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FOOD
August 8, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Executive chef Paul Meola suggests a few options on his weekly lunch menu in the cafeteria at St. Luke's Hospital in Easton: vegetarian fried rice, hot pot soup, and lasagna. Sounds good. Even better: All the squash, broccoli, peppers, chard, and kale the chef roasts and sautes for these dishes comes from a new organic farm on five of the hospital's 500 acres. "This is brand new for all of us. It's really thrilling," says Meola, 61, who is poised to roll out fresh zucchini pancakes and tomato jam, too. The three-year-old Easton hospital, known as the Anderson Campus of the nonprofit St. Luke's University Health Network, is the first in Pennsylvania to start its own farm on the premises.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Siemens AG, a diversified German industrial giant, said it has agreed to sell its Malvern-based hospital information-technology division for $1.3 billion in cash to Cerner Corp. of Kansas City, Mo. The Siemens operations that are being sold employ more than 5,800 people worldwide, provide services at 5,000 client sites in 30 countries, and are expected to have $1.2 billion in revenue this year, Cerner said. Siemens Health Services, the IT business Cerner is buying, provides computer systems for both clinical and financial operations of hospitals.
NEWS
August 1, 2014
S COTT AMES, 27, of Center City, is co-founder with Dr. Grant Mitchell of Curbside Care in University City. The startup will provide on-demand calls by nurse practitioners and doctors to homes, offices and hotels in Center City beginning this month. Ames is a Wharton School MBA candidate; Mitchell is a graduate of Penn's School of Medicine and a Wharton MBA. I spoke with Ames. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I was in Washington, D.C., and my fiancee got an ear infection.
BUSINESS
July 28, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a bid to cut Medicare spending and help pay for health-care changes, the Obama administration has significantly expanded audits designed to recover improper payments from health-care providers. "We are taking, I would say, a brutal spanking, those that are fully compliant and within regulation," said Tim Fox, founder and chief executive of Fox Rehabilitation, a Cherry Hill company that provides physical therapy and other services to the elderly. "It's dead easy to commit fraud under Medicare, and that's why there's so much fraud and abuse out there," Fox said.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lorraine E. Piccone, 79, a nurse and resident of Upper Darby and later, Broomall, died Friday, July 18, of septic shock at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Work and family were top priorities for Mrs. Piccone, whose maiden name was Shelzi. A talented and dedicated nurse, she graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Moylan and pursued her nursing studies and training at Pennsylvania Hospital Nursing School. She spent many years administering long-term care at Little Flower Manor and St. Francis Country House, Catholic nursing facilities in Darby Borough.
NEWS
July 21, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
The e-mail was 138 words of frustration. Alan Brooks' wife Cherylann, a diabetic with high blood pressure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), needed health insurance she couldn't afford. And now a charity clinic, her last lifeline to care, was being forced to close, purportedly because of the Affordable Care Act. For the last four years, Brooks' family has been surviving on his Social Security disability check. While his health care is covered by Medicare, Cherylann has had to rely on the charity clinic doctors at St. Luke's South Side Medical Center in Bethlehem to monitor and treat her conditions.
NEWS
July 10, 2014
ISSUE | SCHOOL AID Up in smoke With a $2-a-pack tax in Philadelphia, I would ask friends from New Jersey to bring me a carton or two if I still smoked. Or like thousands of others, I reside sufficiently near Montgomery and Bucks Counties to make a cigarette run a real tax savings. On a larger scale, I envision a substantial bootleg business. So someone needs to provide a solid projection of the anticipated tax revenue. |Edwin E. Scully, Philadelphia ISSUE | CAMEOS Life in pictures A letter on Monday was accompanied by a Hillary Clinton photo but had absolutely nothing to do with her ("Touchy-feely kind of place," July 7)
NEWS
July 7, 2014
In the days following the second broadside against the Affordable Care Act from the Supreme Court's conservative majority, the more than seven million Americans newly and fully insured as a result of the landmark law continued to be able to see their doctors, fill their prescriptions, and get quality hospital care. In short, the nation's bumpy pilgrim's progress toward a version of the universal health-care coverage enjoyed in every other Western nation continues along its winding path.
NEWS
June 26, 2014
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Get well quick With great sadness, I read that Abington Health is closing its doors to people with mental illnesses because the program is not profitable ("Abington Health to close facility, change care plan," June 20). Under an expansion of Medicaid, most likely, many of these clients could be served. Yet Gov. Corbett insists on a health program that will make money for insurance companies rather than a health program that will provide service for people who are desperately in need.
NEWS
June 22, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
Six months into the Affordable Care Act, local mental-health and substance-abuse professionals have yet to see an uptick in clients using their new benefits. The seeming lack of interest has been disappointing for caregivers, but is not completely unexpected. "It's very early," said Patricia Kleven, director of outpatient mental health services at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment. "I don't know what it will look like in six months or a year. But at the moment, not so much.
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