November 14, 2012 |
RUSHVILLE, Ill. - Patients line up early outside his office just off the town square, waiting quietly for the doctor to arrive, as he has done for nearly 60 years. Dr. Russell Dohner is, after all, a man of routine, a steady force to be counted on in uncertain times. His office has no fax machines or computers. Medical records are kept on handwritten index cards, stuffed into row upon row of filing cabinets. The only thing that has changed really - other than the quickness of the doctor's step or the color of his thinning hair - is his fee. When Dohner started practicing medicine in Rushville in 1955, he charged the going rate around town for an office visit: $2. Now, it is $5. This in an era when the cost of health care has steadily risen, when those who don't have medical insurance often forgo seeing a doctor.
November 6, 2012
* THE MOB DOCTOR. 9 p.m. Mondays, Fox 29. WHEN I WAS growing up, the white coats most TV doctors wore might as well have been white hats. If not quite gods, they were at least dedicated crusaders who could be trusted to put patient care before anything else, including their personal lives. And those personal lives didn't seem to require much effort. Because they were (mostly) men. And handsome. And doctors. Who wouldn't want to go out with them? But you don't have to be old enough to remember "Marcus Welby, M.D. " - much less those '60s icons "Dr. Kildare" or "Ben Casey" - to have noticed that today's TV doctors are decidedly more human.
October 19, 2012 |
Ernest A. Tremblay, 86, of Glen Mills, a family physician, died Saturday, Oct. 13, of complications from cancer at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media, where he had been on the staff for almost 50 years. Dr. Tremblay admitted the first patient to the emergency room when Riddle opened in 1963. He also delivered the first baby, his wife, Christine, said. He was still treating patients as a member of a family practice at Riddle until he became ill in January, she said. "Medicine was his passion.
September 13, 2012 |
In his speech to the Democratic convention last week, Bill Clinton eventually turned to President Obama's signature domestic achievement, the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which expands Medicaid coverage to millions of newly eligible patients. That's the good news, if you are poor and lack health care. The bad news is this: If you're a Pennsylvanian who is newly enrolled in the state's Medicaid health-insurance program for the poor, only 2 out of 3 physicians in the state are willing to see you, new research shows.
August 14, 2012 |
Christopher J. Conners, 51, an attending physician in diagnostic radiology at Lankenau Hospital from June 1992 to March 2001, drowned Tuesday, July 3, in a boating accident off the Danish island of Mon. Since 2009, he had been an attending physician in teleradiology service for NightHawk Radiology Services, with headquarters in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Dr. Conners worked for the firm most recently from its offices in Sydney, Australia, and Zurich, Switzerland, his sister, Anne, said.
August 11, 2012 |
David J. McAleer, 92, who retired in 2002 after a 46-year medical practice in Delaware County, died Monday, Aug. 6, of heart failure at his home in Hershey's Mill, a retirement community in West Goshen. Dr. McAleer was a surgeon at what is now Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Darby from 1956 to 2002 and at Riddle Memorial Hospital near Media from 1962 while maintaining a practice in Upper Darby, then in Havertown and Drexel Hill. He was president of the medical staff at Mercy in 1985-86 and, in the same term, chairman of its medical board.
August 9, 2012 |
Every August, a new class of future physicians gathers to put on the starched jackets that transform them from 22-year-old idealists to healers in training. These "white-coat ceremonies" are inspiring affairs. This year's events also broke news, since students are embarking on a career that's changing in real time. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (assuming it survives the presidential election), these would-be doctors will study gross anatomy as well as cost containment. They'll keep records electronically, a snap for a generation raised on texting.
July 13, 2012 |
About 150 physicians affiliated with Abington Memorial Hospital met there Wednesday and decried its plan to stop performing abortions as part of a partnership with nearby Holy Redeemer Health System, according to doctors at the meeting. With growing community outcry over the proposed merger, the physicians' disapproval may be enough to undermine it, or at least prompt a reappraisal of the terms, some doctors believe. Joel Polin, Abington's chair of obstetrics and gynecology, said that the hospital's situation was changing "hour by hour" and that high-level internal meetings took place Wednesday afternoon.
June 21, 2012
Doylestown Hospital announced that president and chief executive officer Richard A. Reif plans to retire by the end of 2012 after more than 23 years in the job. Board of Directors chairwoman Carolyn Della-Rodolfa said the board accepted Reif's resignation "with heartfelt appreciation of his leadership and warmest wishes for his future. " A search firm was retained to seek Reif's successor. — David Sell