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Birthing a Book and Launching a Charity

Jerry Ashton | Posted 02.10.2016 | Books
Jerry Ashton

At the start we only shared the quality other would-be authors have in abundance: passion.

If Your Job Put A Calorie Counter Next To The Staircase, Would You Take The Elevator?

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 02.09.2016 | Business

Many hospital workers, whose job it is to help people get well, struggle to keep themselves healthy and fit. Their jobs involve high levels of intens...

Ranking Hospital Food: The Good, The Bad and the Very Bad

Joel Kahn, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Joel Kahn, M.D.

It is time for hospital CEOs, administrators, and medical staff to take responsibility and become the teachers of health and nutrition that medical centers should be.

When You Don't See Me: A Letter to My Patients

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

I carry you with me. I am your nurse. So when you don't see me, please know that I'm near. Your life is my responsibility -- your livelihood, my pride. We carry you with us: on scribbled notes in pockets, through aching within worn bodies -- forever in our minds.

What It's Like to Confront Death Every Day

Bairavi Shankar | Posted 02.03.2016 | Religion
Bairavi Shankar

Death is not a friend, but a distant relative I have to meet once in a while. He always irritatingly reminds me to swallow my chalky multivitamin and savor the finite amount of time I have left on this earth.

No, You Are Not an Hysterical Female, and This Is Not Just Anxiety

Patti Digh | Posted 01.29.2016 | Women
Patti Digh

I think there are many things you could call me. You could call me stubborn. You could call me opinionated. You could even call me anxious -- when I am anxious. Just don't let that be the benchmark for my health care, or a convenient thing to write when you can't find anything else wrong, or are so intent on not listening to me that you can't hear me.

The For Profit Healthcare System

Nathan Timmel | Posted 01.27.2016 | Business
Nathan Timmel

Naturally, my bill was an outrageous amount in the hundreds of dollars. Hundreds of dollars for under ten minutes of total examination/procedure time. Again, insurance covered the majority of the charge, but when will enough be enough?

Why I'm On A Mission To Make A Positive Impact In Healthcare

Brian Boyle | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Brian Boyle

I am not a doctor, nurse, physical therapist, specialist, EMT, paramedic, or healthcare professional. However, I do have some medical knowledge -- an...

In Philly, Nurses Are Fighting Back Against Healthcare that Puts Profits Before Patients

Patty Eakin | Posted 01.25.2016 | Business
Patty Eakin

In short, hospitals are increasingly acting like corporations. They're not the same not-for-profit, community-centered organizations that many of us like to remember.

This Simple Workplace Change Could Improve Surgery Survival Rates

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.24.2016 | Healthy Living

Surgery patients do better when nurses have better working environments, according to a new study. Hospitals with well-staffed, top-notch nursing dep...

Daughters and Dads: Love and Loss

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 01.20.2016 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

I hated feeling powerless. As if there was nothing I could do to positively affect anything in the universe, let alone my dad's pain and suffering. Yet that's exactly how I felt as I stood beside my ailing father's bedside after his stroke.

Black Hospital Patients Given Cold Shoulder In Disturbing New Study

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.11.2016 | Science

Could the color of your skin affect the medical care you get at the end of your life? A disturbing new study published in the January issue of t...

Things You Should Know as a Hospital Patient

Quora | Posted 12.30.2015 | Healthy Living

Most people feel that the equation to survive your hospitalization predominantly involves the expertise of your surgeon and the disease at hand.

The Oncologist's Office

Licia Morelli | Posted 12.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Licia Morelli

For the oncologists out there -- medical and surgical alike. Oncology. There's something about an oncologist's office that's different than any othe...

Woman Dies After Being Forcibly Removed From Hospital

AP | Adam Goldberg | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A woman who refused to leave a hospital when doctors discharged her died after she was forcibly removed by police, au...

Alzheimer's Patients in Hospital Emergency Departments

Allan S. Vann | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

Hospital Emergency Department staff simply must become more educated about the special needs of AD patients, particularly those with anxiety issues, and understand that they have a responsibility to try to discharge AD patients to a less frightening environment as quickly as possible.

The Power of Tears

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 12.18.2015 | Impact
Mitch Ditkoff

Is there someone going through a hard time you've been propping up with your good intentions? Who is this person? Are you willing, the next time you meet with him or her, to stop trying to save them from their pain and simply let them feel what there is to feel?

What's Driving Variation in New York's Hospital Spending and Prices?

James R. Knickman | Posted 12.16.2015 | New York
James R. Knickman

We need better information about both the costs and the quality of care delivered to understand whether more spending is associated with better care, or if that spending is wasteful and avoidable.

The Hospital, the ER, the ER, and the Hospital

Renee Fisher | Posted 12.10.2015 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Imagine a scenario in which you enter the hospital for routine, outpatient hernia surgery. You know you are brewing a cold (or worse), but you don't want to have to reschedule the surgery, so you don't tell your doctor you are getting sick.

Bringing a Community Hospital Back to Life: The Story of Sonoma West Medical Center

Plumfund | Posted 11.26.2015 | Impact

Today, I saw a friend in the hallway by the Emergency Department and I asked if she was OK. She replied, "My husband is critically ill, and we are so thankful to you and all that you've done to reopen the medical center."

One Can Help Many

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

Every November we acknowledge the special services our nation's 43 million family caregivers contribute to their loved ones and our country. Family ...

I Am Thankful

Natalie Romero | Posted 11.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Natalie Romero

I have a lot to be thankful for. I am married to my best friend. Someone I can laugh and cry with. Someone who challenges me and always has my back. W...

Courageous Refugees, Cowardly Politicians

Donna McKay | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Donna McKay

At a time when these courageous individuals need the world's protection the most, many politicians are using the Paris attacks for political gain, introducing hateful policies they don't even have the authority to implement.

One of the Nation's Largest Catholic Hospital Systems Says It Can Deny Women Emergency Care Because of Its Religious Affiliation

Brigitte Amiri | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Brigitte Amiri

I suppose it shouldn't really have come as a surprise. But there it was in black and white in a recent court document: Trinity Health, one of the largest health care systems, saying that because of religious exemption laws, its Catholic affiliation allows it to violate the law and refuse to provide pregnant women with emergency medical care.

Hey NICU Mom, I See You

Natalie Romero | Posted 11.17.2015 | Parents
Natalie Romero

You are not alone.