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November 10 2013


John Fox Released From Hospital

Confusion over race hindered search for hospital patient found dead

Hospital employee stepped over body of missing patient, reports say Fox also released a statement, providing an update on his condition: "My recovery is progressing well -- I am feeling better and getting stronger each day. I will begin the next phase of my recovery in Charlotte and continue outpatient appointments with doctors, who will clear me to return to Denver when the time is right. Although I'm eager to return to coaching, my No. 1 focus is my health. I believe in our players and have full confidence in Jack Del Rio and our staff." Del Rio, knowing Fox's affinity for his cellphone and for not usually sitting still, added with a smile; "I'm not sure [wife] Robin is as excited, but it's obviously great news.'' Asked if Fox, who still has a home in the Charlotte area after being Panthers coach for nine seasons, had any restrictions at this point about how much interaction he could have with the team, Del Rio said: "I really don't know about a lot of that other than he obviously went through quite a bit and he's on the road to recovery. "The first step is getting out of that hospital. That's a big one for him and I'm sure he's glad to be at home resting and recovering, and he'll join us as soon as he can.'" Del Rio added he now expected to talk to Fox "almost on a daily basis," even though Fox is not yet able to travel to Denver. Fox is on leave of absence after experiencing dizziness and light-headedness during a round of golf Saturday. After being taken to a hospital for a battery of tests, doctors scheduled Fox's surgery to replace his aortic valve for Monday.
Source: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9946629/denver-broncos-coach-john-fox-hospital

Hot_Read_NFL 131106 - Index [203x114] Still, because Spalding was not on a psychiatric hold, she was not formally considered a missing person by deputies at the hospital, who were on the lookout and said that if they saw her they'd bring her back. But they weren't systematically searching for her. Spalding's daughter contacted the San Francisco Police Department, which launched the missing person case. The search was further stymied by surveillance system hardware issues that prompted an eight-day delay in providing video to police that might have shown Spalding leaving the facility. Meanwhile, a search of the "entire campus" by deputies, which hospital officials requested Sept. 30, "did not include all stairwells," Mirkarimi said. Although it resumed the following day, "only about half the stairwells were searched." The last contact with deputies came on the morning of Oct. 4, when a member of the hospital's medical staff called to say "someone had told the staff person that there was somebody laying on the landing in the 3rd or 4th floor of stairwell 8." "The communications center staff responded, 'We'll look into it,' " the findings state. "There is no indication that anyone was dispatched to the exterior stairwell." Spalding's body was found there four days later.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-patient-stairwell-20131107,0,7403283.story

Jury Convicts Husband in Ohio Hospital Shooting

The provincial hospital has been operating on a provisional license that would expire in December unless it shows the government that it can function as a tertiary hospital in a new facility, Baguilat said. The investigation should be completed within a month to give the government time to enforce remedies or employ alternative solutions before the hospital loses its license, he said. In an Oct. 14 resolution, the Ifugao provincial board urged Gov. Denis Habawel to suspend work on the new hospital building on the request of Jonas Kinakin, Poblacion North barangay captain, who complained in August that a concrete gutter mounted by the contractor had collapsed. Resolution No. 2013-58 cites testimonies from the provincial monitoring team and the boards observations following a site inspection in September, when it enumerated 10 structural defects it wanted investigated by experts. A report from the office of the provincial engineer also said assorted lumber scraps, cement bag paper and boulders were discovered [to have been] used as part of the concrete filler in one of the cement pouring sections on Oct. 5. This was part of a list of violations allegedly made by the contractor in the course of work from March 5 to Oct.
Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/524749/ifugao-hospital-construction-stopped

Ifugao hospital construction stopped

COYNE Associated Press An Ohio man who said he fatally shot his hospitalized wife out of love because of her debilitated condition that left her unable to speak, was convicted by a jury on Friday and could face life in prison. Police say John Wise, 68, calmly walked into Barbara Wise's hospital room on Aug. 4, 2012, and shot her at her bedside. She died the next day. Barbara Wise, 65, was in the intensive care unit at Akron General Medical Center after suffering triple cerebral aneurysms that had left her unable to speak, a family friend has said. Wise testified that he couldn't stand to see his wife of 45 years in pain in the hospital. "She opened her eyes and looked at me like she was in pain and a tear rolled down her cheek," Wise told the jury this week. "I decided then what I was going to do." Hours later he returned to the hospital with a gun. "My recollection is that I walked in there, and within two minutes, I kissed her on the cheek and shot her," he said.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/jury-deliberates-case-ohio-man-shot-wife-20832122

Workers reassigned in wake of San Francisco hospital death

The transfers came Wednesday, he said, the same day that Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi revealed breakdowns in the department's response to the disappearance of 57-year-old Lynne Spalding. Seven deputies and institutional officers have also been transferred into the hospital's security detail, Nicco says. Spalding was found Oct. 8 by a building engineer, 17 days after she was first reported missing from her hospital room, where she was being treated for a bladder infection. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the reassigned dispatcher had promised, "We'll take care of it" -- but apparently did nothing -- when a hospital staffer called Oct. 4 to report seeing someone in the stairwell. Mirkarimi acknowledged Wednesday that there was "no indication" that anyone was ever dispatched to the stairwell after that report. It was not immediately clear what role the sergeant and two senior deputies who were also transferred had in the matter. Nicco said the transfers are not considered disciplinary and that no employees have been notified of any misconduct charges. Mirkarimi also announced Wednesday that he would assign a new commander to the hospital security detail -- Capt.
Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_24491345/workers-reassigned-wake-san-francisco-hospital-death

November 08 2013


Nurse Who Served In Iraq Says, 'take Care' Of Veterans

"As a nurse I've seen people die before, but not to the magnitude of over there." Family history Maloof is the youngest child of George and Bertha Maloof who moved to Foxboro from West Roxbury just before the birth of their only daughter. Maloof has five older brothers and is the only one of her parents' six children who joined the military; however, she is part of a family tree with many branches that reach back in history to the armed forces. Her father was a World War II veteran; she had two uncles on her mother's side in the military and grandparents on both sides of her family proudly wore the uniform to represent the red, white and blue. Even Maloof's mother, who still lives in town, played an important role on the home front during WWII. "My mother worked in the factories that were converted to manufacture parts for munitions and other war necessities. Specifically she talks about working on putting together the cones for missiles, other munitions and vehicles." She did not set out to join the military at first, but did follow in her mother's footsteps. "I always knew I wanted to be a nurse because my mother was a nurse," the younger Bertha Maloof, called Bea, said. "My mother studied and had early training, but never really had a job as a nurse because she got married and had a family." Maloof joined the army in February, 1983 at the rank of Private and began basic training at Fort Dix in New Jersey. From New Jersey, she went on to Fort Sam Houston in Texas for more advanced medical training.
Source: http://www.foxbororeporter.com/articles/2013/11/07/news/14224596.txt

Nurse staffing bill doomed in D.C.

