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Kaiser Permanente and the September 2001 Anthrax death

1.  The hospital which saw one of the two postal worker in ER Saturday and sent him home with the diagnosis of "flu" later to readmit today at 5:45 am too late to save (according to the New York Times today - page B6) is called Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Suburban Prince Georges County.   (Material was written as events took place)

2.  Hospitals Kaiser uses in Maryland include:

Civista Medical Center
701 E. Charles St.
La Plata, MD 20646
(301) 870-3061

Doctors Community Hospital
8118 Good Luck Road
Lanham, MD 20706
(301) 552-8118

Holy Cross Hospital
1500 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 905-0018

Laurel Regional Hospital
7300 Van Dusen Road
Laurel, MD 20707
(301) 725-4300

Montgomery General Hospital
18101 Prince Philip Drive
Olney, MD 20832
(301) 774-8882

Prince George's Hospital Center
3001 Hospital Drive
Cheverly, MD 20785
(301) 618-2000

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
9901 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 279-6000

Southern Maryland Hospital
7503 Suratts Road
Clinton, MD 20735
(301) 868-8000

Suburban Hospital
8600 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 530-3100

Washington Adventist Hospital
7600 Carroll Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 891-7600"

all per KP website - go to Washington, D.C. - hospitals for Select Plan.

3.  Kaiser encourages withholding antibiotics for upper respiratory infections since the "evidence" they like suggests that it might only be of slight help.

4.  One would wonder if the ER doc took a history that this was a postal worker in the DC area who "collapsed in Church" on the way in to the ER Saturday - does that sound like the flu?

I believe the ER doc was not a direct contract Kaiser doc but indirect influences of "Best Practices" downsizing HMO style would be interesting to know.

                                                  Chuck Phillips, MD