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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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May 9, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
Holding placards that read "Safe Staffing Saves Lives" and "Patients Not Profits," more than 80 nurses, community leaders, and other supporters rallied outside City Hall on Saturday morning, calling for safer staffing levels. "Nurses have patients' lives in our hands," said Patricia Eakin, president of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals. The union has added about 2,600 members since January from Einstein Medical Center, Hahnemann University, Delaware Valley Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill, and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.
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May 5, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Shirley Earl Hattrick had good timing during her life. After Ancora Psychiatric Hospital opened in 1955 in Winslow Township, Mrs. Hattrick and her husband, John, found a newspaper ad offering work there. In March 1956, she became an Ancora nurse and he became an Ancora maintenance man, working with plumbing and steam fitting. "It gave them an opportunity to have a single-family home on the grounds; it was an upgrade," daughter Linda Giuliano said. And the couple were at an earlier workplace at the same time when they first met. On Thursday, April 28, Mrs. Hattrick, 88, of Cedar Brook, a former night nursing supervisor at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford, died of a cerebral hemorrhage in the long-term care unit at the Voorhees Center of Genesis Health Care.
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May 3, 2016 | By Sofiya Ballin, Staff Writer
Caroline Sarver Stevens of Lafayette Hill, a registered nurse and entrepreneur, died April 28 of complications after a lengthy illness. No age was given, at the deceased's request. "She was beautiful, warm, compassionate, loving, driven and very success-oriented," said her eldest daughter, Sandy Izzo. Born in Liverpool, Pa., and raised on a 100-acre farm, Stevens went to Liverpool High School, where she was valedictorian, Germantown Hospital School of Nursing, and Temple University.
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April 11, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, Staff Writer
Registered nurses at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia have voted to unionize, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals said Saturday. The vote Friday, 463 to 343 in favor of joining the union, was the fourth victory this year for PASNAP. Nurses at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Hahnemann University Hospital, and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children had previously voted to join PASNAP, which now has 8,000 members in Pennsylvania, including 3,000 new members since January in the Philadelphia region.
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March 30, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury returned a split verdict Monday in the trial of a former SEPTA police officer accused of roughing up and falsely arresting a nurse after a Christmas 2013 argument in a Suburban Station doughnut shop. The Common Pleas Court jury of six men and six women deliberated about two hours before finding Douglas Ioven guilty of misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment and official oppression involving the arrest of Muibat Williamson. The jury acquitted Ioven, 44, of simple assault and obstruction of administration of law. The assault count involved Williamson's allegation that Ioven stepped on her foot after cutting in line at a Dunkin' Donuts shop in the concourse and later banged her head into an ATM trying to apprehend her. The obstruction charge involved arresting Williamson to prevent her from filing a complaint against him with SEPTA superiors.
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March 29, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
SISTER ROSA Carmichael, 94, a nurse and a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 70 years, died of congestive heart failure in Assisi House, Aston, where she had lived since 2012. Born Anne Veronica Carmichael, she was a graduate of J.W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School. She became Sister Rosa with the profession of her first vows in 1946. After the Vatican II Council in the early 1960s, nuns were permitted to revert to their given names, but Sister Rosa decided not to. Her sibling, Sister Mary Teresa Carmichael, joined the order at the same time and currently resides at Assisi House.
NEWS
March 26, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The prosecution in the trial of a SEPTA police officer accused of roughing up a nurse who had wanted to submit a complaint against him ended its case Thursday with testimony from a police supervisor that both helped and hurt the accused. SEPTA Police Lt. Garrett Marsh told a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury that he saw Officer Douglas Ioven struggling to control a handcuffed woman during the Christmas morning incident at Suburban Station in 2013. "When I went down the hallway, I saw the officer struggling with a black female," Marsh said.
NEWS
March 25, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
As an immigrant, Muibat Williamson has firm ideas about what the United States and its citizens should be about. So when a SEPTA police officer cut in line on Christmas 2013 as she waited in the Dunkin' Donuts shop in Suburban Station and then, according to her, stepped on her foot as he left, Williamson was not about to let it rest. "I said, 'Excuse me, you stepped on me. Aren't you going to apologize?' " Williamson told a Philadelphia jury Wednesday. SEPTA Officer Douglas Ioven said no, he didn't step on her foot, and wouldn't apologize.
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