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.
March 16, 2014 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia delivered some relatively positive financial news Friday. Catholic Health Care Services, for example, which operates six nursing homes and a retirement home, had an operating profit of $3.9 million in the year ended June 30. Results at the facilities, which have been for sale since the summer, improved significantly from a loss of $497,454 the previous year, according to an audited financial statement released Friday....
March 16, 2014 |
Gene Sauers began working at the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare on Feb. 17, 1964. The Beatles had appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show the week before. Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for the indigent would be signed into law a year later. "There were tremendous political fights. It was worse then," Sauers said. And the rollout? "The problems now with Obamacare are nothing compared with the problems with Medicare. It took two decades to get it resolved. " By that time, Sauers was managing DPW's Bucks County Assistance Office, gathering the half-century of experience that he writes about in a slim paperback with largish print, Medicaid, PA Nursing Homes, and You . The contents are about as sexy as the title, and just as basic - 82 pages of frequently asked questions divided into chapters with headings like "Application Procedures: Where Do I Go?
March 11, 2014 |
NORRISTOWN Montgomery County on Thursday sold the Parkhouse nursing-home complex - which officials said was eating up millions of taxpayer dollars annually - to a private operator. Mid-Atlantic Health Care, a Maryland company, bought the 227-acre Royersford facility for $41 million. Under the agreement, some of the county-owned land in the vicinity will be preserved as open space. The transaction was effective as soon as officials for both sides signed papers during a two-hour break in the county commissioners' meeting.