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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.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
It's the weekend or nighttime, and someone in the family doesn't feel well or has hurt themselves. Many people assume the local hospital's emergency department is the best place to go for treatment, but an urgent care center may be a faster and cheaper way to get care for less serious conditions, according to Dr. William P. Jaquis, chief of emergency medicine at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. LifeBridge Health, Sinai's parent company has recently partnered with ExpressCare urgent care centers.
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HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
It's the weekend or nighttime, and someone in the family doesn't feel well or has hurt themselves. Many people assume the local hospital's emergency department is the best place to go for treatment, but an urgent care center may be a faster and cheaper way to get care for less serious conditions, according to Dr. William P. Jaquis, chief of emergency medicine at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. LifeBridge Health, Sinai's parent company has recently partnered with ExpressCare urgent care centers.
NEWS
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.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2012
During Anne Arundel Community College's emergency department simulation, nursing professor Kathy Jo Keever played a patient brought to an emergency room after falling from a tree stand while trying to shoot a 14-point buck. After having her belongings - including a crushed beer can and fake pistol - removed, she was wheeled into a chaotic, crowded ER: Every patient bed was taken, some occupied by mannequins with voice commands, while an actress patient pleaded for pain medication.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | April 27, 2012
The new John Hopkins Hospital opens this weekend and that means there is a new emergency room for adults and children. Beginning Sunday at 7 a.m., the public, police, ambulance crews and others will need to go to 1800 Orleans Street. The current entrances on East Monument Street will close. The new entrances are next to the front entrance to the new hospital. Patients also are being moved this weekend from the old hospital buildings. A parking garage is directly across the street from the entrance for non-emergency visitors.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | 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.
HEALTH
By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2011
Crowding appears to be declining at Howard County's only hospital emergency room, and a citizens group is promoting the use of a dozen private urgent-care clinics in the county as a cheaper, more convenient option to help keep that trend going. "Our purpose is to let the people of Howard County know that the providers are here," said Barbara Russell, a Howard County Citizens Association member who serves on the group's three-person committee studying emergency medical care. To that end, the group hosted a meeting Monday night at the Hawthorne Community Center featuring the county's top medical officials.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | 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.
NEWS
May 29, 1998
The emergency room at Carroll County General Hospital was ranked in the top 10 percent of nearly 300 hospitals nationwide for patient satisfaction during this year's first quarter, according to a survey by a Chicago-based consulting firm.The rating was the result of polling of patients and surveys of emergency rooms among 281 participating hospitals in 41 states. The rating is a composite reflecting such categories as nursing and physician care, testing services, medical outcomes and the admissions process.
NEWS
By Oxiris Barbot | 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.
SPORTS
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.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | 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.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | 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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2013
An adult male suffering multiple gunshot wounds walked into the emergency room of University of Maryland Medical Center on Monday afternoon and told police that he was shot at a nearby cookout by an unknown man who opened fire. The man, whose identity was not disclosed, entered the emergency room at 12:44 p.m. and told police that he was shot multiple times at Fayette and Gilmor streets, Det. Angela Carter-Watson said. The man's injuries are believed to be non life-threatening, she said.
NEWS
By Shirley Leung and Shirley Leung,Sun Staff Writer | April 5, 1995
West County residents will lose their closest emergency room if Kimbrough Army Community Hospital is downgraded to a clinic, hospital officials told residents yesterday.The Fort Meade hospital, which would be reclassified under a Department of Defense military reduction plan, recorded 22,622 visits to its emergency room last year.Lt. Col. Steven Markelz, the Kimbrough administrator, explained to residents yesterday that national hospital accreditation regulations prohibit an emergency room at a medical facility that does not also provide in-patient care.
NEWS
By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | July 6, 1998
Methane gas from a storm drain under Franklin Square Hospital in Rosedale sickened a nurse in the hospital's emergency room last night and forced the evacuation of about 50 patients, visitors and staff members, according to a Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman.The gas entered the hospital building's ventilation system and caused people in the emergency room to experience breathing difficulties, Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard said.Dr. Julie Casani, director of the hospital's emergency services, said a "code orange" emergency signal was activated, alerting the entire hospital staff and summoning the Fire Department.
HEALTH
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2013
Summer is almost here, and with it likely some blistering hot days. A recent study suggests the elderly should beware when the temperature spikes, because they face an increased risk of winding up in the emergency room short of breath on those days. And that's just a taste of what health problems to expect as global climate change cranks the heat up in many places. Researchers for Johns Hopkins, Harvard and Yale universities reviewed a nationwide health database of 12.5 million older Americans on Medicare and found that increases in outdoor temperatures raise the risk for the elderly of being rushed to the hospital with respiratory disorders.
NEWS
April 11, 2013
Maryland is on the right track in trying to do something to cut hospital costs ("Hospitals uneasy over rate plan," April 7). A state proposal would establish a plan to tie medical spending to the growth of the economy. The plan, according to your story, "is making hospital executives uneasy. " Well, let me tell those executives that their present hospital costs are making me uneasy. In early March, I had an allergic reaction to "Z-pack," an antibiotic prescribed for a virus that had been diagnosed as a bacterial infection I suffered for three days with no appetite and little sleep and finally had to go to the emergency room at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
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