Jennifer Walker-Journey

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Jennifer Walker-Journey is a professional writer whose 20-year career spans from newspapers and magazines to Ezines and business blogs. Her primary focus is corporate and business writing, though she relishes any opportunity to write features. In her limited free time, Jennifer strives to finish the novel she is writing. She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Rick, and their insatiably curious son, Truman.

EEOC files age discrimination suit against Philadelphia company

Frank Bruno tried not to answer when asked during a job interview for human resources director at Unitek USA L.L.C., “How old are you, 78?” The 51-year-old man had worked 25 years in human resources at director, corporate director and vice president levels. He knew the question crossed a line. Yet, he was a shoo-in for the job, or so top management had alluded. He just needed to sit through one last interview with the company’s major investor, Joseph Kestenbaum. And Kestenbaum was persistent about knowing how old Bruno was. Bruno finally fessed up and admitted his age. The interview came ... Read More

Family files wrongful death lawsuit against California facility

Joanne Kessler believed she was doing the right thing when in 2006 she moved her mother, Luveda Fern Kessler, from another assisted living facility to Villa Valencia Health Care Center in Orange County, Calif., to be closer to her. The elder Kessler had had both hip- and knee-replacement surgeries and used a walker for mobility. She needed assistance getting out of bed and to the bathroom, a nurse noted. Joanne now doubts that decision. Last month, Luveda fell from her bed in the night and pressed her personal emergency call button. The fall caused a two-inch gash on her leg, ... Read More

Nursing home deaths were not merciful

A truly disturbing report out of Illinois this week. A series of suspicious deaths at a Chicago-suburban nursing home in 2006, the so-called “mercy killings” of one nurse, now appear to be ruthless murders committed by a caregiver who became “fed up” with certain patients. According to The Daily Herald, a 15-month investigation into the deaths at the Woodstock Residence in Woodstock, Ill., led to the indictment in April of two nurses – Marty Himebaugh of Lake in the Hills, Ill., and her supervisor, Penny Whitlock of Woodstock, Ill. Himebaugh faces charges of criminal neglect, obtaining morphine by fraud and ... Read More

Teens who lost legs in crash settle lawsuit against Isuzu

A night at a high school dance ended in tragedy for two Berthoud, Colorado teens. Tyler Carron and Nikko Landeros were on their way home from a dance on January 15, 2007, when the 17-year-olds noticed a flat tire on Carron’s 1999 Isuzu Trooper. The boys stepped out of the SUV and walked to the back of the vehicle to fix the tire when a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by Michelle Berra came speeding up behind them. Berra slammed into the back of the Isuzu and hit the boys. The impact severed the legs of both teens, leaving them permanently ... Read More

Senate to consider Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention bill

This week, members of the U.S. Senate will consider a bill that will establish a nationwide system of background checks for individuals who apply for jobs at long-term care facilities, The Daily Times (Farmington, New Mexico) reported today. If passed, the Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act would allow nursing homes to choose not to hire potentially abusive caregivers based on a coordinated system of checks against abuse and neglect registries, state police records and the FBI national database of criminal history records. The Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act is sponsored by New Mexico’s senior senator, Pete Domenici, R-N.M., ... Read More

French Lovenox brand heparin recall

There has been yet another report of heparin being pulled off the market for fear it may harm people. This week, French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis recalled the remaining batches of its heparin medicine distributed before May 2008, Lovenox, based on a recommendation by French drug regulator Afssaps. Lovenox, the company’s number one selling medicine, was first recalled last June after some batches of its pre-filled injectible solution were found to be contaminated with trace amounts of oversulphated chondroitin sulphate, according to Reuters. Oversulphated chondroitin sulphate is the same contaminate found last March by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in batches ... Read More

Family sues Illinois nursing home for wrongful death

When the Hopley family moved 51-year-old Bruce Hopley into Golden Moments Senior Care Center in Jacksonville, Ill., in late August of 2006, they alerted staff that he was “severely diabetic,” and that he had required emergency hospitalization on numerous occasions for erratic blood sugar levels and seizures. Nineteen days later, just an hour after staff documented high blood sugar levels in his blood, Mr. Hopley was found dead, according to a story by the Jacksonville (Illinois) Journal-Courier. Jennifer Hopley, Mr. Hopley’s daughter and administrator of her father’s estate, filed an 18-count wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home, two doctors, ... Read More

China-made products cause safety concern

Heparin isn’t the only China-made product that has turned up contaminated and, in many cases, harmed others. Last March, a contaminant was found in batches of Heparin, supplied to Baxter International by its Chinese plant. The over-sulfated chondrotin sulfate in the heparin is blamed for causing more than 80 deaths and breathing problems in another 700 in the United States. In recent weeks, according to a Reuters/The Epoch Times, three children and more than 6,000 infants have become ill after consuming infant formula contaminated with toxic melamine, according to Reuters/The Epoch Times. Let’s recap some of the other made-in-China scares ... Read More

Defective switch can cause auto fire reported today that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a second warning to owners of selected Ford, Lincoln and Mercury SUVs, pickups, vans and passenger cars to take their vehicles to a local dealership for a cruise control switch repair. The switch, if defective, could lead to a fire at any time, even if the cruise control switch is not in use or the vehicle is turned off, parked and unattended. NHTSA expressed concerns that only 5 million of the 12 million vehicles involved in the recall have been repaired. A similar warning was issued in ... Read More

Candidates review reimportation of prescription drugs

Recent scares of tainted medicines and goods from foreign countries, such as contaminated batches of heparin from China, have spurred presidential nominees Sen. Barak Obama and Sen. John McCain to review their support for individuals to import cheaper drugs from other countries, Reuters/Boston Globe reported today. According to the report, aides for both candidates said that recent health scares had dampened their candidates’ enthusiasm of reimportation. Neither candidate has abandoned the prospect; however, they admit it has become a more controversial subject. Other countries, such as Canada, have government price controls that keep prescription drug costs down, making reimportation of ... Read More