In the Public Eye

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Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 11:45am

Elective procedure – sounds benign. Emergency room visit – definitely not. My family has experienced plenty of both. We’ve developed a kind of healthcare kit, a strategic plan that has both physical and mental components. Here’s a bit of the drill.

In the Public Eye

Friday, December 21, 2012 - 9:56am

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 - 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.