Startup Medsphere released the core elements of its OpenVista health care system as open source code this week. Medsphere hopes to capitalize on a successful deployment at the Veterans Health Administration hospital system by adapting its software to the community hospitals and private health care providers. OpenVista is already in operation at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. Medsphere's chairman and CEO is Ken Kizer, the former VA administrator who fought for a standard IT system in VA hospitals.

$200m hospital likely by 2010
BARBADOS WILL HAVE a modern, state-of-the-art hospital about three years after the Town and Country Planning Department gives the green light. Barbadian doctors, nurses and other medical support staff will be among the approximately 420 people who will be hired to work when the $200 million project is up and running by 2010. On Monday night at a town hall meeting at Queen's College, Husbands, St James, the principals behind the privately-owned hospital - which is to be built on ten acres of land at Welches, St Thomas, just south of the Shell Redman's Village gas station along the Ronald Mapp Highway - met with the public.

‘It Is Just Not Walter Reed';
For two weeks, revelations about U.S. war veterans, recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, living in deplorable conditions and being ignored by a callous bureaucracy, have shocked Americans, cost some Pentagon officials their jobs, and generated a significant scandal. But we continue to learn more and more all the time. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on ABC yesterday, ";If it';s this bad at the outpatient facilities at Walter Reed, how is it in the rest of the country? Walter Reed is our crown jewel."; As it turns out, Walter Reed is just the tip of the iceberg.

. . . Hey mom, Holy Redeemer
will still baby you By Diane Villano Times Staff Writer Jeanes Hospital has joined several other Northeast Philadelphia hospitals that in recent years have ended their maternity services. However, just three miles away, in Meadowbrook, Montgomery County, Holy Redeemer Hospital is welcoming them. Billboards on I-95 tout the facility's availability for Northeast Philadelphia moms, who last year accounted for a little more than half of the maternity patients at the Huntingdon Pike hospital.

1000s of doctors without jobs
The chaos created by a new training system for young doctors is the "biggest crisis to hit British medicine", a leading surgeon said yesterday. Prof Gus McGrowther: 'This is the biggest crisis to hit British medicine since the start of the NHS' The new system, being investigated by the Royal College of Surgeons, has left thousands of junior doctors without jobs as trainee consultants. Their current posts will end in August and fears are growing about how hospitals will cope. The despairing and increasingly angry doctors have set the date for a London protest march and are taking legal advice about the equity of the new system.

6 Steps to Perfection
In order to identify customer needs and priorities and suitably address them, the hospital chose the Six Sigma methodology of quality management. The hospital chose GE, the pioneer in implementing Six Sigma principles, as a guide for the project implementation. The first task was to list the problem areas. The hospital located as many as 77. "It was not practical to approach all the concern areas at one time. Hence, the areas were whittled to 30 and then finally to six," explains Sanjay Chandiramani, Quality Leader (QL) and Co-ordinator of the Six Sigma initiative.

Ailing hospital seeks a partner
Front Page > Business Page Page 1 of 2 next | Email | Print | Subscribe Add To Insider Newsclips | Click-2-Listen Ailing hospital seeks a partner By Gregory Lopes March 2, 2007 Montgomery General Hospital, after 85 years of independent operation, announced this week it is seeking proposals from other health care providers to set up a partnership. Despite reports that the hospital is on the verge of a buyout, Peter Monge, the hospital's chief executive officer, is adamant that Montgomery General is not up for sale. "We are truly looking for a partner," he said.

Are white coats going out of fashion?
The most obvious advantage of doctors wearing white coats is that they stand out among others in a busy hospital, which can help avoid confusion. This theory is supported by a survey in which a significant number of people said that white coats made it easier to identify doctors. Among the 276 patients and 86 doctors, the popularity of white coats was much higher (almost double) amongst patients than medics, with some people holding the view that they pose a risk of infection. For or against? Attitudes towards white coats also seem to vary with age.

Arizona Range News | Willcox, Arizona
Trauma Telemedicine, a technology that gives emergency room doctors in Bisbee real-time connection with trauma doctors at University Medical Center in Tucson, was installed recently, a major step in an effort to expand healthcare in rural communities. "Bisbee is part of the second trauma medicine network in the country to use this cutting edge technology," said Joe Marshall, manager of Copper Queen Community Hospital's diagnostic imaging department who also serves as the hospital's new teletrauma coordinator.

Army boss steps down in scandal at Walter Reed | www.azstarnet.com
WASHINGTON - Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey abruptly stepped down Friday as the Bush administration struggled to cope with the fallout from a scandal over substandard conditions for war-wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Harvey's departure, announced on short notice by a visibly agitated Defense Secretary Robert Gates, was the most dramatic move in an escalating removal of officials with responsibilities over one of the military's highest-profile and busiest medical facilities.

Army secretary quits in wake of hospital scandal
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey resigned Friday in the wake of recent reports of substandard conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a key facility treating troops wounded in Iraq. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Harvey's resignation at the Pentagon, just a day after Harvey removed the hospital's commander, Maj. Gen. George Weightman, from his post. Gates said Undersecretary of the Army Peter Garon will temporarily take Harvey's place. "I thanked Dr. Harvey for his distinguished service to the department and to the nation," Gates said.

Army secretary quits in wake of hospital scandal - CNN.com
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey resigned Friday in the wake of recent reports of substandard conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a key facility treating troops wounded in Iraq. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Harvey's resignation at the Pentagon, just a day after Harvey removed the hospital's commander, Maj. Gen. George Weightman, from his post. Gates said Undersecretary of the Army Peter Geren will temporarily take Harvey's place. Harvey will leave on March 9. "I thanked Dr. Harvey for his distinguished service to the department and to the nation," Gates said.

Army Secretary Resigns Amid Walter Reed Probe
The committee chairman, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), said the effort to privatize support services "led to a precipitous drop" in the number of personnel providing facilities management and other services at Walter Reed and may have been responsible for some of the problems there. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, meanwhile, announced this afternoon that he has accepted the resignation of Francis J. Harvey as secretary of the Army, and he said the Army later today would name a new permanent replacement for Weightman.

Army Secretary Resigns in Scandal's Wake
WASHINGTON (AP) - It began with reports of mice and moldy plaster, but after two weeks of outrage, the scandal over poor conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center has claimed several careers - including the secretary of the Army's. Secretary Francis J. Harvey's abrupt dismissal Friday came under withering criticism from Pentagon chief Robert Gates, who said the Army's response to the substandard conditions for the war-wounded was defensive, and not aggressive enough. And it left the door open for more personnel changes, as investigations continue and Congress prepares for hearings next week.

Army secretary steps down in wake of Walter Reed scandal
WASHINGTON (AP) - Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey abruptly stepped down Friday as the Bush administration struggled to cope with the fallout from a scandal over substandard conditions for war-wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Harvey's departure, announced on short notice by a visibly agitated Defense Secretary Robert Gates, was the most dramatic move in an escalating removal of officials with responsibilities over one of the military's highest-profile and busiest medical facilities.

As Medical Airlifts Proliferate, the Public Price Tag Is Rising
By BARRY MEIER One night last May, after two cars collided along a rural highway about 40 miles west of Tulsa - killing one driver and seriously injuring the other - firefighters from the nearby town of Foyil called for a medical helicopter. But as the aircraft descended, they saw it was a helicopter operated by a rival company and not the one their dispatcher had summoned from Tulsa. Randy Atchley, the chief of the Foyil fire department, said he thought the rival helicopter's crew, listening on an emergency scanner, had "jumped the call" and raced to the scene. The firemen waved it off and the Tulsa-based helicopter soon arrived.

Backlogs, Waits Plague VA Hospital System - Health Site
And he waited, and waited, for the Department of Veterans Affairs to help him make his way back. Diagnosed with severe post-traumatic stress disorder in March 2004, it may take months, he said, to get an appointment for mental health counseling at the VA Medical Center in Brockton because of staffing shortages. It took more than a year before he began receiving his $348 monthly check for partial disability. "The people at the VA want to help, but the system is broken. They are just so overwhelmed," Lennon, 30, said.

