Cape Hospital Defends Cuts To Midwife Hours, Says Service Expands

Ella Castle

HYANNIS, MA — Cape Cod Hospital officials said cuts to its midwifery program do not eliminate services for expectant mothers but are part of a realignment intended to expanded maternity services at the hospital.

Starting Nov. 16, midwives will be available at the hospital only from7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Monday through Friday, cutting their in-hospital weekday availability in half, a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Nurses Association said. With the cuts, midwives, will be available 24 hours a day only on weekends.

Prior to the response from Cape Cod Healthcare, the Massachusetts Nurses Association decried the decision and said its

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Hospital overflow sites remain at ‘ready,’ but officials worry about staffing

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The Alternate Care Site established in the Alaska Airlines Center as a potential overflow site for area hospitals in Anchorage amid coronavirus emergency planning (Audrey Gray, Municipality of Anchorage)

The hospital overflow site at Alaska Airlines Center can be ready to use within 48 hours, according to a state health official.

COVID-19 hospitalizations are increasing. State data showed just five ICU beds available in Anchorage Thursday, the lowest level so far during the pandemic. The state isn’t preparing the overflow facility just yet. But, if it does, there is a big concern: staffing. 

“We have all these alternate care sites

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San Antonio emergency hospital sued for alleged overbilling

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A former San Antonio man has sued an emergency hospital and its operators alleging they fraudulently overcharged for lab work to generate higher reimbursements.

Kenneth Keslar II, who now lives in Ohio, accuses Baptist Emergency Hospital at Shavano Park of carrying out a scheme known as “unbundling,” which is when a facility bills separately for some or all tests analyzed as part of a panel rather than billing for the panel.

Keslar wants his complaint certified as a class-action lawsuit so that other patients can recoup what they allegedly were overcharged.


He’s seeking less than $100,000 in damages but potential

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Teamwork: Hospital workers pull together during pandemic | Health

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Phlebotomists and clerical workers helped in the Emergency Department. Maintenance workers and IT specialists concentrated on setting up testing sites. Nurses asked to be sent wherever needed. When the COVID-19 pandemic spread through the Susquehanna Valley, area hospital staffers worked together to fight it.

As empty as our streets were during the earlier days of the pandemic shutdowns, Detra Dodge,…

In a bit of irony, the coronavirus pandemic actually resulted in less traffic in Evangelical…

“It’s certainly not something I have ever seen before,” said Andrew Zechman, Mobile Medical Unit coordinator at Evangelical Community Hospital, talking about the pandemic. “We

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Family drama, shocking news, and elections

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Election-themed General Hospital episode.
Next week on General Hospital, an election-themed episode airs. Pic credit: ABC

General Hospital spoilers for next week promise that November sweeps will kick off in a big way.

Things in Port Charles are unsettling at best. The things that have happened over the last several months have turned things upside down, and with secrets looming, November could be the biggest month for shockers yet.

Election-themed episode

As the reel world and the real world collide next week on General Hospital, there will be an election-themed episode. It will include several of the actors that viewers love, though details beyond

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Hospital saluted for critical, expanded care | Editorials

Ella Castle

Those of us who have lived around here for a while have grown accustomed to seeing construction cranes and trailers at the local hospital. As the community has grown steadily, so has Bozeman Deaconess Hospital with almost continuous expansion.

And it hasn’t just been more rooms for patients and office space for health care providers. The growth has come with new technology that enables the hospital to meet a widening array of local health care needs.

The hospital recently added one of its most important expansion of services with the opening of a birth center and neonatal intensive care unit

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Hospital owner grapples with COVID-19

Ella Castle

It’s a case of a physician having a hard time healing himself.

Like many businesses, hospitals are struggling to make ends meet during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Just ask Antonio Tamayo, owner and chair of the Perpetual Help Medical Center in Las Piñas.

“People might think hospitals are raking it in during a widespread medical situation like this pandemic. Sadly, they are wrong,” he lamented.

Tamayo revealed that his hospital’s occupancy rate has fallen below the halfway point since the pandemic began.

