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May 9, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Karl F. Rugart Jr., 90, of Haverford, a physician whose career stretched over a half-century, died Wednesday, April 30, of cancer at Waverly Heights, Gladwyne. Before retiring in 1998, Dr. Rugart, an obstetrician and gynecologist affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, claimed to have delivered nearly 7,000 babies during 50 years on the job. He also worked at Booth Maternity Center in Overbrook until it closed in 1989; as an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; and at the former Pennsylvania Hospital Institute, the Philadelphia Women's Penitentiary, Graduate Hospital, and Presbyterian Hospital.
NEWS
April 15, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WENDELL M. WATIES was one of those old-fashioned doctors whom they just don't make anymore. He made house calls; he was on the sidelines at high school football games, ready to run out on the field when a player was hurt. He worked 12-hour days at his office on Girard Avenue at 58th Street, West Philadelphia, opening his doors at 7 a.m. and not going home until 7 p.m., or later. However, the weekends and vacation time belonged to his family. "He worked all those hours, but on the weekends he focused on us," said his daughter, Carol Waties.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Independence Blue Cross and DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. on Tuesday announced a new company that would provide services to primary-care physicians in Southeastern Pennsylvania, in another of IBC's efforts to improve care and cut costs. Terms of the deal were not released. The goal of the 50-50 joint venture, called Tandigm Health and based in Philadelphia, is to sign up 300 doctors by the time it starts operating Jan. 1, said Anthony Coletta, an IBC executive who was named president and chief executive of Tandigm.
NEWS
April 2, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bernard J. Dlutowski, 79, of Northeast Philadelphia, a family physician affectionately known as "Dr. D.," died Tuesday, March 25, of complications from cancer at his home. Dr. Dlutowski was a general practitioner in Torresdale for more than 40 years, sometimes caring for as many as three generations of the same family from offices at 9625 Frankford Ave. Early in his career, he made visits to the homes of patients, especially if they were neighbors, said his daughter, Janine Ehsani.
NEWS
December 26, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dr. Herman R. Raines, 89, of Wynnewood, a decorated World War II veteran who served as a combat medic in several historic battles before returning home to pursue a career in optometry, died Sunday, Dec. 22, at Lankenau Hospital after a brief illness. Dr. Raines rose to the rank of first lieutenant and assistant battalion aid surgeon in the U.S. Army and fought in many European conflicts, including in Normandy, France, and Rhineland, Germany. He was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the European, North African and Middle Eastern Medals with three battle stars, and the Bronze Star for remaining in position and saving lives while under intense fire, his family said.
NEWS
December 26, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dr. J. Arthur Steitz, 98, a World War II veteran who became a physician with a passion for family medicine, died Sunday, Dec. 15, of natural causes at the Medford Leas retirement community in Burlington County. Dr. Steitz's 45-year career as a doctor included everything from house calls to emergency room medicine. Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Steitz earned degrees from Albright College and Jefferson Medical College. Following his service in the Eastern Flying Training Command of the Army Air Corp, he and his family returned to Burlington County, where his wife, Marion, grew up. In 1947, Dr. Steitz opened a family practice in Mount Holly, where he saw patients in the small community for $1.50 a visit and made house calls for $2 that included delivering babies, his family said.
NEWS
December 23, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Patrick M. Growney, 80, of Villanova, a Main Line hematologist who helped start the Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists Association and who supported the creation of the Main Line Health system, died Sunday, Dec. 8, of a heart attack at home. Board-certified in internal medicine, hematology, and medical oncology, Dr. Growney devoted his career to treating patients with blood and lymphatic diseases. Those included aplastic anemia, multiple myeloma, leukemia, lymphoma, and other forms of cancer.
NEWS
December 21, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
N. Harry Gartzman, 94, of Philadelphia, a family physician who spent 23 years as chief physician for Camden schools, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Kennedy University Hospital-Cherry Hill. Music provided the theme to his life, with him asking for piano lessons at age 8 and playing at a saloon in Camden by 14. Graduating from Camden High School as valedictorian in 1937, Dr. Gartzman played parties to pay his tuition at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he received his bachelor's degree in 1941.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nicholas A. Kefalides, 86, of Merion, a physician, a groundbreaking scientist, and an educator, died Friday, Dec. 6, at his home from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. Dr. Kefalides was emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and remained active until his final days as a member of the medical school's admissions committee. In 1970, he began what would become a 43-year career at Penn and a high-profile role as a pioneer in the study of the extracellular matrix - components of the body that fill the space between structured cells.
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Milton A. Batoff, 98, a career West Philadelphia family physician, died of kidney failure Saturday, Nov. 9, at his home on Long Beach Island, N.J., where he had resided since 1986. He was the uncle of the late William W. Batoff, the political fund-raiser who was Pennsylvania finance chairman for the 1980 reelection campaign of President Jimmy Carter. From his office on South 57th Street near Catharine Street, Dr. Batoff made house calls from 1946 until he retired in 1985, daughter Susan Carson said.
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