August 16, 2001 |
A hospital promised to revamp its laboratory procedures after state investigators confirmed that faulty tests led dozens of patients to overdose on a blood-thinning medication. Two patients died. Officials at St. Agnes Medical Center in Philadelphia said patients received errant doses of the anticoagulant warfarin, known by the brand name Coumadin, from June 4 to July 25. Most were unharmed, a hospital spokeswoman said. Warfarin is prescribed to reduce the risk of blood clots.
August 13, 1998 |
Tenet Healthcare Corp. bid $465 million to buy eight hospitals from Allegheny Health Education & Research Foundation, pitting it against smaller Vanguard Health Systems Inc. in a battle to become one of Philadelphia's largest hospital operators. Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health is selling the Philadelphia-area hospitals as part of a court-supervised bankruptcy reorganization.
September 30, 1998 |
Tenet Healthcare Corp. won a judge's approval of its $345-million bid to buy eight Philadelphia-area hospitals from Allegheny Health Education & Research Foundation as part of a bankruptcy reorganization. Santa Barbara-based Tenet had said it wasn't going to bid on the hospitals because Vanguard Health Systems Inc. had already bid $460 million, plus $80 million if the hospitals met certain earnings targets.
March 19, 2006 |
A judge has agreed to allow New Jersey's most prolific serial killer to donate a kidney, but the donor and his doctors must meet conditions, such as having costs paid by the recipient's insurer. Superior Court Judge Paul W. Armstrong did not say when Charles Cullen might undergo the operation to remove one of his kidneys, which would go to the relative of a friend.
May 8, 2004 |
The Veterans Affairs Department will spend $6.1 billion over the next seven years to improve medical care for veterans in a nationwide restructuring. Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi said the percentage of veterans using VA health care is expected to increase from 28% today to 30% in 2012 and 33% in 2022. Las Vegas and Orlando, Fla., will see hospitals built as part of the VA's plan. Denver's aging VA medical center will be replaced.
October 31, 2004 |
A district attorney said he was trying to determine whether Charles Cullen could be compelled to appear in court so relatives of the patients he was accused of killing could confront him if he was sentenced to life in prison. Cullen, a former registered nurse, is expected to plead guilty in the next few weeks to charges he killed six patients at two hospitals with lethal doses of medication.