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Hospitals inflate price of some services by 20 times or more, study says
Stephen FellerBALTIMORE, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Huge price markups at hospitals, with some as large as 20 times the actual cost, are based on increasing revenue simply because they can, researchers say.
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In open letter to Baltimore, Under Armour CEO touts investment, transformational change of Port Covington
Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank urged support for the Port Covington project and proposed investing more than $100 million in recreation centers, job training, schools and parks in a full-page ad Wednesday in The Baltimore Sun. The open letter marks Plank's most prominent personal effort moves to...
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School districts in central Maryland had slightly higher than average rates of absenteeism
Nearly all the counties in central Maryland had slightly higher than average percentages of students who were chronically absent from school in the 2013-2014 school year, according to a new report. And in Baltimore more than a third of students missed enough days to endanger their long-term academic...
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New developers of Old Town Mall site provide first glimpse of plans
After years of planning, the developers of a site near Old Town Mall unveiled a broader plan Thursday that they say would tap into a market created by nearby Johns Hopkins Hospital and help weave the neighborhood back into the fabric of the city. The proposal, which would create more than 2.2 million...
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University Hospitals receives 'celebration bells' for cancer patients who complete treatments (video)
Breast cancer survivor Ann Gillespie and her husband, Robert, donated money for University Hospitals to purchase 'celebration bells' for patients to ring once they finish their treatment. The bells are at 16 UH Seidman Cancer Center locations throughout Northeast Ohio. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Very soon, cancer patients at University Hospitals' chemotherapy and radiation centers will mark the end of their treatments by ringing a "celebration bell." The brass ship bells, to be installed at 16 UH Seidman Cancer Center locations across Northeast Ohio, are a gift from Gates Mills breast cancer survivor Ann Gillespie and her husband, Robert. The bells are about seven inches high, including the hanging bracket, and about five inches wide. They are mounted on plaques that will affixed to a wall in the treatment centers in the coming week. "I am so pleased that our gift will enable all future patients to celebrate their final treatment by ringing the bell," Gillespie said in an interview at the Seidman Cancer Center at UH's main campus in Cleveland. There, a welded and forged steel 'Cromwell Bell' by Seattle-area artist Tom Torrens sits in the Mary and Al Schneider Healing Garden for cancer patients. Gillespie said the gift isn't just for patients who ring the bell. "It's for everybody who hears the bell ring and is still in treatment." Gillespie, 71, once taught voice at the Cleveland School of the Arts. Her husband is a former CEO of KeyCorp. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 following a routine mammogram that revealed cancer in her left breast. She went through six chemotherapy treatments over five months, followed by a mastectomy, and then 25 days of radiation treatment over five weeks. "On my last day [of treatment] I was taking off that little pink robe that they give you and dropping it into the laundry basket, and all of the sudden I was overcome with emotion," she recalled. "I just started sobbing, which is not like me at all. So I went back into that little (changing) room and cried my eyes out because I realized I was finally done." The next day Gillespie received a text from a friend who was in radiation treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. The friend sent a picture of a bell for cancer patients at Johns Hopkins to ring, celebrating the end of treatment. "I thought, 'What a great idea,'" said Gillespie. "It would be fabulous to have that here." Gillespie called a friend who is affiliated with UH, and that got the ball rolling. "Everybody loved the idea," said Gillespie. "So now we have a bell and a plaque at all 16 locations in Northeast Ohio that offer chemo and radiation treatments. The plaque reads, 'Ring this bell, three times well to celebrate the day! My treatment is done! This course is run! And I am on my way!' " In honor of the gift, the Seidman Cancer Center is hosting a private ceremony this evening in which the bells will be dedicated. Said Gillespie, "We invited women [breast cancer survivors] up to years back to come ring the bell." Dr. Nathan Levitan, president of UH Seidman Cancer Center, expressed gratitude to the Gillespies. "When one of those bells rings, everyone will know that another patient has reached an important milestone and moved on to the next stage of their journey," Levitan said in a release. "With this special gift, Ann will inspire current and future cancer patients with encouragement and hope."
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Rebecca Polen 'Becky' Hartman, longtime Baltimore area social worker, dies
Rebecca Polen "Becky" Hartman, a social worker whose career at Sinai Hospital's Community Care Department spanned almost 40 years, died Aug. 13 at Sinai Hospital from cancer. She was 70."She was very committed to our patients and our pediatric outpatient department which primarily serves the inner...
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William McC. Kerr II, construction company executive
William McC. Kerr II, former president of Concord Associates and a decorated Vietnam War veteran, died Aug. 31 from progressive supranuclear palsy at his Towson home. He was 72. The son of John T. Kerr Sr., a civil engineer, and Dora Preston Kerr, a homemaker, William McConkey Kerr II was born...
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New surgery technique at Hopkins gives teenage aneurysm patient chance at a normal life
Brianna Atkins was supposed to be playing in the opening game for her California high school's soccer team in January 2015 when she was overcome by a massive headache. She was rushed to the hospital, where emergency room staff told her it was probably just the flu. But her mother, whose brother...
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Henrietta Lacks family divided over HBO movie
A day after the eldest son of Henrietta Lacks admonished HBO for an upcoming movie about his mother and the use of her cells, a second son threw his support behind the drama starring Oprah Winfrey that will air next month.David Lacks Sr. was among a group of family members who issued a statement...
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Anna Curry, former Pratt Library director
Anna Curry, the former director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library who was the first woman and the first African-American to hold the post, died of kidney failure Sunday at her Ashburton home. She was 83."She was very committed to her profession and unfortunately headed the library at a time when...
