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Siskin Hospital Honored With Healthcare Marketing And Public Relations Awards

VA hospital in Georgia apologizes for deaths after delayed care

Hospitals and healthcare systems across Tennessee entered the competition, which recognizes outstanding achievements in healthcare marketing and public relations throughout the state. An awards ceremony was held at the Opryland Conference Center in Nashville. Siskin Hospital received a high-honor PRISM Award in the Overall Advertising Campaign Category for the Because of Siskin Hospital, I CAN campaign, as well as another high-honor PRISM Award for the Because of Siskin Hospital, I CAN billboards in the Billboard Campaign Category. Additionally, Siskin Hospitals newly-designed website, www.SiskinRehab.org, received a high-honor PRISM Award in the Website Category. The Because of Siskin Hospital, I CAN campaign features Siskin Hospital patients who have remarkable recovery stories of hope to share. From a young mother recovering from a stroke and getting married, to an individual with an amputation who went back to work as a skilled cabinet maker, the I CAN campaign captures what Siskin Hospital patients can do after recovering from a life-altering accident, illness or disability. The campaign is featured in a variety of media outlets, including print, billboard, web-based, posters, t-shirts, bumper stickers, bus ads, and more. Siskin Hospitals website has been entirely redesigned, including a complete overhaul of all components and features. Siskin Hospital partnered with Papercut Interactive to develop and build the website. The site map was reconfigured for user-friendly navigation in order to provide better dissemination of information. The website offers technologically advanced features including videos, blog posts, online forms, social media plugs, and other interactive, engaging options. The site also features a customized search option, photo galleries, online donation capabilities, and is responsive, making it adaptable for viewing on a variety of mobile devices. I am extremely proud of our Marketing Department and all of the exceptional work that was completed in-house.
Source: http://www.chattanoogan.com/2013/11/22/264136/Siskin-Hospital-Honored-With-Healthcare.aspx

Creigh Deeds released from hospital

Creigh Deeds was released from the hospital Friday, three days after his son apparently stabbed him before fatally shooting himself. Sen. Deeds was discharged from UVA Medical Center on Friday morning, Eric Swensen, spokesman for University of Virginia Health System, said in an e-mail. I have no additional details I can provide. I am alive so must live. Some wounds won't heal. Your prayers and your friendship are important to me 2009: After loss to McDonnell, Deeds tries to regain footing In a Twitter message Friday, Deeds wrote: I am alive so must live. Some wounds wont heal. Your prayers and your friendship are important to me. He posted the same message on his Facebook page and drew hundreds of responses. Deeds, 55, the 2009 Democratic nominee for Virginia governor, had been hospitalized since Tuesday, when he was repeatedly stabbed in the face and chest during an altercation with his son, Austin Deeds, 24. Austin Deeds, also known as Gus, was later found inside the family home in rural Bath County, dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/creigh-deeds-released-from-hospital/2013/11/22/45ced676-52e4-11e3-9e2c-e1d01116fd98_story.html

Siskin Hospital Hamilton only became director in mid-2012, after much of the delays there had already been ongoing. In an interview Thursday with CNN, Hamilton said the hospital had looked back at dozens of patients records out of concern for possible delays in care or treatment. "We reviewed a total of 80 cases, and after careful review of both internally and externally into our organization we found that seven were related to a delay in care," he said. The facility sent notifications, or "institutional disclosures," to those seven veterans or their families about the delays in care. Asked whether there might be more veterans dead or dying as a result of the delays in care at Norwood, Hamilton said: "We've had no additional fatalities at this point, and we are not aware of any additional requirements for any institutionalized disclosures based on the evidence." Hamilton said by mid-2012 the delays in the gastrointestinal section of the hospital had grown to large numbers. "We were looking back at a potential delay in GI consults of about 5,100 total," he said. On Tuesday, the VA said in a statement to CNN, "The Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to providing the best quality, safe and effective health care our Veterans have earned and deserve. We take seriously any issue that occurs at one of the more than 1,700 health care facilities across the country. The consult delay at Dorn VAMC has been resolved." The statement added that cases are now tracked daily, and additional staff members were hired. But sources at Dorn -- both patients and medical staff -- tell CNN that's just not true. The problems continue, and veterans are still facing delays that could be killing them.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/22/health/veterans-dying-health-care-delays/index.html

Brooklyn Hospital Tells Wrong Patients They Have HIV, Lawsuit Alleges

This was apparently too much to ask of one Brooklyn hospital, whose botched lab work resulted in several patients being told that they were HIV positive when they weren't, and others that they'd tested negative for Hepatitis Cwhen they were actually positive. It's possible that none of this would have come to light if not for whistle-blowing by one lab employee, who is now suing Kings County Hospital on the basis that her superiors allegedly punished her for attempting to curb the oft-made mix-ups, DNAinfo reports. 51-year-old lab associate Lili Hutchison alleged in a lawsuit that her colleagues have made her life a living hell since 2002, when she first notified the inspector general for the city's Health and Hospitals Corporation that much of the lab staff was unfit for their jobs, on the basis that they routinely muddled life-changing lab results. We believe that, because Lili has spoken out about matters impacting the health and safety of the public, that she has been subjected to a steady stream of retaliation and harassment, her lawyer, Thomas A. Ricotta, told the news site. We intend to pursue all of her rights and remedies to the fullest extent permissible under the law, as no hospital or health care provider should take action to punish employees who seek to protect the public." Hutchison persisted, eventually having her claims of the slipshod care substantiated by the Department of Health, which issued the hospital several violations for patient safety and quality assurance standards, the lawsuit says. In return, Hutchison was denied a promotion and even suspended for two days, allegedly in retaliation for her attempts to bring the appalling situation in the lab to light. Despite all this, Hutchison is still employed by Kings County Hospital. Reached for comment, the hospital's communication's department said they were "just finding out" about the lawsuit, and declined to offer a statement. In 2008, the hospital was thrust into the national spotlight after a patient died of neglect on the facility's floor, an incident in which several hospital workers were charged with attempting to cover up. Contact the author of this article or email tips@gothamist.com with further questions, comments or tips.
Source: http://gothamist.com/2013/11/22/brooklyn_hospital_wrongly_tells_pat.php

Cash-starved Lake Whitney hospital now on brink of closure

Mahmoods management team also failed to submit required financial reports last spring to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That failure led to a cutoff of Medicare reimbursements in recent months. The hospital relies heavily on those payments. To keep the doors open, doctors footed payroll expenses out of their own pockets while the authority obtained a court order to force Mahmoods team to submit the financial reports. Cato and other board members were counting on the Medicare money to start flowing again once the reports were filed. Then there was another complication: Those reports and a recent CMS audit showed that Medicare substantially overpaid Mahmoods team. Because CMS certifies the hospital entity itself, not the operator per se, that means the authority relinquishes future Medicare reimbursement funds until the debts incurred under Mahmood are paid off. Essentially no options are left to forestall closure. But CMS officials say they are in talks with the authority to try to put the hospital under a new certification status as soon as possible. That would take at least a month to get the authoritys application approved.
Source: http://watchdogblog.dallasnews.com/2013/11/cash-starved-lake-whitney-hospital-now-on-brink-of-closure.html/

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