“Occupancy is low because of COVID, even non-COVID sick patients are afraid to go to the hospital

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Ohio dad marathon: Father runs around hospital for 4-year-old son with cancer

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Codner, of Poland, Ohio, ran 26.2 miles around Akron Children’s Hospital on October 17 to raise money for the hospital treating his son, who has 26 months left in his treatment.

In early May, Codner and his wife Tristan received a phone call that Andrew had a bed waiting for him in the hematology and oncology unit of the hospital.

A day that began as a visit to the pediatrician for Andrew’s swollen face had resulted in a diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a common childhood cancer.

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VeChain, Renji Hospital and DNV GL Held Strategic Partnership Signing Ceremony To Launch World’s First Blockchain Intelligent Tumor Treatment Center

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As strategic partners of this new initiative, VeChain and DNV GL will jointly support the hospital in the quest to improve global public health through state-of-the-art blockchain technology and professional advisory.

VeChain ToolChainTM Powers The World’s First Intelligent Tumor Treatment Center 

The Intelligent Tumor Treatment Center combines the advantages of VeChain blockchain technology with DNV GL’s professional services. It enables full patient ownership of personal medical records, allowing patients to take control of the authorization and medical records data management. Research institutions inside and outside the hospital can use authorized data to improve the efficiency of clinical research, and

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This dad ran his first marathon around a hospital for 4-year-old son with cancer

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Dad runs first marathon around hospital where his 4-year-old son gets cancer treatment


There were two thoughts pushing Kolt Codner forward in his first marathon race: his 4-year-old son Andrew’s fight against cancer and the hospital that provides him care.Codner, of Poland, Ohio, ran 26.2 miles around Akron Children’s Hospital on Oct. 17 to raise money for the hospital treating his son, who has 26 months left in his treatment.In early May, Codner and his wife, Tristan, received a phone call that Andrew had a bed waiting for him in the hematology and

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Elliot Hospital expands number of beds available for mental health care

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Elliot Hospital has announced it will have more room to treat people seeking mental health care.>> Download the free WMUR appThe Elliot Health Care system is adding four new beds to its Pathways Behavioral Health Unit, its in-house psychological care unit, bringing the total number of beds up to 16.Hospital officials said they are seeing more people coming to their emergency department looking for psychological help, an issue that has been ongoing in the state.”This is really in response to community need,” said Tate Curti, of Elliot Health System. “We’re seeing an increase in severe and persistent mental illness, and … Read More

Hospital bills for uninsured COVID patients are covered, but no one tells them

Ella Castle

When Darius Settles died from COVID-19 on the Fourth of July, his family and the city of Nashville, Tennessee, were shocked. Even the mayor noted the passing of a 30-year-old without any underlying conditions — one of the city’s youngest fatalities at that point.

Settles was also uninsured and had just been sent home from an emergency room for the second time, and he was worried about medical bills. An investigation into his death found that, like many uninsured COVID-19 patients, he had never been told that cost shouldn’t be a concern.

Back at the end of June, Settles and

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Phoenix Indian hospital abruptly shuts down birthing center

Ella Castle

PHOENIX — For months, Rochelle Chee diligently went to the Phoenix Indian Medical Center for prenatal checkups.

She knew a midwife and other staff there well and felt confident in the idea of going to the facility to deliver her first baby, who was growing big, in the 90th percentile for his gestational age.

That’s why the Navajo woman was shocked when, at 40 weeks pregnant, she learned the hospital had shut down its obstetrics services with no prior notice.

“I was stressed the whole time as I have been seeing PIMC throughout my whole pregnancy and last minute, I

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The Children’s Hospital focuses on improving cleaning and disinfection activities during the COVID-19 pandemic

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A nurse washes her hands after disposing infectious waste at the Children’s Hospital. Credit: WHO / S Khounpaseuth

It is essential that hospitals are places that are safe for patients and their families to visit, and for health staff to work. Good infection prevention and control (IPC) is a fundamental part of this, not just during the COVID-19 pandemic but always.

