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

Monday, April 16, 2007 - 1:32pm

You ever gonna design/build/open that thing?  How do we know we can trust you?  What now? When will it? How much? How come?


Those are a few of my favorites from 10+ years of questioning (aka doubting) about Community Medical Centers' enormous commitment to create the Community Regional Medical Center and to move over acute care services from University Medical Center.


Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 10:47am

Health care reform -- exactly what are you supposed to reform?


From a slew of recent stories, here are a few gleanings that made me pause.


Friday, April 6, 2007 - 10:27am

It's hard to flesh out public policy while picking halibut bones from your mouth. Which explains why politicians may attend lots of dinners, but food is not the main course.


There were plenty of views exchanged, lots of Valley togetherness, and very little partisanship, as state Sen. Dave Cogdill and Assembly Members Juan Arambula and Mike Villines table-hopped among 30 or so attendees at an April 5 Maddy Institute dinner at Fresno's Downtown Club.


Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 11:29am

On a midnight in October of 1996, I was witness to a changing of the guard at what had been Valley Medical Center.  With the movement of the clock -- and the boulder-size document contracting services to then-Community Hospitals of Central California -- was born University Medical Center (UMC).

At the time, I was covering health care for the Fresno Bee. On Thursday, March 29, 2007, as a six-plus-year employee of Community Medical Centers, it was crystal clear that the "guard" never really changed at the former county hospital.


Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 10:42am

There's a reason they hang a sneeze guard over the salad bar. And after reading an article in New York Magazine titled "The Young Invincibles," you may realize that food shield may be to protect you from the uninsured workers chucking croutons and radish slices your way.

"They're young and healthy, and insurance is expensive," the story begins. Except when they get a ruptured appendix or ignore a cough that turns out to be tuberculosis.

Here are a few other snapshots from the world of health care today.