June 15, 1998 |
More than half of people who have surgery nowadays go home the same day. But no one should mistake such "outpatient" surgery for a minor medical procedure, say two University of Pennsylvania researchers who studied how patients felt after they went home. They found that many people were still suffering and unable to take care of themselves a week after their operations. While sending people home the day of surgery is almost never medically harmful, the researchers said, patients need to be more aware of what they are getting themselves and their families into.
May 13, 1998 |
Main Line Health plans to invest $30 million to construct and equip a new outpatient-surgery center and cardiac-catheterization suite, to open in Lankenau Hospital in 1999. The plan was announced yesterday after a vote of approval Thursday by the hospital network's board of trustees. Main Line Health includes Lankenau, Bryn Mawr and Paoli Memorial Hospitals and is part of the Jefferson Health System. The new cardiac facility will have five catheterization labs for procedures such as balloon angioplasty, in which a tiny balloon is inserted into the heart artery, said Richard Wells, spokesman for Main Line Health.
January 27, 1996 |
Anthony Thomas, Alabama-Birmingham's No. 2 scorer, left the team yesterday after being charged with beating his girlfriend, a former UAB women's player. Thomas was charged following what the school termed a "domestic altercation" involving Ayanna Moore. "I spoke with Anthony this morning, and he told me he does not want to play anymore," coach Gene Bartow said. "I agree with his decision. " Thomas was charged with misdemeanor simple assault following the altercation at Moore's suburban Birmingham apartment on Tuesday.
November 5, 1997 |
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will open its first ambulatory-surgery satellite center here Monday, further extending its services into the suburbs. Demographics and economics are driving this move, said Jeffrey A. Rivest, the hospital's executive vice president. More families with children are living in the suburbs. They and managed-care insurance providers want the convenience of satellite centers and the lower costs associated with outpatient surgery, he said. "It's also a reflection of competition," said Andrew Wigglesworth, president of the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council.
January 23, 2013 |
Six months after Pennsylvania began regulating abortion clinics as outpatient surgery centers under a controversial new law, most clinics are complying - and complaining. The state lists 17 abortion providers, down from 22 a year ago. But only 13 of the remaining providers have been approved to do surgical abortions, a loss of five surgical facilities. The four remaining clinics are restricted to providing nonsurgical terminations using abortion pills. Not all the losses can be attributed to the new law, Act 122. And it's too soon to tell if the measure will drive up prices and further reduce women's access to abortion, as critics have predicted.
June 19, 1986 |
After performing her first operation at Bryn Mawr Hospital's new outpatient Surgicenter, plastic surgeon Roslyn Souser declared both a success. "I think the patient was totally relaxed," Souser said Monday after removing a skin tumor from a patient's upper lip. "Just the experience of going into a hospital itself is so frightening to many patients. " Providing a more relaxing environment for patients facing outpatient surgery was the impetus behind the creation of the Surgicenter, said Kathleen Kerner, patient-care manager.
December 19, 1991 |
In the next decade, Pottstown Memorial Medical Center expects lots of growth: in families, in development and in patients. Today, hospital officials plan to break ground on $3.8 million, 24,000- square-foot, two-story outpatient facility. Despite a sluggish economy, the new SurgiCenter and Outpatient Care Pavilion, scheduled for completion in 1993, will cap several years of expansion designed to serve - and capitalize on - a growing population along Route 422. "You can see our hospital from the highway," said Vincent Tallarico, vice president of planning and operations for the hospital, located about a half- mile from Route 422 in Pottstown.
April 13, 1996 |
Citing changes in the health-care marketplace, officials of Chester County Hospital and Brandywine Hospital yesterday called off their proposed merger. "What made sense in health-care delivery two short years ago no longer applies," said Warren E. Moser, chairman of the Brandywine Health System, parent of Brandywine Hospital. Richard M. Armstrong Jr., Chester County Hospital's chairman, added: "In the current environment, health-care providers need to respond to the rapid changes in the industry while meeting the needs of the community.
August 28, 1999 |
Rancocas Hospital in Willingboro reopened its operating wing yesterday after a leaking roof prompted a one-day shutdown that forced officials to divert patients to other hospitals. Hospital officials closed the operating room and diverted patients needing emergency surgery because of flooding in the rooms used for recovery after surgery and urological procedures. No patients were present when about two inches of water were discovered on the floor early Thursday. Workers, who had been repairing the flat roof in sections over the last four weeks, patched up the leaking portion, allowing the wing to be put back in use yesterday morning.
March 10, 1994 |
Houston Astros reliever Mitch Williams, who was acquired from the Phillies in the off-season, will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee next week in Orlando, the team said yesterday. Trainer Dave Labossiere said Williams was examined Tuesday by physicians, who found a torn cartilage. Williams will take his scheduled pitching turns through Sunday and undergo the outpatient surgery on Monday. The Astros said Williams likely would be sidelined three days, but should be ready to pitch March 19-20 when the Astros return to Houston for exhibition games against Texas.