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July 28, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
An audit released Tuesday by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale found deficiencies in the way the Pennsylvania Department of Health enforced the state's minimum standard of 2.7 hours per day of direct nursing care. The audit covered the period from Jan. 1, 2014, through Oct. 31, 2015. Only last July did the health department start accepting anonymous complaints about nursing homes. That was a second area of concern in the audit, because it likely compromised the department's ability to receive and investigate complaints, the audit said.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Registered nurses at South Jersey's Inspira Health Network ratified a three-year contract that includes across-the-board 2.25 percent wage increases each year, theh Health Professionals and Allied Employees said Friday. The deal, which covers 1,300 nurses at hospitals in Bridgeton, Elmer, Vineland, and Woodbury, went into effect immediately, with raises retroactive to June 1. Under the contract, approved Thursday, Inspira agreed to maintain staffing levels if it builds the proposed $338 million hospital in Harrison Township to replace its Woodbury facility, the union said.
NEWS
July 6, 2016
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Well done, Bayada J. Mark Baiada's decision to forgo a potential $1 billion payday and donate Bayada Home Health Care to a charitable foundation to ensure its longevity is inspiring ("Founder to donate Bayada to charity," June 28). Bayada provided outstanding care for my aging parents in their Roxborough home. My father, with serious ailments including bipolar disorder, was not an easy patient, but his nurses were unfailingly positive, often calling on the days they didn't visit and making extra trips to deliver supplies.
NEWS
June 30, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Olivia Walters Miller worked after high school as a waitress and cosmetologist, as well as a dealer at casinos in Atlantic City, Connecticut, and Michigan. Then, in the year she turned 31, she earned her nursing degree. "She tried finding her niche, and then she found her passion," daughter Onya said. Mrs. Miller, 43, of Willingboro, a nurse-practitioner there, died Sunday, June 19, of complications from a stroke in May 2016. Mrs. Miller died after a week at Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Charlotte, N.C., her daughter said.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, Staff Writer
Cadbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, in Cherry Hill, part of a nonprofit founded by Quakers in 1978, is under agreement of sale to a for-profit company. If the sale is completed, Cadbury will join an exodus that has seen the percentage of the Philadelphia region's nursing homes owned by for-profits surge to 63 percent this year, from 49 percent in 2010, an Inquirer analysis of federal data found. Nonprofits sell facilities for many reasons: They need the money, change their mission, or succumb to financial pressures on the industry largely caused by heavy reliance on the federal government's low-paying Medicaid program.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Amir Showell, 15, wants to be a dermatologist when he grows up. "I'm interested in whiteheads, blackheads," said Showell, whose teenage complexion, by the way, is clear of all of the above. Too bad U.S. Health and Human Services official J. Nadine Gracia wasn't at Philadelphia's Roxborough High School last week to meet Showell, who, as a freshman, personifies the aims of a $6.4 million federal project spearheaded by her office. "I like medicine, but deep-down surgery, I can't stand that," Showell said.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Janaki Chadha, Staff Writer
Lucy Anna Merrick, 104, of Germantown, a former nurse, Bible school teacher, and elder rights advocate, died Wednesday, May 25, of heart disease at Visiting Nurse Association Hospice in East Falls. On May 16, she was admitted to Hahnemann University Hospital, and four days later she was transferred to the hospice. Mrs. Merrick was born in West Philadelphia in 1912 - a year when suffragettes paraded in New York, and Arizona became the 48th state in the union. The youngest child of Thomas and Margaret Draine, she grew up with four siblings and graduated from Overbrook High School.
NEWS
May 30, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
In her first year as a registered nurse, Lin Lindeman House worked in the oncology unit of a Pennsylvania hospital. And, her husband, Ed House, said, she told herself, "There's got to be a better way" for people to die. So, in that same year of 1980, she became a founding trustee and board member for the Hospice of Burlington County, which became Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice in Marlton. On Friday, May 20, Mrs. House, 85, died of progressive supranuclear palsy at the Medford Leas retirement community, where she had lived since 1998.
NEWS
May 25, 2016 | By Don Sapatkin, Staff Writer
About 20 doctors and nurses from across the city gathered at a South Philadelphia health clinic Monday to declare that their patients' health would improve dramatically if sugary soda were taxed. Like a (somewhat unpolished) magician conjuring sugar hidden in a giant cup, city Health Commissioner Thomas Farley reached down and pulled . . . and pulled . . . and pulled until he had revealed 58 linked packets of sugar representing 800 calories - more than a third of the total daily calories that most people should be consuming each day, he said.
NEWS
May 15, 2016
Q. How can I be certain I'm picking a good nursing home? A. The majority of people entering a nursing home are doing so from a hospital, with guidance from a discharge planner. That said, knowing about long-term care facilities in your area will help ensure that you or your loved one is going to the most appropriate one. The website Medicare.gov offers a "Nursing Home Compare" section, searchable by city and state, where you can find information about the ratings of a particular facility.
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