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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.

Post-Traumatic Stress and the NICU

Natalie Romero | Posted 11.09.2015 | Parents
Natalie Romero

Now that we are years out of it, I am able to recognize that what I suffered from was post-traumatic stress. What saved me was my ability to talk about it. My willingness to be an open book helped me work through some of my feelings. It wasn't easy, especially considering the fact that many people were very uncomfortable talking about my experience and my feelings surrounding it.

The Faithful Shopper: Halloween Havoc

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 10.15.2015 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Costumes, candy and company -- the perfect way to spend a splendid Halloween. Take the scare out of shopping for this most frightening of nights by checking out my latest list of stores, where you'll be treated to all you need for your creepy costume.

6 Ways to Be Better at Visiting Your Friend in the Hospital

Avelist | Posted 10.14.2015 | Healthy Living

Everyone wants to do their best, so here is some advice on what to do and what not do to help your hospitalized friend, coming from someone who has been the one in that hospital bed.

A Nurse Did That

Lexi Behrndt | Posted 10.09.2015 | Parents
Lexi Behrndt

The one who sat next to me the first night, as my newborn was whisked away and a medical team swarmed like honeybees around him. The one who passed tissues, held my hand, rubbed my back. Without her, my tears and I would have been alone as I whispered fervent prayers for my son's life to be spared. A nurse did that.

Gratitude in Our Brief Visit to the Pediatric ICU

Louise Storm | Posted 10.05.2015 | Parents
Louise Storm

The night air was crisp as we stood next to our minivan on the exit shoulder; I hoped it would cool our feverish and frightened toddler. Her condition had been worsening during the long drive home and we were now afraid she was in danger.

Startup Insider: Watsi Cofounder Grace Garey - The Journey from Y Combinator to 5,000 Patients Funded

David Ongchoco | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
David Ongchoco

Startup Insider is a series of articles with the goal of helping aspiring founders and entrepreneurs understand the ins and outs of starting a startup...

Jakub Wants Animal Pictures to Color in Hospital

Elbi | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact

Jakub here is stuck in hospital, recovering from 5 organ transplants. Like every child on the planet, Jakub loves Minions. What makes him a bit different is his Hirschsprung's Disease.

One Man's Vision to End the Wait for Women in Kenya

Kate Grant | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Kate Grant

While working in rural West Pokot County, Kenya, as a newly-trained medical doctor many years ago, Dr. Mabeya noticed a significant number of women presenting at his facility with obstetric fistula, an injury caused by prolonged and obstructed labor.

Thank You, NICU Nurse

Natalie Romero | Posted 09.17.2015 | Parents
Natalie Romero

NICU nurse, I don't know if you know the impact you had on our family. I don't think I thanked you. I hope it's not too late. Thank you for rocking my baby when I couldn't be with him at night. Thank you for making feel like a normal mother in the moments when I felt anything but normal.

How My Estranged Father's Death Healed Our Narrative

Sara Bobkoff | Posted 09.16.2015 | Women
Sara Bobkoff

Alzheimers is a disease that takes the story of your life and throws the pages of memory up in the air. Many blow away. But some land right in your hands.

Is Obamacare Punishing Hospitals The Wrong Way?

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 09.15.2015 | Science

An elderly homeless man is admitted to the emergency room complaining of a fever and cough. Doctors take an X-ray and diagnose him with pneumonia. Th...

Accountable Health Care Incentives: The "Spoonful of Sugar" Approach Must Ensure "the Medicine Goes Down"

Christian Moritz | Posted 09.05.2015 | Business
Christian Moritz

There could be a problem with current incentives and funding for support structures for accountable care organizations (ACO). This "spoonful of sugar"...

30 Truths Your Nurse Wants You to Know

Brie Gowen | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Brie Gowen

We don't usually have to work five days a week. We're so lucky. Instead we work a string of grueling, exhausting 13 hours days. We also work most holidays with little to no compensation for the fact.

Wear the Pants Out of Life

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 08.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

Sit Down and Stay a While What drives you? What makes you tick? What inspires you? Engages you? Is worth fighting for? Many days I leave work ponde...

Yelp Adds Hospital Wait Times And Nursing Home Ratings Using ProPublica Data

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 08.28.2015 | Impact

People have been using Yelp to find hotels and restaurants for years. Now, they can make more informed decisions about hospitals, nursing homes and d...

Can We Talk? Big Business And The Need for Transparency

Preeti Vissa | Posted 08.19.2015 | Business
Preeti Vissa

Large corporations that play hugely important roles in our communities are happy to put out generalities about their good corporate citizenship, but put up walls when asked for specifics.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXIV

Alan Black | Posted 08.17.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

The pizza joint next door does a good slice of violence. An argument mushrooms. The cops on speed dial and paramedics export an unsatisfied customer to the hospital. Something about pepperoni, some kind of insult, I hear a metal pipe over the skull settled it.

Accidents, Airports, an Angel

Melissa Gould | Posted 08.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Melissa Gould

I believe without question that Joel, my husband who died of West Nile Virus less than two years ago, is the one who told the girls to buckle up.

16 Secrets Every Nurse Knows (And You Should, Too)

Prevention | Posted 08.03.2015 | Healthy Living

No one looks forward to a hospital stay. It means there's something wrong, you'll be poked and prodded, and you'll be eating meals that make airline food taste gourmet. However, it needn't be pure misery.