June 11, 2014 |
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.
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.
May 30, 2014 |
School nurse Tina Kemps loves her students. Even when it hurts. "I've been smacked, I've been hit," she laughs. "That's nothing. " What really matters is not the occasional incident, she says, but that the students regularly "come in here and feel very loved and very safe. " "Here" is Kemps' never-a-dull-moment office at Durand Academy, a special-needs school that often takes students others can't handle. "Many of our parents have tried everything," says Kemps, 61, who once planned to be retired by now. "I wouldn't do this if I didn't love it. " A striking woman with a distinctive personal style and a wry wit, Kemps worked as a runway model for 25 years, appeared in print advertisements, and continues to act occasionally.
May 29, 2014 |
Across the country, full-time school nurses are often early victims of budget cuts, sacrificed to make ends meet in strapped school systems like Philadelphia's. But having nurses can save money, according to a new study published in the Journal of American Medicine Association Pediatrics. Every dollar spent on nursing services, the authors concluded, saves $2.20 in medical costs and lost productivity from teachers and parents. "I quite frankly don't understand how a school can function without a school nurse," Anne Sheetz, senior author of the study, said Tuesday.
May 25, 2014 |
Sister Joella Matt, 99, a registered nurse who served Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, died Friday, May 16, of cardiopulmonary failure at Assisi House in Aston Township. She had been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for one month shy of 80 years and would have celebrated her 100th birthday this summer. A colleague, Sister Ann Marie Slavin, said she would have shied away from publicity on both occasions. "A quiet woman who seldom spoke about herself, Sister Joella's long life was one of service to others," said Sister Ann Marie.
May 9, 2014 |
MACHELLE NELSON should've been there yesterday as her family gathered on the East Germantown block where she grew up. She wouldn't have missed a family get-together for the world. But Nelson, a mother of four and grandmother to five, was painfully absent from the rowhouse on Clearview Street near Washington Lane, where her close-knit family came together to mourn her tragic death. Nelson, who would have turned 60 this month, was on the couch in her sister's living room Tuesday watching reality TV when her estranged husband, Mark Nelson, walked in the door, pointed a gun at her and fired four shots before pressing the barrel to his own head and pulling the trigger.
April 29, 2014 |
VINCENT PRICE was raised in poverty as a foster child, then spent much of his adult life on the streets, addicted to drugs. He was in his early 50s, laid low by severe emphysema and out of options, when he landed four years ago at the Philadelphia Nursing Home on Girard Avenue. The experience gave Price a new sense of purpose in life: getting out of the city-owned, outside-managed North Philadelphia institution. "It was like being in a minijail," complained Price, who chafed at not being able to leave the building, the erratic times that his breakfast showed up and the tedium of his life.
March 28, 2014 |
Lucy D. Savini, 80, of Hainesport, a registered nurse who, in retirement, cared for retired nuns in Philadelphia, died of liver cancer Friday, March 21, at home. Born in the Overbrook neighborhood of Philadelphia, Miss Savini graduated from West Catholic Girls' High School. She earned her nursing degree at St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing in South Philadelphia and began her career there, before transferring to the former Presbyterian Hospital. Miss Savini was a nurse at Girard College in the 1980s and 1990s, her sister, Rita Giordano, said in a phone interview.
March 22, 2014 |
Kathleen Wixted Underwood, 60, of Cape May Court House, a former registered nurse and health-care volunteer, died of heart failure Monday, March 17, at Inspira Medical Center in Vineland. Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Underwood graduated from the former Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia and earned a bachelor's in nursing at Rutgers-Camden University. She earned her RN diploma at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and studied toward a master's in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, her husband, Joseph P. Underwood Jr., said.