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.
June 25, 2009 |
With markets still down and government funding heading in the same direction, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia set out in October to trim $60 million from its $1.6 billion budget. With that target met, Children's will open its fiscal 2010 next week with a balanced budget - a product of extensive staff input and a badge of fiscal discipline that could help the children's health heavyweight attract top medical recruits. Madeline Bell, a mother of seven who started her career as a nurse on the hospital's night shift, is chief operating officer for Children's health system, which has 9,572 employees at its University City campus and affiliates across the region.
February 6, 2009 |
Surgeon Beth DuPree's bricks-and-mortar dream - a specialized hospital for breast-cancer patients - closed Wednesday, a victim, she says, of the economy and naive business planning. But her hope remains intact. For her, the closing of the Comprehensive Breast Care Institute at DSI of Bucks County, a freestanding, for-profit hospital in Bensalem, is both cautionary tale and learning experience. "Although the business model failed, the patient-care model succeeded," she said this week from her home, where she is recovering from surgery to correct a painful colon problem.
September 7, 2008 |
Rita A. Mariotti, whose dream of becoming a wealthy South Philadelphia doctor changed after she cared for poor coal miners in eastern Kentucky early in her career, died of lymphoma Aug. 26. Dr. Mariotti, 78, of Glendora, who eventually practiced family medicine for more than 35 years in the small town of Woodbury Heights, died at a friend's home in Sewell. The bright South Philadelphia High School for Girls student (Class of 1948) fantasized about being rich when she saw physicians' grand homes on South Broad Street.
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.
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.
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 17, 2007 |
Temple University Health System said yesterday that it would cut 500 jobs in a major reorganization attempting to restore financial health to the four-hospital network, which serves as the safety net for some of the city's poorest neighborhoods. In a city with no public hospital, Temple has, to a degree, been forced into that role, and is now caught between the rising cost of care and the decreasing Medicaid payments to treat those patients that account for nearly half its admissions.
December 10, 2005 |
A Haddon Township doctor accused of submitting inflated bills to insurance companies was ordered yesterday to suspend his practice for six months and take courses in medical record-keeping and professional ethics, authorities said. Dennis M. Scardigli, whose main practice is based in Westmont, must also reimburse the state $135,000 for the cost of the investigation, according to a spokesman for the state Division of Consumer Affairs. Scardigli also had been charged with providing inadequate clinical examinations, preparing inadequate records of his motor-vehicle-accident patients, and making unnecessary referrals of his patients to other businesses that he owned: the Psychophysiological Assessment and Treatment Center, and South Jersey Diagnostics.
May 10, 2005 |
Patients can now create their own online medical records, receive electronic health alerts tailored to their ailments, and exchange e-mail with their doctors free of charge, under a service unveiled yesterday. The for-profit venture, called iHealthRecord, is part of an ongoing trend toward converting patient records, many of which still are maintained on paper, to the Internet. Health-care economists say conversion of patient records to databases linked to the Internet would save billions of dollars and greatly improve patient care by, among other things, helping to avoid medical errors.