Category Archives: Hospitals & Clinics

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Hospitals Continue to Face Bankruptcy

A bad economy affects everyone; small businesses, large businesses, government jobs, government funded programs, everyone. Hospitals are no different. While many people look at hospitals as a public safeguard for our health, many people forget that hospitals are businesses too. And while all businesses need to at least break even to continue operating, a recent study found by the Wall Street Journal found that -more than 2,000 of the nearly 3,900 acute-care hospitals-studied don’t make a profit treating patients.-

With the economy still in trouble and many people losing their jobs and health insurance, hospitals take a major hit. If someone comes in with an emergency, say a gun shot or car accident, doctors do everything they can to save the life. You’re not asked for pre-payment or bank statements or even your insurance information. So hospital’s offer their services and are not always paid for them, especially in tough economic times. One bankruptcy attorney noted that hospitals are fighting the rising costs of healthcare as well as the decreasing -rates of reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid-and an increasing number of uninsured patients.- Hospitals have also been facing more competitors, as same-day surgery centers and walk-in clinics have become more popular.

More and more hospitals are taking desperate measures to try to stave off bankruptcy, but with incoming lawsuits, high salaries and pensions to pay, many hospitals are seeking refuge in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. As a Killeen and Waco bankruptcy attorney I can tell you that many hospitals are facing their troubles, but just two examples are the Hoboken University Medical Center’s operator Hudson Healthcare in New Jersey and New York’s St. Vincent Hospital.

In New Jersey, Hudson Healthcare declared bankruptcy, which is releasing their responsibility in paying the city an estimated $2 million, according to the Hudson Reporter. The bankruptcy has caused quite a bit of controversy, as the CEO, Spiros Hatiras received a $600,000 payout upon resigning while there are employees waiting on over $1.45 million in pension and health benefits.

New Jersey isn’t alone in their questionable budgeting practices. St. Vincent Hospital in New York is under investigation for fraud, as the District Attorney accused the Catholic charity hospital of purposely sinking their finances. According to the New York Post, the Hospital’s bankruptcy cleared the way to sell to a private developer. The developer planned to build a luxury community of the site. The New York Hospital also controversially paid two senior administrators $1 million each.

Unfortunately these hospitals have made some questionable decisions in their bankruptcies, but many others are struggling with operating costs and impending lawsuits. One Hospital in New Mexico is filing Chapter 11 based on the lawsuits alone. Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center is hoping that the bankruptcy will give them time to sort out the over 40 lawsuits against them.

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Indian Hospitals – Treatments That Help You Live a Longer Life

Hospitals in India not only offer quality treatment but are also backed by experienced surgeons and advanced technologies.

Cancer is one such treatment that has made many miracles to patients from all across the globe. Cancer by name only is such dreadful disease that can make any person ill or can create a disturbance in a patients mind. These days advanced developments have taken place in cancer surgery procedures which has led to a higher survival rate and has also improved the quality of life.

These days many cancer research institutes present all across the countries and have invented new techniques and methods in treatments of cancer. Best cancer hospitals India is offering quality treatments at affordable price in comparison to the cost in foreign cancer surgery hospitals. In India, cancer treatment is offered almost all the metropolitan cities such as Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata. Best cancer hospital India has helped people in getting back to their work as they were before and as the cost is low and treatment offered is at par with international standards, more and more people are now getting attracted to India for getting their cancer treatment done. Every treatment in India is provided with great care and concern be it any kind of treatment.

Top heart hospitals in India have highly skilled surgeons and advanced technologies to provide the best medical solutions to their patients. The medical services in India are no less than other hospitals in the western world. In fact, more and more patients are coming from the UK and the US in order to seek cost-effective medical facilities. Moolchand Healthcare is one such hospital that has been offering world-class healthcare facilities with a conscience of trust. Top heart hospitals in India are provided complete cardiac surgeries with proper care and attention to each and every patient. Medical tourism in India is thriving at a very high rate and this has captivated millions of people all across the globe as India has premium healthcare specialists. Ever after such low cost of treatments, patients in India also receive high-class medical treatments which can also be customized as per the personal requirements. The most important part of Indian hospitals in India is that it has a less waiting time in comparison to the other countries. Top heart hospitals in India also provide complete medical holiday package which helps in saving a great luck of money. It may also include air tickets, accommodation and prior booking with the doctors. Best cancer hospitals India also provide many advanced techniques which are yet to be found in developing countries and is offered at much affordable costs.

