April 29, 2013 |
Dorothea Daniels Glass, 92, a former Melrose Park resident who overcame prejudice against working women to become a respected specialist in rehabilitation medicine, died of heart failure Saturday, April 20, at her home in Palm City, Fla. "My mother walked into the room and you felt better," said her daughter, Deborah. "She was a trailblazer with class. " Known informally as Thea, Dr. Glass was born in New York City and graduated from Cornell University just before the start of World War II. Her mother and aunt had gone to medical school, and she wanted to follow suit.
March 19, 2013 |
How great a hospital is Lankenau Medical Center? Depends on whom you ask. The Wynnewood hospital is on Truven Health Analytics' "100 Top Hospitals" list. U.S. News and World Report calls Lankenau a "best" hospital in seven specialties. Healthgrades just gave it a "distinguished hospital award for clinical excellence. " "We've gotten tons of Healthgrades awards over the years," said Phil Robinson, Lankenau's president. On the other hand, the Joint Commission, a nonprofit organization that accredits hospitals, did not include Lankenau as one of its 620 national "top performers.
September 23, 2012 |
The United States and Pakistan are planning a joint effort to draw the Taliban toward peace talks in Afghanistan, an initiative that could help reconcile some militants and give Pakistan a say in the political future of its larger neighbor. A joint commission, or "action group," would help vet candidates for political rehabilitation, with a goal of helping Afghanistan frame a workable peace deal after U.S. and foreign forces leave. Officials familiar with the previously undisclosed plan described it on condition of anonymity because it is not final and because some aspects of U.S. outreach to the Taliban are classified.
January 3, 2010 |
Forgive yourself if you enter the five-story Pavilion at Paoli Hospital and mistake it for the skylighted atrium of a grand mall. The centerpiece space of the $145 million facility, which opened in July, radiates the warmth of a coffeehouse. It's as welcoming to extended families as it is to intimate conversations. High above people whose thoughts are focused on some of life's most harrowing curveballs, eight towering chiffon mobiles sway with the circulating air. They range from 6 by 10 feet to 8 by 16 feet, and each displays two vertical, intersecting, archival-ink photographs of natural scenes: oak trees, ginkgo leaves, the colors of autumn-dyed trees reflected in water, pine needles, snow geese against a blue sky. "You'll see people just sitting there, staring at them," says Lindsey Felch.
June 25, 2009 |
Soon after officials closed a poor-quality prostate cancer program at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center in mid-2008, the entire facility was accredited by the Joint Commission, the main group that assures quality at the nation's hospitals. During a hearing yesterday of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, several senators wondered how the group could have given its imprimatur given that circumstance. "We need to pull back and take a look at this," responded Robert Wise, vice president of standards and survey methods for the Joint Commission.
March 22, 2004 |
Twenty-one weeks into her pregnancy, Ceri Galati learned that the baby she was carrying had too many serious problems to survive. So Ceri Galati and her husband, Stephen Galati, made the agonizing decision to terminate the pregnancy. One week later, on Jan. 26, 2001, Shayla Everest Galati was induced from her mother's womb, stillborn at less than one pound. That was devastating enough, but her parents' grief did not end there. Two years later, the Galatis discovered that Shayla's body - which they had donated to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for an autopsy to be quickly followed by cremation and burial - was still at the hospital.
December 9, 2002 |
Nurse Linda Aiken views hospitals as stubborn patients, disinclined to shake their unhealthy habits. One of their most worrisome practices: understaffing of nurses. The cost to hospitals of too few nurses, Aiken warns, is very high - more patients die and more nurses burn out. Aiken, of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, has become one of the nation's leading voices for change in the way hospitals treat nurses and, by extension, their patients. Aiken backs her view with more than two decades of research that consistently leads to the same conclusion: Patients fare better in hospitals that heed nurses' advice about care.
October 29, 2002 |
Anyone who has watched a hospitalized child, parent or friend pound uselessly on a call button understands the problem: As nurses must care for more and sicker people, the death and accident rate among patients goes up. For years, however, as nurses complained about the harm to patients from staff cuts, hospital managers and executives dismissed such worries as "anecdotal" or as disguised complaints about increased workloads. Finally, research has proved the nurses resoundingly correct.
August 11, 2000 |
The union that represents more than 300 nurses at Rancocas Hospital is asking for state and national reviews of the facility. The hospital is "a hellhole for employees and now, we fear, a dangerous place for patients," union representatives said yesterday. They are seeking an injunction from the National Labor Relations Board to stop the latest round of layoffs at the hospital. Losing more employees, the union says, will exacerbate problems with staffing levels and jeopardize patient care.
July 30, 1998 |
The Allegheny health system yesterday pointed to the positive results of a national commission's survey of Hahnemann hospital as proof that the fiscal crisis buffeting the system has not affected patient care. The unannounced inspection of Allegheny University Hospitals/Hahnemann in Center City was performed last Friday by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. "We wanted to verify that the financial picture was not having any impact on patient care, so we sent a survey team in to make sure that care is still being provided," commission spokeswoman Janet McIntyre said yesterday.