Better communication between families, health care providers can reduce cost, length of stay in ICU
Better communication between families, health care providers can reduce cost, length of stay in ICU Researchers at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing testing system at Cleveland-area hospitals that address family decision-making CLEVELAND - A growing population of chronically critically ill (CCI) patients use approximately half of all hospital intensive care unit (ICU) resources at a cost of an estimated $50 billion annually. In turn, health care providers pass those costs onto the consumer.

California health plans join with feds to grade doctors
The federal government and coalition of health care purchasers, plans and providers have teamed up to compile data on physician performance to help doctors improve what they do and help the public make better health care choices. Report cards will be available to doctors by mid-year so they can understand the information, and the idea is to eventually release it to the public, said Peter Lee, chief executive officer of the Pacific Business Group on Health, a San Francisco-based health care purchasing pool.

Cardiac CT Training
By: Tony DeFrance, M.D. Cardiovascular CT angiography (CCTA) has become one of the hottest areas in both radiology and cardiology and is a growing application for CT imaging in general. The proliferation of meetings, symposia, and lectures at conferences of the American College of Radiology and the American College of Cardiology dedicated to CCTA is unprecedented. More than 800 physicians attended the first annual meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular CT. Radiology and cardiology groups, as well as hospitals, are buying 64-slice CT scanners at an incredible rate.

Cervical Cancer Called Greater Risk Than Earlier Thought
February 28, 2007 Feb. 28--A new federal study says the human papillomavirus that can lead to cervical cancer infects many more girls and young women than previously thought, and researchers stressed the importance of a newly approved vaccine. The study, released Tuesday, found an infection rate among women 14 to 59 of about one-quarter, similar to previous findings. But 7.5 million females in the 14-to-24 age group -- 33.8 percent -- are infected. Earlier estimates put the number at 4.6 million in that age group. Researchers attribute the higher numbers entirely to better counting methods, not an increase in infection.

Change the Face of Medicine at the Detroit Public Library March 16-April 13
The Detroit Public Library and the Wayne State University Library System, in collaboration with the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Friends Foundation of the Detroit Public Library are sponsoring a traveling exhibit called "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians," an exhibition that honors the lives and achievements of women in medicine. It will be on display at the Detroit Public Library from March 6 - April 13. It will be at the Main Library, located at 5201 Woodward, in Detroit's Midtown Cultural Center.

Child abduction, psychiatry-style: The making of human guinea pigs;
From 1999 to 2001, Lazure headed the “Support Committee for Justice for the Duplessis Orphans” - an effort that, according to Rod Vienneau, betrayed those it pretended to help. Vienneau compared Lazure’s position on the committee to “a fox in the chicken coop.” In his memoirs, Medecin et Citoyen, published in 2002, Lazure wrote that in 1952, while interning at Hospice St. Jean de Dieu, a massive psychiatric facility in Montreal since renamed Louis-Hyppolite Lafontaine Hospital, he and five other interns regularly administered electroshock and routinely put patients into insulin comas.

Choosing a Pediatrician for Twins/Multiples
With multiples, you're likely to make more than your fair share of trips to the doctor's office during their lifetime. It's important, therefore, to choose the right doctor. If you are an experienced parent, you may already have an affiliation with a doctor or pediatrician. If you're a new parent, you may wonder how to find a caregiver that specializes in babies and children. Either way, consider these tips to ensure that you find the best medical care for your multiples. What types of doctors are there? p]A general practioner (GP) is a traditional family doctor.

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative
The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI) and the Colorado Health and Hospital Association support the proposal, saying it will increase access to health care and save money in the long run. "The decision making and control are ultimately in the hands of the local community," said Carrie Curtiss, public policy director for CCHI. "They will be investing in services and infrastructure they need." The hospital association said it is seeing an increasing number of patients visit its facilities, particularly the emergency department, who do not have health insurance. About 750,000 Coloradans are uninsured. Sen.

Consumers Left Holding the Peanut Butter Jar
When Mrs. Halstead, of Weston, W. Va., fell ill with diarrhea and vomiting on December 23 after having a peanut butter sandwich. Her condition worsened and she was admitted to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, where the menu did not include peanut butter. Mrs. Halstead developed pneumonia and congestive heart failure but still she told her son Larry she yearned for peanut butter. "So, dumb old me, I made her a peanut butter sandwich at home and brought it to her at the hospital, because it was just about the only thing she wanted to eat," Larry Halstead said. "In no time, she got just 100% worse.

CR and DR come to the rescue in emergency departments
State-of-the-art digital imaging services are being prescribed to treat a crisis of overcrowding in the nation’s emergency departments. The need for speed is a driving factor. At a time when the number of hospital emergency departments has been cut by 12%, ED visits reached a record high of nearly 114 million, 23% higher than a decade earlier, according to 2003 data released in May by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The crisis translates into a clear need for higher patient throughput and expedited diagnosis and treatment.

Critically-ill man 'told to go elsewhere'
Dubai: Friends and family of a 58-year-old-French man, who was bleeding profusely from a puncture in a major artery, are questioning why a private hospital discharged him despite his condition. Maurice Copin was rushed to Dubai Hospital just before midnight on February 19 in critical condition, a few hours after Zulekha Hospital discharged him.

Daily Herald News Story
Defense chief voices anger over hospital mess WASHINGTON (AP) - Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey abruptly stepped down Friday as the Bush administration struggled to cope with the fallout from a scandal over substandard conditions for wounded Iraq soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Harvey's sudden departure was the most dramatic move yet in an escalating removal of commanders with responsibilities over one of the military's highest-profile and busiest medical facilities.

DeSoto Memorial Hospital celebrates Doctors' Day
04/13/05 DeSoto Memorial Hospital celebrates Doctors' Day Special to the Arcadian In 1935, the Southern Medical Association Auxiliary initiated the celebration of Doctors' Day, an observance that began with the 1990 proclamation by President George Bush of March 30 as National Doctors' Day. "The enactment of this law allows people in their community to publicly show appreciation for the vital role that doctors play in caring for the sick, advancing medical knowledge and promoting good health," explains Public Relations Coordinator Diane Jones. On Wednesday, March 30, DeSoto Memorial celebrated Doctors' Day.

Docs bitten by phoren bug-India-NEWS-The Times of India
It isn't only reel-life hero Munnabhai MBBS who had to go to Hollywood for his MD. In a sixties phenomenon that is making a comeback, Indian doctors are again heading for American shores. Thanks to scarce MD seats - made even more scarce by reservation - doctors are again queuing up outside the offices of visa consultants. Delhi-based visa consultant Himish Bhatnagar is handling a veritable deluge of applications. "The volume of doctors going to the US from India has increased dramatically in the last two years," he says. Last year, Bhatnagar helped 400 doctors get visas to the United States as compared to the mere 250 in 2005.

Doc's in, at a cost
Mary Davis, who runs a software consulting business, values her time. And she hates waiting, especially in doctors'; offices, which she says she used to do a lot. ";I was becoming stunned at how poorly medical scheduling was being done,"; says Davis, 56. ";I';d go to the doctor; he';d say, ‘Be here at 11.'; He';d see you at 12:15 and then sometimes they';d put you in their little waiting room and the doctor still didn';t come in for 20 more minutes."; Davis doesn';t wait for her physician anymore.

Doctor cleared in patient's bleeding death
State medical officials said the doctor failed to recognize symptoms and ignored tests that showed Paopao's blood might not clot properly. But after a five-day hearing before an administrative law judge this year, Kudva was cleared of the allegations. The judge ruled that Kudva did not violate the standard of care before or after the surgery. After ruling in Kudva's favor, Judge Alan S. Meth ordered the dismissal of the state's accusation, saying the doctor had no reason to believe her patient was in danger of bleeding to death. The judge's order, which became effective Dec.

Doctors getting harder to hire; shortage looms - 2005-07-25
Some in-demand specialists are tough to find now, and local medical recruiters say they expect a shortage of primary-care physicians in the coming years will add to their workload. That in turn could have a ripple effect throughout the health care system -- further squeezing already-tight hospital profit margins and, in some areas and some specialties, making it harder for patients to get access to medical care.

Doctors take their place on front lines
Arbelaez is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician in emergency medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). For a week in mid-September he worked as part of a multidisciplinary team from BWH to provide immediate care and conduct rapid health assessments of New Orleans-area shelters. Arbelaez, who has a degree from the Harvard School of Public Health (SPH) in addition to a medical degree, worked mostly with people from the Ninth Ward and St. Bernard Parish, two of the poorest and worst-hit areas of the city.

