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Toolbox for a Rainy Day

August 21, 2012


‘Tis the season for daily rain in Florida. I spoke to a Director of Facilities yesterday and he even was surprised by how regular it has been, and commented things would be better if he could just dry his campus out. Spring and fall were the wet seasons where I grew up, and when it […]

S&P Ahead of Itself on HC Market

August 17, 2012


The Advisory Board, a healthcare industry consultancy, reported a dubious outlook for hospitals by Standard & Poor’s (S&P). S&P feels that hospital performances will most likely lag in the near future because of limits reached on cost savings and efficiency. They feel the majority of the value from cost containment, economies of scale and other revenue […]

Bullying in Medical School…and Everywhere Else

August 15, 2012


Earlier this week, I read a short report about bullying in medical school. According to a report in Academic Medicine, and a recent New York Times article, which based its story on some UCLA School of Medicine findings, 60% of 3rd year medical residents experienced bullying, defined as “verbal, physical or power abuse” or being […]

One Project, Four Lessons on Quality

August 8, 2012


Several months ago, I finished built-in shelving around the fireplace in my house. The project was a joint effort. Once the rough dimensions were set, my father-in-law built and installed; I did the demo, prep and finishing. The project turned out fine. To the average visitor, it looks great. To an aesthete, it is rough […]