• Montana hospital to close home health agency

    Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains, Mont., said it will close its Medicare-certified home health agency as it restructures home health services.
  • Tennessee hospitals treat dozens of tornado victims

    Dozens of injured people were taken to medical facilities after severe storms and tornadoes pummeled communities in the greater Nashville region in Tennessee over the weekend, The Tennesseean reported.
  • New York hospital to shutter long-term care unit

    Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich, N.Y., part of Binghamton, N.Y.-based United Health Services, is closing its long-term care unit.
  • Hospitals embrace creative care in 2023

    For hospitals and health systems, 2023 was the year of doing more with less. Persistent staff shortages and resource constraints, coupled with rising patient volumes, pushed many organizations to implement or expand innovative care delivery approaches this year.
  • 1 in 6 patients with opioid use disorder leave the hospital early

    The number of patients admitted with opioid use disorder and injection-related infections opting to be discharged against medical advice before completing treatment increased by 82% in 4 years, a recent Penn Medicine study found.
  • Connecticut approves labor, delivery closure at Hartford HealthCare hospital

    Windham (Conn.) Hospital, part of Hartford (Conn.) HealthCare, received approval from the state to end its labor and delivery services after a three-year process, the Connecticut Mirror reported Dec. 1.
  • Christus residency program will continue under expanded partnership

    Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, will continue its emergency medicine program under an expanded partnership with the Nueces County Hospital District.
  • Rural New York hospital to restart maternity services after more than 2 years

    Lewis County Health System has completed a $32 million-dollar renovation of the surgical center at Lewis County General Hospital and plans to bring back maternity services at the hospital, North Country Public Radio reported Dec. 1.
  • ED boarding's effect on clinician well-being: Joint Commission

    Caring for patients in the emergency department when there are not enough inpatient beds — ED boarding — is a long-standing practice in hospitals that are over capacity. Not only does it risk patient safety, but clinicians say it's burning them out, too. 
  • New York system lowers age for inpatient psychiatric care

    Rome (N.Y.) Health has lowered the age for patients it accepts who need inpatient psychiatric care. 
  • Massachusetts Nurses Association urges statewide halt to birthing unit closures

    Following the highly contested closure of a birthing center at UMass Memorial Health's Leominster Hospital the Massachusetts Nurses Association has come out against it and is calling for the state to halt further shutdowns until a review is conducted. 
  • 3 EDs, 470,000 visits: Strategies to handle high ED volumes

    The COVID-19 pandemic shuffled up trends in emergency department volume, but many systems are seeing hundreds of thousands of patients a year.
  • Some Mass General Brigham locations limiting new primary care patients

    Mass General Brigham said the capacity for primary care patients is limited on the main campuses of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Mass General Hospital in Boston, but there is availability within the system.
  • ED boarding times rise in 2022: 4 notes

    Emergency department volumes have rebounded since 2020, but little progress has been made to address high ED boarding times, according to a new report the Emergency Department Benchmarking Alliance.
  • Kentucky Hospital Association aims to improve clinical handoffs

    With patient safety institute I-PASS, the Kentucky Hospital Association has launched an effort to reduce communication breakdowns by improving efficiency of clinical handoffs across 128 hospitals statewide. 
  • Ohio hospitals treat victims of deadly bus crash

    Hospitals in the Columbus, Ohio, area were notified of a "mass casualty incident" Nov. 14 after a bus accident left three dead and at least 18 injured, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
  • Sterilization issues pause surgeries at Mass General Brigham hospital

    Elective surgeries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Mass., have been on pause since Nov. 6 amid problems with the equipment used to sterilize medical instruments and devices, according to a Nov. 13 report from The Boston Globe. 
  • Hospitals at capacity amid RSV surge: Texas ED sees 500 patients a day

    Nearly all pediatric hospital beds in a North Texas region are full amid a surge in respiratory syncytial virus. Nationwide, the positivity rate has increased from nearly 5% in mid-October to over 10%. 
  • EDs grapple with more young mental health patients

    Influx in demand for pediatric mental health services has led to more children and adolescents staying in emergency departments for long periods, The Wall Street Journal reported Nov. 8.
  • PeaceHealth hospital unit to relocate Dec. 15

    PeaceHealth's inpatient rehabilitation unit at Sacred Heart Medical Center University District hospital campus in Eugene, Ore., will relocate to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, Ore., on Dec. 15.

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