• Connecticut hospitals to lawmakers: Data collection won't curb capacity issues

    Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would require hospitals to collect and report data on emergency department wait times and volumes. Hospitals, meanwhile, contend such rules will not help solve emergency department boarding and capacity issues.
  • How WellSpan Health cut ED utilization by 32%

    York, Pa.-based WellSpan Health has cut its emergency department utilization by 32% after implementing a new program that incorporates behavioral care and addiction treatment, a spokesperson for the system shared with Becker's Feb. 28. 
  • McLaren debuts ED self-scheduling for patients

    In a bid to reduce wait times, Grand Blanc, Mich.-based McLaren Health is now offering an online scheduling option for patients seeking care at two of its emergency departments. 
  • HCA Florida hospital addresses equipment sterilization issues

    HCA Florida North Florida Hospital in Gainesville, which shut down procedures earlier this year to address equipment sterilization issues, has resumed all surgical operations.
  • Why US hospitals are breaking up with anesthesiology groups

    More hospitals are severing ties to anesthesiology groups, some to build their own internal anesthesia departments, others inking new contracts with different provider groups and some joining the growing volume of echoes claiming certain anesthesiology groups have "anticompetitive business practices."
  • HCA Mission Hospital regains CMS compliance

    CMS found Asheville, N.C.-based HCA Mission Hospital in compliance with its plan of correction and recommended removing the immediate jeopardy designation, Blue Ridge Public Radio reported Feb. 23.
  • Nemours Children's, Crozer affiliate on pediatric services

    Under a new affiliation, Nemours Children's Health will integrate neonatal ICU and pediatric cardiology services into the Crozer Health network, the two health systems announced Feb. 21. 
  • 'We have a stable workforce': North Carolina hospital defying the odds of maternity care closures

    As hospitals and health systems continue to face ongoing maternity care cuts and closures in 2024, Chatham Maternity Care Center at Siler City, N.C.-based Chatham Hospital, part of Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health, is working hard to defy those odds.
  • Atrium hospital floods, surgeries canceled

    Atrium Health Pineville (N.C.), part of Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health, canceled its elective surgeries for Feb. 22 and notified patients after a plumbing fixture leaked on the hospital's fourth floor in the early morning.
  • Methodist Le Bonheur, anesthesia group end 50-year partnership

    Memphis, Tenn.-based Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and its longtime anesthesia provider, Medical Anesthesia Group, have ended their partnership after contract negotiations hit an impasse.
  • A guide to successfully navigate ED boarding

    Overwhelming, chaotic, inefficient, dysfunctional — all four words appear throughout a recent report describing the nationwide challenge of emergency department boarding published by the American College of Emergency Physicians. 
  • How the Washington hospital where a nurse called 911 built back its resilience

    On an October day in 2022, Kelsay Irby, BSN, RN, then nurse at Silverdale, Wash.-based St. Michael Medical Center, called 911 for backup when the emergency department became overwhelmed with patient boarding. Now, after hospital leaders spent time crafting a plan for resilience, the hospital has shared the strategies that helped it turn things around.
  • 'They're vulnerable at any given time': Texas hospital, medical school partnership targets rural healthcare

    Rural hospitals and health systems are continuing to face significant challenges like rising costs, low reimbursement rates and workforce challenges. In fact, a recent report found that there are about 418 rural hospitals currently at risk of closure. 
  • Care deficiencies put brighter spotlight on Steward hospital: Report

    A series of events pointing to shortcomings at Brockton, Mass.-based Good Samaritan Medical Center has led the hospital to be understaffed and overcrowded, The Boston Globe reported Feb. 14.
  • Missouri hospitals treat victims after shooting at Kansas City Chiefs rally

    One person is dead and at least 21 others were shot when gunfire rang out near the end of the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl parade Feb. 14. 
  • HCA hospital in California to end trauma care

    Regional Medical Center in San Jose, Calif., plans to end its trauma services in August, citing low utilization rates. 
  • Allina to adjust services at Mercy campuses

    Allina Health is making changes to services and care access at two of its campuses: Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn., and Mercy Hospital-Unity Campus in Fridley, Minn. 
  • The popular sport with injuries on the rise

    A recent analysis found pickleball-related injuries have increased more than 200% in 20 years, NBC News reported Feb. 12.
  • ED capacity issues nearing boiling point

    Over the past months, health systems in numerous states have faced growing capacity challenges. That includes Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital, which saw the highest level of patients boarded in the emergency department in its 200-year history.
  • Billings Clinic parts ways with anesthesiology group

    Billings (Mont.) Clinic's contract with Billings Anesthesiology expired Feb. 9, with the health system aiming to create its own fully staffed anesthesiology department, according to Montana's News Leader. 

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