July 28, 2015 |
IT'S INTERESTING how little things can stick in your memory. Like Jim McLaughlin's No. 44. It was the number he wore when he played wide receiver on the football team of St. Francis of Assisi Parochial School in Springfield, Delaware County, back in the '50s. "It was a number he always remembered," his family said. Which might seem curious, because Jim McLaughlin went on to more athletic achievements, success in business and many charitable activities. But, apparently, in his mind he would always be No. 44. James J. McLaughlin Jr., a health-care marketer, founder of a health-care consulting business, an active alumnus of St. Joseph's University, an Air Force veteran and a devoted family man, died Friday at age 67 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
July 24, 2015 |
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care has leased 23,000 square feet at a Cherry Hill office park owned by an affiliate of Bala Cywnyd-based Endurance Real Estate. UBHC will operate an outpatient hospital at Colwyck Property's office park at 57 Haddonfield Rd., Markeim Chalmers vice president Scott Martin, who served as the health-care provider's broker, said Wednesday. UBHC's lease at the office park, in space previously occupied by the Internal Revenue Service, is worth $2.5 million over its initial five-year term, Martin said.
July 16, 2015
ISSUE | CAMPAIGNS Limit influence As a candidate to represent Bucks County's Eighth Congressional District, I applaud and agree with your editorial on campaign-finance secrecy ("Money talks in politics," July 12). During the announcement of my candidacy, I pledged to be a voice of leadership in restoring a semblance of sanity to campaign financing by limiting the amount of money spent on any campaign to the equivalent of twice the salary if elected, and to accept no money from any political committee outside the district.
July 15, 2015 |
DreamIt Health Philadelphia - a boot camp for health start-ups - celebrated its third year Monday, saying that 21 firms had gone through the program and that 10 more were poised to participate. Powered by a collaboration among DreamIt Ventures, Independence Blue Cross, and Penn Medicine, the 16-week program's goal is to provide the support that takes a health-care idea to market. "We wanted to reach out into the entrepreneurial world and find passionate innovators who can help us reimagine health care," said Tom Olenzak, director of innovation for IBC. "We're trying to figure out what the future of health care looks like.
July 9, 2015
ISSUE | HEALTH School centers reinvent wheel Outsourcing will not provide 90 percent of what school nurses provide, and school-based health centers will not fill the gap ("Schools can be health centers," July 5). According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and various other experts, including the federal Head Start program's performance standards, every child should have a "medical home" in the community. We do not need another layer of care between the child and his medical-home health provider.
July 9, 2015 |
The U.S. Customs conversation is often the same for Kemal Malik, who carries a United Kingdom passport as a top executive for the German-based global giant Bayer AG. The agent will ask Malik what company he works for. Malik: "Bayer. " Agent: "Oh, the aspirin company. " "That's what we are known for, and that's great," Malik said in Philadelphia recently at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting. "But we want to be known for other stuff and we have that opportunity.
July 1, 2015 |
The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia's tentative agreement with the owners of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com calls for no increase in health-care costs and the end of unpaid furloughs for Guild members, the union said. In an e-mail to its members Monday morning, the Guild announced that it had negotiated a two-year deal with Philadelphia Media Network that also included no changes to the health-care plan for at least the first year of the contract.
June 27, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Democrats celebrated. Republicans fumed. And while some promised to continue fighting to kill President Obama's signature health law after Thursday's defeat at the Supreme Court, others in the GOP said it was time to try other tactics, at least until they can take back the White House. "As long as there's a president named Obama, the health-care law will not be repealed," said Rep. Charlie Dent (R., Pa.). "We're going to have to deal with the law as it is, and try to make changes wherever and however we can. " Democrats, by contrast, gleefully celebrated a win that protects Obama's Affordable Care Act. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.)
June 26, 2015
POPE FRANCIS hasn't even arrived, but already yesterday brought two miracles. Both are court rulings, and both will ensure millions of Pennsylvanians will be able to lead healthier lives. First, the state Commonwealth Court struck down Act 192 that would have allowed the National Rifle Association to sue Pennsylvania cities that enact local gun laws, and demand taxpayers pay their legal fees. The law was an affront to big cities like ours that are fighting against gun violence. The court's decision dealt a rare defeat for the NRA, a miracle for which we have two words: Praise Jesus.
June 23, 2015 |
Barbara Butler takes home $250 a week for driving a school bus with blind children to a Catholic day school part time. Her health insurance premiums are $517 a month. She pays 76 cents, and Washington picks up the rest. The Supreme Court is expected to rule within a week on whether that subsidy, a key part of President Obama's health-care law, is legal in 34 states. If it decides not, then the West Philadelphia resident's premiums would swell to half her income. "Fortunately for me, I'm pretty healthy," Butler said.