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Valley General Hospital Will be Smoke Free

Valley General Hospital campus is a smoke free from January 2011. Valley General the last hospital in Snohomish County which prohibited smoking completely.

“If people want to smoke, they will have to go outside the campus”, stated Monica Sylte, hospital representative.

At present, the hospital prohibits smoking within 50 feet of hospital entrance; this is more limited than stipulated by the state law.

“Current smoking huts on the back side of the campus were pulled down as soon as the ban on smoking on hospital property takes effect,” Sylte stated.

Signs are placed both inside and at the entrances of the hospital, informing visitors and patients that they dont have the right to smoke on the property.

Swedish/Edmond was the first hospital in Snohomish County, to prohibit smoking on its property. The hospital introduced a completely ban in 2006.

“The majority of people seem to accept these restrictions,” stated Nancy Wood, chief nurse at Swedish/Edmonds.

The hospitals policy was implemented after the states voters accepted firm measures which took effect in 2005.

The state prohibits smoking within 25 feet of doors, windows and also in bars, cafes, restaurants, bowling and other establishments.

“Valley General was thinking for some time to take this step. But changes in chief executives delayed the whole process,” stated David Anderson, who conducts the hospitals smoke-free committee.

The hospitals off-campus drug and alcohol treatment center that may cure more than 36 patients will not be covered by this regulation.

“In present we are still analyzing all advantages and disadvantages of this regulation. We do not want that the given anti-smoking policy to become a barrier to people who are thinking to receive an adequate treatment at our center,” he added.

Anyone who will try to smoke on the hospital territory receive a reminder of the new regulation, Anderson stated.

“We dont want to make it something threatening. We will give a card to those people, who smoke. On this card they will find special created places where they can smoke,” he said.

Swedish/Edmonds did the same, when they introduced a complete ban on smoking on the territory of hospital campus.

“In Valley General work more than 500 employees. Till now, I havent heard from workers any complain or opposition related to this ban,” Sylte said.
Valley Hospital and Medical Center in Spokane was probably the first hospital in the state which made its campus smoke-free, tacking the action in 1991, according to the Washington State Hospital Association.

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Ril Contributes To Dahej Getting Its New Hospital

Dahej will have its own new modernized hospital with all updated features sponsored by Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and state government together. This 50-bed hospital will be operational from November 2013. It will be built and operated by Dahej Health& Welfare Society, which is a joint formation of RIL and the State government. BB Swain who serves as the Chairman and Managing Director of Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) will be spearheading all the activities in this society.

This new hospital at Dahej will bring up to the code, health and medical development in the city, which has been lackluster for a while. Irrespective of the tremendous industrial development that Dahej has been witnessing, there was only a primary health centre during emergencies. Besides, one had to travel 45 Km to Bharuch, with it being the nearest place with first- rate hospitals, to be treated. Below Poverty line (BPL) families will be availed of free treatment from this hospital at Dahej. Besides, patients who are registered at the primary health care centre can benefit from treatment, as it will be made available to them at nominal prices, being subsidized by upto 70%.

This Reliance Dahej 50-bed hospital will procure all necessary upgraded features and will have five doctors including a surgeon, orthopedic, physician, gynecologist and a general practitioner. There will be special care taken to pander to burn cases. This hospital at Dahej will also cater to places that are nearby. It may also work to organize mobile services and camps that may benefit a major section of the population and create awareness in the society.

Sushil Kumar, President of Dahej Industries Association has stated that RIL had offered Rs10 crore to Dahej Health and Welfare Society for the maintenance cost of this project. The 9000 square metre land for the hospital is granted by GIDC.

Reliance Industries Limited has participated and sponsored varied philanthropic activities that have benefited scores of people in the country. Reliance Foundation was specially incorporated to support various non profit organizations that work towards create betterment of the society. One of the most noteworthy ones was the initiation of Project Bij for supporting small farming communities by providing technical assistance and enabling them to market it appropriately. BIJ stands for Bhara India Jodo and aims to encourage and assist farmers and enable them to overcome their problems, with the country being prone to a huge number of farmer suicides.

