In the Public Eye

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 8:44am

Terry Bradshaw was never a scrambler in his glory days as Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback. Boy, is he making up for that now as a TV game analyst and public speaker. He recently forced his arthritic legs onto a platform in front of several hundred hospital executives in Monterey at a Hospital Council summit – and his remarks occasionally sounded like a mad fourth-quarter dash to-and-fro to get a score.

In the Public Eye

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 12:06pm

Here’s one definition of lunacy. In 2012, more than 4,200 bills were introduced in the California legislature. But there is a good side to this madness. It gives writers and satirists, like Greg Lucas, geysers of material.

Lucas spun some of his favorite political buzzwords the other day to a group of 60 hospital government relations worry-warts, including me, during a lunch break at a California Hospital Association forum at the Sacramento Hyatt.

Friday, December 21, 2012 - 8:56am

Two issues getting a lot of play these days in the healthcare world --- dissatisfaction/uneasiness in the face of change and healthcare reform. In many ways, it's one and the same issue. Below are some quotes from health executives. The first four are excerpted from interviews in the December issue of HealthLeaders magazine; the final one from a Q&A in the Wall Street Journal.

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 11:11am

First the good news: The mental health crisis center that reopened last May is a success – praised by clients and their families and welcomed by hospitals in Fresno County, particularly Community Regional Medical Center, as it’s helped ease the logjam of behaviorally challenged patients coming to emergency departments.

Monday, December 3, 2012 - 2:04pm

I don’t detect a hug or warm smile anywhere in the following sentence: “U.S. hospitals and health systems should expect to do a lot more with a lot less.”

That’s how a story begins detailing the importance of employee loyalty as hospitals downsize and remodel themselves in the face of funding cuts and rapidly aging Baby Boomers. The headline doesn't have a soft squeeze or a kind sentiment either: “The role of empathy in cost reduction.”

Monday, November 19, 2012 - 10:20am

When it comes to providing Readers Digest-quality sound bites for media, hospital execs and caregivers have gotten much better -- even when it comes back to bite them. One of my favorites came about 16 years ago when, as a Fresno Bee reporter, I asked a certain Valley hospital CEO whether his leadership style was costing him the loyalty of his staff. His reply – If you want loyalty, buy a dog – wound up on placards waved by picketers. Not long after, his job went away.