April 2, 2007 |
THE TYPICAL hospital patient is given the wrong medication or the wrong dose at least once a day, according to the Institute of Medicine, a research organization that advises Congress. The good news is that these mistakes are less likely to happen at a hospital run by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Surprised?
January 1, 1994 |
The Department of Veterans Affairs said Friday that it is opening an investigation to learn whether patients at VA hospitals in the 1940s and 1950s were used improperly in nuclear medicine research projects. The probe, announced by Veterans Affairs Secretary Jesse Brown, follows decisions by the Defense Department and the Energy Department to review files to learn the scope of such experimentation. "We plan to leave no stone unturned in our review of this research," Brown said in a statement.
June 13, 1989 |
Forty-four veterans hospitals had "significantly elevated" rates of death among patients, and more than 5% of those who died were found to have received inappropriate care, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs report issued today. Veterans Affairs Secretary Edward J. Derwinski, who ordered the report released today, cautioned in a letter to Congress that "no general statement about the quality of care" in veterans hospitals "can be drawn from these findings." Nonetheless, Derwinski said, "we must try to do better."
August 31, 1989 |
Veterans Administration hospitals are often lax in screening doctors to make sure they have no felony convictions and hold required licenses, according to a federal study that examined hiring procedures at VA hospitals in Sepulveda, San Diego and six other cities.
June 25, 1989 |
Dad was a ballplayer, first for the old San Francisco Seals, then for the Cleveland Indians. Young Eddie grew up in the Bay Area, idolizing the "Big Boppers"--notably Willie Mays and Willie McCovey. Edward Montague Sr., as a scout, had signed Mays to his first contract, "and the first time I met him in the locker room, I walked right past (movie star) Jeff Chandler, didn't even see him, and Willie give me one of his gloves, brand new." The connection was strong, loyal, all-forgiving.
January 22, 1991 |
Veterans' hospitals are prepared for a new responsibility of treating U.S. military personnel wounded in the war against Iraq, Veterans Affairs Secretary Edward J. Derwinski told Congress today. "We will be able to absorb the flow of casualties," Derwinski said in testimony to the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the department. "The morale is high. We are ready to go," added Dr. James Holsinger, chief medical director of the department.