June 10, 2015 |
FOUR YEARS AGO, a Philadelphia school nurse literally breathed life into the lungs of a child in respiratory and cardiac distress. She compressed her chest until medics arrived to take over. The child recovered at CHOP and went on to have a successful heart transplant. The front page story on Christmas Day told of the greatest gift her parents would ever receive - their little girl discharged with a brand new heart. That same week, 50 school nurses were laid off. By year's end the district was operating 100 nurses short.
June 1, 2015 |
Last year, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office dropped subpoenas on dozens of nursing homes statewide, demanding facts about their staffing - an opening salvo in a probe that could force the homes to pay big fines. The office says the process will improve conditions and pay off for the state's elderly. Someone else could benefit, too - the Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll law firm. The Washington firm stands to pocket up to $21 million of the first $100 million of any fines extracted by state prosecutors.
May 22, 2015 |
BERNICE HUGHES liked having bragging rights about her grandson. "My grandson is a state legislator. My grandson is a city councilman," she liked to tell one and all. Her grandson, Kenyatta Johnson, yesterday won the Democratic primary for re-election to the 2nd District Council seat he has held since 2012. Unfortunately, his grandmother wasn't there to share in the victory celebration. She died May 13 at age 78. "She was my angel. She was my rock," Johnson said. "She was the epitome of the beautiful woman.
May 15, 2015 |
The Philadelphia School District is considering outsourcing its health services, officials said Wednesday - a move that might mean privatizing jobs held by unionized school nurses. Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said the district, rocked by years of brutal budgets, has to find a way to expand medical services and was exploring bringing in private providers to do so. "With the significant cuts that we've made, it's impacted our ability to deliver health services to all children that need those services," Hite said.
May 10, 2015 |
Growing up in an orphanage in Haiti, Thomy Elusme brushed his teeth regularly and never got a cavity. Yet by his teenage years, a few teeth had started to become loose and one eventually fell out. After coming to New Jersey to live with a host family, the soft-spoken 20-year-old had to have a second one pulled. Elusme suffers from a condition all too familiar to periodontist Daniel H. Fine, who examined the young man last month at the Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine in Newark, N.J. For more than 30 years, Fine has been tackling the mystery of why, through no apparent fault of their own, up to 2 percent of black youths have loose teeth.
May 9, 2015 |
Maude Freeman Coles and seven of her girlfriends began their monthly get-togethers when they were teenagers at Palmyra High School. They played bridge, four players at each of two tables, and rotated as hosts from house to house. When ill health subtracted two of them, they became six at one table, playing a card game now lost to memory. "They called themselves the Sixers," Mrs. Coles' daughter, Carol Graf, said. When Mrs. Coles was 92, the card games ended, but she and five friends still got together once a year for lunch at her home.
May 8, 2015 |
Mary Kay Gibbons, 76, of Philadelphia, a nurse and lifelong caregiver for friends, neighbors and family, died Sunday, May 3, of cancer at home. Mrs. Gibbons, whose maiden name was Kearney, was at various times a working nurse, corporate nurse, and visitor to the sick and homebound. Her family, though, joked that she also practiced "whole listic" nursing - as she had a whole list of remedies from a lifetime of experience. She could recommend an herbal product or over-the-counter item for whatever was ailing anyone.
May 7, 2015 |
During World War II, Doris Bourgeois wanted to serve in the military. But Navy recruiters rejected her because of weak eyesight. "She went to apply for the Army," a daughter, Lucille Ettore, said. "She was 5-foot-1 and 88 pounds. They would not accept her. " So she gained 12 pounds, went back, enlisted, and eventually became a trumpet player in the Women's Army Corps Band from 1943 to 1945. On Saturday, May 2, Doris Bourgeois DeAngelis, 93, who became a licensed practical nurse in Camden County in her 50s, died of Alzheimer's disease at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland, where she had lived for the last six years.
April 26, 2015 |
For first-year Temple nursing students, a recent classroom session on how to cover rent, child care, food, medicine, and transportation on a bare-bones budget was an academic exercise. But for many of their patients, that simulation symbolizes brutal reality. In Philadelphia, a staggering 28 percent of residents live in poverty. For many, deprivation also means a life of poor health. Without decent housing, access to medical care, healthful food, and safe exercise outlets - and with the stress that comes with deprivation - the poor face major hurdles to getting and staying well.
April 11, 2015 |
A Center City man who was going to nursing school while working as a pimp pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree murder in the 2013 death and dismemberment of a john he had set up to be robbed. With five jurors selected for his trial in Common Pleas Court and two prostitutes prepared to testify against him, Keith "King" Tolbert decided to take a plea deal that will put him in prison for 22 to 44 years. Tolbert, 35, will be sentenced Friday by Judge J. Scott O'Keefe. His attorney, Mary T. Maran, said Tolbert wants to express his remorse to the family of Francis Zarzycki, 40, and tell authorities where he dumped the victim's missing body parts.