February 21, 2002 |
A public dispute between Independence Blue Cross and anesthesiologists at three Main Line hospitals has some patients concerned that they may wind up paying more out of their own pockets. Independence recently sent letters telling its members who live near Bryn Mawr, Lankenau and Paoli Hospitals that United Anesthesia, an independent physician group affiliated with those hospitals, had terminated on Feb. 1 its contract to accept Independence reimbursement for services. It is not the first time a spat over health-care reimbursement in Philadelphia has bubbled into public view.
January 3, 2002 |
As the weather turned warmer and then colder again late last month, the emergency department at Chester County Hospital was getting busier. "We are beginning to see a lot of respiratory infections ... the children are brought in over the weekends, the adults come in during the week," said Anne-Marie Guthrie, an emergency department educator at the hospital. The increase in patient volume, said Teresa Rougeaux, hospital spokeswoman, is due to two factors: the growth of Chester County and the increase in the elderly population.
December 9, 2001 |
Alice Strine, a resident of Rose Valley, a former educator, and a lawyer, was presented with the 2001 Athena Award at the Women In Business Expo luncheon on Thursday at the Corporate Events Center at Drexelbrook in Drexel Hill. The annual award recognizes individuals who have achieved excellence in their careers and what the event organizers call community work in assisting women "in attaining their full potential. " The award was cosponsored this year by the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and Meissner Chevrolet-Oldsmobile.
September 17, 2000 |
Who should attend the monthly women-in-business network lunches at the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce? "Any woman that's working, probably," said Kathy Dunn of Ridley Township, president and owner of Delaware Valley Fire Equipment in Folsom. Dunn is chairwoman of the chamber network and on the chamber's women-in-business expo committee, which is planning a daylong expo Dec. 7 at Drexelbrook Catering in Drexel Hill. The network lunches, usually brown-bag affairs, feature a different speaker and topic each month.
June 20, 2000 |
Doctors will keep delivering babies at Lankenau Hospital and mending hearts at Bryn Mawr Hospital while taking open-heart surgery into Chester County, under a long-range plan that Main Line Health officials are presenting at community meetings this summer. The 10-year strategic plan sets aside a controversial 1996 proposal to consolidate heart surgery at Lankenau, in Wynnewood, and move Lankenau's obstetrical services to Bryn Mawr. Officials also foresee investing $100 million at Lankenau to build a new emergency department, expand obstetrical and cardiovascular services, and upgrade intensive-care facilities, said Barry Rabner, president of Main Line Hospitals, a part of the system.
April 30, 1999 |
The owner of one of the largest funeral homes in Burlington County has filed a lawsuit to keep Pemberton Township from becoming a two-hearse town, at least for now. Lankenau Funeral Home, the sole mortuary in the township, wants a Superior Court judge to block a competitor's plans to open a funeral business on the same street, Lakehurst Road, a quarter-mile away. The lawsuit, filed last week, contends that the Zoning Board should not have approved a use variance for John D. Moore, who is renovating the former Fat Rocks Bar for use as a funeral home.
March 22, 1999 |
Vincent J. Cristofalo's office is on a side corridor at Lankenau Hospital, mostly out of view, like the Lankenau Medical Research Center he now heads. "It's the best-kept secret in the Delaware Valley," Cristofalo said of the center. He aims to change that. An internationally known researcher in the field of aging, Cristofalo wants the center to make a more visible mark. "I think we have the raw material to do it," he said. Cristofalo, 66, of Lower Merion, became the center's president in December after leaving his research, academic and administrative posts within the Allegheny Health System, whose southeastern Pennsylvania operations filed for bankruptcy protection in 1998.
December 20, 1998 |
Sarah J. Blake, domestic-abuse social worker for Main Line Health, has been on the job since spring. The number of identified abuse victims already has started climbing, she said. "Before we had a program, we were seeing almost nothing," said Blake, who serves clients at Lankenau, Bryn Mawr and Paoli Memorial Hospitals. That is because domestic abuse hides in the shadows, an easy secret to overlook. Victims may be so accustomed to abuse, she said, that they do not recognize it themselves.
December 10, 1998 |
Main Line Health's plan to reconfigure its Bryn Mawr Hospital campus has hit a snag with the rejection of its request to demolish the century-old Gerhard Building. The gray stone structure, with its gabled roof and arched entry, was designed by the firm of Victorian architect Frank Furness, whose work preservationists are trying to save throughout Lower Merion. "We have sent a letter out denying the application because that is part of a larger plan that would require land-development approval," Robert Duncan, Lower Merion Township's building department director, said yesterday.
November 23, 1998 |
Salvatore the Balloon Man had just started twisting one of the tools of his trade into a giraffe when - pop! - it broke and startled 4-year-old Emma Starr. "That's OK," said Sal, a.k.a. Salvatore Giammona, who hails from Medford, Burlington County. "The worst thing that happens when a balloon breaks is you get air all over you. " Satisfied, Emma ran off into the crowd of children and parents who were gathered in the cafeteria at Lankenau Hospital for the annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit reunion yesterday.