Doctors, hospital share savings
This June, the doctors were given the option of restricting their use of medical devices to just three vendors. In exchange, they were told to expect a 15 to 20 percent cut of the savings gained by the hospital in using the manufacturers. While there are just a handful of such programs, called gainsharing, across the country, some predict they will balloon in the coming years as hospitals struggle with declining reimbursements and increasing medical technology costs.

Duke patients can get records online
Banks have done it. Airlines, too. Duke University Health System thinks it's high time that hospitals and doctors' offices help patients access their records online, as well. The health system recently introduced HealthView, a Web site designed to give patients access to their financial and medical records online. Through the site, patients at any of the system's hospitals and clinics can see how much they owe Duke and how much they paid it during a year and ultimately keep tabs on their diagnostic test results.

emergency rooms are in some stage of expansion
Hospitals are prescribing bricks and mortar to treat everything from overcrowding to bioterrorism threats in the region's emergency rooms. The result is a building boom, with six of the 20 Allegheny County emergency rooms in some stage of an expansion. There's similar activity in surrounding counties, with hospitals from Beaver to Canonsburg making plans to enlarge their ERs. A decade ago, the number of emergency room visits across the country fell as HMOs erected barriers to prevent patients from using the ER. Today, health plans have dropped many of those restrictions, and emergency room visits are on the rise again.

Enderlin Independent: North Dakota
The rescheduled regular board meeting of the new Enderlin Area Public School District #24 was held Thursday, February 22, 2007 in the School's Meeting Room 117. Board members present included Sandi Bar-tholomay, Matt Bartholo-may, Dan Billing, Rollie Schroeder, Rick Gillund and Cyndee Chesley. School Business Manager Susan Schlecht and School Super-intendent Pat Feist attended as did guests Diane Fuhrman and Barb Barth-olomay. Presiding over the meeting was Board Presi-dent Cyndee Chesley and a quorum was established with the meeting beginning at 8:12pm immediately following the band concert.

Everyone is entitled to a good doctor
W hen patients and their relatives say they have a “good doctor”, they mean a doctor whom they feel they can trust without having to think about it. They equate “goodness” with integrity, safety, up-to-date medical knowledge and diagnostic skill, and the ability to form a good relationship with them. For them, good doctors are clinically expert and at the same time are interested in them, kind, courteous, empathetic and caring.

Facility to provide storybook care for kids
Kulana Malama will help kids needing long-term medical help By Helen Altonn haltonn@starbulletin.com The first facility in the Pacific providing skilled nursing care for medically fragile children has a storybook theme for good reason: Developer Gordon Ito thought about his two grandchildren during the design phase. "I kept telling my interior designer, 'We need to get into the minds of kids and what excites them,'" Ito said. The Ewa facility, called Kulana Malama, resembles an enchanted forest with a floor-to-ceiling beanstalk, billowy clouds and a castle. "It's very Disneyesque," Ito said.

From the Editor's desk: New medical school with a clear vision
The stirring strains of the traditional Gaudeamus igitur surrounded the foundation students of Wollongong University's new medical school as they filed into the University Hall for their welcoming ceremony. As proceedings unfolded, it soon became obvious that this fledgling Graduate School of Medicine (GSM) was embarking on a different journey to that taken by our established medical schools. Significantly, the school has already forged strong partnerships with communities in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven districts, as was clear from the many community leaders present at the ceremony.

Group visits help diabetic patients, but small practices have problems making them worthwhile
When word got around that solo general internist Michael Hennigan, FACP, was holding group visits at his diabetes and lipid center in Decatur, Ala, people started showing up who weren't his primary care patients. Dr. Hennigan, who lives in an area of the country with high diabetes rates, was glad to see them. But some of his colleagues around town felt differently. "We teach the patients what kind of care to expect, and if they don't get it, to ask for it. This has gotten a few people upset at us," Dr. Hennigan said. "We had one physician call and say 'Stop telling my patients to take off their shoes.

Hand-Assisted Technique May Decrease Time In Surgery For Colorectal Cancer Patients Undergoing Laparoscopic Surgery
For patients with colorectal cancer who require the surgical removal of a part of their colon (colectomy), an experimental procedure that combines the benefits of laparoscopic surgery and open surgery may decrease the time they spend in the operating room. Surgeon-scientists from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and its academic affiliates are currently recruiting patients for a clinical research study to test this hypothesis.

Health Care Marketplace | Los Angeles Times Examines Increased Number of Large Companies That Offer Employees Onsite Medical Care - Kaisernetwork.org
Health Care Marketplace | Los Angeles Times Examines Increased Number of Large Companies That Offer Employees Onsite Medical Care [Oct 04, 2005] The Los Angeles Times on Monday examined the increased number of large companies that have opened onsite medical clinics for employees to help reduce health care costs. In the past, most companies that offered onsite medical care were located in rural areas or were manufacturing companies with high rates of worker injuries.

Health-care alliance
WATERVILLE -- The people in charge of Maine's three largest health-care systems went on a road trip together Thursday, a joint venture on a day they announced a cooperative agreement that could save millions of dollars and greatly ease the transfer of patient information. "One of the guiding principles we have used," MaineHealth President Bill Caron said at a news conference held at MaineGeneral Medical Center's Thayer Campus, "is how can we improve the care given to patients, and how can we improve the support we give to our doctors and staff.

highly dramatic
Q: Nurses are just wonderful, but you really can't expect Hollywood to focus on them, can you? After all, popular media products have to be dramatic and exciting. Why don't you just focus on getting a nursing documentary on PBS or basic cable? A: Because the work of nurses is at least as dramatic as that of physicians, and getting the wider public to understand that would be of great value in resolving the nursing shortage that is one of the world's most pressing public health problems. More than a few Hollywood insiders have expressed to us some version of the sentiments in the above FAQ.

His X-Ray Vision Reveals Child Abuse
It was late afternoon one recent day. Outside the sun was shining. But in Dr. Paul K. Kleinman's office at Children's Hospital Boston, it was dark, the shades were drawn, and he was staring at images of an infant's skeleton, looking for the telltale signs of child abuse. "These X-rays," he said, "are from 13 minutes ago." There were shots of the skull, the rib cage, the legs and arms, each from multiple angles. It's known as a skeletal survey, and doctors at Children's and most other hospitals request it whenever they're dealing with a child who may be suffering from abuse. Kleinman sees these surveys all the time.

Home health care need growing
Geneva Labate co-owns Home Instead franchises in Riverside and Colton with her business partner Ruby Louie. It's one of the largest private pay chains in North America and specializes in the nonmedical needs of its clients. Labate said home health care is not something people think about unless the need arises. More than 100 caregivers at her agency do whatever is needed, from laundry to helping a patient get out of bed to providing family members with a break. They work as little as four hours to 24 hours, she said. She cautions people to be careful in choosing an agency whose employees are all bonded, insured and thoroughly trained.

Hospital committee talks about feasibility issues
County commission concerns about the three proposed sites for a hospital were reviewed by the County Hospital Advisory Committee Tuesday. During his report, Committee Chair Bob Davey said he, along with board member Kathy Chavez and consultant Robin Hunn of Robin Hunn, LLC, spoke with the county commissioners who had expressed concerns during the Feb. 21 commission meeting. Davey said there seemed to be two primary concerns expressed by the commissioners. They were the financial viability of the hospital and how other providers already in the county, such as Presbyterian, would interface with the hospital.

Hospital Facing Staff Cuts
Less than two months after Caritas Health Care Inc., officially took ownership of St. John';s Queens Hospital, The Queens Courier has learned that major staffing cuts are imminent as part of the hospital';s reorganization plan. As many as 32 full-time employee-nursing positions, which could affect as many as 50 nurses, technicians and patient care assistants, are likely to be terminated or displaced within the next month, according to multiple sources at the hospital. ";They are going to staff the whole hospital to the bare minimum,"; said one nurse who has been with the hospital for more than 10 years.

Hospital Trustees Begin To Focus on Patient Safety
Coverage & Access | Hospital Trustees Begin To Focus on Patient Safety [Mar 05, 2007] Hospitals increasingly are asking trustees "to go beyond the role of community boosters" and focus on patient safety, the Boston Globe reports. Hospital board trustees, who traditionally have used their positions to network and raise money, are beginning to turn their attention to flawed policies and procedures that lead to infections, prescription mistakes and other medical errors. Physicians say greater involvement by board members could bring attention to a hospital's need for more resources and better technology.

