May 8, 2015 |
Mary Kay Gibbons, 76, of Philadelphia, a nurse and lifelong caregiver for friends, neighbors and family, died Sunday, May 3, of cancer at home. Mrs. Gibbons, whose maiden name was Kearney, was at various times a working nurse, corporate nurse, and visitor to the sick and homebound. Her family, though, joked that she also practiced "whole listic" nursing - as she had a whole list of remedies from a lifetime of experience. She could recommend an herbal product or over-the-counter item for whatever was ailing anyone.
November 2, 1991 |
Death came to the tiny seaside hamlet of West Wildwood on Halloween at high tide, just as the town, home to 450 year-round residents, was suffering from its worst drenching in decades. Visiting nurse Katie Hogan was called on to pronounce the death. The victim, a 70-year-old woman suffering from lung cancer, had been a hospice patient under the care of the Visiting Nurse Association. Hogan was one of her nurses. As Hogan set out from her office in Rio Grande, five miles inland, all the bridges to the Wildwoods - save one - were closed.
April 22, 1999 |
A former research nurse at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center who filed a lawsuit under the Whisteblower Protection Act has won her case, her lawyer, Gloria Gilman, said yesterday. Joan Pastor, 40, a registered nurse who worked in a heart research program at the medical center, contended she was fired after she told federal agencies that the hospital failed to go through proper channels in approving a study that exposed patients to radiation and downplayed how much radiation patients would receive from diagnostic tests during the study.
December 23, 1990 |
A hospital nurse who was exposed to the AIDS virus when she stuck herself with a needle has sued a fellow nurse for negligence, contending her colleague failed to properly dispose of the needle. In the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Bucks County Court, Mary I. Schwartz and her husband, Samuel, of the 9700 block of Millcreek Road in Levittown, are seeking more than $40,000 in damages from Donna Kutsmeda, of the 900 block of Weber Drive in Yardley. According to the suit, Schwartz and Kutsmeda both worked as registered nurses at Delaware Valley Medical Center in Langhorne when the incident occurred Aug. 8. Kutsmeda's shift ended at 11 p.m., when Schwartz's began.
November 18, 2010
Patricia V. McKee Dawson, 65, a nurse and Girl Scout leader, died of cardiac arrhythmia Saturday, Nov. 13, at home. A native of Long Island, N.Y., Mrs. Dawson had polio when she was 4 but recovered with no disability. She graduated from the Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing in the Bronx, N.Y., and was an operating room nurse in New York hospitals and at Chester County Hospital. She was then a stay-at-home mom until the late 1970s, when she returned to nursing, assisting in physicians' offices at Paoli Memorial Hospital.
April 11, 1991 |
Flags flew. A band played. Children wore red, white and blue. And Susan Merrill, the nurse at Thomas Paine Elementary School in Cherry Hill, smiled broadly amid the hoopla that was accorded her return Monday from two months of duty in Operation Desert Storm. A lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve, the 39-year-old nurse parted company with her job, husband and four children in January for duty at a military hospital in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. She returned to her home March 27, but Monday was her first day back at work.
January 11, 1987 |
Lou Rutherford has been a nurse for 30 years. She loves it. Comparing notes with classmates at a recent nursing school reunion, Rutherford learned that she alone had inspired her daughter to become a nurse. That kind of enthusiasm stands Rutherford in good stead at Delaware County Home Health Services, where she has worked since leaving Sacred Heart Hospital two years ago. The routine is demanding, challenging and, to Rutherford, extremely satisfying. "I love my work," said Rutherford, who lives in Wilmington.
December 27, 1999 |
Claire T. DeSantis, a retired registered nurse at the old Philadelphia General Hospital, died Friday. She lived in Longport, N.J.. Her age was not disclosed. DeSantis had worked at PGH for 25 years, retiring when the hospital closed in 1978. For much of her tenure she was a surgical supervisor. After retiring, she moved to Longport from the Andorra section. The former Claire Schaeffer was raised in Nicetown and graduated from Hallahan High School. She did her nurse's training at PGH. She was drawn to the medical profession by a brother, who was a doctor.
March 5, 1989 |
Diane Carlson Evans got the idea in 1983 when she visited a Minneapolis art display saluting Vietnam veterans. "Everywhere I looked," she recalled of the artwork there, "I saw men. " She had been an Army nurse in Vietnam, and it was clear to her that the role of women in that war was being ignored. So, hauling her old footlocker from her parents' farmhouse in Minnesota, Evans pulled out her fatigues for the first time since she left Vietnam in August 1969. Dried blood still stained her boots.
June 9, 2010 |
Elizabeth Ide Reihmer and her husband, Donald, shared an adventurous spirit. On Mar. 24, 1950, the Evening Bulletin reported that they were to be given a farewell that evening by the Beverly Hills United Presbyterian Church in Upper Darby. "The Reihmers, who have had no previous experience in foreign mission work," the newspaper reported, were to leave by the end of the month, to carry Christianity "to pagan tribes" in Ethiopia. She was 29, he was 30, and with them was Adrianne, an 11-month-old daughter.