May 14, 2015 |
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will run Lancaster General Hospital's 19-bed pediatric unit and provide pediatric support in the emergency department starting July 1, Lancaster General and CHOP said Tuesday. CHOP's deal to provide inpatient serivces will replace a deal with the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital that expires July 1. CHOP cardiologists will also provide services to inpatients and outpatients at Lancaster General.
December 8, 2014 |
As the morning paper stated, the Grateful Dead were about to perform an eagerly awaited concert that night. For some Grateful Dead aficionados, a little LSD is often taken before the concert. So the local physicians were all prepared for an onslaught of concertgoers high on LSD. The local poison control center reported the facts to the local media that LSD is a common drug, readily obtained, and it produces agitation, confusion, bizarre movements, hallucinations, and sometimes violence.
August 1, 2014 |
Last week's shooting at an outpatient office on the campus of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital was a reminder that the healing professions can be surprisingly dangerous. Organized nurses and emergency doctors have complained for years about violence at work that is common and frightening but that won't grab headlines like the case in which a patient opened fire, killing a caseworker before he was stopped by a psychiatrist who had his own gun and returned fire. "People get frustrated because everybody pays attention to this particular incident, but don't realize that . . . nurses and other health-care providers are victims of violence every day," said Deena Brecher, president of the Emergency Nurses Association.
January 18, 2014 |
A lot has changed since 1971, when David K. Wagner - trained as a pediatric surgeon and earning $12,000 a year on faculty plus $5.63 an hour moonlighting in the emergency room - started the nation's second training program in emergency medicine at the old Medical College of Pennsylvania. You no longer need to ring a bell for service. Or ride a hearse to the ER, as was common in rural areas. But overcrowding in what are now more professionalized emergency departments is again rampant - and growing - and health care is changing so rapidly that policies can't keep up. Emergency care in Pennsylvania is "in a near-continuous state of crisis," said Charles Barbera, an emergency doctor in Reading and president of the state chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
June 5, 2013 |
When Patty DiRenzo read about the heroin overdose cases in Camden that made headlines over the weekend, she thought, "Oh, no. " Summer is here, and overdose cases in hospital emergency rooms tend to increase, according to statistics kept by the state Department of Health. DiRenzo, whose son, Sal Marchese, died of a heroin overdose in a parked car in North Camden in 2010, has since been on a quest to save those in similar situations. DiRenzo, of Blackwood, was a big advocate of the Good Samaritan Emergency Response legislation, which Gov. Christie signed into law on May 2. The law, which went into effect immediately, gives immunity to drug users who call 911 for help when someone has overdosed or needs immediate medical attention.
April 30, 2013
St. Mary Medical Center, in Langhorne, said it will build a $20.5 million, 50-bed acute rehabilitation hospital in partnership with Centerre Healthcare Corp., of Nashville, Tenn. The new rehabilitation facility will go up on the site of the former Neshaminy Middle School across the street from St. Mary's main campus. When the new facility is completed next spring, St. Mary will convert its existing 31 bed rehabilitation unit into one with private rooms for patients in the main hospital, St. Mary said.
January 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK - From the Rocky Mountains to New England, hospitals are swamped with people with flu symptoms. Some medical centers are turning away visitors or making them wear face masks, and one Allentown, Pa., hospital set up a tent outside its emergency room to deal with the feverish patients. Flu season in the United States has struck early and, in many places, hard. While flu normally doesn't blanket the country until late January or February, it is already widespread in 40 states, with about 30 reporting some major hot spots.
December 31, 2012
Male pedestrians at risk More than twice as many men as women die in pedestrian-vehicle accidents. Now researchers have partly determined why. Writing online last month in the journal Injury Prevention, investigators considered the contribution of three factors: distance walked, number of accidents, and fatalities per accident. Researchers using data from a variety of sources found that men and women walk similar distances and that men are involved in slightly more accidents per mile.
November 21, 2012 |
The decision by federal and state regulators to oppose Reading Health System's proposed $43 million purchase of the physician-owned Surgical Institute of Reading suggests that a provision of the Affordable Care Act could keep health expenditures higher than they need to be. The Federal Trade Commission and the Pennsylvania attorney general announced Friday that they would sue to block the deal. Reading Health System said Monday that the deal had been terminated to avoid an expensive court fight.
September 27, 2012 |
Einstein Healthcare Network's new hospital in Montgomery County has all the bells and whistles one would expect in a new medical center: Wall-to-wall windows, separate WiFi networks for staff and visitors, and all private rooms. But among the most carefully thought-out areas of the facility, opening Saturday and called Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, is a set of eight rooms next to the emergency department. That's where Einstein will treat patients who do not qualify for inpatient admission according to insurers, including Medicare, but who need to be observed for up to 48 hours.