December 12, 2015 |
Jefferson Health will close the diploma program at Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing in Willow Grove after the current students are finished, Jefferson and Abington officials said Thursday in a letter to employees. Beginning in the fall of 2017, the Jefferson College of Nursing hopes to admit its first students into a new bachelor's of science in nursing program at the Willow Grove campus. Under the plan, students will apply to the Jefferson College of Nursing and select either the Center City campus or the Abington-Dixon campus, officials said.
December 5, 2015 |
Joan Kelly Beele, 61, of Springfield, Delaware County, who fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a nurse, died Thursday, Nov. 26, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at home. As a girl in West Philadelphia and then Havertown, Mrs. Beele received medical treatment at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The experience instilled in her the desire to take up nursing. She trained at Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing in West Philadelphia and graduated in 1975.
December 3, 2015 |
Unis Uthedra Francis, 82, of Southwest Philadelphia, a Jamaican émigré whose belief in hard work and education fueled a rise from nurse's aide to social worker, died at home Saturday, Nov. 14. "My mother was determined," daughter Elaine Hansom said. "She was just really a hardworking woman. " Born in Watermount, Jamaica, Mrs. Francis was the third child of Altimont George and Emeriah Whyte. The Whytes instilled in their daughter bedrock values - faith in God, service to community, and love of family - but above all were hard work and the importance of education.
November 21, 2015 |
Medical provider Fox Subacute Management has signed a lease for 35,000 square feet at South Philadelphia's Constitution Health Plaza for a 60-bed nursing facility, said Coldwell Banker broker Peter Rothberg, who helped arrange the deal. The facility, located in what used to be St. Agnes Hospital at Broad Street and Snyder Avenue, will provide respiratory care and rehabilitation services, Rothberg said Thursday. "It serves a regional population that would otherwise have limited access to this type of first-class facility," Rothberg said.
November 16, 2015
D EAR ABBY: When reading letters in your column concerning breast cancer, my heart goes out to every single person who has ever been diagnosed with this terrible disease. I have no respect for any man who cuts and runs when his wife is diagnosed with cancer. But what do you think about a woman who is diagnosed and whose husband remains with her through the fear and worry, the chemo, radiation, hair loss and all the follow-up? A husband who worries constantly for her and whose biggest fear is losing his wonderful wife, and after all this - she leaves him for another man?
November 5, 2015 |
Registered nurses at Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol Township ratified a four-year labor contract that includes wage increases and a guaranteed contribution to a 401(k) retirement plan, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals said Tuesday. The contract covering 160 members of the Nursing Association of Lower Bucks Hospital passed by a "substanital majority," the union said, but it declined to share the exact vote. The for-profit Prime Healthcare Services Inc. bought Lower Bucks out of bankruptcy in 2012.
November 5, 2015 |
The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has agreed to sell its operation serving low-income people 55 and older sick enough for a nursing home but want to keep living at home, to Trinity Health. Terms of the deal, which was disclosed Tuesday, were not released. Penn said it plans to continue to use the program's West Philadelphia facility for training and research. Trinity, which operates so-called Living Independence for the Elderly programs, or LIFE programs, through Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania and other Philadelphia-area properties, is already the area's largest operator of the program that combines Medicare and Medicaid benefits.
November 3, 2015 |
Aspiring nurse Melissa Alford has big dreams for her future. Only two years ago, that future appeared bleak for the mother of three, who landed in a homeless shelter after losing her job. With help from the Camden County One Stop Career Center, she has started to put her life back together with the hope of fulfilling a childhood dream. She became licensed as a certified nursing assistant, got an apartment, and found a full-time job. Alford was recognized last month as Camden County's honoree at a statewide program that recognizes those who have overcome extraordinary obstacles.
November 2, 2015 |
Yvonne Wagner Purdue, 62, of Cedar Brook, Winslow Township, a registered nurse who was a branch manager at Virtua Home Health Care in Mount Laurel from 2003 until earlier this year, died of cancer Monday, Oct. 26, at her home. Mrs. Purdue's agency managed "continuity of care following hospital discharge" of patients, she wrote in autobiographical notes. "She managed teams of 10 to 15 registered nurses, a pretty active manager," son Steven C. Purdue said. "Every time she took over a new team," he said, the scores for patient satisfaction "went up to 98 percent, pretty consistently.
October 28, 2015 |
At a Voorhees assisted-living facility where a man fatally shot his mother and then himself Sunday, employees wailed in horror, and the distraught nurse who witnessed the crime told a coworker, "I saw him shoot himself," according to a recording of the 911 call authorities provided Monday. "It's OK sweetheart, it's OK," an employee who called 911 told is heard telling the nurse as they wait for police. Warning: The following contains an intense, graphic 911 call The chaotic scene unfolded around 5:45 p.m. in a family room at the Genesis HealthCare Voorhees Center on East Evesham Road.