Hospitals http://kplu.org en Fears of a Catholic monopoly dominate talk of hospital mergers http://kplu.org/post/fears-catholic-monopoly-dominate-talk-hospital-mergers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington is one of the least religious states in the country, but when it comes to health care, it has some of the fastest growing religiously-affiliated hospitals, partly because so many hospitals are merging.</span></p><p>The trend has some communities worried about losing access to certain medical procedures—if they’re not allowed under church teachings.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 19:49:25 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 8676 at http://kplu.org Fears of a Catholic monopoly dominate talk of hospital mergers Been to the Emergency Room a Lot? Let’s Talk http://kplu.org/post/been-emergency-room-lot-let-s-talk <p></p><p>If you’ve been to an emergency room in Washington in recent months, you're probably in a new database.</p><p>The goal is to<a href="http://www.wsha.org/ERemergencies.cfm"> treat more injuries and illnesses outside the emergency department</a>, in a simpler setting, which should save money, curb drug abuse and also benefit patients.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:55:32 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7633 at http://kplu.org Been to the Emergency Room a Lot? Let’s Talk Rating hospitals based on number of errors http://kplu.org/post/rating-hospitals-based-number-errors-0 <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-956890.mp3</p><p>Thousands of people are still dying unnecessarily in America&#39;s hospitals, according to a new set of quality ratings.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s despite a decade of attention to preventing errors.&nbsp;</p><p>More than 20,000 hospital deaths should have been prevented, just among Medicare patients (people over the age of 65), according to a <a href="http://www.healthgrades.com">report from Health Grades Inc</a>. of Denver.</p> Wed, 09 Mar 2011 03:04:46 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 954 at http://kplu.org Busiest emergency rooms – not where you might expect http://kplu.org/post/busiest-emergency-rooms-%E2%80%93-not-where-you-might-expect <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-952107.mp3</p><p>New emergency rooms keep opening around western Washington. It's part of a trend.</p><p>On Thursday (Feb. 17th), Swedish Medical Centers will open a free-standing Emergency Department in Mill Creek, between Seattle and Everett. And, on the same day, MultiCare opens a new medical tower at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup -- which has the busiest ER in Pierce County.&nbsp;</p><p>It turns out, the busiest ER’s in Washington are mostly outside the biggest cities.</p><p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 13:30:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 771 at http://kplu.org Busiest emergency rooms – not where you might expect Hospital courtship: UW Medicine proposes to Valley Medical Center http://kplu.org/post/hospital-courtship-uw-medicine-proposes-valley-medical-center <p>King County's major medical centers continue jockeying for position in the emerging new health-care world.&nbsp;</p><p>U.W. Medicine and Valley Medical Center proposed this week what they call a "<a href="http://uwnews.org/article.asp?articleid=61379">strategic alliance</a>." Valley wants to retain its name, although the news release says Valley would become "part of U.W. Medicine."</p><p>Earlier this year, U.W. Medicine took over running Northwest Hospital (in north Seattle), without actually owning the hospital.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:07:56 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 594 at http://kplu.org Hospitals reveal surgical infection rates http://kplu.org/post/hospitals-reveal-surgical-infection-rates <p>If you ever need elective surgery, more websites keep appearing to help you pick the safest hospital.&nbsp; Now, you can compare all the hospitals in Washington based on their infection rates following some common surgeries.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Dec 2010 00:58:01 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 245 at http://kplu.org Hospitals reveal surgical infection rates State finds "no deficiencies" at Seattle Children's http://kplu.org/post/state-finds-no-deficiencies-seattle-childrens <p>Following three high-profile cases involving its patients, Seattle Children's Hospital<a href="http://www.seattlepi.com/local/6420ap_wa_seattle_childrens_hospital.html?source=mypi"> has been given a passing report</a> card of "no deficiencies" by the&nbsp; state Department of Health, according to the Associated Press.&nbsp; Inquiries&nbsp; of nurses and other health care providers involved in the cases are still ongoing.</p><p>The Associated Press reports:</p> Thu, 11 Nov 2010 00:57:47 +0000 Gary Davis 119 at http://kplu.org State finds "no deficiencies" at Seattle Children's