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Katy Ashe’s Noora Health tackles a real problem in the United States and in other countries. The 30-day readmission rates for healthcare facilities particularly hospitals are at 20 to 30 percent, a staggering number considering that Medicare spends approximately $17 billion per year on patients’ return visits. These readmissions are preventable with appropriate education and training on the part of patients and their families.

Noora Health is a program designed to improve the health outcomes for patients with families living on less than 1 to 4 dollars per day. It supplies iPads, which will be placed on patients’ bedside tables, containing information necessary for successful recovery after a major medical event (e.g., surgery) and for effective management of chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes). It works by allowing patients to enter basin information about their condition, which will be followed by an interactive education program.

Ashe has Noora Health in 16 hospitals across India. With the program, she has become instrumental in training 13,000 family members of approximately 8,000 patients about their conditions and, thus, in saving lives and money.


Born in Pescara in 1941, Stefano Pessina is the present-day Executive Chairman of Alliance Boots. He has a degree in nuclear physics from the Polytechnic University of Milan but, like all good Italian sons, he went into the family business – a pharmaceutical wholesaler.

He soon turned the family business into an international pharmaceutical group, the Alliance Santé, which merged with Alliance UniChem in 1997. He joined the company as a board director but he soon became the Chief Executive from 2001 to 2004. He also served as Executive Deputy Chairman and Executive Chairman for the company.

Since August 2012, he has served on the Board of Directors of Walgreen’s and on the Consumer Goods Forum. He is the largest shareholder of Walgreen’s as well.

In 2006, he merged Alliance UniChem Group with the Boots Group, thus, forming Alliance Boots. In 2007, the company went private and Pessina is riding the wave of its success to this day.

Pessina has been awarded international recognition for his notable contributions to the international pharmaceutical industry. His awards include the Grande ufficiale dell’Ordine della stella d’Italia and honorary degrees from several universities.

The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Inc., established three decades ago by Dr. Gregory Jantz, serves individuals and families in the Seattle area and beyond. Dr. Jantz, who also calls his organization “A Place of Hope,” believes that people are able to effect positive changes in their lives, given the right kind of support and ongoing education. In addition to his work with The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, the mental health professional is the author of more than two dozen books and the host of the radio program Overcoming, featured Mondays and Fridays on Seattle station KCIS.

At the Center, clients coping with a variety of traumatic life events and addictive and destructive behaviors learn to find their way to a better future. The individualized care provided at The Center for Counseling and Health Resources focuses on assisting patients in overcoming drug and alcohol dependency, addictions to gambling and sex, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, abuse, and other life-inhibiting issues. Dr. Jantz and his team focus on treating the whole person, seeing each client as an individual on the path to full recovery.

The Center for Counseling and Health Resources additionally offers programs for healing unhealthy relationship patterns, including those between parents and children, spouses, siblings, and other family members. The organization’s one-week to one-month Relationship Restoration Programs can help in reintegrating families as well as in cases in which divorce is the best option. Each Relationship Restoration Program assessment includes full-scale psychological testing, as well as a physical health diagnosis.

Programs focusing on spiritual renewal and stress reduction also attempt to deal with some of the more difficult circumstances prevalent in today’s world. Rather than providing a traditional retreat-like framework, caring professional staff members offer a chance to pursue an intensive and productive focus on physical and emotional recharging and recommitment to personal spiritual values.

Dr. Gregory Jantz, widely featured as an expert interviewee in print and broadcast media, has appeared on CNN Headline News, The Dr. Phil Show, National Public Radio, and numerous other outlets.