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.
January 22, 2015 |
Gloria Yocum Marvin, 86, of Cinnaminson, a former social worker who retired as an information specialist at Fox Chase Cancer Center in 1998, died Monday, Jan. 12, at home following a stroke. Mrs. Marvin worked, among others, for St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and the North City Congress in Philadelphia, a son, Charles, said. The website for the congress states in part that its role is "to support older adults to remain living at home with independence. " Mrs. Marvin grew up in Beach Haven, N.J., graduated from Barnegat High School in 1946, and earned an associate's degree in arts at George Washington University in 1949 and a bachelor's in psychology at Rutgers-Camden in 1973.
November 9, 2014 |
When the staff at Abington Memorial Hospital handed the breast cancer patient its new "Distress Thermometer" questionnaire, she instantly felt conflicted. How could she, an early-stage patient with a good prognosis, say how she was really feeling when she saw how much worse off others in the radiation-treatment waiting room were? She left it blank. A week later, the staff asked again. Come January, cancer programs that want accreditation from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer will be required to formally ask all cancer patients about their psychosocial needs.
July 27, 2014 |
Women whose breast tumors have spread to the skin are automatically diagnosed as stage III - advanced cancer with a relatively poor prognosis. But a new analysis by Fox Chase Cancer Center finds that classification approach is outdated and often unduly grim. The size of the tumor and whether it has spread to underarm lymph nodes are far more important predictors of survival than skin involvement, according to the study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. "Many women with tumors that happen to have spread to the skin may, unfortunately, be given an inaccurately dire prognosis - along with, perhaps, some unnecessary treatment," said study leader Richard J. Bleicher, a surgical oncologist at Fox Chase in Philadelphia.
July 2, 2014 |
Under a new chief executive, Richard I. Fisher, Fox Chase Cancer Center has slashed $20 million in expenses, including millions it has long spent subsidizing researchers who didn't bring in enough external grant money to fully support their laboratories. As a result of those and cuts in clinical operations, Fox Chase is expected to swing from a projected $17.7 million loss in the fiscal year that ended Monday to a profit of less than $1 million in the coming fiscal year, officials said.
January 31, 2014 |
Michael J. Quintus, 62, of Maple Shade, a former accounting department staffer for the Philadelphia Gas Works, died of cancer Monday, Jan. 27, at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. After graduating from Cardinal Dougherty High School, where he played on the varsity football team, Mr. Quintus began a 30-year career with PGW. Until beginning cancer treatment in September, Mr. Quintus had been a senior specialist in accounting at Cannon Financial Services in Mount Laurel, daughter Lynne Therese Chapin said.