Chapalin Tom moves to parish ministry

Chaplain TomDear Volunteer,

I have just been called to serve as the priest of Saint Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco. As a result I have resigned my position as your Chaplain effective Oct. 24, 2013. While I am excited about serving at St. Cyprian’s, I am sad to say goodbye to you. During our time together we have gone from a handful of dedicated volunteers to a fully functional Spiritual Care program serving our patients throughout the week. Thank you for helping to make this possible.

Thanks also to Vice President and Los Gatos Hospital Administrator Pat Wolfram: her commitment to our program made possible the creation of our Meditation Room as well as making the Chaplain here a permanent part-time employee. Read more of this post

Los Gatos Renovation continues in the ICU


Crews are making good progress in the upgrade of ICU-1. Nursing staff and patients have moved to their temporary home in ICU-2, where they will remain during construction. This work is part of a continuing effort to update facilities ranging from our heating and cooling system to patient units.

The first phase of the upgrade has focused on ensuring the facility meets state seismic safety requirements. This includes bracing pipes and equipment to stabilize them in case of an earthquake.

The second phase will focus on infrastructure and mechanical upgrades. The team will be cleaning the ductwork and refurbishing HVAC units to improve the function of air conditioning and heating systems. Read more of this post

Mich. smoker may stay uninsured unless he quits

Eric Jones has an incentive to end his trips to the party store for cigarette tubes and tobacco, the roll-your-own supplies used to fill his pack-a-day habit.

The 40-year-old has no health insurance from his $9-an-hour job at an ice-manufacturing plant in Lansing. Under the federal health care law, he’s eligible for help from the government to buy insurance.

But to qualify, he’ll almost certainly have to quit smoking. More.

The $200K lesson I learned from getting shot

How a health insurance check sent 6 hours before being shot saved my life. And what it means for you (and America). More.

Hi, It’s Your Doctor

“Health care is headed back to the future. House calls are a sign that we will all see our health care going back to the “old days” when, like my father, the doctor came to our homes, giving us real personalized medicine — and saving money at the same time,” reports the NY Times.

Sleep ‘boosts brain cell numbers’

Scientists believe they have discovered a new reason why we need to sleep – it replenishes a type of brain cell. More.

Workplace May Be Unsafe for Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare workers — particularly nurses, nurses’ aides, orderlies, and attendants — suffer more musculoskeletal injuries than those working in any other field, a Public Citizen report found. Those injuries cost the U.S. about $7 billion each year, according to the Public Citizen report, which was written by Keith Wrightson and Taylor Lincoln, both of the organization’s Congress Watch division. More.

Songs and Sunscreen Spread the Health Insurance Message

THE part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act that requires Americans to obtain health insurance has been a contentious issue politically, but new advertising from the 17 states setting up marketplaces where residents will buy insurance tends to be buoyant.

New commercials for the Oregon exchange, called Cover Oregon, for example, resemble something from a tourism bureau. In one commercial, the singer Matt Sheehy performs an anthemic song, “Long Live Oregonians,” that is reminiscent of “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie.

“From Hart Mountain, to the Skidmore Fountain, from the shores of Gold Beach, to the gorge out east,” sings Mr. Sheehy, who wears a plaid flannel shirt and appears strumming his guitar in each new location as he refers to it. “We’re free to be healthy, gonna breathe that fresh air, wanna get the best care, that a state can get.” More.

When Clean Was a New Concept in the Operating Room

Today, keeping things clean as a way to ward off germs and infections just makes sense. But before antibiotic-resistant superbugs became a hospital’s biggest concern, there were the bad old days when doctors would move from surgery to surgery without washing. And surprisingly it was only during the 20th century that sterilization evolved from a simple and very new concept into one of the most important life-saving practices in medicine. MORE.