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Hospital Employee Stepped Over Body Of Missing Patient, Reports Say

Lack of quality ratings on Covered California site is criticized (AP / Courtesy of David Perry & Associates) Also By Maura Dolan October 23, 2013, 7:16 p.m. SAN FRANCISCO The family of a woman who vanished from her San Francisco hospital room and was found dead 17 days later in an emergency stairwell is angered by reports that a hospital employee stepped over her several days before the body attracted the attention of investigators, family representatives said. Haig Harris, a lawyer representing the children of Lynne Spalding, 57, said he was told that the hospital employee saw a woman lying in the exterior stairwell and reported it to a nurse. The nurse notified the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, which handles security for the city-owned hospital and previously had searched the grounds for Spalding. But days passed before another hospital employee noticed the woman and got the attention of authorities, Harris said. Even if the hospital employee who stepped over Spalding mistook her for a sleeping homeless person, someone should have checked to make sure she was OK, Harris said. He questioned why hospital employees didn't suspect a woman on a fifth floor stairwell might be a patient and whether the Sheriff's Department even investigated the nurse's report. A sheriff's spokeswoman said she could not comment until a probe is completed, and that she did not know when that would be. "This is a hospital," Harris said. "Why didn't somebody put their hand on the body to see if there was a pulse?" The San Francisco Chronicle, citing unidentified sources, first disclosed the incident. The newspaper's account said an "orderly" had twice stepped over a woman lying in the spot where Spalding was later discovered.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-patient-20131024,0,2634955.story

Utah Hospital Saves Money and the Environment by Treating Its Own Medical Waste on Site

He is most known for his landscapes of the area. The Indiana State Museum has a large collection of his paintings, most of which are much smaller than the season scenes he did for the hospital, museum fine arts curator Mark Ruschman said. The Indiana State Museum agreed to lend its "Winter" scene, which is in storage, to the hospital because of the value of having all four paintings together, Ruschman said. "It's for the community good," he said. "The murals were painted specifically for the hospital, and we find value in reuniting them." The paintings are planned to hang as they did when they were first installed in 1914. The winter and autumn scenes will be hung on one side of the hallway, and the summer and spring paintings on the other, McGovern said. Natural light and high traffic are dangerous for older paintings, so the Steele works will hang in a hallway that leads to a conference room. There, they won't be exposed to too much sunlight, and they'll be in a quiet area that's still free for the public to view, Kaufman said. The hospital is designed so patients will feel as comfortable as possible, and art is an important part of that, Kaufmann said.
Source: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Steele-paintings-to-be-reunited-at-new-hospital-4925923.php

Hospital staff advised on resuscitation plan

Medical staff sometimes decide not to attempt to resuscitate someone if their heart stops beating or they are no longer breathing. Picture: Contributed Located in Blanding, Utah, the hospital opened in 2009 and achieved accreditation from The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) in 2013. The hospital provides emergency services, radiology, laboratory, general surgery, labor & delivery, and general hospital services. It also operates an eight-chair dialysis center , which is fairly unique for an independent rural hospital, and an in-house pharmacy that features the latest technology in medication dispensing. The hospital works closely with Utah Navajo Health System (UNHS), and its network of four clinics in San Juan County. The clinics refer patients to Blue Mountain Hospital for hospital and surgical services. For more information visit www.bmhutah.org . About SteriMed Systems SteriMed Medical Waste Solutions was founded in 2002 in response to EPA and WHO reports which concluded that burning medical waste in incinerators generates the largest amount of the super toxins, dioxins, and is the third largest source of mercury in the environment. SteriMed developed its line of innovative medical waste processors along with its unique biodegradable disinfectant. Based in Farmington Hills, MI, SteriMed manufacturers two units, the smaller System 15 and the larger System 70. In addition the company developed its proprietary EPA-registered SteriCid disinfectant. SteriMed machines and SteriCid are approved for use in all 50 states.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/utah-hospital-saves-money-environment-181500151.html

