Hahnemann Closure Effects

As to whether Hahnemann’s closure means patients are going without care, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley issued this statement Thursday:

“While the Philadelphia Department of Health does not have a systematic method for monitoring the receipt of medical care by former Hahnemann patients, informal reports suggest that these patients are receiving care at other area hospitals and clinics without major disruptions in care. Many of the former Hahnemann and Drexel medical staff are now working for these other hospitals and, in some cases, seeing the same patients in the new facilities.”


By Harold Brubaker

City Restaurants

For the first time, Philadelphia has actually quantified its bustling restaurant scene. According to a new report from the Health Department, the city offers just over 6,000 places to eat.

The study pulled together the count of Philly’s dine-in options via restaurant inspections and online searches, per spokesperson Jim Garrow. Anything that’s characterized as “primarily on-premise consumption” and within the city limits is included.


By Michaela Winberg

Food Justice Grants


To solve that, Wagner said, this year the city is trying something different. It’s launched a grant to support food justice initiatives led by the community, in areas where access to healthier food is needed the most. The new program, run in partnership with the Reinvestment Fund, a Philadelphia-based national food justice organization, selected six local projects for a total of $180,000 in funding support.


By Catalina Jaramillo


A new program has been launched by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health aimed at promoting community-based projects to help battle inequitable food access.  As KYW Newsradio’s Hadas Kuznits reports, it’s called, The Philadelphia Food Justice Initiative


By Hadas Kuznits


A new initiative is helping to put healthier foods in Philadelphia neighborhoods. Stephanía Jiménez has the details.


By Stephania Jimenez

Kensington Public Toilets

Philadelphia health officials first sounded the alarm for Hepatitis A in July. The number of cases citywide, about 30 annually, had quintupled in the last two years. Most at risk are people who are battling homelessness and drug addiction, according to health department data.


By Michaela Winberg

Measles Vaccine Investigation

Dr. Kristin Feemster is the director of the Immunization Program at the Philadelphia Health Department.

“If you’re at a school and your immunization rate is let’s say 80%, as a parent, should you be concerned? Yeah, absolutely,” said Feemster.


By Chad Pradelli

E.coli Update 9/20/19

Food Safety News

“A total of 19 cases were identified in this cluster. The last report was received on Sept. 6, and our investigation into the source continues,” department spokesman James Garrow told Food Safety News.


By Coral Beach

Food Poisoning Bulletin

The Philadelphia E. coli outbreak has grown to include 19 ill persons. James Garrow of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health updated Food Poisoning Bulletin in an email. The Department cannot confirm whether or not anyone has been hospitalized. The case count is accurate as of September 6, 2019.


By Staff

Hepatitis A at Kensington Donut Shop




The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has issued a warning of possible hepatitis A exposure after a Kensington doughnut shop worker tested positive for the infection. Health officials say the employee works at Yumcious Donuts at 3001 Kensington Ave.

Philadelphia Health Officials Warn Of Possible Hepatitis A Exposure At Kensington Doughnut Shop

By Staff


The city health department says the risk of Hepatitis A infection is “very low,” but still recommended that people who purchased or ate doughnuts from the shop during the two-week period get a Hep A vaccine as soon as possible.


By Dan Stamm


People who have already had two doses of the vaccine, or have had hepatitis in the past, do not been to be vaccinated, officials said.

“People who need hepatitis A vaccine should contact their healthcare provider’s office or visit a pharmacy to receive vaccine,” officials said in a news release.


By Staff


Potential exposure to customers would have fallen between the dates of Aug. 20 and Sept. 4. Those who have not had at least two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine in the past are advised to get vaccinated. Those who have had Hepatitis A previously do not need to be vaccinated.


By Michael Tanenbaum


The person worked at Yumcious Donuts at 3001 Kensington Ave., officials said. Anyone who bought doughnuts there or at a Quick Stop at the same address between Aug. 20 and Sept. 4 should get vaccinated “as soon as possible,” Philadelphia’s health department said in a statement.


By Aubrey Whelan


While the risk of Hepatitis A infection is very low, the Health Department recommends that people who purchased donuts from Yumcious or the Quick Stop location at the same address between Tuesday, Aug. 20 and Wednesday, Sept. 4, receive Hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible.


By Max Bennett

Juniata News

The Health Department is also offering Hepatitis A vaccine at McPherson Square Park on Thursday, September 19th and Tues, September, 24th from 10am to 2pm.  If you need assistance getting Hepatitis A vaccine, contact the health department at 215-685-6741 during business hours (Monday–Friday 8:30am–5:00pm).


by Tom Lineman

Brian Smart Death Investigation

Upper Darby school officials said in May that Smart, 25, appeared to have died of a heart attack, meaning a blockage in an artery that cuts off the flow of oxygenated blood to the heart.

But a heart attack is just one of many conditions that can lead to a sudden cardiac death. The actual cause in this case is unclear, said James Garrow, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office.


By Tom Avril