A Winning Formula
December 5, 2013
Thanks to my trusty iPad, my daily reading includes four newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, which recently published an eye-catching headline: "Don't Get Your Operation on a Thursday."
The Neverending Story
December 3, 2013
Numbers are interesting. These numbers tell a story about trauma care and about our capability to treat seriously wounded patients.
Solano County Trauma Advisory Committee (TAC) recently released figures for the third quarter of 2013. As it's been since two trauma centers were approved in Solano County, NorthBay Medical Center's patient volume far exceeds the other trauma center on the outskirts of Vacaville. Given NorthBay's central location in the county and its proximity to the major population centers, it should come as no surprise.
Good Robot, Bad Robot
November 26, 2013
Late one morning last week my youngest son, a fourth-grade teacher in a local school, called me via video "Facetime" on his iPad. I was using my iPad at the time so the connection was easily made. He was testing the technology to use it later in the day, so I guess I was his crash-test dummy. He asked his students to say hello to me and I waved back. They didn't seem very impressed with their teacher's old man.
Getting the Blues
November 21, 2013
More Obamacare snags and obstacles keep spewing out as the worthies in Washington deal with unanticipated hitches in that piece of legislation that was burgeoned through Congress. Last week many insurers were resorting to narrow networks of providers in their Obamacare offerings.
November 19, 2013
During a recent forum hosted by a local business journal, a noted university economist painted the picture of a recovering Solano County. Interestingly, the industry sector with the greatest growth in Solano County has been, and is expected to continue to be, health care.
Leading the Elephant
November 14, 2013
One potential downside of the recent trauma designation process is that complacency will replace the vigor and innovation NorthBay Healthcare has infused into the delivery of trauma care in Solano County. Every improvement in advanced emergency care in recent years is the result of our initiative.
Music to Patients' Ears
November 12, 2013
There is so much hustle and bustle around here at NorthBay Healthcare sometimes the best way to catch up on new developments is at our monthly Management Team meeting when more than 80 or so managers from our three main campuses gather to learn from one another.
NorthBay Stream of Consciousness
November 7, 2013
Pondering today's topic, several things occur, but they are not seemingly connected. Yet maybe they simply reflect the NorthBay culture. So join me on a brief voyage of what I call the NorthBay stream of consciousness.
November 5, 2013
Covered California is the Obamacare "exchange" or marketplace in California. It is the entity where individuals mandated to have health insurance as of January 1 can see what plans are offered where they live.
Reforming Healthcare Reform
October 29, 2013
It's time - an important time - to get back to healthcare reform.
More than three years ago, back in 2010, I first took up your time in a discussion of what was then called the Affordable Healthcare Act (a term laughably inaccurate, but politically correct). It's now widely known as Obamacare. Over time I vented my concern whether the design of this 2,000-page piece of legislation would be workable given there would likely be a shortage of healthcare providers to care for patients.