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Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 10:10am

Every year, a couple hundred hospital administrators and government relations types like me flood the Capitol to infuse the ever-churning retinue of lawmakers with our latest (usually ongoing) needs and worries.


Unlike the "Get Green" folks in their, what else, green T-shirts and the Brownies in their uniforms with sashes of pins and awards, we're in suits and look like any other steer in the herds of lobbyists.


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Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 12:51pm

In the otherworldliness of Santa Barbara, where hotels offer masseuses for aching pooches, it is of little matter to many that the area's median home price is $1.2 million.  That price simply means your annual incomes needs to be at least $235,000.


But when the average employee at nonprofit Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital earns $63,000 a year, you might figure, hey, trade down to a condo or an apartment. The problem is median area condo prices, $655k (income required, $129k); and middle-income, two-bedroom condos, $294k ($79k).


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Tuesday, March 6, 2007 - 2:03pm

There's lots of good reasons for creating www.medwatchtoday.com  Two-thirds of Internet users get their health information on line, according to a recent study. The top five sources are physician websites (61%) -- and there aren't too many of those fully functional -- medical Web engines (44%), search engines (33%), family/friends (31%) and hospital/university Web sites (13%).


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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.'


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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.