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.
March 18, 1994 |
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.
August 25, 2009 |
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.
March 1, 2002 |
State officials last night lifted a two-day-old ban on new admissions and some other services at Memorial Hospital of Salem County after a reinspection found that problems with patient care seen earlier were being addressed. "After this morning's meeting with hospital leadership . . . we are satisfied with the hospital's comprehensive efforts to correct problems," Clifton R. Lacy, acting commissioner of the Department of Health and Senior Services, said last night. On Wednesday, the state ordered that all admissions be halted and all surgical procedures be suspended after regularly scheduled inspections found poor sterilization of equipment, irregular keeping of prescription records, and a lack of nursing-care plans for many patients.
February 14, 1996 |
State health officials say they're surprised and troubled to discover that the U.S. attorney's office is investigating conditions at the Philadelphia Nursing Home. The city-owned home only recently regained its full state license in December after receiving serious sanctions following a state inspection in June. "We're concerned," said State Health Department spokesman Bruce Reimer. He said state health officials were unaware of the probe until it was disclosed yesterday. Meanwhile, Mayor Rendell downplayed the probe.
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 1, 2014 |
WHEN JASPER Palmer Jr. coached a girls softball team, he kept them motivated by telling them they hit like girls. Maybe it wasn't the smartest idea to humiliate his team members that way - sort of like Tom Hanks telling his women's team in "A League of Their Own" that there's no crying in baseball. However, Jasper's approach worked, for the most part. There was a marked reduction in "girlie" hitting on his team, which was part of a women's softball league. And when he coached a Little League team, the Mount Airy Bantams, he could bring a player up short with his familiar saying, "You eyeballing me, son?"
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.
December 3, 2012 |
When Walter Bronek had a mini-stroke in September, he was taken to the closest hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton. "I never saw a neurologist at Robert Wood. The only thing I saw was a computer screen with a doctor from Jeff," said Bronek, referring to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. After an examination, the "doc-in-the-box," as Bronek called him, recommended Bronek go to Jefferson, which counts Mercer County's Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton among the 28 hospitals in its Jefferson Neuroscience Network.