS, which serves women and families affected by health issues related to premenstrual and postpartum disorders; and Dr. Shani Verschleiser, of magenu.org, a child safety and sexual abuse expert, creator of the “Be a Star” curriculum—and, as Mr. Stamm told the crowd, someone he has known since she was five years old.

 

As Co-Chair, Mr. Stamm also had the honor of introducing keynote speaker, Montana Senator Steve Daines. Calling him “outspoken” in his support of Israel and the Jewish community as a whole, Mr. Stamm praised the Senator who not only cosponsored two bills penalizing the UN financially for the passage of Resolution 2443, but also has asserted publically that instead of “finding fault in Israel,” he believes the “solutions lie with Israel.”

 

“He has consistently showed support for maintaining close ties with Israel, the only true democracy in the Middle East,” Mr. Stamm stated.

 

In his own remarks, Senator Daines reminded the gathering of the importance of remaining vigilant to discrimination in any form and spoke about acts of anti-Semitism in his home state during a past Hanukah and the spontaneous show of unity with the Jewish people by citizens of all faiths in response to this hate.

Ezra Friedlander, Abe Eisner, Greg Rosenbaum and Stanley Treitel co-chaired the event with Mr. Stamm.

(Friday, May 12, 2017) Putting the ‘FUN’ in Fundraiser at the HRMCF Chinese Auction

After hours on May 12, NYCHSRO/MedReview hosted its ninth annual fundraiser for the HRM Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization spearheaded by EVP Helen Mutchler to provide housing and education to impoverished youth in rural Philippines.

In addition to a spread of food and drinks, the event featured the yearly Chinese Auction with its own spread of 50 prizes ranging from household gadgets to decorative platters and crystal bowls. The grand prize of four seats at a Yankee game was the big ticket item–$10 per bid versus $2 and $4 for the other items displayed. The crowd included executives and staff as well as company vendors, one of whom was this year’s grand prize winner. The evening’s deejay was Shamark Black, receptionist Trish Black’s son.

 

To date, nine children have graduated from college and two more will finish next year thanks to HMRCF. On average, the organization supports up to 35 children a year in public school and university, providing housing, uniforms, supplies and internet access, as well as college tuition. Without such assistance, 2 out of 3 Cebu school children drop out and work to help their families survive.

“In the Philippines, public school is free but there are no freebies for universities. In addition, college entrance requires an 85 grade average. That’s not a problem for our students who meet that cut-off to be eligible for our program,” says EVP Mutchler. “In fact, our children must maintain a 90 average, or a few points less, depending upon their family circumstances.”

 

This year, the auction raised 12.5 percent of HRMCH’s $40,000 yearly budget, while the largest portion of funds is collected through an annual appeal letter. The remaining monies come via the daily dollar purchases by NYCSRHO/MedReview employees of coffee and snacks provided in house for the dual benefit of HRMCF and the staff themselves, who can enjoy the discounted refreshments any time and pay on the honor system. One-hundred percent of these monies go directly to the foundation.