This summer, not unlike many families across the country, we were fortunate enough to visit a theme park while celebrating our break from another challenging school year. Being a mother and a pediatrician, I must admit how concerned I was to witness the number of children with obesity attending the park. While we waited in line for the various rides, I couldn't help considering how best to advise families on making ...

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Although pediatric (children's) hospitals are not yet mandated (as are their general population counterparts) to participate in value-based contracts (VBCs), as competitive medical institutions they are very cognizant of the market changes toward value-based payment models while tirelessly seeking to increase value in pediatric health care delivery. The push towards better alignment of payers and hospital systems continues to change the landscape of competitive health care. Children's hospitals "are the backbone ...

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I am a physician who was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I confess that since I was a child, I have always wanted to visit Roberto Clemente's statue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Recently, my dream came true when a meeting I attended in the city allowed me to see it for the first time. I was overjoyed to personally witness how Pittsburgh had honored Roberto's memory. There I was, standing ...

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Recently, a friend’s mother asked me how to best support her daughter’s decision to breastfeed her first grandchild.  The new grandmother questioned her ability to encourage her daughter’s decision because she had not breastfed her own child, and this lack of experience made her feel unqualified to provide support.  With mixed emotions and a lingering sense of guilt, this new grandmother wanted to learn, from a pediatrician friend, how best ...

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Recently I had the wonderful, yet solemn opportunity of attending my ninety-three-year-old paternal uncle's funeral.  I purposely choose the word "wonderful" to describe this experience because honoring the life of such a remarkable man, surrounded by my family who will continue to love him dearly, was such a special gift.  Amid today's increasingly complex world of business and "social" media, it is often a challenge to pause, to reflect, to ...

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