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ElectionsVoteBring accountability to your hospital stay You or your loved one has been hospitalized.  For most, this is an unfamiliar road. Beware, as nowadays hospitals are run like drive-thru restaurants.  My advice:  Bring with you a yel(more..)

ElectionsVoteA pediatrician decides a struggling teen with mental illness needs hospitalization to neutralize psychologic demons impacting their personal and social life. A Workers’ Compensation doctor requests a neck MRI in a powerline worker with growing(more..)

ElectionsVoteMany nations proudly tout Life Expectancy as a reflection of their healthcare.  For over two decades in our country, this statistic has consistently edged upward due to expanding technology, doctors/patient education, and vibrant emphasis on hea(more..)

ElectionsVoteI had never heard the term “throughput” before a meeting at our hospital two years ago.  It was used to discuss how the emergency department (ED) could yield greater profits by faster patient turnover.  Coordinating various duti(more..)

ElectionsVoteWar is being waged on behalf of American citizens against the business takeover of hospitals, yet most people don’t realize this battle exists.  Surprisingly, the warriors scattered throughout our country in this fight are doctors. Unlike(more..)

ElectionsVoteBorn in Canada, our mother came to the United States after World War II and blended into the Greatest Generation.  Raising a family in the second half of the 20th Century saw her contribute to a thriving American society then maintain retirement(more..)

ElectionsVoteGrowing up in a family that emphasized education, I had trouble staying on mark as I wanted to be a baseball player.  At the age of 11 though, I underwent surgery on my left leg as doctors thought I might have osteogenic sarcoma.  The tumor(more..)

ElectionsVoteMost primary care physicians (PCPs) who admit patients to a hospital are family practitioners or internists.  Since medicine becomes more complex each day, PCPs must remain up-to-date on the latest treatment related to drugs, surgery, procedures(more..)

ElectionsVoteHospitals are sacrosanct pillars of a community with alabaster halls and sterile rooms where saving lives and curing disease emanates.  But fifteen years ago some floundered in bankruptcy, and that’s when a business strategy began. Today,(more..)

ElectionsVoteA Purple Heart was displayed next to his bed so I knew he was a veteran.  Our only contact though was tossing bean-bags during activities at his Board & Care home where I visited my patients.  One evening an urgent phone call from his (more..)

ElectionsVoteYou have a persistent cough and poor appetite, but for six months your doctor has prescribed an assortment of antibiotics after an initial chest x-ray showed a small pneumonia.  Finally, short of breath, you go to the emergency room where a CT s(more..)

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