August 25, 2016
By Barbara Patterson The country is on the brink of a crisis that has the potential to affect the care of patients - in the hospital, at the doctor's office, in schools - just about anywhere there should be a nurse. The need for nurses has created record enrollments in nursing schools nationwide, which has contributed to an increased need for academic nurse faculty. Unfortunately, a national shortage of doctorally prepared faculty threatens society's access to a workforce of competent nurses delivering patient care.
August 13, 2016 |
Tandigm Health said Thursday that 65 primary care physicians in a group affilated with St. Mary Medical Center, in Langhorne, had joined its network, bringing the Tandigm total to 440. Tandigm, based in West Conshohocken, is a joint venture of affiliates of Independence Blue Cross and DaVita HealthCare Partners. Its goal is to help primary doctors coordinate patient care in a bid to improve quality and reduce costs. firstname.lastname@example.org 215-854-4651 @InqBrubaker
July 13, 2016 |
The amount of advertising by cancer centers has exploded over the past decade - and so have come-ons that emotionally manipulate or even mislead patients. That is the bottom line of a study and accompanying editorial published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. "Cancer center advertisements generally make appeals based on emotion - not fact," wrote Steven Woloshin, a physician and a medical communication researcher with the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in New Hampshire.
July 9, 2016 |
New parents: Did the hospital temporarily label your newborn with the first name of "Babyboy" or "Babygirl"? If so, double-check the label when nurses give you a bottle of breast milk. There is a small chance that the milk came from another mother. A new study by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority found 1,234 misidentification "events" involving babies born at hospitals and birthing centers in the state in 2014 and 2015, averaging about two a day. In almost all cases, there was no harm to the baby, generally because providers caught the mistake before it led to any incorrect treatment.
May 9, 2016
On April 14, the 2016 Philadelphia Antique & Art Show hosted its 54th annual show and preview party under an enormous tent on the Marine Parade grounds of the Navy Yard. The preview party brought in more than 1,000 committee members, patrons, sponsors, exhibitors, and friends for a sneak peek at the timeless treasures, marking the beginning of the three-day show. This year's beneficiary, the Penn Acute Research Collaboration at Penn Medicine, will use the $500,000 raised to bring together physicians and researchers to develop innovations that improve patient care.
April 23, 2016 |
Tandigm Health, a West Conshohocken start-up designed to help primary-care doctors manage costs and improve care in Southeastern Pennsylvania, said Friday that it cut health-care expenditures by $15 million last year. Most of the savings - which totaled $3 million more than hoped for - came in the Medicare Advantage side of the business, which covers about 25,000 patients, Tandigm president and chief executive Anthony Coletta said. "We dropped our Medicare Advantage spend by 3 percent, which is a big thing in the Philadelphia market," said Coletta, who is also an executive at Independence Blue Cross, one of Tandigm's owners.
April 11, 2016 |
For Erin Moore, keeping her son's cystic fibrosis in check requires careful monitoring to prevent the thick, sticky mucous his body produces from further damaging his lungs and digestive system. Moore keeps tabs on 6-year-old Drew's weight, appetite, exercise, and stools every day to see whether they stray from his healthy baseline. When he develops a cough, she tracks that, too. It's been nearly a year since Drew has been hospitalized; as a baby he was admitted up to four times a year.
March 28, 2016
On March 19, Lankenau Hospital Medical Center's John B. Deaver Auxiliary of the Women's Board hosted its Heart to Heart Gala at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore. The John B. Deaver Auxiliary is a volunteer-led group that supports Lankenau Hospital's medical education and research programs and services that help enhance patient care. More than 175 auxiliary members, doctors, and supporters attended the gala and enjoyed dinner as well as silent and live auctions. The $50,000 raised will benefit the Women's Heart Initiative at Lankenau Medical Center, a cause that seeks to educate, inform, and empower women in the community to learn, act, and live.
March 13, 2016
On March 5, the Fox Chase Cancer Center board of associates, Main Line chapter, hosted its Night for the Fight at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr. The group of more than 600 volunteers supports patient care and cancer research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. More than 180 attended the Main Line chapter's event, which included dinner, dancing to the band Slippery, and a silent auction. Along with the fun, more than $50,000 was raised to support research and patient care.
February 26, 2016 |
SOMERS POINT, N.J. - As many as 213 patients at Shore Medical Center may have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis because of drug tampering by an employee, the hospital said Thursday. The employee, who worked in the hospital's pharmacy, has not been identified publicly but has been terminated, according to a statement. "We have been working with public health authorities to determine if patients could have been exposed to blood-borne pathogens at Shore through contact with this employee's blood," said a statement issued by the hospital Thursday.