CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Announces Planned Retirement of President & CEO Chet Burrell

Baltimore, Md., Sept. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) today announced that Chet Burrell will retire as President & CEO in mid-2018.  Burrell has held this role at the region’s largest health insurer since December 2007.


In announcing his plans to CareFirst employees, Burrell said, “A decade of service to the mission of CareFirst has, for me, passed quickly. No matter the demands, it was never ‘work’ to me, as I felt drawn forward by our organization’s purpose, by our mission, by our cause.”

Burrell joined CareFirst after a long and varied career which included chief executive and leadership roles at health care technology and consulting companies RealMed and Novalis (which he also founded), Blue Cross and Blue Shield organizations in New York, and several executive positions in New York state government. 

“Chet joined the company at a critical juncture for the organization and led a transformational makeover of the organization, our programs, and technology that has allowed us to dramatically improve how we serve our members and navigate a turbulent time in health care,” said Stephen L. Waechter, Chair of the Board of Directors of CareFirst, Inc. “At the same time, he brought a passionate, thoughtful approach to the role of fulfilling our company’s not-for-profit mission that has benefitted all of the communities we serve.  In searching for a successor, we will seek an executive with the skills and experience to both lead the organization, and help us meet our unique not-for-profit mission.”

CareFirst’s board of directors will launch a nationwide search for Burrell’s replacement. 

About CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
In its 79th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to 3.2 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. In 2016, CareFirst contributed nearly $44 million to improve overall health, and increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its market areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit our website at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram or Google+.


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Premier Diversified Holdings Inc. Announces Closing of Unit Purchase of MyCare MedTech Inc.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Premier Diversified Holdings Inc. (“Premier” or the “Company“) (CSE:PDH) announces that on September 21, 2017, it acquired 572,000 units (“Units“) of MyCare MedTech Inc. (“MMI“), a telemedicine company which uses communication technology to deliver virtual medical consultations with licensed healthcare providers for non-emergency conditions through its app GOeVisit. The purchase price of the Units was $0.35 per Unit, for total consideration of $200,000 in cash.

Each Unit is comprised of one Class A Common share (“MMI Share“) and one half of a share purchase warrant (“MMI Warrant“) of MMI. Each whole MMI Warrant will be exercisable to purchase an additional MMI Share at $0.50 until December 31, 2018. Premier holds a total of 4,572,000 MMI Shares, approximately 30.50% (undiluted) of the issued and outstanding MMI Shares. Sanjeev Parsad, Premier President and CEO, sits on the board of directors of MMI.

MMI is a private company incorporated under the laws of Alberta and is a Canadian telemedicine company which provides virtual medical consultations with licensed healthcare providers through computers, tablets and mobile devices. The GOeVisit medical team can provide diagnosis, alternate remedies and/or prescriptions for over 30 non-emergency conditions and uncomplicated medical concerns such as a sore throat, stomach virus, upper respiratory infection (e.g. bronchitis), strain or sprain, sinus infection, urinary tract infection, rash, allergy, headache, pink eye, burn or laceration. GOeVisit is available 24/7 and its certified healthcare professionals include licenses nurse practitioners and doctors. More information is available at:

Further Information

Further information regarding Premier may be found on Premier’s website at and filed on SEDAR at

Premier Diversified Holdings Inc. participates in diversified industries and company management through its acquisitions of assets and/or securities of public and private entities which it believes have potential for significant returns. It may act as a holding company (either directly or through a subsidiary) and may participate in management of its subsidiaries to varying degrees. Its current holdings include interests in medical diagnostic clinics located in Canada and China, in a reinsurance business located in Bermuda, in a Canadian craft beer brewery and in a Vancouver real estate development partnership.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

“Sanjeev Parsad”

Sanjeev Parsad
President, CEO and Director

The Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) has not reviewed the adequacy or the accuracy of the contents of this document.  Company information can be viewed here:  Further information regarding the Company can be found on SEDAR at 

Legal Notice Regarding Forward Looking Statements: This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements are indicated expectations or intentions. Forward-looking statements in this news release include the telemedicine company will operate its business as described and that the telemedicine company will generate income. Factors that could cause actual results to be materially different include but are not limited to the following: that the telemedicine company will operate its business differently than described. Investors are cautioned against placing undue reliance on forward-looking statements. It is not our policy to update forward looking statements.

For further information, contact:
Sanjeev Parsad, President and CEO

Phone: (604) 678.9115
Cell: (604) 612.3965
Fax: (604) 678.9279

Sack Lunch Productions announces The Lantern Festival® Salt Lake City rescheduled.

Salt Lake City, Sept. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

Sack Lunch Productions announces The Lantern Festival® Salt Lake City: Event Rescheduled for September 30th. 


Salt Lake City, UT — The Lantern Fest has been working with local officials to put on a safe and magical event. Unfortunately, due to severe weather concerns, the event will be rescheduled for next Saturday, September 30th. Participant tickets have already been transferred to the new date, where the weather is looking close to 75 degrees, sunny, with low winds. We look forward to next weekend’s optimal weather and look forward to sharing this experience together on the 30th. Please refer to image attached for the weather update.

Why We Light: The Lantern Fest

Historically, Chinese Lanterns have symbolized good fortune, requested favorable weather, and celebrated the lives of loved ones. In 2014, The Lantern Fest translated this ancient tradition into a family-friendly festival with food, live music, s’mores, and children’s entertainment. When the sun goes down, lanterns paint the sky in a spectacular release. The Lantern Fest is growing rapidly and now holds events all over the country. It is an event that truly strengthens bonds and reminds us of the awe we all share when we let go and live in the moment.  A feel-good moment that lasts the whole season, Lantern Fest is a meeting of humanity, love, and visually striking memories saved forever.

The Lantern Fest announces 2017 schedule:

FALL 2017 – Communities will gather all over the nation in a celebration of life, light, hopes, and dreams as The Lantern Fest launches into 2017. Lanterns will continue to sail in various cities, including Salt Lake City, Providence, Spokane, and much more. The website stays updated with new locations weekly as event organizers continue to bring Lantern Fest across the country.

When gates open at  PM, families, and friends can settle in, roast marshmallows for s’mores, explore local vendors, and enjoy face painting, balloon artists, and inflatables. As the evening continues, the stage is filled with live entertainment, a children’s show, and competitions until sundown, when the lanterns light the night sky.

LANTERN SOCIAL: Our Lantern Narrative

Revelers are found uploading their favorite lantern moments as stories from all walks of life unite under a lantern-lit skyline. A truly breathtaking and moving view of humanity in unison, we illustrate the appeal of Lantern Fest with our growing Instagram community and brand. Lantern Fest seeks to uplift, unite, and spread positivity long after our events with daily mantras, top blogger features, and stunning photography captured from across the nation.

We are also perfecting our s’more recipes – a job we take very seriously!

Lantern Fest passes for our 2017 events are available for purchase online. Locations and ticketing information are available at

To get a sneak peek of what you can expect, watch our YouTube recap:

      The Lantern Festival Productions, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sack Lunch Productions Inc. (OTCMKT: SAKL). Sack Lunch Productions is a publicly traded company under the symbol SAKL.


Ameera Masud

Sack Lunch Productions


Contact:Ameera MasudSack Lunch Productionsameera@sacklunchproductions.com8017509577


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Jared Gold
Sack Lunch Productions