7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The November 2013 supplement edition of PEDIATRICS contains an in-depth look at current research and innovations, as well as a process for moving these innovations to practice, for the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) the leading evidence-based home visiting program for young mothers. PEDIATRICS is the official peer-reviewed journal of The American Academy of Pediatrics. NFP has an unsurpassed body of evidence of its effectiveness, beginning with three randomized, controlled trials. Yet, "evidence-based interventions are rarely final products," as lead author of the article and Nurse-Family Partnership founder David Olds, PhD, said. "It is important that the new studies being conducted to improve the Nurse-Family Partnership program in community practice also retain the program's evidentiary foundations that were established over more than three decades of research." In the Nurse-Family Partnership program, registered nurses make home visits to low-income women who are having their first babies, from pregnancy until the child turns 2. The program's main goals are a healthy pregnancy and delivery, improved child health and development through improved parenting skills, and economic self-sufficiency for the families. The PEDIATRICS article, "Improving the Nurse-Family Partnership in Community Practice," outlines a number of research projects and program enhancements that build upon the strong foundation of the program, including methods for nurse home visitors to better classify the risks and strengths of a family entering the program, which are designed to improve the program's efficiency and effectiveness. Another community site-based trial delivered consistent, promising results in increasing retention rates and the number of home visits for family participants. Other program enhancements developed through rigorous new research include a new intervention for NFP nurses to use to address intimate partner violence, with a 15-site randomized, controlled trial underway with funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; development of mental health tools consistent with the NFP program; and creation of a new tool to help NFP nurses better assess a parent's skill level in caring for their child. "The Nurse-Family Partnership program has been demonstrated to work effectively because it is both rigorously researched and flexible in its approach," said Thomas R. Jenkins Jr., NFP president and CEO.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/pediatrics-article-highlights-innovations-within-nurse-family-partnership-170600045.html

Misconduct caution for chief nurse

Two other children, Messiah White, 3, and McKenzie Florence, 2, also died. Allen said the two were sleeping over at the home. A fifth child, 11-year-old Nautica McCrary, escaped the burning home and was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. (David Tulis / AP) Dangerous Days Fire burns aboard two fuel barges along the Mobile River after explosions sent three workers to the hospital Wednesday April 24, 2013. Fire officials have pulled units back from fighting the fire due to the explosions and no immediate threat to lives. (John David Mercer / AP) Dangerous Days An injured woman gets treatment after an explosion in downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, April 29, 2013. Police said a powerful explosion has damaged a building in the center of the Czech capital and they believe some people are buried in the rubble. (Petr David Josek / AP) Dangerous Days An alligator crosses the 14th fairway during the first round of the PGA Tour Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., on Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Gerald Herbert / AP) Dangerous Days People and rescuers gather after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/08/aimee-larkin-nurse-howard-kinney-patient-murder-suicide_n_4239496.html

PEDIATRICS Article Highlights Innovations within Nurse-Family Partnership

Janice Harry failed to make sure there was adequate nursing cover on A&E and two other wards between 1998 and 2006. Mrs Harry was found guilty of misconduct but allegations that she bullied colleagues were not proved. A Nursing and Midwifery Council panel found she was still fit to practice but gave her a five-year caution order. The panel heard that during some night shifts, a single nurse was looking after 17 patients on a ward. It said Mrs Harry should have been focused on staffing levels but she was distracted by "training, targets and other matters". 'Risk of harm' In making its decision the panel told her: "You had effectively closed your mind to your direct operational responsibilities and had limited yourself to the strategic role. "You had the professional responsibility for every nurse in the Trust....you had in the past placed patients at risk of harm." The panel also reprimanded Mrs Harry for using inappropriate language towards a colleague, after she told her she was a "waste of space". She was cleared of charges relating to cleanliness and hygiene, inappropriate handling of incident forms, telling staff off, reducing a colleague to tears and disregarding staff concerns. Mrs Harry was employed by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and its predecessor, Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust, from 1998 to 2006. She worked as the director of nursing and quality assurance at Stafford Hospital from 1998.
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-24858475

Aimee Larkin, Nurse, Allegedly Killed Howard Kinney, Patient, In Murder-Suicide

The Patient Protection Act is doomed, despite the nurses strong showing out of the gate in February, when they convinced a nine-member majority to introduce the proposal imposing strict nurse-to-patient ratios on District hospitals and penalties for noncompliance. First of all, Health Committee Chair Yvette Alexander, D-Ward 7, has near absolute control over the bills fate. Even though she was among the co-introducers, shes been dragged kicking and screaming this far. Numerous council colleagues (and the hospital industry) are counting on her to stuff the bill in her pocket and forget about it; appetites are thin for another big labor-backed bill this close to an election year after Mayor Vincent Gray 's veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act and subsequent council affirmation . Alexander has said more than once it may not ever proceed beyond Fridays hearing. She cites concerns raised by hospital administrators since she co-introduced the bill, implying that even conducting the hearing at all should be seen as a concession. You can look at it at another way. I didnt have to have a hearing at all, she told me. But for the sake of argument, lets say Alexander does eventually move it. The only committee member I'm able to identify as leaning the nurses' way is Councilwoman Anita Bonds, D-At large. And she, like most, won't commit either way.
Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/2013/11/nurse-staffing-bill-doomed-in-dc.html

Ex-Stafford Hospital chief nurse cautioned for 'putting patients at risk'

Janice Harry was cautioned after being found guilty of misconduct but is still allowed to work as a nurse, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) ruled. Earlier this week, the panel found that by not ensuring there were adequate nursing staff on a number of wards, Mrs Harry put patients at risk. Between 1998 and 2006, Mrs Harry failed to ensure there were adequate numbers of nurses working in the accident and emergency department, the emergency admission unit (EAU) and another ward, the panel said. Mrs Harry was criticised for not ensuring that her colleagues provided patient dignity and privacy in the EAU between 2004 and 2006. The nurse also failed to ensure there was appropriate food and drink in the unit, the panel concluded. Mrs Harry was employed by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and its predecessor Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust from 1998 to 2006. From 1998, she was director of nursing and quality assurance at Stafford Hospital and in 2002 was appointed director of clinical standards and chief nurse as well as director of infection prevention and control. Stafford Hospital was at the centre of a major public inquiry after it was found that poor care could have led to the deaths of hundreds of patients as a result of maltreatment and neglect. The inquiry highlighted the "appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of people" at the trust and investigations into the scandal revealed that many patients were left lying in their own urine and excrement for days, forced to drink water from vases or given the wrong medication.
Source: http://home.bt.com/news/uknews/misconduct-caution-for-chief-nurse-11363847981787

November 07 2013


Nurse Shoots Nursing Home Resident, Herself In Apparent Murder-suicide

Key UW players continue to nurse injuries

The incident took place at Abington Manor, a 120-bed Genesis HealthCare facility in the town of Clarks Summit. Aimee Larkin, a 42-year-old licensed practical nurse who had worked at Abington Manor since 2011, is believed to have killed 79-year-old resident Howard Kinney, according to local reports. The shooting took place at about 5:30 p.m. Monday while Larkin was working a shift, police say. They identified the weapon as a semiautomatic gun, and said that Larkin apparently shot Kinney in the chest and then shot herself in the head. No suicide note was found and investigators did not immediately have an idea about Larkin's motives, South Abington Township Police Chief Robert Gerrity told reporters. Larkin's coworkers said they did not have reason to believe Larkin was disgruntled or that she and Kinney had a contentious relationship, according to the Scranton Times Tribune . The incident was shocking and isolated, Abington Manor spokeswoman Jeanne Moore said in an emailed statement. She noted that this is the first incidence of violence since the facility opened 28 years ago. The safety and wellbeing of residents and staff are of paramount concern, and grief counselors were on site for every shift on Tuesday, Moore added. Similar Articles
Source: http://www.mcknights.com/nurse-shoots-nursing-home-resident-herself-in-apparent-murder-suicide/article/319684/

Nurse ?risked patient safety?

