Hospitals

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, April 21: 

The Ohio National Guard is working with public health leaders all around the state in what they say is a coordinated effort to prepare for the peak of the coronavirus.

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, March 24:

Most Cleveland-area hospitals are banning visitors in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Summa Health of Akron, announced changes Friday effectively ending most visits, with some common exceptions.

Most of the visitor bans begin immediately, but St. Vincent and UH will begin enforcing the changes in visitor policy on Saturday, 

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, March 18: 

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The state of Ohio is issuing an order that will make hospitals postpone elective surgeries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, save protective equipment for health care workers and keep beds open. 

Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday hospitals will only perform surgeries that fall into these four categories:

  • Life saving
  • Preserves limbs or organs
  • Prevents progression of disease
  • Prevents worsening symptoms

Patients will be receiving a call from their hospitals as to whether their procedure has been canceled. 

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A study found that hospitals around Ohio invested more than $6 billion in community issues. These are programs that take health and wellness outside the walls of a hospital. 

The Ohio Hospital Association says the increased spending on community benefit programs shows there's a need for hospitals to invest more in preventative efforts and other social needs in their neighborhoods.

The OHA’s John Palmer says these programs can prevent more costly hospital visits.

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Often times, when nurses are at the end of their shifts, they will be asked if they can stay late. Sometimes it’s not a request but an implied order. But that practice has been questioned and now there’s a bill to change it.

Republican Rep. Robert Sprague says “forced overtime” is common for nurses.

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More healthcare industry consolidation is in the offing for northeast Ohio. Wednesday Canton-based Aultman Health Foundation signed a letter of intent to buy Alliance Community Hospital.

The two Stark county institutions operated separately for 116 years. But, Case-Western Reserve University professor J.B. Silvers says the current economic and political environment in healthcare is drawing them together.