Del. Abortion Rights Protections Strengthened Under House-Passed Bill, Say Sponsors

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The House of Representatives has approved a bill that its sponsor said would improve availability of safe and accessible reproductive healthcare services, while protecting patients and providers from facing legal action under abortion laws in other states. House Bill 455 passed with 24 yes votes, 13 no Tuesday. Four representatives were absent. “As a nurse,…

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Del. Living Donor Protection Act Becomes Law

Living Donor Protection Act signed at Beebe Healthcare (photo courtesy of Delaware State Senate Republican Caucus)
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Delawareans who have donated an organ or tissue will be protected from discrimination by insurance companies, under a bill signed by Governor John Carney. “The Delaware General Assembly has done important work attempting to prevent discriminatory practices and this bill further protects Delawareans,” State Senator Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes said. “Having to pay a higher rate…

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Atlantic General Finds New President & CEO

The Atlantic General Hospital and Health System Board of Trustees has selected a new President and CEO.Donald Owrey will start the job June 1st, following a search that lasted more than six months.Owrey most recently was President of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at Williamsport, and has been with UPMC for 20 years in various…

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TidalHealth Makes Adjustments To Hospital Visitation Policy

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TidalHealth will adjust its patient visitation policies effective today (Tue. Feb. 1st) at Nanticoke Hospital in Seaford and Peninsula Regional in Salisbury. Hospitalized patients will now be allowed one designated visitor age 18 or older for the duration of the patient’s stay.Visitors will be screened for fever and other COVID-19 symptoms. Other protective measures remain…

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Bayhealth Incentivizes Applicants With Student Loan Relief

Applicants for certain positions with Bayhealth could get help with their student loans. In an effort to attract needed staff to its workforce, Bayhealth will provide qualified applicants with up to $30,000 of loan repayment. That’s for a three-year-commitment to work at Bayhealth. The program is available for nurses, respiratory therapists, patient care technicians and…

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Bayhealth Breaks Ground For Milton Medical Facility

Rendering of Bayhealth Total Care in Milford (photo courtesy of Bayhealth)
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Bayhealth Total Care is coming to the Milton area in a little over a year. Ground has been broken for what Bayhealth calls a new and innovative approach to providing healthcare in Sussex County. The facility, covering 48,500 square feet, is expected to serve as a hybrid emergency and walk-in center. Primary and specialty care…

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Beebe Healthcare Will Require Staff To Be Vaccinated For COVID-19

Beebe Healthcare will move forward with a vaccine mandate next month. The Biden administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last week announced a requirement that all eligible staff at healthcare facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs be vaccinated for COVID-19.Beebe Healthcare will require unvaccinated team members, contractors and vendors to…

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Maryland Takes Steps To Get More Nurses On The Job

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Maryland is hoping to get more nurses working to mitigate staffing shortages. Health Secretary Dennis Schrader said Thursday that he has issued a notice that states that registered nurses or licensed practical nurses with an active license in another state or jurisdiction may provide nursing care in Maryland.The leaders of nursing training and education programs…

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Beebe Introduces Hospital-At-Home Services

Beebe Healthcare has begun to operate what it calls Delaware’s first “Hospital at Home” program. For patients who meet the criteria, they are able to be treated for their medical condition in the comfort of their own home instead of being admitted for traditional in-patient care. Physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, care coordinators and physical therapists…

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7,800 More COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Arrive In Del.

The Delaware Division of Public Health’s Medical Director Dr. Rick Hong looks over t he shipment of 7,800 doses of Pfizer vaccine as it arrives at the DPH warehouse on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 (photo courtesy of Delaware Public Health)

Delaware has obtained 7,800 additional doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, two days after getting an original shipment of 975 doses. 3,900 more doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to arrive in Delaware next week. Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay was on hand at DPH’s cold-storage warehouse in Kent County, where the vaccines…

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New Dover VA Clinic Nears Opening

A new VA clinic is coming to Dover. The new space for the Kent County Community Based Outpatient Clinic is in the former Blue Hen Mall on South Bay Road in Dover. It is expected to open later this year. Senators Chris Coons and Tom Carper visited the site on Veterans Day. Carper says the…

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Md. Congressman Andy Harris announces federal grant funding for healthcare centers in response to coronavirus

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Maryland Congressman Andy Harris has announced that over $3 million in federal grants will be used to assist healthcare centers on the Eastern Shore in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The funding in total is $3,123,465 and was provided by the recently enacted CARES Act, also known as the “Phase III” Congressional emergency legislation.  Three health…

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Independent review underway of prison healthcare system in Delaware

Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) Commissioner Claire DeMatteis announced today that an independent review is underway into the department’s medical and behavioral health care systems as it seeks recommendations to strengthen clinical quality, patient safety, and data management practices. The DOC, through its Bureau of Correctional Healthcare Services, is responsible for contracting medical and behavioral…

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