Here’s some health advice for older seniors: go for a walk. Many times seniors ask: “What’s the best exercise for me now that I am in my 80s?” This is because other health problems can interfere with being active. Combine this with fears about losing balance and possibly falling, and you’ve got a recipe for a sedentary lifestyle. But, for most, walking can be Continue reading
As health-care costs spiral ever upward, hospitals race to build free-standing emergency rooms and expand existing ERs. Hospitals say it makes business sense, but critics say the hospital arms race is too costly for businesses, government and families.
The emergency-room boom
A selective list of major hospital ER expansions, renovations, new construction and free-standing ERs around Puget Sound in the last decade.
Northwest Hospital, Seattle, 2001: Northwest spent $5 million to expand, renovate and add amenities to its Emergency Department, including a fresh-fruit-and-muffin station for emergency-medical technicians, Continue reading