Hospital wins fight to move
Minister pledges to find Bt40m to fund new site after hearing how staff and residents near industrial area have suffered health problems The Public Health Ministry has agreed to relocate Map Ta Phut Hospital far away from the Map Ta Phut industrial complex after finding that a young nurse had developed ovary cancer and more staff were suffering respiratory ailments than other hospitals. Public Health Minister Mongkol na Songkla said after visiting the hospital and nearby communities yesterday that he planned to find Bt40 million to move the 30-bed hospital.

Hospitals could get food factory hygiene standards
"I find it extraordinary that we have tougher laws and higher standards for hygiene in our food factories than we do for our hospitals. It is extraordinary and not acceptable," she said on a day when doctors and health unions attacked her plans to expand the role of private sector health providers to meet NHS needs. A bill will be included in the Queen's speech next week to impose safety regulations on the health service that will be modelled on hygiene standards in the food manufacturing industry, where visitors to factories must show as much attention to cleanliness as the staff.

Hospitals, clinics and laboratories don't always make it easy for health care consumers to shop around, say observers...
With many employees paying more for health insurance -- and getting less coverage -- patient advocates are encouraging consumers to do some shopping around. But hospitals, clinics and laboratories don't always make that easy, says the Wall Street Journal. Physicians, while open to their patients' preferences, often recommend specific centers for diagnostic testing without first considering the price, say experts. At the same time, doctors connected with hospitals often prefer in-house testing for easy access to radiologists and other specialists who handle the results.

InfoFlex - Enabling GP's To Receive Appropriate Clinical Data Electronically Minutes After Patient Leaves Hospital
Statement From Marc Warburton, Chief Executive Of Chameleon Information Management Services Limited: "We are delighted at the progress made within the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the Discharge Summaries project. The system will have approximately 1000 pc's utilising InfoFlex, enabling GP's to receive appropriate clinical data electronically, minutes after the patient has been discharged from hospital. We have worked with the Gloucestershire Project team and other suppliers to provide an IT solution to meet the Trust's desire to improve the flow of information between hospital doctors and GPs.

Innisfil Scope - News
Monday afternoon, RVH closed a section of one of its medical units in response to a contained outbreak of gastro intestinal virus, which caused over a dozen patients and staff to become ill since last Thursday. More . Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation gives Board of Directors 2006 review by Michelle Minnoch Kimberly MacKenzie, Executive Director of the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation (LSCF) gave an update of their 2006 accomplishments to the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) Board of Directors on February 23rd.

Insurance Woes
Insurance Woes I know I'm beating on a dead horse here, but I have to point out that when hospitals are charging insurance companies of breaking (obliterating is more like it) RICO rules then maybe, just maybe, some people should quit saying that options like acupuncture and herbs are driving up the costs of health care.

Intel's planned tablet PC for nurses
Intel, of Santa Clara, Calif., last year helped to establish a multicompany alliance called Continua to define medical-technology standards, and the company has set up a "digital health" group for its strategy to develop combinations of computer chips and other technologies for specific markets. With Motion, Intel deployed demographics researchers to study how nurses work, consulted with them and tested tablets at three hospitals, said Louis Burns, vice president of Intel's digital-health group. Motion, a closely held tablet maker in Austin, Texas, already gets about half of its sales from the medical industry.

Israel Human experimentations
In the years 1948-1954 thousands of Jewish children were taken, sometimes forcibly, from their biological parents while in hospitals or child-care homes. The leader of the Yemenite children's movement, Rabbi Uzi Meshulam, was imprisoned for trying to get the truth out. He was cruelly tortured by the Shin Bet Israeli intelligence services and later returned home in a vegetative state from which he has not emerged. He revealed that the kidnapped children were sent to America to die cruelly in nuclear experiments. The American government had banned human testing and needed guinea pigs.

Journal Gazette/Times-Courier Online
Giving birth just got sweeter, thanks to a new, free program offered at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. The new Birth Companions program is designed to make the experience of childbirth more comfortable and pleasant, said Pam Hood, perinatal education coordinator and lactation nurse specialist at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. Hood started the local Birth Companions program, which is patterned after a program at Johns Hopkins University. “It’s new here,” Hood said. “No one has ever done it before.

JURIST - Paper Chase: Connecticut legislators propose near-universal health care plan
Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Connecticut legislators propose near-universal health care plan Stefanie Presley at 8:38 PM ET [JURIST] Lawmakers in Connecticut's House of Representatives [official website] have introduced a health care reform bill [text] aimed at providing coverage to the state's uninsured. The initiative introduced Tuesday positions Connecticut within the growing ranks of states that have recently proposed health care reform plans for their poor and uninsured residents.

KCBD - NewsChannel 11 / Lubbock, TX: Fond Farewell To A Favorite Lubbock Physician
It was 1987 when Dr. Fred Hagedorn joined the staff at UMC as Director of the Emergency Room. Actually, he was the only ER physician.with just 12 beds. Today, there are 40 beds and 14 emergency physicians. Even so, Dr. Fred Hagedorn has personally treated more than 120,000 patients at UMC. Tonight, we look back at his influence on the South Plains, as he hangs up his white coat and moves on. By the time NBC brought emergency medicine to prime time in '94, Dr. Fred Hagedorn had built a powerhouse at UMC with a brand new designation level one trauma center. An accomplishment noticed by long time TV physician Dr. Red Duke. Dr.

Keep Private Hospitals off our Public Land, says Cllr McGarry
Recently a local Fianna Fail spokesperson claimed to have been assured by Health Minister Harney that a new private hospital facility would be developed on the grounds of Sligo General Hospital "under a co-location project". The contract was expected to be signed before the General Election. By co-location of course he meant that public land would be made available to developers and private investors on a public hospital site.

Learning from the VHA
In 1990, ABC News "Primetime" won an investigative reporters and editors award for a hidden camera account of patient neglect, abuse, and unsanitary conditions at a Veterans Health Administration hospital in Ohio. That same year, JCAHO found that VHA hospitals were at least 20 percent more likely than others to fall below quality standards. Article 99, starring Kiefer Sutherland, appeared two years later. It was a movie drama about a group of Kansas City VHA hospital doctors forced to contend with bureaucratic red tape, inefficiency, and a paperwork abundance that left patients in the lurch.

Little hope for new deal between hospital, behavioral health plan
Abington Memorial of Abington, Pa., is one of the largest suburban medical centers in the Philadelphia region. Magellan (NASDAQ:MGLN), based in Avon, Conn., administers behavioral health benefits for members of Independence Blue Cross managed-care plans. Magellan also administers health coverage for several of Pennsylvania's Medicaid HMO plans. Abington Memorial President Richard L. Jones Jr., in a letter posted on the hospital's Web site, said Magellan's rates have remained fixed since 2002. He said last year the hospital lost $1.

Local hospitals get good rating in patient surveys
The Weyburn General Hospital, along with St. Joseph's Hospital in Estevan and community hospitals in Arcola, Kipling and Redvers, were rated as good as, or better, than the provincial average in a survey conducted by the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council (HQC). The results of the survey, conducted with input from patients between September 2004 and January 2005, was released on Tuesday morning by the HQC. The results were culled from the responses of roughly 5,000 patient surveys throughout the province.

Malpractice award cap in play
A proposed change to Hawaii's medical malpractice law is taking center stage at the Legislature, the result of doctors' pleas that lawsuits and higher insurance premiums are driving an increasing number of specialists out of the state. The 1,300-member Hawaii Medical Association is lobbying for a bill that would cap the noneconomic damages in a malpractice suit at $500,000. Currently there is no cap on noneconomic damages. The House bill has passed the health and consumer protection committees and is scheduled for a final hearing today in the House Judiciary Committee.

Md. Doctors Frustrated Over Delay in Med-Mal Subsidy Funds
A series of delays has prompted finger-pointing between leading Democratic lawmakers and state insurance regulators and caused headaches for Maryland doctors. Many physicians who expected the state to pitch in and help pay for this year's higher insurance premiums instead are stuck with paying the full bills themselves. Quarterly bills will be arriving this month. "There's extreme frustration,'' said Philip Schneider, an orthopedic surgeon in Kensington. "Many of us went ahead and paid the higher premiums with the promise that there would be relief, and it hasn't happened yet.

