In the Public Eye

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Monday, June 23, 2014 - 1:06pm

If you read way too much, like I do, you find both nuggets of wisdom and pure nuttiness in the day’s news. Here are some gleanings from the three daily newspapers I get delivered in print each day, five paid online news subscriptions and free scratchings from the Web.


In the Public Eye

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 11:50am

When you help so many so often, it’s hard to keep a chronicle – in your head, let alone on paper. That’s part of the untold story of nonprofit Community Medical Centers. It’s always time for every one of our 7,000+ employees and 1,000+ physicians to tell and retell their stories. And a new tool to help them recently made its debut.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 9:04am

The Central San Joaquin Valley is where researchers come to paint often worst-case health scenarios for the rest of the nation. But when it comes to triggering remedies, along with the necessary political, fiscal and educational muscle, there are few who’ll take leadership. A flood of recent surveys and studies has reminded Valley residents  that the air they breathe, the water they consume and the neighborhoods they call home are among the most befouled in the state and nation.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 9:33am

So, the “free” annual physical came with a bill. I’d already provided the physician with a co-pay because we dealt with more medical matters than the physical. But because the physical included an EKG, and a previous EKG has indicated an aberration, this no longer was a preventive medicine but an ongoing follow-up of a recognized health matter.


Monday, March 24, 2014 - 9:35am

The obituary was nicely written, sprinkled with loving memories and jovial asides in a few short sentences. It was posted on Facebook. It drew scores of “likes” from the writer’s friends and families. Wait, now. “Liking” an obituary? Is that just the way it is, just enough time spent in our hurly-burly lives?

Did any of the “likes” also invest $7 in a Hallmark card? Slip a handwritten note into an envelope? Make a donation in the deceased’s name? Call the friend to offer condolences?


Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 3:20pm

Enter hospital. Observe, and ask one question: “Am I in a social fabric that is safe and caring?” Expected answer, from stressed, overwhelmed patient, “I should be.” From caregiver, “We try to make it that way.”