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June 27, 2002
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Hospital plans to close its intermediate neonatal nursery this summer and will offer only basic newborn care, hospital officials said Wednesday. The hospital will continue to provide a level I nursery, but the level II intermediate nursery service will close as soon as Aug. 6. High-risk infants will be transferred to facilities with which the hospital already has relationships for level III services. The change will not affect maternity services for women having normal or Caesarean section deliveries, officials said.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | April 8, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Consistent patient volume and early preparation have kept Franklin County health care giant Summit Health out of the deep red water drowning many Pennsylvania hospitals. But with the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) reporting statewide decline in investment income and increases in uncompensated care, Summit Health President and CEO Norman Epstein said his organization might be riding the wave but it is not yet out of the water. Epstein said the health care industry as a whole has seen a decline in patient volumes and revenue.
NEWS
by TAMELA BAKER | January 19, 2005
tammyb@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - Two years ago, the state insurance commissioner blocked the sale of one of Maryland's largest health-care insurers, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, to a California company. The General Assembly subsequently approved legislation to reform the company, which had sought to convert from its not-for-profit status to for-profit status in anticipation of the sale. On Tuesday, CareFirst officials briefed a House committee on steps the company is taking to comply with the reforms ordered by the legislature.
NEWS
March 10, 2013
On Feb. 25, Waynesboro Hospital received the 2012 VHA mid-Atlantic APEX (Achieving Patient Care Excellence) Award. According to Kathleen Williams, director of performance improvement for VHA's mid-Atlantic region, Waynesboro Hospital scored tops in quality and safety measures among the 57 acute-care hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. “Every person on our team at Waynesboro Hospital is responsible for excellent quality care and patient safety,” said Jill Keller, vice president of nursing and quality and risk management at Waynesboro Hospital.
LIFESTYLE
February 24, 2013
Terri Shiffler, RN, was named City Hospital's Quality Service Award winner for December. Each month, the hospital's Service Award Committee selects an employee to receive the award. Shiffler, a nurse on the sixth-floor telemetry unit, was nominated by one of her co-workers, who stated, “Terry is one of the best at cardiac care. She recently worked with me to care for a patient experiencing cardiac issues on the fifth-floor medical/surgical unit. Patient safety is clearly her top priority, and she treats all co-workers as a member of the team.” Criteria for selection as a Quality Service Award recipient includes demonstrating a consistently high level of productivity and quality of work, along with a high degree of initiative in performing work responsibilities; displaying exceptional dependability; exhibiting effective relationships with others; displaying a commitment to service and serving the City Hospital community; and meeting the criteria for the WVUH-East mission, vision and values.
NEWS
October 25, 2012
Berkeley Co. Sheriffs Assoc. to hold all-you-can-eat pancake feed MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Deputy Sheriffs Association will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake feed Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon at James Rumsey Technical Institute at 3274 Hedgesville Road near Hedgesville, W.Va. Tickets for the event are $6 for adults, with children younger than 6 admitted free. Carry-out orders can be placed for $5. Each ticket purchased will include a chance to win a $500 gift card, according to the nonprofit organization.
NEWS
October 30, 2006
House of Delegates District 2C Salary: $43,500 per year Term: Four years The following questions were asked to the candidates for House of Delegates District 2C. 1. What do you recommend for meaningful malpractice reform? 2. What is your position on slots in Maryland? 3. Why should people vote for you? John P. Donoghue, 49 Hagerstown Democrat (incumbent) 1. I co-sponsored House Bill 2, which provided meaningful reform including "Good Samaritan" protection for health-care professionals providing care in emergency rooms.
NEWS
May 14, 2004
Costs important to health commission To the editor: The commentary by Tom Firey "Certificate of Need is indeed a CON," dated May 9, leaves out one key fact regarding why the state should care about building a hospital in Western Maryland - all Maryland residents pay for excess capacity and underutilized services. All of us who have health insurance pay for this through our premiums, which have been increasing by double digits in recent years. Moreover, funded by federal taxes, Medicare pays these rates as does Medicaid, funded by state taxes.
NEWS
by Mary Towe | August 15, 2004
This is in response to the op-ed piece by Bob Rollins in the Sunday, Aug. 1 issue of The Herald-Mail. I appreciate Rollins' writing to present what he sees as a staffing issue at the current Washington County Hospital site. What Rollins sees as a staffing concern, I see as patient safety and quality of care issues - not because we are understaffed, but rather because of the age and condition of the hospital. Let me explain further. Sometimes, we do have to go on red or yellow alerts.
