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June 27, 1996 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr. and Nancy Petersen, FOR THE INQUIRER
Who will control as much as $200 million for mental health and drug and alcohol programs in Philadelphia remained unresolved yesterday, as legislators drew closer to considering a new state budget. Senate Majority Leader F. Joseph Loeper Jr. (R., Delaware) said he expected a vote by the Senate today on a budget drawn up by a House-Senate conference committee. Yet, the question over behavioral health - specifically, whether the Ridge administration will stay with its proposal to allow Philadelphia to administer the program - has not been answered.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2005 | By Josh Goldstein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Universal Health Services Inc. of King of Prussia said it had acquired Keys Group Holdings L.L.C. of Tennessee for $207 million in cash. The purchase adds 21 behavioral-health hospitals, 21 therapeutic day schools, and four detention centers to the behavioral-health division of Universal, which currently accounts for about 20 percent of the company's $3.9 billion in revenue. Universal said it expected the purchase to add about $165 million a year to its revenue. Among the facilities Universal acquired is Pennsylvania Clinical Schools in Coatesville which provides residential treatment for male sex abusers between the ages of 13 and 21. Debra K. Osteen, head of Universal's behavioral-health division, said in a statement that the deal would add to the company's already well-performing residential treatment facilities and add a business area - therapeutic day schools.
NEWS
April 7, 2000 | By Shankar Vedantam, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has terminated a contract with the city to provide behavioral-health care at the Child Guidance Center facility in West Philadelphia. Citing unprofitability, hospital officials said they plan to end the program and lay off 100 employees at the facility located in the Kirkbride Center starting at the end of the month. "The Child Guidance Center of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia notified the city's behavioral-health system that we will not seek to renew our existing contract late last week," hospital spokeswoman Karen Muldoon Geus said yesterday.
NEWS
July 18, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The body of a 27-year-old woman who appeared to have been beaten and strangled was found Thursday afternoon in her West Philadelphia apartment, police said. Jasmine Wright was in her third-floor unit in the 200 block of South 50th Street. Her father could not reach her by phone and asked an apartment attendant to check on her, said Homicide Capt. James Clark. Wright, who lived alone, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:35 p.m. She was a 2015 graduate of Drexel University's School of Public Health, a Drexel spokeswoman said Thursday night.
NEWS
June 9, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
On first glance, it could pass for an ATM. Or the machine at the Wawa for ordering sandwiches. But the sleek, wireless kiosk tucked in a corner of Drexel University's rec center has a much more weighty purpose. "Get a CHECK-UP from the NECK UP?" a sign near it beckons. On it, students who are feeling depressed or having other mental-health issues can take anonymous, two-minute screenings to see whether they may have a problem. And if their responses suggest a mental illness, the machine arms them with resources and places to go for help.
NEWS
June 16, 2015 | BY BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writer lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
THE DEATH rate from heroin overdoses in America has skyrocketed, nearly tripling between 2010 and 2013. In 2013, an average of 23 people a day died of a heroin overdose, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's 8,260 people in one year, a huge leap from the 5,927 just one year earlier in 2012. The heroin deaths were among 43,982 overdose deaths in 2013, making drugs a more likely cause of death than car accidents. The epidemic is playing out in Pennsylvania where in 2014, there was a 20 percent spike in drug overdose deaths over the previous year, according to a report by the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association.
NEWS
July 20, 2015 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police said Saturday that a man was being questioned by investigators as a person of interest in connection with the death of a recent Drexel University graduate. Jasmine Wright, 27, was strangled inside her West Philadelphia apartment last week, police said. After she was not heard from, Wright's family asked police to check the apartment. Police found no signs of forced entry when they entered the unit Thursday and discovered her body. Evidence has led investigators to believe that Wright may have known her assailant.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Universal Health Services Inc.'s psychiatric hospitals chalked up another strong quarter even though some face a federal probe for suspected fraud, some of it potentially criminal. The King of Prussia company, one of the country's largest for-profit hospital owners, said its operating margin in behavioral health was a robust 28.6 percent in the first quarter, up from 27.7 percent in the same period of 2014. On March 31, the last day of the quarter, UHS disclosed that it was under criminal investigation at the corporate level and that in March two additional hospitals that treat people for addiction, depression, and other mental illnesses had received subpoenas.
BUSINESS
December 9, 2004 | By Josh Goldstein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Aetna Inc. is getting into the behavioral health insurance business. The region's second-largest health insurer said yesterday that on Dec. 31, 2005, it would end its contract with Magellan Health Services Inc., the company that now provides Aetna subscribers with behavioral health coverage to pay for the evaluation and treatment of mental health problems. Aetna also is buying the assets that Magellan used to service the behavioral health insurance needs of more than 10.5 million Aetna subscribers, including access to a network of psychologists, psychiatrists and other providers.
BUSINESS
September 28, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Universal Health Services Inc., of King of Prussia, paid $335 million for Cygnet Health Care Ltd., which owns 15 behavioral health facilities and two nursing homes in the United Kingdom, UHS said. Alan B. Miller, chairman and chief executive of UHS, called the deal an excellent opportunity. "Over 90 percent of the patients are National Health Service contracts," Miller said of Cygnet's customer base and referring to Britain's system of socialized medicine. "There's more," Miller said.
