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

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 12:11pm

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 - 3:04pm

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 - 11:20am

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.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 1:45pm

You can only defer gratification – or consequences – for just so long. Now that Election 2012 is done, here are some reflections on what’s happened and things you might expect:


Prop. 30 passed, hiking sales and some income taxes. Schools are happy, but so are healthcare providers. Although schools faced a potential funding disaster if it had failed, the next head on the chopping block would have been Medi-Cal and other public health programs.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 3:38pm

There’s no shortage of lessons for hospitals from Superstorm Sandy. “Hospital preparedness and well-functioning backup systems are a costly distraction from daily business, until they are needed. Like now,” wrote Dr. Arthur Kellermann, about the power failure that forced evacuations of hundreds of patients from NYU Langone Medical Center as Sandy flooded lower Manhattan.