May 15, 2015 |
The University of Pennsylvania Health System's Chester County Hospital said on June 1 it will open a 72,000-square-foot outpatient center in West Grove in a facility built and owned by the for-profit development firm Anchor Health Properties. The center, which costs $28.4 million not including a surgery center that is expected to open this fall, was in the works before Penn's 2013 acquisition of Chester County Hospital, in West Chester. When it opens in June, the center called Penn Medicine Souther Chester County will offer radiology services, primary care, and ophthalmology.
August 30, 1995 |
Following the lead of other hospitals in Lower Bucks County, St. Mary Medical Center is planning a new outpatient care center. Hospital officials said the three-level addition would include an expansion of the hospital's emergency and trauma department, an outpatient surgery unit, and meeting rooms and staff offices to replace those currently in trailers on the hospital grounds. Both the cost of the expansion and the size of building "have yet to be determined," said Jan Haas, vice president of operations.
August 11, 1995 |
Following the lead of medical centers around the country, Lower Bucks Hospital is undergoing major renovations to meet the growing demands of outpatient care. "The balance now is definitely tipping toward outpatient care," said Len Karp, vice president of the Delaware Valley Hospital Council, an organization of 70 hospitals in the five-county area. "It's something that has been going on for a long time now. " Said Dennis Kain, chief executive officer of Lower Bucks Hospital: "This renovation has been the culmination of two years of planning in response to the needs of the community and the penetration of managed health care.
June 13, 1987 |
The city will discontinue funding July 1 for outpatient care at two North Philadelphia hospitals that have been receiving special allotments for indigent patients. Representatives of both St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, 2600 N. Lawrence St., and Episcopal Hospital, Front Street and Lehigh Avenue, have appealed the decision, which was made by Health Department administrators. Last year, St. Christopher's received $172,000 and Episcopal Hospital was alloted $257,000. In a letter Thursday to Mayor Goode, Sarah Pye-Ross, Episcopal's community relations outreach coordinator, urged that funds be restored to "one of the most worthwhile health programs in North Philadelphia.
June 25, 1991 |
Professional medical groups are making a last-minute budget appeal for $82.5 million more for medical care for the poor. The money is designed to help create a new funding pool to help doctors and hospitals handle the increased costs of outpatient care for people who cannot pay. If approved, the plan could attract new federal funds for Philadelphia hospitals, many of which treat large numbers of poor patients. Eight groups representing doctors, hospitals, eye doctors and dentists offered the plan at a Capitol news conference yesterday and asked the Legislature to consider the increase as part of ongoing budget talks.
November 2, 1995 |
In the 1960s, Fort Dix's new Walson Army Community Hospital was teeming with activity. With Vietnam sending back its wounded and as many as 25,000 recruits suffering through basic training, there were times when its 500-plus beds were not enough. Today, yet another symptom of military downsizing, the hospital is merely a shell for a limited-service clinic. Its walls are crumbling and its patient wards are empty. The old delivery rooms, where once thousands of babies were born to the wives of young soldiers, now serve as office space.
August 9, 1990 |
While many area hospitals are on the critical list, Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park is getting a booster shot with the start of a $21.6 million expansion. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Aug. 1 for the renovations, which include a new building for the emergency room and short-procedure unit, an additional medical office building and a parking lot. With declining admissions, the nursing shortage, soaring debts and government cutbacks hurting hospitals, it seems like a paradox for Taylor to begin a multimillion-dollar expansion project.
July 13, 1988 |
As vice president and chief operating officer for Zurbrugg Memorial Hospitals, John Tegley is proud of the hospital system he helps to run, but he'll be the first to admit that it doesn't always run efficiently. Constructed in the early 1960s when more hospital beds were needed because hospital stays were longer, the Rancocas Valley division in Willingboro is a maze of corridors and small rooms. Tegley is responsible for the daily operation of the two hospitals in the system - one located in Riverside and the other in Willingboro.
February 21, 2015 |
Three percent of patients hospitalized in Pennsylvania in fiscal 2014 were "super-utilizers" - people admitted five or more times in a year, according to a new report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. Those 21,308 people accounted for 11 percent of total admissions and 14 percent of hospital days. The report estimated that super-utilizers were responsible for $545 million - 14 percent - of Medicare payments for inpatient stays and $216 million - 17 percent - of Medicaid payments in 2012.
June 26, 2013 |
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will announce on Tuesday its biggest gift ever: $50 million toward the $425 million cost of an outpatient center rising on the institution's University City campus. The Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care, named for a family that owns a Fort Washington financial-services firm, will become the hub for complex outpatient care in the hospital's network in Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The donation is part of a $100 million capital campaign to help pay for the facility, expected to open in 2015.