New York Citys famed Bellevue hospital has long been the subject of stories of literary proportions. Its famous psychiatric patients have included the late Beat poet Gregory Corso and John Lennon assassin Mark David Chapman. Musicians Courtney Love and Tupac Shakur were treated there, and the hospital was featured in films The Lost Weekend and The Sleeping City. Now, 271-year-old Bellevue Hospital Center, which claims to be the oldest public hospital in the U.S., is aiming to generate a little literary history of its own.
Earlier this year, the city-owned hospital launched the Bellevue Literary Press, which will publish both fiction and nonfiction. The imprint is an outgrowth of its 7-year-old literary journal, the Bellevue Literary Review, which publishes poetry, short fiction and nonfiction by Bellevue physicians and established writers.
Four books have been released to date, including Gerald Weissmans collection of creative-nonfiction essays titled Galileos Gout: Science in an Age of Endarkenment, which explores the politics of scientific advancement, and Varley OConnors novel, The Cure, which explores how issues of race, illness and sexual identity affect a New Jersey family. Four new books, including a novel about mental illness, a group of essays on evolution, a nonfiction exploration of the history of mental illness treatment in the U.S. and a best-of collection of work published in the Bellevue Literary Review, are scheduled for publication next year.
Come for the knee-replacement surgery, stay for the food.
Based on recent awards Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center has received, dont be surprised if the Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital adopts that as its new slogan. Sure, the Premier Awards for Quality Avera McKennan received for excellence in hip and knee replacement and for treating heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia are impressive, but people expect excellent healthcare when they enter a hospital.
What they dont expect is excellent food. Avera McKennans executive chef, Paul Luttmann, and Director of Food and Nutrition Services Mary Lou Paulson are out to change that. After finishing second in last years National Society for Healthcare Foodservice Management, Luttmann, Paulson and company took home the gold this year in the third annual Tyson Foods-sponsored event held at HFMs annual conference in Tucson, Ariz., on Aug. 22.
Judged on flavor, taste, creativity and presentation, their Chicken Meritage with Jasmine Rice Pilaf using boneless chicken breast halves topped 26 other entries.
In the two years since it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, Coastal Family Health Center in Biloxi, Miss., has had one constant: the weekly Thursday morning call.
Back then, about 30 to 40 volunteers from Hands On USA came to the region to help clean up and rebuild. But after they returned home, more than a few were committed to continue helping and learning about the clinics progress. Thats when the idea for the weekly callevery Thursday at 9 a.m.began, Executive Director Joe Dawsey says.
Led by a Seattle architect, the group, which includes some professors, financial experts, Project HOPE volunteers, an attorney and a healthcare CEO, follows an agenda to discuss the clinics needs and progress. Dawsey says between 12 and 15 are die-hard, every Thursday participants, and they were especially helpful in the spring of 2006, when the clinic learned it had just one week to apply for federal funding. With help from group members, Coastal Family filed the application a day early and later learned it had been awarded $6.4 million to rebuild.
Its a major administrative support, and Im not afraid at all to ask them for direction on something, Dawsey says. They give me advice, and these are experienced people. Its somebody to lean on.
We are heading towards pharmageddon. The medicalising of society is convincing people they need a pill for everything. Drug companies recruit patients, particularly good-looking and articulate ones, to help promote new drugs in the media. Life and death decisions should not be taken by tabloids.Paul Flynn, a member of Parliament for the Labour Party, in the Independent on a 27% increase in prescriptions written by U.K. doctors in the past five years.
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