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WHO staff Souvanaly Thammavong demonstrates proper cleaning of frequently touched surfaces to the hospital staff at the entrance of the Children’s Hospital.
Credit: WHO / S Khounpaseuth

Improvements of WASH and waste management activities

Even before the pandemic, WHO

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Hungary could run out of COVID-19 hospital beds by mid-December: PM’s aide

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FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker works at a COVID-19 testing site as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Budapest, Hungary, October 27, 2020. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary could run out of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients by the middle of next month under the most pessimistic scenario, Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff Gergely Gulyas said on Wednesday.

The country has 32,000 hospital beds set aside for patients with the new coronavirus, he said.

Gulyas said the number of people requiring hospital treatment for COVID-19 could exceed 5,000 on Wednesday, adding that further hospital

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N.J. Hospital Use Up; El Paso Lockdown Challenged: Virus Update

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(Bloomberg) —



a person standing in front of a building: A pedestrian crosses the empty courtyard outside Louvre Museum during morning rush hour in Paris, France, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Europe’s economic recovery is being cut short as governments implement new restrictions to fight the coronavirus that risk driving the region toward another recession.


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A pedestrian crosses the empty courtyard outside Louvre Museum during morning rush hour in Paris, France, on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Europe’s economic recovery is being cut short as governments implement new restrictions to fight the coronavirus that risk driving the region toward another recession.

The resurgent coronavirus continues to batter Europe. Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary suffered their deadliest days of the pandemic. Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands are laying out new curbs, while French fatalities rose by 854, the most since April 15.

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. joined banking rivals in asking most

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Italy Adds Restrictions; Denmark Finds Mutation: Virus Update

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(Bloomberg) — European nations are imposing more measures to battle the resurgent coronavirus, with Greece nearing a lockdown and Italy enacting curbs in Milan and Turin. Belgium reported record hospital admissions, Austrian infections hit a daily high and France has the most intensive-care usage since April.

Denmark said it found a new strain of Covid-19 after an outbreak in the country’s mink population led to a mutation of the virus that might hamper efforts to develop a vaccine.

Total cases in India, second in number to the U.S., rose to 8.31 million. In Australia, the state border between the

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A Florida woman who was in labor stopped to vote before going to the hospital

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A Florida woman in labor had one important stop to make before going to the hospital — she went to vote.



a car parked in front of a store: A woman came to vote before going to the hospital to give birth.


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A woman came to vote before going to the hospital to give birth.

A man came into the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office in Orlando on October 27 to request “a vote-by-mail ballot for his wife, who was in labor in the car outside,” the office said in a statement to CNN.

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“I have not seen anything like this before, but our job is to make sure that every eligible voter votes,” said Karen

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DWTS ‘ Jeannie Mai Shares an Update From the Hospital After Undergoing Surgery

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After being forced to exit Dancing With the Stars due to a potentially life-threatening health issue and undergoing emergency surgery, The Real host Jeannie Mai let fans know she’s doing just fine.

On her Instagram Story, Jeannie shared a pic of herself standing in front of the mirror in her hospital room. She labeled the pic “4 DAYS POST SURGERY.” In the photo, the fashion expert is wearing a t-shirt with the image of the “Vote Jeannie” billboard in Los Angeles her fiancé Jeezy rented to support her and DWTS partner Brandon Armstrong.

She joked on the photo, “no

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Bangladeshi floating hospital treats flood-ravaged community

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DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — In late July, volunteers from a Bangladeshi charity started getting calls seeking support from people from the country’s vast coastal region that had been flooded for months during this year’s monsoon.



In this photo provided by Bidyanondo Foundation, a doctor examines a patient after arriving at Banishanta village near Mongla seaport in southwestern region of Bangladesh, on Sept. 1, 2020. A Bangladeshi charity has set up a floating hospital turning a small tourist boat into a healthcare facility to provide services to thousands of people affected by this year's devastating floods that marooned millions. (Bidyanondo Foundation via AP)


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In this photo provided by Bidyanondo Foundation, a doctor examines a patient after arriving at Banishanta village near Mongla seaport in southwestern region of Bangladesh, on Sept. 1, 2020. A Bangladeshi charity has set up a floating hospital turning a small tourist boat into a healthcare facility to provide services to thousands of people affected by this year’s devastating floods

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