Chinese hospital staff protest after doctor slain

We offer our congratulations and hope the hospital will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score representing a hospitals overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this fall. Tobey Hospital in Wareham, Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis and South Shore Hospital in Weymouth also received A grades in the survey. To see Jordan Hospitals scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org . Jordan Hospital is among several area hospital honored with an A grade in the fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nations leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the score is designed to give people information they can use to protect themselves and their families. We are pleased to be recognized for our efforts to reduce preventable harm and medical errors, Judy Van Tilburg, senior director of quality and safety at the hospital, said. At Jordan Hospital, we are always seeking how to best improve and deliver patient care. This score reflects the extraordinary efforts underway at Jordan Hospital and provides patients an opportunity to feel confident in choosing Jordan Hospital for their care. As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency.
Source: http://www.wickedlocal.com/plymouth/news/x1745249976/HOSPITAL-SAFETY-SCORE-Jordan-Hospital-gets-A-for-safety

HOSPITAL SAFETY SCORE: Jordan Hospital gets A for safety

EDT October 24, 2013 Teammates tend to Packers TE Jermichael Finley (88) after he was injured Sunday. (Photo: Dan Powers, Post-Crescent Media) SHARE 12 CONNECT 9 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Four days after suffering a scary neck injury, Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is out of the hospital, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. The injury occurred in Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns when Finley, 26, ducked his head to absorb a hit from safety Tashaun Gipson after catching a pass over the middle. MORE: Packers not buying Jennings' backtracking Finley was taken off the field on a backboard but had movement and feeling in all his extremities, the Packers said. He spent time the next two days in the intensive care unit of the hospital undergoing tests, which indicated he wasn't expected to need surgery. The Packers have ruled out for Finley for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. There is no timetable yet for his potential return to the field this season. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers visited Finley in the hospital earlier this week.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2013/10/24/jermichael-finley-neck-injury-out-of-hospital/3180287/

Stoning of Chandy: LDF workers held, CM in hospital

The doctors have recommended complete rest for two days at the hospital, due to which his mass contact programme scheduled in Kollam on Tuesday will be postponed. Chandy was attacked by a group of LDF workers in Kannur on Sunday evening and he suffered minor injuries in the stone pelting. Though he had undergone preliminary treatment at Kannur, he was rushed to the state capital for more treatment late night. He was subjected to CT scanning of the chest. Doctors said his condition is stable. Governor Nikhil Kumar and opposition leader V S Achuthanandan visited the chief minister at the hospital. Chandy was rushed to the hospital soon after he arrived from Kannur in the early hours on Monday. Health minister V S Sivakumar, home minister Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan and rural development minister K C Joseph accompanied him from the airport to the hospital. Meanwhile, the police arrested 22 workers in Kannur for attacking the chief minister and his convoy.
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Stoning-of-Chandy-LDF-workers-held-CM-in-hospital/articleshow/24801615.cms

Steele paintings to be reunited at new hospital

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Source: http://www.scotsman.com/news/health/hospital-staff-advised-on-resuscitation-plan-1-3161564

Packers TE Jermichael Finley released from hospital

The Falcons look to make it two wins in a row against the struggling Cardinals. Markets close in 12 mins. Chinese hospital staff protest after doctor slain Chinese hospital staff stage protest after patient stabs doctors, killing 1 in eastern China By Gillian Wong, Associated Press | Associated Press 5 hours ago View Photo Hospital staff members hold a protest outside the Wenling City No. 1 Peoples Hospital with signs that read: "Return my dignity" and "Maintain normal medical order in Wenling in eastern China's Zhejiang province on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. The demonstration came after a patient stabbed three of their doctors, killing one on Friday, Oct. 25. Attacks on hospital staff by patients have becoming increasingly common in China, where overcrowded facilities and medical corruption fuel frustration that sometimes boils over into violence. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT BEIJING (AP) -- Several hundred hospital workers in white coats and surgical masks staged a rare protest in eastern China against attacks on medical workers after a patient stabbed three of their doctors, killing one. The staffers assembled Monday outside the Wenling City No.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/chinese-hospital-staff-protest-doctor-140301296.html

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