August 7, 2013 |
If you show up to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's emergency room but aren't in serious trouble, get ready to wait. New federal data show that the prestigious university hospital has the highest median ER wait times in the city at 81 minutes to see a doctor. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which publish the data from hospital submissions, say long waits can be a sign of understaffing or gridlock elsewhere in the hospital. And they can lead to lower quality care and more stressful stays for patients and families.
July 15, 2013 |
One in an occasional series on attempts to solve a medical mystery. Forty years ago, his wife mistakenly assumed his weekly fishing trips would taper off after the wedding. Then, perhaps after the children came. But throughout his career as a research chemist, through raising three children and supporting his wife's chemistry career, he'd kept up his passion for the hobby. So she had no doubt when he retired last year how he would be spending his days. She was at an out-of-town conference when she received his call.
July 9, 2013 |
GETTYSBURG - One of the enemies at the Gettysburg reenactment did not take sides. The weather - heat and humidity - affected reenactors and spectators alike. But there was help. In a reenactment site that resembles a small city, complete with security, traffic controllers, sanitation crews, and ticket sellers, there were three staffed medical aid stations and an impressive mobile emergency room. As of late Sunday, they had treated about 260, with 19 taken to area hospitals. One of them was evacuated by helicopter Saturday, Miller said.
July 5, 2013 |
The family of a North Philadelphia woman who died of misdiagnosed pneumonia has won a $2 million settlement in a lawsuit filed against Temple University Hospital, her lawyer said Wednesday. Mary Casiano, 25, went to the emergency room with pneumonia four years ago, but was diagnosed as having bronchitis and sent home with antibiotics, said the lawyer, Lawrence R. Cohan. Casiano, who was six months pregnant, returned to the hospital two days later with advanced pneumonia, he said.
May 12, 2013
The pain wall, veteran rowers call it. It hits every race if you're doing it right. It all looks pretty from the shore when an eight-oared shell gets in sync, but those rowers out there at the Dad Vail Regatta on Friday and Saturday are building lactic acid by the stroke, and eventually they lose the ability to clear it. They're at the pain wall, no way around it. "After that, you're just hanging on for dear life," said Temple men's coach Gavin...
April 12, 2013 |
IN THIS ERA of sky-high health-care costs and overbooked doctors, you don't need health insurance and you don't need an appointment at Temple ReadyCare on Roosevelt Boulevard, just south of Byberry Road. It's next door to Chickie's & Pete's, and it's just as walk-in friendly, which explains why more than 2,100 Northeast Philadelphia patients have walked into the nonemergency urgent-care facility since its New Year's Day opening. "We opened up just as flu season hit," said Dr. Steve Matta, who came from the Temple ReadyCare in Port Richmond to man the Northeast office.
April 10, 2013 |
Temple University Health System said it established an Institute for Population Health to put under one umbrella numerous existing efforts to move health care into the community. Among the programs being moved to the institute is the training of community health workers, who work to reduce readmissions and unnecessary visits to the emergency room, said Paula Stillman, Temple vice president of health care services and director of the institute. A second class of 30 community health workers is scheduled to start training in May. Another program is a Transition Center, which ensures that primary care physicians are notified when one of their patients comes to the ER or is admitted to the hospital, among other things, Stillman said.
March 15, 2013 |
IN THE documentary "The Waiting Room," a rookie physician gets advice on how to inform parents their teen son is dead of gunshot wounds: Tell them he didn't suffer while we were working on him, says the veteran. Don't tell them he's gone to "a better place. " Though, any place would seem to be better than the waiting room of this Oakland, Calif., clinic, ground zero for treating the uninsured and the sick. Standout moment: A man with kidney failure seeking dialysis has been bounced around so long he declares that he'd rather be dead than endure any more red tape, and we believe him. So does the treating physician, who watches, speechless, on the other side of any known protocol.
February 15, 2013 |
The Delaware County woman accused in the stabbing death of her husband, a former University of Pennsylvania basketball star, was being held in the medical section of the Delaware County Prison on Thursday awaiting psychiatric treatment, her attorney said. Maria Reyes Garcia-Pellon is accused of killing Matthew White early Monday as he slept. She told police she caught White viewing pornography, according to court records. On Sunday, White had taken his wife to the emergency room of an area hospital after she became extremely ill, according to Kathryn Labrum, her Media-based lawyer.