Hospitals

LCA-Vision laser vision correction procedures continue decline — MedCity Evening Read, Jan. 5, 2010

Laser vision correction procedure volume by LCA-Vision Inc. in Cincinnati continued to declined in the fourth quarter of 2009, the company reported Tuesday.

News and notes from a day in MedCity, Ohio:

Laser vision correction procedure volume by LCA-Vision Inc. in Cincinnati continued to declined in the fourth quarter of 2009, the company reported Tuesday. The company’s LasikPlus vision centers performed 11,718 procedures during the quarter, compared to 15,335 in the third quarter and 19,424 in fourth-quarter 2008, according to the Business Courier of Cincinnati. LCA-Vision will report fourth-quarter results on Feb. 9.

Cleveland Emergency Medical Services is on board with treating heart failure patients with continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machines, thanks to the donation of 30 units by University Hospitals Case Medical Center, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Neighborhood Family Practice, a federally qualified health center in Cleveland, received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will enable it to see 3,000 more patients yearly, bringing the annual average up to about 15,000 patients a year, according to the Health Disparities blog at Case Western Reserve University.

Eli Lilly & Co. in Indianapolis, like many other pharmaceutical companies, is seeking to make its drug-development efforts more productive as it copes with thin new-product pipelines. Its approach: hiring outside contractors, like contract research organization Kendle International Inc. in Cincinnati, to run tests on its drug candidates, according to the Wall Street Journal (subscription required).

Cleveland Clinic researchers have developed a model to help patients with testicular cancer decide on a treatment option as they consider life expectancy and quality of life estimates. The decision model and the study appear in the current issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

About 1,200 students in 16 schools around the state — including the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine, Shaw High School in East Cleveland and Riverside High School in Painesville Township — are participating in a distance-learning course in bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic, according to the Plain Dealer.

DATATRAK International Inc. in Mayfield Heights, a technology and services company focused on software for the clinical trials industry, has appointed long-time employee Chris Wilke to the new role of chief technology officer, according to a PRNewswire release.  Wilke will oversee DATATRAK’s technology offerings.

Rebecca Dean has joined Akron Children’s Hospital as an injury prevention educator, according to a hospital press release. Dean’s primary role will be to educate parents about child passenger safety through the Safe Kids Coalition’s discount car seat program at Akron Children’s Hospital.