Monthly Archives: March 2014

America’s First Hospice Recertified as the First Palliative Hospital-Hospice

The Joint Commission is a national accreditation body that seeks to continuously improve the quality of health care provided to the public evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest … Continue reading

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Worcester hospital chaplain blazing a trail in promoting spiritual needs in healthcare

A WORCESTER chaplain is leading the way in promoting spiritual care in hospitals across the country. Chaplain at Worcestershire Royal Hospital Rev David Southall recently launched the WeChaplains Twitter group after feeling healthcare workers across the country were not being … Continue reading

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A Smartphone App That Could Save 1,600 Lives a Day

“Preeclampsia is a scary condition no matter where it strikes. Ten million pregnant women develop it every year, and about 76,000 of them die. It also causes more than 500,000 fetus and infant deaths each year, for a total of … Continue reading

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Message from a dying patient

“Last spring, Janis’s new oncologist, Dr. Richard Penson, referred her to Dr. Vicki Jackson, the chief of Palliative Care at Mass General. The referral freaked out Janis a little. Was Dr. Penson trying to tell her that he didn’t think … Continue reading

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The 10 Types of ER Patients: If you fall into one of these categories, here’s how to improve your care.

“As an emergency physician and patient advocate, I’ve met many patients who are frustrated by their medical care. I wish I could have given them advice before they came to the ER. I see some of the same missed opportunities … Continue reading

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Myths About Palliative Care Persist Among Indian American Immigrants

SAN JOSE, Calif.–Major misperceptions about palliative and hospice care persist in immigrant communities, including the Indian American community, according to palliative care health professionals. “It is a major concern that those in immigrant communities equate palliative care services with near … Continue reading

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My Dementia : Telling who I am before I forget.

“During my going-away meeting with Gender Studies, the faculty gave me this journal. In it I’ll report my descent into the post-cerebral realm for which I am headed. No whimpering, no whining, no despair. Just the facts.” More. 

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