Do you want to be treated by a stranger when you are admitted to the hospital? Every practicing physician should have hospital privileges.

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.

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Stop the name games! University hospitals and regional medical centers should live up to their billing *

Remember when a hospital was just a hospital, and its reputation spoke for itself? Now we have a plethora of self named healthcare institutions such as clinics, community hospitals, institutes, medical centers, national hospitals, specialty hospitals, and teaching hospitals. My home state of New Jersey, for example, started with one children’s hospital in Newark, followed

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Chief Fourth of July Officer

My first experience with hospital administrative titles was in 1967 as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force assigned to Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio. The Hospital Commander was a physician Brigadier General. That was the only title/ rank that mattered. Returning to NYC in 1972 a typical hospital had a President

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Unlike Joan Rivers who died in a surgi-center during a routine procedure, I would only be given general anesthesia on a hospital campus.

My first experience in taking anesthesia seriously was in 1970 as the Administrative Officer (with the rank of second lieutenant) of the Department of Surgery at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center. I met an oral maxillofacial surgery resident (a dentist) who was doing a rotation in anesthesiology. Did the patients know who was putting them

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Hospital web site archeology

When “googling” for hospital information we often wind up at hospital web sites. Hospital web sites are marketing based so how does one find and aggregate key elements and then do comparative analysis? You can use these web sites for this exercise, all hospitals I have been involved with Jersey City Medical Center (I was

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