Janice Harry put patients at Stafford Hospital at risk, the Nursing and Midwifery Council panel ruled He threw two interceptions but also had three touchdown passes. Despite missing 4 quarters, Abbrederis leads UW in receptions (46), receiving yards (782) and touchdown receptions (six). "We get a lot of work in practice and a lot of guys get in and get reps," Abbrederis said when asked if the experience against Northwestern will benefit Stave this week if he must play without the team's best wide receiver. Borland said Monday he expected to play against BYU. On Tuesday he was in full pads when the defense was working in Camp Randall Stadium before moving inside to the McClain Center Marcus Trotter, who replaced Borland at Iowa and finished with a team-high nine tackles, worked with the No. 1 defense Tuesday. With O'Neill out, Derek Landisch and Ethan Armstrong got work inside. When Armstrong moved inside, Joe Schobert took his place at field backer with the No. 1 unit.
Source: http://www.jsonline.com/sports/badgers/key-uw-players-continue-to-nurse-injuries-b99135674z1-230763311.html

We were not real good at crossword puzzles, Ferguson laughed. Between the two of us wed leave it there all night long and sometimes wed go, Oh! and think of one hours into the shift. As the disease progressed, work became more difficult, although she insisted on working as much as she was able, and she retained her sunny personality through it all. She was the most positive person I think Ive ever met. After she was diagnosed she still just kept going, Noyes said. It got to the point where she could only work half shifts. Never once would she complain, and you could tell she was in pain but she never, ever complained. Slegers died July 10. She was 31. Not having her around the hospital anymore was painful enough, but seeing her stash of baby bags dwindle to disappearance felt like another layer of loss. So Brenda Hartman, who was the assistant nurse manager at the time, suggested replenishing the bags as a way to remember Slegers, Ferguson said. The Central Peninsula Health Foundation got involved to support the program, and also established a scholarship for aspiring nurses in Slegers name. Fergusons son, Ian, a senior at Kenai Central High School, made the establishment of Sarahs Closet his senior project, starting a Facebook page for the organization, spreading the word though social media and helping put together donation boxes to be distributed around town.
Source: http://redoubtreporter.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/nursing-a-legacy-of-love-sarahs-closet-drive-preserves-memory-of-mom-nurse/

Nursing a legacy of love ? Sarah?s Closet drive preserves memory of mom, nurse

Photo courtesy of the Slegers family. Sarah Slegers and son, Jake, as an infant. Slegers donated her extra baby clothes to moms at the hospital. By not ensuring that there were adequate nursing staff on a number of wards, Janice Harry put patients at risk, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel ruled. Between 1998 and 2006 Ms Harry failed to ensure there were adequate nursing staff in the accident and emergency department, the emergency admission unit (EAU) and another ward, the panel found. Mrs Harry was also criticised for not ensuring that her colleagues provided patient dignity and privacy in the EAU between 2004 and 2006. The nurse also failed to ensure there was appropriate food and drink in the unit, the panel concluded. She will also be reprimanded for using inappropriate language towards a colleague after telling her that she was a waste of space. Mrs Harry was employed by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and its predecessor Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust from 1998 to 2006. From 1998, she was director of nursing and quality assurance at Stafford Hospital and in 2002 was appointed director of clinical standards and chief nurse as well as director of infection prevention and control. Harry has appeared before an NMC hearing accused of a string of misconduct charges relating to her role at the scandal-hit trust. Today the fitness to practice panel found her guilty of some of the charges but cleared her of others. She was cleared of charges relating to cleanliness and hygiene, inappropriate handling of incident forms, telling staff off, reducing a colleague to tears and disregarding staff concerns, among other allegations. When giving evidence to the disciplinary hearing in London, Mrs Harry admitted she could be intense at times in her dealin gs with staff.
Source: http://www.thisisjersey.com/news/uk-news/2013/11/05/stafford-nurse-guilty-of-misconduct/

November 05 2013


Hospital Chain Sutter Health Settles Suit Over Anesthesia Billing

Decision on Fort Mill hospital could be released this week

By Chad Terhune November 4, 2013, 7:52 p.m. A major California hospital chain, Sutter Health, agreed to pay $46 million and disclose more pricing information to consumers to resolve a whistle-blower complaint alleging false and misleading charges for anesthesia . Sutter Health, which runs 24 acute-care hospitals in Northern California, said it reached the settlement Monday just prior to a trial starting this month over the allegations that it added thousands of dollars for "Code 37x" anesthesia charges that were already covered by other billing for the hospital operating room. Nationwide, federal officials and consumer advocates have been putting pressure on hospitals to explain their high prices, while many employers have been demanding greater price transparency in an attempt to hold down costs. Also Anthem Blue Cross is sued over policy cancellations The accord resolves a 2009 whistle-blower complaint against the Sacramento hospital company from a billing auditor, Rockville Recovery Associates. The California Department of Insurance joined the suit in 2011. The state's insurance commissioner, Dave Jones, hailed the settlement as a major victory for consumers who often face large medical bills that are difficult to decipher. As part of the agreement, Sutter agreed to disclose its actual costs and prices for each part of its anesthesia billing. The nonprofit health system also agreed to permit insurers to more readily contest its bills and to charge for anesthesia on a flat-fee basis going forward. "This settlement represents a groundbreaking step in opening up hospital billing to public scrutiny," Jones said. "This new transparency should lead to lower prices and point the way to similar billing reforms for all types of hospital services." Sutter didn't admit to any wrongdoing as part of the settlement, and spokesman Bill Gleeson said it opted for the agreement to avoid spending significant resources contesting the allegations at trial.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-sutter-hospital-billing-20131105,0,6539910.story

Gary Kubiak Conscious, At Hospital After Collapsing On Field: Colts Rally To Beat Texans 27-24

Among recent departures were assistant head coach Alex Gibbs (for Seattle) and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan went to join his father, Mike, in Washington. Last year, the Texans announced contract extensions for both Smith and Kubiak, rewarding them for taking the team to the playoffs last year for the first time. Kubiak's three-year agreement has him under contract through 2014. McNair said at the time he offered Kubiak a four-year deal, but the coach preferred to make it for three. Kubiak made his mark as Denver's offensive coordinator under Mike Shanahan, winning two Super Bowls. An eighth-round pick out of Texas A&M, he spent nine years as John Elway's backup. He finished his career 4-1 as a starter, all in emergency relief of Elway. ___ Loading Slideshow Gary Kubiak Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, center, his helped after he collapsed on the field during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Gary Kubiak Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, center, is helped after he collapsed on the field during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/04/gary-kubiak-hospital-collapsing-colts-texans_n_4210597.html

