April 1, 1996 |
Charlotte Blankley walks softly and carries a little cellular phone. A registered nurse from Downingtown, Blankley works on Paoli Memorial Hospital's third-floor telemetry unit, where special equipment monitors heart patients. The push to lower health-care costs has reshaped her job, right down to the station where she works. Instead of a large central nurses' station, Blankley works from a mini-base called a patient server just outside patient rooms. There is one server - with supply cabinets, drawers, desktop, phone, charts and computer terminal - for every five patients.
September 11, 1991 |
The Philadelphia Nursing Home - the sole public facility serving AIDS patients and the indigent elderly here - has failed its state licensing inspection. The home received only a provisional license and has been ordered to make corrections. State inspectors cited problems in the home's infection-control procedures, use of restraints without proper consent, monitoring of patients' diets, patient care, cleanliness, and recordkeeping, according to a copy of the inspection report obtained by the Daily News.
July 30, 1996 |
Independence Blue Cross plans to drop Graduate Hospital from its network in 1997 and no longer pay for patient care there. The decision, disclosed in a letter the insurer faxed its brokers on Friday, also affects Graduate Hospital System (GHS)-City Avenue Hospital, GHS-Parkview, and Mount Sinai. It's scheduled to take effect Feb. 1, 1997, for members of Personal Choice, Keystone Health Plan East, Keystone Health Systems and Blue Choice, and on July 1, 1997, for traditional and comprehensive major-medical subscribers, according to the letter signed by Blue Cross chief marketing executive Christopher D. Butler.
March 3, 2008 |
Registered nurse Patrice Arrell was ready with her standardized pre-op checklist when the patient arrived at Chester County Hospital on Tuesday morning for an operation to replace his aching right knee. She made sure that the staff reviewed the 62-year-old's medical history and pre-admission records, and conducted a slew of routine tests. And Arrell herself put a "compression stocking" on the patient's left leg long before he was wheeled off to the operating room. The tight-fitting hosiery prevents blood from accumulating in an inactive leg. Confirming that it is used, every time, is one of many steps the hospital has devised to lower the risk of potentially deadly blood clots after surgery.
February 11, 1999 |
With ledgers bleeding red ink, officials at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center are stepping up efforts to cut costs, but insist their economizing will not shortchange patient care. The sprawling health-care system suffered operating losses of more than $8 million in 1998. The exact amount will not be made public until a year-end audit is completed, in about four weeks, said Michael Dolfman, executive vice president for Cooper. "The financial difficulties have in no way affected or influenced patient care," Dolfman said yesterday.
March 20, 1999 |
Two neighborhood doctors' clinics - and possibly more - will close as part of Cooper Health System's cost-cutting, officials of the financially troubled medical network confirmed yesterday. Patients at the two clinics, both in Collingswood, are being directed to other Cooper-affiliated clinics not far away, Cooper spokeswoman Kathy McLaughlin said. Leslie Hirsch, Cooper's acting president and chief executive officer, said that belt-tightening would require the consolidation of some satellite offices scattered throughout South Jersey.
July 29, 1999 |
To ensure that Montgomery County Geriatric and Rehabilitation Center residents are fed hot meals on time, county officials say they will have to reach beyond the Royersford facility's dietary staff and ask that additional personnel lend a hand during mealtime. Starting today, the county commissioners said, 50 employees - bus drivers are not included - will receive training so that they can help feed the center's residents. The affected workers include mechanics as well as housekeeping personnel, county officials said.
August 16, 1987 |
If you just spent a lot of money on a new car and are searching for a way to keep it looking that way, Scott Rosenthal may have what you need. Rosenthal, 19, is the founder of Mr. Detail Inc., an Oreland company that specializes in interior and exterior car care. Rosenthal, a sophomore pre-med student at the University of Pennsylvania, operates the business with his brother Brian, 16, and two part-time employees. Brian is a junior at Springfield High School. Mr. Detail's services include washing, tar removal, waxing and polishing the exterior, and cleaning, vacuuming and reconditioning the interior.
May 22, 2008 |
Gov. Corzine met with employees at the troubled Ancora Psychiatric Hospital yesterday before announcing a package of reforms being implemented there. Primarily, the changes are geared toward reducing overcrowding and restructuring patient care at the state-run hospital, which has suffered through a number of high-profile patient escapes and deaths in recent years. "It's been a tough period for people who care deeply about the patients being served," Corzine said. "I take this issue of how we deal with our mental health delivery system seriously.
April 6, 1997 |
Wanted by area hospitals: Someone to bathe patients, draw their blood, take vital signs, clean minor wounds, perform EKGs, and generally pick up the slack for overburdened nurses. When the West Jersey Health System began to recruit employees last year for this kind of hospital work, there were four prerequisites: a 34-day training course, an ability to communicate well, a CPR class, and basic math and reading skills. Prior patient care was preferred. This essentially new job, at $9 to $11 an hour, is one of the latest stages in the evolution of health care.