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The Gift of Our Presence

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 03.10.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

Sometimes, we just don't know what to say. It happens to all of us, even career comforters: rabbis, ministers and priests. When we hear something awf...

What You Can Learn From a Double Amputee

James Calder | Posted 03.04.2016 | Healthy Living
James Calder

If patients knew the stats and figures surrounding advanced wounds they would never ignore them and would seek treatment right away. However, it is important to remember that it is not the patient's fault. It is extremely hard to get someone to care about an issue until it crashes into a daily reality. We must do more as a healthcare community to educate the masses.

Eight Illinois Hospitals Named Among Nation's 100 Best In 2016

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.03.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

A leading healthcare research firm has named eight hospitals in Illinois among the nation's 100 best in 2016. Truven Health Analytics' annual "Top 10...

Alzheimer's Patients in Psychiatric Hospitals

Allan S. Vann | Posted 03.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

There are bound to be more Alzheimer's patients in hospital Emergency Departments. Hospital administrators need to link up with organizations such as the Alzheimer's Foundation of America or the Alzheimer's Association and start implementing productive in-service training for their staff.

Has Grief Made You Lose Your Mind?

Megan Devine | Posted 02.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Because we don't talk about the reality of grief in our culture, lots of grieving people think they're crazy. When my partner first died, I lost my m...

21 Hacks to Reduce Your Health Care Costs This Year

GOBankingRates | Posted 02.24.2016 | Business

By Beth Braverman, Contributor More than 43 percent of Americans recently polled by GOBankingRates said that they expected to pay more for health car...

Make Family Caregivers Matter More: Measure Them

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 02.23.2016 | Politics
Steve Landers MD,MPH

Early in my medical training a sage family physician, Jack Medalie, reminded us students that there's often a "hidden patient whose suffering goes unnoticed." Medalie was referring to family members who may be struggling as much or even more than the person that is being directly cared for by the doctor.

Sometimes You Need A Dog To Remind You What It Is To Be Human

Scott Plate | Posted 02.19.2016 | Good News
Scott Plate

My stepmother died August 1, 2012. I returned to Florida for the interment of her ashes October 19, and my 84-year-old father announced he wanted to get married again. I suggested we start with a dog.

Mobile Technology Transforms Patient Care at NewYork-Presbyterian

Daniel Barchi | Posted 02.17.2016 | Technology
Daniel Barchi

As mobile technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, it has had a profound impact on even the most complex industries. One such industry is beginning to harness the power of mobile apps: healthcare.

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 intensi...

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 | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach

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 -- and...

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 depa...

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 the Jou...

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...

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?