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July 30, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
A New Jersey investment firm has agreed to pay $30.25 million for Northeast Philadelphia's Deer Meadows Retirement Community, which filed for bankruptcy protection in April. Investment 360 L.L.C., of Lakewood, will function as a "stalking horse bidder" at an auction next month, setting a baseline price, according to a bankruptcy court filing. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Eric L. Frank on Monday scheduled a hearing for Aug. 11 on a proposed breakup fee that would pay 2.5 percent of the purchase price, or $756,250, to Investment 360 if the deal does not close or a higher bidder emerges.
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 24, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Meneko Spigner McBeth was raised with Japanese delicacies, indulging in handmade egg-and-cucumber sushi rolls as a young girl, a child-friendly creation whipped up by her grandmother, a native of Japan. McBeth continued to try new twists on Asian cuisine as she grew up in Pemberton, but what she really fell for was the Play-Doh-like, fiery, green wasabi. That adoration was only topped when she paired it with the soy sauce and shaved ginger often found decorating sushi plates. "That was the way I had to have my sushi from now on," she said of the first time she sampled the trio together, a combination she uses to dress tuna and other fish.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
QUICK! NAME a landmark bar on Robbins Street on the way to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. Got it? Great. Now name a landmark bar on Robbins Street on the way to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge that isn't the original Chickie's & Pete's. If you said the Shore Road Tavern, pour yourself a frosty Bud to celebrate. No one seems to know exactly how long the Shore Road Tavern has been open for business on Robbins Street near Jackson, but for generations of Shore-goers, passing by it on the way to Cape May (or Wildwood or Ocean City)
NEWS
July 3, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has reached an agreement to sell its seven nursing and senior-living facilities for $145 million, officials said Tuesday. It's the biggest deal yet in Archbishop Charles J. Chaput's effort to fill deep financial gaps caused by years of overspending and mismanagement. The buyer, Center Management Group, is a privately held for-profit company in Flushing, N.Y. Center Management owns and operates 15 nursing homes in New York and New Jersey, including two former Catholic homes in Brooklyn, archdiocesan officials said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2014
IT MAY be 2014 but it's still an anomaly to be a black, female tech entrepreneur. That's why I had to do a double take when I read that the Eastern Pennsylvania division of the U.S. Small Business Administration had named Maria Frizelle Roberts, of MFR Consultants, its Small Business Person of the Year. Just 25 years ago, the Queen Village resident was working as a nurse at a local hospital and only dreaming of earning her entrepreneurial stripes. Back then, she had no idea that over time her health-care Consultants business would morph into an award-winning information-technology consultancy.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Carol J. Quinn, now chief executive officer of Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE, runs a $130 million operation that employs 780 people focused on the home care of the frail and elderly. Much of what Quinn does as an executive, however, is governed by something that she noticed as a fledgling nurse working in community health: Patients often don't understand, or can't absorb, the discharge instructions they are given when they leave the hospital. "They are under too much stress," she said.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Deptford nursing home scrutinized by health officials for persistent issues has lost its federal agreement providing for Medicare and Medicaid payments, making its closing likely. All residents at the 139-bed Gloucester Manor Health Care Center receiving payments under the programs must leave the facility by Aug. 1, according to a letter sent to families late last week by the center's administrator. The Salina Road home has been on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' "Special Focus Facility" list for three years.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Crozer-Keystone Health System's badly underfunded pension plan is a key issue in negotiations on a new labor contract for 600 nurses at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. The Delaware County health system wants to freeze the benefits in the defined-benefit pension plan and replace it with a defined-contribution plan, said Bill Cruice, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, which represents the Crozer-Chester nurses. The Crozer pension plan, which had just $330 million in assets to cover $549 million in obligations on June 30, 2013, is already closed to new hires, both union and nonunion.
NEWS
May 31, 2014
It is of little comfort to know that a school's lack of a staff nurse played no apparent role in the death of a first grader last week. A child's death is always tragic, and as Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said, "During times of tragedy, our community should not have to question whether an extra staff member or a program would have made a difference. " The seven-year-old Jackson Elementary School student had a congenital heart defect, which can lead to sudden death, medical examiners said.
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