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St Pete Beach Today Cleo Robertson

St Pete Beach Today Cleo Robertson

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Meet Cleo Robertson founder and writer for St Pete Beach Today. St Pete Beach Today is an online publication that give readers everything they would want to know about St Pete Beach.
Meet Cleo Robertson founder and writer for St Pete Beach Today. St Pete Beach Today is an online publication that give readers everything they would want to know about St Pete Beach.

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On January 1, 1941 my mother, Sara Elizabeth Zahnizer Robertson, moved four childrenages 2 to 12 into a small cottage on 7th Avenue in Pass-a-Grille and said, “There, nowgrow up.”And I did. After graduating from Boca Ciega High School, I passed up four collegescholarships I had won and instead caught a Greyhound bus to Cleveland, Ohio to findmy fame and fortune. What I found out along the way was that I was good at typing, Icould think and type and I liked to figure things out.By 1973 I was working for a hospital consulting firm as a secretary. Because the principals didn’t want a lot of staff, they let me learn to do the statistical analyses for long-range plans for everything from a 1,500-bed community hospital to a 200-bed long-term care facility. I learned who reported to whom, what they needed to know for  planning and what worked and didn’t work in planning health care facilities.By 1980 I had bought my first personal computer with money from a Small BusinessAdministration (SBA) loan, an $8,000 Vector Graphics which was a real good machinein those days. I sat in a small room in the black district of Princeton, New Jersey where Iwas living after a divorce left me pretty broke, and learned how a computer thought. Dayafter day I watched the prompts and saw what patterns it worked in. That was mytraining. By 1981 I was training staff at the State of North Carolina’s PlanningDepartment and soon after that was hired to help design an Emergency Room patienttracking system for the New Jersey Hospital Association.In 1983 I decided to start my own business, CBR Associates (Cleo B. Robertson) and printed up a business card and letterhead. I sent letters introducing myself to all the people I had met through my years with the State of North Carolina. I was soondeveloping medical staff analyses for small hospitals to help them plan for their needs.That same year, through very wonderful circumstances (read Whim of Iron I wrote) I metDr. Jane Elchlepp, head of Duke University Medical Center’s Planning Department inDurham, North Carolina. She introduced me to Robert Winfree, Associate Chancellor of the Medical Center and together they hired me to run a $375K Fullerton Foundation grantto see how small personal computers could be of help to small hospitals in managingtheir patient data. In those days, the fact that I knew how one ran at all was valuable so noone cared that I had no degrees. The project was a great success with six software programs being developed for the small hospitals under my direction in the areas of nursestaffing, inventory control, emergency room, physician credentialing, and personnel. TheDuke Foundation provided personal computers to six hospitals as part of the project.Along the way I worked with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of  North Carolina in Chapel Hill on various projects.By 1985 these programs were running well and I decided to take one, the physiciancredentialing system, and develop it into a fully marketable product which Duke sold to

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