Bryan Stow at VMC Rehab Center

Bryan Stow, pictured before being attacked at Dodger Stadium last April.

After seven months in the intensive care unit, much of what he spent in a medically induced coma, Bryan Stow is slowly recovering at the VMC Rehabilitation Center.   NBC News Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman visited Stow at VMC for a segment on Rock Center with Brian Williams.

Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan who was attacked at Dodger Stadium last April, has made  progress recovering from his injuries, but faces a long road ahead.

For more than 40 years, VMC has been a national leader for those recovering from stroke, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.  We are proud to welcome the Stow family to the VMC rehab community.

“I have hope. I have drive.” – Katie Sharify’s story…

Katie Sharify knows she has a bright future ahead of her. So do we!

Last month, Katie suffered a spinal cord injury in a terrible car crash – the kind that could happen to any of us. When she came to Valley Medical Center’s world-class Rehabiliation Department, she became part of history.

Katie Sharify is one of just five people in the United States to receive embryonic stem cells. This emerging treatment, pioneered at VMC and just a couple of other places in the nation, could lead to dramatic changes for patients like Katie…

…but it’s way too soon to tell, which is why Katie’s optimism and positive attitude is so inspiring. You just have to see the video posted to the Mercury News on their story today, and the great article also in the San Francisco Chronicle.

I’ve been lucky to spend just a few hours with Katie, but I have to tell you I’m a better person for it. You will be too.

“Topping Out” Ceremony for the new VMC Service Building

New Service Building Rendering

The SCVMC New Service Building Upon Completion

SCVMC Seismic Safety Project

“Topping Out” Ceremony

New Service Building
December 15, 2011
11:00 – 11:30 AM
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center


Please join us this Thursday 12/15, at 11:00 AM for the “Topping Out” Ceremony for the New Service Building. The ceremony will take place on Middle Drive (see map with location marked by a red star).

Come sign your name on and watch the highest piece of steel be lifted and installed on the new Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Service Building.

Can’t make the ceremony? Sign the beam anytime between 8:00 and 11:00 AM. See the red star on the map- the beam is painted white and located on Middle Dr.

For more information, call 408-282-2687 or email

The “Topping Out” Ceremony will take place on Middle Dr. next to the new Service Building.

The Verdict on Health Care Reform (the jury is still out)

It’s finally happened: I’m serving on a jury.

Disruptive? Sure – I’m a busy guy; most of us are. So I’ve quickly compiled a list of things that, as United States Citizens, we don’t have to do:

  1. Vote
  2. Join the Military (not now, anyway)
  3. Belong to a political party
  4. Pledge allegiance to the flag
  5. Worship one way or another
  6. Pay taxes (you can live in your buddy’s warehouse and eat burritos every day. Believe me – I know)
  7. Say only nice things about the government
  8. Limit the number of kids we have

I could make this list longer, but you get the point: About the only thing we MUST do, when called, is serve on a jury. That’s a pretty good deal, so as I try not to complain I also try not to be too angry with fellow prospective jurors who are obviously trying to get bounced.  After all, we’ve gotten used to a lot of free will in this great country.

And this may be why so many folks are still steamed up about Obama’s health care reforms. Some parts of them sound compulsory, like everyone paying into an insurance product of some kind…a lot of people heard that and freaked out, because it sounded MANDATORY. Americans don’t like mandatory.

But after reading today’s LA Times Op-Ed piece, it became clear about what also is mandatory: Cancer. If you have it, you can’t opt out. You can’t say “As an American, I choose not to have this disease.” As the author found out, sometimes your choices are terrifyingly limited…and that’s when options on health coverage and treatment start to sound a lot less political and a lot more life-saving.

The author apologizes to the President, which of course she didn’t have to do. If you have an opinion, feel free to share it. Or not; it’s a free country. I’ll reply, once I catch up after my service.