In the Public Eye

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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 12:36pm

It was an exhortation from a Sunday sermon. Pastor Janette suggested we look for grimy stuff that’s gotten hidden under the hood since our car was dazzlingly new. Playing with that soulful metaphor, how are the gears meshing in Obamacare, healthcare reform or, if you prefer, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? We’ve had this measuring rod in place since 2010, last fully checked in 2012 by the Supreme Court, now getting more legal and legislative servicing, buffing and buffeting. How well does it ride – this Tesla or super-annuated Pinto?


In the Public Eye

Saturday, March 3, 2007 - 5:38pm

Forget shortages of docs and nurses for a minute, because the Shadow knows the answer. Actually, the Shadows are probably part of the answer.

I'm talking about young people like the students at the Sunnyside High School Doctors Academy. Forty-one of them were placed at Community Medical Centers, the county health department and other area facilities during "National Groundhog Job Shadow Day.'


Monday, February 26, 2007 - 8:45am

If all the Valley's hospitals could rally around one issue, what should it be? The air tastes like burnt trash. Obesity begets diabetes which begets impotence, blindness, amputations. Limited access to health care creates a cascade of problems.


I'd like to hear your views and rationales.


Every three years, California nonprofit hospitals are required by state law (through SB 697) to undertake a community needs assessment as part of maintaining their nonprofit status.  Some years Fresno-area hospitals do it individually, sometimes they collaborate.


Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 11:11am

What's in a number? Friday (Feb. 23) is the last day for California lawmakers to introduce legislation for the current session.  At the start of the week, the California Hospital Association estimated nearly 780 bills had been introduced, with the expectation that the total number at week's end would reach 3,000.


Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 3:52pm

Why don't hospitals crack down on patients -- and employees -- who smoke outside their facilities and especially outside the designated smoking areas?  That question has surfaced after my blog posting about Kaiser eliminating smoking at its Sacramento campuses, including at previously designated areas.


Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 11:27am

It's the law of unintended consequences.


Blind people say their lives are at risk because the Toyota Prius hybrid is nearly silent when its engine is idling or running at low speeds. The Wall Street Journal quoted the National Federation of the Blind as saying all hybrids should emit a sound whenever they're being operated.


The story quoted a Toyota spokesman as saying the hoopla was news to him, that pedestrians and drivers need to watch out for one another and that one of the hybrid's benefits is a reduction in traffic noise pollution.