In 1998, I left the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and took up a job with Petrotin, the national oil company of Trinidad and Tobago. Petrotrin was recently shut down by the Government, and with it the hospital. This is a recollection of one of my longer visits and is dedicated to the dedicated and friendly staff who worked there. They wheeled me into the operating theatre. I was wearing the back-to-front 'gown' that all hospitals insist on, and nothing else. I have long surmised that the idea of the gown is to ensure that you know you are naked, vulnerable and totally in the hands of the doctors. The anaesthetist, surrounded by masked nurses, was in the middle of a joke about being so
An open letter to Member of Parliament Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn: As I shared my story before you in Parliament on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, I realised that we had similar stories. We both had brain tumors called prolactinomas while pregnant, but with different outcomes. My baby was given the chance to live, yours was aborted. Many thoughts have come into my mind that I feel I should share with you and the Jamaican public. First, please know that I do not judge you for aborting your baby. You were only 19 years old, your athletic career would probably have been jeopardised, and you were facing possible blindness and surgery. Unlike what you shared in Parliament, a micro or macro prolactinoma can
Rural Mississippi hospital at crossroads with new owners When the hospital in rural Panola County, Mississippi, went into bankruptcy in August, residents had good reason to worry. Half of the state's rural hospitals have been deemed at financial risk. Others have stopped crucial services, such as closing an emergency room. Five rural hospitals have closed in Mississippi since 2013. The hospital in Batesville has been through a medical fraud scandal, a 2009 bankruptcy and a string of owners. Some residents feared the whole hospital could be shuttered. The effects would have been devastating for the town of about 7,000. Nearly 400 people — doctors, nurses, administrators and staff — would lose
If I could transport you to the Yellow Pod in Concord Hospital's Emergency Department and you could look into the eyes of a person suffering from an acute behavioral health crisis, only then might you begin to understand that mental illness is a disease. You might understand that someone in acute crisis does not make a choice to be ill. They do not choose to come to our Emergency Department to be held in a locked unit while they await admission to an acute psychiatric facility – a facility that was created to provide care and treatment for our state's most fragile and, perhaps, most neglected population. As Concord Hospital's president and CEO, I am deeply concerned; this is what keeps me up
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – 40 years is a long time for a non-profit organization to not only be in existence, but to thrive. And that's exactly why a fundraising celebration was held April 12 to honor the Cedar Valley Hospice's four decades of impacting lives in our community. Red Carpet Nights was the theme of this year's annual gala. Karol Rae Hoth and Tom Langlas, two of the original founders of the organization, were on hand to welcome guests and talk about the importance of the evening. KWWL's Abby Turpin was the evening's emcee and read the following history of the non-profit, written by CVH's Chris Olds: One of the most important things happening in our community in 1979 was that a group
At the end of last year, former Gov. John Kasich signed a bill into law that bans a surgical procedure most commonly used in second trimester abortions. Now a federal court is blocking part of that new law from going into effect. U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett has ruled the state cannot fully enforce the new law that bans dilation and extraction, the common method of abortion used about 15 weeks of pregnancy and beyond. In his ruling, Barrett said the state cannot enforce the law against doctors who perform the procedure on a woman who is less than 18 weeks pregnant. At that point, Barrett says part of the new law that requires doctors to take an action to cause fetal demise before conducting
Opponents of a cardiac surgery center at Anne Arundel Medical Center announced Friday that they dropped their final appeal, clearing the way for work to begin on opening the long-sought medical facility in Annapolis. The Capital Region Health System, part of the University of Maryland Medical System, released a statement saying its decision would allow it to focus on expanding its own surgery center at the Prince George's County Hospital Center in Cheverly. Anne Arundel Medical Center quickly released its own statement, saying work would begin immediately to open the cardiac surgery center by spring 2020. “A cardiac surgery program at AAMC will offer what patients need and deserve — an improved
For the last five years, State Rep. Marcus Riccelli has been working to give nurses a rest — right now, they get breaks and lunches as the law states, but neither are required to be uninterrupted. HB 1155 was supposed to mandate those breaks, a measure that's proven widely popular among nurses. “Those breaks are definitely needed and valuable — too many nurses don't take their breaks and just chart that they did,” said Keenan Clinch, a registered nurse at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center. “Making it mandatory is definitely something that we want, and it's something that our union's behind.” That being so, nurses were stunned when they learned about changes made to the bill in the Senate. The
A frontrunner in the field of medicine, Brandon M. Lingenfelter, DO, PhD specializes in providing superior care in all facets of women's health. Utilizing the latest innovations in medical technology, the Center for Obstetric and Pelvic Health offers a wide range of services to their clients including specializing in the areas of ultrasounds, birth control, pelvic pain, prenatal care, cool sculpting, urinary incontinence, endometrial ablation and more.
