Category Archives: Health

Healing an Oakland hospital system

Lanky, charismatic, and a rising star in the health-care industry, [Wright] Lassiter could have become just one more executive casualty when he took the job as CEO of the Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, California, and its flagship, Highland Hospital. Instead, he did what seemed impossible: He turned a shockingly mismanaged urban safety-net hospital system in one of America’s most violent cities into a model for other public hospitals. He trimmed costs without any significant cutback in services — in fact, services have been greatly expanded. A new $668 million hospital building is under construction. Six years on, the center has turned a positive margin every year but the last, when a new auditor required it to set aside more money for pension costs; so far, it is on target to break even this year.

More here. (Via)


Where do they get all their energy?

Boy, am I beat. And it’s not like I have some crazy life where I’m working three jobs and going to night school. No, I just have one job and a small apartment. I don’t even have a pet to look after. Even so, it seems that no matter what I do, there’s always more. If they put another eight hours in the day, I might be able to catch up on the laundry list of chores I have, or even just my laundry, if I were lucky. But you know who really gets it done? Homosexuals.

More at The Onion here.

Awkward pregnancy photos


A death in Detroit

Reporter Charlie LeDuff, on seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was shot and killed during a botched police raid last May:

Was it inevitable … that abject poverty would lead to Aiyana’s death and so many others? Was it death by TV? By police incompetence? By parental neglect? By civic malfeasance? About 350 people are murdered each year in Detroit. There are some 10,000 unsolved homicides dating back to 1960. Many are as fucked up and sad as Aiyana’s. But I felt unraveling this one death could help diagnose what has gone wrong in this city, so I decided to retrace the events leading up to that pitiable moment on the porch on Lillibridge Street.

More at Mother Jones.

LeDuff, who left The Detroit News in October, “made national headlines in January 2009 when he and News photographer Max Ortiz produced a front-page story and photo of a corpse partially frozen in the bottom of an elevator shaft in an abandoned Detroit warehouse.”

Madame Speaker

Barney Frank, from a 2008 TNR profile of “perhaps the greatest progressive Speaker of the House that we’ve ever had”:

“Nancy is a very smart woman who used to be a very smart girl at a time when smart girls were told that if they were too smart they would scare away the boys.”

(Via Jonathan Chait)

Today in history


Sex at the Olympics

At Vancouver 2010, that is, on the TODAY Show site. That’s via Matt Yglesias, who also links to a Scotsman article from 2004, which has much better quotes, like:

“It’s not an orgy,” says one alpine skiing champion, Carrie Sheinberg, “but it is socially vigorous.”


Edith Thys, an American skier at Calgary and Albertville, agrees that the partying gold should probably go to the Canadians, but she awards the licentiousness medal to the French. “They are by far the most promiscuous,” says Thys, “but only with each other. I’m not sure if that’s because they wouldn’t sleep with anybody else, or because nobody else would sleep with them.”