NEITHER SHAKEN NOR STIRRED. A British hospital might be in hot water with its patients for its cost-saving decision to remove ice from their water jugs. Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge, U.K., is running a deficit and will see a 39,000-pound ($60,400), savings by eliminating ice. According to the Guardian, one visitor was “horrified and gobsmacked” to hear that ice wasn’t available to the patient she was visiting. The hospital was tweeting Wednesday with assurances to the community that “ice is always available to patients when they need it” and “ice was never removed clinically.”
IT’S NICE TO SEE THE NEWS showing that the number of uninsured dropped by 2.9 percent between 2013 and 2014 to 10.4 percent, or 33 million people, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Wednesday. About 8.8 million more people were insured in 2014 than in 2013. Unsurprisingly, the greatest changes in coverage rates were the increases in direct-purchase health insurance and Medicaid.
WHILE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF WINE are constantly being debated, few would argue that just pouring it down the drain makes anyone healthier, or happier. But that’s just what a judge in West Chester, Penn., has ruled must happen to hundreds of bottles of confiscated wine that might otherwise have gone to Chester County Hospital, according to the DailyLocal. The donation of the wine could have made for one heck of a profitable charity auction — and at one time the hospital may have served it. But Judge Edward Griffith ruled Sept. 15 that state law did not allow for the sale of condemned alcohol, even for fundraising activities of a hospital. The judge said he had no other choice but to order the more than 1,300 bottles of wine to be destroyed. Sigh.
“I GREW UP PRETTY POOR … there were eight of us in a two-bedroom house. I was the youngest and my bedroom was the dining room floor,” says Tomás León of his humble, but loving beginnings. The new president and CEO of the Institute for Diversity in Healthcare Management rose up from poverty in Tucson, Ariz., to be leading health care into a more culturally competent field as you'll read in this month’s Hospitals & Health Networks. “I call my story ‘from the barrio to the boardroom.’ ”
POP HEALTH AND CONSUMERISM are separate trends with the potential to upend the way health care is provided. Learn just how that is in H&HN’s latest Executive Dialogue.