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July 24, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care has leased 23,000 square feet at a Cherry Hill office park owned by an affiliate of Bala Cywnyd-based Endurance Real Estate. UBHC will operate an outpatient hospital at Colwyck Property's office park at 57 Haddonfield Rd., Markeim Chalmers vice president Scott Martin, who served as the health-care provider's broker, said Wednesday. UBHC's lease at the office park, in space previously occupied by the Internal Revenue Service, is worth $2.5 million over its initial five-year term, Martin said.
NEWS
July 20, 2015 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police said Saturday that a man was being questioned by investigators as a person of interest in connection with the death of a recent Drexel University graduate. Jasmine Wright, 27, was strangled inside her West Philadelphia apartment last week, police said. After she was not heard from, Wright's family asked police to check the apartment. Police found no signs of forced entry when they entered the unit Thursday and discovered her body. Evidence has led investigators to believe that Wright may have known her assailant.
NEWS
July 18, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The body of a 27-year-old woman who appeared to have been beaten and strangled was found Thursday afternoon in her West Philadelphia apartment, police said. Jasmine Wright was in her third-floor unit in the 200 block of South 50th Street. Her father could not reach her by phone and asked an apartment attendant to check on her, said Homicide Capt. James Clark. Wright, who lived alone, was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:35 p.m. She was a 2015 graduate of Drexel University's School of Public Health, a Drexel spokeswoman said Thursday night.
NEWS
June 28, 2015 | By H. Jean Wright II, For The Inquirer
Knowing the difference between typical adolescent behavior and behavior that should be cause for concern can be difficult to assess for parents, other family members, and those who care for our youth. If you are a parent or youth caregiver, you are likely all too familiar with the ups and downs of adolescents - frequent changes in emotions, withdrawing from family, testing limits, and the need for more privacy. Most youths pass through adolescence with relatively little difficulty.
NEWS
June 16, 2015 | BY BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writer lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
THE DEATH rate from heroin overdoses in America has skyrocketed, nearly tripling between 2010 and 2013. In 2013, an average of 23 people a day died of a heroin overdose, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's 8,260 people in one year, a huge leap from the 5,927 just one year earlier in 2012. The heroin deaths were among 43,982 overdose deaths in 2013, making drugs a more likely cause of death than car accidents. The epidemic is playing out in Pennsylvania where in 2014, there was a 20 percent spike in drug overdose deaths over the previous year, according to a report by the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association.
NEWS
June 9, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
On first glance, it could pass for an ATM. Or the machine at the Wawa for ordering sandwiches. But the sleek, wireless kiosk tucked in a corner of Drexel University's rec center has a much more weighty purpose. "Get a CHECK-UP from the NECK UP?" a sign near it beckons. On it, students who are feeling depressed or having other mental-health issues can take anonymous, two-minute screenings to see whether they may have a problem. And if their responses suggest a mental illness, the machine arms them with resources and places to go for help.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Universal Health Services Inc.'s psychiatric hospitals chalked up another strong quarter even though some face a federal probe for suspected fraud, some of it potentially criminal. The King of Prussia company, one of the country's largest for-profit hospital owners, said its operating margin in behavioral health was a robust 28.6 percent in the first quarter, up from 27.7 percent in the same period of 2014. On March 31, the last day of the quarter, UHS disclosed that it was under criminal investigation at the corporate level and that in March two additional hospitals that treat people for addiction, depression, and other mental illnesses had received subpoenas.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Einstein Healthcare Network has agreed to sell its Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment to Acadia Healthcare Co. for $35 million, Einstein announced Thursday. The planned sale includes the Belmont Center, a 147-bed facility on Monument Road, plus a treatment facility in Northeast Philadelphia and an outpatient center for the elderly in Germantown. Belmont behavioral-health facilities - treating psychiatric disorders and addictions, for example - employ 450, who are expected to be hired by Acadia, according to Einstein.
BUSINESS
September 28, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Universal Health Services Inc., of King of Prussia, paid $335 million for Cygnet Health Care Ltd., which owns 15 behavioral health facilities and two nursing homes in the United Kingdom, UHS said. Alan B. Miller, chairman and chief executive of UHS, called the deal an excellent opportunity. "Over 90 percent of the patients are National Health Service contracts," Miller said of Cygnet's customer base and referring to Britain's system of socialized medicine. "There's more," Miller said.
NEWS
June 5, 2014 | BY CINDY STANSBURY, Daily News Staff Writer stansbc@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914
MIKE THOMPSON'S eyes well up, wet and full as puddles, as he recalls his brother, Tom. "I would visit him occasionally and he would talk about things that didn't make sense to me," Thompson, 57, says in a video. "He struggled. And then one day I got a call. " He pauses for a moment and purses his lips: "My brother killed himself. " "I am Mike Thompson and I will listen," he says as the video fades. The video was presented as part of the nation's first #IWillListen Day, held yesterday in LOVE Park in an effort to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness.
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