Shaler Father Shoots Family, Killing Daughter, Then Himself

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Allegheny County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Allegheny County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shortly after 3 a.m. today, Allegheny County 911 dispatchers received two calls about a shooting at a house in Shaler.

The first came from Charlene Edwards, 51, who was inside the brick ranch home when police said her husband, James Edwards, 52, walked room to room and started shooting.

The second came from a person who had been playing an online game with the couple’s 21-year-old son, James Edwards Jr., at the time and “heard the shots being fired and screams over the open video game connection,” according to a press release from Allegheny County homicide Lt. Andrew Schurman.

Within minutes, Shaler police were on the scene. Mr. Edwards and the couple’s daughter, Laurin Edwards, 19, died at the scene.  Ms. Edwards and Jimmy Edwards were taken to Allegheny General Hospital, where they remained in critical condition in the trauma unit this afternoon.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-north/shaler-father-shoots-family-killing-daughter-then-himself-700384/#ixzz2cjzMf8D8

Hazleton General Ranks First In State For Health Care Value

Hazleton General Hospital ranks first in the state in a new measure that the federal government uses to assess value in health care.

Through the Affordable Health Care Act, the federal government will increase or decrease a small percentage of Medicare payments to hospitals based on the ratings.

For the past few years, the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania used federal data and formulas to let hospitals know how they compare under value-based purchasing.

“For Hazleton General Hospital, of 136 hospitals which we have data for, they ranked No. 1,” Martin Ciccocioppo, vice president of research for the hospital association, said.  “Out of the whole country … Hazleton General Hospital, in our analysis, is 23 of 2,843.”

Read more: http://standardspeaker.com/news/hazleton-general-ranks-first-in-state-for-health-care-value-1.1469528