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.
December 21, 2012
Joan Ulmer Bretschneider, 69, of Germantown, who started out as a school nurse and worked to upgrade the nursing profession, died Friday, Dec. 14, in her sleep of unknown causes at her home. Between 1999 and 2008, when she retired, Mrs. Bretschneider worked at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her last position was director of education and lifelong learning. For 18 years before that, she was a nursing administrator at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in charge of all departments relating to women and children.
December 11, 2012 |
The patient says he has been suffering from more asthma attacks, so a natural question is: Has he been faithfully taking his daily medicine? In another era, physicians would have to rely solely on the patient or the parent for that kind of information. Increasingly, these days they also can see on a computer screen if the pharmacy has provided a refill. That is the promise behind electronic medical records, which are becoming the norm in hospitals nationwide at the urging of the federal government.
December 9, 2012
Gov. Corbett looks more and more like a stubborn holdout against covering the health-care needs of 600,000 low-income Pennsylvanians under Obamacare. His excuse is that he needs more data on the state's costs for the safety net. Lodging similar dollars-and-cents objections Wednesday, Gov. Christie vetoed legislation that would launch an online health insurance marketplace for New Jersey residents. Christie, too, wants to crunch more numbers. All in all, on this issue, the two governors are sounding like they might fit in better in some place like the Show Me State.
December 3, 2012 |
When Walter Bronek had a mini-stroke in September, he was taken to the closest hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton. "I never saw a neurologist at Robert Wood. The only thing I saw was a computer screen with a doctor from Jeff," said Bronek, referring to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. After an examination, the "doc-in-the-box," as Bronek called him, recommended Bronek go to Jefferson, which counts Mercer County's Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton among the 28 hospitals in its Jefferson Neuroscience Network.
November 23, 2012 |
Marcy Oleksiuk visits Judy Kincade once a week for a heartbreaking reason, but you'd never know it from the mood in the room. The Kincade household is relentlessly cheerful as children and grandchildren constantly come and go. Once a week, Oleksiuk is among them. She chats with Kincade, gives her an autographed picture of a favorite star, and recently exchanged Hurricane Sandy survival stories. But most of all, Oleksiuk listens to country music or watches T.J. Hooker reruns with Kincade's husband, Les. He is the heartbreaking reason.