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Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 8:29am

The grass has turned to straw. The darkened building has a foreclosure sign taped to the door. Past-due notices are scrunched into the jamb.


That describes houses in my Clovis neighborhood. It soon may well describe some California hospitals.


Members of the California State Rural Health Association gathered recently in Reedley, and one take-away from the panel discussion was what might be called a Doomsday scenario should the 10% proposed reductions in Medi-Cal be converted into law.


jtaylor's picture
Monday, June 23, 2008 - 9:48am

So, how did the president of the Philippines wind up visiting Community Regional Medical Center on the sultry Sunday morning of June 22?

It began about nine days earlier when a Community physician of Filipino heritage stopped by the hospital's administrative offices seeking help for the visit. Within 72 hours, the Philippines consul general in San Francisco and a half-dozen aides were touring the hospital campus.


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Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 2:07pm

...ok, get out the tissues, cause this one's gonna make you cry like a baby...


A Cleveland couple were all set to go on a cruise...they had planned it for over a year, were going to enjoy "retirement" by celebrating with an international trip, and then...some very disheartening news.The husband suffered a serious heart attack and the wife was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer. Whew! How much bad news can people withstand?...and then to think they would have to forego their much anticipated journey!


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Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 6:25pm

I played in a golf tournament today (6/19/08), and normally my participation in an event like that would be something I would look forward to...you know...getting out of the office, being with friends, enjoying the exercise and scenery, hitting a few good shots (and I DO mean a "few")...but who in their right mind would arrange for a start time of 12 noon in June in Fresno! Yikes!... it was already triple digits during the "shotgun" start time, there was very little shade in which to find a respite, and absolutely no breeze!


jtaylor's picture
Monday, June 16, 2008 - 10:02am

A Rubik's Cube of laws must be changed to secure any flexible and functional change in American health care. That's the drawdown message of a concise, thoughtful assessment in the June issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.


"Innovation will not occur if each novel way to organize and pay for care needs to be adjudicated case-by-case or is threatened with legal proceedings," say the authors, Timothy Jost, a lawyer, and Ezekiel Emanuel, a physician.


Among the points they cite: