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February 27, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
IN A CALM but sometimes nervous voice, Padge-Victoria Windslowe, who goes by the stage name "Black Madam," told a Philadelphia Common Pleas jury yesterday that she injected people's butts with silicone to make them feel more beautiful, and intended no ill will or harm. "My motto was 'I want to help,' " she said, adding that people called her "their fairy godmother. " Windslowe, 45, who was born a man named Forrest Leon Gordon, said she had a sex-change operation in 1994. A year later, she began doing silicone butt injections on friends and on people in the transgender community to make "the male buttock more female," she said.
NEWS
February 20, 2015 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barbara Bitros has a lovely life. She lives in a beautiful restored barn in Langhorne, dates a kind man, sees her grandchildren twice a week. She woke up on a recent Monday and found her frying pan in her refrigerator. She has no idea when or why she put it there. Bitros, 64, is a former hospice nurse and educator who has seen many people with dementia die. She was so concerned about her own memory losses - entire blocks of time vanished, what she called intermittent amnesia - that she had herself tested by three neurologists: brain scans, a spinal tap, the full workup.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Crozer-Keystone Health System has settled on a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the United Nurses of Pennsylvania union, representing approximately 170 nurses at one of the health system's five hospitals, Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, a hospital spokesman said Wednesday. The spokesman would not comment on contract details. Meanwhile, negotiations are scheduled for Feb. 17 between another union, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals and another Crozer-Keystone hospital, Crozer-Chester Medical Center Hospital in Upland, the union said.
NEWS
February 9, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
TWO SCHOOL NURSES testified yesterday in the murder trial of stepmother Margarita Garabito about concerns they had for Charlenni Ferreira, the Feltonville girl who died in 2009 at age 10. Amy Ozenbaugh, the nurse at Clara Barton Elementary School in Feltonville, where Charlenni attended first and second grades, had complained to the city's Department of Human Services in October 2006 because she saw frequent bruising on the girl. When she learned in early 2007 that DHS was closing its investigation, "I was upset," she said.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Denise McGovern remembered at least five times in which she asked that Margarita Garabito send her stepdaughter to a doctor for a physical exam. Teachers told McGovern, the nurse at Feltonville Intermediate School, that Charlenni Ferreira had trouble walking. She could not keep pace with other students. The school nurse stapled an additional paper to the school-mandated physical form, asking that a doctor examine Ferreira's hip and hobbled gait. She wanted Ferreira, a 10-year-old fifth grader, to undergo physical therapy.
NEWS
January 29, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JOYCE SAPP was curious about her family background, and discovered that she had some Apache back there. And she joined with a man who had Cherokee in his family background. A lot of African-Americans discover some American Indian ancestry if they care to dig deeply into it. And Joyce did. Her interest in both American Indian and African-American history became a passion, and she enjoyed reading about it and passing her knowledge on to her children and grandchildren. Joyce D. Sapp, who worked for many years in nursing homes, mostly in the suburbs where she found satisfaction in helping senior citizens, died of cancer on Jan. 21. She was 69 and was living in Atlanta, but had lived most of her life in West Philadelphia.
NEWS
January 14, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A CITY PRISON inmate awaiting trial for three unrelated murders attacked a correctional officer and a nurse at Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he'd been taken for a medical procedure, in a botched escape attempt yesterday. The inmate, Justin Mackie, 20, was tackled by hospital security officers and remains under guard at Einstein for unspecified reasons. The correctional officer remains hospitalized with head injuries, prisons spokeswoman Shawn Hawes said. The nurse was treated and released, Einstein spokesman Damien Woods said.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Faith Jerome, 76, of Cherry Hill, a longtime nurse and member of the township's school board, died Monday, Dec. 22, at home of pancreatic cancer. When a local school was slated to close in the early 1980s, a friend persuaded Mrs. Jerome to run for the Cherry Hill school board. Fifteen years later, when she decided against seeking a sixth term, former board member James Marino told The Inquirer that "she has great integrity. . . . I can't think of a decision she ever made that she didn't feel she was doing in the best interest of the children of Cherry Hill.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bonnie Haas spent the bulk of her professional life in hospitals tending to some of the sickest patients as an intensive-care nurse. But it has been a lifesaving act of a far more personal nature that has preoccupied her for the last two years. The 57-year-old Bucks County mother of four has revived the family business. That it has come at tremendous professional and personal sacrifice, and tested her emotional fortitude, was as clear as Haas' tears during a recent interview at Kettle Creek Corp.'s workshop and warehouse in Warminster.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The National Labor Relations Board's regional director has brought civil charges against Crozer-Chester Medical Center in connection with a two-day nurses' strike against the Upland Borough hospital in September. After a hearing set for February, the board will determine whether the medical center improperly curtailed union members from leafleting and improperly withheld information from the union, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP). "We believe that Crozer-Chester Medical Center has acted lawfully and appropriately throughout this very difficult situation," the hospital said in a statement.
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