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NEWS
March 10, 2013
On Feb. 25, Waynesboro Hospital received the 2012 VHA mid-Atlantic APEX (Achieving Patient Care Excellence) Award. According to Kathleen Williams, director of performance improvement for VHA's mid-Atlantic region, Waynesboro Hospital scored tops in quality and safety measures among the 57 acute-care hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. “Every person on our team at Waynesboro Hospital is responsible for excellent quality care and patient safety,” said Jill Keller, vice president of nursing and quality and risk management at Waynesboro Hospital.
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LIFESTYLE
February 24, 2013
Terri Shiffler, RN, was named City Hospital's Quality Service Award winner for December. Each month, the hospital's Service Award Committee selects an employee to receive the award. Shiffler, a nurse on the sixth-floor telemetry unit, was nominated by one of her co-workers, who stated, “Terry is one of the best at cardiac care. She recently worked with me to care for a patient experiencing cardiac issues on the fifth-floor medical/surgical unit. Patient safety is clearly her top priority, and she treats all co-workers as a member of the team.” Criteria for selection as a Quality Service Award recipient includes demonstrating a consistently high level of productivity and quality of work, along with a high degree of initiative in performing work responsibilities; displaying exceptional dependability; exhibiting effective relationships with others; displaying a commitment to service and serving the City Hospital community; and meeting the criteria for the WVUH-East mission, vision and values.
NEWS
October 25, 2012
Berkeley Co. Sheriffs Assoc. to hold all-you-can-eat pancake feed MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Deputy Sheriffs Association will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake feed Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon at James Rumsey Technical Institute at 3274 Hedgesville Road near Hedgesville, W.Va. Tickets for the event are $6 for adults, with children younger than 6 admitted free. Carry-out orders can be placed for $5. Each ticket purchased will include a chance to win a $500 gift card, according to the nonprofit organization.
NEWS
By TIFFANY ARNOLD | August 3, 2009
Accessing a patient record at Dr. Mahesh Krishnamoorthy's office used to mean sifting through 3,000 paper folders. And if part of that record was lost, Krishnamoorthy said, it could have meant a longer wait time in the lobby until somebody found it. Or worse, the doctor would have incomplete information at the time of the patient's appointment. "In medicine, inadequate, incomplete information is fraught with dangerous risks for the patient," Krishnamoorthy said. Risks could range from missed appointments and duplicate tests to bodily injury and death, he said.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | April 8, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Consistent patient volume and early preparation have kept Franklin County health care giant Summit Health out of the deep red water drowning many Pennsylvania hospitals. But with the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) reporting statewide decline in investment income and increases in uncompensated care, Summit Health President and CEO Norman Epstein said his organization might be riding the wave but it is not yet out of the water. Epstein said the health care industry as a whole has seen a decline in patient volumes and revenue.
NEWS
October 30, 2006
House of Delegates District 2C Salary: $43,500 per year Term: Four years The following questions were asked to the candidates for House of Delegates District 2C. 1. What do you recommend for meaningful malpractice reform? 2. What is your position on slots in Maryland? 3. Why should people vote for you? John P. Donoghue, 49 Hagerstown Democrat (incumbent) 1. I co-sponsored House Bill 2, which provided meaningful reform including "Good Samaritan" protection for health-care professionals providing care in emergency rooms.
NEWS
May 20, 2005
Don't forget that patients have rights To the editor: The Herald-Mail's op-ed piece, "Ehrlich must ID funds" provides the reader with a thought-provoking analysis of the state legislature, the insurance companies and the doctors. However, the editorial skims over one of the strongest medical consumer arguments. None of us expect to die from our doctor's care, but the truth is that hundreds of Americans do every day, and in alarming numbers. The Institute of Medicine in Washington estimates that at least 98,000 people die in hospitals each year from medical errors.
NEWS
by TAMELA BAKER | January 19, 2005
tammyb@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - Two years ago, the state insurance commissioner blocked the sale of one of Maryland's largest health-care insurers, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, to a California company. The General Assembly subsequently approved legislation to reform the company, which had sought to convert from its not-for-profit status to for-profit status in anticipation of the sale. On Tuesday, CareFirst officials briefed a House committee on steps the company is taking to comply with the reforms ordered by the legislature.
NEWS
by KATE COLEMAN | November 22, 2004
katec@herald-mail.com In September, Frederick Memorial Hospital stopped offering women who have had babies by Caesarean delivery the option of having a subsequent baby delivered vaginally. Ken Coffey, spokesman for the Frederick, Md., hospital, said the decision was based on patient safety - the safety of the mother and the safety of the baby. As of Nov. 1, the vaginal birth after Caesarean option is no longer available at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., said Dr. Dan Jansen, chief medical officer.
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