Poll: 48% say federal launch of Obamacare was poor Dr Ferguson said he was pleased that the unit eliminates the need for the use of a processor to develop the images and so it decreases the turnaround time. "It also allows physicians to access the images remotely. That is important because once you can remotely access the images it means that it is easy to get a second opinion, not just in Jamaica but any part of the globe. And this is why once you start to put this kind of infrastructure in place, you begin to establish a platform for tele-medicine, a platform for all the kinds of modern medicine that our people deserve," he stated. Expressing gratitude for the unit, Chief Executive Officer of the hospital Colleen Wright said the new machine is "like a blessing to us" noting that the previous unit, which also served Port Antonio in Portland, broke down frequently, and patients were inconvenienced by having to go into Kingston to access X-ray services. In his remarks, Chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority Lyttleton Shirley noted that last year, approximately 8,000 X-rays were done at the hospital, which, he said, is a true testament of the demand for this service. "I have no doubt that the new state-of-the-art unit, which is the first of its kind in the South East region, will go a long way in providing improved X-ray services to the residents of S. Thomas and I am particularly pleased that the unit will not only increase the turnaround time for images but it will also allow for images to be accessed remotely," he said. For his part, Chairman of the NHF Sterling Soares said the Princess Margaret Hospital is one of the many health entities to benefit from the fund's institutional benefits programme.
Source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Princess-Margaret-Hospital-gets-state-of-the-art-digital-X-ray-unit_15386278

Princess Margaret Hospital gets state-of-the-art digital X-ray unit

A CMC-Fort Mill hospital would allowed them to get health care closer to home, Carolinas Healthcare attorneys said. CMC officials estimated that they are already serving more than 50 percent of the patients in the Fort Mill-Tega Cay area. It is an area rich with a high percentage of insurance-carrying patients. Quality of health care was also debated. Doctors testifying for Piedmont said the loss of patients could affect their medical skills because of their need to have a certain number of cases to maintain their proficiency, especially in the more complicated specialties. During DHECs review of applications, Piedmont officials said a continued loss of patients and revenues to Carolinas HealthCare hospitals in Pineville, N.C., and/or Fort Mill could force PMC to close its neonatal, infusion and wound care centers, as well as make cuts in the emergency department. PMC, however, is expanding it emergency department. The emergency department is the largest source of hospital admissions. The emergency department expansion is part of Piedmonts strategy to compete with Carolinas HealthCare in York County.
Source: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/11/03/4438720/decision-on-fort-mill-hospital.html

Florida Hospital Apopka relocating, doubling in size: report

Florida Hospital Apopka is buying land for a new bed tower, which would add jobs and provide opportunities for the construction industry. 1 that the hospital is buying property in Apopka for a larger new replacement hospital. The land is on Harmon Road, near Ocoee Apopka Road, near the intersection of State Roads 414, 429 and 451. The plan is to double the current number of beds at the hospital from 50 to 100. The news means opportunities for contractors, architects and trade groups, as well as work for an as-yet unknown number of construction workers. Additionally, the expansion, if approved, would add new health care jobs to the Orange County economy. According to the Health Council of East Central Florida, Florida Hospital Apopka had a 54 percent occupancy rate for its acute care beds in second-quarter 2013. The most important design driver for our relocation was to stay within and continue to serve the Apopka community, said Jennifer Wandersleben , vice president and administrator of Florida Hospital Apopka in a news release. Our community desires and needs a full-service hospital close to home that offers the latest technology and a comprehensive medical staff to serve the health care needs of our community. Additionally, the entire new hospital would have private rooms, whereas now 80 percent of the rooms are semi-private in the current location. Surgical services also would be a part of the new hospital, including the recruitment of new surgeons to the area, according to the release. Jennifer Roberts , spokeswoman for Florida Hospital, said the hospital must get state permission for the expansion. Check here for more details.
Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2013/11/florida-hospital-apopka-to-get-new-bed.html

November 03 2013


Case Of Missing Florida School Nurse Now A Homicide Probe After Body Found

Genene Jones Update: Texas DA meets with moms fighting to keep the "killer nurse" behind bars

Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office said the case has developed into a homicide investigation after the body of the mother of three was found in a remote sugar cane field Wednesday. Police say there had been a violent confrontation at Lindseys home before her body was removed and dumped 85 miles away. Lindsey, 49, was last seen Sunday and gave no indication that anything was wrong in a text message to her daughter that night. She had recently returned home from a trip out of town. She was reported missing Monday after failing to show for work at Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. Authorities arrived at her home and found her vehicle as well as other personal items in the home. It breaks our hearts to have to write this, but our mom has passed away, Lindseys daughters posted on a Facebook page dedicated to finding her. There are no words to describe how we feel. This is an extremely tough time for us but we will try to stay Kim strong. Thank you everyone for all your help in the search, and please keep Kim alive in your hearts.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/11/03/case-missing-florida-school-nurse-now-homicide-probe-after-body-found/

JFK anniversary: Nurse recalls feeling for President Kennedy's vital signs in hospital after shooting

But there are records for both types of exams on June 2, 2011, for the second woman to testify, "K.M.," she said. Next week, a third woman, identified as "C.R.," is expected to testify about her own, similar allegations. Thomas testified Friday that there are no billing or medical records that indicate that Westbrook conducted breast or pelvic exams on C.R. on the three dates she saw him, March 9, 2011, April 6, 2011 and Jan. 24, 2012. Two other women who haven't testified yet, "K.N." and "A.R.," are expected to say Westbrook caressed or squeezed their breasts during visits. Thomas addressed their records Friday, too, saying there are none to indicate that either received a breast exam during their visits in October of 2011. Thomas and doctors have testified that it is important for physicians to document what they do for a number of reasons. Thomas said it is their ethical responsibility to the patient, and is necessary to remain in good standing with the insurance companies. Also testifying Friday was a director of victim services for a rape crisis center, who said it is not unusual for victims to delay their disclosure of sex assaults. They often feel ashamed or embarrassed, said Peggy Pisano of the Rape Crisis Center of Milford.
Source: http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-westbrook-1102-20131101,0,1649811.story

Nurse Home Visits Lead to Dramatic Drop in Emergency Care

nurse home visit Elizabeth Healthcare trauma nurse Terry Foster will be featured in Untold Stories Of The ER at 10 p.m. today on the Discovery Fit & Health Channel, and 9 p.m. Saturday on TLC. Foster, who has worked for St. Elizabeth since 1998,A plays himself as the cable channel dramatizes how he helped a patient in a small town hospital emergency room, the network says. St. Elizabeth has hospitals in Grant County and Falmouth, in addition to Edgewood, Covington, Florence and Fort Thomas. His story is one of three dramatic re-creations in the one-hour show. Heres the description of Fosters untold story: In a small town ER, Nurse Terry Foster is caring for a patient who recently had carotid artery surgery. When his incision accidentally bursts, blood sprays relentlessly from his neck nearly two feet in the air and all over the room.
Source: http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2013/11/01/st-elizabeth-nurse-on-untold-stories-of-the-er/

