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June 3, 2014
Tammy Straub has been promoted to chief nursing officer at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center , from assistant chief nursing officer. Precyse , a Wayne and Alpharetta, Ga., provider of health-information management and performance management and technology, has promoted president Christopher A. Powell to chief executive officer and named him to the board. He succeeds company founder Jeffrey S. Levitt, who will assume the role of executive chairman. Continuum Health Alliance , an ambulatory-care services company, has hired Roy T. Santarella as executive vice president and chief administrative officer and Susan M. DiBiase Lutz as senior vice president, sales, marketing and product development.
NEWS
June 1, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey on Friday said he was temporarily halting all disciplinary actions against problem officers in response to a labor board ruling against his department. Last week, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board handed Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 a victory, rescinding some of the changes the department made in its disciplinary code in 2010. The board upheld most of the new code, but its hearing officer said punishments in more than half of the department's 107 disciplinary rules needed to be decided through bargaining with Lodge 5. The board made the ruling in response to a complaint filed by Lodge 5 immediately after the changes were introduced in 2010.
NEWS
May 24, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ken Trujillo has a lot of balls in the air, and he doesn't give the impression that he is at risk of dropping any. Not so far, anyway. He merged his small, litigation-focused firm, Trujillo, Rodriguez & Richards, with the much larger Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis L.L.P. last year. His practice is white-collar defense, class actions, and corporate compliance, advising big companies on how to stay on the right side of business laws and regulations, and to defend them if the government claims they have strayed.
NEWS
May 22, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Francis H. Graham, 74, of Glassboro, a 35-year veteran of the Philadelphia police force, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on Monday, May 19, at his home. Mr. Graham was a 1957 graduate of John Bartram High School in Southwest Philadelphia and joined the Police Department when he was 21, his wife, Margaret, said. "He started in the First District, at 24th and Wolf," and worked as a police officer for 20 years, his wife said. "Then he became a detective," working at times out of Police Headquarters.
NEWS
May 21, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County has agreed to pay $1.65 million to a Radnor Township contractor who accused District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman of bringing unfounded theft charges against him at the behest of a church that counts prominent county officials among its members. As part of the agreement, finalized this week, Ferman admitted no improper influence but was required to issue an apology to Walter Logan, whose alleged crimes she once described as "particularly despicable" and "really very low. " Those words, delivered to a TV news crew, came hours after her office had charged Logan in 2009 with bilking hundreds of thousands of dollars from Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown during a contract dispute.
NEWS
May 17, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard J. Halasek Jr., 66, of Sea Isle City, N.J., who retired in 1997 as an Evesham Township police sergeant, died Tuesday, May 13, at home of complications from heart disease. "I'm a runner," Mr. Halasek's wife, Janet, said, "and I got involved in the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Run from Philly to Washington. " The event, which ended at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, helps celebrate National Police Week this week. "I got as far as Baltimore" shortly before noon Tuesday when, with her group at rest at the Fire Academy north of the city, companions who had been contacted by Philadelphia authorities told her of her husband's death.
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer, Charles Ornstein and Ryann Grochowski Jones, ProPublica
Martha Little says her patients are among the sickest of the sick. She is a psychiatrist in name, but at her Cheltenham practice she coordinates care for a wide range of conditions in her older patients, many of whom have dementia and cannot reliably describe what ails them. As a result, she almost always bills Medicare for the most complex level of office visit on a five-point scale - one of several hundred Pennsylvania and New Jersey physicians who do so. "Any move I make is complex," Little said.
NEWS
May 15, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
After being vacant since Oct. 1, the city's chief culture officer position has been filled. Helen Haynes will head the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, Mayor Nutter said Tuesday. She replaces Gary Steuer, who a year ago informed the mayor of his decision to take a job heading a foundation in Denver. Nutter didn't look far to find Haynes. She is a veteran of the region's arts scene, most recently as director of cultural affairs for Montgomery County Community College.
NEWS
May 14, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
A Philadelphia narcotics officer who lied on a search warrant in a drug investigation and concealed a business relationship with an informant has been suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Monday. Jeffrey Cujdik will be fired, and three officers will be suspended and transferred from the narcotics squad, he said. Cujdik and three of his colleagues have been on desk duty for five years, since a 2009 series in the Philadelphia Daily News reported that they had fabricated evidence, given gifts to informants, and robbed bodegas of cash and merchandise.
NEWS
May 14, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THE OFFICERS who gathered in March to remember fallen SEPTA police Sgt. Thomas Sewell said they'd never forget the transit officer who was killed in the line of duty in 1989. But while they won't forget his service, one Philly officer has apparently forgotten something else - to pay back Sewell's widow the $15,000 he borrowed in 2006. After her husband's death, Jeanne Sides Sewell and city police Officer Patrick McCullough became friends at the Fraternal Order of Police lodge.
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