“Now you’ll be interviewing with one of our patients.” April 19th 2016

What a fabulous idea! Who better than to 'test' a candidate for a job at a cancer center than a patient?  After all, patients know best!! At Stanford's Cancer Center South Bay, which opened last June, patients and family members from the Palo Alto campus, as well as a local community cancer practice, are on the 20-person Patient…

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Everyone Has a Story March 20th 2016

I saw "Lady in the Van" today. It's the movie with Maggie Smith playing a homeless woman who lives in a van and is helped by a man who lets her and her van park in his London driveway.  For 15 years. The story, as it goes, is "mostly true" but is based on a…

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We’re Number One! No, We Are…. March 16th 2016

Have you noticed where certain high-profile, nationally acclaimed healthcare facilities are partnering with local medical centers? In the last few years, I've read where the Cleveland Clinic (#1 for cardiac care) and a healthcare facility in Atlanta joined forces.  In 2013, Houston-based MD Anderson Cancer Center lent its name to Cooper University Medical Center in Camden.  More recently, Memorial Sloan…

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Not All of Us Have an Aunt Betty February 17th 2016

I don't mean to be brash or insensitive, but we are all going to die.  That's how life works.  So why not prepare for the inevitable?  I'm not talking about assisted suicide, euthanasia or anything like that.  I'm simply referring to "getting your affairs in order."  You know, if you're fortunate to have a life…

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Don’t Quit Before You Start. January 23rd 2016

It's almost February.  New Year's Resolutions may be a distant memory. Research consistently proves that a small percentage of people who make resolutions actually achieve them—something like 10 to 12%–with most having abandoned them by the end of January.  Not exactly a recipe for success. We all have goals.  But often in our work lives, the…

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What About the Vending Machines? November 28th 2015

I always get a kick out of checking out the vending machines in hospitals, corporate offices (including health insurance companies), fitness facilities, and even schools.  Amidst the 'culture of wellness' that so many employers and school districts want to create, there in the break room, or the kitchen, stands a massive vending machine full of…

Prescription Drug Use on the Rise November 6th 2015

More Americans than ever are taking prescription drugs, a new study finds.  But most of the top 10 drugs are for preventable conditions. 59% of adults used prescription drugs in 2011-2012, up from 51% in 1999-2000. For the study, published Nov. 3rd in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the researchers used data…

Health Care Transparency–The Incredible Journey February 27th 2015

Transparency.  Officially defined by Merriam Webster as "the quality that makes something obvious or easy to understand." Transparency in health care.  Might as well (affectionately) refer to it as the Incredible Journey.    There are many efforts going on currently that seek to create price transparency in health care.  Call me crazy but making the pricing of health care 'something…

Do You Have a Hospital Fantasy? February 6th 2015

Did you ever feel so busy and stressed that you thought being admitted into the hospital might give you a little rest and relaxation? A while ago, Katrina Alcorn wrote a piece for the Huffington Post where she describes that she had conducted an “unofficial poll” of 141 people and “almost half of them said yes, they have…

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