EXCHANGE: Nurse navigators help expectant couples

1 in special issue of Pediatrics devoted to home visiting, looks at Durham Connects, a program that provides home visits for newborns and their parents in Durham, N.C. Authors Dodge and Benjamin Goodman, a Duke research scientist, found that participating families visited the emergency room less often than control group families and had fewer overnight hospital stays. The results held true a year after birth, well after the nurse's contact with the family had ended. The findings have significant cost implications because the price of hospital emergency room visits and overnight stays often ranges into the thousands of dollars. By contrast, the Durham Connects program costs an average of $700 per family. The Affordable Care Act includes funding for home visiting programs. In September, the federal Department of Health and Human Services announced $69.7 million in grants to expand home visiting services in 13 states. But home visiting encompasses a wide array of approaches. Many programs are intensive, multiyear efforts targeted to poor families that can cost $4,000 per family or more. By contrast, Durham Connects costs less because it is relatively brief and makes extensive use of referrals. The program was developed by Duke University in partnership with the Durham County Health Department and the Center for Child and Family Health.
Source: http://today.duke.edu/2013/11/nursehome

Palm Beach County school nurse's body found

They are encouraged to fill out the list and take it to their obstetrician-gynecologist. At 36 weeks, couples complete pre-registration at the hospital, tour the hospital birthing center, discuss breast pumps and are shown a video about epidural anesthesia, which provides pain relief during labor. When the woman is in labor, there's no guarantee that her nurse navigator will be there to help because she may not be on duty. But if the navigator is on duty when the patient is laboring, an effort will be made to get them together. Even if the nurse is working with another patient, the nurse stops by if she can, Bivens said. After delivery, the navigator is available to offer assistance regarding breastfeeding, information on infant health and to determine whether the new mother needs help at home. Most obstetrician-gynecologists support the program, Bivens said. "This fills a need," Slotky said. "Whenever we can get patients into the system earlier, it means healthier outcomes." --- Source: The (Bloomington) Pantagraph, http://bit.ly/16BB1Yg --- Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com This is an Illinois Exchange story shared by The (Bloomington) Pantagraph. Order Reprint Help us make comments better On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from sacbee.com. While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on sacbee.com and other websites.
Source: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/10/31/5868148/exchange-nurse-navigators-help.html

St. Elizabeth nurse on Untold Stories Of ER

Baby Feliciano died soon after Jones gave him an injection. Just a few years later, in 1985, Jones was convicted of murdering 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan by intentionally injecting her with a paralytic drug during a routine doctor's visit. Jones was sentenced to 99 years in prison. But due to an old Texas law meant to relieve overcrowding in prisons, Jones - who is suspected of killing as many as 47 other infants in a similar manner - may be released after serving less than one-third of her sentence. The only way to keep Jones behind bars is to find a new victim and get a new conviction. On Tuesday, Rodriguez met with DA Reed and her staff for three hours and then gave a statement to investigators for another ninety minutes detailing how she believes Jones murdered her son. "It was a really good meeting and I have a good feeling that they are going to put something together and keep this woman in jail," Rodriguez told CBS News. Chelsea McClellan's mother, Petti McClellan-Wiese, also attended Tuesday's meeting along with victim advocate Andy Kahan. "It is just a matter of right and wrong. You do not release a serial-killer, you just don't," said McClellan-Wiese. McClellan-Wiese has been working to keep Jones behind bars for 25 years, starting with the former nurse's first parole hearing shortly after she was convicted for Chelsea's murder.
Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57610475-504083/genene-jones-update-texas-da-meets-with-moms-fighting-to-keep-the-killer-nurse-behind-bars/

Nurse: No Billing Records For Four Of Dr. Westbrook's Accusers

Dr. Tory Westbrook Related Arts The Sheriffs Office said there were signs of a violent confrontation in her Palm Beach Gardens home in the 8200 block of 154th Road North. No further information on the case was released Saturday. Authorities say Lindseys body was removed from the home and taken to a remote area near Clewiston, where it was discovered Wednesday in a sugar cane field, investigators said. Following news of the body being found, Lindseys eldest daughter Sarah Lambert, 20, held out hope that it would not be her mothers. She described Lindsey as the best mother and the most loving person out there. Thousands of people lent their support on a Facebook page titled Find Kim Lindsey. Some on the page remembered her as a caring relative, co-worker, friend and their childs school nurse. She worked at Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach. Many attempted to comfort Lindseys daughters with words on the Facebook page: Our collective arms are around you and will remain so, one supporter wrote. On Monday, when Lindsey missed work at the West Palm Beach school, colleagues called deputies to do a welfare check at her home. That afternoon, the Sheriff's Office issued a news release saying that Lindsey was missing under suspicious circumstances and was considered endangered. Lindsey was last heard from after visiting her daughter Sofia, 18, at the Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, according to Lambert. She returned home from that trip on Oct.
Source: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sfl-body-identified-as-missing-school-nurse-20131101,0,4336991.story

KimLindseymissing660.jpg It was Governor John Connally, who was seriously injured in the attack. Then they carried in a second stretcher. I could just see a man from his waist down as there was a lady lying across his head and shoulders. A doctor told me 'we need you here. We were whisked into the Trauma One room where it was immediately clear that this was President Kennedy. I started to feel for his vital signs, I couldnt find any, there was no pulse. His eyelids were half closed, his pupils were fixed and dilated and his skin was blueish-grey, indicating that no oxygen was circulating. As the doctors worked frantically to resuscitate their patient, Mrs Kennedy stood next to her husband, her right hand on his left foot. We were desperately searching for any sign of life, but there was nothing, said Hall. The treatment the president received that day was outstanding but futile. I believe he was dead when he arrived at the hospital. At 1pm, Kemp Clark, a senior surgeon, pronounced the president dead. Mrs Kennedy did not flinch.
Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraphtv/10422457/JFK-anniversary-Nurse-recalls-feeling-for-President-Kennedys-vital-signs-in-hospital-after-shooting.html

November 01 2013


Nj School Nurse Shortage

Nurse Home Visits Lead to Dramatic Drop in Emergency Care

nurse home visit Updated: Thursday, October 31 2013 10:18 AM EDT2013-10-31 14:18:58 GMT Yesterday was the first day that Governor Chris Christie rolled out his campaign bus to hit the streets and meet with voters before the upcoming election on November 5th.The bus tour started in Christies hometown of Livingston, New Jersey where he stopped at a local diner that he used to frequent as a child. Yesterday was the first day that Governor Chris Christie rolled out his campaign bus to hit the streets and meet with voters before the upcoming election on November 5th.The bus tour started in Christies hometown of Livingston, New Jersey where he stopped at a local diner that he used to frequent as a child. Updated: Thursday, October 31 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-10-31 14:09:28 GMT Friends and family gathered at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey to honor and celebrate the life of Mary Greff. Greff was adopted as a pre-teen and grew up as an only child. She was a former contestant in the Miss New Jersey Teen USA pageant whose life was taken from her way too soon. Friends and family gathered at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey to honor and celebrate the life of Mary Greff. Greff was adopted as a pre-teen and grew up as an only child. She was a former contestant in the Miss New Jersey Teen USA pageant whose life was taken from her way too soon. Updated: Wednesday, October 30 2013 1:36 PM EDT2013-10-30 17:36:25 GMT About a month ago, 20 year-old David Conner Castellani endured a severe beating at the hands of Atlantic City police. During the confrontation David received 200 stitches, permanent nerve damage to his face and was attacked by a police dog. About a month ago, 20 year-old David Conner Castellani endured a severe beating at the hands of Atlantic City police.
Source: http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/23851085/nj-school-nurse-shortage

