February 12, 2016 |
Nurses at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children voted 311 to 49 to form a union, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals said Wednesday. The voting concluded Wednesday morning, and the result was tallied by the National Labor Relations Board, the union, known as PASNAP, said. About 500 St. Christopher's nurses will join the 1,200 nurses Hahnemann University Hospital and Delaware County Memorial Hospital, who voted last month to join PASNAP. St. Christopher's, which is in the Juniata Park/Feltonville section of Philadelphia, is owned by publicly traded Tenet Healthcare Corp., of Dallas, which also owns Hahnemann.
February 11, 2016
A federal jury convicted a registered nurse on four counts of health care fraud Monday in a case in which prosecutors alleged she aided her employer in a plan to bilk Medicare out of more than $9 million. Between 2005 and 2008, Patricia McGill, 68, served as the former director of professional services of Home Care Hospice, the Bustleton facility that prosecutors alleged enrolled dozens of patients who did not meet federal guidelines for hospice care. In addition, the government accused McGill, under the watch of the facility's owners, of overseeing the falsification of records to suggest patients were sicker than they were or received treatments that were never given.
February 10, 2016 |
Andrea L. Mengel, 68, of Philadelphia, who rose from humble roots in rural Pennsylvania to become a nurse and educator in the city, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, of kidney cancer at home. Dr. Mengel grew up in the Allegheny Mountains northeast of Altoona, in a house her family built just off a dirt road. The home's foundation consisted of stones scrounged by her parents from the land. Her father, David G., was a paper mill worker; her mother, Helen M., a cafeteria worker at the local high school.
February 4, 2016 |
In a conference room in Abington-Lansdale Hospital on Friday afternoon, there were all the trappings of a retirement party: helium balloons, a golf-theme sheet cake, stacks of gifts and cards that had been passed around the nursing units for signatures. Guests posed for one group photo after another. Then things took a turn. "She's licking my ear!" someone squealed. This particular send-off was for a duo of long-serving therapy dogs: Snowie, 12, an American yellow Lab, and Keenai, 11, a shaggy Great Pyrenees.
January 28, 2016 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has entered into a settlement agreement concerning resident care at one of its former nursing homes in South Philadelphia, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. In the agreement between the Archdiocese's Catholic Health Care Services and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia, the archdiocese has agreed to improve or has already improved resident care at St. Monica Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, at 2509 S. Fourth St. Areas of concern related to physician orders, wound care, medication administration, documentation of care, and transfer and toileting of residents, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release.
January 27, 2016 |
A group of New Jersey college presidents voted Monday to tell the state they oppose proposals by two North Jersey community colleges to confer bachelor's degrees in nursing. The New Jersey Presidents' Council narrowly decided to send the proposals with negative recommendations to the state secretary of higher education, who will make the final call on whether to approve them. Union County College and Passaic County Community College, which currently offer associate's degrees in nursing, hope to create bachelor's degree completion programs for existing registered nurses.
January 23, 2016 |
West Tavern, a little hole-in-the-wall taproom tucked unceremoniously next to a highway exit ramp, poured a lot of beers Wednesday. The old-school bar at 15th and Callowhill Streets in Philadelphia was packed with nurses from Hahnemann University Hospital celebrating a record-setting union win. "I was very excited, especially since it was such a landslide," said Susan Bowes-Wirsch, a radiology nurse from Doylestown, one of about 50 who lifted...
January 22, 2016 |
Hahnemann University Hospital nurses voted Wednesday in favor of joining a union, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP). Voting in the National Labor Relations Board-supervised election ended Wednesday evening. Out of a bargaining unit of about 850 members, 516 voted in favor of union representation and 117 opposed it. In 2010, PASNAP and the California Nurses Association, working together, were unsuccessful in unionizing Hahnemann nurses.
January 21, 2016 |
LIKE A LOT of fair-skinned people, Joe Cassidy knew all about the dangers of getting too much sun. And like a lot of folks as they get older, at some point he figured it might be a good idea to finally see a specialist. Just in case. "My wife (Betty Ann) has always been on me about taking care of myself," said Cassidy, who's been the Rowan basketball coach for the last two decades and a baseball/softball umpire for twice that long. "I had a little blotch on (the left side of) my face that was discolored, about the size of a quarter.