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TCR's Summer(land) Holiday Giveaway PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Casey Prince   
Friday, 16 November 2012 09:23

TCR's Summer(land) Holiday Giveaway Begins Today!

Consider it an early holiday present from TCR to YOU.

Simply buy tickets to any opening weekend performance of Meet Me in St. Louis
(opens next Friday 11/23) and we'll give you an equal number of opening weekend tickets to the exciting new play The Summerland Project (opens in January) for FREE. 
Give them as gifts, or keep them for yourself, it really is that easy!

See the Fine (arts) Print at the bottom for more detail!

A Note from Meet Me in St. Louis Director, Casey Prince

During a time of year chock full of a sense of love and caring, it is appropriate that we are doing a show like Meet Me in St. Louis.  We are reminded of those simple things like family, love and devotion.  We are thankful for our home and those around us.  We take the time to ensure that they know how important they are to us.  We hope to say it with more than just a wrapped present, although sometimes we don't know a better way to say it.

No matter your faith, your story, your place, I believe we can all agree that there is a magic to this time of year.  For those that know this show, you'll know what I mean when I say that even something as simple as a trolley ride or anticipating the spring fair or realizing that your family isn't going to move is, well, magical.  I wholeheartedly believe that Meet Me in St. Louis will be a magical experience for all those that share in it.

On with the Show!


Give the Gift of Broadway this Holiday Season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adler Theatre   
Monday, 12 November 2012 14:59
Get Your Tickets Before the General Public

Give the gift of live entertainment this holiday season!
Get your tickets before the general public to the following Broadway blockbusters: A Chorus Line (Jan. 22), West Side Story (Feb. 18), Elvis Lives! (Mar. 22) and Rock of Ages (Apr. 24).  Click on "Find Tickets" below to purchase tickets in advance beginning on Monday, November 12 at 10:00 a.m. until Thursday, November 15 at 11:59 p.m.  Use the venue special offer code: ADLERTHEATRE 
A Chorus Line is the musical for everyone who's ever had a dream and put it all on the line.
West Side Story is the greatest love story of all time and remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever.
Elvis Lives! is an unforgettable multi-media and live musical journey across Elvis' life.
Rock of Ages, featuring the greatest songs of the '80s, is an awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on.

Fully Committed opens Nov. 29 on The Old Creamery Theatre’s Studio Stage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Monday, 12 November 2012 13:48
Amana – Join The Old Creamery Theatre for a perfect holiday comedy this season. Fully Committed follows a day in the life of Sam, an out-of-work actor who mans the reservation line at an upscale Manhattan restaurant. Desperate callers will do or say anything to secure a table during the holiday rush while Sam tries to remain sane keeping track of it all, and at the same time find a way home for Christmas.

Fully Committed by Becky Mode, features a cast of 40 wildly diverse characters all played by Lisa Margolin of Iowa City. The show opens Thursday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. on the Studio Stage in Middle Amana and runs through Dec. 16.

Directed by Tom Milligan of West Amana, Full Committed is rated Theatre R for adult language. Tickets are $27 for adults and $17.50 for students. Show times are Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome if seats are available. Reservations are recommended. Call the box office at 800-35-AMANA (352-6262) or visit us online at Student rush tickets are $12. No reservations accepted for rush tickets. Come to the box office no earlier than 30 minutes before a performance for this special rate. A student ID is required.

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company has been bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest for 41 years.

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Written by Chris Berge   
Monday, 12 November 2012 09:22

Burnout, Plaguing Physicians, New Study Shows PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 12 November 2012 09:20
Noted Doctor Warns of Threat to Patients; Offers Tips

More than 45 percent of physicians are experiencing at least one symptom of burnout, according to the first national study on the topic, and that concerns noted physician and professor of medicine emeritus Dr. Paul Griner, (, author of “The Power of Patient Stories: Learning Moments in Medicine.” 

“Burnout can lead to misdiagnoses,” Griner says. “As I emphasize in my book, it’s vital to spend time talking to and listening to patients – thorough patient histories and observation and a good physical exam are often the difference between an accurate diagnosis and a wasted battery of unnecessary diagnostic tests.”

Burnout can be characterized by, detachment, diminishing empathy and emotional exhaustion – all of which can impede a physician’s ability to thoroughly and accurately assess patients, Griner says.

The Archives of Internal Medicine study, published in August, surveyed 7,288 physicians, and assessed them using the Maslach Burnout Inventory. Nearly half, 46 percent, reported at least one symptom of burnout. Specialties that were most at-risk were family medicine, general internal medicine and emergency medicine -- those that benefit most from taking time to listen to patients because they are often the first point of patient contact, Griner says.

He notes that strategies to address this problem must recognize that burnout begins early in one’s medical career, during medical school and throughout residency training.

With 59 years in medicine, as a practicing hematologist and internist, professor of medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School, Griner offers these suggestions for overwhelmed physicians:

• First, take care of yourself. It sounds simple, but it’s something doctors repeat so often to patients, they’ve often ceased hearing the words: Eat well, get adequate rest and exercise regularly. Taking care of yourself physically is fundamental for coping with stress and the negative emotions, such as frustration and anger, that can come with working in any field.

• Take time to nurture relationships. Having meaningful relationships with colleagues and co-workers can make your work more gratifying. Take some time – even a few minutes a day – to get to know them. They can provide a sounding board, a sympathetic ear, or ideas for solving problems. And you can do the same for them. Devote more time (at meetings and lunch) to the rewarding aspects of medicine, sharing patient stories and humorous anecdotes, and less time on frustrations.

• Actively listen to your patients and pay attention to what’s going on in their lives. It will not only help you give them better care, you’ll find it makes your work more interesting and satisfying.

• Do what’s necessary to achieve a work-life balance. If you are not spending relaxed time with your loved ones, having some fun outside of work, or enjoying interpersonal relationships, you are at a greater risk for burnout. Just as taking care of yourself physically is vital, so is taking care of yourself emotionally. If necessary, identify a colleague who seems to have achieved this balance and spend some time with him or her.

• Participate actively in health reforms that will return a greater level of control to physicians and their patients. These include payment for value and greater patient participation in decision-making about care. Reorganizing primary care practices to allow more time for complex patients and recognition by insurers that excessive hassle is bad for patients and physician are also vital. These changes should lead to more satisfied patients and physicians and less burnout.

Preventing burnout needs to start early, Griner says. Teachers must give medical students and residents the tools to cope with and reduce the stresses that cause it.

“This is not the first survey that’s found a heightened level of burnout among physicians. We know it’s a problem,” Griner says.

“Doctors need to be in tune with their patients, asking, listening and connecting the dots. They can’t do that effectively if they’re burned out.”

About Paul Griner, M.D.

Hematologist/internist Paul Griner has had a 59-year career in medicine. He is a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and was a consultant at the Massachusetts General Hospital, senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School, and consultant to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Cambridge, Mass. He has written or co-written 130 journal articles, book chapters, and books on clinical medicine, medical education, and health policy. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and was president of a number of national medical organizations, including the American College of Physicians.

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