EXCHANGE: Nurse navigators help expectant couples

Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013, 2:01 AM Linda Bingaman Napieralski, 59, of Voorhees, a nursing instructor at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden since 2005, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, of pancreatic cancer at Samaritan Inpatient Hospice Center in Mount Holly. Born in Reading, she graduated from Muhlenberg High School in Laureldale, Berks County, and earned her registered nurse's diploma at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1975. While working as a nurse at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, she earned her master's degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, a daughter, Jennifer, said. Through most of her career, her daughter said, Mrs. Napieralski "worked as a nurse full time and taught part time." After working as a nurse at Jefferson, Hahnemann, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, she began a 20-year nursing career at what is now Virtua Voorhees medical center in 1985, working in the intensive-care and cardiac units. She taught nursing at Burlington County College, Gloucester County College, and Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, her daughter said. In 2009, she earned a post-master's certificate in nursing at Villanova University. Besides her daughter, she is survived by her mother, Dorothy; another daughter, Lisa Corritore; a grandson; and her former husband, Thomas.
Source: http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/20131101_Linda_Bingaman_Napieralski__nurse.html

Daughters of Missing School Nurse 'Will Do Anything to Bring Her Home'

Hudson-Jinks has been serving in the Boston hospitals top nursing post on an interim basis for the past six months. She replaces Nancy Shendell-Falik, who was named chief operating officer and senior vice president/chief nursing officer at Baystate Medical Center. Chief nursing officers are growing in significance as key players in improving health care quality and safety. Tufts Medical said in a statement that Hudson-Jinks is known for her ability to bring the voices and ideas of nurses and other caregivers to the forefront. Hudson-Jinks has been at the hospital for 28 years, moving up through the ranks from staff nurse, to nurse manager, to director of patient care services, before reaching the top nurse executive job. Terry has a great passion for working with patient care leaders and staff to propel Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children forward, Dr. Michael Wagner, interim CEO at Tufts Medical Center, said in a statement. She is deeply respected by our staff and physicians for her insight, creativity and deep understanding of this institution, its nurses and other caregivers. Throughout her career, Terry has discovered and implemented new ways to make patient care better, and I could not be more pleased that she has accepted this role. Hudson-Jinks holds a bachelors of science in nursing and biology from Simmons College and a master of science in nursing from Salem State College. She also attended the College of Management Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Massachusetts.
Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/health-care/2013/11/tufts-medical-appoints-loingtime-nurse.html

Daughters of Missing School Nurse Plead for Help

October 30, 2013 | Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. A California nurse has claimed in court that after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and required time off and chemotherapy treatment, her employer, Kaiser Hospital, demoted her, forced her to work through lunch hours to make up for time spent at chemo sessions and assigned her to work in the flu division despite doctors warning her that exposure to flu infection could kill her, Courthouse News reported . Petra Albert from Los Angeles, CA, has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and affiliates for the merciless abuse and mistreatment she suffered at the hands of her employer whilst working as a nurse. The claim states: "Before her return, Ms. Albert's doctors warned her that chemotherapy could seriously weaken her immune system and exposure to infections such as the flu could be disastrous or even fatal. Kaiser, however, did not attempt to accommodate Ms. Albert but rather put her in charge of the flu program, putting her health at serious risk. Albert, who has 25 years experience working in the nursing field was hired by Kaiser in 2009 as a nurse educator, was promoted within a year for successful performance. However, she was soon diagnosed with breast cancer and required a double mastectomy in 2010. Albert alleges that after she returned to work following her reconstructive surgery she received no accommodation, but instead was met with insults, hostility and callous comments about her cancer and forced to return to working 60 hours a week within the same month as surgery. Moreover, she claims that her supervisor threatened her that if she didnt quit her job and continued to work for Kaiser, Ms. Albert would hate her life. In October 2011 after her white blood cells dropped considerably, the nurse took another leave of absence involving more chemotherapy. This time when she returned to work, she was called to a meeting where she was ridiculed before being forcibly banished to another hospital location. Kaiser subsequently refused any further requests for time-off for chemotherapy and fired her.
Source: http://www.alternet.org/investigations/nurse-diagnosed-breast-cancer-was-harassed-refused-treatment-and-finally-fired-her

Tufts Medical promotes longtime nurse to chief nursing officer

By contrast, Durham Connects costs less because it is relatively brief and makes extensive use of referrals. The program was developed by Duke University in partnership with the Durham County Health Department and the Center for Child and Family Health. A nurse visits new parents soon after their newborn comes home from the hospital, checks the mother's and baby's health, and offers the parents tips on topics such as breastfeeding and child care. Nurses also screen for potential problems such as maternal depression. But the nurses are not primarily caseworkers. Instead, they serve to link families who need help with appropriate community services over a series of one to three home visits. To gauge the program's effects, the Duke research team designed a study that divided into two groups all of the 4,777 babies born in Durham County between July 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2010. Those born on even dates were offered the program, while those born on odd dates were not. The authors then analyzed medical records for a random subsample of those families. In addition to an overall reduction in emergency care episodes, the authors found that all the subgroups studied saw a decrease in use of emergency care. While some groups benefited more than others, the pattern held true for both single- and two-parent families, for families receiving Medicaid and for privately insured families. "High-risk families were not the only ones who benefited," Goodman said.
Source: http://today.duke.edu/2013/11/nursehome

See More Family and friends of missing Florida woman are making a public plea for -- safe return home. Kimberly Lindsay failed to show up on Monday morning for her job as a school nurse in West Palm Beach her last communication was Sunday night when she sent her daughter attacks. Think she'd arrived home safely after a weekend away. Lindsey Stanley fear she may be the victim of foul play. She is the most amazing woman I know. And not just because she's -- all but because -- that's how she is. So please. Please -- it. -- For her.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/daughters-missing-school-nurse-plead-20752011

