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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Today's Globe: hospital infections, in-store clinics, healthcare disparities, Bush's Lyme disease, Brenda Finn-Cochran

Potentially lethal infections contracted during hospital stays could be causing up to $473 million in medical costs annually in Massachusetts, according to a state report released yesterday that recommends publicizing hospitals' infection rates for such common surgeries as hip and knee replacements.

State health regulators expressed deep concern yesterday about proposals to open medical clinics in retail stores, fearing that patient care could be compromised.

A report on healthcare disparities issued yesterday calls for the creation of a statewide agency to track differences in health status among racial and ethnic groups and to work to bridge gaps in care.

President Bush was treated for Lyme disease last August, the White House announced yesterday after failing to disclose the problem for nearly a year.

brenda finn-cochran85.jpgAs a longtime charge nurse and recently a nurse practitioner, Brenda Finn-Cochran (left) made certain that nothing got in the way of her patients receiving the medical care they needed. A charge nurse at Carney Hospital for two decades and then a nurse practitioner at Wollaston Medical Associates for seven years, she died Sunday of brain cancer. She was 59.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:45 AM
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