April 12, 2013 |
IN THIS ERA of sky-high health-care costs and overbooked doctors, you don't need health insurance and you don't need an appointment at Temple ReadyCare on Roosevelt Boulevard, just south of Byberry Road. It's next door to Chickie's & Pete's, and it's just as walk-in friendly, which explains why more than 2,100 Northeast Philadelphia patients have walked into the nonemergency urgent-care facility since its New Year's Day opening. "We opened up just as flu season hit," said Dr. Steve Matta, who came from the Temple ReadyCare in Port Richmond to man the Northeast office.
April 10, 2013 |
Temple University Health System said it established an Institute for Population Health to put under one umbrella numerous existing efforts to move health care into the community. Among the programs being moved to the institute is the training of community health workers, who work to reduce readmissions and unnecessary visits to the emergency room, said Paula Stillman, Temple vice president of health care services and director of the institute. A second class of 30 community health workers is scheduled to start training in May. Another program is a Transition Center, which ensures that primary care physicians are notified when one of their patients comes to the ER or is admitted to the hospital, among other things, Stillman said.
March 15, 2013 |
IN THE documentary "The Waiting Room," a rookie physician gets advice on how to inform parents their teen son is dead of gunshot wounds: Tell them he didn't suffer while we were working on him, says the veteran. Don't tell them he's gone to "a better place. " Though, any place would seem to be better than the waiting room of this Oakland, Calif., clinic, ground zero for treating the uninsured and the sick. Standout moment: A man with kidney failure seeking dialysis has been bounced around so long he declares that he'd rather be dead than endure any more red tape, and we believe him. So does the treating physician, who watches, speechless, on the other side of any known protocol.
February 15, 2013 |
The Delaware County woman accused in the stabbing death of her husband, a former University of Pennsylvania basketball star, was being held in the medical section of the Delaware County Prison on Thursday awaiting psychiatric treatment, her attorney said. Maria Reyes Garcia-Pellon is accused of killing Matthew White early Monday as he slept. She told police she caught White viewing pornography, according to court records. On Sunday, White had taken his wife to the emergency room of an area hospital after she became extremely ill, according to Kathryn Labrum, her Media-based lawyer.
February 3, 2013
DEAR ABBY : I'm a 20-year-old college student with a great job, life ambitions and parents who love me. A few months ago I met a wonderful young man who is in the Army. We met on the Internet, communicated online for several weeks, then took the next step to meet in person. "Jack" is 10 years older than I am and has a son from a previous marriage. I did a background check and everything he told me is true. But I'm afraid to introduce him to my parents. They are leery about people meeting on the Internet.
January 21, 2013 |
When the patients get to Jeanmarie Perrone in the emergency room at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, they are sometimes already blue. Sometimes alive, but sometimes blue. Lack of oxygen will do that to a body. Overdoses of prescription opioid painkillers can cause depressed breathing, a lack of oxygen moving through the body, and then death. America has a continuing epidemic of such overdoses, with more than 15,000 deaths per year, government agencies say, more than from cocaine and heroin combined.
December 31, 2012
By Llewellyn King Here are 20 vital questions for New Year 2013. In every case, the answer is "probably not. " 1. Will the telephone companies, the credit-card issuers, and every other organization stop torturing their customers with automated phone systems that deny the right to speak to a human being? 2. Will President Obama tell us where he thinks the nation is going, and what it will look like in four years? 3. Will the tea-party folks finally get over tea and try something a little stronger, like head-clearing bourbon?
November 23, 2012 |
Question: I'm getting a dose of reality. I'm divorcing my husband (of 23 years) seven years after the affair and sitting unhappily on the fence. My sister has always been my best friend, with whom I could share it all ... but the blinders about reciprocity, support, and validation are slipping off. What kind of sister would hear stories of the packed getaway suitcase stashed in the garage in case of a needed escape and not say, "You need to get out...
November 18, 2012 |
He could feel it coming, that familiar rolling thunder of the kettle drums in his chest, his windpipe constricting even as he tried frantically to suck in oxygen, his arms going numb like a wet finger in a light socket, his legs turning to jelly - and slowly he gave in to gravity and began to sink to his knees, and on the way down he thought: "So this is what it is like to die. " But not then. Not now. Not yet. No, golfer Charlie Beljan's time here had not expired. What the 28-year-old feared to be a heart attack during a tournament turned out to be a panic attack, which mimics a heart attack but is seldom fatal, though no less terrifying.