Hospitals

Team Effort
9:33 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Skype in the NICU

One of eight babies in this country is born prematurely.  Some will be under intensive care for months, while worried parents wait and wonder how their newborn is doing. 

At the University of Virginia’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit, nurses are trying something new to ease the anxiety of families and build trust with the medical team.  

Halima Walker sits in a rocking chair, holding her daughter Cora.  The baby was born at 23 weeks, weighing under two pounds and has been in neo-natal intensive care for more than 3 months.

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Part 2 of 2
2:07 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

"Situation Room" for Patient Safety

Credit UVA Medical Center

The University of Virginia Medical Center admits more than 28,000 patients a year and does nearly 54,000 outpatient surgeries.  

When you’re dealing with so many sick people, things are bound to occasionally go wrong, but the federal government ranks UVA below the national average in five of thirteen categories linked to patient safety.  That one man is leading the charge to eliminate medical mistakes at UVA, and he’s set up a war room to do the job.
 

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Access to Care
4:57 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Mental Health Services in the Spotlight

A community mental health organization is in the spotlight, after this week's attack on State Senator Creigh Deeds and the apparent suicide of his son. 

The Richmond Times-Dispatch said Gus Deeds had undergone a psychiatric evaluation Monday, but he was not admitted for in-patient care, because no hospitals in the area had psychiatric beds available.

But several facilities in the region report that they could have admitted Gus Deeds.

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End of Life Film Project
3:26 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

A Good Day to Die

A California actress—but Roanoke native—is using her hometown and surrounding areas to shoot her next film, called A Good Day to Die, about end-of life planning. 

For more information about the October 24th End Of Life panel, or about the A Good Day to Die film project, click here.
 

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Living at the End of Life
4:54 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

World Hospice & Palliative Care Day 2013

Saturday, October 12, those involved in the hospice movement celebrate World Hospice Day, a time to talk about comfort and quality of life in a person’s final days. 

Hospice is not a place—it’s not about buildings and bends, but rather attitudes and philosophies.  There are about 120- licensed hospices in Virginia, providing end of life care.

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