The number of assaults on NHS staff has hit a record high, with 63 being attacked every day. Figures show 23,009 were reported at hospital trusts across England in 2017/18 – up from 13,417 in 2010/11. But the number is likely to be higher as not every NHS trust responded to the Freedom of Information request for details. The chances of staff being attacked on over stretched wards has increased by half since the Tories came to power. Royal College of Nursing General Secretary Dame Donna Kinnair said: “It's extremely worrying to find out the number of attacks on hospital staff is relentlessly rising again. “It shows ministers, the NHS and employers have still not got a grip on this problem.”
When family physician Jenna Fox signed on for a yearlong advanced obstetrics fellowship after her residency to learn to deliver babies, she knew she'd need to practice as many cesarean sections as possible. The problem was, she also knew C-sections aren't always good for patients. Many women's health experts argue they're often unnecessary and increase health risks for mom and baby. Doctors are working to decrease high C-section rates in hospitals around the country. Fox and her colleagues on the labor and delivery floor at the University of Rochester try hard to prevent them, particularly primary C-sections, when a woman needs one for her first baby. "I want to avoid primary C-sections. But
Community Hospice was recently recognized for its exemplary patient quality and satisfaction. The prestigious Hospice Honors award was presented by HEALTHCAREfirst's Deyta Analytics, and recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver's point of view. Award recipients were identified by evaluating hospices' performance on a set of 24 quality indicator measures. Individual hospice performance scores were aggregated from all surveys and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a national performance score calculated from all partnering hospices contained in Deyta Analytics' Hospice CAHPS (Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) database.
Five former nurses are suing South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, alleging that they were forced out of their positions based on age, according to radio station KBBI. The former nurses — who are in their 50s — accuse the hospital of forcing them out in favor of younger, less expensive workers, the KBBI report states. They contend that the hospital should be liable for bullying them into leaving or terminating them. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Louise St. Laurent and Chris Long, who were co-assistant managers of surgical services at the hospital; former anesthesia nurse Brian Miller; and former nurses Laurie Stargel and Katherine White. One plaintiff accuses South Peninsula of abruptly
College Factual's 2019 Best Value Nursing Schools report ranks Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Nursing (SON) 21st among 500 programs nationally as “Best for the Money.” College Factual's 2019 Best Value Nursing Schools report ranks Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's School of Nursing (SON) 21st among 500 programs nationally as “Best for the Money.” SIUE also ranked second among the 20 schools in Illinois. SIUE improved its ranking position 16 slots over the previous year's #37 ranking. The SON is in the top five percent of College Factual's rankings nationally for value. See the full ranking of Best Nursing Schools for the Money at collegefactual.com. The rankings
Mansfield said in a statement that the system is "well positioned for an exciting future." "My tenure with Methodist Health System is the capstone to a gratifying 46-year career in health care," he said. "Methodist is special in so many respects." In his 13 years at the helm, Mansfield is credited with boosting the system's acute care centers from two to 10, improving its bond rating and increasing its clinical quality and patient satisfaction scores. The health care system said Moody's now ranks its financial strength as being in the top 16% nationally among not-for-profit health systems. In 2014, he created a partnership that made Methodist the first Texas member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network,