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2008-08-01 03:00:35

By Tammie Smith, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Aug. 1--When St. Francis Medical Center in 2006 started offering a 30-minute guarantee to be seen in the emergency room, it was physicians like Joshua Rogers who helped make that happen. "We were the first facility to kind of institute that," Rogers said. "We had already been achieving that benchmark since we opened." St. Francis opened in 2005 and is the newest of the Bon Secours hospitals in the region. Rogers recently wondered if that...

2008-07-29 09:00:00

By Tammie Smith, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Jul. 29--Chanel Carter, 11, hadn't thought much about it before, but being a doctor might be cool. She decided that after spending a week at a health careers camp at Richmond Community Hospital. She and other middle schoolers got a sense of the skill needed for neurosurgery by removing "tumors" from brains molded from gelatin, and learned to suture by practicing on store-bought pigs' feet as a substitute for human skin. "I want to be a...

2008-07-27 03:00:35

By Tammie Smith, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Jul. 27--Hospitals in central Virginia are providing more free care, say state officials who track the amount of charity care hospitals provide. "The average has steadily increased in just about every region of the state," said Erik Bodin, director of the certificate of public need program at the Virginia Department of Health. In the central Virginia health planning region, hospitals in 2006 -- the most recent year for which final data are...

2008-06-27 12:03:10

By Tammie Smith, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Jun. 27--Because of a federal funding stipulation, Virginia is cutting by nearly half the mental-health block grant dollars available for HIV testing and prevention. Instead of having $2.1 million available to do HIV testing and prevention, community-services boards will have about $1.2 million. As a result, 12 of 23 community-services boards that were doing HIV programs will continue to have programs next fiscal year. "We paid for testing,...

2008-06-25 09:03:32

By Tammie Smith, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Jun. 25--Patients who checked their blood pressure at home with a pharmacist monitoring those readings over the Internet achieved better blood-pressure control than patients getting traditional care, research shows. The new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests another option for helping the roughly one in three adults in the United States with high blood pressure. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is called...

2008-06-22 09:00:30

By Tammie Smith, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Jun. 22--Jamaal Williams looks like he's playing a video game as he manipulates the joystick, guiding a cursor along lines that fan out from a target on a screen. Each time the cursor meets the target, there is a low bleep. He repeats the movements as occupational therapist Natalie Smyk hovers. "Jamaal has good strength. Now, we are working on his ability to control his movements," said Smyk, at the Sheltering Arms rehabilitation hospital...

2008-06-21 12:00:23

By Tammie Smith, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Jun. 21--Seventeen teenage girls in one Massachusetts high school are pregnant at the same time, and apparently some of them made a "pregnancy pact" and wanted to raise their babies together. Teen pregnancy prevention officials hope it's an isolated situation confined to one community. "Why a pact around being pregnant?" said Gale E. Grant, adolescent health coordinator for the Richmond City Health District. "Why not around, 'we help each...

2008-06-21 09:00:39

By Tammie Smith, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Jun. 21--Seventeen teenage girls in one Massachusetts high school are pregnant at the same time, apparently the result of making a "pregnancy pact" and wanting to raise their babies together. Teen pregnancy prevention officials hope it's an isolated situation confined to one community. "Why a pact around being pregnant?" said Gale E. Grant, adolescent health coordinator for the Richmond City Health District. "Why not around, we help each...

2008-06-19 09:00:00

By Tammie Smith, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Jun. 19--Richmond Enhancing Access to Community Healthcare stopped operating a few months ago. It said its work -- bringing agencies together to create a coordinated system of caring for the uninsured -- had been done. The agency, initially funded with a federal grant and later funded with foundation and health system donations, had just completed a major report that laid out a regional plan to care for the uninsured and that provided the...

2007-03-11 07:51:20

By Tammie Smith, Richmond Times-Dispatch Mar. 11--State health professions regulatory boards have disciplined various providers in recent weeks. A number of providers were disciplined for sexual improprieties. Among them, an athletic trainer charged with taking indecent liberties with a 15-year-old, and a licensed practical nurse accused of inappropriate activity with a patient at a state mental hospital. The cases, which are detailed in public records on the Virginia Department of...


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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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