December 21, 2012
Joan Ulmer Bretschneider, 69, of Germantown, who started out as a school nurse and worked to upgrade the nursing profession, died Friday, Dec. 14, in her sleep of unknown causes at her home. Between 1999 and 2008, when she retired, Mrs. Bretschneider worked at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her last position was director of education and lifelong learning. For 18 years before that, she was a nursing administrator at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in charge of all departments relating to women and children.
December 11, 2012 |
The patient says he has been suffering from more asthma attacks, so a natural question is: Has he been faithfully taking his daily medicine? In another era, physicians would have to rely solely on the patient or the parent for that kind of information. Increasingly, these days they also can see on a computer screen if the pharmacy has provided a refill. That is the promise behind electronic medical records, which are becoming the norm in hospitals nationwide at the urging of the federal government.
December 9, 2012
Gov. Corbett looks more and more like a stubborn holdout against covering the health-care needs of 600,000 low-income Pennsylvanians under Obamacare. His excuse is that he needs more data on the state's costs for the safety net. Lodging similar dollars-and-cents objections Wednesday, Gov. Christie vetoed legislation that would launch an online health insurance marketplace for New Jersey residents. Christie, too, wants to crunch more numbers. All in all, on this issue, the two governors are sounding like they might fit in better in some place like the Show Me State.
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.
November 23, 2012 |
Marcy Oleksiuk visits Judy Kincade once a week for a heartbreaking reason, but you'd never know it from the mood in the room. The Kincade household is relentlessly cheerful as children and grandchildren constantly come and go. Once a week, Oleksiuk is among them. She chats with Kincade, gives her an autographed picture of a favorite star, and recently exchanged Hurricane Sandy survival stories. But most of all, Oleksiuk listens to country music or watches T.J. Hooker reruns with Kincade's husband, Les. He is the heartbreaking reason.
November 18, 2012 |
From its roots in California, hospital owner Prime Healthcare Services Inc. is expanding across the country by acquiring financially troubled hospitals, including Roxborough Memorial and Lower Bucks in the Philadelphia region. At hospitals on the verge of closing, the for-profit company is generally welcome - even as disputes with a large union and a major competitor in Southern California dog the firm's reputation. In Roxborough, where the community hospital has changed hands three times since 2003, Prime and its regional chief executive, Peter J. Adamo, have made a positive impression, Bernard Guet, executive director of the Roxborough Development Corp., said Thursday.
November 6, 2012
* THE MOB DOCTOR. 9 p.m. Mondays, Fox 29. WHEN I WAS growing up, the white coats most TV doctors wore might as well have been white hats. If not quite gods, they were at least dedicated crusaders who could be trusted to put patient care before anything else, including their personal lives. And those personal lives didn't seem to require much effort. Because they were (mostly) men. And handsome. And doctors. Who wouldn't want to go out with them? But you don't have to be old enough to remember "Marcus Welby, M.D. " - much less those '60s icons "Dr. Kildare" or "Ben Casey" - to have noticed that today's TV doctors are decidedly more human.
July 31, 2012 |
For years, as hospitals cut costs to survive ever-increasing financial pressures, nurses argued that inadequate staffing harms patients. California's controversial and, so far, unique response was to mandate minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, which, if applied locally, would prevent 222 surgical deaths annually in New Jersey and 264 in Pennsylvania, researchers here calculated in 2010. Now members of that same University of Pennsylvania team say they have figured out a key reason for that.
July 25, 2012 |
Amid all the negative noise about the proposed partnership between Holy Redeemer Health System and Abington Health, the primary reason for the plan has been largely forgotten. While some celebrated the end of the health systems' discussions because a partnership would have eliminated abortions at Abington, the truth is that change is coming to all health systems. Instead of waiting for that change to dictate our response, we at Holy Redeemer believe in embracing it by working to create a better regional health-care system.
February 28, 2012
By Arthur Caplan Think your doctor is telling you the truth? According to a survey recently published in the journal Health Affairs, he may well not be. The study found that one in 10 doctors has lied to at least one patient in the past year. Twenty percent of the 2,000 doctors surveyed admitted they had not told patients the truth about an error. Ten percent said they had failed to disclose financial conflicts of interest. And 15 percent said they had painted a rosier picture of a patient's prognosis than they knew to be true.