Mayo Clinic's president and CEO not only teaches us to surround ourselves with smart people and listen to them but urges us to exercise integrative thinking, to encourage innovation, and to lead through serving.
What does it say about us as a nation where patients waiting in an emergency room or lying in (or near) recovery rooms after surgery can be confronted by a special "relative" or friend at their bedside? It's your friendly medical debt collector, holding an invoice.
Larsen's favorite moment is when he can leave his flowers when a patient is out of their room. "You just leave it behind, and you know when they get back, they're gonna have a little treat waiting for them."
This past December, I returned to Kolkata for the first time since 2004, this time with my husband, Kiran. Here is our story -- Kiran's photographs, my words -- of poverty, inspirational people, and, ultimately, hope.
As I was celebrating my sixth and final round of treatment, you were learning to accept that this was also your finish line. This was your final round -- there were no further treatments that could save you.