March 21, 2015 |
Rising labor and health-care costs are the biggest drivers of a 2.84 percent increase in SEPTA's operating budget proposed for the financial year that starts July 1. The $1.36 billion budget calls for 70 more employees - mostly in safety and construction-support positions - and would make permanent the all-night subway service on Fridays and Saturdays that began as an experiment this year. The budget assumes no fare increases. It anticipates a state subsidy of $658 million, up by $29 million from this year's spending plan.
March 21, 2015 |
More than most, Ted Ruger understands legal complexity. And a good thing, too. The former Supreme Court law clerk is set to take over as dean of the University of Pennsylvania law school July 1. Penn, along with a handful of other elite U.S. law schools, brands itself as a training ground for top students who learn to grapple with the most difficult legal problems. That's why so many of the highest-paying law firms want to hire them, even in a job market that still is struggling.
March 17, 2015 |
Exhausted after his shift as a waiter, Richard P. Miller, then a 21-year-old college senior, jumped into his rickety Volkswagen bug and headed back to his school. He didn't make it. "I fell asleep at the wheel and hit a bridge abutment going about 40 m.p.h.," said Miller, now 62, president and chief executive of Virtua Health Inc., the three-hospital health system based in Marlton. Helicoptered to a shock-trauma unit in Maryland, "I actually ended up on a ventilator and I ended up on dialysis and wasn't given much chance," he said.
March 15, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The casino union that represents about 1,100 workers at the struggling Trump Taj Mahal picked up Friday where it left off last fall. Members of Unite Here Local 54 were back outside the casino, which had emerged from bankruptcy the day before, chanting and holding signs to protest what the union calls the continued stripping down of worker rights and benefits by the casino's new billionaire owner, Carl Icahn. Local 54 president Bob McDevitt said at the protest that the union representing about 10,000 casino workers in the city continues to appeal the ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge that nullified the contract between the union and Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., which owns the Taj Mahal and the shuttered Trump Plaza.
March 7, 2015
ISSUE | MUSIC IN SCHOOLS Joyful sounds Nearly two years ago, I urged the School Reform Commission to save the in-school music program ("A rousing send-off," March 3). On Monday, hundreds of student musicians spoke in a powerful voice in their Kimmel Center performance about the value of music education. My friend Don Liuzzi has guided the all-city program for 10 years, and it is stunning to see the level of musicianship. If the School District can produce students like these, then there is indeed a bright future.
February 25, 2015
ON BEHALF of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, I congratulate Gov. Wolf for his recent announcement that Pennsylvania will move away from the Healthy PA plan to a much more comprehensive full expansion of Medicaid. The federal money has already been set aside to expand preventive and lifesaving health care to hardworking women and their families in our state, and we finally have a governor willing to implement this program. The expansion will be 100 percent financed with federal money through 2016, and by at least 90 percent in 2017 and thereafter.
February 13, 2015
NEWLY elected governor Tom Wolf is clearly working on his to-do list. He has already taken action on two big issues he campaigned on. Yesterday, he announced a proposal to impose a 5 percent fracking tax on those drilling for natural gas in the state. And Monday, he announced that he has sent a letter to the feds withdrawing the state's participation in Healthy PA, a complicated Medicaid expansion alternative that former Gov. Tom Corbett enacted in the last months of his administration.
February 9, 2015 |
When it comes to health care, what do women want? It's a question that's increasingly important to the nation's hospitals, given that women are often the family's primary researchers, advocates, caregivers, and decision-makers for health care. Women make over 80 percent of health-care choices, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. They choose their children's doctors (85 percent), take them to appointments (84 percent), and ensure they get recommended care (79 percent), reports the Kaiser Family Foundation.
February 8, 2015 |
The Thomas Jefferson health system is midway through what it hopes will be a transformation - improving the health of employees and then creating a new wellness model to market to area businesses. Two years ago, after its own health-care costs rose 22 percent in one year, Jefferson implemented a series of incentives to encourage its 12,000 employees to get fit, including a 15 percent discount in what employees pay for health insurance if they meet certain criteria. "We tried to introduce wellness as a culture," said Pamela Teufel, chief human resources officer.
February 4, 2015 |
THEY BROUGHT her baby wipes. With her cheek flayed open, nose crushed and eyes swelling shut, Micheal Allen needed a Band-Aid, gauze, antiseptic - something - to stop the flow of blood until she could get to the hospital. Instead, a staffer at the Kintock Center, a North Philadelphia halfway house where resident Allen had been attacked by another resident, brought her baby wipes when she couldn't get into the nurse's locked office after the assault last May. Later, when her cheek swelled into a "big blood-filled pocket," Allen said, it took a week before she could persuade a staffer to bring her back to the hospital for care.