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March 12, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Susan Snyder and Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITERS
, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. pledged Thursday to have a full-time nurse and counselor in every Philadelphia district school next fall. But the plan, presented at a principals' meeting at Martin Luther King High School, is contingent on approval of Gov. Wolf's proposed 2016-17 budget. Wolf's $33.3 billion spending plan calls for a substantial increase in funding for schools, said Fernando Gallard, district spokesman. Republican leaders have said the budget has "no chance" of passing.
NEWS
March 6, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Sister Anna Donofry, 89, a retired nurse and educator, died Thursday, Feb. 25, of heart failure at McAuley Convent in Merion. The oldest of three children, Sister Anna grew up in Wyndmoor and graduated in 1945 from Notre Dame Catholic Girls High School in Wyncote. She received a diploma from Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing in 1949. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1953 and professed her vows in 1955. For several years, Sister Anna worked as a nurse in the Misericordia operating room, and sometimes served as the hospital's overall nursing supervisor.
NEWS
March 2, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Ann Soley Dellaira, 73, a former nursing teacher in Philadelphia and Camden County, died of cancer on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Virtua Marlton Hospital. Born in Lansford, Carbon County, Pa., Mrs. Dellaira earned a bachelor's degree in nursing at Rutgers-Camden before teaching nursing at what is now Cooper University Hospital in the 1970s, her husband, Anthony, said. She earned a master's in psychiatric nursing at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1980s, he said, and became an assistant professor of nursing at Thomas Jefferson University.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2016
The photo is adorable. Little Madeline, age 3, smiles happily next to her family's tinseled Christmas tree, hand plunged into her Christmas stocking, clearly pleased with the white nurse's cap perched on her head. Now Madeline Bell, 54, with a nursing degree, heads one of the world's largest health enterprises, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where she presides over a $2.5 billion budget and 11,552 employees. In July, Bell, after eight years as CHOP's chief operating officer, replaced longtime chief executive Steven Altschuler, a pediatrician and researcher.
NEWS
February 12, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 10, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 28, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
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.
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