About twenty years ago as President of LibertyHealth each of our hospitals (a medical school affiliated teaching hospital and two community hospitals) had an ICU. I was always concerned that sometimes patient acuity in one of the community hospital ICUs might have exceeded its capability and pushed for clear clinical threshholds for patient transfer to
From 1967 to 1970, during the Vietnam War, I served first as a 2nd Lieutenant and Chief Administrative Officer of the 4th Casualty Staging Flight attached to Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas. We received combat casualties still in battlefield bandages, often within 24 hours of injury, and either admitted
A little background…. I was appointed President and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) in 1989, one year after JCMC had been converted to not-for-profit governance after a long and colorful history as a public hospital (including bankruptcy protection from 1982 to 1985). JCMC was and still is Hudson County’s (500,000+ residents) regional referral
Video surveillance has become increasingly pervasive. It is being used to prevent shoplifting, for homeland security at public events, police officers wearing cameras, in airplane cockpits and train locomotives, and for “instant replay” in college and professional sports. Which led to me research a bit about the use of video surveillance cameras in hospitals. There
You may have wondered how Obamacare pays for medical care for the 20 million+ newly insured. If you don’t understand the incentives and disincentives to hospitals and physicians and get caught in the regulatory quagmire, then you will be the payor! Using Medicare, here’s an example of how three related concepts determine whether or not
Back in the 1990s while I was President & CEO of LibertyHealth/ Jersey City Medical Center (a teaching hospital affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine), a neighboring community purchased a linear accelerator and declared itself a Cancer Center, including signs on the New Jersey Turnpike saying “exit here” for cancer care. And I remember
Two recent health care episodes have sharpened my conviction that every practicing physician should be affiliated with a hospital. In December I was admitted to the hospital for one night for observation. My care was managed by my gastroenterologist and my primary care physician, both of whom I have been with for almost twenty years.