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By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF nTC | September 5, 1998
The hospital without beds, some say, is a natural evolution.Bon Secours Baltimore Health System is planning to eliminate the acute inpatient beds at one of the two hospitals it owns in West Baltimore -- Bon Secours Hospital or Liberty Medical Center. The move would likely be made by the end of next year.Both institutions would continue to operate emergency rooms and offer outpatient care, and the system plans new or expanded services, especially at Liberty.The change was needed to keep both hospitals financially viable and able to offer services that meet the changing needs of the community, said Jacquelyn Gaines, vice president of the Bon Secours Baltimore system.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
Five people were injured near Ocean City on Sunday when their boat exploded, police said. The explosion occurred shortly after the boaters boarded the 24-foot inboard/outboard motor boat in Ocean Pines, Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson said. Owner Neil Edwards had backed the vessel away from the dock without incident, Thomson said. But when he shifted into forward, it exploded. The passengers all were blown off the boat or jumped, Thomson said. Neighbors helped them out of the water.
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By Gar Alperovitz and David Zuckerman | February 28, 2013
Study after study demonstrates that poverty is a powerful driver of poor health. Many of America's leading hospitals exist in poor communities. Could these powerful institutions (in economic as well as medical terms) help overcome the deeper sources of failing health among the 46 million Americans living in poverty? A little-known provision of Obamacare provides an unexpected opening. Section 9007 of the Affordable Care Act requires every nonprofit hospital to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years to engage the local community on its general health problems and explain how the hospital intends to address them.
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By Brandi Bottalico, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
An unknown black male shot a 34-year-old man in the stomach around 6 p.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of Hazel Street. The victim is now listed in good condition at an area hospital, Baltimore City Police said in a press release. The victim was standing on the corner of Hazel and Pennington Avenue with a group of friends when the suspect approached them and started firing, then fled in an unknown direction, according to police. Additionally, an adult male is listed in critical but stable condition after being shot multiple times in the 5400 block of Cedonia Avenue on Saturday.
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By David Kohn and David Kohn,SUN STAFF | July 10, 2003
A Bowie woman who impersonated a registered nurse while working at two Baltimore hospitals has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. In handing down the penalty Tuesday, Baltimore Circuit Judge Lynn K. Stewart told Florence Ngwe Igwacho, 40, that she preyed on "vulnerable and helpless people." In May, Igwacho pleaded guilty to identity fraud and practicing registered nursing without a license. Prosecutors, investigators and hospital officials said Igwacho did not appear to have caused any injuries or deaths at the two hospitals - Mercy Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Baltimore.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | December 2, 1999
Sheppard Pratt Health System has tentatively agreed to sell 14 acres of its 100-acre campus to neighboring GBMC Healthcare Inc. in a deal that would tighten links between the two Towson institutions, hospital officials said.The deal would allow Sheppard Pratt to build an inpatient hospital on GBMC land, and the institutions would construct a bridge joining the two hospitals.Sheppard Pratt officials said they will decide whether to exercise that option in the next year. The sale of the 14 acres would help Sheppard Pratt finance its new hospital.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | January 22, 1997
Two-month-old Grant Andrew Learman has a knack for doing things prematurely. He was born far from home 10 weeks before his due date. And after staying in two hospitals, he finally went home yesterday -- a week early.Grant was born to Tim and Kathy Learman, of west Columbia's Hickory Ridge village, while they were visiting Buffalo for a baby shower in November. Since then, the family has been in the national spotlight as strangers helped them return to Maryland for the holidays.When Howard County General Hospital and Children's Hospital of Buffalo agreed to split the $3,050 transportation cost for Grant's Air-Evac flight home, the family returned to Columbia.
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By Joel Obermayer and Joel Obermayer,Sun Staff Writer | April 7, 1994
Hospital rates in the state will outpace inflation, but not by as much as first planned.That was the decision yesterday by the state agency that sets hospital rates -- a move that may save Maryland consumers an estimated $25 million in health care charges this year.The Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission said the hospitals must forgo part of their automatic annual rate increase for new services and capital projects. Hospitals will be allowed to raise rates about 1.5 percent more than inflation instead of the slightly more than the 2 percent that the state's formula allows.
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By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | June 11, 2004
A two-day strike by support staff at two major local hospitals was averted yesterday as Sinai Hospital and the Greater Baltimore Medical Center reached temporary agreements with the union that represents about 1,000 of their workers. The Service Employees International Union 1199E-DC and officials from both hospitals negotiated through the night Wednesday. The union reached an accord with Sinai at 5 a.m. yesterday and with GBMC at 6:30 a.m. On Wednesday, about 1,700 members of the same union ratified a new contract with Johns Hopkins Hospital, avoiding a strike there.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | November 18, 1997
Maryland Public Television promised in-depth analysis of issues affecting our lives, and that's exactly what it delivered with the premiere last night of "Newsnight Maryland."The topic of the show's main story was hospital mergers, and the bottom line for viewers was that knew you knew a lot more about how such mergers might affect your health care after an eight-minute report and a 10-minute discussion.In fact, you probably had enough information and context actually to reach an informed opinion on the matter.
