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The Healthcare Design Magazine

Cannon Design, an internationally recognized architectural, engineering and planning firm, is pleased to announce that construction on the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Phoenix, Arizona, is underway.

Scheduled to open in 2011, the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center will bring an unprecedented level of cancer care to Arizona—uniting one of the country’s largest nonprofit hospital systems, Banner Health, with an institution internationally recognized for its cancer treatment and research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Located on the Banner Gateway Medical Center campus, the 131,000-sq.-ft. cancer center houses outpatient services that include radiation oncology, outpatient imaging, multispecialty clinics, infusion therapy, and support services.  (Inpatient services will be provided in the existing Banner Gateway hospital facility.) 

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The New York Times

Jordan M. Gutovich, a Philadelphia medical student, was standing at a patient’s bedside when the man began to cry, an experience he writes about in a recent essay in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Earlier in the year, he and his fellow students had seen their instructor take the hand of another tearful patient, a move that prompted extensive debate among the class.

Some students expressed concerns about the appropriateness of holding a patient’s hand and whether doing so might be deemed an intrusion into the patient’s personal space. After facilitating a discussion about the matter, Dr C concluded that a physician has to use appropriate judgment and be personally comfortable with holding a patient’s hand before extending his or her own.

But then Mr. Gutovich found himself seated next to a crying patient.

I was at a loss for words to respond to my patient’s tearfulness. Instead, I took his hand and held it firmly. He gently squeezed my hand in reply. The room was briefly silent. Somehow, my gesture, I believe, seemed to confer a wordless message of support and encouragement.

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At the upcoming HIMSS Europe Health IT Leadership Summit in Rome, three European hospitals from Denmark, Italy and Switzerland will be will awarded the prestigious HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 & 7 awards for Hospitals that have achieved the highest scores on the EMR Adoption ModelSM (EMRAM). This is the first time European hospitals are awarded the prestigious award which honor hospitals that operate in a paperless environment and represent best practices in implementation of the EMR.

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HOSTELTUR

España es uno de los destinos preferidos para los estadounidenses que tienen problemas de fertilidad y buscan opciones de calidad y algo más asequibles para sus bolsillos, según la entidad sin ánimo de lucro Global IVF, dedicada a ofrecer ayuda e información legal en esta materia.

“España es uno de los lugares más populares para buscar una donación de óvulos, porque es más barato, los cuidados médicos son extraordinarios y ofrece múltiples posibilidades de elección en esta materia”, explicó a Efe Kathryn Kaycoff-Manos, fundadora de Global IVF junto a Lauri Berger de Brito.

En este sentido, Kaycoff-Manos se mostró convencida de que España es uno de los destinos más populares entre quienes deciden practicar el llamado “turismo reproductivo“.

El hecho de que muchas mujeres cada vez tarden más en decidirse a ser madres, superando la edad más adecuada para la gestación, provoca que en muchos casos se tenga que recurrir a la donación de óvulos u otros tratamientos para poder conseguir un embarazo.

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Patricia Matey | Madrid

En un suburbio de Mumbai en la India, un portero custodia la entrada de un reluciente edificio. En su interior, suelos de mármol, grandes salones y arañas de luces. No es un hotel. Pese a que en Mumbia se levantan varios ‘cinco estrellas’, este no es uno de ellos. Es el Hospital Kokilaben Dhirubhai Amban, una de las últimas adquisiciones al ya de por si amplio número de hospitales privados que se han construido en la India y que están atrayendo a un número creciente de turistas-pacientes que buscan tratamientos que van desde la intervención de cataratas a la cirugía cardiaca.

Con estas palabras, Priya Shetty, de ‘The Lancet’ “, aclara en la última edición de la revista que la industria del turismo médico está multiplicándose, especialmente en países emergentes.

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The New York Times By THERESA BROWN, R.N.

In hospitals, there is a special kind of communication among doctors and nurses, an essential skill not easily learned. I’ve come to call it the Rattle.

In the Rattle, speed matters far more than style. It tends to be filled with jargon incomprehensible to an outsider — medical gobbledygook carefully arranged to present a patient’s story.

You have to rattle it off in a hurry, hence the name, but there is a lot of pressure to get it right. If you don’t, important information can be missed and — not to put too fine a point on it — the patient may die.

The lesson was driven home to me early in my nursing career. One day a patient of mine let out a sudden animal moan, and her head swung loosely down to her chest. After a few seconds she came out of it, but complained that her right arm was numb.

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 Healthcare Design Magazine

To call the 150-year-old Laguna Honda Hospital a “hospital” is most definitely a misnomer. Emerging from a 10-year design, new construction, and renovation process, the 150-year-old facility now offers a complete range of services: long-term care, rehabilitation, special care for Alzheimer’s disease and HIV/AIDs populations, and hospice. It uses the latest concepts in long-term care, offering a personalized environment extending well beyond the usual acute care hospital design. Along the way the project achieved the first LEED Silver registration of any healthcare facility in California. Perhaps the signature achievement of the new design is to translate large-sized 780 mostly skilled nursing beds into homelike accommodation suitable for an average 17 month length of stay. Discussing how this was done, and such unusual features as fully operable windows, are Laguna Honda Associate Administrator Larry Funk; architects Jeff Logan and Sharon Woodworth, Director of Design and Senior Architect, respectively, for Anshen + Allen; and Larry Bongort, Senior Health Architect, Stantec Architects, interviewed by HEALTHCARE DESIGN Contributing Editor Richard L. Peck.

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