Whatcom: Chronic & Acute

  Oct/Nov 2017

Quest Was Public Knowledge, Professional Ignorance No Excuse!

It was public knowledge on Nov. 9, 2016,* that PeaceHealth was negotiating the sale of its medical labs, but the deal, which closed on Feb. 15, 2017, surprised Bellingham’s Family Care Network (FCN). Responding to my July 10, 2017, letter … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2017

Community Health Is in Fact a Private Matter, Reporter Finds

Reporter John Simmons contributed to this article. The PeaceHealth St. Joseph Community Health Board exists to help its namesake hospital address unmet local healthcare needs. The board’s mission is to help the hospital write its Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) … Continue reading

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  August 2017

What Does Death Mean Today?

“Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life,” by Haider Warraich, M.D., says modern technology and law have made death more complicated, so maybe you need to be more detailed about what procedures you want at the end of … Continue reading

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  July 2017

Lab Sale Sells Out Patients, Burdens Caregivers

PeaceHealth sold its Whatcom and Skagit County medical labs to Quest Diagnostics of Madison, N.J., in March 2017. This greatly disadvantages Family Care Network (FCN) patients and caregivers, because Quest labs will only automatically share test results with PeaceHealth, not … Continue reading

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  June 2017

Outdated Healthcare Ignores Evidence

Algorithms Can Treat Physician Fallibility Part 2 I’ve learned by assembling the following information that the politically touted “best health care in the world” at primary and acute care levels is outdated and at least 10 to 20 years behind … Continue reading

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  May 2017

Algorithms Can Treat Physician Fallibility

Part I Yes, physicians are fallible. They are human, just like you and me. And the intense pressure of their profession often flaws and distracts their thinking despite their best efforts to be clinical. In fact, half of all physicians … Continue reading

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