Measure, Learn, and Improve: Physicians' Involvement in Quality Improvement
To date, QI has not permeated the culture of professional medicine, say the authors of "Measure, Learn, and Improve: Physicians' Involvement in Quality Improvement" (Health Affairs, May/June 2005). Drawing upon data from the Commonwealth Fund National Survey of Physicians and Quality of Care, Anne-Marie J. Audet, M.D., and her colleagues found that only one-third of doctors have been involved in any redesign efforts aimed at improving performance. Just a third, moreover, have access to any data about the quality of their own clinical performance, while seven of 10 physicians do not feel the public should have access to quality-of-care data.

MEDITECH Customer Achivement: Roger Williams Medical Center
"We have a history of using information systems to achieve higher quality of care," declares Susan Cerrone Abely, VP and CIO of Roger Williams Medical Center (RWMC) in Providence, RI. "The culture here has historically been one of pushing and moving forward, setting ambitious goals, and then striving to meet, or hopefully exceed, them." The organization's pioneering spirit was certainly evident from the start, as RWMC brought patient management software, EMR, general financials, and all department clinicals LIVE within the first seven months of their initial MEDITECH installation, back when Abely first joined in 2001.

MHA Link: News: Top Story February 2007
Dr. Jennifer DeGrenier, a pediatrician in the practice of Hertzig, Gerrity, Griffin and DeGrenier in North Adams, is shown using one of the tablet PCs now in use to enter information into the electronic medical record. Northern Berkshire eHealth Collaborative's launch of its electronic health record (EHR) system was profiled in a front page story by Liz Kowalczyk in the Boston Globe on Tuesday, January 30. North Adams, Brockton, and Newburyport are the three communities in the state that are serving as pilot communities for this Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative's EHR program.

MVP Health Care - Visitors - Plan Options
Featuring an extensive doctor network and no referrals, MVP PPO Select offers an exciting choice for businesses and their employees. Here's how it works: You can see any doctor in the network – no referral required. You can visit doctors and hospitals in our network, OR visit out-of-network doctors and hospitals. Employers can customize their PPO with a range of copay, coinsurance, and deductible options, and a variety of valuable riders. Large businesses with some employees outside MVP's service area can add a rider to provide access to a national network for those employees.

N.O. Hospital Pledges To Rebuild
Quote "Hospitals don't need to be as large as they used to be. Stays are shorter, and a lot more can be done on an outpatient basis." Joseph Chiarelli, analyst (AP) Tenet Healthcare Corp., whose two major hospitals in New Orleans have been closed since Hurricane Katrina and which is under investigation into patient deaths at one of them, says it will spend "hundreds of millions of dollars" to build a new health care system in the region. "We were a major health care provider here before the hurricane. We still are after the hurricane," Reynold J. Jennings, the company's chief operating officer, said from New Orleans.

Nearly 300 U-M physicians among the Best Doctors
Of all the health systems in southeast Michigan, U-M has the most physicians on the national list. Compiled every two years by Best Doctors, the list is based on an in-depth survey of more than 30,000 physicians in 43 specialties and more than 400 subspecialties of medicine. Those surveyed were asked, “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?” and the answers scored and weighted for a final tally. The U-M physicians listed represent many different areas of medicine, from the pediatric specialists at the C.S.

New Technology Diagnoses Health Problems Before Symptoms Appear
* Westside Medical Imaging in Beverly Hills is First Outpatient Facility Offering 64-Slice CT Scanner BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Introducing a new direction in the field of cardiovascular medicine, Westside Medical Imaging (WMI) in Beverly Hills, California, now offers technology so precise that coronary problems can often be confidently diagnosed without a hospital visit for a conventional angiography. Cancers or other potential health problems can also be identified before they show up on standard tests. "Nationally, about 50% of heart attack victims have no warning symptoms," said Norman Lepor, M.D.

Newport News-Times: Couple calls emergency room doctor's actions disrespectful
Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital policy indicates "the behavior of all individuals providing services on behalf of Samaritan Health Services" is based on a set of principles, the first one denoting that "patients, employees, medical staff members, and visitors deserve to be treated with dignity, respect for their rights, fairness, and courtesy." A Newport couple believes an emergency room physician violated hospital policy and possibly state law by ignoring medical power of attorney papers during a medical crisis that sent one of them to the ER by ambulance. They also believe being a same-sex couple might have played a role.

News Article - The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
OU Physicians (405) 271-5067 Oklahoma City, OK -- David C. Teague, M.D., has been named chairman of the department of Orthopedic Surgery at the OU College of Medicine. As such, he provides leadership of the academic, research and patient care activities of the department. Teague is also a practicing orthopedic surgeon as part of OU Physicians. Orthopedic surgeons diagnose and treat diseases, disorders and injuries involving bones, joints, and tendons. Teague is board certified in orthopedic surgery. He has specific expertise in treating complex multiple injuries and traumas as well as pelvic and joint fractures.

NHS shakeups hitting morale
Chief executives of NHS trusts across England are demoralised by government attempts to reorganise the health service and are having to cut back staff and delay operations, a poll revealed today. About 70% of hospital and primary care trust chiefs think the NHS is "hidebound by bureaucracy" and 86% said managers were battered and bruised by reorganisation. They have had to introduce tough measures to cut costs over the past few months, with half the trusts delaying operations and three-quarters restricting patients' access to treatment.

Nurses Union Leader Is a Tonic for Governor's Foes
"He was on a roll, he was unassailable, and people told us we couldn't take him on," said DeMoro, sitting in a fourth-floor conference room at the association's brick headquarters here. Two Schwarzenegger bobble-head dolls, one labeled "Governor Girlie Man," roosted on her desk. "We take extreme credit for his poll numbers dropping like a rock," DeMoro said. Schwarzenegger's once-soaring approval ratings have indeed plunged, and his sweeping proposals to revamp state government have stalled. He can't seem to attend a fundraiser free of boisterous union protesters, with chanting nurses often in the front ranks.

OHSU Health - OHSU Health - Portland Hospital and Clinics
The hospitals and clinics of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) provide leading-edge health care services to patients throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. As the state's only health and research university, OHSU blends education, research, patient care and community outreach into one shared mission: to improve the well-being of people in Oregon and beyond. Together, these pieces form the foundation for the university's patient care services. The OHSU Health Web Site This Web site, OHSUhealth.com, is the online access point for the hospitals, clinics and medical group of OHSU.

Oldham Advertiser - Hospital took eye off ball?
FULLBACK Shaun Beeley after receiving his injury - the damage to his left cheekbone can clearly be seen. EXCLUSIVE OLDHAM Athletic are demanding a "full investigation" after claiming that serious injuries to two young footballers, within the space of 24 hours, were misdiagnosed by staff at Royal Oldham Hospital. Club officials were submitting a formal complaint as the Advertiser went to press following separate incidents last week which saw first-team player Chris Hall suffer a bad fracture to his leg and youth-team player Shaun Beeley a severely fractured cheekbone.

Opinion Pieces Discount Single-Payer Legislation
Opinion Pieces Discount Single-Payer Legislation March 2, 2007 Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health, and the editorial board of the San Jose Mercury News on Friday weighed in on health care reform efforts in California. Summaries appear below. Van Gorder, San Diego Union-Tribune: "To prevent the further loss of hospitals and emergency rooms, any solution to our health care crisis must . [a]ddress the uninsured problem," increase Medi-Cal funding and help hospitals cover the cost of compliance with state seismic safety rules and other "unfunded mandates," Van Gorder writes in a Union-Tribune opinion piece.

Organ transplants put UPMC on the map, confirm growth strategy
Dr. Thomas Detre and his protege, Jeffrey A. Romoff, were nearly inseparable in the early 1980s. If one was seen walking near the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Oakland, the other probably was not far behind. Since arriving at WPIC in 1973, Mr. Romoff had overseen the Detre-ordered revamping of the clinic's medical residency program, and he had provided critical management skills in the day-to-day operation of WPIC. As the local and national health-care scenes began changing, the two men's relationship deepened and expanded. In their eight years together, WPIC's budget had increased from $6.

