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Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 11:45am

Elective procedure – sounds benign. Emergency room visit – definitely not. My family has experienced plenty of both. We’ve developed a kind of healthcare kit, a strategic plan that has both physical and mental components. Here’s a bit of the drill.


In the Public Eye

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.


Friday, May 31, 2013 - 9:40am

No television. Scant cell signal. Mystical, nature-sculpted rock formations called hoodoos. The Lodge at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. Rustic. Tranquil. Elevation, about 8,000 feet.  Breath taking. Literally. Take five breaths where you’d take three at lower elevations. And what happens if….. or when…


Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 2:51pm

The frozen burgers rage against the propane grille. Our faces grow oily in afternoon sun there at the smog line, at my son’s home on the pathway to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park.