Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God and Diversity on Steroids

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Hospital is a warts-and-all exploration of the struggles suffered, and triumphs achieved, by America's health-care professionals. Granted an unprecedented level of access to the inner workings of a contemporary hospital, Julie Salamon follows a year in the life of Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. Revealing the financial, ethical, technological, sociological, and cultural challenges encountered every day, Salamon tracks the individuals that make this complex hospital run - from doctors, patients, and ...
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Overview

Hospital is a warts-and-all exploration of the struggles suffered, and triumphs achieved, by America's health-care professionals. Granted an unprecedented level of access to the inner workings of a contemporary hospital, Julie Salamon follows a year in the life of Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. Revealing the financial, ethical, technological, sociological, and cultural challenges encountered every day, Salamon tracks the individuals that make this complex hospital run - from doctors, patients, and administrators to nurses, ambulance drivers, cooks, and cleaners.
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Consider this book a full-immersion experiment. Instead of examining health care from afar, investigative journalist Julie Salamon spent one-year tracking activities at Brooklyn's Maimonides Hospital, which has the only cancer center in a borough of 2.5 million people. What she discovered there was more complicated and less formulaic than any politician's nostrums. (For instance, how can one hospital effectively respond to the health needs of a community where 67 different languages are spoken?) Salamon's Hospital has all the drama of ER or House, with even more human complexity. That shouldn't surprise us: As Maimonides' chairman of the board noted, "Hospitals have a lot in common with the movie business. You've got your talent, entrepreneurs, ambition, ego stroking, the business versus the creative part. The big difference is that in the hospital you don't get second chances. Movies are make-believe. This is real life."
Abigail Zuger
…journalists are inexorably drawn to hospitals, moths to the flame of all the great stories lurking inside (or flies on the wall to deliver that full "you are there" experience). All these eyewitness accounts are flawed to a greater or lesser degree, and Julie Salamon's energetic Hospital is no exception. But her scope is more ambitious than most, and even the book's problems wind up telling the astute reader a great deal about these troubled modern institutions.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

In this remarkable portrait of the doctors and administrators at Brooklyn's Maimonides Medical Center, bestselling author Salamon (The Devil's Candy; The Christmas Tree) illustrates the complex machine that is the modern hospital, vying to provide cutting-edge facilities and compassionate care, while making money doing it. Salamon compares Maimonides to a factory, where medicine is "industrialized," streamlined for efficiency and as dependent on skilled administrators as on talented physicians. Located in a Brooklyn neighborhood known for its simmering mix of ethnicities and cultures, particularly its influential ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, Maimonides is insanely busy, with perhaps the most densely packed emergency room of its size. A new resident in obstetrics learns to "count to ten and say 'push' in Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, and at least two other languages that I'm not sure what they were." Administrators juggle budgets, politics and feuding staff while insurance paperwork increases mistakes and steals treatment time. Although it's "hard to deconstruct the Tower of Babel when you're standing in the middle of it," Salamon succeeds in providing a completely unique, three-dimensional and compellingly human perspective of the demanding work-both frustrating and rewarding-that is not always apparent to hospital patients and their families. (May 19)

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Kirkus Reviews
A portrait of Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., that, like the hospital's own emergency room, is overflowing and overextended. Salamon (Rambam's Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It Is Necessary to Give, 2003, etc.) was permitted to roam Maimonides from waiting room to executive office in 2005 and 2006. Armed with a tape recorder and notebook, she talked to the chairman of the board, doctors, nurses, social workers, patients and members of the community involved in the hospital's affairs. Woven into her wide-ranging account of the financial, ethical, scientific and sociological factors that shape a big metropolitan hospital's operations are dozens of revealing profiles (most notably of president and CEO Pam Brier); her front-of-the-book cast of characters lists nearly 70 names. Salamon calls Maimonides "a petri dish of the post 9/11 world," an apt description for a hospital founded to serve a community of Orthodox Jews in a neighborhood rapidly filling with immigrants from all over the world. Cultural conflicts are ever-present, as are those caused by human ego and ambition. The author recounts racial and religious prejudices that affect patient care, personality clashes and turf wars between doctors. Patients come and go, live or die, and fights with insurance companies are won or lost. Adding color but cluttering up her canvas are myriad irrelevant details from the administrative and professional staff's lives and social and professional relationships. Readers learn not only who said what to whom at a staff meeting, but who wore what to whose funeral. Excerpts from the author's daily log also pad this meandering account. However, some frank and chatty e-mails from anew emergency-room resident, a Midwesterner trying to adjust to the big-city life and work in a huge urban hospital, provide a welcome additional perspective. Ambitious, unwieldy and unfocused.
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"A completely unique, three-dimensional and compellingly human perspective." —-Publishers Weekly Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143115366
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 364,680
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Salamon

Julie Salamon was a film critic and reporter for the Wall Street Journal for sixteen years before becoming a television critic for the New York Times.

Karen White has been narrating and directing audiobooks for more than a dozen years and has well over one hundred books to her credit. Honored to be included among AudioFile's Best Voices 2010 and 2011, she is also an Audie Award finalist and has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration and direction.

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Table of Contents

Cast of Characters

Prologue 1

1 Occam Lied 11

2 Pooh-Bah 25

3 Insults and Injuries 47

4 Safety Nets 73

5 The Fixer 109

6 Ability. Affability. Availability 137

7 We Speak Your Language 159

8 No Margin, No Mission 193

9 The Code of Mutual Respect 217

10 A Good Death 249

11 The Big Brass Ring 289

12 Medical Advances and Retreats 315

Acknowledgments 341

Annotated Book List 343

Author's Note 351

Index 353

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    Posted July 23, 2014

    Dr. Ash to Halley

    Halley can we talk for a sec

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    Casey

    Yawns. "Can we go now? I want to go home.." he murmurs drowsily.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    Halley

    "Okay, we're going." She says, taking him to his house.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Skye

    *a few hour later, the surgery is done* *she wakes up and opens her eyes* *she SEES!* "Can you see?" One of the doctors asked. "Yes!!! " she cried.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Shadow

    But What If Something Goes Wrong?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Brine

    Sits in the waiting room, holding her head in her hands.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    TO PAUL

    THIS IS ASHLEYS SISTER, SHE HURT HERSELF. TELL ME WHA HAPPENE AT YOUR GUYS BOOK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Seth

    Nods and takes him for the x-ray

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Aero

    The black cat you always saw at the last base followed, her electric blue eyes flashing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Raven

    Raven levitates through a portal to the room.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Raylen

    Took out her IV and sneaks back to school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Snowkit

    "I have nowhere..." She becomes unconsious

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Rainpelt

    Puts more cobwebs on snowkits wonds

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Hospital den

    A clean den filled with a purple moss and purple feathers.
    Also it has a small pile of freshkill next to it which includes fresh fish squirrel and mice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Alice

    She gently cradled the baby in her arms smileing down at the small face

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    Posted November 24, 2012

    Danny

    Thw nurse sid they could o home and anny drove herback to their house.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Brendan

    Go to sophia seventh result and see for urself that ses fine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2010

    Having a Hard Time with this one

    As hard as I try I can't get through this book. I'm not sure if it's the size 8 font that makes me tired every time I read it or the jumping around in regards to the characters. Either way, I'm done trying.

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    Posted December 13, 2009

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