September 9, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Nurses can do more I take issue with Dr. Scott Shapiro's assessment that allowing nurse-practitioners "full practice authority" is "a solution that doesn't work for a problem we don't have" ("Expanding the role of nurse-practitioners," Aug. 28). The shortage of primary-care physicians is a huge problem, and nurse practitioners fill that gap. The Family Practice and Counseling Network, the largest nurse-managed health-care network in the country, operates largely in underserved and vulnerable communities.
February 10, 2016 |
Louis Wm. Martini, 86, of Springfield, Delaware County, and Naples, Fla., a family physician who practiced in Philadelphia and then Upper Darby, died Thursday, Feb. 4, of pancreatic cancer at home. For more than 40 years, Dr. Martini cared for his patients in an attentive, personal manner. He retired in 1994 after experiencing health problems. "He did everything for his patients, from delivering their babies to being there to comfort them at the end of their lives," his family said.
January 13, 2016 |
At Advocare Berlin Medical Associates, five Dr. Hassmans are in the house. There's Dr. Joseph Hassman, the patriarch; his sons, Howard, David, and Michael; and his daughter, Elissa. Lillian, Joe's wife of 60 years, sometimes offers counseling sessions there as well. And Jared and Mitchell Hassman, two of their 11 grandkids, work in the front office of the Crosskeys Road complex. "Talk about a family practice," Joe, 80, says. "How often do you have all four of your kids follow in your footsteps, and under one roof?
December 7, 2015 |
Ian Matheson Ballard, 78, a physician and a resident of Radnor before moving to Bryn Mawr in 2011, died Monday, Nov. 30, from complications of pneumonia at Lankenau Hospital. He and wife Helen Clothier Ballard celebrated their 33d wedding anniversary on April 16. Born in Fairview Village, he was the son of Herbert T. Ballard Jr. and Margaret Matheson Ballard. Dr. Ballard graduated from Mercersburg Academy, Lafayette College, and Temple University School of Medicine. He served an internship and his internal medicine residency at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem.
November 6, 2014 |
Maurice Abramson, 103, formerly of Elkins Park, a family physician who practiced in Kensington for many years, died Friday, Oct. 24, at his home in Plantation, Fla. Born in Newark, N.J., Dr. Abramson spent his childhood in Belleville, N.J., where he learned to play the violin. He graduated from Cornell University in 1933 and Thomas Jefferson Medical College in 1937. After serving an internship at Philadelphia General Hospital for two years, he set up a family practice in Kensington with the aim of becoming an obstetrician and gynecologist.
March 12, 2014 |
Irving Epstein, 82, of Moorestown, a family practice physician, died of pneumonia on Thursday, March 6, at Virtua Memorial in Mount Holly. Dr. Epstein graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia in 1949 and earned his bachelor's in chemistry at Temple University in 1953. He earned his medical degree at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery at what is now Des Moines (Iowa) University in 1957. "There were some quotas regarding Jews getting into medical schools" at the time, and that might have been a reason for his choosing an osteopathic school, daughter Debra, an obstetrician/gynecologist, said.
December 26, 2013 |
Dr. J. Arthur Steitz, 98, a World War II veteran who became a physician with a passion for family medicine, died Sunday, Dec. 15, of natural causes at the Medford Leas retirement community in Burlington County. Dr. Steitz's 45-year career as a doctor included everything from house calls to emergency room medicine. Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Steitz earned degrees from Albright College and Jefferson Medical College. Following his service in the Eastern Flying Training Command of the Army Air Corp, he and his family returned to Burlington County, where his wife, Marion, grew up. In 1947, Dr. Steitz opened a family practice in Mount Holly, where he saw patients in the small community for $1.50 a visit and made house calls for $2 that included delivering babies, his family said.
October 20, 2013 |
Tom Shaffrey is an old-fashioned family doctor, the kind who calls his patients by their first name and can tell the severity of their problem just by listening to them. But he's worried that he and other small New Jersey primary-care physicians won't be able to keep practicing their brand of personal medicine because insurers are elbowing them out of business through narrow provider networks in the new plans under the Affordable Care Act. "We have no way to know exactly how this is going to play out, but the indication is that our members will be dropped, will be excluded from seeing patients that they may have known for a majority of their lives," said Shaffrey, president of the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians.
April 19, 2013 |
Prosecutors say they will finish their case Thursday in the Philadelphia murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. At the end of Wednesday's session, Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron told the "good news" to the Common Pleas Court jury that began hearing evidence on March 18. "That's not good news, that's great news," quipped Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart. The defense for Gosnell and codefendant Eileen O'Neill, 56, an alleged unlicensed doctor who worked in Gosnell's family practice, will begin presenting evidence Monday.