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Shifting Hospital Buying Criteria Are Transforming Medical Device Sales Strategies

Working as an executive coach and strategy consultant within the healthcare marketplace provides a unique perspective. Over the past couple of years Ive found myself engaged in projects with global, multi-billion dollar medical device corporations, leading teaching hospitals, information technology leaders, investor-driven start-ups, and regional hospital systems. It has delivered an interesting vantage point to witness the foreshadowing healthcare reform has donned across the landscape. While many of the changes are still yet to come, the impetus of change is already rippling through the sector.

Having the opportunity to see things unfold from both sides of the medical device/hospital, producer/consumer relationship does not go unappreciated. It is a privileged overlook that reveals not only the drivers behind a rapidly changing marketplace, but the initiatives both sides of this symbiotic relationship are scrambling to implement.

Two major shifts are occurring, one leading inevitably to the other. First, hospitals are moving towards evidence-based care. I know this may sound a bit odd and disconcerting to the lay person (i.e. patient) who looks towards medicine and the practice of it as science. Is not science always evidence-based? Well yes, of course it is, in the laboratory or clinical trial. But clinical medicine is delivered through a practice. While we all trust that surgeons and physicians are guided and steeped in the science of medicine, we must also appreciate that once theyre in practice medicine continues to evolve scientifically and technologically.

Medical science does not stand still. The nearly $30 billion in annual, research tax dollars invested by the National Institutes of Health is pushing the envelope forward at an ever-accelerating pace. And this figure doesnt include the private research and development dollars of biopharmaceutical and medical device companies. In fact, it has recently been projected that humankinds scientific knowledge is doubling every five years. How many peer-reviewed, clinical studies can we expect even the finest surgeons and medical practitioners to read every year? Surgeons and physicians do the best they can to keep pace with the state of the science, but traditionally, they practice medicine within a relatively small community of peers, institutions, and colleagues. The practice of clinical medicine, unlike many other technologically-driven industries, has been fragmented. All of the critical-to-quality variables that have been captured, analyzed, and applied in aeronautics, electronics, software, automotive engineering, pharmaceutical manufacturing, even the frying of the perfect fast-food french fry have been unattainable in clinical medicine. Until now.

The federal requirements for automating patient records is unleashing a new age in medicine. And patient records are just the beginning. The application of informatics, the ability to capture large, statistically significant pools of clinical data regarding demographics, genetics, presenting conditions, treatments, surgical procedures, peri-operative care, and patient outcomes is driving a seismic shift in how medicine will be practiced in the future. It is probably the last frontier, the last industry to benefit from transposing raw data into cogent information that will dramatically effect quality, costs, and the standardization of processes to optimize both of these factors simultaneously.

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Infertility clinic- Symptoms,Conditions and causes leading to Infertility.

Infertility is a condition in which a couple has problems conceiving, or getting pregnant, after one year of regular sexual intercourse without using any birth control methods. Infertility can be caused by a problem with the man or the woman, or both.The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 8-10% of couples experience some form of infertility problem. Globally, at any point of time about 50-80 million people suffer from infertility. However, the incidence of infertility may vary from region to region. In France, 18% of couples of childbearing age said that they had difficulties in conceiving.

Causes of infertility can be found in about 90% of infertility cases, but despite extensive tests, about 10% of couples will never know why they cannot conceive. Between 10% and 30% of cases of infertility have more than one cause. Male or female infertility each account for about 30% to 40% of cases. In men, sperm defects (their quality and quantity) are usually responsible. Female infertility is more complex.

Ovulatory disorders and anatomical abnormalities such as damaged fallopian tubes are the most common culprits. Other less frequent causes include, for example, endometriosis, tuberculosis and hyperprolactinemia. Male factors can be divided into three main categories: Sperm production disorders affecting the quality and/or the quantity of sperm; anatomical obstructions; and other factors such as immunological disorders. Immunological or endocrine problems and failure of the testes to respond to the hormonal stimulation triggering sperm production account for a third of all cases of male infertility. However, in a great number of cases of male infertility is due to inadequate spermatogenesis (sperm production) or sperm defects, the origin of the problem still remains unexplained.

