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September 20, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gearing up for a two-day strike starting Sunday, hospital officials and union nurses at Crozer-Chester Medical Center can agree on one thing: Sunday's expected two-day work stoppage would represent a failure of bargaining. But the agreement ends there, as each side accuses the other of irresponsible tactics in negotiating a contract for 550 nurses. Also fueling the conflict is management's decision to prevent the nurses from returning to work Tuesday morning as replacement nurses fill their shifts for three more days.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Joe Dolinsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marguerite L. Johnson, 85, of the Carroll Park section of West Philadelphia, a nurse-practitioner who worked in city schools for 22 years, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, at ManorCare Health Services-Yeadon of a heart condition. Offering comfort and care to all who came through her office, Mrs. Johnson held a number of posts in Philadelphia and New York throughout her 43-year nursing career. A Philadelphia native, Mrs. Johnson went to New York after her high school graduation in 1946 to attend the Lincoln School for Nurses in the Bronx, which was founded in 1898 to train black women to become nurses.
NEWS
September 10, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
BIRMINGHAM, ALA., was a powder keg of civil-rights violence in the early 1960s. And Thelma Davis English was there. Herself a native of Alabama, Thelma and her husband, Vann, and their daughter Carolyn, left the safety of Philadelphia to become foot soldiers in the civil-rights movement led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and others. The activists, however nonviolent in keeping with King's philosophy, were met with snarling police dogs, fire hoses and billy clubs wielded by the forces of Eugene "Bull" Connor, the city's commissioner of public safety.
NEWS
September 10, 2014 | By Joe Dolinsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the Philadelphia School District began the academic year Monday amid budgetary uncertainty, a proposal to fund the addition of nurses in schools that need them was being presented at 30th Street Station. U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D., Pa.), a cosponsor of the bill, said the NURSE Act - Nurses for Under-Resourced Schools Everywhere - calls for implementation of competitive grant programs to reduce the ratio of students to nurses throughout the United States. According to the bill, districts where the ratio is greater than 750-1 would be eligible to apply for grants.
NEWS
August 28, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
After more than six decades of hands-on caring for the sick and elderly in South Jersey, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden announced Tuesday that it is seeking to sell its four nursing and elder-care facilities because it can no longer afford to maintain them. "The current nursing-home model cannot be sustained," Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan said in a statement declaring that he was seeking buyers for Our Lady's MultiCare Center in Pleasantville, Bishop McCarthy Residence in Vineland, and St. Mary's Catholic Home in Cherry Hill, which includes the Manor at St. Mary's, a residential health-care facility.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2014
Nancy Pokorny has been appointed director of nursing excellence at Einstein Healthcare Network . Pokorny joined Einstein in 1973 as a direct-care nurse in the emergency unit and subsequently held positions as assistant nurse manager, coordinator, and nurse recruiter. In 2011, she served as an interim co-director of nursing at Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment, and most recently served as nursing career specialist. LevLane Advertising/PR/Interactive , Philadelphia, has hired David Huehnergarth as senior vice president/director of client engagement, and Michael Wood as senior vice president/director of public relations.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 911 calls came within minutes in the wee hours of Friday morning. First, for a 5-year-old girl banging on the front door, her clothes bloodied, at the Winslow Township home she shared with her mother. "Mommy is dead," the girl, uninjured, told another person, who answered the door, according to authorities. Less than a mile away, a pizza delivery driver dialed 911 after finding a body - the girl's mother, covered in blood - on the side of a road. Night turned to dawn, and a manhunt ensued for Jennifer Bongco's killer.
BUSINESS
July 30, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
A New Jersey investment firm has agreed to pay $30.25 million for Northeast Philadelphia's Deer Meadows Retirement Community, which filed for bankruptcy protection in April. Investment 360 L.L.C., of Lakewood, will function as a "stalking horse bidder" at an auction next month, setting a baseline price, according to a bankruptcy court filing. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Eric L. Frank on Monday scheduled a hearing for Aug. 11 on a proposed breakup fee that would pay 2.5 percent of the purchase price, or $756,250, to Investment 360 if the deal does not close or a higher bidder emerges.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lorraine E. Piccone, 79, a nurse and resident of Upper Darby and later, Broomall, died Friday, July 18, of septic shock at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. Work and family were top priorities for Mrs. Piccone, whose maiden name was Shelzi. A talented and dedicated nurse, she graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Moylan and pursued her nursing studies and training at Pennsylvania Hospital Nursing School. She spent many years administering long-term care at Little Flower Manor and St. Francis Country House, Catholic nursing facilities in Darby Borough.
NEWS
July 24, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Meneko Spigner McBeth was raised with Japanese delicacies, indulging in handmade egg-and-cucumber sushi rolls as a young girl, a child-friendly creation whipped up by her grandmother, a native of Japan. McBeth continued to try new twists on Asian cuisine as she grew up in Pemberton, but what she really fell for was the Play-Doh-like, fiery, green wasabi. That adoration was only topped when she paired it with the soy sauce and shaved ginger often found decorating sushi plates. "That was the way I had to have my sushi from now on," she said of the first time she sampled the trio together, a combination she uses to dress tuna and other fish.
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