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Why hospitals must address community health issues

“Why Hospitals Must Address Community Health Issues”

  By Ed Martinez – February 16, 2018   Historically, American hospitals have assumed key roles in organizing and providing community-based, institutional medical services. These include providing a clinical practice environment for affiliated physicians treating hospitalized patients and assuming a leadership role in building trust between hospitals and underserved communities.   While pursuing these traditional…

“Filling a Gap in Emergency Care”

By Ed Martinez – December 7, 2008   In 2006, the County of San Diego commissioned a study to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of San Diego South Bay’s healthcare safety net that consists of three acute care hospitals and several community clinics. Results of the study indicated that several issues threatened the ongoing sustainability…

“Alzheimer’s Tsunami”

By Ed Martinez – May 2, 2008   I often refer to the metaphor “Alzheimer’s tsunami” because it helps communicate an appropriate sense of urgency relative to how Alzheimer’s threatens the health and well-being of Latino communities. The similarities between a tsunami and Alzheimer’s are noteworthy: both often evolve undetected and strike their victims without…

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