Wilder Side of Health BLOG

How did he survive that flight, anyway?

We woke today to hear the news about a 16 year old boy who survived a flight from San Jose (home to Valley Medical Center) to Hawaii…in the wheel well of a jet. At 35,000 feet. And -50 degrees cold. The nation is asking: How is that remotely possible? My first reaction to the news […]

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Hospital History: Let’s make a Museum!

Not many hospitals in California have a museum on-site. The best one among them, according to folks who know, offers visitors to Salinas Valley Memorial a fascinating glimpse into the history of medicine. I and a group of colleagues got a guided tour this week, and I was just amazed. Their displays are interactive and […]

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The State of the County, 2014

One of the less-obvious parts of our work at the VMC Foundation is our collaboration with Santa Clara County’s elected officials. It’s work that I very much enjoy, and I think it makes us a more successful non-profit; when we’re best supporting our public medical center, it’s as we support the leadership of the County […]

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The crucial “Patient Safety Movement”

Wait – patient safety needs to be a “movement”? Isn’t that just what hospitals DO? Sure, yes, but consider that in 1990 studies showed that 90,000 Americans died in hospitals yearly due to medical errors. Twenty-plus years later, we recognize the number is more than TWICE that. I know. Yikes. Errors in hospitals are now […]

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“There’s a lot of baloney in that sandwich…”

What are we accomplishing? How do we know we’re using our donor’s dollars in the best ways? How do we measure our successes? Are we really solving problems?  These are not just good questions for any public benefit corporation (like the VMC Foundation) to ask; they are the questions that Charity Navigator will now be […]

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