March 17, 2016 |
Janice Comfort Walsh, 90, of Gardenville, Bucks County, an occupational therapist and the adopted daughter of author, activist, and humanitarian Pearl S. Buck, died in her sleep Friday, March 11, at Pine Run Health Center, Doylestown. Born in Troy, N.Y., Miss Walsh was adopted at the age of 3 months in 1925 by Pearl Buck and her first husband, John Lossing Buck, an American agricultural economist specializing in the rural economy of China. Miss Walsh spent her early years in China, but as political tensions escalated, the family fled to Japan.
January 14, 2016 |
Michael Toner stood in the wings of the Walnut Street Theatre, nervously peeking through the curtain with his cane, and listening, waiting, for the cue that would mark the moment he had worked so hard to achieve: the moment he would walk back onto a stage. In the darkness, the veteran actor chased away the butterflies. He rolled his hips, readying them for the extra burden they would bear. He stretched and loosened the muscles in his right leg. And for one final time, he checked his prosthesis, making sure it was secure.
November 12, 2014 |
Flyers goalie Steve Mason handed Jackie Lithgow his stick Tuesday. Wayne Simmonds wrapped his arm around the 19-year-old and gave him encouraging words. Several players, including Mark Streit, Brayden Schenn, and Michael Del Zotto, and coach Craig Berube told Lithgow he was welcome to visit the locker room anytime. "Epic," Lithgow said in a low, barely audible tone while sitting in a wheelchair in the middle of the locker room at the team's Voorhees practice facility. Lithgow was attending Bloomsburg University when he was assaulted almost nine months ago. He left the hospital Tuesday for the first time since his grueling rehabilitation began.
April 19, 2013 |
An occupational therapist says his former employer owes tens of thousands of dollars in back wages plus other damages because company officials did not pay him for the time he spent traveling between clients. In a suit moved to federal court in Camden last week, Omar Graham of Sicklerville says his supervisor at SunDance Rehabilitation Services Inc. deleted his travel time from his time records "to prevent [him] from being paid for travel time and overtime. " "We are looking into the allegations," said Jeanne Moore, a company spokeswoman.
February 1, 2013 |
She had him at do-si-do. The end of World War II set off a square-dancing craze, and Elizabeth Moses, an occupational therapy student of Quaker stock, kicked up her heels, twirled her pettiskirts, and joined in. At a hoedown in Philadelphia, she circled left and circled right into the path of her future husband. She and lawyer Charles Thomas later settled on a 13-acre Deptford farm and turned it into a square-dance Xanadu. Hoedown Hall opened in the early 1950s, first in the Thomases' barn and then in an outbuilding with a floor reinforced to take a pounding from 150 or more feet on Saturday nights.
January 14, 2013 |
Though unmistakable in retrospect, Mom's symptoms were not obvious at first. Her six grown children told her, and themselves, that plenty of older people are forgetful. Everybody misplaces keys and glasses and checkbooks, they said. Anybody can forget how to spell forty . Boy, were we ever in denial. Our mother had - and still has - dementia, the umbrella term for Alzheimer's disease and similar disorders with little in the way of treatment, and no cure. An estimated 5.4 million Americans have dementia, which saps people of the ability to handle the car, the checkbook, the cooking.
August 1, 2012 |
The newest member of the therapy team at Jefferson's Magee Rehabilitation Hospital has perfect windswept blond hair, loves long walks through Rittenhouse Square, and is a proud member of . . . the squirrel patrol? Introducing Ford - an eight-year-old golden retriever. His job? Offering friendly, nonjudgmental companionship, he subtly encourages patients to keep doing what they need to do to recover. "Ford is by far the most popular staff member in this hospital," chief medical officer Guy W. Fried said with a laugh.
June 22, 2012 |
KEMPTON, Pa. - Exhausted but joyful, a bleary-eyed Elizabeth Christman stood in front of the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary visitor center in Berks County at 1 a.m. Thursday. "We're ecstatic," the 38-year-old Allentown occupational therapist said, speaking for her husband, Scott. "We feel joy and thankfulness. " Her father, Robert Durn, 74, of Allentown, and her two sons, Garrod, 9, and Griffen, 5, had been missing in a remote section of Hawk Mountain for more than eight hours before being found shortly before 12:01 a.m. Thursday.
February 20, 2012 |
Had they been born a quarter-century ago, the 200 children would have been lucky to survive. These days, the issues they face at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia seem mundane by comparison. Can the children babble a few words? Put wooden pegs in holes? Kick a ball? The 200 infants and toddlers are veterans of major heart surgery, and to the untrained eye they seem no different from any other kid, but for a faint scar on the chest. Yet increasingly, researchers at Children's Hospital and elsewhere are finding that such patients are more likely to experience subtle developmental delays.
April 24, 2010 |
Henry A. Jordan, 73, of Chester Springs, a psychiatrist and civic leader, died of cancer Monday, April 19, at his home. Dr. Jordan, whose parents were physicians, grew up in Stroudsburg, Pa. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University, where he was on the crew team. He earned a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed an internship and a residency in psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.