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June 21, 1990 | LINDA DARNELL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A few weeks ago, a Pennsylvania state agency released a report showing wide disparities among Pittsburgh-area hospitals in the cost and results of treating patients with the same kinds of illness. Hospitals are accustomed to providing cost figures and death rates to federal and state agencies, but this report was starkly different.
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August 16, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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August 16, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
BUSINESS
June 21, 1990 | LINDA DARNELL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A few weeks ago, a Pennsylvania state agency released a report showing wide disparities among Pittsburgh-area hospitals in the cost and results of treating patients with the same kinds of illness. Hospitals are accustomed to providing cost figures and death rates to federal and state agencies, but this report was starkly different.
NATIONAL
March 19, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NATIONAL
May 8, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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October 31, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
BUSINESS
October 22, 1998 | BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Cooper Cos. Inc. said Wednesday it plans to sell three psychiatric hospitals to Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services Inc. for $30 million. If the deal proceeds, the Irvine company said it would take a "large write-off" related to shedding a business that last year accounted for about a third of its $141.5 million in revenue.
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October 22, 1998 | BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cooper Cos. said Wednesday it plans to sell three psychiatric hospitals to Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services Inc. for $30 million. If the deal proceeds, the Irvine company said it would take a "large write-off" related to shedding a business that last year accounted for about a third of its $141.5 million in revenue. Cooper said the divestiture will allow it to focus on its business of making contact lenses, equipment for gynecological examinations and other biomedical devices.
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December 8, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
A 109-year-old veteran of the Spanish-American War and the Boxer Rebellion, believed to be the United States' oldest serviceman, died Thursday at the age of 109, officials said. Doctors at the Veterans Administration Medical Center here said Walter Pleate died of bronchial pneumonia. "He just wouldn't wake up," said R. W. Mengel, a hospital spokesman. "The parts just normally gave out, like a car." Born on Oct.
NATIONAL
December 16, 2003 | From The Morning Call
A critical-care nurse told investigators he killed 30 to 40 patients over the last 16 years and quietly but firmly confessed Monday in a Somerset County courtroom, ignoring a judge's repeated requests to remain silent. Charles Cullen, 43, who worked at hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, was charged with murder in the death of a Roman Catholic clergyman and with the attempted murder of a 40-year-old woman.
NEWS
January 4, 1990 | From Associated Press
The regional office of the American Red Cross on Wednesday reported its most critical blood shortage in three years, forcing changes in surgical schedules and threatening care at 93 hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Nationally, critical shortages also were reported in parts of Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Arizona and Virginia. Most of the nation was experiencing a normal post-holiday tightening of supplies, officials said.
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