Normally, a one-week cruise would be an occasion for relaxation and contemplation. To a certain extent that occurred on my one-week holiday last week.
Every month I greet NorthBay's new employees during an orientation held in our Green Valley Conference Center. They come to learn about NorthBay's history, our organizational culture and our policies. It is a packed agenda, and for some it may be just the start of several weeks of orientation.
I am going to beat on this drum again. I must. Things are going to get far worse under so-called healthcare reform.
A story on the CNN Money website is titled "Doctors Going Broke." It describes a growing trend of financial stress hitting physicians in non-governmental practices.
Sometimes when conjuring up topics for my blog I begin to freely associate various themes, tying them together in ways they usually make sense only to me. This could be one of those times.
The semi-famous quote from Mad Magazine's iconic Alfred E. Neuman may indicate that worrying is not something he, well, worries about. I wish I could say the same as I look into my crystal ball for 2012.
Letters often cross my desk that praise the care a given patient has received in NorthBay Medical Center or NorthBay VacaValley Hospital or in one of our outpatient services or physician practices. And I sometimes receive correspondence critical of our care or a concern about billing issues.
Having taken shots at various organizations trying to establish their primacy in the rating game, I feel obligated to relate how we at NorthBay Healthcare measure the quality of care we provide.