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Below are samples of media coverage about Caritas Carney Hospital...

Westwood physician makes guest TV appearance
Thursday, November 4, 2004, Westwood Press

Dr. Bora Hazar of Westwood, a nephrologist at Caritas Norwood Hospital in Norwood and Caritas Carney Hospital in Dorchester, appears as featured guests on "Caritas Christi HealthLink" through Sunday, Nov. 7, on Boston Catholic Television, the television station of the Archdiocese of Boston. His program is called "Kidney Disease & Dialysis."

Caritas Christi HealthLink's 11th 13-week season airs on BCTV during September, October and November. The program is an in-studio, interview-type production of Caritas Christi Health Care and Boston Catholic Television.

Each edition of "Caritas Christi HealthLink" airs on BCTV seven times weekly on cable television systems in Eastern Massachusetts. Viewers can check local cable television guides to find out which channel airs BCTV and what times "HealthLink" appears on their local cable television system.


Automated Lab May Cut Down On Medical Errors
System Gets Results Back To Doctors Faster

By Liz Brunner, September 28, 2004

BOSTON -- If you've ever been to a hospital emergency room, you know how frustrating waiting can be.

NewsCenter 5's Liz Brunner reported that a local hospital hopes its new automated lab will save precious minutes and cut down on medical errors.

An automated system could get lab results back to doctors at Caritas Carney Hospital up to 20 minutes quicker. 

"If someone is having a heart attack, in part, we depend on a lab test to tell us if this happens 20 minutes faster, we'll know that much sooner," Caritas Carney Hospital Dr. Kevin Dole said.

One half to two thirds of emergency room patients get blood drawn, and that's still done the old-fashioned way with a human-drawn blood sample. That sample is labeled with a bar code, which is then scanned by computers.

The bar code contains information about which specific tests are needed, and the conveyor sends the sample to those areas -- avoiding human contact.

"Everything's done in covered areas so there's no chance of our technologists getting splattered so we think it's also going to contribute to safety in the laboratory," Dole said.

Many of the tests themselves take the same amount of time as before, but the robotics eliminates time spent waiting for machines to finish and for sorting, loading, and unloading.

"The more quickly we can turn patients around, make decisions, the faster we can bring the next person in," Caritas Carney Hospital Dr. Ben Kerman said.

Hospital officials said that they're not planning on eliminating any jobs. Instead, lab technicians will have more time for other work -- like blood banks and specialized tests that now must be sent off-site.

"Like every lab, we're short of people. There's not a lot of people coming out of the schools for this particular job anymore," Dole said.

In fact, officials at Caritas Carney are hoping the new equipment will help attract more lab technicians. All the hospitals in the Caritas system, including St. Elizabeth's, will be getting similar equipment.