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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.

When Wound Care Management Gets Personal

James Calder | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
James Calder

My parents have been through hell and back during the past two years. My dad was diagnosed with non-smoking lung cancer during the fall of 2013.

Suffer the Little Children: Treating Chronic Pain in Kids

Dr. Meredith Rockeymoore Brooks | Posted 07.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Meredith Rockeymoore Brooks

We're making strides, but our nation's health care system must prioritize increased access to pain management for children so that needless pain and suffering can be alleviated.

These Are The Best Hospitals In The Country

U.S. News & World Report | Erin Schumaker | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living

U.S. News evaluated nearly 5,000 hospitals for the 2015-16 Best Hospitals rankings. Only 15 of them made the Honor Roll.  Hospitals on the exclus...

Grants Help Communities Replicate Successful FUSE Model

Deborah De Santis | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Generous support from the Open Society Foundations and Capital One are behind recent grants designed to help communities plan and implement the eviden...

Nursing Is Killing Me

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 07.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Shelly Lopez Gray

What no one tells you in nursing school is that bedside nursing slowly takes its toll. No one tells you that eventually every nurse will wake up and realize something hurts or is broken. Yet there is nothing more worth fighting for than the work that we do and the people that we do it for.

How NewYork-Presbyterian Is Leading the Way for the Future of Health Care

Aurelia Boyer | Posted 07.20.2015 | Technology
Aurelia Boyer

As technology continues to advance and more people have access to mobile technology and the Internet, health care must keep up with advances not only in medicine, but also in patient communication and engagement.

Deaf Discrimination: The Fight for Equality Continues

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Frequently and all too easily, the rights of people who are deaf get stripped away. Every day, deaf individuals attempting to interact with hearing authorities, emergency responders, or organizations are denied basic access to communication and, in some instances, their lives are put into jeopardy.

What Do I Pray For?

Lynda Freeman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Good News
Lynda Freeman

"Mom, where are you? Why is your phone off? I've been trying to get you for hours!" my son said in a voice filled with urgency. Here is what happened....

Why Hospital Prices Are So Out Of Control

Diane Archer | Posted 07.10.2015 | Fifty
Diane Archer

Hospital prices are rising way faster than inflation, particularly among the for-profit hospitals. The 50 hospitals with the highest markups have list prices for their services that are easily 10 times more than what Medicare pays.