Factors leading to infertility

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The Construction and Development History of a Hospital

Introduction

In October of 2009, the brand new Owatonna Hospital was opened in the heart of Southern Minnesota. This hospital is an excellent example of the development and construction history that is in many of the old hospitals and other health institutions. Here follows a summary of the more than 100 years of history for Owatonna Hospital.

The Early Days

In 1900, the original hospital building, which then was a two-story brick home with a barn, was obtained for $6,500 and opened its doors to patients in early 1901. In its first year, the hospital cared for 105 patients. In 1906, the first addition to the hospital was made after a donation of $10,000 was received.

From 1908 to 1932, the development of a nursing school transpired because of the demands for more trained nurses. A second addition was constructed for $101,000, in 1931, which had an additional 50 beds available. This was done due to the increased patients in need of care.

New Era

In 1961 a two-story addition was completed as part of a $1.3 million construction project. This new addition was added to the building of 1931. Later in the same decade, a further 3rd floor was added to this building.

During 1984 construction started on a new hospital that would cost $7 million to complete. This was all completed in 1985 and the hospital received a new name: the “Health Central of Owatonna.” In 1991 a Department for Mental Health opened its doors for patients and offered different mental health treatments and evaluations.

In 1997, a $1.5 million renovation occurred. These renovations altered about 10,000 square feet of the entire hospital and its facilities. Further minor renovations also took place in the years of 1991-1992, 1998-1999 and in 2001 as well.

The Modern Era

New plans were made to start construction of a new Owatonna Clinic in the 26th street location in 1999 and they looked into obtaining further land to develop a healthcare campus,. A recommendation was made in 2002 to start with the construction of a brand new hospital building, but was first based on a 3-year study.

In 2005 the recommendations for this new hospital construction were approved, and in 2006, funds totaling $46 million were released to begin with the planning and construction. In September of 2007, excavations began for the new hospital.

Finally, on October 16, 2009, the final opening of the new Owatonna Hospital took place.

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Hospital Negligence Causes Death

Medical malpractice is a difficult area of the law. Negligence must be proven in order to win a judgment.

The example of a woman who died last year is particularly poignant, because it was a death that need not have happened but for the negligence of hospital staff. Mrs. Pender(names have been changed to protect the victim), a mental patient, died in November 2008 at a county run hospital after being left in a waiting area for 90 minutes without anyone checking on her. During her wait, Mrs. Pender stopped breathing and when found, had no pulse.

The medical malpractice lawsuit filed stated that the hospital had failed to monitor and supervise Mrs. Pender and that such negligence resulted in her death. The Coroner listed multiple drug intoxication as the cause of death. Mrs. Pender was in the county hospital waiting for a transfer to another facility and was, according to hospital protocol, seated in a waiting area.

Although the paramedic team that took Mrs. Pender to the county hospital indicated she did not exhibit suicidal behavior, she was a well-known patient at the hospital due to her extensive and highly unstable psychiatric history. The lawsuit speculates that Mrs. Pender was left alone for 90 minutes because no one truly believed there was anything wrong with her, other than the “usual” psychotic symptoms.

Whatever the true reasons were for leaving a heavily drugged psychiatric patient alone and unattended for 90 minutes, the facts are clear. Mrs. Pender went in cardiac arrest and stopped breathing because no one was monitoring her during her wait. If they had been watching her, she may be still alive today. In part, the plaintiffs medical malpractice suit, filed by Mrs. Penders daughter, states that the family has lost a kind and loving woman due to the negligence of the hospital.

While this case is an example of a medical malpractice lawsuit, it is also an example of a wrongful death lawsuit. In instances like the ones in this case, it is best to discuss the pertinent details with a dedicated and knowledgeable personal injury attorney. Only the attorney will be able to assess the facts of the case and determine which route would be best to recover damages for the types of personal injuries involved in your specific case.

