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July 10, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
QUICK! NAME a landmark bar on Robbins Street on the way to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. Got it? Great. Now name a landmark bar on Robbins Street on the way to the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge that isn't the original Chickie's & Pete's. If you said the Shore Road Tavern, pour yourself a frosty Bud to celebrate. No one seems to know exactly how long the Shore Road Tavern has been open for business on Robbins Street near Jackson, but for generations of Shore-goers, passing by it on the way to Cape May (or Wildwood or Ocean City)
NEWS
July 3, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has reached an agreement to sell its seven nursing and senior-living facilities for $145 million, officials said Tuesday. It's the biggest deal yet in Archbishop Charles J. Chaput's effort to fill deep financial gaps caused by years of overspending and mismanagement. The buyer, Center Management Group, is a privately held for-profit company in Flushing, N.Y. Center Management owns and operates 15 nursing homes in New York and New Jersey, including two former Catholic homes in Brooklyn, archdiocesan officials said.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2014
IT MAY be 2014 but it's still an anomaly to be a black, female tech entrepreneur. That's why I had to do a double take when I read that the Eastern Pennsylvania division of the U.S. Small Business Administration had named Maria Frizelle Roberts, of MFR Consultants, its Small Business Person of the Year. Just 25 years ago, the Queen Village resident was working as a nurse at a local hospital and only dreaming of earning her entrepreneurial stripes. Back then, she had no idea that over time her health-care Consultants business would morph into an award-winning information-technology consultancy.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Carol J. Quinn, now chief executive officer of Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE, runs a $130 million operation that employs 780 people focused on the home care of the frail and elderly. Much of what Quinn does as an executive, however, is governed by something that she noticed as a fledgling nurse working in community health: Patients often don't understand, or can't absorb, the discharge instructions they are given when they leave the hospital. "They are under too much stress," she said.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Deptford nursing home scrutinized by health officials for persistent issues has lost its federal agreement providing for Medicare and Medicaid payments, making its closing likely. All residents at the 139-bed Gloucester Manor Health Care Center receiving payments under the programs must leave the facility by Aug. 1, according to a letter sent to families late last week by the center's administrator. The Salina Road home has been on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' "Special Focus Facility" list for three years.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 30, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
May 29, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 25, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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