‘She was a pistol’: Natalie Caplan, 96, a St. Patrick’s Manor resident, succumbs after contracting coronavirus

Published in The MetroWest Daily News on May 1, 2020. By Jeannette Hinkle, The MetroWest Daily News. Photo: Courtesy FRAMINGHAM – Natalie Caplan was a pistol. A driven, persistent woman who knew what she liked and what she didn’t. “She was a lot a bit of a diva,” said her daughter, Debra. Natalie got her […]

When it comes to the coronavirus, nursing home secrecy frustrates family members

Published in The MetroWest Daily News on May 22, 2020. By Jeannette Hinkle and Trevor Ballantyne, The MetroWest Daily News. Photo: Susan Kenney via AP. Each week, the state Department of Public Health releases information showing which nursing homes have coronavirus outbreaks. The data the state releases is limited, showing only the general ranges of […]

Millions of opioid pills flooded Arizona communities during prescription drug boom

Published on July 25, 2019 in The Arizona Republic. By Jeannette Hinkle, The Arizona Republic. KINGMAN — A small independent pharmacy called Uptown Drug dispensed 5.6 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills in this northwest Arizona city from 2006 to 2012.  That’s almost 200 pills per resident. But about four years ago, owner and pharmacist Chris […]

Rural Arizona wrestles with serious doctor shortage: ‘It’s a pipeline issue’

Published Sept. 2, 2019 in The Arizona Republic. By Jeannette Hinkle, The Arizona Republic. BENSON — The people of Benson didn’t know it, but their hospital was on the brink of closure.  The management team at Benson Hospital kept the increasingly dire financial position from patients — even from staff members — as they searched […]