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Art enthusiast Dr. Courtney Leddell loves visiting art museums, especially those with impressionism exhibits featuring the works of Claude Monet and Tab Benoir, as well as more modern artists like Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. Professionally Dr. Courtney Leddell serves as vice president of Consulting Anesthesiology in Normal, Illinois.

Since the beginning of time, humans have been creating art, and over the years, the best has been collected in museums all around the world. Below is a list of some of the most famous art museums:

1. The Louvre: The crème de la crème of art museums, the Louvre in Paris includes some of the most renowned artwork in the world, including the Mona Lisa.

2. Vatican Museum: This collection runs nine stunning miles and includes some of the best of the Italian Renaissance, including works by Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, as well as Michelangelo’s famed Sistine Chapel ceiling.

3. Metropolitan Museum of Art: New York City’s premier art museum sits on the edge of Central Park in a building that is a work of art in itself. The collection includes more than two million pieces, offering something for art lovers with a variety of preferences.

A Discussion of Golden Horseshoe Security Enterprise, by Courtney Leddell, MD

Based out of Springfield, Illinois, Golden Horseshoe Security Enterprise concerns itself with dangers in the workplace. Applying theories behind combating terrorist attacks, this group develops Violence in the Workplace Security Protection Programs that teach users how not to lose against domestic terrorism. Also responsible for anti-drug abuse initiatives, Golden Horseshoe Security Enterprise customizes its programs for insurance companies, high schools and colleges, civic groups, police departments, and banks.

Companies that hire Golden Horseshoe Security Enterprise learn about common risk factors and ways to handle them. Individuals in management positions garner an education from the company in identifying warning signs and gang threats and creating preparedness drills. Moreover, they receive guidance in organizing a chain of command in cases of violent incidents. To apply for a lifetime membership with Golden Horseshoe Security Enterprise, visit www.ghsse.com.

About the Author:

A graduate of University of Illinois College of Medicine, Courtney Leddell, MD, performs as Vice President of Consulting Anesthesiology and as Chairman of The Glockner Group, LLC. Also an entrepreneur, Dr. Leddell co-founded Golden Horseshoe Security Enterprise.

Dr. Courtney Leddell on The Baby Fold

With four locations in Normal, Illinois, The Baby Fold dedicates itself to helping children find families. Founded in 1902 as the Mason Deaconess Home for the Aged, The Baby Fold aids between 1 and 3 thousand families annually. Moreover, it has earned recognition as the sole downstate Illinois adoption agency to hold accreditation from the Hague Council on Accreditation for International Adoption.

Although adoption services remain a key feature of The Baby Fold, the group runs a number of other programs. Understanding the unique requirements of special education, it conducts classes at local schools and provides vocational training and outreach. Those interested in performing as a foster parent can apply through this entity. Its Residential Treatment Center offers live-in mental health services to individuals between the ages of 3 and 13. Moreover, initiatives such as Project Choices educate pregnant and parenting youths on caring for their children.

About the Author:

The former Vice Chair of the Department of Anesthesia at Advocate Bromenn Hospital, Dr. Courtney Leddell currently holds positions at Golden Horseshoe Security Enterprise, The Glockner Group, LLC, and Consulting Anesthesiology. In philanthropic matters, Dr. Leddell donates to The Baby Fold.

Why to Donate to The Baby Fold

By Courtney Leddell

A not-for-profit organization, The Baby Fold was established in 1902 in Normal, Illinois, and it serves from 1,000 to 3,000 children and families each year. Dedicated to improving lives, it endeavors to build healthy, loving, and safe environments by offering a range of services, including adoption services, residential care, foster care, and special education. By making a contribution, donors help to fund these and other important services.

To donate to The Baby Fold, visit www.thebabyfold.org and follow the link that says “How Can I Help Children?” A list of the organization’s current needs will be displayed. For example, each school year The Baby Fold aims to provide its residents and children with basic school supplies, a small amount of new clothes, and a new backpack. Donations can be made online using a credit card or PayPal.

