October 13, 2015 |
By now, Philadelphia's beleaguered public schools are accustomed to doing without things that elsewhere are givens: paper, textbooks, cleaning supplies. But this year, some schools lack a service covering their most basic of needs: a school nurse. Three Philadelphia School District schools have no nurse coverage at all this year, officials confirmed, not even once a week. A higher number - 16, nurses say - have no regular coverage, but do have a nurse assigned to check on the school if there is a spare moment.
September 18, 2015 |
AFTER A WEEK at the Toronto International Film Festival (more on that throughout the fall), Tattle has returned to a trifecta of apologies. * Comedy Central said yesterday that it is rethinking what to do about Steve Rannazzisi 's planned stand-up special, "Breaking Dad," this weekend after the comic apologized for lying about working in the World Trade Center when terrorists attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. Rannazzisi said he didn't know why he told the story, which he called "a mistake that I deeply regret and for which apologies may still not be enough.
September 4, 2015 |
An Aston Township woman has been charged with stealing more than $88,000 from a terminally ill client, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday. Two anonymous letters - one to the man's family, the other to investigators - tipped them off that Melissa Deal, a nurse who was hired to care for the 79-year-old man, had written numerous checks to herself, and added herself as a beneficiary of an investment account, investigators said. The victim, James Mooney, died Oct. 12, 2013.
September 1, 2015 |
FRANK LEVISTER had a passion for helping people, especially those in dire straits. He worked with the homeless in Philadelphia, and his job with the state Department of Welfare was to make sure that nursing homes were doing their job helping others in need. James Franklin Levister Sr., a 21-year employee of the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare who later worked for two of the nursing homes he monitored, died Aug. 23 of multiple health complications at the age of 68. Frank was a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War. Although his family didn't know what happened to him there, it was obvious that he saw combat because among his decorations was the Purple Heart for wounds.
August 28, 2015 |
Sinise Gould, a nurse's aide, had been taking care of Stella Luba Van Lingen for the last four years. But Mrs. Van Lingen helped Gould during those years, too. "She pushed me a lot, to do better for myself," Gould said from the Mechanicsburg, Pa., home of a Van Lingen daughter, Mia Oberosler. Mrs. Van Lingen and Gould moved there this year from Mount Laurel, where Mrs. Van Lingen had lived since the late 1990s. "She wanted me to further my education," Gould said of Mrs. Van Lingen.
August 23, 2015 |
On Thursday, Bill Cruice had his first "quickie" and it was good. Now for definitions: Cruice is executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Processionals (PASNAP), the union that, as of Thursday, represents 100 nurses at Eagleville Hospital in Montgomery County. "Quickie" was the pejorative name given by opponents to sped-up union election procedures enacted by the National Labor Relations Board on April 14. As for good, "it's a good feeling that the workers are going to have a better chance" at having a union, said Cruice, who has led 35 organizing campaigns.
August 22, 2015 |
The Diocese of Camden announced Thursday that it had reached a $40 million agreement to sell its four nursing and elder-care facilities. The sale to the Catholic Health Group division of Center Management Group has been authorized by the Vatican and is pending regulatory approval. It would end more than six decades of hands-on care by the diocese. The deal includes three nursing homes - St. Mary's Catholic Home in Cherry Hill, Our Lady's MultiCare Center in Pleasantville, and Bishop McCarthy Residence in Vineland - and a residential health-care facility, the Manor at St. Mary's in Cherry Hill.
August 12, 2015 |
IT SEEMED LIKE Ben Toland was always taking care of people, not only physically as a nurse, but also spiritually as a church musician and author of inspirational messages. The messages were written on an eye-gaze computer because Ben Toland was paralyzed and bed-ridden for most of the last four years of his life. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis might have taken away his ability to move and to speak, but it left his soul intact. Benjamin Stephen Toland Sr., a licensed practical nurse who worked for hospitals and nursing homes, a self-taught musician who could play many instruments, a devoted churchman and loving husband and father, died Aug. 6 of complications of the paralyzing disease.
July 24, 2015 |
ROSEMARY McMunigal was a Delaware County lawyer who, while dedicated to her profession, indulged a passion for helping the less fortunate. "Blessed with a great head and a great heart, Rosemary used her intelligence, strength and compassion to help others," her family said. "Her faith led her to believe in the goodness of people and hope for a better world. " Rosemary Casey McMunigal, a partner in a Media law firm, an active volunteer with a nursing service in Chester, and devoted family matriarch, died July 16. She was 93 and lived in Media's Riddle Village.
July 3, 2015 |
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office filed a sweeping lawsuit Wednesday against a big nursing home chain, accusing it of understaffing that has left residents "thirsty, hungry, dirty, and unkempt. " The lawsuit is the first to stem from the office's controversial practice of hiring an outside law firm to dig into the quality of care at nursing homes. The suit against the Golden Living chain, with 36 facilities in Pennsylvania, was developed with the help of the Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll law firm in Washington.