Not all medical errors are classified as medical malpractice and in order to know your rights and understand how filing a medical malpractice lawsuit or a wrongful death suit works, you must speak to a skilled personal injury attorney.

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Hospital Stretchers

Hospital Stretchers are the most crucial furniture used in any hospital. The use of hospital stretchers is mainly of carrying patients, dead or injured people at the time of emergency or casualty. Hospital stretchers are basically used for carrying incapacitated person from one place to another.

Features of Hospital Stretchers :

Hospital Stretchers are of both type, with wheel and without wheel. Without wheel stretchers are commonly known as folding stretchers.

Hospital stretchers with wheel are also designed with back adjustments having pedals on both sides.

Stretchers are made of comfortable foam pads with conductive vinyl sheeting bottom cover.

Hospital Stretchers are the most important accessory of an ambulance & hospital for carrying patient from places.

Stretchers trolley in any hospital has many advantages like smooth and effortless mobility, head rest can be raised manually and some trolleys are fitted with oxygen cylinder cage.

Stretchers having lock inside the ambulance to secure the victim during transport.

Detachable stretchers are also fitted on trolley for more mobility and convenience.

Different types of Hospital Stretchers :

Folding Stretchers are the normal stretchers used in any hospital without wheels for normal patients. In this type of stretchers two people are always required to carry it both the way. The canvas cloth used in this type of stretchers can be easily removed and washable.

Ambulance Stretchers : Mainly stretchers along with wheels are the ambulance stretchers. These are generally known as Patient Transfer Trolleys. It makes the transportation of injured or incapacitated person easier and comfortable. These stretchers also have a lock inside the ambulance to secure the victim during transport.

Medical Stretchers are basically used in any hospital to carry patient to the operation theater. Medical Stretchers are a type of stretchers trolleys.

Emergency Stretchers are commonly used in an ambulance or operation theater at the time of emergency. Emergency stretchers are fitted with oxygen cylinder cage, adjustable back rest etc. These are foam padded and made comfortable.

Stretcher Trolley are used to carry person from one place to another in the hospital premises or in an ambulance. These are of immense help at the time of emergency. These are constructed in a form having four wheels and an adjustable back rest, push handle at both hands and stretcher trolley top are foam padded.

Normal Patient Stretchers are like folding stretchers without having wheels. Two person are required to carry it. These are washable and the material used are cloth supported with pipe handle made up of iron, steel, wrought iron, wood or chromium.

Patient Transfer Trolleys are any kind of stretchers having wheels which carry incapacitated person from one place to another.

Rescue Stretchers are used at the time of emergency situations like field gear at sports, military rescue operations, accidents and victims of unpredictable circumstances.

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Hospital Beds Market In India Progressing On Growth Trajectory

With a vast population base, India has a large patient pool existing in various urban, sub-urban and rural areas. At present, the country has around 0.7 hospital beds per thousand populations as compared to a much higher global average of around 3, which indicates a huge demand and supply gap in this market. According to a new research report by RNCOS, the hospital beds market in India is expected to grow in near future, though at a slow rate, on back of increasing private and public participation. It is expected that high demand, rising healthcare expenditure and huge growth potential will attract investments in this area, and there will be 937,000 hospital beds in the country by 2015.

The Indian Hospital Services Market Outlook, a comprehensive study that provides extensive information about Indias hospital sector, forecasts that the healthcare spending in the country will be more than double by 2017 due to rising penetration of healthcare insurance and high prevalence of diseases. The Indian hospital services market, which stood at around US$ 31.3 Billion in 2010, is expected to cross the US$ 80 Billion-mark by 2015. The research sees that most of the demand will be in the specialty segment, and changing consumer behavior will lead to the development of high quality healthcare. It was observed that private players hold the majority share in hospital services segment that will rise gradually with each passing year.

The report analyzes various factors driving the industrys growth and the challenges it has been facing. Analysis and statistics regarding market size, growth, share, segmentation, and hospital infrastructure in various metropolitan cities have also been included in the study.

The industry estimates, presented in the report, are based on numerous economic models, correlation and regression analysis and judgmental analysis of the team of industry experts which has carried out the inclusive research. Overall, the research aims at presenting a balanced outlook about the Indian hospital services market to clients.

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