February 28, 2016
The Introduction to Entrepreneurship workshop conducted in January by the Corzo Center in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia awarded $500 micro-grants to: Blue Velo Films: A full-service video-production company. Emergency Information Systems: A company that designs and distributes products to reduce emergency services' response times. Fine Art Portraits: A studio that produces oil paintings of pets. IndagaHome: An online African-inspired magazine. KakeMi Cakes: A company developing single-serve cake mixes.
February 3, 2016 |
Inspira Medical Center Woodbury Inc. last year had its first operating profit since 2010, the hospital reported Monday. The Woodbury facility, which is part of Inspira Health Network, had an operating gain of $2.69 million last year, up from a loss of $4.57 million in 2014, on strong outpatient revenue, Inspira said. Inspira said that Woodbury did better than budgeted in outpatient surgeries, physical therapy visits, diagnostic radiology procedures, cardiac catheter laboratory cases, and emergency room visits.
January 23, 2016 |
The threat of a "paralyzing" blizzard that could affect 20 percent of the nation's population launched a frenzy of preparations across many states Thursday, from capitols to city halls, airports, emergency centers, and hardware stores. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the Philadelphia area, most of New Jersey, and the New York City area. Blizzard warnings were also in effect for Baltimore and Washington. As they have for days, forecasters predicted from one to two feet of snow from Virginia to southern New England, intensified by high winds and even lightning.
January 6, 2016 |
The New Jersey Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider Virtua Health's motion to block implementation of a law that would force the hospital to cede partial control of emergency medical services in Camden to Cooper University Hospital, pending the state's appeal. The high court said in an order that it would hear Virtua's full motion next Tuesday. The court's action comes after the Appellate Division reversed a lower court judge's stay of the law, signed by Republican Gov. Christie in July.
October 12, 2015 |
I'M OBSESSED these days with Philly stories about how one person's lone decision, made in a moment of compassion, can change lives. Take Anne Mahlum. In her teens, she started running to deal with the stress of living in a household beset by addiction. Running gave her clarity and strength. One day in 2007, she was on a jog through Center City, wondering what her life's purpose was. When she ran past a group of homeless men outside a shelter, she realized it was time to stop running past the men and start running with them.
July 4, 2015 |
Two weeks before New Jersey legislators, without debate, voted overwhelmingly to have Cooper University Hospital take over paramedic services in Camden, a state panel of emergency medicine professionals recommended against the move. Two panel members say they and others objected to the plan because it never went through the normal state Department of Health process to vet such a major change. The Virtua health-care system, a competitor of Cooper, has had the job for 38 years. A dozen other members of the New Jersey EMS Council declined to comment, did not return reporters' calls or e-mails, or said they were not present for the vote at the group's quarterly meeting June 10. The advisory group, which includes physicians, emergency officials, and other experts, reports to the Department of Health.
June 26, 2015 |
In a Statehouse that has elevated dithering to an art form, it's worth examining any bill that hurtles through the Legislature like a speeding ambulance. As with most supposed emergencies in Trenton, this one turns out to be political and pecuniary in nature. The legislation in question is designed primarily to grant Camden's ambulance and paramedic services by fiat to the city's own Cooper University Hospital, which, probably not coincidentally, is chaired by South Jersey Democratic boss George Norcross.
June 17, 2015 |
TRENTON - South Jersey Democrats are fast-tracking a bill that would give Cooper University Hospital control over paramedic services in Camden, currently run by a rival hospital, in a move that critics say circumvents state regulations. Committees in the Assembly and Senate on Monday each advanced the legislation, sponsored by two Camden County Democrats, Assemblyman Gilbert "Whip" Wilson and Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez. The legislation, introduced last week, is expected to reach the floor of each house for a vote before lawmakers break for summer at the end of the fiscal year, June 30, by which time they must pass a balanced budget.
June 3, 2015 |
Delaware County has filed a lawsuit against 19 Pennsylvania telecommunication providers, alleging that the county has been shorted $41.4 million in 911 fees over the last six years. Filed Monday in Delaware County Court, the suit accuses the providers of withholding fees collected from customers and earmarked for county emergency services. Among those named are Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc., Windstream Communications Inc., and Comcast Phone of Pennsylvania. The suit, filed more than a month after the county began making its concerns public, largely targets carriers that serve large businesses with multiple land and wireless lines.
May 21, 2015 |
IN THE CLOSING scenes of 1972's "The Candidate," Bill McKay (Robert Redford), victorious Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, pulls his campaign guru out of a victory party and into a quiet hotel room, with the press banging at the door. Leaning back against a desk, with a deeply somber expression, McKay asks, "Marvin, what do we do now?" It's unlikely that scene was repeated last night at Vie after former City Councilman Jim Kenney crushed beat five rivals to ascend to Democratic candidate for mayor with a small percentage of the total of registered Democrats, most of whom didn't vote.