In the Public Eye

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Monday, August 11, 2014 - 2:15pm

Although DC insiders skewer each other all the time, it still can be fun to listen when someone who’s carried himself with the gravity of a deadly serious job – being Secretary of Defense – plunges into retirement, sells his memoir and lets loose with the snarkiness that he was forced to stifle during his lengthy government service. I’m referring to Robert Gates whose service included heading the Central Intelligence Agency and serving on the National Security Council.


In the Public Eye

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 9:30am

Hyperbole is the aorta of politics, but I believe there wasn’t all that much exaggeration the other day when Sen. Max Baucus warned that “a huge train wreck” was in the offing when federal healthcare reform more fully unfolds next January.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 3:13pm

In my section of New York City in the “Mad Men” 1960s era, both my primary care doc and my dentist smoked cigarettes in their offices as they treated me. OK, the dentist would wash his hands, but his breath reeked. When I was hospitalized for an appendectomy, I kept a diary in my bedside drawer – until some nosy intern found it, called in his friends and read it aloud. And my surgery was delayed because the doc was out Christmas shopping – he had his hands full of presents as he waltzed by me in my pre-surgery anesthetic haze.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 1:11pm

We wear lanyards, clip-on’s or sticky labels. This day, our names show affiliations with the California Hospital Association, the Central California Sikh community and a West Coast petroleum association.


Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 12:54pm

Three years after the birth of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare), the public largely feels ignorant of how it might affect them and has not experienced much outreach or education from those implementing the Rubik’s Cube of rules.

Those are some of the findings of a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll. And they certainly mirror three online polls on Community Medical Centers’ Intranet “Forum” site.


Friday, March 15, 2013 - 1:25pm

I was about three minutes into a presentation when I began dropping the “A-bombs.” I believe the explosions started something like this: “CHA would like CMC to do outreach to area CBOs.”

One vice president screwed up his face and spat out what he guessed I meant by CBO. (Hint: It’s community-based organizations.”  My boss, an SVP (oops, another “bomb”), said something along about how far a onetime professional journalist has fallen when he routinely spits out alphabet soup instead of crisp Reader’s Digest words.