Health care

The doctor will see you in 18 minutes

A digital counter shows how long you’ll wait if you have to go to the emergency room at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital, and all you have to do is drive by. And it’s the latest — and maybe most clever — move in an increasing battle of local hospitals for market share.

VCU, Children’s Hospital to talk more about joint operations

Virginia Commonwealth University said today that VCU Health System and Children’s Hospital will meet with employees of the two organizations Wednesday to discuss the possibility of merging their operations. The two sides announced in March that they were in formal talks to explore the prospect of joint operations under the VCU Health System umbrella. The… Read more »

Owens & Minor cuts jobs in Philly

The locally-based medical supply company lost its contract with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia last week.

Latest hospital financials look healthy

Treating sick patients is a healthy business, or at least it was in 2008, the most recent year for which audited hospital financials are available. BizSense has the profits and margins at area hospitals, plus a brief salary list of some of the higher paid employees at Bon Secours.

Richmond leads country in one slice of job growth

Health-care and education jobs in Richmond have increased by 10 percent, the highest percentage growth in the country. The region added 8,000 jobs in those sectors since last year.

Study: VCU high death rate for heart attacks

VCU Health System has the third highest death rate for heart attack victims in Virginia and a higher mortality rate than the national average, according to a recent study.

Dominion Resources gives $1 million to free clinics

Dominion Resources gave more than $1 million to local free health clinics at a ceremony at Fan Free Clinic Tuesday. And the timing is right — patient volume at the free clinics in Richmond is up 25 percent compared to last year, on account of the economy.