Pak forcelifts survivors
Introduction: Patients with critical burns rushed out of Hospital, put onto plane Seven survivors of the Samjhauta Express tragedy were forced on Thursday to leave Safdarjung Hospital on short notice and taken away to a waiting Pakistan Air Force aircraft to be flown back home. All of them were badly burned and a few of them pleaded that they be allowed to stay back for a few days more for their wounds to heal. Some said they had no one at home to look after them. But the doctors said they were helpless; these were orders from above.

Patient died during cannabis drug trial
A WOMAN taking part in trials of an experimental cannabis-based drug appeared drunk and became so confused that she was admitted to hospital where she later died, an inquest was told yesterday. Rene Anderson, 69, of Frecheville, Sheffield, was prescribed the drug Sativex by researchers to ease pain caused by diabetes. She developed pneumonia, respiratory problems and died of kidney failure, the hearing in Sheffield was told. Some patients claim that cannabis-based medicines relieve their symptoms and ease pain but Sativex has yet to win a licence in Britain, pending further data from GW Pharmaceuticals, its manufacturer.

Patients as consumers
In a major shift designed to be more competitive in attracting patients, University Hospitals is strengthening efforts to focus on patient service, Chief Executive Officer Donna Katen-Bahensky said. It isn't that the hospital hasn't cared about patients before, she said. But in the past, University Hospitals has, like other hospitals, designed patient flow, facilities and services around the needs of faculty, doctors and staff. The idea now is to make patient needs the center of everything, a type of patient-as-consumer model of doing business, Katen-Bahensky said.

Patients gain independence at rehab hospital
LOVELAND, Colo. -- Three weeks ago, Carol Roman of Denver climbed up a stack of hay bales to pull down a bale for her horse. Her hay hook didn't catch right, and she tumbled backwards, landing hard and shattering her tibia, a bone in her lower leg. She had surgery at a hospital northeast of Denver and then transferred to the Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Center in Loveland, a new rehabilitation hospital similar to one planned for Casper.

Pay deal 'kick in teeth' - unions
The Government is on a collision course with nurses and other health workers after deciding to award them a staged pay rise below the rate of inflation, while giving the armed forces the highest increase in the public sector. A 2.5% increase for health staff will be paid in two stages in April and November, effectively worth less than 2% a year, while rises of between 3.3% and 9.2% for servicemen and women will be paid "without delay". Union leaders described the announcement as a "kick in the teeth" for NHS staff and raised the threat of industrial action.

Physician tapped into booming anti-aging field
Godfrey, who remains jailed after a judge Friday would not set bail for her on a New York state warrant, hasn't practiced obstetrics at Orlando Regional Healthcare Systems hospitals in more than two years, a company spokesman said. She was arrested Thursday at her office on State Road 434 and remains held without bail at the Seminole County Jail on the warrant alleging "criminal sale of a controlled substance." The multistate probe into the distribution of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs also resulted in the arrests of three Orlando pharmacists on New York warrants.

Pioneering It Software Delivers Patient Information In Hours, Gloucestershire, UK
Believed to be the first of its kind in England, the newly installed InfoFlex Information system from Chameleon Information Management Services Ltd (CIMS) collects relevant clinical data and produces a Discharge Summary. The Discharge Summary is then sent via Anglia Healthcare electronically from the hospital directly to the patient's GP system as soon as the patient is discharged. Until recently GPs may have waited days to receive information but thanks to the new initiative, a GP is up to date in a matter of hours.

preopguide.com News Story
The PreOp-Guide is designed to be a helpful tool in your preparation for surgery. In it you will find useful information that will enable you to more fully understand the process associated with preparation for and recovery from general surgery. This guide is not intended to replace interaction with your health care providers, instead its purpose is to enhance this interaction by making you a more informed patient. Like it or not, in today’s health care world, it is the rare physician who has the time to answer all of the many questions you are sure to have.

President Bienen Highlights Key Issues, Projects
As it has been for the past few years, the speech is being webcast and NUSAC has set up an e-mail for people to send in questions. I anticipate that there will be questions so I'll speak relatively briefly in order to leave time to answer them. I've been traveling quite a bit recently, talking to alumni and other supporters of the University. It's occasionally a bit hectic, but I enjoy doing it because Northwestern has a great story to tell - terrific students, remarkable faculty achievements, excellent administrative support and an ever-strengthening university.

Research suggests doctor-assisted suicide wouldn't undermine patient trust
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - There is little evidence to support the argument that legalizing physician-assisted death would reduce patients' trust in their doctors, according to a researcher from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and colleagues. "Overall, three times as many people disagree as agree that legalizing physician-assisted death would cause them to trust their personal doctors less," said Mark Hall, J.D., professor of public health sciences at Wake Forest Baptist and Fred D. and Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law at Wake Forest University.

Roanoke Daily Herald
WASHINGTON (AP) - Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey abruptly stepped down Friday as the Bush administration struggled to cope with the fallout from a scandal over substandard conditions for wounded Iraq soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Harvey's sudden departure was the most dramatic move yet in an escalating removal of commanders with responsibilities over one of the military's highest-profile and busiest medical facilities. Hours earlier, President Bush ordered a comprehensive review of conditions at the nation's network of military and veteran hospitals in the wake of the Walter Reed disclosures.

Ruling expected on hospital lawsuit
The latest volley in the regional hospital war saga began Feb. 28 during a regional chamber of commerce mixer and public information session at the Huntley Municipal Complex. Centegra Health System brass were on hand to reveal additional details about their newest health-care campus proposed for 110 acres at Algonquin and Haligus roads. A certificate of need for Centegra's $26 million Ambulatory Care Mall is pending before the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. A hearing is scheduled for today.

Saint Joseph Hospital Chooses a Buyer
Saint Joseph Hospital Chooses a Buyer By Amy Cowman, acowman@wagt.com After months of trying to sell, Saint Joseph Hospital and its owner Ascension Health have found a buyer. They've chosen Florida-based Health Management Associates and are ready to seal the deal. Employees at Saint Joseph hospital have experienced layoffs and the threat of closure. Now they can breathe a small sigh of relief. "Now that the future of the hospital is a little more clear, people's concerns about job security and whether Saint Joseph will be here for the long term should be at rest," said CEO Andrew Lasser.

sBMJ | What more proof do you need?
Working towards a medical degree is not easy, and it wasn't long after joining medical school that I understood the phenomenal workload. The didactic "spoon feeding" method with which we became intimate in our school days was a thing of the past. In my clinical years there was an obvious decline in the number of lectures, and with that the added benefit of specialist training sessions at the bedside. They were interactive, of course: often so interactive as to put individual students in the spotlight and have them questioned to the point of humiliation.

SI govt proceeds to recruit Cuban doctors
The Sogavare-led government this week will sign a deal with Cuba to recruit Cuban doctors into Solomon Islands. The country is currently facing an acute doctor shortage which required the government to utilize the Cuban offer which was initially made in 1998 by the then government. Foreign Affairs Minister Patterson Oti left on Saturday to meet his counterpart in the Cuban capital, Havana to sign a technical cooperation framework, which will form part of the doctor recruitment exercise. The Cabinet has approved the arrangement last week in Honiara.

Sinise Writes The Cover Article For Guideposts Magazine
By Deborah March 2, 2007 - 5:14 AM CSI:NY star Gary Sinise has been acting professionally for over 30 years. Many of his roles have been members of the military. He is frequently referred to as "Lieutenant Dan" after the character he played in Forrest Gump. In his current role as Detective Mac Taylor, he plays an ex-Marine. Through Sinise's work as an actor, his frequent USO tours and the charity he cofounded -- Operation Iraqi Children -- he has had a lot of direct contact with the men and women in uniform who serve the United States. He shares some of what that experience has taught him.

skippy the bush kangaroo: more hospital problems for vets found
Monday, March 05, 2007 more hospital problems for vets found via make them accountable we find an ed&pub report that tells us the washpost is on a roll searching out problems for hospitalized vets: ray oliva went into the spare bedroom in his home in kelseyville, calif., to wrestle with his feelings. he didn't know a single soldier at walter reed, but he felt he knew them all. he worried about the wounded who were entering the world of military health care, which he knew all too well. his own va hospital in livermore was a mess. the gown he wore was torn. the wheelchairs were old and broken.

