wholderman's picture
Monday, October 20, 2008 - 4:51pm

Folks, I usually try to weave some humor into my blogs, but today I'm struggling to do that on this atypical Monday. Many have asked the customary, "How was your weekend?" Some asked as a light-hearted and polite inquiry, but others knew what my response most likely would be.

jtaylor's picture
Monday, October 20, 2008 - 10:34am

Further evidence that running a hospital is like playing goalie for a dart-board team in a losing season.

News items that surfaced Oct. 17 at a Fresno/Madera section meeting of the Hospital Council of Northern & Central California:

  • Why does it take so long for California regulators to do an inspection of new clinics, operating rooms and other services so hospitals can use them? Other fault-finding activities generate more money for inspectors, so licensing hits the bottom of the to-do list.

wholderman's picture
Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 8:42pm

The Bee Gees disco song from 1977 (wow, that's the year I graduated from high school) apparently provides the ideal cadence for chest compressions when administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The American Heart Association calls for compressions of 100 per minute and the "Stayin' Alive" song is 103 beats per minute.

jtaylor's picture
Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 10:16am

Had a high school biology teacher, Brother DeSalles Lawless, what a name! This member of the religious order of Xaverian Brothers could spit out quotables like nobody -- a Kentuckian who could out-jive his street-kid students in Brooklyn with lines like: "Man, I could trade you in for a broken stickball bat and lose on the deal!"

Anyway, here are a few quotables that caught my attention of late:

jtaylor's picture
Monday, October 13, 2008 - 10:34am

In a few weeks, a team of Washington, D.C.-based researchers will descend on the Central Valley for a couple of days of interviews about health care.