Oakland’s Highland Hospital To Get High-Tech Diagnostic Equipment Thanks To Grant
The facility will buy MRI equipment with $6 million from the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund. In other news, Stat's report on a trend toward "bedless hospitals" features the Los Angeles-area clinics of UCLA Medical Center.
East Bay Times:
Kaiser Buys Highland Some High-Tech Help
Highland Hospital, with a $6 million grant from the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund, is buying magnetic resonance imaging equipment that will double the number of patients who can be tested for cancer, disease and health problems. Early detection is key to keeping them healthy and alive. Highland Hospital in East Oakland is the flagship for Alameda Health System, a public health consortium that runs several hospitals and clinics. (Hedin, 9/15)
Bedless Hospitals Treat Patients And Send Them Home The Same Day
As treatments get less invasive and recovery times shrink, a new kind of hospital is cropping up — the “bedless hospital." They have all the capabilities of traditional hospitals: operating rooms, infusion suites, and even emergency rooms and helipads. What they don’t have is overnight space. ... The growth in outpatient healthcare is a fundamental shift in US medicine. MetroHealth, which gets part of its funding from taxpayers and serves a large Medicaid population, has expanded outpatient visits from 850,000 to 1.2 million in the last four years, a 40 percent increase. (Ross, 9/16)