Soldiers, families, vets: It's not just Walter Reed Army Medical Center
WASHINGTON -; Ray Oliva went into the spare bedroom in his home in Kelseyville, Calif., to wrestle with his feelings. He didn't know a single soldier wounded in Iraq, but he felt as if he knew them all. He worried about the wounded who were entering the world of military health care, which he knew all too well. His own VA clinic in Livermore was a mess. The gown he wore was torn. The wheelchairs were old and broken. "It is just not Walter Reed," Oliva, 70, slowly tapped out on his keyboard at 4:23 in the afternoon Friday. "The VA hospitals are not good either except for the staff who work so hard.

Southwest Gen'l to close unit
2:41 pm, February 28, 2007 Southwest General Health Center said Wednesday that it will close its inpatient pediatric care unit. The Middleburg Heights hospital said the unit will shut down effective March 12. It "will continue to provide outpatient services for children of all ages and inpatient pediatric medical and surgical care for children 14 years of age and older," according to a Southwest General statement issued this afternoon. A Southwest General spokeswoman, Mary Van Dalen, was not immediately available to discuss the unit's closing.

Students watch autopsy movie
PERRY TWP. After an incision, a 60-year-old man's skin was peeled back. A saw was used to cut open the man's chest plate. A surgical knife trimmed the muscle underneath. Organs were scooped out like pumpkin seeds, by hand. Watching were high school students. "That's so gross," said Perry High School senior Brittany Rickenbrode, 17, a medical technology student, as doctors examined the man's stomach. Perry High junior Rebecca Casteel, 17, could barely watch as the gallbladder was dissected. She wouldn't look when the brain was removed. "Eww," Casteel said Thursday in reaction to the autopsy she and her classmates were watching.

Subsidizing Sickness by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
This speech was delivered before the annual convention of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, St. Louis, Missouri, October 26, 2000. Throughout the 19 century, socialist ideology gained ground among intellectuals attempting to revive ancient dreams of a total state that managed every aspect of people's lives. The critics, too, weighed in to explain that socialism has ethical and practical limitations. If you abolish private property, which socialism proposes to do, you abolish economic exchange, which is a source of social peace.

TB hospital scare
Austin Hospital began testing patients and staff after a student nurse was diagnosed last week with the lung disease. The female nurse had been working in the hospital's surgical ward, 8 East, for four weeks before her infection was detected. The hospital's director of infectious diseases, Prof Lindsay Grayson, said the nurse had contact with patients while she was at the hospital for a training program between October 31 and November 22. But he urged anyone experiencing tuberculosis symptoms -- such as persistent coughing, high fever and night sweats -- to contact the hospital's infectious diseases department.

Teddy Bears Help Women Heal
Teddy Bears Help Women Heal Fabio Cappuccini, M.D., admits he likes to spoil all of his patients. His eyes water as he says this. His patients are all women, and they all have cancer. "These women wake up from surgery. They are hurt and diminished physically. The cancers they have belong only to women. And where these cancers are affects them intrinsically as women, as feminine beings. I want to help them in any way I can. I wanted to give my patients a little personal touch," said Cappuccini, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine.

Tehelka - The People's Paper
Diagnosis Each time a doctor refers you for a scan or a test to a particular diagnostic centre, chances are he is getting a fat commission from there. As diagnostic centres mushroom all over the country, the noble practitioners in white make money at the expense of patients they are meant to heal. Aman Khanna took up a job as a representative in two such centres in the Capital to unravel a flourishing malpractice in which big bucks bind corrupt doctors and greedy businessmen. His report This is a travesty tale. Those who are meant to cure have become the disease. Or, perhaps, epidemic is a better word to use.

The Army fires the commander of Walter Reed. - By Daniel Politi - Slate Magazine
The Washington Post, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times lead with the Army firing the commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The Army said it had "lost trust and confidence" in Maj. Gen. George W. Weightman's ability to fix the problems plaguing wounded soldiers at outpatient facilities. But news that Lt. Gen. Kevin C. Kiley was chosen to temporarily replace Weightman raised more than a few eyebrows, a fact the NYT fails to mention. Kiley was commander of Walter Reed until 2004, and many claim he was aware of the problems at the medical center but did nothing to improve the situation.

The future of health care
Wesley Medical Center President and CEO David Nevill says he's trying to get his 760-bed hospital ready for the additional work. That means opening more ICU beds, expanding surgical facilities and equipping every adult medical and surgical nursing unit at Wesley -- nine in all -- to remotely monitor all patient's heart rhythms. Other hospital executives, including those at Via Christi Regional Medical Center, see the same future -- sicker patients who are living longer, and they expect they'll have to change the way they provide health care.

The Raw Story | Another resignation in health scandal By Pat Reber
Washington- One of the country's top civilian military officials, Francis Harvey, abruptly stepped down Friday as secretary of the US Army amidst a widening scandal over health care management for soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. While Harvey's resignation appeared to be connected to an immediate crisis over care at the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre in the nation's capital, US President George W Bush ordered a system- wide investigation into possible problems at other facilities.

Toyota Assembly Line Inspires Improvements at Hospital
Then back to the elevators for the trek up to 12 and even more waiting. Around lunchtime -- if things went smoothly -- Gachowski would be seated in a noisy "bullpen" with half a dozen other patients, finally getting the intravenous chemotherapy he came for. By 10 p.m., exhausted from the 17-hour odyssey, Gachowski would arrive home. Today, chemotherapy at Virginia Mason is a much shorter trip: The distance from lab to exam room to treatment is less than 12 feet. Once Gachowski is hooked up to his IV, he never has to leave the cheery private room -- flat-screen television, computer, nursing supplies and bathroom are all right there.

U.S. Secretary Of The Army Resigns Amid Walter Reed Controversy
Gates took no questions after announcing Harvey's departure, leaving the strong impression that Harvey, who has been Army secretary since Nov. 19, 2004, had been pushed out as a direct result of the problems at Walter Reed, or at the very least that he had offered his resignation and that it had been quickly accepted. Gates said Pete Geren, the under secretary of the Army, would be acting secretary until a replacement for Harvey is picked.

Undercover police to patrol hospital ward | Health | SocietyGuardian.co.uk
Press Association Thursday March 1, 2007 SocietyGuardian.co.uk Undercover police officers are to be placed in one Britain's busiest emergency wards to tackle anti-social behaviour and violence towards staff. Plain-clothed officers will begin patrolling the A&E department at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham as part of a three-month pilot project. They will patrol the waiting room on Friday and Saturday nights as health bosses attempt to stamp out rowdy behaviour from patients, relatives or friends. Anyone caught misbehaving could be arrested, issued with an on-the-spot fine or even removed from the hospital.

Underweight Elderly in Danger of Death in Hospitals
The new Saint Louis University research is published in the May/June issue of the Journal of Health, Nutrition, and Aging, and are adjusted to factor in the severity of an illness and a patient's nutritional status. The study examined the medical records of more than 1,700 elderly patients who were hospitalized during a one-year period at a university teaching hospital. "The inability to care for yourself puts you at greatest risk of death in a hospital," said David R. Thomas, M.D., professor of geriatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and principal investigator for the study.

United for Peace of Pierce County, WA - We nonviolently oppose the reliance on unilateral military actions rather than cooperative diplomacy.
This is the world of Building 18, not the kind of place where Duncan expected to recover when he was evacuated to Walter Reed Army Medical Center from Iraq last February with a broken neck and a shredded left ear, nearly dead from blood loss. But the old lodge, just outside the gates of the hospital and five miles up the road from the White House, has housed hundreds of maimed soldiers recuperating from injuries suffered in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The common perception of Walter Reed is of a surgical hospital that shines as the crown jewel of military medicine.

Unlawful practice case draws attention to licensing issues
The bizarre case of a Mashpee, Mass. woman who for more than a decade practiced psychology without a license raises the question: What kinds of regulations are in place to ensure that no one who is unqualified to practice psychology is doing so? Tama Judd was sentenced to two years' supervised probation in December for practicing unlawfully. According to the Attorney General's office, during the 10 years she practiced, she billed insurance companies for patients' services. Judd does not hold a doctorate degree as is required for psychologists in Massachusetts.

