ElectionsVote I 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(more..)


ElectionsVote War 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 through(more..)


ElectionsVote Born 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 (more..)


ElectionsVote Growing 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 though(more..)


ElectionsVote Most 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 late(more..)


ElectionsVote Hospitals 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 th(more..)


ElectionsVote A 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.(more..)


ElectionsVote You 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(more..)


ElectionsVote Hospitals serve to provide a buffer between life and death, and are a last resort when one is ill or suffers trauma.  They are perceived as towering buildings with sanitized rooms curing patient(more..)


ElectionsVote A family matriarch is seriously ill and has been admitted to an Intensive Care Unit. Loved ones are by her side, but she is lucid, understands her medical condition, and can make decisions.  Shou(more..)