May 21, 2015 |
Health Partners Plans has renewed its lease at the Gallery at Market East ahead of the Center City shopping mall's planned redevelopment, a lawyer for the site's operators said Tuesday. Richard Hayden, an attorney for Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust and Macerich Co., said at a city Planning Commission meeting that the health insurance provider would remain at the site. Health Partners occupies 142,100 square feet at the Gallery, according to PREIT's website. PREIT and Macerich have announced plans for a $325 million upgrade of the Market Street property into what they're calling Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia.
May 17, 2015 |
Reena Khan got health insurance the day before giving birth to her daughter. The 26-year-old had lost her job-based insurance three weeks earlier. She said her employer let her go when she couldn't continue working as a home health aide because she was pregnant. Desperate, Khan called the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, a statewide nonprofit that helps people find affordable health insurance. "I didn't want to be without insurance for me and my baby," said Khan, a Pakistani native who immigrated to the United States five years ago and settled with her family in Northeast Philadelphia.
May 15, 2015 |
THE PHILADELPHIA School District wants to upgrade and expand health services, officials announced yesterday, but could it come at the expense of school nurses? Superintendent William Hite said the district will explore the option to contract with private providers to offer students more access to health services, which have been drastically reduced because of budget cuts, leaving many schools without a full-time nurse. He said the move does not mean the district will get rid of the 183 nurses it employs.
May 11, 2015 |
For Pat O'Brien, Feb. 15 was just another winter Sunday. The Huntingdon Valley nurse had always had job-based health insurance. So she didn't realize Feb. 15 was the last day to buy Affordable Care Act marketplace coverage for 2015. But on that unseasonably warm day, O'Brien and her husband, Joe, a retired police officer, needed health insurance. Two weeks earlier, O'Brien had lost her job, and with it, their benefits. "I had no idea, because I didn't need it," said O'Brien, 60. "I've had insurance my whole life.
May 9, 2015 |
Genesis Healthcare Inc., a major nursing home and rehabilitation company based in Kennett Square, said it opened a post-hospital rehabiliation facility in China, its first venture outside the United States. "With 14.8 percent of the Chinese population over the age of 60 and 70 million people in need of rehabilitation services, there is significant market potential in China," George V. Hager Jr., Genesis's chief executive, said. The new Genesis facility, called a "Vitality Center," is in Zengcheng, which is in southern China, near Guangzhou.
May 8, 2015 |
Philadelphia is well-known as medicine central, with one of the nation's highest concentrations of hospitals and specialists. But a new University of Pennsylvania study finds that in health care, as in so many other realms that intersect with economics, there are two Philadelphias. In certain low-income neighborhoods, the Penn researchers counted close to 3,000 adults for every primary-care provider. That translates into some residents having to wait months for an appointment.
May 7, 2015 |
RACERS HAVE plenty to focus on during a 10-mile run. How to keep a man's heart beating and lungs pumping isn't usually one of them. But that's exactly what a group of about 12 health-care workers competing in the Broad Street Run went through on Sunday when one of their own collapsed right in front of them. Thanks to their efforts, that 31-year-old man is alive today. After seeing their colleague off in an ambulance, those lifesavers all went on to finish the race. "People stopped out of the kindness of their hearts as soon as he went down," said Kristen, a physician's assistant who didn't want her last name published.
May 6, 2015 |
Thomas Jefferson University and Abington Health completed their affiliation last week, according to a notice to bondholders Monday. Under the arrangement, Jefferson's board will be reconstituted to have 11 members each from Jefferson and Abington. Two unaffiliated members of the new board are to be picked later. Abington, which has two hospitals in Montgomery County - Abington Memorial and Lansdale Hospital - will be a subsidiary of Thomas Jefferson University. Jefferson and Abington announced their definitive agreement in January.
May 3, 2015 |
Healthy Pennsylvania was supposed to be former Gov. Tom Corbett's signature effort, a private-market plan designed to qualify the state for millions in Medicaid expansion dollars while mollifying foes of the Affordable Care Act. But when Corbett lost his reelection bid in November to Democrat Tom Wolf, who had vowed to replace Healthy Pennsylvania with traditional Medicaid expansion, many people thought the Republican would shelve the complex hybrid...
April 30, 2015 |
In the latest whiplash-inducing turn of events at Stockton University, its outgoing president said Tuesday he is stepping down immediately rather than four months from now, as the school initially announced. Herman J. Saatkamp Jr., amid controversy over his stymied attempt to locate a Stockton campus in the former Showboat casino in Atlantic City, announced last week that he would step down some time after Aug. 31. On Tuesday, he announced he was taking an immediate medical leave. Harvey Kesselman, the university's provost, will become acting president.