It's a better experience for the nurses and patients both." The free program is open to any expectant mother. To register or get more information, go to www.osfstjoseph.org/birth or at 309-665-4704. Women don't have to have their child at St. Joseph, but most do. "The goal is for them to deliver here for continuity of care," Bivens said. "The biggest benefit is to patients who have complications or are ill at ease," Bivens said. The goal is for the first meeting with the nurse navigator to happen about 20 weeks into the pregnancy. Among discussion topics are pregnancy discomforts and how to address them, prenatal tests, fetal growth and development and breastfeeding. Nurse navigators discuss why there's a local initiative for women to wait to deliver their child until 39 weeks of pregnancy unless it's medically necessary; help women register for birth preparation classes; and discuss the importance of selecting a pediatrician if they haven't already done so. Educational materials are provided. The second meeting, at about 28 weeks of pregnancy, generally is over the phone but can be face to face.
Source: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/10/31/4588258/exchange-nurse-navigators-help.html

Nurse Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Was Harassed, Refused Treatment and Finally Fired -- by her Hospital

Enough is enough School officials reported her missing on Monday and deputies conducted a welfare check at her Palm Beach Gardens home. They found her vehicle, and personal items in the home. Lindsey's three daughters Sarah, 20, Sophia, 18, and Savannah 16 -- are holding out hope that she will be found alive. "It's heartbreaking to be away from her. It's harder than anything that we've ever been through and it's really scary not knowing what's happening and we will do anything to bring her home," Sarah Lindsey told ABC News. At the press conference Thursday, Lindsey's voice cracked as she described her mother as a "self-made, independent woman," who was a "nurturing" and a "loving" mother. "Memorize her face. Keep her in your head. Look for her. Do anything you can you never where she might be," she said.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/daughters-missing-school-nurse-bring-home/story?id=20749828

October 30 2013


Brother Dies In Car Crash Rushing To Hospital After Sister's Suicide

St. Anthony Hospital, Warren Tech teach students about health care

The reasons cited for this choice in hiring filters is that the hospital wants to represent themselves as a place of health and well being, which they believe is not reflected in employees who are obese. The hospital has made official statements supporting the fact that this policy, which has been in effect for several years, is a part of their personal appearance standards. The hospital maintains that patients have certain expectations for the way that persons knowledgeable about health should look and that the hospital seeks to uphold those standards. BMI, or body mass index , is a ratio of height to weight that determines the proportions of a person and categorizes them based on what an ideal weight range should be for health. The method is highly criticized for issues such as failing to account for body composition. By this method for obesity determination, a body builder with an extremely low body fat percentage would appear obese. To many, including the outraged National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, this policy should be illegal because they feel it is outright discrimination. An equal number of readers may be surprised to learn that, at this time, the hiring policy is not illegal in Texas. Actually, the only state where it would be illegal to implement this would be in Michigan. Several individual cities also prohibit hiring discrimination based on BMI including Santa Cruz and San Francisco in California as well as in Washington, D.C.
Source: http://www.examiner.com/article/hospital-will-not-hire-employees-based-on-bmi

Mattingly and others who now operate tours at the site said Waverly Hills has a few popular ghost legends that generate the most inquiries from visitors. They include the stories of a nurse who committed suicide on one of the upper floors; an angry, unwelcoming older male; and the spirit of a small child nicknamed Timmy, who plays with balls that are placed around the hospital. Mike Flickner, a guide and paranormal investigator at Waverly Hills, said he has been convinced for years the place is filled with spirits of the dead. "I've locked doors before and watched them unlock themselves and open up. I've seen a tub of concrete slide by itself," Flickner said. Flickner and Mattingly acknowledge that some of the so-called sightings by visitors could be a case of the imagination playing tricks in a spooky place. During a recent tour of the grounds that included the underground tunnel known as "the body chute," Flickner explained that the infamous passage was used to wheel dead patients away at night so the living residents would not see them. "The doctors felt that, with the amount of death that was happening here at Waverly Hills, more patients were probably dying from a lack of hope rather than TB itself, so they had to come up with a discreet way to dispose of the bodies," he said. The tunnel, pitch dark even on the sunniest day, doesn't require an accompanying ghost story to elicit chills.
Source: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2013-10-30/former-tb-hospital-now-attracts-ghost-hunters

Next hospital will be in the north

Promotion tile: Weight Loss Guide Holman left the hospital to go to the accident site, and returned to the hospital where her mom was waiting. She just called me and asked me where I was, and I could tell in her voice that Ricky didnt make it, Holman said. This incident now marks the third death in the family in the past six months, Falbo said. The uncle said Ricky Tucker fatally shot his step-father in self-defense. The boy the one who just died killed his step-dad. They were shooting back and forth, and he killed him in self-defense," Falbo said. "The police let him right out of jail, because [his step-father] was shooting at him. Three people in one family killed in six months, Falbo said. These kids mother is going through hell. Need help?
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/28/ricky-tucker-car-crash_n_4169631.html/

Hospital 'cuddlers' add extra level of infant care

ROC 1021 MAIN 1A It will be one of four hospitals that will be built between 2020 and 2030. There will also be more community hospitals and nursing homes, he said. Mr Gan was at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Sengkang General and Community Hospitals, which are expected to open before that, in 2018. The Sengkang complex will comprise an 800-bed general hospital, a 400-bed community hospital, and 200 "swing beds" to be used by either hospital. It will also be possible to increase the capacity of the hospitals temporarily when required, such as during a disease outbreak. "The co-location of a community hospital with an acute hospital will allow patients who require long-term but less intensive care to be transferred seamlessly from the acute hospital to the adjacent community hospital," Mr Gan said. The hospital will also work with community partners, including healthcare organisations and schools, "to create greater awareness of preventive care and thereby cultivate healthier communities" its press release said. It will come up next to Cheng Lim LRT station, about 300m from Sengkang MRT station, with easy access to amenities such as the bus interchange and retail complexes. An open plaza is part of the design, to bring the community together with cafes, retail outlets, seating areas and open spaces for various community engagement activities. Get The New Paper for more stories. Publication:
Source: http://yourhealth.asiaone.com/content/next-hospital-will-be-north

Hospital will not hire employees based on BMI (Video)

Montel and Dr. Oz Rotations include surgery, trauma, acute-care nursing, community health, food and nutrition, case management and clinical engineering, with students able to observe real surgeries, real cases and real situations. "We're giving these students unfiltered access to the health care world," said Vicki Harding, director of volunteer services at St. Anthony. "The goal of the program, right from the start, was not do another everyday program." "We want to help them decide if health care is a career they want to pursue," said Linda Efird, a registered nurse and instructor at Warren Tech. "It's really hard to get hands-on clinical opportunities for students. Medtronic Spine representative Ben Hill, left, and Brian Gibbs, RTR, talk Sam Thornton, 18, through the process of a spinal fusion Oct. 24, 2013, as he uses an instrument to explore a model spinal column at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood. The hospital and Warren Tech have joined forces to start a program called St. Anthony Ambassadors, which introduces promising high school students to health care professions. (Seth McConnell, YourHub) "This gives them an opportunity to go into a big hospital and be exposed to multiple levels of health care and really decide, yes, I want to work in health care." The idea for Ambassadors came from the top Jeff Brickman, chief executive officer of St.
Source: http://www.denverpost.com/arvada/ci_24411749/st-anthony-hospital-warren-tech-teach-students-about