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Baltimore police investigating shooting death of transgender woman
Baltimore police are investigating the death of a 38-year-old transgender woman who was found shot in Barclay early Wednesday. Police said Alphonza Watson was found shot in the stomach at about 4:15 a.m. in the 2400 block of Guilford Ave. Watson, who lives in the 2000 block of N. Charles St., was...
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Struggles of new East Baltimore school show challenges of integration
On the day that the Henderson-Hopkins school opened its doors to let children in, Crystal Jordan marveled at its light-filled rooms, curving stairs and interior play areas.She couldn't believe her family's good fortune. In a city with so many struggling schools, her fifth-grade daughter was entering...
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Janice Rieve, Hopkins clinical nurse
Janice Rieve, a retired Johns Hopkins Hospital nurse, died of complications from heart failure Feb. 1 at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. The former Northeast Baltimore resident was 77. Born in Schooley's Mountain, N.J., she was the daughter of Leo and Nettie Rieve. She earned a diploma in nursing...
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Career pivot is ultimate test of self-reinvention
Like many people at various points in their careers - even the most successful - he had asked the question: Can I reinvent myself?
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Henrietta Lacks family calls for inquiry into Johns Hopkins' use of her cells
The eldest son of Henrietta Lacks doubled down Friday on his efforts to reclaim his mother's legacy, calling for a congressional inquiry into Johns Hopkins Medicine's unauthorized use of her cells and the suspension of nearly $2 billion in National Institutes of Health funding. Lawrence Lacks,...
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Henrietta Lacks' family wants compensation for her cells
The eldest son of Henrietta Lacks wants compensation from Johns Hopkins University and possibly others for the unauthorized use of her cells in research that led to decades of medical advances. Lawrence Lacks said that he is the executor of his mother's estate and that an agreement the National...
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State, city begin demolishing vacant housing in East Baltimore
East Baltimore residents remember when the Broadway East neighborhood was thriving — full of families and businesses, children and shops — before an exodus began after the riots of 1968.On Friday, they gathered to watch state and city officials tear down properties in the 1700 block of N. Chester...
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Robert B. Harrison III, lawyer, dies
Robert B. Harrison III, a lawyer and former chairman of the Maryland State Board of Contract Appeals, died Sunday of cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of cancer, at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The longtime Roland Park resident was 76. The son of Robert B. Harrison Jr., a hotel executive, and Chesley...
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Man, 39, stabbed to death, others hurt in city shootings
A 39-year-old man was stabbed to death, and four men were injured in shootings — two of them at the Horseshoe Casino — in Baltimore on Sunday, authorities said.The fatal stabbing happened just before 5 p.m. in the 2400 block of Brentwood Avenue in Barclay, police said. The victim, whose name was...
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Police: Two charged in connection to fatal East Baltimore stabbing
Baltimore police have charged two men in a fatal stabbing that occurred in East Baltimore Sunday afternoon. Warrant Apprehension Task Force detectives arrested 37-year-old Randy Case, of the 2800 block of Huntingdon Avenue and Jermain Doggett, 35, of the 200 block of E. Lafayette Avenue, and charged...
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Yvonne M. Theodore, former Hopkins official who worked to diversify student body, dies
Yvonne M. Theodore, a former assistant to the provost at the Johns Hopkins University whose philanthropic interests were Roman Catholic-based charities, died of cardiovascular disease Jan. 22 at her Canton home.She was 78.The daughter of Richard Powell, a farmer and mechanic, and Alice Powell,...
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ICU patients' outcomes improve when hospital staff also pay attention to families of the sick
When her sister was in and out of intensive care last year, Theodora Peters noticed she no longer had to push so hard for information about her sister's condition and treatment, or to stay by her bedside after visiting hours. "There seemed to finally be recognition that we were part of the team,"...
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Hopkins symposium with Bernie Sanders sells out
Several hundred people have reserved seats for a free Johns Hopkins University symposium Thursday evening with Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.The symposium and overflow rooms have reached capacity and organizers are no longer accepting reservations, a Hopkins spokeswoman...
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Harry Goldman Jr., Baltimore attorney for six decades
Harry Goldman Jr., an attorney who practiced law for 60 years, died of pneumonia Oct. 4 at Northwest Hospital. The Pikesville resident was 92. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Dr. Harry Goldman Sr. and Bessie Cohen. He was a 1942 graduate of the Park School. During World War II, he served in...
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Jacqueline L. 'Jackie' Gamper, longtime volunteer, dies
Jacqueline L. "Jackie" Gamper, who volunteered with outreach programs at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer and served on the Women's Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, died Oct. 29 of congestive heart failure at the Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson. She was 98. "She was a lovely...
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Retail, housing come together as complex near JHU adds finishing touches
This fall some exciting things are in store for the Charles Village area. Johns Hopkins University students, faculty and the adjoining neighborhoods have been watching a new project take shape on the corner of 33rd and St. Paul streets that should add some pizazz to this part of Baltimore. The...
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Baltimore's newest makerspace, Open Works, opens Tuesday
Baltimore Arts Realty Corp.'s Open Works is opening its doors Tuesday in Greenmount West, making it the most recent initiative in the city aimed at reviving small-scale manufacturing and stimulating growth among creative businesses.BARCO spent $11.5 million to convert the 34,000-square-foot former...
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Charles D. Flagle, Hopkins professor emeritus, dies
Charles D. Flagle, a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health professor emeritus, died of pneumonia Sunday at Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. The former Ruxton resident was 97. "Dr. Flagle was among the founders of the field of health services research," said Karen Kruse Thomas,...
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