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.
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
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
When preparing for your vacation here are some health care preparedness steps to consider taking. First, make sure you carry all medications (prescription and “over-the counter”) that you take daily, or when needed, with a few extra days worth in case you are delayed getting home. Second, if travelling abroad make sure your vaccinations/ immunizations
Over the past five years teaching in a health care MBA program, I had a number of students who were physical therapists. They had DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) degrees, worked at prestigious academic medical centers in NYC, but did not want to be, or were not called Doctor at work. At one of the
A great way to find out who the best doctors are is to learn who respected doctors themselves see and send their families to see. But this is not so easy unless you are an ”insider” like me having worked as a hospital executive with physician colleagues to ask. So here is a suggested strategy: