November 28, 2014 |
After 275 days and nights in a hospital, Jackie Lithgow went home. The parade of goodbyes lasted all morning. The chef baked a farewell strawberry shortcake. Housekeepers, kitchen staff, therapists, doctors, nurses all stopped in Room 442 at Magee Rehab for clenching hugs and tearful farewells. Erin Trudell, his physical therapist, made Jackie stand up to hug her goodbye. "I'm so proud of you," she said. Dan Ryan, a physician, came in with two last words, "Cole Haan," which Jackie repeated, their little bond.
November 8, 2014 |
For more than two decades, Bancroft NeuroRehab in Cherry Hill has been helping adults with brain injuries relearn such everyday tasks as cooking, cleaning, walking, and speaking. The highly individualized program also helps patients, including veterans, strengthen skills needed to reenter the workforce. The center treats people with an array of conditions, including Alzheimer's, dementia, and hypoxic and traumatic brain injuries. "After acquiring a neurological illness, you need to relearn things you could do before," Cynthia Boyer, NeuroRehab executive director, said Friday.
November 2, 2014 |
Helen Heenan bought a 19th-century house on the 400 block of East Wildey Street in Fishtown in 2013. It was uninhabitable at the time. Using an FHA program called 203k, Heenan was able to finance both the acquisition of the property and nearly all of a total renovation. A native of Port Richmond, Heenan has lived on and off in Fishtown for nearly 20 years. First, she was renting houses with roommates, and then, after a stint working in Ireland and attending business school in London, she finally bought her own Philadelphia house in 2005.
October 19, 2014 |
As the search continues in northeastern Pennsylvania for Eric Frein, alleged killer of a state trooper in an ambush last month, the trooper who survived has entered a rehabilitation facility. Alex Douglass, 31, who suffered a gunshot wound to his pelvic area, left Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton on Thursday for an undisclosed facility in the area amid tears from the hospital's staff and his family. "It was very bittersweet to see him go," hospital spokeswoman Wendy Wilson said.
October 1, 2014 |
Dressed in their white 76ers uniforms, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Michael Carter-Williams trotted to the podium for their individual news conferences one after the other. The Sixers' version of the Big Three has taken center stage in Philadelphia. "I imagine me and Joel on the block," Noel said Monday at the team's media day. "Mike just using his length to get to the rim, finding me or Joel. . . . It's really going to be an easy thing for Mike to get to the basket and really create.
September 17, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Joined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats at the opening of a drug rehabilitation center here, Gov. Christie continued Monday to advocate for treating nonviolent offenders instead of jailing them, saying that changing attitudes on the topic will require political courage. To break a cycle of recidivism for inmates who do not receive treatment, leaders must articulate the problem, Christie said: "We don't have enough people saying it. " While he said some may worry about being seen as soft on crime for endorsing alternatives to incarceration, the Republican governor, a former federal prosecutor, said the approach he advocates isn't lax. "What it does is make you smart about how to deal with the crime issues we have in our country," he said.
September 12, 2014 |
Three of the foremost experts on pitchers' arms have examined Cliff Lee's injured left elbow in recent weeks. They all agreed that Lee, who visited Philadelphia on Monday for another doctor's appointment, can follow his original rehab plan. So Lee will not throw until sometime in November. Nevertheless, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. categorized his confidence in Lee's ability to contribute in 2015 as "high. " Skepticism will linger until Lee demonstrates his health next spring.
August 20, 2014
A second rehab for Vargas ABC News reporter Elizabeth Vargas is doing a second rehab stint for alcoholism, she and the network announced on Sunday. Vargas, co-anchor of ABC's 20/20 , revealed in an e-mail statement that she entered treatment over the weekend. "As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process," Vargas said. "I feel I have let myself, my coworkers and most importantly my family down and for that I am ashamed and sorry.
August 20, 2014 |
In midst of the Phillies' struggles, centerfielder Ben Revere finds himself in the race for the National League batting crown. Revere was batting .315 after Monday's game, second in the National League to Colorado's Justin Morneau at .323. Revere insists he isn't consumed with the idea of being in a batting race. "Honestly, I don't pay much attention," he said before the game. "As long as I can help the team win, that is the main thing. " He said giving a potential batting title much thought would be a recipe for disaster.
July 29, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - Like the Phillies, Freddy Galvis has had a rough year. The 24-year-old infielder found misfortune even before the season started, and it has not gotten much better since. In late March, Glavis contracted MRSA, a staph infection that can easily lead to other infections, and had to be hospitalized. The Phillies made the decision that he would start the season on the disabled list, putting him behind right from the get-go. "It was really tough because I didn't get to do a spring training," Galvis said.