About the Author: A board-certified NeuroAnesthesiologist, Courtney Leddell holds the position of Vice President with Consulting Anesthesiology in Normal, Illinois. Mr. Leddell donates to a variety of charities, including The Baby Fold.

The Baby Fold Dedicates Itself to Improving Lives of Disabled Children, by Courtney Leddell

The Baby Fold, an organization dedicated to helping children, evolved from a home whose mission was housing “deaconesses,” a term that referred to women who performed missionary work as nurses, educators, social workers, evangelists, and administrators.

In 1961, The Baby Fold began a residential program for children with mental disabilities, and in 1966, it began accepting children with emotional disabilities, as well. However, recognizing that being brought up by a family rather than an institution would be better for the children, The Baby Fold began an adoption and foster-care program early in its history.

In addition, special-education services were developed to serve children with disabilities who were residing at The Baby Fold, as well as those who had been adopted by families. These services were first offered in 1971 at the Child Development Center, which was later renamed Hammitt School in 1983 following an expansion. In 2002, Hammitt High School was opened to serve older students with behavioral disabilities and equip them for adult living.

Courtney Leddell, medically trained and Board-Certified in neuroanesthesiology, co-founded two companies. These companies include Golden Horseshoe Security Enterprise and the Glockner Group, LLC. He currently serves as the Vice President of Consulting Anesthesiology, LLC. Courtney Leddell donates to and supports several causes and organizations, including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Society and two organizations that are dedicated to helping orphans, Catholic Charities and The Baby Fold.

Dr. Courtney Leddell Discusses the History of Anesthesia

The need to reduce pain during surgery had been known since ancient times, and early doctors used soporifics and narcotics in an attempt to ease their patients’ discomfort. However, it took until the mid-19th century for a more reliable and scientific method of anesthesia to be introduced.

During the 1840s, several people laid claim as the first to perform surgery without pain. Initially, Dr. William Morton received popular attention. A Massachusetts dentist, Dr. Morton utilized ether to painlessly remove a tumor from a patient in 1846. Shortly after he made news for his discovery, other doctors professed that they applied similar methods earlier. Dr. Crawford Long alleged that he used ether in operations since 1841 and had inspired Dr. Morton. Dr. Charles Jackson also claimed to influence Dr. Morton and, with the support of Oliver Wendell Holmes, appealed to Congress to receive credit as the drug’s creator. Additionally, the American Medical Association and the American Dental Association endorsed Dr. Horace Wells, who pulled teeth with nitrous oxide in 1845. Also during this period, Dr. James Simpson experimented with the less-safe chloroform to put patients under. Despite the debate, no single name is identified as the father of modern day anesthetics.

About the Author:

The Vice President at Consulting Anesthesiologists in Normal, Illinois, Dr. Courtney Leddell monitors the use of Propofol on patients. A board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Leddell completed an anesthesia residency at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.

A Brief Biography of Andy Warhol, by Courtney Leddell, MD

One of the 20th century’s most important artists, Andy Warhol was born in 1928. Raised in Pennsylvania, Warhol moved to New York City in 1949 to begin his career as a commercial artist. During the 1950s, he earned awards for the whimsical drawings he did for Glamour magazine.

Throughout the decade, Warhol moved onto painting. In 1961, he changed the landscape by introducing pop art, which featured recreations of pop culture and Americana, such as through representations of Campbell’s soup cans, Coca-Cola bottles, and celebrities. Receiving instant acclaim, Warhol opened The Factory, and this former warehouse became one of New York City’s most famous landmarks for artists and socialites.

Over time, Andy Warhol expanded into other platforms such as film, books, sculpture, photography, and television. He died on February 23, 1987, due to a heart attack following gallbladder surgery.

About the Author:

An entrepreneur who founded Golden Horseshoe Security Enterprise and Glockner Group LLC, Courtney Leddell, MD, also is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and currently acts as Vice President at Consulting Anesthesiology. During his spare time, Dr. Leddell enjoys looking at the art of Andy Warhol.