November 13, 2013
The Laurel Regional Hospital Foundation's Crystal Heart awards gala this year will serve as a fundraiser for the development of a new women's health care facility. "The fundraiser is going to help us get this women's health care center going," Dr. Trudy Hall, Laurel Regional's vice president for medical affairs, said of the Dec. 6 event, which is a black-tie affair with lavish food and entertainment. Since the gala debuted 24 years ago, money raised usually has been spread to fund equipment purchases, renovation projects and programs.
October 21, 2013
Tomorrow's planned release of the Healthy Baltimore 2015 Interim Status Report says a lot about the health of our city. The banner headline is that the health status of Baltimore City residents looks brighter than it did just a few years ago. The follow up, and perhaps more newsworthy message, is that we are closing the gap in racial and ethnic disparities for many of the leading health indicators. When the Healthy Baltimore 2015 plan was released in May of 2011, we were clear that improving health outcomes required each of us, whether individually or through our organizations, to commit to addressing the underlying issues that drove poor health outcomes and that no single sector of our civil society could do this alone nor claim sole credit or bare sole blame.
October 12, 2013
Compelled to set the record straight, I'm writing in response to the article regarding the VA Office of the Inspector General review of the Emergency Department at the Baltimore VA Medical Center that cited lengthy wait times for patients ("Baltimore VA hospital faulted for lengthy emergency room stays," Sept. 27). Unfortunately, the reporter who wrote the article did not contact the VA Maryland Health Care System for a response about the OIG review or to fact-check his information.
September 27, 2013
Shortages of beds, doctors and nurses in the Baltimore VA Medical Center's emergency room resulted in nearly half of a sample of patients spending more than 6 hours at the facility, including one who waited more than 24 hours, according to a critical inspection report released this month. In that case, a 59-year-old woman who reported a racing and pounding heartbeat waited 24 hours, 8 minutes before being admitted to a unit where her heartbeat could be continuously monitored. In another example, a 52-year-old man with schizophrenia who expressed desires to kill himself or others waited 22 hours until he was transferred to a non-VA hospital for treatment.
August 22, 2013
Five beer brands were most consumed by emergency room patients, Johns Hopkins researchers have found. Budweiser, Steel Reserve, Colt 45, Bud Ice and Bud Light were found to have been drunk by patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital over a one-year period more than any other brands. Three of the beers are malt liquors, which typically have higher alcohol contents, according to a pilot study by researchers at the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
July 10, 2013
Howard County General Hospital began as a vision 40 years ago. As we celebrate the hospital's 40th anniversary year and its official "birthday" of July 9, I reflect on how HCGH has been caring for generations of families in our community for four decades and I'm proud to have been a part of the HCGH team through times of significant change and growth. HCGH has grown up with this community and the people who call Howard County home. We've been right by the sides of so many people - through emergency department visits, the births of children and grandchildren, through health crises and amazing recoveries.