CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2009 |
Six employees of a Sherman Oaks hospice have been charged with operating a healthcare scam in which they submitted $9 million in fraudulent billing to the state and federal government for medical services never performed or medically unnecessary, the state attorney general's office said Tuesday. The suspects include a mother and her two children as well as physicians at We Care hospice, officials said.
June 21, 2007
Re "Supervisors glum on King-Harbor," June 20 One nagging thought: If Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital fails to pass the federal inspection and is forced to close, where will all the nursing staff who couldn't pass the competency tests be transferred? CHARLEEN SIEGLER Port Hueneme
February 4, 2007
Re "Prison pay hikes drain staff at state hospitals," Jan. 26 The nursing staff at state mental hospitals is drained too. Because of low wages, there is a chronic shortage of nursing staff at Metropolitan State Hospital. I work 64 hours a week because the hospital can't recruit qualified nurses and psychiatric technicians. Staff shortages can't be blamed on the prison system but on our chronically low wages. MARK TACKETT Anaheim
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2003 |
Spurred by the latest death of a patient under questionable circumstances, Los Angeles County health officials announced plans Friday to immediately send a top-level "crisis response team" to oversee management of the troubled Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center. The officials also said they had hired a private "turnaround team" to take over management of the nursing staff, which has been at the center of many of the hospital's problems.
October 30, 2002
Re "Nurses Locked Out in Pension Fight," Oct. 24: Having recently undergone surgery for advanced ovarian cancer, I know what it's like to be solely dependent on a stranger when you're in no condition to sit up on your own, stand, walk, go to the bathroom, brush your teeth, get through the pain and even fall asleep without the help of a nurse. I thank God that my nurses had that time to help me. I'm thankful there were enough nurses on my floor to look after every one of us, for the assurances and smiles that made me less scared and for never being abandoned or forgotten or suffering needless pain.
June 3, 2002 |
The nursing shortage afflicting the nation's hospitals has resulted in increased deaths and illnesses of patients from heart attacks, infection, shock and internal bleeding, according to a new study. The article in last week's New England Journal of Medicine by Harvard researcher Jack Needleman is the first major study to document, on a national scale, the damage to patient health caused by inadequate nursing staff levels.