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By Gar Alperovitz and David Zuckerman | February 28, 2013
Study after study demonstrates that poverty is a powerful driver of poor health. Many of America's leading hospitals exist in poor communities. Could these powerful institutions (in economic as well as medical terms) help overcome the deeper sources of failing health among the 46 million Americans living in poverty? A little-known provision of Obamacare provides an unexpected opening. Section 9007 of the Affordable Care Act requires every nonprofit hospital to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment every three years to engage the local community on its general health problems and explain how the hospital intends to address them.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2013
City police said they were investigating an unusual armed robbery that took place Tuesday afternoon on the third-floor of a downtown hospital. The robbery was reported around 1:10 p.m. at Mercy Medical Center's McAuley Tower, in the 300 block of St. Paul Pl. Det. Jeremy Silbert, a police spokesman, said two hospital employees were robbed of cash from their personal belongings. The incident prompted police to set up a perimeter around the hospital. Silbert said police were reviewing surveillance camera footage and were exploring whether the robbery was tied to another that took place recently in the same area.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
A morning crash on Route 2 in Anne Arundel County involving an MTA bus and two vehicles sent five people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Maryland Transit Administration officials said. MTA spokesman Joe Sviatko said that the incident involved an MTA bus traveling northbound on Ritchie Highway and Arnold Road. Five bus passengers were sent to two area hospitals with life-threatening injuries, Sviatko said. The bus driver has been an MTA employee since 1983 and, as with standard operating procedure, has been removed from service and is undergoing alcohol and drug screening, Sviatko said.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2012
A fight among a group of teenagers and one man Wednesday afternoon at the Upton Metro Station sent two people to the hospital and closed the station for about three hours, according to Maryland Transit Administration Police. The fight caused chaos in the station, as the teens threw yellow cones, a mop and a trash can at the man as they moved through the station, according to Sharon Allen, an Upton resident who witnessed parts of the fight. "It was pandemonium, so you really didn't know what was going on," Allen said.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2012
A woman was killed after two cars collided Sunday morning in Eldersburg, Maryland State Police said. A Chrysler making a left turn from Liberty Road onto Georgetown Boulevard collided with a Nissan shortly before noon, police said. Myrtle Coghill, a passenger in the Chrysler, was taken to the Carroll Hospital Center, where she was pronounced dead. The driver of that vehicle, Wallace Coghill, of Sykesville, was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2012
Two city residents were taken to an area hospital after a carbon monoxide leak in a Lake Clifton home Thursday morning, officials said. City fire and hazardous materials crews responded at 10:02 a.m. to a home in the 1900 block of N. Washington St. after a report of a carbon monoxide leak. Two residents were taken to an area hospital with injuries that were serious but not life threatening, officials said. Two others were treated at the scene. Investigators are working to determine the source of the leak, which was discovered in the basement of the rowhouse.
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By Diana K. Sugg and Diana K. Sugg,SUN STAFF | October 25, 1997
Sitting atop opposing mountains in Cumberland, the city's two hospitals have been rivals for decades. Evenly matched in size and finances, they dueled in billboards. They tried to outdo each other in technology.But as with hospitals all over the country, Memorial Hospital, a historic community institution, and Sacred Heart, a Catholic hospital, have started to do what was once considered heresy -- merge. Board members cite declining revenues and numbers of hospital patients.Their actions have started a storm of controversy among Cumberland's residents, physicians and staff.
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By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | September 4, 1998
Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, which operates both Bon Secours Hospital and Liberty Medical Center, plans to close all inpatient beds at one of its campuses by the end of next year.The consolidation of inpatient services is part of a broad plan, called "Transformation 2000" which would add senior housing and adult day care, a birthing center, an ambulatory surgical center and other programs at the hospital campuses and at outpatient centers in West Baltimore.While there will be some loss of jobs, the move is necessary to preserve the two hospitals, which are currently unprofitable, and to offer new services needed in the community, said Jacquelyn Gaines, vice president of community health systems integration for the health system.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2011
A double shooting on the city's west side Thursday evening sent two men to area hospitals. Police responded at 8:48 p.m. to reports of gunshots in the 3000 block of Belmont Ave., near Hilton Parkway. They found a 31-year-old man there suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He remains in critical condition, police said. A second man was located about a block away. He had been shot at least twice in the arm and leg, police said. The second victim's age and condition were not released.
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Baltimore Sun Staff | December 3, 2011
Two men are hospitalized Saturday after an early-morning fight in Annapolis left each with a single stab wound near the city's waterfront, police said. Police were called around to the 100 block of Dock Street, near the City Dock, for a reported fight, according to a release from the Annapolis Police Department. Officers found Daniel Hawvermale, 22, of Sandy Spring, stabbed in the chest. Daniel Bichner, 21, of Mt. Airy, was suffering from a stab wound to the abdomen, police said.
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