In the Public Eye

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Monday, June 23, 2014 - 1:06pm

If you read way too much, like I do, you find both nuggets of wisdom and pure nuttiness in the day’s news. Here are some gleanings from the three daily newspapers I get delivered in print each day, five paid online news subscriptions and free scratchings from the Web.

In the Public Eye

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.

Friday, October 19, 2012 - 12:39pm

Not all mistakes are fatal. But when they turn out to be – would you be among those saying, “It was your own dang fault. Serves you right”? Consider a column in the Sunday (10/14/12) New York Times in which Nicholas Kristof chronicled how a friend opted to forgo health insurance coverage during a midlife crisis. Suddenly, at age 51, symptoms surfaced that led him to a Seattle emergency department and the discovery that he had advanced prostate cancer, which had spread to his bones. He was equally consumed by regret.

Monday, October 8, 2012 - 10:21am

Didn’t see any paper wasps this year. Not complaining. Had the jet-spray bug killer handy. Didn’t get any lemons this year. Early season frost killed the blossoms. Not happy. Keeping that tree watered and healthy helped keep my mind off my wife's bout with MRSA a couple years back.