November 12, 2014 |
The singer-songwriter Matt Duke stood at the end of Sandra Morello's bed in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, strumming his acoustic guitar and belting out one of his own tunes, "Needle and Thread. " Her head wrapped in a purple bandanna, Morello nodded along. In her arm was an IV delivering an immunosuppressant drug. "To sing your blues away," he serenaded the 43-year-old cancer patient, "and hope for better days. " Morello smiled and clapped. "It definitely makes you feel good," she said.
July 1, 2014 |
WHEN JASPER Palmer Jr. coached a girls softball team, he kept them motivated by telling them they hit like girls. Maybe it wasn't the smartest idea to humiliate his team members that way - sort of like Tom Hanks telling his women's team in "A League of Their Own" that there's no crying in baseball. However, Jasper's approach worked, for the most part. There was a marked reduction in "girlie" hitting on his team, which was part of a women's softball league. And when he coached a Little League team, the Mount Airy Bantams, he could bring a player up short with his familiar saying, "You eyeballing me, son?"
June 14, 2014 |
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey will start selling two new health insurance plans for small businesses in July, with lower premiums and lower out-of-pocket costs if patients go to certain doctors, the Newark company said Thursday. When participants in the plans go to doctors who participate in a program that pays them more when they improve patient satisfaction and patient care, the patients will save money. Under the traditional model of care, doctors get paid more by providing more services.
January 26, 2014 |
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia announced Friday a $5 million gift from Giant Food Stores L.L.C. toward the $425 million Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care under construction at the hospital's University City campus. The hospital in June received a $50 million donation toward the outpatient center scheduled to open next year from hospital trustee Reid Buerger and his family, which owns a Fort Washington financial services firm. In honor of Giant's 20 years of support for the hospital, including $8.5 million through the Children's Miracle Network to support patient care and to remodel the hospital's physical-therapy gym, for a total of $13.5 million, the Buerger Center's 9,000-square-foot lobby will be called the Giant Lobby, the hospital said.
October 13, 2013 |
Wayne W. Keller, 74, of Haverford, a Main Line cardiologist, died Thursday, Oct. 3, from complications of cancer at Bryn Mawr Hospital, where he had practiced for 41 years. Dr. Keller treated many prominent Philadelphians, including two surgeons general, sports figures, the inventor of the heart-lung machine, and business leaders. But he also valued the patients he treated who could not afford to pay. They returned his affection. "In Dad's last days, one patient wrote him and said that while she couldn't give him much, she would happily give him her blood or bone marrow if that would help him," said daughter Mimi Drake.
June 27, 2013 |
Temple University Health System announced the elimination of 11 positions at Fox Chase Cancer Center and 14 at Jeanes Hospital. Officials said efforts were underway to find new jobs in the system for the affected employees, who came from management and nonmanagement ranks but were not involved in patient care. Fox Chase and Jeanes have a combined 3,500 employees. Those cutbacks, part of the integration of Fox Chase and Jeanes, followed a larger layoff last week at Einstein Health.
March 22, 2013 |
Lorraine Appiott, 83, a psychiatric nurse and advocate for her patients who wrote critically about her experiences in the mental-health system, died Sunday, March 17, of lung cancer in the hospice unit at Holy Redeemer Hospital. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mrs. Appiott graduated from Frankford Girls High School in 1948. She studied piano and played as a concert pianist, earning a scholarship that enabled her to study nursing. She graduated from Frankford Hospital School of Nursing in 1951.
February 25, 2013
When court skills stood tallest After close to 60 years, Hal Lear's No. 6 jersey at last has been retired by Temple University. The 5-foot-10 double-pump jump shot artist, who soared in the air like Michael Jordan and accumulated 1,472 points in three years, earned his just reward. Lear, better known as "Baldy" at Overbrook High, was a deadly, unstoppable shooter and as quick as a bird. As a freshman, I saw Lear play, and was in awe as the "King" shot the eyes out of the basket, practically each and every time.
February 21, 2013
In the Region Wegmans recalls flour Wegmans Food Markets recalled its house brand of flour because it may contain small, blue polyurethane balls. The supermarket chain says the 5-pound bags of its all-purpose bleached flour may contain the balls, which are part of equipment used to sift the flour. The company says they're made of food-grade material that doesn't contaminate the product and are easily seen because of their bright color and size, about half the diameter of a dime.