Archive for December 2009

State Chamber Offers Suggestions on Health Care Reform

December 9, 2009

Changing the health care system to encourage nurse practitioners and primary-care doctors to join forces to deliver care outside the hospital emergency room was among the ideas offered Tuesday at a forum on health reform sponsored by the state Chamber of Commerce, in Jamesburg…read more 

NJ Hospital Group Says Facilities Are Struggling Financially

December 8, 2009

An annual report on the financial state of New Jersey?s hospitals paints a grim picture. Forget about profit. Many of the state’s 73 acute-care hospitals are losing money. Taken as a whole, they’re just barely breaking even…read more

Willingboro Hospital to Halt Delivery of Babies

December 8, 2009

Lourdes Medical Center will stop delivering babies here within the next few months because of the high cost of obstetrical services, Lourdes Health System announced Thursday. Alexander Hatala, president and CEO of Lourdes Health System, said he is hopeful ob-gyn patients will transfer future business 15 miles away to the … More

School Nurses Keep Treating Those Little Aches and Pains

December 8, 2009

Michelle Wall likens her office at Heights Elementary School in Oakland to an ambulatory health clinic. On a recent day, the school nurse had two kids waiting to have their hearing and vision tested, a third child lying on a sick bed, another who had just strolled in to complain … More

Their Role Keeps Growing

December 8, 2009

The day had just begun at Walter J. Kossmann Elementary School in Morris County’s Washington Township, and so had the steady march of children to the nurse’s office. Adam Smith complained of an itchy eye. Lila Oualim had a wiggly tooth. Kimberly Purcell, who has cystic fibrosis, needed her medicine … More

Summit to Focus on Health Care Reform

December 8, 2009

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Johnson & Johnson, the Horizon Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Jersey Nursing Initiative at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation is sponsoring a Business Summit on "Healthcare: A Framework for Reform," to be held at 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m, … More

Continuing Tradition

December 8, 2009

When Ms. Linz isn’t working on her large, colorful, photorealistic canvases, she is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who has worked with homeless, mentally ill substance abusers. In 1977, Ms. Linz earned her bachelor’s degree in fine art at the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) and moved … More