Bangalore: Hospital not disabled-friendly

Rajanna, commissioner for disabled, inspecting Bowring Hospital on Tuesday. 1 Peoples Hospital hoisting signs that said uphold justice and guarantee medical staffers safety. China: Tiananmen crash was premeditated terror attack William Wan Police say they have arrested five suspects, apparently from the Uighur region, in the crash that killed 5. Trial of Bolotnaya 12 seen as sharp warning from Kremlin Kathy Lally Arrested at a protest on the eve of Vladimir Putins 2012 inauguration, the group could face up to 13 years in prison. William Wan Suspects may be Uighurs, an ethnic group that has clashed with Chinas government in recent years. We are still protesting and demanding that the government and the hospital management ensure the safety of the doctors, said a woman who refused to give her name when reached by phone at the facilitys emergency department. The protest came after a knife-wielding patient, who was being treated in the emergency department, stabbed the three doctors on Friday. Dr. Wang Yunjie died while the other two were wounded, Wenling police said. Attacks on hospital staff by patients have becoming increasingly common in China and some health experts blame it on the commercialization of health services. Once the medical system decides that its aim is to make money, patients will not trust doctors anymore, said Liu Jitong, a public health expert at Peking University.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/chinese-hospital-staff-stage-protest-after-patient-stabs-doctors-killing-1-in-eastern-china/2013/10/28/ea7a101c-3fa9-11e3-b028-de922d7a3f47_story.html

Former TB hospital now attracts ghost hunters

"The touch, the communication helps to promote better growth physically, mentally, and socially." 'It's just life' The hospital usually has about 40 volunteer cuddlers on its roster. For a volunteer gig, the position is relatively demanding, as cuddlers must commit for at least a year, and must work regular shifts on a weekly or biweekly basis. Volunteer Wilma Wood holds Erik James Murphy at the NICU of Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., on Thursday, Oct. 10 2013. (Photo: Carlos Ortiz, The (Rochester, N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle) But for many, the position carries tremendous appeal. "When I was still working, I heard a mother talking to a nurse, and she was very upset 'cause she lived out of town and couldn't come in all the time," said Wood. "And the nurse said to her 'We have a lot of wonderful grandmas ... that come and hold your baby.' And I thought that when I retire, that's what I want to do." So despite the scheduling requirements, there's always a waiting list to become a cuddler. Some volunteers have to wait for a year or more before a position opens up. About 10 years ago, when the hospital enlisted its first cuddlers, parents had to sign consent forms to be part of the program.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/29/volunteer-cuddlers-add-extra-level-of-infant-care/3294143/

Chinese hospital staff stage protest after patient stabs doctors, killing 1 in eastern China

Angel Rodriguez, 6,  of Sargent Shriver Elementary School, got more weight than he bargained for when he chose this particular pumpkin to take home. He and his classmates visited Sharp I want the police to remove them. These chairs are blocking the space, hindering the movement of physically-challenged people, said Rajanna. Rajanna then decided to inspect the toilets. He first visited the toilet for patients, which was in a deplorable state. He then demanded that the hospital authorities take him to the toilet meant for the staff of the casualty block. The toilet was locked and the hospital staff tried to delay opening it, in a clear sign of trying to conceal something. As Rajanna was relentless, the toilet was opened, and it was spic-and-span. I am not happy with the facilities at the toilet meant for patients. I want the hospital authorities to reserve one of the staff toilets for disabled people, and I want the hospital staff to use the toilets meant for patients, he said. He also visited the lift and found that it had no railings for the benefit of disabled persons.
Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/bangalore/report-bangalore-hospital-not-disabled-friendly-1911205


Medical Coding And Billing Is A Unique Opportunity For A Career In Health Care

Peirce College Launches Medical Coding Certificate Program

Employment in medical coding and billing is expected to increase by 18 percent in the same time, which is faster than the average for all occupations, the bureau said. Job responsibilities Medical billing and professional coding specialists work hand-in-hand to make sure that all of the medical invoices are coded and paid properly. As institutions shift to electronic medical records, workers who have a strong understanding of technology and computer software will be in high demand. To make sure that all medical services are billed correctly and that bills are paid on time, medical billers need to frequently communicate with patients and insurance companies. In contrast, professional medical coders have less interaction with patients and insurance companies but work closely with physicians. They are responsible for assigning a code to each procedure and diagnosis for insurance purposes. Needed skills and training The medical coding and billing occupations require a strong knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, the laws that apply to health information, medical billing software, coding procedures, and quality improvement measures. Training in these areas can take anywhere from about six to nine months for a certificate. Courses, the majority of which prepare students for a certification exam, can be found at many community colleges and online. Specialists will also need to stay up-to-date on government regulations and pay close attention to details to avoid costly errors with potential legal ramifications. Income According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly wage for medical coding and billing specialists was $15.85 or $32,960 in May of 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $24,290 and $39,490.
Orginal Source: http://www.cleveland.com/employment/plaindealer/index.ssf/2011/11/medical_coding_and_billing_is_a_unique_opportunity_for_a_career_in_health_care.html

Medical Coding Training

Choosing medical coding as profession can be perfect for a lot of people because it is a profitable way to make a living that does not come bundled with the usual stresses of a regular 9-5 job. In fact, choosing a medical coding profession is choosing to make an income with flexible scheduling and work at home benefits. The issue remains though: is continuing education required for a profession in medical coding? The answer to the question most certainly is yes. To improve your employment opportunities, it would be valuable for you to obtain the essential training required to familiarize yourself with the different fine points of medical coding. Demand One must be able to comprehend and become skilled at all there is to discover about medical coding . This is because a medical coder is responsible for assigning exact codes to various medical services and procedures to allow health care providers to be able to invoice for services provided. This is one of the reasons why medical coders are in demand in the business.
Orginal Source: http://suite101.com/a/medical-coding-a85222

11-16-11--SS_48033781_AfrAmerWomanComputer.jpg Students can apply for the Medical Coding Certificate program by completing the online application form. For more information, visit www.peirce.edu/health/mcc; call 888.467.347, ext. 9000; or email info@peirce.edu. About Peirce College Peirce College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in the areas of Business, Healthcare, Information Technology, and Legal Studies, and in fall 2013, will offer a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Peirce is a non-profit institution that specializes in serving the unique needs of working adults, many of whom work full time and are raising families. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104 (phone:267-284-5000). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs accredits the College's Business Administration and Accounting programs; the Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association; and the Health Information Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. For more information about Peirce College, call 888.467.3472, or visit www.Peirce.edu. Visit Peirce's blog, Peirce Connections, at http://blog.Peirce.edu.
Orginal Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/peirce-college-launches-medical-coding-certificate-program-2013-08-07

Medical Coding

And then I got interested into wholistic health counseling which is a matter of you know, teaching people to eat a lot of vegetables and have a good healthy diet and exercise and to do things for their stress. But that, I never made a lot of money with and I decided I would do something different. But I have had a lot of Anatomy and Physiology with that and I decided I'd try medical coding. So that's how I got interested in medical coding. Boyd: That was... how long ago was that? Ruth: Not that long ago, just August 2011. I started with a course. It wasn't a very good course. It was an online course and it just had some problems in that.
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October 28 2013


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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