March 29, 2013 |
New Jerseyans who live in different communities use hospitals at widely different rates, and those differences could pave the way to improving health care and reducing costs, according to a new report by Rutgers University researchers. The report, focused on use patterns in low-income communities and opportunities for better care and lower costs, found wide variations in how many avoidable ER visits residents make. The reason that this information is so valuable, according to coauthor Joel Cantor, director of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, is that it opens up the possibility that communities that rely heavily on hospitals for primary care can learn from those who make fewer trips to the ER. For example, the report found that Camden residents had more than three times as many avoidable visits to emergency departments than did residents of the Union City-West New York-North Bergen region.
August 14, 2012 |
On June 27, with enormous pride, optimism, and a sense of history, the CEOs of Abington Health and Holy Redeemer Health System faced reporters and announced their plans to form a partnership. The leaders knew this was a bold move, even shocking, to partner a secular hospital with a Catholic one, but they felt it was so beneficial and important they were sure the community would come to see it as they did. The community did not. Within three weeks, the proposed partnership - a year in planning - was dead.
July 1, 2009 |
Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden closed its inpatient pediatric unit yesterday, mainly because the nine-bed unit had been underused, a spokeswoman said. Pediatric admissions at Lourdes have been declining for 15 to 20 years because of improvements in medical procedures and preventive care, said Wendy Marano, director of public relations for the Lourdes Health System, which operates the 410-bed Camden center. "The very small percentage of kids that do need to be admitted" will go to Cooper University Hospital, about one mile away, Marano said.
March 23, 2009 |
Ever since a hit-and-run driver mowed me down in Collingswood on Nov. 28, I've been considered a "patient. " The conversational-English translation of that term is "dramatically injured person at the total mercy of insurance-company whims. " After I was released from inpatient care at Philadelphia's Magee Rehabilitation in January, I was forced to wait more than six weeks for outpatient physical, occupational, and cognitive therapy. For context, more than two weeks of waiting risks regression on all three fronts.
February 17, 2007 |
Garrett Reid has spent the last week participating in an out-of-state drug rehabilitation program to which he was accompanied by his father, Eagles coach Andy Reid, an attorney said in court yesterday. Garrett Reid's lawyer, Ross Weiss, said his client would be returning for an additional two weeks of inpatient therapy, followed by an outpatient program. Another attorney for Garrett Reid, 23, said Andy Reid accompanied his son "as a parent. " The drug rehab disclosure came at Garrett Reid's arraignment on misdemeanor drug and traffic charges following a Jan. 30 accident when he ran a red light in Plymouth Township and injured a 55-year-old woman.
August 19, 2005 |
No children should be born into environments in which their health and welfare are in danger. But there are better ways to protect our city's children than paying women who are addicted to crack cocaine not to have babies. That is the disturbing approach being taken by a private group that began proselytizing on the streets of some of Philadelphia's poorest neighborhoods last week. The North Carolina-based group, which calls itself CRACK (Children Requiring a Caring Kommunity)
January 16, 2004 |
Main Line Health System's decision to close its inpatient psychiatric unit at Paoli Hospital has triggered a furor within the Chester County mental-health community. The 10-bed unit at Paoli is set to close in June, leaving Brandywine Hospital the only hospital in Chester County with inpatient psychiatric care. The Brandywine unit, which has 10 adult beds and 10 geriatric behavioral health-care beds, is full 80 percent of the time, officials said. "Chester County is very much in need of inpatient psychiatric beds," said psychiatrist George Adams, whose county practice spans three decades.
September 12, 2003 |
As a physician, I find it difficult to watch an old friend die, but I am mourning the demise of Parkview Hospital in the Feltonville section of Northeast Philadelphia, where I have practiced family medicine for 40 years. On Monday, this small community hospital that served a diverse, economically challenged population, officially closed. Founded as Juniata Hospital more than 40 years ago, Parkview was established by a group of dedicated osteopathic physicians. It was owned and operated by numerous health care providers, among them the Graduate Health System and the Allegheny Health System, whose financial woes led to eventual bankruptcy and the indictment of its chief executive officer.
April 8, 2000 |
Virtua-West Jersey Hospital Camden will likely shut down its inpatient services by the end of this year - six months earlier than was initially anticipated - and Virtua executives are considering several different uses for the soon-to-be vacant space, the hospital's top-ranking officer said yesterday. Housing a state-funded substance-abuse program for adolescents, expanding adult day care, and leasing some of the space to Camden neighbors Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center and Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center are among the ideas that have been considered, said Richard Miller, Virtua's president and chief executive.
December 10, 1999 |
AFSCME District 33 president Herman "Pete" Matthews said yesterday that he would act to phase out dwindling inpatient care at the union's John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia. Matthews said that the union that represents Philadelphia's 10,000 blue-collar municipal workers was trying to lease the hospital building to other tenants, such as a nursing home, while continuing to run two busy outpatient clinics at Kennedy's site and at 30th and Walnut Streets. "We're looking at all options," he said.