Quickly passed bill creates jurisdiction controversy in Philadelphia

Quickly passed bill creates jurisdiction controversy in Philadelphia

Some citizens want to see legislatures pass bills with widespread partisan support in rapid fashion to target acknowledged problems. In the case of House Bill 1614, it might be a case of “be careful what you wish for.” 
 
The General Assembly passed a bill that offers “concurrent jurisdiction” in Philadelphia to address the rising gun violence problem in less than a month. Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) introduced the bill on June 11, received only one “nay” vote in both chambers, and was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf (D) on July 2.
Monday, July 15, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
House Democratic Policy Committee considers solutions for health disparities

House Democratic Policy Committee considers solutions for health disparities

Medical professionals told members of the House Democratic Policy Committee and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus that the quality of health care available to citizens often depends upon their income and zip code.
 
The joint hearing took place Wednesday afternoon in Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia. Located in the Olney section off North Broad, this hospital offers health care to many lower-income citizens and will likely see more with the closure of Hahnemann Hospital later this year.
Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Temporary manager assigned to Philadelphia hospitals

Temporary manager assigned to Philadelphia hospitals

Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting has been designated the temporary manager of Hahnemann and St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia by the owners, Pennsylvania Academic Health Systems (PAHS), according to a statement from the Pennsylvania Department of Health last week.
 
PAHS voluntarily agreed to be temporary manager after announcing it will close the Center City-based Hahnemann in late June due to millions in losses since acquiring the facilities from Tenet in 2017. The company filed for bankruptcy as well.
Monday, July 8, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Two casinos roll out online sports books

Two casinos roll out online sports books

Parx Casino and Rivers Casino launched their online sports books Thursday, following testing during the week.  
 
Joining PlaySugarHouse.com which launched at the end of May, this brings the total of digital sports betting options in the state to three. Pennsylvania has featured only brick-and-mortar books since the first one opened at Hollywood Park in November 2018. 
Friday, June 28, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
State intervenes to temporarily save Philadelphia hospital

State intervenes to temporarily save Philadelphia hospital

The Department of Health sent a cease and desist letter to the owners of Philadelphia’s Hahnemann Hospital, preventing a shutdown of the emergency room planned to start as early as Friday.
 
Members of Philadelphia City Council joined employees of Hahnemann Hospital Thursday in solidarity and called for state intervention to keep the hospital open. The hospital’s owners announced Wednesday plans to close the Center City hospital after months of multi-million-dollar losses. Many who spoke outside City Hall called for assistance from Gov. Tom Wolf (D) and elected officials. 
Thursday, June 27, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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