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

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 2:32pm

To some, he’s a visionary. Others think he’s blowing up a bridge people are still walking on. Truth is, pediatrician Donald Berwick used the bridge metaphor quite powerfully in his presentation at an American Hospital Association health summit in San Diego.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 11:43am

I was a big naysayer. I mean, who holds a breakfast event at Fresno’s Chaffee Zoo to unveil an economic analysis of why hospitals in Fresno and Madera counties are crucial to the well-being of the Valley? But – what a success!

The July 19 event drew 200 people (more than those who originally registered), the three speakers were well received, the early blast of summer sun didn’t begin to spread into the grassy amphitheater until presentations were nearly done – and the good-vibe lingered afterward as folks took a brisk stroll through the zoo.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 10:34am

The overall ambulance experience – which was a good one, a rescue vehicle for a loved one in need – came with a bill of nearly $900. It included a $72 charge for the four-mile drive from house to hospital.


Monday, July 1, 2013 - 11:34am

It was a relic hospital in a crime- and poverty-ridden Brooklyn neighborhood. And it was where I took my first job after graduating college, opting to do "community relations" instead of doing public relations for General Foods in posh Westchester County.


Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 11:22am

It’s amazing how quickly your Iphone can fill up with apps. But working in healthcare, what are the useful ones – and what ones do you actually use?

I have about 40 apps on my phone. I know that’s small potatoes. And most are pretty vanilla – FaceBook, Twitter, NPR, various sports, news and weather sites, Pandora and a couple of flashlight aps. But only four are health related – and only one (California Healthline, an app from the California HealthCare Foundation) that I’ve actually used.