In the Public Eye

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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 12:36pm

It was an exhortation from a Sunday sermon. Pastor Janette suggested we look for grimy stuff that’s gotten hidden under the hood since our car was dazzlingly new. Playing with that soulful metaphor, how are the gears meshing in Obamacare, healthcare reform or, if you prefer, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? We’ve had this measuring rod in place since 2010, last fully checked in 2012 by the Supreme Court, now getting more legal and legislative servicing, buffing and buffeting. How well does it ride – this Tesla or super-annuated Pinto?


In the Public Eye

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 7:55am

It’s bonehead logic time, courtesy of Sacramento bean-counters. It’s a reminder why you can be accurate, correct  and legal but also be an ethical and moral dingbat.


Friday, August 9, 2013 - 1:43pm

In 208 seconds, he navigated a life-saving landing of his crippled passenger jet onto New York City’s icy Hudson River in January 2009. Whether he’s striding into a room packed with 2,000 health executives or calmly sitting behind a table signing “Sully” into one of his books, Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger is spare in his choice of words, relentless in delineating what’s important and self-effacing in using the headlines he’s earned to reach audiences worldwide.


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.