Unprofessional behavior in medical school an early warning?
ANN ARBOR, MI - Physicians disciplined by state medical boards during their professional medical careers were three times more likely than their colleagues to have exhibited unprofessional behavior while in medical school, according to a new study. Study findings are reported in the Dec. 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers looked for early warning signs during medical school that were associated with a higher risk for disciplinary action when the students became practicing physicians.

Urgent Need for Emergency Room Doctors
According to Wong, the report says Arkansas has plenty of emergency rooms and hospital beds, but too few physicians and nurses. If you've ever gone to an emergency room in Northwest Arkansas, you'll pretty much agree with the report. Go to any emergency room after hours, and you'll sit for hours. There are only two ways to get in to see emergency personnel in a hurry. Pay an extra $300 or so and get wheeled in from an ambulance, or go to the receptionist's desk, grab your heart, yell, "AAARRG," and fall to the floor. Hospitals hate it when people die of a heart attack in emergency waiting rooms.

US army secretary quits in scandal
WASHINGTON - Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey abruptly stepped down Friday as the Bush administration struggled to cope with the fallout from a scandal over substandard conditions for war-wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey gestures during a news briefing at the Pentagon in this March 23, 2005 file photo. [AP] Harvey's departure, announced on short notice by a visibly agitated Defense Secretary Robert Gates, was the most dramatic move in an escalating removal of officials with responsibilities over one of the military's highest-profile and busiest medical facilities.

USNews.com: Health and Medicine: How to get rid of post-operative infections (7/6/05)
More about Health & Medicine When people have major surgery, they have a 2 to 5 percent chance of developing an infection at the site of the incision. Such infections are no small matter: Those people are two to three times more likely to die, five to six times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital, and likely to stay in the hospital twice as long as patients without infections. The cost for all that can exceed $50,000. "It's a major public health problem," says Dale Bratzler, principal clinical coordinator at the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality.

VA budget cuts the real reason for problems at Walter Reed
President Bush's response? In his 2006 budget he announced he would eliminate a $9 million treatment program for people with Traumatic Brain Injury. Doctors say the proportion of head injuries is higher in Iraq than in past wars partly because roadside bombs and suicide car bombs are often the weapons of choice for insurgents. Also, recent advances in body armor and helmets mean that troops caught in blasts often live but can be jolted so badly by the shock wave that their brains are injured by smacking against the inside of their skulls.

VA Watchdog dot Org - VA NEWS FLASH - 03-04-2007 #1 -- BEHIND THE WALLS OF WARD 54 AT WALTER REED -- They're overmedicated, forced to talk about their mothers instead of Iraq, and have to fight for
February 18, 2005 | Before he hanged himself with his bathrobe sash in the psychiatric ward at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Spc. Alexis Soto-Ramirez complained to friends about his medical treatment. Soto-Ramirez, 43, had been flown out of Iraq five months before then because of chronic back pain that became excruciating during the war. But doctors were really worried about his mind. They thought he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving with the 544th Military Police Company, a unit of the Puerto Rico National Guard, the kind of unit that saw dirty, face-to-face combat in Iraq.

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Press Ganey, a company that measures and reports hospital patient satisfaction, ranked RWJUH among the top eight percent of hospitals in the nation with 450 or more beds. When measured against other New Jersey hospitals, RWJUH ranked among the top five percent for customer service. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, meanwhile, continued to uphold the very highest standard of excellence for patient satisfaction, scoring in the 99th percentile of United States children's hospitals in patient satisfaction for the sixth consecutive quarter, according to Press Ganey.

Waaahhhhh!!! Jeanes Hospital
Just over a year ago, executive director and CEO Linda Grass sought to reassure women in the area that maternity services would continue to be a staple of Jeanes Hospital. "At Jeanes, we are committed to being the maternity center of choice for the Northeast," Grass wrote in a Feb. 9, 2006 letter to the Northeast Times editorial page. "We believe that no expecting mother should have to travel several miles out of her way to give birth. . . . We are looking forward to serving our Northeast mothers and their families for many years to come.

Walter Reed Fallout: Army Secretary Resigns
Senior defense officials speaking on condition of anonymity told The Associated Press that Gates had asked Harvey to leave. He was displeased that Harvey, after firing Maj. Gen. George Weightman as the head of Army Medical Center, chose to name as Weightman's temporary replacement another general whose role in the controversy was still in question, the unnamed official said. Harvey had been secretary of the Army since Nov. 19, 2004. Gates announced that Undersecretary of the Army Pete Geren will serve as acting secretary until a new secretary is in place. Geren served as acting secretary of the Air Force from July to November 2005.

Wash. Post: "It is not just Walter Reed" - AMERICAblog: A great nation deserves the truth
3/04/2007 11:02:00 PM ET Discuss this post here: Comment digg it reddit FARK Link This is how America supports its troops: Ray Oliva went into the spare bedroom in his home in Kelseyville, Calif., to wrestle with his feelings. He didn't know a single soldier at Walter Reed, but he felt he knew them all. He worried about the wounded who were entering the world of military health care, which he knew all too well. His own VA hospital in Livermore was a mess. The gown he wore was torn. The wheelchairs were old and broken. "It is just not Walter Reed," Oliva slowly tapped out on his keyboard at 4:23 in the afternoon on Friday.

We Are Not Reducing Services To Patients (from The Northern Echo)
THE boss of an under-fire hospitals trust in the region has defended his record and rejected claims that services are being cut. The comments by John Saxby, chief executive of County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals Foundation Trust, came on the eve of the first major demonstration by health workers against NHS cuts to be held in the region for years. Today, hundreds of health trade unionists are due to demonstrate in the centre of Darlington and Sunderland. They will be protesting against plans to reduce health jobs across the NHS and Government reforms.

When Geography Influences Treatment Options
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In the past decade, the rate of back surgery among Medicare patients has increased by more than half, driven by factors including new technology to fuse damaged vertebrae, more advanced imaging to diagnose injury, generous federal reimbursements and greater demand. Yet even as the numbers swell, there is no clear-cut science for treating back pain. Some doctors favor surgery, while others recommend exercise, rehabilitation and other conservative approaches. The result is a jigsaw pattern of medical care in which the patient's chance of having surgery often is decided by where he or she happens to live.

Why doctors are bad at death. - By Kent Sepkowitz - Slate Magazine
American medical education produces doctors whose superpower is a wondrous agility on standardized tests. We have crawled our way past the PSAT, the SAT, the MCATs, and the National Board of Medical Examiners Parts 1, 2, and 3, till finally we vanquish our specialty certification. There is only one flaw: When we bump up against a real-life problem, we can be horribly dimwitted. So, when challenged by the biggest problem of all - death - we do what we know best: design yet another program of study and qualification.

WP: Hospital takes a page from Toyota
The retired engineer, battling lymphoma since 1999, typically began his journey at 8 a.m. in the first-floor lobby. There he would be directed to the sixth-floor laboratory for blood testing. Next, Gachowski, 63, would board one of the hospital's notoriously slow elevators to meet his oncologist on the second floor. If the lab results weren't ready, he would wait some more. Then back to the elevators for the trek up to 12 and even more waiting. Around lunchtime -- if things went smoothly -- Gachowski would be seated in a noisy "bullpen" with half a dozen other patients, finally getting the intravenous chemotherapy he came for. By 10 p.m.

Wyoming Tribune-Eagle Online: Local News
rep2@wyomingnews.com CHEYENNE - Dr. Patty Stepp wanted to bring advanced vision care to developing countries. It was one of the reasons she became an ophthalmologist in the first place. So she was eager to take an opportunity with the Mante Medical Mission in Mexico. In February Stepp joined a medical team, traveling eight hours south of Brownsville, Texas to the city of Mante. By the end of the eight-day visit, she had given 350 people a new chance to see clearly. As chief of surgical services for Cheyenne's Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Stepp was familiar with cataract surgeries. But these were not typical patients.

Zim doctors happy with new deal
Harare - Doctors at Zimbabwe's main state hospitals have called off a two-month strike for better salaries and working conditions after reaching a compromise with government, said the health ministry on Friday. "The doctors are back at work," said deputy health minister Edwin Muguti. "They started coming back to work yesterday (on Thursday)." He said the doctors, who had demanded that their salaries be raised from the current Z$56 000 (about $224) to Z$5m a month, "are happy with the package we have put together for them".