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October 21, 2011 | Associated Press
The federal government laid out final rules Thursday for a new program that aims to improve patient care by getting doctors, hospitals, and other care providers to work together more. Health-care providers will be able to start forming accountable care organizations in 2012 to coordinate care, share records, and cut down on duplicative tests and medical errors. Providers will have to make a three-year commitment to care for a group of at least 5,000 Medicare patients if they form these organizations known as ACOs.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple University Health System announced the elimination of 11 positions at Fox Chase Cancer Center and 14 at Jeanes Hospital. Officials said efforts were underway to find new jobs in the system for the affected employees, who came from management and nonmanagement ranks but were not involved in patient care. Fox Chase and Jeanes have a combined 3,500 employees. Those cutbacks, part of the integration of Fox Chase and Jeanes, followed a larger layoff last week at Einstein Health.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Einstein Healthcare Network said Wednesday that it reached its $150 million fund-raising target five months early and will seek to add another $5 million or $10 million to the total by June. The tax-exempt network, which has hospitals in Philadelphia, East Norriton and Elkins Park, started the fund-raising effort six years ago with the goal of $100 million, but raised its target to $150 million in September 2013. The purpose of the campaign is to pay not only for buildings and equipment, but also for "innovations in patient care, expanded teaching and research opportunities, and enhanced community outreach and programming," Einstein said.
NEWS
September 28, 1988 | By Robin Palley, Daily News Staff Writer
The state Department of Health has ordered the bankrupt University Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in South Philadelphia to relocate its 160 remaining patients to other nursing homes as quickly as possible. Families and patients were advised last week that the cutoff date for finding new placements for patients was "approximately Sept. 30. " However, Brenda Bacon, president of HealthTeam Inc., the company brought in by the federal bankruptcy court as interim managers for the center, said there is no firm deadline for moving all patients out. She said her firm and state authorities have agreed to move several patients a day to other nursing homes as appropriate placements for them become available.
NEWS
August 12, 2008
I APPRECIATED Kenneth Braithwaite's Aug. 6 letter on my op-ed "8 Tips for Surviving a Hospital Stay. " Hospitals are making efforts to improve safety to save more lives, and patients are grateful. But that process will be slow- going given the magnitude of the preventable, fatal errors. Hospital care is hazardous to a patient's health. HealthGrades' most recent report (Fifth Annual HealthGrades Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study, 2008) says that nearly a quarter of a million deaths in hospitals were found to be preventable.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Friday announced a $5 million gift from Giant Food Stores L.L.C. toward the $425 million Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care under construction on the institution's University City campus. The hospital in June received a $50 million donation toward the outpatient center scheduled to open next year from CHOP trustee Reid Buerger and his family, which owns a Fort Washington financial services firm. In honor of Giant's 20-year's of support for CHOP, including $8.5 million through the Children's Miracle Network to support patient care at CHOP and to remodel the hospital's physical therapy gym, for a total of $13.5 million, the Buerger Center's 9,000 square-foot lobby will be called the Giant Lobby, CHOP said.
NEWS
July 9, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
March 18, 1994 | By Gilbert M. Gaul, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Hahnemann University Hospital yesterday announced a plan to overhaul the way patients are cared for, but a local union immediately expressed concern about possible job losses. Henry Nicholas, president of District 1199C of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, estimated that the sweeping proposal could eliminate 25 percent to 40 percent of Hahnemann's 3,200-person workforce. Nicholas' union represents about 1,300 housekeepers, technicians and aides at the 600-bed teaching hospital at Broad and Vine Streets.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2009 | By Miriam Hill INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Compared with the swath of health-care businesses spread out on either side of Interstate 95 from New York to Washington, tiny Danville and Riverside, Pa., at first glance don't seem to have much to offer that industry. But the two hamlets, across the Susquehanna River from each other about 150 miles northwest of Philadelphia, are homes to organizations trying to spark a boom in health-care innovation in rural Pennsylvania. One is Danville's Geisinger Health System, which has attracted national attention for providing quality patient care at relatively low costs.
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