August 15, 2016 |
Police have identified a man who was found unconscious in Southwest Philadelphia and has been hospitalized for more than a month on life support. The man, believed to be in his early 50s, was found about 2 a.m. July 9 lying unconscious near the intersection of South 62nd Street and Grays Avenue. Medics took him to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Police over the weekend asked for help identifying the man. After a photo was distributed, the man's family contacted investigators, officials said.
July 23, 2016 |
Samuel Edward Smith was 16 and wanted a car. On May 8, 1996, he got one by murdering his Coatesville neighbor, a retired teacher and Episcopal minister. Smith confessed to hitting David Kenny, 64, with a wrench more than 20 times, which broke his skull, and also cutting his neck with a butcher knife. After two weeks on life support, Kenny died. To avoid the death penalty, the teenager pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and related charges in October 1996. He was sentenced to life in prison.
July 29, 2015 |
Virtua Health Inc. sued the State of New Jersey on Monday to block a law, signed earlier this month by Gov. Christie, that transfers control of emergency medical services in Camden to Cooper University Hospital. Virtua, which currently provides the advanced life support, or paramedic, portion of those services, contends that the law gives Cooper an "exclusive privilege" without any rational medical basis, thereby violating the state constitution. Ordinarily in New Jersey, a hospital system seeking to provide emergency medical service in a region is required to submit a comprehensive "certificate of need" application to the state Department of Health.
July 13, 2015 |
If all goes as ordained by New Jersey lawmakers, six months from now Camden will be served by a fleet of brand-new ambulances and emergency vehicles staffed by paramedics and medical technicians working for Cooper University Hospital. Cooper, a teaching hospital and a designated Level 1 trauma center, was authorized to take over these services in legislation signed by Gov. Christie last week. Will Camden residents needing emergency care be better off? They will be, Cooper officials promise and some EMTs cautiously hope.
July 8, 2015 |
Gov. Christie signed legislation Monday allowing Cooper University Hospital to take control of emergency medical services in Camden, a bill that drew criticism from the city's longtime paramedic-services provider. The measure, which some critics complained was fast-tracked by lawmakers and bypassed regulations, was passed without debate last month in both houses despite opposition from Virtua Health System, which operates the services in every town in Burlington and Camden Counties. Supporters have said the law will allow better coordination between EMS services and the hospitals that receive those patients, including follow-up care for patients who live in Camden.
June 17, 2015 |
TRENTON - South Jersey Democrats are fast-tracking a bill that would give Cooper University Hospital control over paramedic services in Camden, currently run by a rival hospital, in a move that critics say circumvents state regulations. Committees in the Assembly and Senate on Monday each advanced the legislation, sponsored by two Camden County Democrats, Assemblyman Gilbert "Whip" Wilson and Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez. The legislation, introduced last week, is expected to reach the floor of each house for a vote before lawmakers break for summer at the end of the fiscal year, June 30, by which time they must pass a balanced budget.
February 12, 2015
CONFUSION REIGNED yesterday as media outlets offered conflicting reports on Bobbi Kristina Brown 's condition. But one thing was clear: It hasn't been easy being Bobbi Brown. While the 21-year-old only child of R&B crooner Bobby Brown and the late pop goddess Whitney Houston remained hospitalized on life support after being found unconscious in the bathtub of her Georgia home on Jan. 31, her kin have been acting like they were in a nightmarish Tyler Perry movie.
December 18, 2014
THE WOLF IS no longer at Golden Sunrise's door, thanks to a generous gesture by Philadelphia-based Republic Bank. The sole survivor in the Mummers' Fancy Division, Golden Sunrise had fallen on hard financial times. Its cash reserves were as low as a caterpillar with fallen arches and in its South Philadelphia clubhouse/warehouse the roof was leaking, a catastrophe-in-the-making for decades' worth of costumes, some of which are patiently recycled to save money. All this was reported in my Nov. 7 column, along with Golden Sunrise's efforts to raise $28,000 (enough to get it on the street Jan. 1 - which was never really in doubt, although it looked as if it would be the last strut - and also enough to get it on the street a year later)
September 30, 2014 |
With three weeks to go before Moorestown's second annual Sean Fischel 5K Run, Kim Fischel stepped to a bookshelf in her home and took down a glass-sided box. Inside was a pair of small, gray-and-orange running shoes. Even empty, they suggested energy and play, as though waiting for a little boy to fill them. "Sean learned to tie his shoes on these," Fischel said as three of her friends leaned forward in their chairs to study this memento of Sean, who died last year at 7. The room fell silent.
September 6, 2014 |
Joan Rivers, the transgressive comedian, author, Fashion Police commissioner, filmmaker and QVC pitchwoman, died Thursday. On Aug. 26, the seemingly unstoppable octogenarian was dishing on E!'s Fashion Police about the clothes worn on the red carpet at the Video Music Awards and the Emmy Awards. The next night, she performed her comedy act at a Times Square theater. On Aug. 28, she stopped breathing during outpatient surgery on her vocal cords. Doctors induced a medical coma and put her on life support.