Wilder Side of Health BLOG

Chris Wilder Flu Shot 2013

Happy 30th Birthday Valley Health Plan!

Long story short: When I first started here at the VMC Foundation, the job afforded no health coverage. Which was ironic, don’t you think? My wife’s company did, and I was already on her plan. I don’t remember what it was, or any of my doctors’ names. That’s because the few times I ever went […]

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The Standard American Diet is SAD

  Dennis Low is a recently-retired physician who spent his career at Valley Medical Center. He’s a beloved caregiver, educator, and new VMC Foundation Board Member. We play together in the VMC “house band” Idol Hands (hence, the picture) and have become good friends. Which explains why he invited me this morning to hear him give a talk […]

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BStow visit

Bryan Stow visits VMC to thank rehab staff

The last time many of us saw Bryan Stow, he wasn’t able to walk or talk. And while he still has a long way to go, this video from NBC Bay Area has a lot of us pretty emotional. If you’ve followed Bryan’s story since that terrible day when he was attacked at Dodger Stadium […]

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B.B. King In Concert At B.B. King's Blues Club At The Mirage

National Hospital Week and BB King…

Today is the final day of our week-long celebration of National Hospital Week, and I’m feeling a little melancholy. By now I’m sure you heard that blues legend BB King passed away last night. BB was a hero to me and darn near any rock/blues musician. Today at noon, VMC’s “house band” Idol Hands will […]

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The Economic Gap is Now a Canyon

Folks in Tallahassee or Saint Paul or Topeka often assume that everyone living in Silicon Valley drives around in a BMW. That’s why, when I’ve traveled, I’ve tried to share the truth…and it’s shocking to many: One in four families in “wealthy” Silicon Valley cannot simultaneously afford food, clothing, shelter and medical care. But not […]

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