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Monday, April 16, 2007 - 2:29pm

A number of things to consider while the coffee perks:



  • Americans work 77 days per year to pay federal taxes; 62 days to pay for housing and household costs; 52 days for health and medical care; 39 days for state/local taxes; and 30 days to pay for food (Wall Street Journal opinion piece by U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Judd Gregg).

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.