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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has given Kent County poor marks again in its annual county health assessment.


Nicholas Ciolino

The Wilmington VA is starting a research program to improve patient care at the medical center and all five of its regional outpatient clinics.


Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

This story was originally published Sept. 14, 2018.

 

New Castle County has finished surveying residents of two communities along Route 9 about environmental conditions in their neighborhoods— and whether they might ultimately want to relocate, if given the opportunity.


Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

State officials with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Control know there are elevated dust levels in Eden Park, but don’t know where exactly the dust is coming from.

 

Last month they installed new equipment that may help them figure that out— by looking at specific components of the dust and tracking those in real time with wind direction.

 

 


 

Health experts and developers from Delaware contributed to an economic summit in Philadelphia last week. The discussion was on opportunities for hospitals to fund initiatives that spur economic growth and create healthier communities.


Delaware Public Media

Officials at the Wilmington VA Medical Center say a recent overhaul of its leadership has led to improvements in the quality of care at the hospital.

The latest survey from Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows Delaware’s obesity rate to be moderate compared to the rest of the country.

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Delawareans with medical conditions like epilepsy, diabetes or PTSD can now have those conditions noted on their state ID or driver’s license.


The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services is taking another step to move health care in the state away from the fee-for-service payment model towards a system based on positive patient outcomes, or value-based care.

Katie Peikes / Delaware Public Media

Technology continues to change the medical landscape in a multitude of ways. Among the latest examples is how certain surgeries are handled.

In traditional surgery, doctors cut a patient open with a scalpel and work with several tools over a few hours until they’ve completed their task and patched the area up.

But at some Delaware hospitals, surgeons have another option: Perform the operation with a robot.


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