Archive February 2011

UAMS Receives $1 Million Grant from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Feb28

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., March 1 The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences issued the following news release:A $1 million grant announced today to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine from Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield will go toward increasing the number of primary care physicians in the state.The grant […]

PCMA: Mississippi’s ‘Secret Prescription Drug Tax’ will Raise Costs

Feb28

WASHINGTON, March 1 The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association issued the following news release:A bill that would tax the companies that manage prescription drug benefits – and subject them to regulation by the drugstore owners they contract with – will drive up prescription drug costs in Mississippi, according to the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA), the […]

Congressman Bob Gibbs Announces Reclassification of Genesis Healthcare System

Feb28

WASHINGTON, March 1 Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio (18th CD), issued the following news release:Congressman Bob Gibbs today released the following statement on the reclassification of Genesis Healthcare System as a Medicare Sole Community Hospital (SCH):"I am pleased to announce that Genesis Hospital has been granted Medicare sole community hospital status by the Centers for Medicare […]

Statement on CDC Report on Reduction of CLABSIs

Feb28

CHICAGO, March 1 The American Hospital Association issued the following news release:Rich UmbdenstockPresident and CEOAmerican Hospital AssociationPatients and hospitals welcome news that confirms that hospitals are making tremendous progress in reducing certain infections. Today’s report by the CDC finds that an estimated 3,000 to 6,000 lives were saved due to the associated 58 percent reduction […]

Women Get Short Shrift in Many Heart Device Studies, Despite Requirement

Feb28

DALLAS, March 1 The American Heart Association issued the following news release:Despite a long-standing requirement for medical device makers to include women in studies they submit to the Food and Drug Administration for device approval, only a few include enough women or analyze how the devices work specifically in women, according to research reported in […]

Tim Horton’s trauma centre: Coffee shop doubles as emergency ward

Feb28

VANCOUVER – Forget the coffee and doughnut.Health care was being handed out at a Tim Hortons next to one of British Columbia’s busiest emergency wards.The ER department at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster is the province’s main trauma centre and receives most of the province’s air-lifted patients.On Monday and early Tuesday, several trauma emergencies […]

BC-B-C Update, 1st Writethru

Feb28

(BC-Coffee-Shop-Hospital)Health Minister Colin Hansen says the system worked just the way it’s supposed to when emergency patients at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster ended up in a Tim Horton’s next door to the E-R.Doctors had to set up temporary beds in the closed coffee shop last night after the hospital was swamped by about […]

NATIONAL Audio 5:15 p.m. ET

Feb28

153 – (Coffee-Shop-Hospital-Nurses)VANCOUVER. x13s. B-C Nurses Union President Debra MacPherson says the provincial government is allowing B-C’s health care system to descend to Third World status. She’s commenting on doctors at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster having to use space in a Tim Horton’s restaurant to deal with a flood of patients last night. […]

B-C Audio 140 pm PT

Feb28

BC09 – (BC-Coffee-Shop-Hospital-Nurses)VANCOUVER. x12s. The head of the B-C Nurses Union says it’s appalling Debra MacPherson commenting on overcrowding at the emergency ward of Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster that forced doctors to use space in a closed Tim Horton’s restaurant. MacPherson says this kind of patient crunch happens every day in hospitals across […]

BR-Coffee-Shop-Hospital-update adds NDP-Hansen

Feb28

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – The N-D-P is blasting the use of a Tim Horton’s to handle a flood of emergency patients at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, but the government says that’s what the coffee shop space was designed for in such a situation.When almost 200 patients swamped the emergency room last night, doctors […]