Business briefs for Saturday, Sept. 23 |

Business briefs for Saturday, Sept. 23

This weekend, hundreds of the nation’s most innovative health care professionals will begin arriving in Park City for a three-day summit beginning Monday, intended to address skyrocketing costs in the nation’s current health care delivery system.

The 5th Annual Information Therapy Conference, hosted by the Center for Information Therapy, will be held Monday, Sept. 25 to Wednesday, Sept. 27 at The Canyons. Tuesday at 2:45 p.m., Jeff Greene, CEO of Oklahoma-based MedEncentive, will discuss the findings of a breakthrough study that he says proves the effectiveness of the pay-for-performance model in reducing health care costs.

Park City Literary Council announcement

The Park City Literary Council announced that it has entered into a multi-year agreement under which the Prospector Square Lodge and Conference Center will host the majority of public events connected with the Park City Literary Festival. This year’s second annual festival will be celebrated from Sept. 25th to Oct. 1st.

The Lit Fest programs at Prospector Square will include readings, talks and panel discussions, featuring more than 35 published authors of both fiction and non-fiction books. Authors and festival-goers will be discussing books on a wide array of topics from the art of obituary writing to the physiology of faith, and much more.

National Ability Center receives grant

The Christopher Reeve Foundation announced today that the National Ability Center has been awarded a Quality of Life grant. The CRF awarded a total of $850,439 in Quality of Life grants to 139 nonprofit organizations around the world.

Awarded twice annually, this cycle of grants was the first since the March 6 passing of the program’s founder, Dana Reeve. Reeve conceived the Quality of Life Grants program in 1999 as a way for the CRF improve the lives of those living with paralysis. Since 1999, the CRF has awarded 1,073 grants totaling $8,503,576.

The National Ability Center will use the grant money to purchase an adaptive water ski that will provide people with spinal cord injuries the opportunity to try water skiing.

Funding is awarded twice annually in thirteen categories, including: accessibility, advocacy, arts, assistive technology, children, counseling, education, employment, health promotion, independent living, practical services, sports and recreation, and therapeutic riding.

For more information about the Quality of Life Program or the grant application process, please contact the Quality of Life department at (800) 225-0292 or visit our website at for a complete list of the Quality of Life grant recipients.

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