Whistleblower still concerned after hospital settles case

  • Emily Previti

The Context crew will be breaking for the July 4 holiday until next week. In the meantime, catch up on State of the State as you drive, run, barbecue and/or otherwise have time off. Recent episodes include one that dives into the story behind last week’s state Senate chamber melee. After it made national headlines, the Senate GOP sent a disciplinary letter to Lt. Gov. John Fetterman over his admittedly intentional departure from procedure that contributed to the dustup.
-Emily Previti, Newsletter Producer/Reporter

‘It’s a slap on the wrist with a feather’

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Dr. Christian Macedonia led the military’s Gray Team of doctors and scientists charged with finding the “ground truth” about traumatic brain injuries. This 2016 photo shows him when he worked as a maternal and fetal health specialist at Lancaster General Health’s Women and Babies Hospital in Lancaster.

  • Lancaster General Hospital billed for ultrasound reports it didn’t complete for at least a six-month period in 2017 that was sampled during a U.S. Department of Justice investigation. LGH settled for $275,000 — a ridiculously light punishment, according to the doctor who blew the whistle on the practice. Transforming Health’s Brett Sholtis interviewed Dr. Christian Macedonia and others for this storyabout the DOJ probe, settlement and fallout.

  • Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia is diverting trauma patients elsewhere as a step toward closure over state health officials’ objections, the Associated Press reports.

  • Shortly before the Hahnemann development came Wellspan’s decision to shutter its facility outside Harrisburg and Pinnacle closing its hospital in downtown Lancaster — all in the wake of the same companies opening up campuses not too far away from their nearby locations that were later designated as underperforming. A bill awaiting Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature would attempt to address that and other issues, including closure notification and funding for rural trauma centers.

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Janice Blanock speaking to a crowd at a meeting about cancer cases in Canonsburg, Pa. Her son Luke died of Ewing sarcoma in 2016.

  • Parents of children who died of Ewing sarcoma, and other community members, want a deeper investigation into the relatively high incidence of the rare disease among students at neighboring Washington County school districts. The push comes after the state determined the cases don’t amount to a cancer cluster. Reid Frazier has the full story for StateImpact Pennsylvania.

  • Pa. colleges would be required to have anonymous online portals for reporting sexual assault under a bill awaiting Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature, WESA’s Sara Schneider reports.

  • Clearfield County recently banned July 4 parade participants from throwing swag, such as candy and T-shirts, to spectators, amid safety concerns. So far, the decision has prompted at least one local business to cancel plans to participate. More details here from The Progress News.

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