Children's Hospital is reviewing policies related to shooting
Joe Stuteville, a hospital spokesman, acknowledged that the hospital usually gives the upper hand to a patient's next-of-kin representative to determine who can or can't visit. "Without having the specifics on this case," he said, "I can only say we do not discriminate. We understand end-of-life issues." Bray said her two sons, 10 and 12, discovered her partner facedown on a bathroom floor, foaming at the mouth, about 6 a.m. Wednesday. Bray said her partner had overdosed on several medications in what she believes to be a suicide attempt. The Star generally does not identify people who attempt suicide. About 6:45 a.m., Bray's partner, who is an employee of St. Francis, was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where Bray was able to visit her for about an hour. That is when Bray called her partner's mother to alert her of the incident. Bray's sons then arrived and visited her partner for several minutes, crying and hugging her. However, Bray said, when her partner's mother arrived, she ordered the three of them out of the room.
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West L.A. pet hospital caters to high-end clients
Police said that on Thursday morning, police received a call that Ashanti Hendricks, likely armed, was at the hospital. The caller also suggested that Hendricks, 22, was wanted on felony charges. Two officers responded and went to the hospital. While en route, they confirmed the felony warrants and obtained a photograph of the suspect. The officers found Hendricks in the neonatal unit, where he was holding a baby. As Hendricks spoke with police, he put the baby down and tried to flee. He ran through the unit and down an empty hallway, where he brandished a pistol, police said. Police said that because of his threatening behavior an officer shot Hendricks in the wrist. After a struggle, they subdued him.
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Over the loudspeaker, a voice announced "Code blue: Hospital lockdown." The lockdown lasted for about two hours after Milwaukee police shot and arrested Ashanti Hendricks, 22, who was visiting his baby on the Newborn Progressive Care Unit of the hospital. Hendricks was shot in the wrist after he threatened officers with a gun, authorities said. No one else was injured. Carolee Malen, an emergency room social worker, was headed in for her shift when she got a call instructing her to go to the Children's Corporate Center across the street instead. "I'm upset about this world," she said, shaken. "You can't go to a spa , you can't go to a mall, you can't go to a Batman movie, and now it's Children's Hospital." Mike San Felippo of Random Lake said he was in the hospital lobby with his son and his wife when he heard the announcement. A hospital employee gathered everyone in the area and moved them to a corner of the lobby, San Felippo said. "I just wanted to protect my family and get out of there," he said. The incident began when police received a tip that a wanted felon was at the hospital. Milwaukee Police officers went to Children's to arrest him. Officers from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office and Wauwatosa Police Department also responded.
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Scene frantic after felon shot by police at Children's Hospital
Under CHOP's old policy, dietary supplements were treated as home medications. If a family brought them in, an attending doctor or nurse was obliged to evaluate them as best they could and administer them along with hospital-sanctioned meds during the patient's admission. If the supplements ran out, the provider would order more through the hospital pharmacy. Now, families are entirely responsible they have to obtain and administer the unapproved supplements themselves, notify a doctor when that happens, and sign a waiver form . The hospital is also distributing additional explainers to families. Not so surprisingly, CHOP's move has drawn criticism from a leading dietary supplement trade group, the Natural Products Association, which described the decision as "unfortunate" and "misguided." In a letter to the hospital, NPA director John Shaw said that companies must adhere to strict manufacturing practices and that the FDA has been ramping up its inspections of them. Navigating Dietary Supplement Regulations Dietary supplements are generally defined as vitamins, minerals, herbs and extracts that may come in tablets, capsules or powders. They're regulated as a unique category of food by the FDA. While Offit's aim is to discourage families from using most supplements, the hospital isn't banning all of them. It's developing a list of about three dozen exceptions, which must be verified by the U.S.
Source - http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/11/14/245234880/philadelphia-childrens-hospital-bars-herbs-and-supplements
At a Catholic hospital, a dispute over what a doctor can do – and say
The guidelines dont just restrict what doctors and nurses at Catholic providers may do; they can even limit what health professionals are allowed to say. Mercys policy prevents physicians from fulfilling their ethical obligations to patients and interferes with patients rights to make informed decisions regarding their medical care, the complaint said. The policy also violates patient safeguards under Medicare and Medicaid as well as a Colorado law protecting physicians autonomy, the ACLU said. Mark Silverstein, ACLU of Colorados legal director, said that by barring http://leo103.org/2013/11/medical-billing/ doctors from informing patients about all possible treatment options, Mercy Regional poses a potential threat to the health, safety and even the lives of its patients. The potential risk to patients is especially grave in communities like Durango, where a Catholic hospital is the only one for miles around, added Sheila Reynertson of MergerWatch , a New Yorkbased nonprofit that tracks Catholic hospital consolidations and their impact. She noted that so-called sole provider hospitals there are 30 of them in mostly isolated parts of the country receive additional federal funds to serve the needs of their communities, as well as Medicare, Medicaid and other tax breaks. Reynertson said that gag policies like Mercys are absolutely common and are becoming more so as Catholic health-care systems gobble up other providers in a merger boom touched off by health-care reform. Whats unusual about this case is that you have it in writing, Reynertson said. Usually, the policies are not so clear cut. But vague gag rules may be just as problematic, Reynertson added, especially at secular hospitals that find themselves under Catholic control. People tend to overreact to keep their jobs. This is what weve heard many times the nurse in the emergency room who is suddenly very nervous about that pregnancy emergency because theres a heart beat.
Source - http://www.philly.com/philly/health/At_a_Catholic_Hospital_a_Dispute_Over_What_a_Doctor_Can_Do__and_Say.html
Philadelphia Children's Hospital Bars Herbs And Supplements
Moreover, the number of pets in the United States declined from 2006 to 2011 ownership of dogs fell 2% and that of cats 6% according to a study by the American Veterinary Medical Assn. Even so, VCA reported record third-quarter sales of $464.1 million, a 7% gain over last year's third quarter, largely by acquiring smaller, independent operations. Revenue at operations open for the last 12 months, though, rose only 1.1%. Art Antin, VCA's co-founder and chief operating officer, said that opening the three-story facility during sluggish times for the industry made sense for several reasons. VCA was able to consolidate two smaller nearby hospitals into the new flagship on Sepulveda Boulevard. And the comprehensive care it offered gave the company a strong lure to attract some of the best veterinarians in the country, Antin said. "The more you give to the clients in ways to care for their pets, the more experienced doctors want to work at the hospital," he said. "It's no different than human medicine: If you have a top-notch hospital, you attract the best doctors." He wouldn't disclose the cost of renovating the leased building, which had long housed the Automobile Club of Southern California, but estimated it would generate $22 million to $25 million a year in revenue. Kevin Ellich, a research analyst at investment firm Piper Jaffray, said he believes VCA was wise to invest in a premier hospital, even amid the industry's slowdown. He said the animal healthcare business is improving, with pet owners more willing to spend than they were during the recession. He recommends buying the stock.
Source - http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-pet-hospital-20131113,0,2581142.story