In the Public Eye

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 9:05am
Stepping behind the podium, it sure helps when an all-star quarterback can also throw some dazzling word spirals.
 
“Pressure is what you feel when you don’t know what you’re doing,” said Peyton Manning, taking care to distinguish it from nervousness and anxiety – sensations he admits to experiencing.
 

In the Public Eye

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. 


Monday, March 26, 2007 - 9:24am

The Census Bureau says a computer glitch inflated the total number of uninsured Americans -- 44.8 million people, or 15.3% of the population had no health coverage in 2005, not the 46.6 million, or 15.9% as reported.  And the bureau will be going back to clean up mistaken figures from past years.


Friday, March 23, 2007 - 3:11pm

It has come to this. The owner of a French restaurant in Sebastopol promised to cover the payroll of a hospital that's losing $500,000 a month and on the verge of bankruptcy.


Dan Smith, owner of the French Garden Restaurant, came to the aid of 37-bed Palm Drive Hospital, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported, when it couldn't get a line of credit.


Have you ever seen a connection between caviar de Louisiane (1/2 ounce of caviar with buckwheat crepes; $16 at Smith's place) and preserving health care?  If I'm in Sebastopol any time soon, I know where I'm eating.