The sort of patients Dr. Andrew Sternlicht's new business will serve likely don't worry about medical insurance.
In fact, Hotel Recovery, which will provide post-surgical services for patients at luxury hotels such as the Ritz Carlton and the Boston Park Plaza, won't accept insurance payments when it opens in March.
Sternlicht, a former anesthesiologist, will cater to patients who don't mind paying up to $1,200 a day to recuperate.
"Hospitals are focused on getting people out earlier and earlier," Sternlicht told the Boston Sunday Globe. "We're offering the luxury of years gone by, when you could arrive the night before surgery and arrange your things and get a little pampering afterward."
Boston, home to some of the world's finest doctors and hospitals, already attracts patients who can select where they seek care. Service providers say they're just responding to increased competition for those patients.
Global Health's private nurses change bandages, arrange child care and travel with patients to tropical retreats for fees of up to $100 an hour.
Alarm causes evacuation
of Disneyland attraction
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- A smoking electrical panel triggered a fire alarm at Disneyland on Saturday, prompting an evacuation of the new California Adventure attraction.
Firefighters were called but no one was hurt during the 7:30 p.m. emergency, police said. Disneyland remained open.
Employees evacuated a movie theater and simulation ride when smoke coming from a ventilation system clouded an Imax screen.
Moviegoers experiencing the "Soarin' Over California" hang-gliding film were ushered out. There were no flames, said Disneyland spokesman Ray Gomez.
The computer-controlled electrical panel is in the basement of the theater. An amplifier connected to the panel overheated and caused the smoke, he said.
The "Soarin' Over California" ride has about 90 seats that elevate and move side to side to give the viewer a simulated hang-gliding ride.
The attraction, previewed by guests and holders of season passes, reopened later. It is to open to the public Thursday.
DNA tests show that skull
is that of missing girl, 7
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- DNA tests confirmed that a skull found last month is that of a 7-year-old girl who disappeared in 1999, according to the Santa Clara Sheriff's Department.
DNA from Xiana Fairchild's toothbrush was compared with a tooth that was found in the Santa Cruz Mountains. A highway worker found a portion of the skull and two piece of jaw Jan. 19.
The Santa Clara County medical examiner said Xiana's death was caused by "homicidal violence" but would not disclose details.
"Since December 1999, we've been trying to find out what happened to Xiana Fairchild," said Vallejo Police Chief Robert Nichelini. "Now, today, unfortunately we know."
Xiana's mother, Antoinette Robinson, reported her missing Dec. 9, 1999. She was last seen leaving for school in Vallejo, about 60 miles north of San Jose.
Robinson's boyfriend, Robert Turnbough, told police that he had left the girl at a bus stop but later said she walked alone to catch the bus. While police never said Turnbough was a suspect, they said he had been under a "cloud of suspicion."