January 29, 2016 |
Like many of George Manney's friends and acquaintances, it seems, Charlie Gracie was shocked when he heard in December that the musician and Philadelphia-music maven had died at 64 of pancreatic cancer. "I didn't even know he was sick. He never told anybody," the still-vibrant rock-and-roll pioneer said from his home in Drexel Hill about the drummer who sometimes accompanied him. "We were friends for quite a few years. Very quiet guy and a hell of a drummer. When I got the news, I couldn't believe it. " Gracie, 79, who made some recordings at Manney's home studio in Northeast Philadelphia, in addition to using him as an accompanist, will be the closing act at a four-hour tribute show Sunday that is a testament to Manney's wide-ranging impact on the Philadelphia music community.
January 29, 2016 |
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will help VPS Healthcare, a health system based in the United Arab Emirates, establish "standard of excellence for pediatric care, the two organizations announced Wednesday. CHOP is the second Philadelphia health system to form an alliance with VPS, which was founded in 2007 by a radiologist, Shamsheer Vayalil. He remains the owner. In November, the University of Pennsylvania Health System has agreed to help VPS improve the care of patients with lifestyle-related disease, such as diabetes, and cancer.
January 23, 2016 |
Nearly a week after Vice President Biden visited Philadelphia to announce a new federal "moon shot" to battle cancer, the heads of six leading Pennsylvania cancer centers and other experts gathered in Center City on Thursday to discuss treatment and prevention developments, and sort the promise from the hype. The six directors were panelists at "Cancer Precision Medicine, Big Ideas in Research, Treatment and Prevention," a half-day conference at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
December 12, 2015 |
Excessive delays in breast cancer treatment may compromise patients' survival, according to two major studies published Thursday in JAMA Oncology. What's more, the women most likely to experience long delays were black or Hispanic, and one analysis found a correlation with lower incomes. One study, led by Fox Chase Cancer Center surgical oncologist Richard J. Bleicher, used patient information from two large federal databases to examine the impact on survival of delays in surgery for breast cancer that had not spread to distant organs.
December 12, 2015 |
Temple University Health System's Fox Chase Cancer Center has signed a memorandum of understanding with an Abu Dhabi hospital to explore the creation of a cancer center in the United Arab Emirates, the organizations said Thursday. Fox Chase officials plan to meet early next year with officials of Universal Hospital in Abu Dhabi to discuss the proposed collaboration, which would start with a bone-marrow transplant program at the privately owned hospital in the Middle East. Last month, in another example of the Philadelphia region exporting its health-care expertise, the University of Pennsylvania Health System announced a partnership with VPS Healthcare, also a privately owned health system based in the United Arab Emirates.
October 15, 2015 |
Virtua, South Jersey's biggest health system, has entered into a partnership with Penn Medicine for cancer and neurosciences, the two tax-exempt systems announced Tuesday. Penn's Abramson Cancer Center will replace Fox Chase Cancer Center, and in a neurosciences collaboration, Penn doctors will operate at Virtua Memorial Hospital, in Mount Holly. Virtua has been sending certain stroke patients to Capital Health in Hopewell Township, N.J. Penn, the region's biggest health system, with about $5.3 billion in revenue, has many ties to community hospitals, but "this is a deeper relationship," said Ralph W. Muller, chief executive of the University of Pennsylvania Health System after the announcement at Virtua's Voorhees hospital.
September 26, 2015 |
Temple University Health System posted a small operating profit of $3 million for the year ended June 30, 2015, its first annual operating gain since fiscal 2007, Temple officials said Thursday. CEO Larry Kaiser attributed the positive results to a shift toward higher-acuity care, a financial turnaround at Fox Chase Cancer Center, and a steep drop in professional liability costs. On a conference call with bond investors, Kaiser highlighted a surge in the number of transplants to 246 last year from 190 the year before and the year-old Fox Chase policy of giving people next-business-day appointments.
August 4, 2015 |
Tune in tonight at 8 p.m. to see if Philly native Virgil Gadson continues in his quest to beat out 15 fellow contestants and move his way into viewers' hearts as America's Favorite Dancer on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance. " Originally from Mount Airy with family in South Philly and West Oak Lane, Gadson is a graduate of the University of the Arts and performed at Freedom Theatre (1346 N. Broad St.), in North Philly. During a recent phone interview, Gadson said his experience on the show has had its ups and downs.
June 4, 2015 |
Irwin A. Rose, 88, an eminent biochemist at Fox Chase Cancer Center who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in chemistry for codiscovering how cells break down unwanted proteins, died in his sleep ealry Tuesday at his son's home in Deerfield, Mass. The prize was shared with Avram Hershko and Aaron Ciechanover of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. Their work had a profound impact on the scientific world's understanding of cell division, DNA repair, and immune function. It also led other scientists to develop novel cancer therapies.
January 26, 2015 |
YOU WON'T find Shane White, 18, a freshman at Holy Family University in Northeast Philadelphia, giving $5 haircuts, manicures or facials today at Bucks County Technical High School to raise money for City of Hope cancer research. But you will find him working the HopeCuts fundraiser at his Feasterville alma mater, supporting the 50 student barbers and cosmetologists trying to raise more than $10,000 for City of Hope like they did in a snowstorm last year. White's expertise is technology, not cosmetology, so he's been networking for months to spread the word about today's $5 HopeCuts, hoping a good crowd shows up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All the money goes to support the famous cancer-research hospital in Los Angeles that has clinical-trial research partnerships with Thomas Jefferson University and other Philadelphia hospitals.